The Story of Job. – Day 10


How do you take accusations in the midst of your trials and challenges? How do you handle criticism that is off base and untrue? How do you handle your friends or people you thought were your friends when they start saying things about you that you know are untrue and hurtful?


Today’s reading we get to see Job’s response to Eliphaz’s words:

‘Then Job answered and said, “Oh, that my grief could actually be weighed And placed in the balances together with my tragedy [to see if my grief is the grief of a coward]! For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; Therefore my words have been incoherent, Because the arrows of the Almighty are within me, My spirit drinks their poison; The terrors of God are arrayed against me. Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder? Can something that has no taste to it be eaten without salt? Or is there any flavor in the white of an egg? My soul refuses to touch them; Such things are like loathsome food to me [sickening and repugnant]. “Oh that my request would come to pass, And that God would grant me the thing that I long for! I wish that it would please God to crush me, That He would let loose His hand and cut me off. Then I would still have consolation, And I would jump for joy amid unsparing pain, That I have not denied or hidden the words of the Holy One. What strength do I have left, that I should wait [and hope]? And what is ahead of me, that I should be patient and endure? Is my strength and endurance that of stones, Or is my flesh made of bronze? Is it that I have no help within myself, And that success and wisdom have been driven from me? “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not abandon (turn away from) the fear of the Almighty. My brothers have acted deceitfully like a brook, Like the torrents of brooks that vanish, Which are dull and dirty because of ice, And into which the snow melts and hides itself; When it is warm, they are silent and cease to flow; When it is hot, they vanish from their place. The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish. [Your counsel is as helpful to me as a dry streambed in the heat of summer.] The caravans of Tema looked [for water], The caravans of Sheba waited for them [in vain]. They were put to shame and disappointed because they had trusted [that they would find water]; They came there and were ashamed. Indeed, you have now become like a dried-up stream, You see a terror [believing me to be a victim of the wrath of God] and are afraid [to be compassionate]. Did I ever say, ‘Give me something, ’ Or, ‘Pay a bribe for me from your wealth,’ Or, ‘Rescue me from the adversary’s hand,’ Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants’? “Teach me, and I will be silent; And show me how I have erred. How painful are words of honesty. But what does your argument prove? Do you intend to reprove my words [with a convincing argument], When the words of one in despair belong to the wind [and go ignored]? You would cast lots (gamble) over the fatherless And bargain away your friend. Now please look at me, And see if I lie to your face [for you know that I would not]. Turn away [from your suspicion], let there be no injustice; Turn away, my righteousness and vindication is still in it. Is there injustice or malice on my tongue? Can my palate not discern what is destructive?’

Job 6

Today’s study notes come from the following 2 studies:


My study notes:

In using the amplified version of the text, we can get a lot of the additional context from the text and so was why I chose the Amplified version for this study.

We read in the start of Job’s words about his grief. We learn looking into that word that it was from the word (כעשׂ ka‛aś) – we also learn that it can be interpreted in two ways: “vexation, trouble, grief; Ecclesiastes 1:18; Ecclesiastes 2:23; or it may mean anger; Deuteronomy 32:19; Ezekiel 20:28.”

It speaks to the level and gravity of what he was going thru and how much he wanted his friends to understand the extent of his sorrow and his suffering before passing judgement on him and trying to condemn him.

We read how he was trying to get a measure by putting them into a scale in order to measure the weight of his sorrows, griefs, and woes. We read how he compares them to the weight of the sand of the sea. We see that the impact of all this pain is making it hard for him to fully express himself.

Job shares how the pain he is suffering is so much greater than anything man could cause. We learn in the studies how the pain was more to his heart, because it had to have been allowed by God, and yet he had loved God so much – with all that he had – and still was having to suffer so severely.

We learn how Job is comparing his plea with the animals as they don’t bray or low for nothing and neither is his complaint without cause. In today’s study we find the reminder that even though we may have cause to complain unlike beasts, wild or domesticated, we as rational beings should display a better spirit.

With Job’s depiction, we learn how he feels that his life has lost its pleasantness as food without salt. He lost his children, taking away his joy. Job speaks to his life to compare to how nauseating he is feeling as well as to answer Eliphaz.

We learn how Job is just wanting God to finish this process that is going on. We learn how his preference was that God would stop the suffering and the misery with death so it would be over with as we learned in chapter 3. Even though Eliphaz spoke to God granting long life, we learn how Job wasn’t wanting that right now without his health and his children to share it with.

Job had taken hold of God’s revelation and his commands and hence pursued them and followed them in his life. He shared what he believed. He realizes the holiness of God. He knows there is a reason for everything that happens. He knew there was purpose behind it, even when it didn’t feel good.

We learn in the studies how “had no strength to bear up against these accumulated trials; that he was afraid that he should be left to sink under them, and to complain of God; and that his friends were not to wonder if his strength gave way, and he uttered the language of complaint.“.

We see how Job was feeling that there was no hope in him to get out of this, he had no more strength to try. We see how any hope of deliverance had left him.

His friends weren’t helping him. He compares their help to a dry riverbed in the hot of the summer.

We don’t find Job admitting to having sinned but instead he asks his friends to teach him, help him understand where he erred, to show him where they think he had sinned for he didn’t know of anything that would have caused his current situation.


So where are you at today? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today?

Do you have a way to get rid of guilt?


What if the question was about trying to get rid of the feeling of guilt? What if the question was about trying to get rid of judgement? What if the question was about trying to get rid of laws or punishment? The reality is that at some point in our lives we find ourselves being guilty of missing the mark because we all have. Now the only way to address it is head on by accepting what you did wrong, confessing to it, and then asking for forgiveness and getting ready for the consequences. Shouldn’t it matter what you did in respect to the consequences of your actions? Shouldn’t it matter how big or small the miss or mess or trouble you cause is and that the consequences should be in proportion? What if people tried to get rid of the judgment part of being guilty? Do you think it would make it better and safer or would it make things more dangerous and much worse? Do you think that the judgment is a deterrent that keeps some people from going too far? Do you think that the punishment for different acts makes people think twice before they act? Have you ever considered that there are some people who don’t feel guilt or remorse and hence without judgment and consequences those people would continue the downward spiral till things got out of control? Have you noticed there are people who are trying to get rid of the consequences for such cases? Have you noticed there are people trying to get rid of the punishment that for people who are logical and can think through and weigh out the risk and the reward in order to change their direction or plans? Have you noticed that there are people who try to release people who need help because they are unable to make good decisions and put even more people at risk? Where are you at? Do you have a way to get rid of guilt? Will it last? Is it long lasting? Will it last or impact eternity? Have you heard of Jesus?


Today’s reading gets started in Leviticus 7.

‘“These are the instructions for the guilt offering. It is most holy. The animal sacrificed as a guilt offering must be slaughtered at the place where the burnt offerings are slaughtered, and its blood must be splattered against all sides of the altar. The priest will then offer all its fat on the altar, including the fat of the broad tail, the fat around the internal organs, the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These are to be removed with the kidneys, and the priests will burn them on the altar as a special gift presented to the Lord . This is the guilt offering. Any male from a priest’s family may eat the meat. It must be eaten in a sacred place, for it is most holy. “The same instructions apply to both the guilt offering and the sin offering. Both belong to the priest who uses them to purify someone, making that person right with the Lord . In the case of the burnt offering, the priest may keep the hide of the sacrificed animal. Any grain offering that has been baked in an oven, prepared in a pan, or cooked on a griddle belongs to the priest who presents it. All other grain offerings, whether made of dry flour or flour moistened with olive oil, are to be shared equally among all the priests, the descendants of Aaron.

“These are the instructions regarding the different kinds of peace offerings that may be presented to the Lord . If you present your peace offering as an expression of thanksgiving, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread made without yeast—thin cakes mixed with olive oil, wafers spread with oil, and cakes made of choice flour mixed with olive oil. This peace offering of thanksgiving must also be accompanied by loaves of bread made with yeast. One of each kind of bread must be presented as a gift to the Lord . It will then belong to the priest who splatters the blood of the peace offering against the altar. The meat of the peace offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the same day it is offered. None of it may be saved for the next morning. “If you bring an offering to fulfill a vow or as a voluntary offering, the meat must be eaten on the same day the sacrifice is offered, but whatever is left over may be eaten on the second day. Any meat left over until the third day must be completely burned up. If any of the meat from the peace offering is eaten on the third day, the person who presented it will not be accepted by the Lord . You will receive no credit for offering it. By then the meat will be contaminated; if you eat it, you will be punished for your sin. “Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean may not be eaten; it must be completely burned up. The rest of the meat may be eaten, but only by people who are ceremonially clean. If you are ceremonially unclean and you eat meat from a peace offering that was presented to the Lord , you will be cut off from the community. If you touch anything that is unclean (whether it is human defilement or an unclean animal or any other unclean, detestable thing) and then eat meat from a peace offering presented to the Lord , you will be cut off from the community.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats. The fat of an animal found dead or torn to pieces by wild animals must never be eaten, though it may be used for any other purpose. Anyone who eats fat from an animal presented as a special gift to the Lord will be cut off from the community. No matter where you live, you must never consume the blood of any bird or animal. Anyone who consumes blood will be cut off from the community.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present a peace offering to the Lord , bring part of it as a gift to the Lord . Present it to the Lord with your own hands as a special gift to the Lord . Bring the fat of the animal, together with the breast, and lift up the breast as a special offering to the Lord . Then the priest will burn the fat on the altar, but the breast will belong to Aaron and his descendants. Give the right thigh of your peace offering to the priest as a gift. The right thigh must always be given to the priest who offers the blood and the fat of the peace offering. For I have reserved the breast of the special offering and the right thigh of the sacred offering for the priests. It is the permanent right of Aaron and his descendants to share in the peace offerings brought by the people of Israel. This is their rightful share. The special gifts presented to the Lord have been reserved for Aaron and his descendants from the time they were set apart to serve the Lord as priests. On the day they were anointed, the Lord commanded the Israelites to give these portions to the priests as their permanent share from generation to generation.” These are the instructions for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, as well as the ordination offering and the peace offering. The Lord gave these instructions to Moses on Mount Sinai when he commanded the Israelites to present their offerings to the Lord in the wilderness of Sinai.’

Leviticus 7

Today’s reading next brings us to Job as he is confronted by God in Job 40.

‘Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: “Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. “Will you discredit my justice and condemn me just to prove you are right? Are you as strong as God? Can you thunder with a voice like his? All right, put on your glory and splendor, your honor and majesty. Give vent to your anger. Let it overflow against the proud. Humiliate the proud with a glance; walk on the wicked where they stand. Bury them in the dust. Imprison them in the world of the dead. Then even I would praise you, for your own strength would save you. “Take a look at Behemoth, which I made, just as I made you. It eats grass like an ox. See its powerful loins and the muscles of its belly. Its tail is as strong as a cedar. The sinews of its thighs are knit tightly together. Its bones are tubes of bronze. Its limbs are bars of iron. It is a prime example of God’s handiwork, and only its Creator can threaten it. The mountains offer it their best food, where all the wild animals play. It lies under the lotus plants, hidden by the reeds in the marsh. The lotus plants give it shade among the willows beside the stream. It is not disturbed by the raging river, not concerned when the swelling Jordan rushes around it. No one can catch it off guard or put a ring in its nose and lead it away.’

