What do you think of when you hear “kingdom come”? Do you think of a time in the future when there will be a new world and a new heaven? Do you think of a time in the future when the world will end? Do you think of a time in the future after this life? Do you think of the time after death? Do you think of the point at which the world comes to an end? Do you think of it and its use in the Lord’s prayer? Do you think of it as asking for God’s way to take place here on earth as it is in heaven? Do you think of it as asking God to speed up Jesus’ return to earth? Do you think of it as the time when Jesus rules the earth as His kingdom?
In the Bible, we find the term kingdom associated with this topic…
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. –from Revelation 11:15
But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. –from Matthew 6:33
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2 And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
–from Luke 11
9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. –from Matthew 6
So let’s consider God’s kingdom that is coming and look to align to Him and His will! Let’s consider how incredible the new world will be under His rule! Let’s commit ourselves to living our lives here on earth His way and sharing the Good News of Jesus to the world around us! Jesus has called us to a higher standard, so let’s live it out and share it with those He has blessed us to be around. They may or may not be the easiest to get along with, however, each of us has a purpose and a hand in the lives of the people around us.
Let’s take hold of God’s truth:
17 And he said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He said to him, Which? Jesus said, You shall do no murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and your mother: and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. –from Matthew 19
Let’s take hold of God’s love and share it:
19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen. –from Matthew 28
So let’s glorify God the Father while we are here on earth by lifting up Jesus into the world around us and living out our lives in alignment with His Kingdom! So that we can share and be evidence to the world around us what Jesus is like and how they too should desire a relationship with Him! Let’s invite Jesus into our heart that He may help us to bring His Kingdom to this world! He is coming back! He will return! Until then, let’s be prepared and let’s share the Good News with the people God brings into our circle of influence that they too may know of the love of God! In so doing, we can help them join us in heaven with God!
Day 18: Bible In One Year 2017: Devotional, Psalm 10:12-18, Matthew 13:18-35, Genesis 36, Genesis 37
Today’s devotional breaks out this way…
1. Cry out for the transformation of society
2. Keep telling people about Jesus
3. Bow down before the King of kings
Cry out for the transformation of society…(Psalm 10:12-18)
God’s kingdom is coming. God’s timing is perfect. God’s never late and rarely early. God is patient because His hope is that nobody will perish, but everyone will come to repentance and find eternal life. When He comes back the reign of terror will end and a new world and a new earth will be available to all those whose names are in the book of life.
From today’s reading, we see how the psalmist prays for people, so let’s be people who care for these people…
- Helpless (v.12)
- Troubled (v.14)
- Grieving (v.14)
- Victims (v.14)
- Fatherless (v.14,18)
- Homeless (v.18, MSG)
- Oppressed (v.18).
So will you be light and salt to the world around you? Will you share love and hope because of your faith with these people that they too may know the kingdom of God and that His Kingdom will come through our arms extended to bring them hope too?
12Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.Do not forget the helpless. 13Why does the wicked man revile God?Why does he say to himself,“He won’t call me to account”? 14But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;you consider their grief and take it in hand.The victims commit themselves to you;you are the helper of the fatherless. 15Break the arm of the wicked man;call the evildoer to account for his wickednessthat would not otherwise be found out. 16The Lord is King for ever and ever;the nations will perish from his land. 17You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, 18defending the fatherless and the oppressed,so that mere earthly mortalswill never again strike terror.
–from Psalm 10
Keep telling people about Jesus (Matthew 13:18-35)
Will you be someone who will notice hard ground and try to work it to soften it to be good soil in which a seed can be planted? Will you be someone who will notice rocky ground and try to help clean things up so that it will be good soil in which to plant seeds? Will you be someone who will notice the weeds, things growing wild and getting in the way of being able to produce good fruit so that you will have good soil in which to plant seeds? Will you plant seeds that will produce good fruit when you find good soil to plant it in?
