The Story of Job. – Day 14


Ever wondered why? Ever gone looking for answers? Ever questioned the reason or the logic? Ever questioned the intentions or the purpose? Ever asked for an explanation? Ever questioned the perspective?

What is keeping your spirits up? What is keeping your keep going attitude? Is it God’s divine care? Is it God’s supervision? Is it God’s gift of life? Is it God’s loving kindness?

We don’t know the reasons but we do know that by being believers that:

‘And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. ‘

Romans 8:28

Imagine a life that is without the knowledge of Jesus. Imagine a life that is unaware of who God really is. Imagine a life that is void of the truth of God.

So even in the midst of the trials and the troubles, the challenges and the struggles, lets let our lives shine for God and allow our faith and hope and love overflow in order that others would see when we come out the other side how great our God is. Let’s be more than just an attitude of gratitude and be thankful FOR THE. Let’s step it up to even be more than the EVEN THOUGH gratitude and thankfulness. Let’s press on into being thankful when we are in the midst of it all and thank God BECAUSE OF what we are going through, because we can take hold of Romans 8:28 and know that in and through all of this will be for good. Don’t lose hope, keep your trust in God! Don’t lose faith, keep your trust in God! Don’t lose your will to persevere, keep your trust in God and consider it all pure joy when we face trials of many kinds so that through the process we will get to the end with God’s work being complete so that we will persevere and be complete and lacking nothing!


Today’s reading comes from Job 10:

‘“I am disgusted with my life and loathe it! I will give free expression to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me [and declare me guilty]! Show me why You contend and argue and struggle with me. Does it indeed seem right to You to oppress, To despise and reject the work of Your hands, And to look with favor on the schemes of the wicked? Do You have eyes of flesh? Do You see as a man sees? Are Your days as the days of a mortal, Are Your years as man’s years, That You seek my guilt And search for my sin? Although You know that I am not guilty or wicked, Yet there is no one who can rescue me from Your hand. ‘Your hands have formed and made me altogether. Would You [turn around and] destroy me? Remember now, that You have made me as clay; So will You turn me into dust again? Have You not poured me out like milk And curdled me like cheese? [You have] clothed me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your providence (divine care, supervision) has preserved my spirit. Yet these [present evils] You have hidden in Your heart [since my creation]: I know that this was within You [in Your purpose and thought]. If I sin, then You would take note and observe me, And You would not acquit me of my guilt. If I am wicked, woe to me [for judgment comes]! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. For I am sated and filled with disgrace and the sight of my misery. Should I lift my head up, You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your marvelous power against me. You renew Your witnesses against me And increase Your indignation and anger toward me; Hardship after hardship is with me [attacking me time after time]. ‘Why then did You bring me out of the womb? Would that I had perished and no eye had seen me! I should have been as though I had not existed; [I should have been] carried from the womb to the grave.’ Would He not let my few days alone, Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer Before I go—and I shall not return— To the land of darkness and the deep shadow [of death], The [sunless] land of utter gloom as darkness itself , [The land] of the shadow of death, without order, And [where] it shines as [thick] darkness.”’

Job 10

Today’s study of God’s Word comes from these two bible studies:


Study Notes:

We see as today’s reading begins that Job identifies himself as not wicked. We also see him using that innocence to start accusing God. We see how Job even starts to speak out in a flippant , flip , glib , frivolous , tongue-in-cheek , waggish , whimsical , joking , jokey , jesting , jocular , playful , roguish , impish , teasing , arch , mischievous , puckish , in fun , in jest , witty , amusing , funny , droll , comic , comical , chucklesome , lighthearted , high-spirited , bantering , frolicsome , sportive , jocose way. We see how it is even somewhat acerbically, acrimoniously, bitingly, caustically, maliciously, sneeringly speaks out. He asks if God is seeing thru human eyes, like his friends were, his spiritual condition. Job knew that God is the ultimate authority and so the decision would have to come from Him. We know because we saw how this all got started that it is the devil that is testing Job in an attempt to get Job to curse God. We know because we read in the beginning the limitations as well as permission that had to be given by God for this to even take place. But that hasn’t been revealed and so neither Job nor his friends can realize the purpose or the plan of God in and through this. Job’s friends similar to the disciples base their questions and their questions and reasons on what those in the past had said or expressed. The disciples learned from Jesus how their initial thoughts were wrong when He shared the reality of why the man was born blind and it wasn’t because of guilt but it was rather in order to show God’s glory to the world.