Job 40:6-24

Today’s reading continues in the book of Job into Job 41.

‘“Can you catch Leviathan with a hook or put a noose around its jaw? Can you tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike? Will it beg you for mercy or implore you for pity? Will it agree to work for you, to be your slave for life? Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with? Will merchants try to buy it to sell it in their shops? Will its hide be hurt by spears or its head by a harpoon? If you lay a hand on it, you will certainly remember the battle that follows. You won’t try that again! No, it is useless to try to capture it. The hunter who attempts it will be knocked down. And since no one dares to disturb it, who then can stand up to me? Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine. “I want to emphasize Leviathan’s limbs and its enormous strength and graceful form. Who can strip off its hide, and who can penetrate its double layer of armor? Who could pry open its jaws? For its teeth are terrible! The scales on its back are like rows of shields tightly sealed together. They are so close together that no air can get between them. Each scale sticks tight to the next. They interlock and cannot be penetrated. “When it sneezes, it flashes light! Its eyes are like the red of dawn. Lightning leaps from its mouth; flames of fire flash out. Smoke streams from its nostrils like steam from a pot heated over burning rushes. Its breath would kindle coals, for flames shoot from its mouth. “The tremendous strength in Leviathan’s neck strikes terror wherever it goes. Its flesh is hard and firm and cannot be penetrated. Its heart is hard as rock, hard as a millstone. When it rises, the mighty are afraid, gripped by terror. No sword can stop it, no spear, dart, or javelin. Iron is nothing but straw to that creature, and bronze is like rotten wood. Arrows cannot make it flee. Stones shot from a sling are like bits of grass. Clubs are like a blade of grass, and it laughs at the swish of javelins. Its belly is covered with scales as sharp as glass. It plows up the ground as it drags through the mud. “Leviathan makes the water boil with its commotion. It stirs the depths like a pot of ointment. The water glistens in its wake, making the sea look white. Nothing on earth is its equal, no other creature so fearless. Of all the creatures, it is the proudest. It is the king of beasts.”’

Job 41

Today’s reading next brings us into the New Testament starting in Mark 8.

‘Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah. ” But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?#8:36 Or your self? also in 8:37. Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”’

Mark 8:27-38

Today’s reading continues into Mark 9.

‘Jesus went on to say, “I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God arrive in great power!”’

Mark 9:1

Today’s reading continues into 1 Corinthians 15.

‘But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.’

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

As we meditate on what God has spoken to us today through His Word, let’s close together as we finish today’s reading in Psalms 74.

‘O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture? Remember that we are the people you chose long ago, the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession! And remember Jerusalem, your home here on earth. Walk through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary. There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries; there they set up their battle standards. They swung their axes like woodcutters in a forest. With axes and picks, they smashed the carved paneling. They burned your sanctuary to the ground. They defiled the place that bears your name. Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!” So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped. We no longer see your miraculous signs. All the prophets are gone, and no one can tell us when it will end. How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you? Will you let them dishonor your name forever? Why do you hold back your strong right hand? Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them. You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth. You split the sea by your strength and smashed the heads of the sea monsters. You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him. You caused the springs and streams to gush forth, and you dried up rivers that never run dry. Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun. You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter. See how these enemies insult you, Lord . A foolish nation has dishonored your name. Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don’t forget your suffering people forever. Remember your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence! Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name. Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long. Don’t overlook what your enemies have said or their growing uproar.’

Psalms 74

Second chance – Redemption.


Ever wondered if there was going to be a way to right a wrong? Ever wondered if there was going to be a way to move forward and not lose out on all that God had planned? What if someone had taken something away? They get their judgment but what about the gap or hole that was left behind? Would you turn to God and ask? Would you allow God to make a way even when there didn’t seem to be a way? Today’s reading begins in Genesis 4:17-26 that speaks of Cain who was able to have his own family. We also learn how Adam and Eve were redeem and they had another son named Seth. We then go on to learn more about the future generations up to Adam and how long they live in Genesis 5 along with the sons who had the birthrights.

Just because things may have gotten hard or painful doesn’t mean we should give up. Instead we should be leaning on God. We need to be trusting in God rather than our own understanding. We can take heart when we face troubles of any kind because Jesus has overcome the world. We can take hold of what James had told us about trials and how we can consider them pure joy since it builds faith and as we endure it we will be strengthen and become complete and lacking nothing. So instead of worrying about things let’s pray and consider even the example of Jabez who gets called out in our reading from 1 Chronicles 4. We read the following about Jabez

9There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. 10He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Are you willing to allow God such a position in your life that you would ask him such a prayer? Would you pray to expand your territory of influence, of possession, of impact, and more? Would you pray to do God’s work and to receive his instruction, direction, and discipline so that you are kept from causing any types of trouble and pain? Would you have enough faith to believe and trust Him? Will you allow God to redeem you from the past and bless your future – redeemed and taking hold of that second chance?

Will you believe Jesus? Will you believe in Jesus? Will you go beyond believing and allow faith to go into action? We learn how faith without works is dead from James. Will you do as Jesus did to stand up for what is right? Will you take hold of the body of Jesus as a temple that would be torn down for 3 days but then he was resurrected on the third day? We learn and take hold of this from today’s reading in both John 2 and James 2. Let’s live our lives without prejudice. Let’s live our lives blessing and honoring everyone. Let’s take hold of God’s Word of loving our neighbor as ourselves so that we don’t favor one person over another. Let’s not even judge one another because our sin isn’t as bad as someone else’s since if just one is broken it carries the same punishment. Let’s look to live out our lives in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory so that in and through our lives we will love our God with all our hearts, minds, and souls and we will love our neighbors as ourselves. Let’s not allow anger to rob us of all God has in store and available to us. Let’s be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to get angry.

Let’s give up this day meditating on Psalms 4:

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

1Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies?
Interlude
3You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.

4Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.
Interlude
5Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the Lord.

6Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
7You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
8In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Psalms 4

Judging…


I remember in high school getting to take law class, it was an awesome experience. I even got to be the judge during mock trials. I had the be read up on the laws for the case but my decision had to be based on the evidence presented in the case. I remember how I presided over two trials (same scenario but different lawyers and presentations of what happened). I gave two rulings based on the cases and felt justice had been served based on the evidence presented. I had to do a write of my decision for the teacher and based on my understanding of the laws and how the cases were presented they agreed with my decisions. It was so much fun I thought I wanted to get to be a judge when I grew up but when I heard I had to be a lawyer first I decided to go another way. I never lost the love for the law classes and got to take one class in university around computer laws. God had other plans but His Word provides us with a frame work to live by not to keep us from having fun, but rather in order to keep us in His path of safety and provision. So many view laws as barriers or things to keep us from fun, but when the laws are based on Judeo Christian laws, we see they have the same purpose God’s laws have. The Old Testament laws show us how much we need a savior because it seems pretty much impossible to make it. The New Testament gives us the hope of Jesus. We see how God is the God of second chances in both the Old and the New Testaments. Be it thru the story of Jonah for Jonah and also the people of Nineveh or Joseph and his brothers or the stories of Jesus.Today’s call out from our devotions is so true…

At the moment, we do not always see justice. We see wickedness (v.3), arrogance and boasting (v.4). We see people being crushed and oppressed (v.5). In particular, we see the poor – the widow, outsider and fatherless (v.6) – suffering.

The psalmist cries out for justice. God is a God of justice. He ‘avenges’ (v.1). This is not vindictive but the appropriate and just response to evil and wickedness. He will ‘pay back to the proud what they deserve’ (v.2b). The wicked will not get away with it any longer. The poor will no longer be oppressed.

God’s judgment is an aspect of his love. He loves the marginalised. Therefore, he acts on their behalf to judge their oppressors.

Injustice is the cause of so much suffering in the world. In order to protect the innocent, it is an act of love to bring to justice those who, for example, traffic people for sex.

Sometimes we might be tempted to think that ‘God does not notice’ or ‘God does not mind’. However, the reality is that God, ‘who implanted the ear’, hears and, ‘who formed the eye’, sees (v.9). This means that God’s judgment will be loving and perfect. God has total knowledge for ‘the Lord knows all human thoughts’ (v.11a), and so he is able to, and will, administer perfect justice.

— from Day 222 – Bible in One Year 2017

Another truth speaks to the importance of settling things between Christians rather than going to court in from of non believers. We need to settle them amongst ourselves.

The general rule in the New Testament is that Christians should never take each other to court.

The apostle Paul was shocked that the believers in Corinth were taking one another to court (v.1a). This is a terrible witness for the church. Believers were fighting each other in front of the ‘ungodly’ (v.1): ‘Does it make any sense to go before a court that knows nothing of God’s ways instead of a family of Christians?’ (v.1b, MSG).

It is better to be wronged or cheated than to get involved in lawsuits (vv.7–8). However, Paul appeals to them that if they do get involved in disputes they should settle the matter between themselves (vv.4–6).

If it really is necessary to settle a dispute, then they should appoint judges from the church. Paul points out that one day the ‘saints will judge the world’ (v.2): ‘The day is coming when the world is going to stand before a jury made up of followers of Jesus’ (v.2, MSG). This judgment, Paul suggests, will include the judgment of fallen angels (v.3).

Paul’s argument is that if one day we are to be involved in this great day of judgment, surely we are capable of judging relatively trivial cases now (vv.2–3). Do anything to avoid ‘going to law’ against each other in front of ‘unbelievers’ (v.6).

There will be a final judgment: ‘The wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God’ (v.9). Paul lists various types of sinners: ‘Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom’ (vv.9–10, MSG).

A number of those to whom Paul was writing would have been involved in these kinds of lifestyles in the recent past and would have been on Paul’s list. But he writes, ‘Since then, you’ve been cleaned up and given a fresh start by Jesus, our Master, our Messiah, and by our God present in us, the Spirit’ (v.11, MSG).

All of us deserve to be condemned at the final judgment. We have no cause for self-righteousness or boasting. Through the death of Jesus for you, you were washed, sanctified and justified. To be justified means to be acquitted before the great court of God. The judgment is brought forward and you receive this verdict now.

You can have great confidence about the future. Death is not the end: ‘By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also’ (v.14). Not only can you be sure that one day you will be raised to eternal life, but through Jesus you can also be assured that you can appear with confidence before the judge of all the earth ‘sanctified’ and ‘justified’ (v.11).

This does not mean that you can go off and do anything you like. Rather, the reverse. Your body is now a temple of the Holy Spirit (v.19). You were ‘bought at a price’ (v.20). Therefore, ‘flee from sexual immorality’ (v.18). ‘We must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy leaving us more lonely than ever’ (v.16, MSG). ‘Your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit’ (v.19, MSG).

Do ‘not be mastered by anything’ (v.12). Your body belongs to God. Use it to honour him (v.20).

