Where can you put your trust? Who can you trust? What can you trust? When can you trust? Why can you trust?
Who can put their trust in you? What can people put their trust for? When can people put their trust in you? Why can people trust you? Where can people put their trust in you?
Trust…what comes to mind when you hear this word?
When you are facing a big challenge, can you trust?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9
Whose words can you trust?
Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. –2 Samuel 7:28
Where can you turn when in a tough situation? Who can you look for that you can trust?
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. –Psalms 9:10
Who can you trust to love you?
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. –Psalms 13:5
Is there any thing on earth that is fully trustworthy? Is there a better place to put your trust?
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. –Psalms 20:7
Who can you trust when fear shows up?
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. –Psalms 56:3
Who can you trust when things seem to be spinning out of control? Where can you turn?
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. –from Proverbs 3:5-6
Who can you trust with a secret?
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. –Proverbs 11:13
Are you putting all the pressure on yourself?
Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.–Proverbs 28:2628 Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. –Proverbs 11:28
Whose words can you trust?
8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless. –Jeremiah 7:8
No matter the trial, the situation, the trouble, where will you put your trust?
The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. –Daniel 6:23
Trust in God!
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. –John 14:1May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. –Romans 15:13He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” –Revelation 21:5
Today’s reading gets us started in Isaiah…
Egypt’s Horses Will Stumble
1Oy , those going down to Egypt for help. They are relying on horses, trusting in chariots since they are many, and in horsemen since they are very mighty, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel nor seek Adonai! 2Yet He is also wise. He brings disaster, and does not take back His words. He rises against the house of evildoers, against help for workers of iniquity. 3Now Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses are flesh, not spirit. When Adonai stretches out His hand, both he who helps will stumble and he who is helped will fall, and both will perish together.
A Lion Protects Zion
4For thus says Adonai to me: “As a lion or a young lion growls over its prey, though a company of shepherds is called out against him —their voice does not disturb him, nor does their noise upset him— so Adonai-Tzva’ot will come down to fight on Mount Zion, on its hill. 5Like hovering birds, so Adonai-Tzva’ot will protect Jerusalem. By protecting, He will deliver. By passing over, He will save.” 6Return to the One from whom rebellion is so deep, Bnei-Yisrael. 7For in that day everyone will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which you made for yourselves with your hands of sin. 8“Then Assyria will fall, not by a sword of man, so a sword not of man will devour him and he will flee from the sword. His young men will be put to forced labor. 9 His rock will pass away because of fear. His princes will be afraid of the banner” —it is a declaration of Adonai— His fire is in Zion, and His furnace is in Jerusalem.
–from Isaiah 31
Will you have trust in righteousness? Will you have trust in justice?
Reign in Righteousness
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness and princes will rule in justice. 2Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a massive rock in a weary land. 3Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will pay attention. 4The heart of the hasty will understand knowledge, and the tongue of stammerers will speak fluently, clearly. 5No longer will a fool be called noble, or a scoundrel said to be a gentleman. 6For the fool speaks foolishness and his heart works wickedness, to practice ungodliness, and speak error about Adonai, to deprive the hungry of food and withhold drink from the thirsty. 7The scoundrel’s methods are evil— he makes up wicked schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. 8But the noble devises noble plans, and for noble causes he stands. 9Rise up, you women at ease, And hear my voice. You complacent daughters, give ear to my words. 10Within a year and a few days you will shudder, complacent ones. For the grape harvest will fail and the gathering will not come. 11Tremble, you women at ease! Shudder, you complacent ones! Strip and make yourselves bare, and put sackcloth on your waist. 12Beat your breasts lamenting for pleasant fields, for fruitful vine, 13for the land of my people, where thorns and briars come up, for all the joyful houses of the jubilant city. 14For the palace will be abandoned; the bustling city will be deserted; the citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, a delight of wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks, 15until the Ruach is poured out on us from on high, and the desert becomes a garden, and a garden seems like a forest. 16Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the garden. 17The result of righteousness will be shalom and the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. 18My people will live in a peaceful place, in secure dwellings, quiet resting places. 19Then hail will flatten the forest; and the city will be utterly laid low. 20Blessed are you, sowing by all waters, letting the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.
–from Isaiah 32
Will you call upon God for help? Will you trust Him in the midst of the storms of life?
Your Right Hand Delivers Me
1Of David. I praise You with all my heart. In the presence of the mighty I will sing praises to You. 2I bow down toward Your holy Temple and praise Your Name for Your love and Your faithfulness. For You—magnified above all Your Name and Your word. 3On the day I called, You answered me. You made me bold with strength in my soul. 4All the kings of the earth will praise You, Adonai, when they hear Your mouth’s speech. 5So they will sing of the ways of Adonai, for great is the glory of Adonai. 6For though Adonai is exalted, yet He looks upon the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar. 7Though I walk amid trouble, You revive me. You stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand delivers me. 8Adonai will fulfill His purpose for me. Your lovingkindness, Adonai, endures forever. Do not abandon the work of Your hands.