We learn in our reading how instead of cursing God, Job questions what the purpose of him even being born was, why was he alive. We learn through Job’s Word how incredible creation of man is and how it begins at conception. Job was unable to understand all the time and effort to create him, care for him, and then to put him thru all of this and destroy him and so questioned it. His expression is very similar to Psalm 119:73 which says “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands”. Our life is finite and we came from the dust and will return to it. His comparison to milk which given time curdles and is thrown out points to his uncertainty and questions. We see how he compares that with the creation that takes place in the womb in the forming of a person.

Through it all we learn:

‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your providence (divine care, supervision) has preserved my spirit. ‘

Job 10:12

And yet, Job questions or wonders if this testing wasn’t something God had planned in His divine purpose.

‘Yet these [present evils] You have hidden in Your heart [since my creation]: I know that this was within You [in Your purpose and thought]. ‘

Job 10:13

With what Job was going through, we learn how he is asking God for a peaceful journey to death.

‘Would He not let my few days alone, Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer Before I go—and I shall not return— To the land of darkness and the deep shadow [of death], The [sunless] land of utter gloom as darkness itself , [The land] of the shadow of death, without order, And [where] it shines as [thick] darkness.”’

Job 10:20-22

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 justice! Love kindness! Walk humbly!


Do you realize that we have all missed the mark? Do you realize that God’s will has been missed? Do you realize what God wants? Do you realize that since we couldn’t do it in our own strength that He sent Jesus to make a way when we couldn’t?

Where have you missed the mark? What could you have done? What fruit of the Spirit are you producing? With Jesus as your Lord and Savior, how has your life been transformed? Are you living a life that is different from before? Are you walking humbly before God? Are you an ambassador of peace? Are you being kind? Are you loving God and loving others? Are you seeking and living out a life that is just? Is your life showing you doing justice?

Today’s reading comes from Micah 6. Let’s take a moment to read thru it and take hold of what God’s Word is saying…

The Indictment of the Lord

‘ Hear what the Lord says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord , and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the Lord has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord .”‘

What Does the Lord Require?

‘ “With what shall I come before the Lord , and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’

Destruction of the Wicked

‘ The voice of the Lord cries to the city— and it is sound wisdom to fear your name: “Hear of the rod and of him who appointed it! Can I forget any longer the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is accursed? Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights? Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins. You shall eat, but not be satisfied, and there shall be hunger within you; you shall put away, but not preserve, and what you preserve I will give to the sword. You shall sow, but not reap; you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine. For you have kept the statutes of Omri, and all the works of the house of Ahab; and you have walked in their counsels, that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing; so you shall bear the scorn of my people.”‘

–from Micah 6

So we read in Micah 6:8 which is the verse for today’s devotional what God considers good and requires of us where it says…

‘ He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’

— Micah 6:8 

Today’s devotional speaks to how this verse has impacted history and philosophy through American history…

  • John Winthrop cited Micah 6:8 to convey what the colonist owed to each other and the rest of the world
  • George Washington in his 1783 Circular to the States used this verse to encourage Americans to “todo Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility, and a pacific temper of mind.
  • William F. McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G Harding, and Jimmy Carter placed their hands upon the Bibles at their inauguration with it opened to Micah 6:8
  • Calvin Coolidge used Micah 6:8 in his State of the Union
  • Richard Nixon used Micah 6:8 in his Thanksgiving Proclamation
  • Bill Clinton used Micah 6:8 at a National Prayer Breakfast
  • Barack Obama used Micah 6:8 at the ground breaking ceremony of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr. frequently cited Micah 6:8 to express the justice that he and other civil rights leaders were pursuing
  • Cesar Chavez used Micah 6:8 in his fight for justice for farm workers
  • Micah 6:8 is prominently displayed in the main reading room of the Library of Congress above the statue that represents religion

[The Global Impact Bible – Micah 6 – page 1236]

So let’s live out our today seeking justice and to do justice, seeking loving kindness and being loving and kind, and walking humbly before our God in order to serve Him as living sacrifices that will bring Him praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Put another way, let’s act justly, let’s love mercy, and let’s walk humbly with our God.