— from Day 222 – Bible in One Year 2017

So we need to be living and seeking wisdom so that what we do and can do in this world. We need to be praying for good lawyers and judges today so that justice is being served. Let’s consider Solomon the most wise and his life and the difference his heart for serving the people and for doing what was right impacted how he responded to God’s offer to give him whatever he asked.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by something you are supposed to be doing? I certainly do. Solomon was faced with a ‘staggering task’ (v.9, MSG).

Solomon’s kingdom was firmly established (v.1). He spoke to all Israel including the ‘judges’ (v.2).

He himself was also to act as a judge. In fact, throughout history Solomon has been known for his good judgment. The people held him ‘in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice’ (1 Kings 3:28).

Where did this wisdom come from? It was an answer to his prayer. God said to him, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give to you’ (2 Chronicles 1:7). He prayed as I often do, ‘Give me wisdom and knowledge as I come and go among this people – for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?’ (v.10, MSG).

‘God answered Solomon, “This is what has come out of your heart: You didn’t grasp for money, wealth, fame, and the doom of your enemies; you didn’t even ask for a long life. You asked for wisdom and knowledge so you could govern well my people over whom I’ve made you king. Because of this, you get what you asked for – wisdom and knowledge. And I’m presenting you the rest as a bonus – money, wealth, and fame beyond anything the kings before or after you had or will have”’ (vv.11–12, MSG).

As Jesus said, ‘Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’ (Matthew 6:33). And as the apostle James said, ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you’ (James 1:5).

— from Day 222 – Bible in One Year 2017


God’s Judgment and Ours

Day 222: Bible in One Year 2017

  1. Judge of the earth … Psalm 94:1-11
  2. Judges in the church … 1 Corinthians 6:1-20
  3. Judgment of Solomon … 2 Chronicles 1:1-17


Psalms 94:1-11

•   <a href="https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1CO.6">1 Corinthians 6</a>

•   <a href="https://www.bible.com/bible/1/2CH.1">2 Chronicles 1</a>

Their is a difference between what we deserve vs what is available.


Ever messed up? Ever made a mistake? Ever missed the mark? Ever done something you were sorry for? Ever done something you weren’t proud of? Ever broken a rule? Ever broken the law? Ever done something unfair? Ever done something immoral? Ever done something immoral?

Do you realize what the penalty is? Do you realize what the repercussions are? Do you realize what could of or should of happened to you because of it? Do you realize the impact it had on others and on you?

Do you realize we all have a choice? Do you realize we all have options? Do you realize there is a way out? Do you realize there is a way into hope? Do you realize that there is a way to compensate for the faults? Do you realize that there is a way to compensate for the bad? Do you realize that there is a way to restore or regain what was lost? Do you realize that there is a way to be redeemed? Do you realize that there is a way to be vindicated? Do you realize there there is a way to get help?

Did you know that there is a way to hear a word of wisdom? Did you know that there is a way to hear a word of encouragement? Did you know that there is a way to hear a word that will sustain you? Did you know that there is a way to hear a word that will renew you?

Want help? Need help? Know where to go and find help?

Turn back to God! Cry out to Jesus! Trust in Him! Lean on Him and His ways!


Today’s reading starts in Isaiah 50..

1Thus says Adonai: “Where is the divorce certificate, by which I sent your mother away? Or to whom of My creditors did I sell you? See, you were sold for your iniquities, and for your transgressions your mother was sent away. 2Why was no one there when I came? Why was there no one to answer when I called? Is My hand too short to redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, I dry up the sea at My rebuke, I make rivers a wilderness— their fish stink for lack of water and die of thirst. 3I clothe the heavens with blackness and make sackcloth their covering.”

Third Servant Song: Face Like Flint

4Adonai Elohim has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning. He awakens My ear to give heed as a disciple. 5Adonai Elohim has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn back. 6I gave My back to those who strike, and My cheeks to those pulling out My beard; I did not hide My face from humiliation and spitting. 7For Adonai Elohim will help Me. Therefore I have not been disgraced. Therefore I set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. 8The One who vindicates Me is near. Who will accuse Me? Let us stand up to each other. Who is My adversary? Let him confront Me. 9See, Adonai Elohim will help Me. Who is he who would condemn Me? See, they all wear out like a garment. A moth will eat them up. 10Who among you fears Adonai? Who hears the voice of His servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the Name of Adonai and lean on his God. 11“Behold, all you who kindle a fire, encircling yourselves with firebrands. Walk in the light of your fire and among the brands you have lit. This you will have from My hand: you will lie down in torment.”

–from Isaiah 50

Looking for justice? Turn to God! Looking for comfort? Turn to God! Looking for righteousness? Turn to God! Looking for salvation? Turn to God! Looking for strength? Turn to God! Looking for joy? Turn to God! Looking for gladness? Turn to God! Afraid of the unknown? Turn to God! Ask the Spirit of God to come into your heart! Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior!

Comfort Zion With Justice

1“Listen to Me, you who pursue justice, you who seek Adonai. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you. For when I called him, he was but one, then I blessed him and multiplied him.” 3For Adonai will comfort Zion. He will comfort all her waste places. He will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of Adonai. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and a sound of melody. 4“Pay attention to Me, My people, give ear to Me, My nation. For Torah will go out from Me, My justice as a light to the peoples. 5My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone out, and My arms will judge the nations. The coastlands will wait for Me— for My arm they will wait expectantly. 6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and its inhabitants will die like gnats, but My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness never wane. 7Listen to Me, you who know justice, a people with My Torah in their heart: Do not fear the taunt of men, nor be dismayed at their insults. 8For the moth will eat them like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool. But My righteousness will be forever and My salvation for all generations.” 9Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of Adonai, awake, as in days of old, the generations of long ago. Was it not You who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the dragon? 10Was it not You who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made the depths of the sea a path for the redeemed to pass over? 11Now the ransomed of Adonai will return, and come to Zion with singing. Everlasting joy will be upon their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. 12“I, I am the One who comforts you. Who are you that you should fear man, who dies, or a son of man, who is given up like grass?” 13But you forgot Adonai your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. Are you in constant dread all day because of the fury of the oppressor as he makes ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor? 14Soon one bowed down will be released. He will not die and go to the Pit, nor will his bread be lacking. 15“For I am Adonai your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—Adonai-Tzva’ot is His Name. 16I have put My words in your mouth, and covered you with the shadow of My hand— I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’” 17Awake, awake! Stand up, Jerusalem! From Adonai’s hand you have drunk the cup of His fury, the chalice of reeling that you have drained to the dregs. 18There is none to guide her among all the sons she has borne, nor is there one to take her by the hand among all the sons she has raised. 19These two things have befallen you —who will mourn for you?— devastation and destruction, famine and the sword. How will I comfort you? 20Your sons have fainted. They lie at every street corner, like an antelope in a net. They are full of Adonai’s fury, the rebuke of your God. 21Therefore hear this, you who are afflicted, who are drunk, but not with wine. 22Thus says your Lord, Adonai your God who defends His people: “Behold, I have taken from your hand the cup of reeling, the bowl of My wrath. You will never drink it again. 23Then I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, who said to you, ‘Lie down, so we may walk over you.’ You have made your back like the ground and like a street for passersby.

–from Isaiah 51

Will you choose before it is too late? Will you ask Jesus into your life and follow after Him the rest of your life? Will you call upon Jesus and be saved?

Judgment is coming! Eternity is at stake! We each need to make our own choice and decision!

Don’t worry about revenge! The battle is the Lord’s and vengeance is His!

God Really Judges

1For the music director: “Do Not Destroy,” a Michtam of David. 2Do you really speak of justice, O “gods”? Do you judge with fairness, sons of man? 3No, in heart you devise injustice. Your hands weigh out violence on earth. 4The wicked are strangers from the womb. Speaking lies, they go astray from birth. 5Their venom is like a serpent’s venom, like a deaf cobra shutting its ear— 6not hearing the voice of charmers, or a cunning spell binder. 7O God, break their teeth in their mouths. Tear out the fangs of young lions, Adonai. 8Let them flow away like water that runs off. When he bends his bow, let the arrows be cut off. 9Like a slug melting away as it slithers, like a woman’s miscarriage, may they never see the sun. 10Even before your pots can feel a thorn —whether alive or ablaze— He will sweep the wicked away. 11The righteous one will rejoice when he beholds vengeance, when he washes his feet in the blood of the wicked. 12Then men will say: “There really is a reward for the righteous. There really is a God who judges on earth!”

–from Psalms 58

Don’t try to trick or deceive God! He knows your every thought! Don’t try to cheat God! He already owns everything and knows your heart! Walk with Him! Trust Him! Live life to the full in and through Him! Let’s be living lives that testify of God’s goodness and great love! Let’s be living lives that testify to His power and greatness! Let’s allow the Spirit of God to work in us and through us for the glory of our God! We need to be telling people God’s way! We need to go beyond man’s way and do it God’s way! From the beginning people tried to stop God, but as today’s reading tells us “If it is of God, you will not be able to stop them. You might even be found fighting against God.” Don’t lose hope in the trial, the troubles, and the persecution! Trust in God! Rejoice that you were considered worthy!

Ananias and Sapphira Lie to the Ruach

1On the other hand, a man named Ananias together with his wife, Sapphira, sold a property. 2He kept back some of the proceeds, with his wife’s full knowledge, and brought part of it and set it at the feet of the emissaries. 3But Peter said, “Ananias, why has satan filled your heart to lie to the Ruach ha-Kodesh and keep back part of the proceeds of the land? 4While it remained unsold, it was your own, wasn’t it? And after it was sold, wasn’t it at your disposal? How did this deed get into your heart? You haven’t lied to men but to God.” 5As soon as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and died. Great fear came upon all who heard about it. 6The young men got up and wrapped him in a shroud, then carried him out and buried him. 7After an interval of about three hours, his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8Peter responded to her, “Tell me if you sold the land for this much.” She said, “Yes, for that much.” 9Then Peter said to her, “How did you agree to test the Ruach Adonai? Look, the feet of those who buried your husband are at the door—they will carry you out, too!” 10Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came back in, they found her dead and carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11And great fear came over the whole community and all who heard these things.