–from Psalms 138
Will you humble yourself in order to show your trust in God? Will you be a servant leader in order to show your trust in God? Will you trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Will you trust God with the seeds you have scattered? Will you trust God with the seeds you have watered? Will you trust that God will make them grow?
Miriam Anoints the Messiah
1Six days before Passover, Yeshua came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Yeshua had raised from the dead. 2So they prepared a dinner there for Yeshua. Martha was serving, and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3Then Miriam took a pound of very expensive oil of pure nard and anointed Yeshua’s feet, and she wiped His feet dry with her hair. Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4But Judah from Kriot, one of His disciples, the one who was about to betray Him, said, 5“Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6Now he said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. Since he had the moneybox, he used to steal from what was put in it. 7Therefore Yeshua said, “Leave her alone! She set it aside for the day of My burial. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.” 9Now a large crowd of Judeans knew He was there and came, not only for Yeshua but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10So the ruling kohanim made plans to kill Lazarus also, 11because on account of him many of the Jewish people were going and putting their trust in Yeshua.
Israel’s King Has Come
12The next day, the huge crowd that had come up for the feast heard that Yeshua was coming to Jerusalem. 13So they took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, “‘Hoshia-na! Baruch ha-ba b’shem Adonai! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” 14Finding a young donkey, Yeshua sat on it, as it is written, 15“Fear not, Daughter of Zion! Look! Your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.” 16His disciples did not understand these things at first. But when Yeshua was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that the crowd had done these things for Him. 17So the crowd, which had been with Yeshua when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, kept on telling everyone about it. 18It was also for this reason that the crowd came out to meet Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign. 19So the Pharisees said to each other, “You see that you can’t do anything. Look, the whole world has taken off after Him!”
Fallen Seed Produces a Harvest
20Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast. 21These came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in the Galilee. “Sir,” they said, “we want to see Yeshua.” 22Philip comes and tells Andrew; Andrew and Philip come and tell Yeshua. 23Yeshua answers them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified! 24Amen, amen I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it produces much fruit. 25He who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it forever. 26If any man serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there also will My servant be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. 27“Now My soul is troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But it was for this reason I came to this hour. 28Father, glorify Your name!” Then a voice came out of heaven, “I have glorified it, and again I will glorify it!” 29Therefore the crowd that was standing there and heard it was saying that it had thundered. Others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30Yeshua responded, “This voice hasn’t come for My sake, but for yours. 31Now is the judgment of this world! Now the prince of this world will be driven out! 32And as I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.” 33He said this to show the kind of death He was about to die. 34The crowd answered Him, “We’ve heard from Scripture that the Messiah remains forever. How can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”
Choose Either the Light or the Darkness
35Therefore Yeshua said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness will not overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he is going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.” Yeshua spoke these things, then left and hid Himself from them. 37But even though He had performed so many signs before them, they weren’t trusting in Him. 38This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet, who said, “Adonai, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of Adonai been revealed?” 39For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah also said, 40“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they might not see with their eyes nor understand with their hearts and turn back, and I would heal them.” 41Isaiah said these things because he saw His glory and spoke of Him. 42Nevertheless many, even among the leaders, put their trust in Him. But because of the Pharisees, they were not confessing Yeshua, so they would not be thrown out of the synagogue; 43for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God. 44Yeshua cried out, “Whoever puts trust in Me believes not in Me but in the One who sent Me! 45And whoever beholds Me beholds the One who sent Me. 46As light I have come into the world, so that everyone who trusts in Me should not remain in darkness. 47“If anyone hears My words but doesn’t keep them, I do not judge him; for I came to save the world, not to judge the world. 48The one who rejects Me and doesn’t receive My words has a judge; the word I spoke will judge him on the last day. 49For I did not speak on My own, but the Father Himself who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and speak. 50And I know that His commandment is life everlasting. Therefore what I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.”
–from John 12
So will you help clean up? Will you get started in your own heart? in your own home? in your own community? in your own country? Start looking inward – get the plank out of your own eye before trying to take the speck out of the eye of another.
Removing the “Hametz” from Your House
1It is actually reported that among you there is sexual immorality, and such immorality as is not even among the pagans—that someone has his father’s wife. 2And you are puffed up! Shouldn’t you have mourned instead, so that the one who did this deed might be removed from among you? 3For even though I am absent in body, I am present in spirit—I have already passed judgment on the one who has done this thing, as though I were present. 4When you are gathered together in the name of our Lord Yeshua, I am with you in spirit. With the power of our Lord Yeshua, 5you are to turn such a fellow over to satan for the destruction of his fleshly nature, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Yeshua. 6Your boasting is no good. Don’t you know that a little hametz leavens the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old hametz, so you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened—for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us celebrate the feast not with old hametz, the hametz of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread—the matzah of sincerity and truth. 9I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world. 11But now I am writing to you not to mix together with anyone who is being called a brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy or an idolater or a slanderer or a drunkard or a swindler—not even to eat with such a fellow. 12For what business do I have judging outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside? 13But those who are outside, God judges. Put away the wicked fellow from among yourselves.
–from 1 Corinthians 5