 


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that will be in it. I thank You for Your Word that speaks truth and life into and over my life. I thank You for Your Word that gives wisdom and direction to my mind and my heart so that my focus isn’t on the things of the world but on how I can best walk out this life humbly with You. Help me today I pray as I step in to a new area and help me Lord to find favor and opportunity that will bring You praise, honor, and glory in and thru Jesus, Amen.

Ever been misinterpreted?


Ever try to do something nice and it get misinterpreted? Ever have someone take what you had planned for good and twist it? Ever done something out of a good heart and then it be received poorly? Make sure you have good friends and advisors, for they can take something that should have been good and twist it and get you into a position where you are in trouble. Consider your heart! Consider their heart! What perspective will you look into it with?

Imagine if you ran into a situation like David did…

Aram Vanquished

1It came about after this that the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son Hanun reigned in his place. 2Then David thought, “Let me show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent word by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his father. But when David’s servants arrived at the land of the children of Ammon, 3the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think that David is really honoring your father because he has sent consolers to you? Has not David sent his servants to you in order to explore the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?” 4So Hanun seized David’s servants, shaved off one side of their beards, cut off their garments in the middle at their buttocks, and sent them away. 5When they informed David, he sent word to meet them, for the men were greatly humiliated. The king said, “Stay in Jericho until your beards grow, then return.” 6Now when the children of Ammon saw that they had become a stench to David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Arameans of Beth-Rehob and the Arameans of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, plus 12,000 men from Tob. 7When David heard about it, he sent Joab and the whole army—the mighty warriors. 8The children of Ammon came out and lined up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, while the Arameans of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field. 9When Joab saw that there was a battle line against him front and rear, he chose of all the best troops of Israel and arrayed them against the Arameans, 10but the rest of the troops he committed to the command of his brother Abishai, and he arrayed them against the children of Ammon. 11Then he said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you will help me, but if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you. 12Chazak! And let us take courage for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God, and may Adonai do what is good in His eyes.” 13So Joab and the troops with him advanced to battle against the Arameans—and they fled before him. 14When the children of Ammon saw that the Arameans had fled, they likewise fled before Abishai and withdrew into the city. Then Joab returned from assaulting the children of Ammon, and went to Jerusalem. 15When the Arameans saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they regrouped. 16Hadadezer sent word and brought out the Arameans from across the River, and they came to Helam, with Hadadezer’s army commander Shobach before them. 17When David was told, he gathered all Israel together, crossed the Jordan and went to Helam. The Arameans arrayed their lines against David and fought him. 18But the Arameans fled before Israel—David killed 700 charioteers of the Arameans and 40,000 horsemen, and struck down Shobach the commander of their army, so he died there. 19When the vassal kings of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became servants to them. Then the Arameans were afraid to help the children of Ammon anymore.

–from 2 Samuel 10

You want to show support! You want to show sympathy! You want to show love!