Signs and Wonders, Angelic Jailbreak, and Bold Witness

12Meanwhile, through the hands of the emissaries many signs and wonders were happening among the people. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13But no one else dared to join them, though the people continued to think highly of them. 14Yet more than ever those trusting in the Lord were added—large numbers of men and women. 15They even carried the sick into the streets and laid them on stretchers and cots, so that when Peter passed by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16Crowds were also gathering from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing those who were sick or tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all being healed. 17But the kohen gadol rose up, and all those with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. 18They grabbed the emissaries and put them in a public jail. 19But during the night an angel of Adonai opened the prison doors, and leading them out he said, 20“Go, stand in the Temple and speak to the people the whole message about this Life.” 21Now when they heard that, they entered the Temple at daybreak and began teaching. When the kohen gadol and those with him arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin, even the council of elders of Bnei-Yisrael, and sent to the prison to have the prisoners brought in. 22But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison. So they returned and reported, 23saying, “We found the prison locked with maximum security and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened up, we found no one inside.” 24When the captain of the Temple and the ruling kohanim heard these words, they were perplexed about them, wondering where this would lead. 25But someone came and reported to them, “The men you put in prison are standing in the Temple and teaching the people!” 26Then the captain went off with the officers and brought the emissaries—but not with force, because they feared they might be stoned by the people. 27When they had brought them, they placed them before the Sanhedrin. The kohen gadol questioned them, 28saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name—and look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring on us the blood of this Man!” 29Peter and the emissaries replied, “We must obey God rather than men. 30The God of our fathers raised up Yeshua, whom you seized and had crucified. 31This One God exalted at His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and removal of sins. 32And we are witnesses of these events—as is the Ruach ha-Kodesh, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” 33Now when they heard this, they became enraged and wanted to kill them. 34But a certain Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Torah respected by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35Then he said to them, “Men of Israel, be careful what you are about to do with these men. 36For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody; and a number of men, maybe four hundred, joined up with him. He was killed, and all who followed him were scattered and came to nothing. 37After this fellow, Judah the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and got people to follow him. He also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38So now I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or undertaking is of men, it will come to an end; 39but if it is of God, you will not be able to stop them. You might even be found fighting against God.” They took his advice, 40called in the emissaries, flogged them, ordered them not to continue speaking in the name of Yeshua, and let them go. 41So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were considered worthy to be dishonored on account of His name. 42And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming Yeshua as the Messiah.

–from Acts 5

So choose to be on the winning side! Choose to walk in the victory that has already been won. Jesus has won! So choose to walk with Him and be on His side!

The Victory of the Resurrection

1Now I make known to you, brothers and sisters, the Good News which I proclaimed to you. You also received it, and you took your stand on it,
2and by it you are being saved if you hold firm to the word I proclaimed to you—unless you believed without proper consideration.
3For I also passed on to you first of all what I also received— that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5and that He appeared to Kefa, then to the Twelve.
6Then He appeared to over five hundred brothers and sisters at one time— most of them are still alive, though some have died.
7Then He appeared to Jacob, then to all the emissaries,
8and last of all, as to one untimely born, He also appeared to me.
9For I am the least of the emissaries, unworthy to be called an emissary because I persecuted God’s community.
10But by the grace of God I am what I am. His grace toward me was not in vain. No, I worked harder than them all—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
11Whether then it is I or they, so we proclaim, and so you believed.
12Now if Messiah is proclaimed—that He has been raised from the dead—how can some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Messiah has been raised!
14And if Messiah has not been raised, then our proclaiming is meaningless and your faith also is meaningless.
15Moreover, we are found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that He raised up Messiah—whom He did not raise up, if in fact the dead are not raised.
16For if the dead are not raised, not even Messiah has been raised.
17And if Messiah has not been raised, your faith is futile—you are still in your sins.
18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Messiah have perished.
19If we have hoped in Messiah in this life alone, we are to be pitied more than all people.
20But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also has come through a Man.
22For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah will all be made alive.
23But each in its own order: Messiah the firstfruits; then, at His coming, those who belong to Messiah;
24then the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all rule and all authority and power.
25For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
27For God has “put all things in subjection underneath His feet.” But when the psalmist says that “all” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include God Himself, who put all things under Messiah.
28Now when all things become subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also become subject to the One who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all.
29Otherwise, what will they do who are immersed for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they immersed for them?
30And why are we in danger every hour?
31I die every day—yes, as surely as the boast in you, brothers and sisters, which I have in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
32If, for human reasons, I fought with “wild animals” at Ephesus, what good is that to me? If the dead are not raised, “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
33Do not be deceived! “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
34Come to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God—I say this to your shame.
35But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?”
36Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
37As for what you sow—you are not sowing the body that will be, but a bare seed, maybe of wheat or something else.
38But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.
39All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of humans, another flesh of animals, another of birds, and another of fish.
40There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing while the earthly is another.
41There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
42So also is the resurrection of the dead: Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption!
43Sown in dishonor, raised in glory! Sown in weakness, raised in power!
44Sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body! If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
45So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
47The first man is of the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven.
48Like the one made of dust, so also are those made of dust; and like the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.
49And just as we have borne the image of the one made from dust, so also shall we bear the image of the One from heaven.
50Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and what decays cannot inherit what does not decay.
51Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—
52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
53For this corruptible must put on incorruptibility , and this mortal must put on immortality.
54But when this corruptible will have put on incorruptibility and this mortal will have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55“Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?”
56Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Torah.
57But thanks be to God, who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah!
58Therefore, my dearly loved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord—because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

–from 1 Corinthians 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever gotten to the end of your rope?


Things ever gotten so bad that you couldn’t bear it anymore? Ever go to the point where the aches and pains were so great you just wanted a way out? Ever got sick and tired of being sick and tired? Ever got to the point where you were being attacked and didn’t understand why? Ever had people judging you because of what was happening to you without them really knowing what was going on? Ever pleaded with God?

Ever gotten to the end of your rope and just cried out to God for judgment because you wanted to know what was going on and why? Ever gotten to the end of your rope and just needed God to step in to help you understand what was going on? Ever gotten to the end of your rope and God was the only one who would be able to bring any sense, any wisdom, any discernment out of it all? Ever gotten to the end of your rope and just needed some hope?

Today’s reading from Job shows Job at the end of his rope facing just such points in his life. First in Job 30 where we read about his cry of agony. Then in Job 31 where we read about his cry for judgment.

Today’s reading continues into Luke 20. How do you answer people who as you questions to try and trip you up? How do you answer people who are asking questions but have no real interest in hearing the truth? We see Jesus being confronted in just such a predicament and He answers with a question…check this out.

2And they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is the one who gave You this authority?”
3But answering, Yeshua said to them, “I also will ask you a question, and you tell Me:
4the immersion of John—was it from heaven or from men?”
5They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’
6But if we say, ‘From men,’ then all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John is a prophet.”
7So they answered that they didn’t know where it came from.
8And Yeshua said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
–from Luke 20

Imagine laying all the ground work for a great success, a great harvest, a great outcome…Now imagine what would happen if you delegated it and things went bad, I mean really bad…How would you handle it? Check this parable out…

9Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey for a long time.
10And at the season, he sent a servant to the tenants so that they would give him part of the vineyard’s fruit. But the tenants beat him up and sent him away empty-handed.
11So he proceeded to send another servant. They beat him too and treated him shamefully, and they sent him away empty-handed.
12And he proceeded to send a third one. They wounded this one too, and they threw him out.
13“Now the master of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love. Probably they will show him respect.’
14But when the tenants saw him, they discussed the matter among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir! Let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours.’
15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the master of the vineyard do to them?
16He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” But when they heard this, they said, “May it never happen!”
–from Luke 20

Imagine that! Now being in the future and being able to know the rest of the story, we realize that the son who was killed was Jesus. God’s plan is that all would have the chance to know Him and live in relationship with Him! God’s plan was that people could have a hope and a future. But one day there will be final judgment and everyone will have to account for what they have done! And those who are in the book of life and under the blood of the lamb will spend eternity with God! And those who aren’t and have decided to live apart from God and out of relationship from Jesus will spend eternity apart from God for the rest of eternity!

Jesus responded to their cry with …

17Then Yeshua looked right at them and said, “Then what is this that has been written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone’?
18Everyone who falls on that stone will be shattered; but the one upon whom it falls, it will crush him.”
19The Torah scholars and the ruling kohanim tried to grab Him that very hour, because they realized that He spoke this parable against them—but they feared the people.
–from Luke 20

So they were upset and tried to find a way to trip him up and be able to get rid of Jesus. But Jesus knew their hearts and what they were trying to do and didn’t fall into their snares and traps.

20Now they watched Him and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order to trap Him in His words so they could hand Him over to the power and authority of the governor.
21And they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You tell it straight and You teach it straight. You show no partiality, but teach the way of God according to the truth.
22Is it permitted for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
23But carefully considering their treachery, Yeshua said to them,
24“Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” And they said, “Caesar’s.”
25Then He said to them, “Well then, give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
26And they could not trap Him in His words in the presence of the people. Astonished by His answer, they kept silent.
27Then some of the Sadducees (who deny there is a resurrection) came and questioned Yeshua.
28“Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that ‘if a man’s brother dies’ having a wife ‘but no children, then his brother should take the widow and father children for his brother.’
29Now there were seven brothers, and the first took a wife and died childless;
30and the second
31and the third took her, but in this same way, each of the seven brothers died and left no children.
32Finally the woman died too.
33So in the resurrection, whose wife is she? For all seven had married her.”
34Yeshua said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.
35But those considered worthy to reach the olam ha-ba and the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
36For they can no longer die, because they are like angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37But at the burning bush even Moses revealed that the dead are raised, when he calls Adonai ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’
38Now He is God not of the dead but of the living, for to Him they all are living.”
39Some of the Torah scholars replied, “Teacher, You have said it well.”
40For they no longer dared to question Him about anything.
41Then Yeshua said to them, “How can they say that the Messiah is Ben-David?
42For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, ‘Adonai said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,
43until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’
44David then calls Him ‘Lord’; so how is He his son?”
45Then with all the people listening, Yeshua said to the disciples,
46“Beware of the Torah scholars, who like to walk around in long robes. They love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at feasts.
47They devour widows’ houses and make long prayers as a show. These men will receive greater condemnation!”
–from Luke 20

So in the end we will all face judgment. In the end we will stand for what did or didn’t do. In the end our choices will be looked at and into. In the end we will find we had a choice to follow after Jesus or no and how that decision will impact the rest of eternity! So choose well! Choose right! Choose now for you can start to live in a relationship with Jesus today and not just in eternity!

If I had started my blog today it would have been 2016 to eternity, but I started it back in 2005. If I had a started my relationship with Jesus back when I was younger rather than in 2000, I could have matured and had more wisdom earlier in my life. But God loves us and He created an opportunity for me to meet with Him and to hear the message of truth and hope that it is more than just a routine, more than just a religion, more than just a pattern, He showed me it was all about having a relationship with Jesus! Walking and listening to the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit who will guide us and comfort us! God’s got incredible plans for us who believe and will choose to follow after Him! Is today your day? Have you already chosen to follow? Are you still trying to get it? Are you wanting to understand it all? Here are two things to consider…

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!

Seek God with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength!

And you will find him!

Today’s reading concludes in Revelation 15. Oh the greatness of God! Oh the wonders of God! Oh the hope that comes from a relationship with God! Oh the despair for those who see and still choose to not believe! I pray that God’s Word and God’s Truth will speak hope and life to you and that your day and your life will be transformed today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bad things happening doesn’t mean you did something wrong.


We hear and see the type of news that makes TV, and usually they don’t report much good news. With the tragedies that take place, we can’t really judge exactly why it happens. We know that it rains on the good and bad. We know that in this world there will be troubles. We know that we are to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. So don’t judge others because of the circumstances they are facing. God can take what the devil has purposed for evil and turn it around and use it for good. Being with God makes a difference, because we can have hope through the storms and through the valley, whereas those who don’t know and have no relationship with God fear death and aren’t sure where to turn to find hope. Everyone will be judged in the end, at the ultimate judgment seat of Jesus, but until that time, we all get a chance to make a choice. Will we follow after Jesus with the reward of eternity with God or will we not and receive the judgment of eternity apart from God? We all get a chance to choose, so choose wisely!