Do you know how you can do this? You can do this by sharing Jesus with them! Share how Jesus transformed your life! Share the hope that is within you because of Jesus! Share Jesus’ love by being His arms extended to embrace and care for them! Share Jesus’ love by being His hands working side by side with them so they know that you care for them.
Don’t lose hope if when you plant a seed that it doesn’t always produce fruit. Sometimes that is how you can tell the condition of the soil. You may find that some won’t take root, others only produce temporary results due to trouble, worries of this life, or the deceitfulness of wealth. When you find good soil, the fruit it produces will be incredible, a harvest beyond your wildest dreams. Let’s help the world to become part of God’s family! Let’s be sharing the hope that is within us so that Jesus can be a part of their lives. It may start small, but just like a little yeast in dough will make it all rise.
How will your influence in the world around you impact the world? Will you impact your marriage? Will you impact your family? Will you impact your neighborhood? Will you impact your community? Will you impact your city? Will you impact your workplace? Will you impact your nation? Let’s start small and start transforming our world, one step at a time!
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” 24Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ” 31He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 33He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” 34Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:“I will open my mouth in parables,I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
–from Matthew 13
Bow down before the King of kings (Genesis 36:1-37:36)
One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! He is the King of kings! He is the Lord of lords! He is the Prince of peace!
Today’s readings shares some wisdom and insight from the story of Joseph…About his dreams and visions, how some weren’t ready or willing to hear about them, how timing and tact of being able to share is something necessary to have. He foreshadows the coming of Jesus!
We again are faced with a choice…we can choose to willingly bow to Jesus now or we will have to bow to Jesus later.
1This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom).
2Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite— 3also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth.
4Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel, 5and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan.
6Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob. 7Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock. 8So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.
9This is the account of the family line of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.
10These are the names of Esau’s sons:
Eliphaz, the son of Esau’s wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau’s wife Basemath.
11The sons of Eliphaz:
Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz.
12Esau’s son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Adah.
13The sons of Reuel:
Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath.
14The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau:
Jeush, Jalam and Korah.
15These were the chiefs among Esau’s descendants:
The sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau:
Chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, 16Korah, Gatam and Amalek. These were the chiefs descended from Eliphaz in Edom; they were grandsons of Adah.
17The sons of Esau’s son Reuel:
Chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the chiefs descended from Reuel in Edom; they were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath.
18The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah:
Chiefs Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the chiefs descended from Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah.
19These were the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these were their chiefs.
20These were the sons of Seir the Horite, who were living in the region:
Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 21Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These sons of Seir in Edom were Horite chiefs.
22The sons of Lotan:
Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan’s sister.
23The sons of Shobal:
Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam.
24The sons of Zibeon:
Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.
25The children of Anah:
Dishon and Oholibamah daughter of Anah.
26The sons of Dishon:
Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran.
27The sons of Ezer:
Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.
28The sons of Dishan:
Uz and Aran.
29These were the Horite chiefs:
Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 30Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These were the Horite chiefs, according to their divisions, in the land of Seir.
The Rulers of Edom
31These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned:
32Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah.
33When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king.
34When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king.
35When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith.
36When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king.
37When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king.
38When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Akbor succeeded him as king.
39When Baal-Hanan son of Akbor died, Hadad succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife’s name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab.
40These were the chiefs descended from Esau, by name, according to their clans and regions:
Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 41Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 42Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 43Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied.
This is the family line of Esau, the father of the Edomites.
1Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2This is the account of Jacob’s family line.
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
3Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
5Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
8His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
12Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, 13and Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.”
“Very well,” he replied.
14So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron.
When Joseph arrived at Shechem, 15a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?”
16He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?”
17“They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’ ”
So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20“Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
21When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22“Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.
23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
25As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
26Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.
28So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?”
31Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”
33He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.”
34Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.
36Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.
–from Genesis 36,37
Day 18: Bible In One Year 2017