It gets twisted and turned upside down and then the issue escalates…

Defeating the Ammonites

1Now in the course of time Nachash king of the Ammonites died and his son became king in his place. 2David said: “l will show lovingkindness to Hanun son of Nahash, because his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent messengers to console him concerning his father. But when David’s emissaries came to Hanun in the land of the Ammonites to console him, 3the Ammonite officials said to Hanun, “Do you really think that David is honoring your father, by sending messengers to express sympathy? Have not his servants come to you to explore and spy out the country to overthrow it?” 4So Hanun took David’s emissaries and shaved them. He cut off their garments in the middle at the buttocks and sent them away. 5When some people came and told David about the men, he sent messengers to meet them for the men were throughly humiliated. The king said: “Stay in Jericho until your beards grow and then return.” 6When the children of Ammon realized they had made themselves a stench to David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent 1,000 talents of silver to hire chariots and charioteers from Aram-naharaim , Aram-maacah and Zobah. 7So they hired 32,000 chariots along with the king of Maacah and his people, who came and camped before Medeba. The children of Ammon also assembled from their cities and moved out to the battle. 8On hearing this, David sent Joab and the entire army of mighty men. 9The children of Ammon came out and took up battle formation at the city gate, while the kings who had come were by themselves in the field. 10When Joab saw that there was a battle line against him both in front and rear, he selected some of Israel’s best men and deployed them against the Arameans. 11He put the rest of the people under the command of his brother Abishai, and arrayed them against the Ammonites. 12He said: “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you will help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will help you. 13Chazak! Take courage for the sake of our people and the cities of our God! Adonai will do what is good in His eyes.” 14So Joab and the people who were with him advanced to battle against the Arameans, and they fled before him. 15When the Ammonites saw that the Arameans had fled, they likewise fled before his brother Abishai and withdrew into the city. Then Joab went to Jerusalem. 16After the Arameans saw that they had been routed by Israel, they sent messengers and had the Arameans brought from across the River with Shophah the commander of Hadadezer’s army leading them. 17When David was informed he gathered all Israel and crossed the Jordan. He came against them and took up positions against them. David took up positions against the Arameans in battle and they fought with him. 18But the Arameans fled before Israel. David killed 7,000 Aramean charioteers and 40,000 infantrymen. He also killed Shophah the commander of the army. 19Now when Hadadezer’s vassals saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and served him. Thus the Arameans were no longer willing to help the Ammonites.

–from 1 Chronicles 19

The battle belongs to the Lord! So walk in align with Him!

Clearing Out the Giants

1At the turn of the year, the season when kings go out to war, Joab led out the army and devastated the land of the Ammonites. He went and besieged Rabbah, while David remained in Jerusalem. Joab smote Rabbah and left it in ruins. 2David took the crown from the head of their king—its weight was found to be a talent of gold and it was set with precious stones—and it was placed on David’s head. He took a vast amount of spoils from the city. 3Furthermore, he removed the people who were in it and set them to work with saws, sharp iron tools and axes. Thus he did to all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem. 4Now it came about after this, that war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Sippai, one of the descendants of the Rephaim, and they were subdued. 5Again there was war with the Philistines, and Elhanan the son of Jair killed Lahmi, the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear had a shaft like a weaver’s beam. 6Once again there was a battle at Gath, where there was a man of great stature who had 24 fingers and toes, six on each hand and six on each foot. He too also descended from the giants. 7When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, struck him down. 8These were descendants of the giants in Gath; they fell by the hand of David and his servants.

–from 1 Chronicles 20

Turn to God! Let Him be your guide! Let Him be your savior! Let Him be your protector! Let Him be the one who guides your every step. Stick to His loving kindness!