Today’s reading continues in Job and I still have hope because I know that in the end God turns it around and restores Job. Today’s reading though, we are still on the journey as we read Job 27 and 28. In the end there is justice. Until then, call upon the Lord! Cry out to Him and allow Him to speak into your moment, your trial, your troubles. Allow there to be joy even when the world doesn’t expect any. Allow there to be peace even through the turmoil. Allow there to be hope because you know where your hope comes from. And be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within you. God goes before you to prepare the good work He has for you to do. Ask Him for wisdom and discernment to help you be bold and courageous to get it done.

Job 27, we hear from Job the reasons why it may look like the people who are against God may look like they are increasing or their net value is increasing. He speaks to why the wicked may think or feel like they are getting away with something. But you can’t and won’t fool God. God knows your heart! He sees beyond your words and acts.

Do you realize where you need to turn to get and find wisdom? God is the answer! Job 28, the topic of where wisdom can’t be found is discussed. And concludes with where we can find wisdom and get understanding. Do you know where to turn to find wisdom? Do you know how to find understanding?

‘The fear of the Lord —that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’

–from Job 28:28

Today’s reading continues into Luke where Jesus speaks to people about not be discouraged, but rather should always pray! Walking in relationship with God is the key! Taking a hold of His truths is what we need! Luke 18 puts it this way..

2He said, “There was a judge in a certain city who neither feared God nor respected people.
3And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my opponent.’
4“He was unwilling at the time. But afterward he said to himself, ‘Although I don’t fear God or respect people,
5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice so she won’t wear me out by her incessant coming.’”
6Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge is saying.
7Won’t God do justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He be slow to help them?
8I tell you, He will quickly give them justice. But when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
–from Luke 18

Don’t be so proud, so self-confident, so sure of yourself that you think you don’t need God! Jesus’ next spoke to those types of people saying…

10“Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘O God, I thank You that I am not like other people—thieving, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12I fast twice a week and tithe on all that I get.’
13“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, wouldn’t even lift his eyes toward heaven, but beat his chest, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’
14I tell you, this man, rather than the other, went down to his home declared righteous. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
–from Luke 18

Jesus is for everyone and we shouldn’t be trying keep anyone from meeting with Him! Luke continues as people were trying to bring their babies to Him and the disciples began rebuking them. Jesus responded…

“Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

17Amen, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
–from Luke 18:16-17

God is the only one who is good, there is no darkness in Him. Jesus confronts a religious leader who asked Him what they needed to do to inherit the kingdom of God because he had called Jesus “Good Teacher”. In response Jesus speaks …

20You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’”

–from Luke 18

And the leader responded that He has kept those commandments from his youth. And to that Jesus replied…

“One thing you still lack. Sell all, as much as you have, and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”

–from Luke 18:22

This created distress in the leader for he was very rich. It’s hard when you think you have it all to be able to humble yourself enough to accept or receive God! It may even seem impossible for or to some! But all things are possible with God! We see this in Jesus’ response as He says…

“How hard it is for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God!

25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26Then those who heard said, “Then who can be saved?”
–from Luke 18:24-26
To which Jesus says…

“What is impossible with men is possible with God.” –from Luke 18:27

Knowing everything he had given up, Peter asks Jesus “what about them?” And Jesus responded saying…

“Amen, I tell you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much in this age; and in the olam ha-ba , eternal life.”

–from Luke 18:29-30

Jesus knew his time was coming soon and spoke it to the disciples, but it was still hidden, unclear to them. But they would remember it when God’s plan was played out.

Would you or will you allow others to keep you quiet and miss out what God has in store for you? Would you be kept from the miracle that God has planned for your life to transform you into the person God created you to be? The blind man on the street wasn’t going to let that happen…This year’s reading is so incredible going through the TLV (provided through the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society) translation of the Bible.

35Now as Yeshua was approaching Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting by the road, begging.
36But when he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37They told him that Yeshua ha-Natzrati was passing by.
38And he cried out, saying, “Yeshua, Ben-David, have mercy on me!”
39And those leading the way were scolding him, so he would be quiet. But he kept shouting all the more, “Ben-David, have mercy on me!”
40So Yeshua stopped and ordered the blind man to be brought to Him. And when he came near, Yeshua asked him,
41“What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Master, I want to see again!”
42Yeshua said to him, “Receive your sight. Your faith has made you well.”
43Immediately the man received his sight and began following Yeshua, glorifying God. And when all the people saw it, they also gave praise to God.
–from Luke 18

So today, what are you in need of? What are you looking for? What are you hoping for? Remember where wisdom comes from! Remember where to turn! And don’t give up or get discouraged! God is the answer! His Word is alive and speaks right into our very moment!

Today’s reading concludes with Revelation 13 and the end of the story continues. Whom will you follow? Will you be deceived and not follow Jesus? Will you seek and find the truth with Jesus? He is the way, the truth, and the light! Following after Him and we will find the Father!

We see in today’s reading the two beasts. We see the deception. We see the lies and it is told like this…

Two Beasts

1Then I saw a beast rising out of the sea, that had ten horns and seven heads. On his horns were ten royal crowns, and upon his heads were slanderous names.
2Now the beast that I saw was like a leopard, his feet like a bear’s, and his mouth like a lion’s. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
3One of his heads seemed to have been slain, but the fatal wound was healed. The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast.
4And they worshiped the dragon, because he had given authority to the beast. They also worshiped the beast, chanting, “Who is like the beast, and who can make war against him?”
5The beast was given a mouth uttering great boasts and blasphemies. It was given authority to act for forty-two months.
6Then he opened his mouth with blasphemies against God, to slander His name and His tabernacle—that is, those dwelling in heaven.
7He was also permitted to make war against the kedoshim and overcome them, and he was given authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.
8All who dwell on the earth shall worship him—everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain.
9If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
10If anyone is meant for captivity, to captivity he goes. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, by the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and faith of the kedoshim.
11Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
12He exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and he makes the earth and all those who dwell in it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
13He performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven in the sight of men.
14And he deceives those who dwell on the earth through the signs he is permitted to perform, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image in honor of the beast who has the sword wound yet lived.
15The second beast was permitted to give life to the image of the first beast, so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause all who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
16He also causes all—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slave—to receive a mark on their right hand or upon their forehead.
17And so no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark—either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18Here is wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number of a man, and his number is 666.
–from Revelation 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nobody is beyond or bigger than God!


Nobody is above God! Nobody can expect to live outside of the will of God and end up not having to face judgment at some point. Nobody is beyond the reach of God! God’s a merciful god! He is long suffering! He is patient! His hope is that nobody would perish! His will is that everyone would turn back to Him! He didn’t send Jesus the first time to condemn the world, but that through Jesus the world could be saved! But each of us have to make the choice of who we will follow! Each of us needs to decide if we are with God or against God! And by not choosing, the choice is made .. to be against! So choose wisely!

Remember God is love! And Remember LOVE is defined by:

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, Love does not boast, Love is not proudLove does not dishonor others, Love is not self-seeking, Love is not easily angered, Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truthLove always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails–from 1 Corinthians 13

And using logic or Boolean algebra, that means we can replace love with God, since LOVE=GOD and get:

God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proudGod does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truthGod always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.

So we all need to make a choice! We all need to choose wisely! And in choosing, we need to realize there are consequences to our choices! If we choose wisely the consequences are good! If we choose unwisely, the consequences are judgment!

Have you made your choice yet? If you are reading this, you still have time! Hoping we both end up in heaven together!


Today’s reading comes from Jeremiah and goes like this…

Babylon’s Capture

1  This is the message that the Lord gave me about the city of Babylon and its people:
2“Tell the news to the nations! Proclaim it! Give the signal and announce the news! Do not keep it a secret! Babylon has fallen! Her god Marduk has been shattered! Babylon’s idols are put to shame; her disgusting images are crushed!
3“A nation from the north has come to attack Babylonia and will make it a desert. People and animals will run away, and no one will live there.”

Israel’s Return

4The Lord says, “When that time comes, the people of both Israel and Judah will come weeping, looking for me, their God. 5They will ask the way to Zion and then go in that direction. They will make an eternal covenant with me and never break it.
6“My people are like sheep whose shepherds have let them get lost in the mountains. They have wandered like sheep from one mountain to another, and they have forgotten where their home is. 7They are attacked by all who find them. Their enemies say, ‘They sinned against the Lord, and so what we have done is not wrong. Their ancestors trusted in the Lord, and they themselves should have remained faithful to him.’
8  “People of Israel, run away from Babylonia! Leave the country! Be the first to leave! 9I am going to stir up a group of strong nations in the north and make them attack Babylonia. They will line up in battle against the country and conquer it. They are skillful hunters, shooting arrows that never miss the mark. 10Babylonia will be looted, and those who loot it will take everything they want. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

Babylon’s Fall

11The Lord says, “People of Babylonia, you plundered my nation. You are happy and glad, going about like a cow threshing grain or like a neighing horse, 12but your own great city will be humiliated and disgraced. Babylonia will be the least important nation of all; it will become a dry and waterless desert. 13Because of my anger no one will live in Babylon; it will be left in ruins, and all who pass by will be shocked and amazed.
14“Archers, line up for battle against Babylon and surround it. Shoot all your arrows at Babylon, because it has sinned against me, the Lord. 15Raise the war cry all around the city! Now Babylon has surrendered. Its walls have been broken through and torn down. I am taking my revenge on the Babylonians. So take your revenge on them, and treat them as they have treated others. 16Do not let seeds be planted in that country nor let a harvest be gathered. Every foreigner living there will be afraid of the attacking army and will go back home.”