His Chesed and His Wonders

1Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever. 2Let the redeemed of Adonai say so— whom He redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3whom He gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the sea. 4Some wandered in a desert, a wasteland. They found no way to an inhabited city. 5Hungry and thirsty, their souls ebbed away. 6So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles. 7Then He led them by a straight way to go to a city where they could live. 8Let them praise Adonai for His mercy and His wonders for the children of men, 9for He satisfies the thirsty soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness. 10Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, prisoners in misery and iron chains, 11for they had defied God’s words, and spurned the counsel of Elyon. 12So He humbled their heart with trouble. They stumbled, and no one was helping. 13So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles. 14He brought them out of darkness and deep gloom, breaking their chains. 15Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders for the children of men, 16for He shattered bronze gates, and broke into pieces iron bars. 17Some became fools because of their rebellious ways, and were afflicted due to their iniquities. 18Their soul abhorred all food, and they drew near the gates of death. 19So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He delivered them out of their troubles. 20He sent His word and healed them, and rescued them from their pits. 21Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders for the children of men. 22Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with joyful singing. 23Some go out to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters. 24They saw the works of Adonai, and His wonders in the deep. 25For He spoke and raised a stormy wind, lifting up towering waves. 26They mounted up to the sky and plunged down to the depths. In their peril their souls melted away. 27They reeled and staggered like a drunk, and all their skill was bewildered. 28So they cried out to Adonai in their distress, and He brought them out of their troubles. 29He stilled the storm to a whisper— the waves were hushed. 30They were glad when it became calm, and He led them to their desired haven. 31Let them praise Adonai for His mercy, and His wonders to the children of men. 32Let them exalt Him in the congregation of the people, and praise Him at the assembly of elders. 33He turns rivers into a wilderness and springs of water into thirsty ground, 34and a fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. 35He turns a desert into a pool of water, a dry land into springs of water. 36There He brings the hungry to live, and they establish a city for a dwelling. 37So they sow fields and plant vineyards that yield a fruitful harvest. 38He blesses them, they multiply greatly, and He does not let their herds diminish, 39after they were few and crushed by oppression, calamity and sorrow. 40He pours contempt on princes, making them wander in trackless waste. 41But He lifts the needy high above affliction, and makes their families like a flock. 42The upright see it and are glad, and all iniquity shuts its mouth. 43Who is wise? Let him observe these things, and consider Adonai’s lovingkindness.

–from Psalms 107

Allow God’s Spirit in you to shine through! Allow God’s character to radiate from you! Allow God’s love to be shared with everyone you come into contact with! Let Him be glorified in Jesus’ name! Let’s make His good news be known to the world around us!

Greeting

1Paul, an emissary of Messiah Yeshua through the will of God, according to the promise of life in Messiah Yeshua. 2To Timothy my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and shalom from God the Father and Messiah Yeshua our Lord!

Stir up God’s Charisma in You

3I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my forefathers did, when I continually remember you in my prayers night and day. 4I remember your tears, and I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I recall the genuine faithfulness within you, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure it is within you as well. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and self-discipline.

Suffer with Me—for the Good News!

8Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but share in suffering for the Good News according to the power of God. 9He has saved us and called us with a holy calling— not because of our deeds but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Messiah Yeshua before time began, 10but now has been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Messiah Yeshua. Indeed, He nullified the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News. 11For this Good News I was appointed a herald and an emissary and a teacher. 12For this reason I also am suffering these things—but I am not ashamed, for I know in whom I have trusted and I am convinced He is able to safeguard what I have entrusted to Him until that Day. 13Keep the standard of sound words you have heard from me, in the faithfulness and love that are in Messiah Yeshua. 14Guard the good that has been entrusted to you, through the Ruach ha-Kodesh who dwells in us. 15You are aware that everyone in Asia has turned away from me—including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my imprisonment. 17On the contrary, when he was in Rome he zealously searched for me and found me. 18May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord in that day! You know very well how much he served in Ephesus.

–from 2 Timothy 1

 

Do you realize He paid it all? Will you receive the gift of grace?


Ever done something you regretted? Ever done something bad? Ever been confronted with a situation that seemed to be more than you can handle?

Turn to God! Ask Jesus into your situation! Give it all up to Him!

Do you realize all He has already done for you? Do you realize that He has paid it all so that we can be forgiven? Do you realize that He has paid it all so that we can be reconciled? Do you realize He has paid it all when He gave up His innocent life for us?

So don’t lose hope today! Don’t despair! Put all your hope and trust in Jesus!


Today’s reading …

Purging Innocent Blood

1“Suppose a slain person is found fallen in a field, on the land Adonai your God is giving you to possess—who struck him is unknown. 2Then your elders and judges must come out and measure the distance to the towns that are around the slain one. 3Now the town nearest to the slain one—the elders of that city are to take from the herd a heifer that has not been used for work or pulled a yoke. 4Then the elders of that city are to bring the heifer down to a flowing wadi that has not been plowed or sown, and break the heifer’s neck there in the wadi. 5The kohanim, the sons of Levi, will come forward—for Adonai your God has chosen them to serve Him and pronounce blessings in His Name, and by their mouth every dispute and assault is to be settled. 6All the elders of that city nearest to the slain one will wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the wadi. 7Then they will answer and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see. 8Grant atonement for Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, Adonai, and do not put innocent blood on Your people Israel.’ Then atonement will be granted to them for the blood. 9So you will purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in Adonai’s sight.

When You Go Out

10“When you go out to war against your enemies, and Adonai your God hands them over to you and you take them captive, 11suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire her and would take her as a wife for yourself. 12Then you are to bring her into your house, and she must shave her head, trim her nails, 13and remove her captive’s clothing, then sit in your house and weep for her father and mother a full month. After that, you may go to her and become her husband and she will be your wife. 14Now if you are not pleased with her, then you may send her off wherever she wishes. But you must certainly not sell her for silver—you may not treat her as merchandise, since you have humiliated her. 15“Suppose a man has two wives—the one loved and the other unloved—and both the loved and the unloved bear him sons. But it happens that the firstborn son belongs to the unloved wife. 16Now on the day he lets his sons inherit what he has, he must not treat the loved one’s son as firstborn, in place of the unloved one’s son, who is the firstborn. 17Rather, he must acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the hated one, by giving him a double portion of all that he has. For he is the first of his vigor—the right of the firstborn is his. 18“Suppose a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not listen to the voice of his father or mother. They discipline him, but he does not listen to them. 19Then his father and mother are to grab hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city—to the gate of his place. 20They will say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious—he does not listen to our voice. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21Then all the men of his city are to stone him with stones to death. So you will purge the evil from your midst—and all Israel will hear and be afraid.

Hung on a Tree

22“Suppose a man is guilty of a sin with a death sentence and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree. 23His body is not to remain all night on the tree—instead you must certainly bury him the same day, for anyone hanged is a curse of God. You must not defile your land that Adonai your God is giving you as an inheritance.

–from Deuteronomy 21

Jesus was innocent, but was hung on a tree to pay the penalty of our sins! He willingly gave up His life that we could be reconciled and forgiven! So let’s give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory! Let’s live today in a way that will point people to Him and lift Him up for all that He has already done once for all! God loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life!

Love in Practice

1“You are not to watch your brother’s ox or sheep going astray and ignore them —you must certainly bring them back to your brother. 2If your brother is not near you or if you do not know him, then you should bring it into your house and it will remain with you until your brother comes searching for it and you return it to him. 3You are to do the same with his donkey or his coat or anything lost by your brother, that may be lost by him and you find—you may not ignore them. 4You must not watch your brother’s donkey or ox fall down on the road and ignore it—you must certainly help him lift it up again. 5“A man’s apparel is not to be on a woman, nor is a man to wear woman’s clothing—for whoever does these things is detestable to Adonai your God. 6“If there happens to be a bird’s nest in front of you along the road, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the hen sitting on the young or on the eggs, you are not to take the hen with the young. 7You must certainly let the hen go, but the young you may take for yourself so that it may go well with you and you may prolong your days. 8“When you build a new house, you are to make a guardrail for your roof, so that you do not bring the guilt of blood on your house if anyone falls from it. 9“You are not to plant your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or else the whole harvest will be forfeited —both the seed you plant and the produce of the vineyard. 10You are not to plow with an ox and a donkey together. 11You are not to wear a woven mixture , wool and linen together. 12You are to make for yourself twisted threads on the four corners of your garment in which you cover yourself. 13“Suppose a man takes a wife and goes t0 her and then dislikes her, 14accuses her of shameful things and gives her a bad reputation by saying, ‘I took this woman, but when I came near her, I didn’t find her virginity.’ 15Then the father of the young woman is to take her and her mother is to bring out the signs of the young woman’s virginity to the city elders at the gate. 16The young lady’s father is to tell the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man as a wife, but he hates her. 17Indeed, he has accused her of shameful things, saying, “I didn’t find your daughter’s virginity.” Yet these are the signs of my daughter’s virginity.’ They are to spread the wedding cloth before the elders of the city. 18The elders of that city are to take the man and punish him. 19Then they are to fine him 100 pieces of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought an evil name on a virgin of Israel. Then she is to be his wife—he may not send her away all his days. 20“But if this thing is true—that the signs of virginity were not found in the young lady— 21then they are to bring the young woman out to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city are to stone her with stones to death, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to behave like a prostitute in her father’s house. So you are to purge the evil from your midst. 22“Suppose a man is found lying with a married woman. Then both of them are to die—the man who lay with the woman and the woman. So you are to purge the evil from Israel. 23“Suppose there is a young woman who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her. 24Then you are to bring them both out to the gate of that city and stone them with stones to death—the young woman because she did not cry out in the town, and the man because he humiliated his neighbor’s wife. So you are to purge the evil from your midst. 25“But if the man finds the engaged woman in the field, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her is to die. 26But to the young woman you are to do nothing—there is no sin in the young woman deserving of death. For this matter is the same as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him— 27for he found her in the field, the engaged woman cried out, and there was no one to save her. 28“Suppose a man finds a young virgin who is not engaged, grabs her and lies with her, and they are discovered. 29Then the man who lay with her is to give to the young woman’s father 50 pieces of silver, and she is to be his wife, since he has humiliated her—he may not send her away all his days.