Israel’s Return

17The Lord says, “The people of Israel are like sheep, chased and scattered by lions. First, they were attacked by the emperor of Assyria, and then King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia gnawed on their bones. 18Because of this, I, the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, will punish King Nebuchadnezzar and his country, just as I punished the emperor of Assyria. 19I will restore the people of Israel to their land. They will eat the food that grows on Mount Carmel and in the region of Bashan, and they will eat all they want of the crops that grow in the territories of Ephraim and Gilead. 20When that time comes, no sin will be found in Israel and no wickedness in Judah, because I will forgive those people whose lives I have spared. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

God’s Judgment on Babylonia

21The Lord says, “Attack the people of Merathaim and of Pekod. Kill and destroy them. Do everything I command you. I, the Lord, have spoken. 22The noise of battle is heard in the land, and there is great destruction. 23Babylonia hammered the whole world to pieces, and now that hammer is shattered! All the nations are shocked at what has happened to that country. 24Babylonia, you fought against me, and you have been caught in the trap I set for you, even though you did not know it. 25I have opened the place where my weapons are stored, and in my anger I have taken them out, because I, the Sovereign Lord Almighty, have work to do in Babylonia. 26Attack it from every side and break open the places where its grain is stored! Pile up the loot like piles of grain! Destroy the country! Leave nothing at all! 27Kill all their soldiers! Slaughter them! The people of Babylonia are doomed! The time has come for them to be punished!”
( 28Refugees escape from Babylonia and come to Jerusalem, and they tell how the Lord our God took revenge for what the Babylonians had done to his Temple.)
29  “Tell the archers to attack Babylon. Send out everyone who knows how to use the bow and arrow. Surround the city and don’t let anyone escape. Pay it back for all it has done, and treat it as it has treated others, because it acted with pride against me, the Holy One of Israel. 30So its young men will be killed in the city streets, and all its soldiers will be destroyed on that day. I, the Lord, have spoken.
31“Babylonia, you are filled with pride, so I, the Sovereign Lord Almighty, am against you! The time has come for me to punish you. 32Your proud nation will stumble and fall, and no one will help you up. I will set your cities on fire, and everything around will be destroyed.”
33The Lord Almighty says, “The people of Israel and of Judah are oppressed. All who captured them are guarding them closely and will not let them go. 34But the one who will rescue them is strong—his name is the Lord Almighty. He himself will take up their cause and will bring peace to the earth, but trouble to the people of Babylonia.”
35The Lord says, “Death to Babylonia! Death to its people, to its rulers, to its people of wisdom. 36Death to its lying prophets—what fools they are! Death to its soldiers—how terrified they are! 37Destroy its horses and chariots! Death to its hired soldiers—how weak they are! Destroy its treasures; plunder and loot. 38Bring a drought on its land and dry up its rivers. Babylonia is a land of terrifying idols that have made fools of the people.
39  “And so Babylon will be haunted by demons and evil spirits, and by unclean birds. Never again will people live there, not for all time to come. 40 The same thing will happen to Babylon that happened to Sodom and Gomorrah, when I destroyed them and the nearby towns. No one will ever live there again. I, the Lord, have spoken.
41“People are coming from a country in the north, a mighty nation far away; many kings are preparing for war. 42They have taken their bows and swords; they are cruel and merciless. They sound like the roaring sea, as they ride their horses. They are ready for battle against Babylonia. 43The king of Babylonia hears the news, and his hands hang limp. He is seized by anguish, by pain like a woman in labor.
44“Like a lion coming out of the thick woods along the Jordan up to the green pasture land, I, the Lord, will come and make the Babylonians run away suddenly from their city. Then the leader I choose will rule the nation. Who can be compared to me? Who would dare challenge me? What ruler could oppose me? 45So listen to the plan that I have made against the city of Babylon and to what I intend to do to its people. Even their children will be dragged off, and everyone will be horrified. 46When Babylon falls, there will be such a noise that the entire earth will shake, and the cries of alarm will be heard by the other nations.”
–from Jeremiah 50
Do you see what is taking place around the world? Do you realize the time we are living in? Do you know how things are going to end up? Can you trust anything? Can you trust anyone? Put your hope and your trust in God! If you read the end of the book, you will see He wins! So choose to be on the winning side! Choose to be on the right side of this battle! We are in the midst of a spiritual battle, whether your realize or not! I remember hearing the story of someone who had vision about people sitting on the beach in the midst of a battle totally unaware of what was taking place around them and the lives that were being lost! Will you stand up for yourself? Will you stand up for others? Will you stand in the gap? Before it is too late…

Further Judgment on Babylonia

1The Lord says, “I am bringing a destructive wind against Babylonia and its people. 2I will send foreigners to destroy Babylonia like a wind that blows straw away. When that day of destruction comes, they will attack from every side and leave the land bare. 3Don’t give its soldiers time to shoot their arrows or to put on their armor. Do not spare the young men! Destroy the whole army! 4They will be wounded and die in the streets of their cities. 5I, the Lord God Almighty, have not abandoned Israel and Judah, even though they have sinned against me, the Holy One of Israel. 6Run away from Babylonia! Run for your lives! Do not be killed because of Babylonia’s sin. I am now taking my revenge and punishing it as it deserves. 7 Babylonia was like a gold cup in my hand, making the whole world drunk. The nations drank its wine and went out of their minds. 8Babylonia has suddenly fallen and is destroyed! Mourn over it! Get medicine for its wounds, and maybe it can be healed. 9 Foreigners living there said, ‘We tried to help Babylonia, but it was too late. Let’s leave now and go back home. God has punished Babylonia with all his might and has destroyed it completely.’”
10The Lord says, “My people shout, ‘The Lord has shown that we are in the right. Let’s go and tell the people in Jerusalem what the Lord our God has done.’”
11The Lord has stirred up the kings of Media, because he intends to destroy Babylonia. That is how he will take revenge for the destruction of his Temple.
The attacking officers command, “Sharpen your arrows! Get your shields ready! 12Give the signal to attack Babylon’s walls. Strengthen the guard! Post the sentries! Place troops in ambush!”
The Lord has done what he said he would do to the people of Babylonia. 13 That country has many rivers and rich treasures, but its time is up, and its thread of life is cut. 14The Lord Almighty has sworn by his own life that he will bring many men to attack Babylonia like a swarm of locusts, and they will shout with victory.

A Hymn of Praise to God

15The Lord made the earth by his power; by his wisdom he created the world and stretched out the heavens. 16At his command the waters above the sky roar; he brings clouds from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning flash in the rain and sends the wind from his storeroom. 17At the sight of this, people feel stupid and senseless; those who make idols are disillusioned because the gods they make are false and lifeless. 18They are worthless and should be despised; they will be destroyed when the Lord comes to deal with them. 19The God of Jacob is not like them; he is the one who made everything, and he has chosen Israel to be his very own people. The Lord Almighty is his name.

The Lord’s Hammer

20The Lord says, “Babylonia, you are my hammer, my weapon of war. I used you to crush nations and kingdoms, 21to shatter horses and riders, to shatter chariots and their drivers, 22to kill men and women, to slay old and young, to kill boys and girls, 23to slaughter shepherds and their flocks, to slaughter farmers and their plow horses, to crush rulers and high officials.”

Babylonia’s Punishment

24The Lord says, “You will see me repay Babylonia and its people for all the evil they did to Jerusalem. 25Babylonia, you are like a mountain that destroys the whole world, but I, the Lord, am your enemy. I will take hold of you, level you to the ground, and leave you in ashes. 26None of the stones from your ruins will ever be used again for building. You will be like a desert forever. I, the Lord, have spoken.
27“Give the signal to attack! Blow the trumpet so that the nations can hear! Prepare the nations for war against Babylonia! Tell the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz to attack. Appoint an officer to lead the attack. Bring up the horses like a swarm of locusts. 28Prepare the nations for war against Babylonia. Send for the kings of Media, their leaders and officials, and the armies of all the countries they control. 29The earth trembles and shakes because the Lord is carrying out his plan to make Babylonia a desert, where no one lives. 30The Babylonian soldiers have stopped fighting and remain in their forts. They have lost their courage and have become helpless. The city gates are broken down, and the houses are on fire. 31Messenger after messenger runs to tell the king of Babylonia that his city has been broken into from every side. 32The enemy have captured the river crossing and have set the fortresses on fire. The Babylonian soldiers have panicked. 33Soon the enemy will cut them down and trample them like grain on a threshing place. I, the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, have spoken.”
34The king of Babylonia cut Jerusalem up and ate it. He emptied the city like a jar; like a monster he swallowed it. He took what he wanted and threw the rest away. 35Let the people of Zion say, “May Babylonia be held responsible for the violence done to us!” Let the people of Jerusalem say, “May Babylonia be held responsible for what we have suffered!”

The Lord Will Help Israel

36And so the Lord said to the people of Jerusalem, “I will take up your cause and will make your enemies pay for what they did to you. I will dry up the source of Babylonia’s water and make its rivers go dry. 37That country will become a pile of ruins where wild animals live. It will be a horrible sight; no one will live there, and all who see it will be terrified. 38The Babylonians all roar like lions and growl like lion cubs. 39Are they greedy? I will prepare them a feast and make them drunk and happy. They will go to sleep and never wake up. 40I will take them to be slaughtered, like lambs, goats, and rams. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

Babylon’s Fate

41The Lord says about Babylon: “The city that the whole world praised has been captured! What a horrifying sight Babylon has become to the nations! 42The sea has rolled over Babylon and covered it with roaring waves. 43The towns have become a horrifying sight and are like a waterless desert, where no one lives or even travels. 44I will punish Bel, the god of Babylonia, and make him give up his stolen goods; the nations will not worship him any more.
“Babylon’s walls have fallen. 45People of Israel, run away from there! Run for your life from my fierce anger. 46Do not lose courage or be afraid because of the rumors you hear. Every year a different rumor spreads—rumors of violence in the land and of one king fighting another. 47And so the time is coming when I will deal with Babylonia’s idols. The whole country will be put to shame, and all its people will be killed. 48 Everything on earth and in the sky will shout for joy when Babylonia falls to the people who come from the north to destroy it. 49 Babylonia caused the death of people all over the world, and now Babylonia will fall because it caused the death of so many Israelites. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

God’s Message to the Israelites in Babylonia

50The Lord says to his people in Babylonia: “You have escaped death! Now go! Don’t wait! Though you are far from home, think about me, your Lord, and remember Jerusalem. 51You say, ‘We’ve been disgraced and made ashamed; we feel completely helpless because foreigners have taken over the holy places in the Temple.’ 52So then, I say that the time is coming when I will deal with Babylon’s idols, and the wounded will groan throughout the country. 53Even if Babylon could climb to the sky and build a strong fortress there, I would still send people to destroy it. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

Further Destruction on Babylon

54The Lord says, “Listen to the sound of crying in Babylon, of mourning for the destruction in the land. 55I am destroying Babylon and putting it to silence. The armies rush in like roaring waves and attack with noisy shouts. 56They have come to destroy Babylon; its soldiers are captured, and their bows are broken. I am a God who punishes evil, and I will treat Babylon as it deserves. 57I will make its rulers drunk—men of wisdom, leaders, and soldiers. They will go to sleep and never wake up. I, the king, have spoken; I am the Lord Almighty. 58The walls of mighty Babylon will be thrown to the ground, and its towering gates burned down. The work of the nations is all for nothing; their efforts go up in flames. I, the Lord Almighty, have spoken.”