–from Deuteronomy 22

Let’s live out today in love! Let’s give love! Let’s share love! Let’s declare love! Let’s show what true love really means! Let’s bring God the glory, the honor, and the praise!

Glory of the Kingdom

1A psalm of praise. Of David. I will exalt You, my God, the King, and I will bless Your Name forever and ever. 2Every day I will bless You, and praise Your Name forever and ever! 3Great is Adonai, and greatly to be praised —His greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation will praise Your works to another and declare Your mighty acts. 5I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty and Your wonders. 6They will speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will proclaim Your greatness. 7They will pour out the renown of Your great goodness, and sing joyfully of Your righteousness. 8Adonai is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. 9Adonai is good to all. He has compassion on all His creatures. 10All Your works praise You, Adonai, and Your kedoshim bless You. 11They declare the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your might, 12to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of His kingdom. 13Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and Your dominion endures from generation to generation. 14Adonai upholds all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. 15The eyes of all look to You and You give them their food on time. 16You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor. 17Adonai is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. 18Adonai is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. 19He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him. He will hear their cry and save them. 20Adonai watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. 21My mouth declares the praise of Adonai. Let all flesh bless His holy Name forever and ever!

–from Psalms 145

Let’s give God all the praise! Let’s lift up His name! Let’s share the testimonies of His greatness with those around us! Let’s share His love with them that they may turn back to Him! Let’s live in unity so that we can show His love and His power to the world around us!

Final Warnings

1This is the third time I am coming to you. “By the testimony of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” 2I spoke a warning, when I was with you the second time. Though now I am away, I am again speaking a warning to those who have sinned before, as well as to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare anyone— 3since you are demanding proof that Messiah is speaking through me. He is not weak toward you, but powerful among you. 4For He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives through the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we shall live with Him by God’s power toward you. 5Test yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Examine yourselves! Or don’t you know yourselves—that Messiah Yeshua is in you? Unless of course you failed the test. 6But I hope that you will realize that we haven’t failed the test. 7Now we pray to God that you do no wrong—not so that we may appear to have passed the test, but in order that you may do what is right even if we may seem to have failed. 8For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. 9For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray for this—your perfecting. 10For this reason I write these things while I am absent, so that when I am present I need not proceed harshly, according to the authority which the Lord gave me—for building up and not for tearing down.

Final Greetings

11Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Aim for restoration, encourage one another, be of the same mind, live in shalom—and the God of love and shalom will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the kedoshim greet you. 13The grace of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah and the love of God and the fellowship of the Ruach ha-Kodesh be with you all. Amen.

–from 2 Corinthians 13

 

 

You are valued! God is faithful!


 

Ever found that the world can chew you up and spit you out? Ever found that one day you seem to have value and the next it seems like you don’t? Ever wondered what’s the point? Ever asked why is this happening?

Don’t lose hope and don’t give up! Press on and put your trust in God! Put Him first and pursue after His plans for your life! God’s Word tells us that we have value and are important to God…

29“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31“So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. –from Matthew 10

He doesn’t want us to walk in fear or doubt! He wants us to walk in hope and trust in Him because He cares for us! He doesn’t want us to carry the load of anxiety and worry, His Word puts it this way…

6Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. –from 1 Peter 5

So no matter what comes your way today, do not lose hope! No matter what comes your way, do not fear!  matter what comes your way, press on! No matter what comes your way, turn to God! Ask Him for wisdom! Ask Him for discernment! For He is faithful and His love endures forever! Consider Jesus who knew the day and the hour and the plan and the purpose! He didn’t lose hope! He overcame! As we start this day, if we face troubles of any kind, let’s consider them pure joy! As we start this day, we may have troubles, but take heart for Jesus has overcome the world and has told us that in this world we will have troubles!


Today’s reading comes from Leviticus 27, Psalms 136, and John 17.

So let’s meditate on today’s Psalm…

When I saw the title I looked up “chesed” and found it means: “the attribute of grace, benevolence, or compassion, especially (in Kabbalism) as one of the sephiroth.”

 

 

His Chesed Endures Forever!

1Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever.
2Praise the God of gods, for His lovingkindness endures forever.
3Praise the Lord of lords, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
4who alone did great wonders, for His lovingkindness endures forever
5who made the heavens by wisdom, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
6who spread the earth on the waters, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
7who made great lights, for His lovingkindness endures forever
8the sun to rule by day, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
9the moon and stars to rule by night, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
10who struck Egypt in their firstborn, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
11and led out Israel from among them, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
12with a strong hand and outstretched arm, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
13who cut the Sea of Reeds into parts, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
14and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
15but hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Sea of Reeds, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
16who led His people through the desert, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
17who struck down great kings, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
18and slew mighty kings, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
19Sihon, king of the Amorites, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
20and Og, king of Bashan, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
21and gave their land for an inheritance, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
22an inheritance for Israel His servant, for His lovingkindness endures forever.
23He remembered us in our lowly estate, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
24and separated between us and He delivered us from our adversaries, for His lovingkindness endures forever,
25who gives food to all flesh, for His lovingkindness endures forever.
26Praise the God of heaven, for His lovingkindness endures forever!

–from Psalms 136

So did you catch how long it will last? His lovingkindness endures forever!

Let’s take a look at Jesus through John 17…How does He position Himself to glorify the Father? How does He pray for His disciples? How does He pray for the rest of us?

The Son Glorifies the Father

1Yeshua spoke these things; then, lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, so the Son may glorify You. 2Even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, so may He give eternal life to all those You have given Him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Yeshua the Messiah, the One You sent. 4I glorified You on earth by finishing the work that You have given Me to do. 5Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world came to be.”

Yeshua Prays for His Disciples

6“I have made Your name known to the men of this world that You gave Me. They were Yours; You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You. 8The words, which You gave Me, I have given to them. They received them and truly understood that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me. 9I ask on their behalf. Not on behalf of the world do I ask, but on behalf of those You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11I am no longer in the world; but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are. 12While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. 13“But now I am coming to You. I say these words while I am still in the world, so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14I have given them Your word; and the world hated them, because they are not of the world just as I am not of the world. 15I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17“Make them holy in the truth. Your word is truth. 18Just as You sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I make Myself holy, so that they also may be made holy in truth.”

Interceding for All Believers

20“I pray not on behalf of these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their message, 21that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me. 22The glory that You have given to Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one— 23I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them as You loved Me. 24“Father, I also want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory—the glory You gave Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25Righteous Father, the world did not know You, but I knew You; and these knew that You sent Me. 26I made your Name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

–from John 17