Jeremiah’s Message Is Sent to Babylonia

59King Zedekiah’s personal attendant was Seraiah, the son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah. In the fourth year that Zedekiah was king of Judah, Seraiah was going to Babylonia with him, and I gave him some instructions. 60I wrote in a book an account of all the destruction that would come on Babylonia, as well as all these other things about Babylonia. 61I told Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, be sure to read aloud to the people everything that is written here. 62Then pray, ‘Lord, you have said that you would destroy this place, so that there would be no living creatures in it, neither people nor animals, and it would be like a desert forever.’ 63 Seraiah, when you finish reading this book to the people, then tie it to a rock and throw it into the Euphrates River 64and say, ‘This is what will happen to Babylonia—it will sink and never rise again because of the destruction that the Lord is going to bring on it.’”
The words of Jeremiah end here.
–from Jeremiah 51

The Fall of Jerusalem

(2 Kings 24.18—25.7)
1Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king of Judah, and he ruled in Jerusalem for eleven years. His mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of the Jeremiah who lived in the city of Libnah. 2King Zedekiah sinned against the Lord, just as King Jehoiakim had done. 3The Lord became so angry with the people of Jerusalem and Judah that he banished them from his sight.
Zedekiah rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia, 4 and so Nebuchadnezzar came with all his army and attacked Jerusalem on the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign. They set up camp outside the city, built siege walls around it, 5and kept it under siege until Zedekiah’s eleventh year. 6On the ninth day of the fourth month of that same year, when the famine was so bad that the people had nothing left to eat, 7 the city walls were broken through. Although the Babylonians were surrounding the city, all the soldiers escaped during the night. They left by way of the royal garden, went through the gateway connecting the two walls, and fled in the direction of the Jordan Valley. 8But the Babylonian army pursued King Zedekiah, captured him in the plains near Jericho, and all his soldiers deserted him. 9Zedekiah was taken to King Nebuchadnezzar, who was in the city of Riblah in the territory of Hamath, and there Nebuchadnezzar passed sentence on him. 10At Riblah he put Zedekiah’s sons to death while Zedekiah was looking on and he also had the officials of Judah executed. 11 After that, he had Zedekiah’s eyes put out and had him placed in chains and taken to Babylon. Zedekiah remained in prison in Babylon until the day he died.

The Destruction of the Temple

(2 Kings 25.8-17)
12On the tenth day of the fifth month of the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia, Nebuzaradan, adviser to the king and commander of his army, entered Jerusalem. 13 He burned down the Temple, the palace, and the houses of all the important people in Jerusalem; 14and his soldiers tore down the city walls. 15Then Nebuzaradan took away to Babylonia the people who were left in the city, the remaining skilled workers, and those who had deserted to the Babylonians. 16But he left in Judah some of the poorest people, who owned no property, and he put them to work in the vineyards and fields.
17  The Babylonians broke in pieces the bronze columns and the carts that were in the Temple, together with the large bronze tank, and they took all the bronze to Babylon. 18They also took away the shovels and the ash containers used in cleaning the altar, the tools used in tending the lamps, the bowls used for catching the blood from the sacrifices, the bowls used for burning incense, and all the other bronze articles used in the Temple service. 19They took away everything that was made of gold or silver: the small bowls, the pans used for carrying live coals, the bowls for holding the blood from the sacrifices, the ash containers, the lampstands, the bowls used for incense, and the bowls used for pouring out wine offerings. 20The bronze objects that King Solomon had made for the Temple—the two columns, the carts, the large tank, and the twelve bulls that supported it—were too heavy to weigh. 21-22The two columns were identical: each one was 27 feet high and 18 feet around. They were hollow, and the metal was 3 inches thick. On top of each column was a bronze capital 7½ feet high, and all around it was a grillwork decorated with pomegranates, all of which was also made of bronze. 23On the grillwork of each column there were a hundred pomegranates in all, and ninety-six of these were visible from the ground.

The People of Judah Are Taken to Babylonia

(2 Kings 25.18-21, 27-30)
24In addition, Nebuzaradan, the commanding officer, took away as prisoners Seraiah the High Priest, Zephaniah the priest next in rank, and the three other important Temple officials. 25From the city he took the officer who had been in command of the troops, seven of the king’s personal advisers who were still in the city, the commander’s assistant, who was in charge of military records, and sixty other important men. 26Nebuzaradan took them to the king of Babylonia, who was in the city of Riblah 27in the territory of Hamath. There the king had them beaten and put to death.
So the people of Judah were carried away from their land into exile. 28This is the record of the people that Nebuchadnezzar took away as prisoners: in his seventh year as king he carried away 3,023; 29in his eighteenth year, 832 from Jerusalem; 30and in his twenty-third year, 745—taken away by Nebuzaradan. In all, 4,600 people were taken away.
31In the year that Evil-merodach became king of Babylonia, he showed kindness to King Jehoiachin of Judah by releasing him from prison. This happened on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month of the thirty-seventh year after Jehoiachin had been taken away as a prisoner. 32Evil-merodach treated him kindly and gave him a position of greater honor than he gave the other kings who were exiles with him in Babylonia. 33So Jehoiachin was permitted to change from his prison clothes and to dine at the king’s table for the rest of his life. 34Each day for as long as he lived, he was given a regular allowance for his needs.
–from Jeremiah 52

What’s coming…


How much will it take for you to get it? Will you respond before it is too late? Will you see the signs and still go your own way? Will you think you are ok because of the blessings you have today? Will you realize and remember that God is just and as such justice is coming? There is hope for those who will turn to Jesus and receive Him. There is still time because God is a patient God. Turn back and receive what He has to offer before it is too late!


Last night as I was serving I took some notes and am putting them here to share.


When you consider what’s going to happen, you need to realize that the only hope we have is Jesus. The book of Revelation is revealing Jesus.  Jesus is my hope, how about you?

As we consider the first 3.5 years of the tribulation, lets see what we can find…

  • Traits that emerge
    • (1) God is JUST and justice is coming
  • One day God is going to right every wrong
  • Rev 5 – we see the revelation of the scroll and that nobody was able to unseal it because nobody was worthy causing John to weep
    • it was the title deed to the world
    • If the scroll couldn’t be opened there was no hope
  • Rev 6 – Lamb opens
    • Matt 24:21-22
      • 21For the trouble at that time will be far more terrible than any there has ever been, from the beginning of the world to this very day. Nor will there ever be anything like it again. 22But God has already reduced the number of days; had he not done so, nobody would survive. For the sake of his chosen people, however, God will reduce the days.
    • (1a) God judges with patience
    • v9-11 … we see the in the 5th seal being open that the souls of the martyrs are asking how much longer till judgment day and they are avenged. They are given white robes and told to be patient because it is going to be a bit longer.
      • 2 Peter 3:9
        • 9The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised, as some think. Instead, he is patient with you, because he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins.
      • God doesn’t want anyone to be lost and keeps trying all the way to the end, but there are still people who won’t turn back to Him and repent of their ways.
      • God still loves this world. He doesn’t love the evil taking place though.
      • God’s patience isn’t something to be toyed with nor abused, nor taken for granted
      • Romans 2:4
        • 4Or perhaps you despise his great kindness, tolerance, and patience. Surely you know that God is kind, because he is trying to lead you to repent.
        • Don’t misinterpret or mistake patience for God being ok with how we are living
      • God sent judges in the book of Judges – they were sent to deliver the people from the sin
      • We need to keep sharing the good news
      • Consider Noah… it took 120 years to build the boat
        • people had 120 years to take God seriously
        • people had 120 years to change their ways
        • people had 120 years to get into the Ark
        • Noah was a creature of righteousness and blameless
        • He preached righteousness, yet nobody believed
        • Matt 24:38
          • 38In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat; 39yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes.
    • (1b) God’s judgment is progressive
      • there is a limit to His patience
      • Three 7s show the progression, the opportunities for people to turn, the chances to change
        • 7 seals
        • 7 trumpets
        • 7 bowls
      • It was progressing through each…7 chances through each seal. 7 chances through each trumpet. 7 chances through each bowl
      • Repent, turn back and God could stop the judgment against you
        • But as we read there are still people who don’t and won’t
      • The progression is like birth pain which get stronger and harder and more frequent
        • 1st seal – Conqueror
        • 2nd seal – World War breaks out
        • 3rd seal – Affects of World War on the world – famine and poverty
        • 4th seal – wide spread death
        • 5th seal – martyrs asking when and God saying to be patient, still a bit more time
        • It’s interesting to consider what John is seeing as he tries to describe it since you know he hasn’t seen anything like this before and is saying things like “it was like” “as a” could it be some of the sophisticated military machines that we have or are yet to come? could it be …
        • Rev 7:1 – could you imagine no wind at all
        • Rev 8 – could you imagine 1/2 hour of complete silence in heaven?
      • New progression starts as opportunities to turn back to God continue (144000 Jewish saved)
        • Trumpet 1 – 1/3 of the earth destroyed
        • Trumpet 2 – 1/3 of the sea destroyed
        • Trumpet 3 – 1/3 of the rivers and streams
        • Trumpet 4 – 1/3 of the sky destroyed (sun, moon, stars, goes dark)
        • Trumpet 5 – Torture of man begins…they will wish they were dead and could die, but won’t
        • Trumpet 6 – 1/3 of the human race killed
        • Trumpet 7 – Judgment, Reward, Destruction begins now
      • Consider two farmers…one who believes and one who doesn’t. One who doesn’t work the field on the Sabbath and one who does. The one who goes against God’s way gets a better harvest and questions the other farmer. The other farmer’s response was “God doesn’t settle accounts in October”. God’s timing is perfect and everyone who doesn’t turn back to God will deal with the judgment because they haven’t been written in the book of life.
      • So don’t judge what is taking place today to mean what will happen, God’s timing is perfect. God is just, and justice is coming.
      • There will be a time when everyone has to give an account
  • (1) God is just
  • (2) God is merciful
    • 144000 Jewish evangelists
    • 2 witnesses speaking to try and convince more
      • some think it may be Moses and Elijah
      • We see in Rev 11 that they are killed, raised back to life, and then raised up to heaven
      • 1/10 of Israel gets destroyed
    • Rev 14:6-7 – Before final judgment, He sends an angel to share salvation
      • 6Then I saw another angel flying high in the air, with an eternal message of Good News to announce to the peoples of the earth, to every race, tribe, language, and nation. 7He said in a loud voice, “Honor God and praise his greatness! For the time has come for him to judge all people. Worship him who made heaven, earth, sea, and the springs of water!”
    • God reaches out through it all trying to get people to turn to Him, to repent
    • People still don’t turn back

God is Just! Jesus is our only hope

We need to deal with the sin problem and only Jesus can deal with it!

What you believe matters!


What do you believe about yourself? How does that impact how you relate to others? It matters!

What do you believe? How does that impact how you relate to the world? It matters!

What do you believe about God? How does that impact how you live your life? It matters!

Have your eyes been blinded from the truth? Have your ears been deafened from the truth? Has your mind been closed from the truth? Has forgiveness been taken from your options? Your forgiveness? Your forgiveness of others?


Today’s reading starts with disbelief even with everything that was seen, witnessed, done…

The Unbelief of the People

After Jesus said this, he went off and hid himself from them. 37Even though he had performed all these miracles in their presence, they did not believe in him, 38so that what the prophet Isaiah had said might come true:
“Lord, who believed the message we told? To whom did the Lord reveal his power?” 39And so they were not able to believe, because Isaiah also said, 40“God has blinded their eyes and closed their minds, so that their eyes would not see, and their minds would not understand, and they would not turn to me, says God, for me to heal them.” 41Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him. 42Even then, many Jewish authorities believed in Jesus; but because of the Pharisees they did not talk about it openly, so as not to be expelled from the synagogue. 43They loved human approval rather than the approval of God.

Judgment by Jesus’ Words

44Jesus said in a loud voice, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in him who sent me. 45Whoever sees me sees also him who sent me. 46I have come into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47If people hear my message and do not obey it, I will not judge them. I came, not to judge the world, but to save it. 48Those who reject me and do not accept my message have one who will judge them. The words I have spoken will be their judge on the last day! 49This is true, because I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has commanded me what I must say and speak. 50And I know that his command brings eternal life. What I say, then, is what the Father has told me to say.”

–from John 12

We have time to choose before we get judged! For those who choose to believe and follow, they will be saved! For those who choose not to believe, they are opening themselves up to have to deal with the full force of eternal judgment. So will you believe what you have seen? Will you believe what you have heard? Will you put your trust in the Word of God that is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow because God doesn’t change? Will you receive the greatest gift of Jesus? The gift of forgiveness? We have all missed the mark, we have all messed up, we all need forgiveness! For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! But that’s not the end of the story! God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. What you believe makes a difference, not only in the here and now, but also in our final destiny!

What do you believe LOVE means? What you believe makes a difference! Knowledge is power some say…The Truth will set you free!

1From the Elder—To the dear Lady and to her children, whom I truly love. And I am not the only one, but all who know the truth love you, 2because the truth remains in us and will be with us forever.
3May God the Father and Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, give us grace, mercy, and peace; may they be ours in truth and love.

Truth and Love

4How happy I was to find that some of your children live in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5And so I ask you, dear Lady: let us all love one another. This is no new command I am writing you; it is the command which we have had from the beginning. 6This love I speak of means that we must live in obedience to God’s commands. The command, as you have all heard from the beginning, is that you must all live in love. 7Many deceivers have gone out over the world, people who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ came as a human being. Such a person is a deceiver and the Enemy of Christ. 8Be on your guard, then, so that you will not lose what we have worked for, but will receive your reward in full. 9Anyone who does not stay with the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not have God. Whoever does stay with the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10So then, if some come to you who do not bring this teaching, do not welcome them in your homes; do not even say, “Peace be with you.” 11For anyone who wishes them peace becomes their partner in the evil things they do.

Final Words

12I have so much to tell you, but I would rather not do it with paper and ink; instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you personally, so that we shall be completely happy. 13The children of your dear Sister send you their greetings.

–from 2 John 1

What you believe can bring you peace! What you believe can rob you of your peace! What you believe makes a difference! What you believe matters! How you respond matters! How you react matters! What you believe impacts your response!

Job

1-2Why do you keep tormenting me with words? 3Time after time you insult me and show no shame for the way you abuse me. 4Even if I have done wrong, how does that hurt you? 5You think you are better than I am, and regard my troubles as proof of my guilt. 6Can’t you see it is God who has done this? He has set a trap to catch me. 7I protest his violence, but no one is listening; no one hears my cry for justice. 8God has blocked the way, and I can’t get through; he has hidden my path in darkness. 9He has taken away all my wealth and destroyed my reputation. 10He batters me from every side. He uproots my hope and leaves me to wither and die. 11God is angry and rages against me; he treats me like his worst enemy. 12He sends his army to attack me; they dig trenches and lay siege to my tent. 13God has made my own family forsake me; I am a stranger to those who knew me; 14my relatives and friends are gone. 15Those who were guests in my house have forgotten me; my servant women treat me like a stranger and a foreigner. 16When I call a servant, he doesn’t answer—even when I beg him to help me. 17My wife can’t stand the smell of my breath, and my own brothers won’t come near me. 18Children despise me and laugh when they see me. 19My closest friends look at me with disgust; those I loved most have turned against me. 20My skin hangs loose on my bones; I have barely escaped with my life. 21You are my friends! Take pity on me! The hand of God has struck me down. 22Why must you persecute me the way God does? Haven’t you tormented me enough? 23How I wish that someone would remember my words and record them in a book! 24Or with a chisel carve my words in stone and write them so that they would last forever. 25But I know there is someone in heaven who will come at last to my defense. 26Even after my skin is eaten by disease, while still in this body I will see God. 27I will see him with my own eyes, and he will not be a stranger. My courage failed because you said, 28“How can we torment him?” You looked for some excuse to attack me. 29But now, be afraid of the sword—the sword that brings God’s wrath on sin, so that you will know there is one who judges.

–from Job 19

Do you think you are too good for that?


Do you think you are better than them? Do you think wrongly about others? Do you judge others without really knowing their heart? Do you think you are mightier than though? Do you think you are too good for that?

Remember we are to be humble servants! Remember we are to be servant leaders!

We all have a calling! We all have been created on purpose for a purpose! Don’t look down on others, give a hand up to others! Silver and gold I don’t have, but with what I do have, I say get up and walk in the name of Jesus Christ!

Let’s take a look and see how today’s reading starts out from the words of Jesus…

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9Jesus also told this parable to people who were sure of their own goodness and despised everybody else. 10“Once there were two men who went up to the Temple to pray: one was a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood apart by himself and prayed, ‘I thank you, God, that I am not greedy, dishonest, or an adulterer, like everybody else. I thank you that I am not like that tax collector over there. 12I fast two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all my income.’ 13But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even raise his face to heaven, but beat on his breast and said, ‘God, have pity on me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you,” said Jesus, “the tax collector, and not the Pharisee, was in the right with God when he went home. For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

(Matthew 19.13-15; Mark 10.13-16)
15Some people brought their babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. The disciples saw them and scolded them for doing so, 16but Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

–from Luke 18

We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and that is why we need a savior. That is why Jesus came and gave up so much to obedience of death on a cross. He came to bridge the gap and reconcile / provide a way for us to be reconciled back to God! He took upon Himself that we could have the opportunity, the option, the ability to be reconciled back to since we couldn’t do it in our own strength or power. So don’t walk around with that “mightier than thou” type of attitude. We need to be more like kids. We need to receive the message of hope, of joy, of love, of life about the Kingdom of God like children!

In this world we will have troubles, so don’t lose hope! In this world there will be challenges, but we know the winner. In this world we will be persecuted, but there is nothing to fear, for we know the savior and redeemer, the one who will save our souls and reunite us with the Father in Heaven. In this world we need to walk believing and trusting in Jesus! In this world, we need not fear, for our hope is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ! They might be able to hurt our bodies, but our soul belongs to God! Our lives belong to God when we have give our lives over to Jesus as our Lord and Savior!

Let’s consider what the message sent to Timothy says…

Last Instructions

10But you have followed my teaching, my conduct, and my purpose in life; you have observed my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance, 11my persecutions, and my sufferings. You know all that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, the terrible persecutions I endured! But the Lord rescued me from them all. 12Everyone who wants to live a godly life in union with Christ Jesus will be persecuted; 13and evil persons and impostors will keep on going from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves. 14But as for you, continue in the truths that you were taught and firmly believe. You know who your teachers were, 15and you remember that ever since you were a child, you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, 17so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.
–2 Timothy 3

Did you catch all of that? Let’s continue in the truths of God! Let’s continue to press into the Word of God! Let’s seek wisdom there and put all of our trust and hope in Jesus Christ who is our savior! All Scripture is God breathed, inspired by God and delivered through men. All scripture is powerful and purposeful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and instructing! So let’s press in so that we may be fully qualified and equipped to every good deed God has for us to do!

My reading for today will conclude with this wisdom from the book of Proverbs…

1Wise children pay attention when their parents correct them, but arrogant people never admit they are wrong. 2Good people will be rewarded for what they say, but those who are deceitful are hungry for violence. 3Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself. 4No matter how much a lazy person may want something, he will never get it. A hard worker will get everything he wants. 5Honest people hate lies, but the words of wicked people are shameful and disgraceful. 6Righteousness protects the innocent; wickedness is the downfall of sinners. 7Some people pretend to be rich, but have nothing. Others pretend to be poor, but own a fortune. 8The rich have to use their money to save their lives, but no one threatens the poor. 9The righteous are like a light shining brightly; the wicked are like a lamp flickering out. 10Arrogance causes nothing but trouble. It is wiser to ask for advice. 11The more easily you get your wealth, the sooner you will lose it. The harder it is to earn, the more you will have. 12When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy. –from Proverbs 13

So don’t forget, but remember where you can turn. Pay attention to the correction you receive! Be humble and confess when you are wrong. When you speak, make it and let it count! Sometimes the smartest person in the room is the one who said nothing! Protect the innocent! Don’t be pretenders, be believers! Let’s be the salt and the light that this world needs! Let’s breath hope into the lives of those around us! Let’s share the joy of the Lord which is our strength with those around us! Let’s testify to the hope that is within us!

Don’t ask to make it easier, ask to be made stronger!


When it hurts too much try cry, lean on Jesus and He will comfort you.

God’s not somewhere out there, He is a personal God who desires to have an intimate relationship with you. Take time today to hear from God’s heart. He loves you and desires the best for You. God’s got a plan…

In Jeremiah – through the Old Testament we read:

11I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. 12Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. 13 You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. 14Yes, I say, you will find me, and I will restore you to your land. I will gather you from every country and from every place to which I have scattered you, and I will bring you back to the land from which I had sent you away into exile. I, the Lord, have spoken.’

— Jeremiah 29:11-14

So don’t give up and don’t give in! Seek God and build up your relationship with Him!

Some may think that God wants to judge and condemn us, but that is shown to be wrong when He sent Jesus. In the end we will be judged, however, before that we are given freewill to choose who we will follow and how we will live. The New Testament speaks to it this way:

14 As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 16For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.

18Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God’s only Son. 19This is how the judgment works: the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil. 20Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up. 21But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God.
— John 3:14-21

So today, not matter what you are facing, don’t turn in fear, don’t run away. Put on the full armor of God and stand firm. Ask God to make you stronger. Ask God to fill you up with the Holy Spirit that you may have wisdom and courage to take on the lies and the attacks of the enemy.

10Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. 12For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.

14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people. 19And pray also for me, that God will give me a message when I am ready to speak, so that I may speak boldly and make known the gospel’s secret. 20For the sake of this gospel I am an ambassador, though now I am in prison. Pray that I may be bold in speaking about the gospel as I should.
— Ephesians 6:10-20 (GNT)

God brought you to it, He can and will get you through it!

Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming

1There is no need to write you, friends, about the times and occasions when these things will happen. 2For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief comes at night. 3When people say, “Everything is quiet and safe,” then suddenly destruction will hit them! It will come as suddenly as the pains that come upon a woman in labor, and people will not escape. 4But you, friends, are not in the darkness, and the Day should not take you by surprise like a thief. 5All of you are people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, we should not be sleeping like the others; we should be awake and sober. 7It is at night when people sleep; it is at night when they get drunk. 8But we belong to the day, and we should be sober. We must wear faith and love as a breastplate, and our hope of salvation as a helmet. 9God did not choose us to suffer his anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us in order that we might live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes. 11And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing.

Final Instructions and Greetings

12We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. 13Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves.
14We urge you, our friends, to warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15See that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but at all times make it your aim to do good to one another and to all people.
16Be joyful always, 17pray at all times, 18be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.
19Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; 20do not despise inspired messages. 21Put all things to the test: keep what is good 22and avoid every kind of evil.
23May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful.
25Pray also for us, friends.
26Greet all the believers with the kiss of peace.
27I urge you by the authority of the Lord to read this letter to all the believers.
28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
— 1 Thessalonians 5

So this is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s not give up nor turn away, but let’s hold onto the hand of God and press forward for He will get us through it! Let’s complete the work that God is calling us to that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.