Category Archives: Trust

Jewish Intellectualism…(The Bible’s Impact on Scientific Discovery [July 3])


How much are you willing to search for something? How much are you willing to fight for something? How much are you willing to wrestle and not give up for something?  Are you willing to not let go? Are you willing to not give up? Are you willing to persevere? Are you willing to hold on till you get it? Are you willing to challenge? Are you willing to probe? Are you willing to question in order to discover and determine what the answer is? Will live without worrying and without fear? Will you lean in and lean on God rather than allowing the lies and tricks of the devil cause doubt and fear? Will you walk in confidence trusting in God’s truth and promises? Will you believe who God says you are?

Today’s reading brings us to Genesis 32 speaking of Jacob and how he wrestled an answer and a blessing and his name was changed to who God said he was…

Jacob Fears Esau

1Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2And when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s camp!” So he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
3And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, 4instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now. 5I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.'”
6And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.” 7Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, 8thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.”
9And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'”
13So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau, 14two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15thirty milking camels and their calves, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16These he handed over to his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on ahead of me and put a space between drove and drove.” 17He instructed the first, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?’ 18then you shall say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present sent to my lord Esau. And moreover, he is behind us.'” 19He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, “You shall say the same thing to Esau when you find him, 20and you shall say, ‘Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.'” For he thought, “I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.” 21So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles with God

22The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”29Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.

from Genesis 32

So what about you? Will you turn to God? Will you not give up but keep seeking, keep asking, and keep knocking until you get an answer? Will you turn to the one who knows all things and has the answers? Will you turn to Jesus who is the answer? Will you turn to Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life? Will you turn to Him when u are faced with any questions or challenges that you need an answer for and not give up till you get it and find it?

Have you met and received Jesus? Let’s pray…

Prayer of Salvation Example

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.

Today’s reading comes to use from The Global Impact Bible on the topic of the Bible’s impact on Scientific Discovery. Our topic for today is Jewish Intellectualism and points us to the story from Genesis 32:22-32…

‘The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh. ‘ — Genesis 32:22-32

Today’s devotional speaks about how as of 2013 22% of Nobel Prizes awarded since 1901 were given to Jews which is an incredible stat and accomplishment given that the Jewish people only make up less than 1% of the population. We learn about new technologies that have come from Israel and how many of the US tech companies have research and development centers in Israel. It then brings up to the question of where does this intellectual tradition come from and how there is no single answer, but that some suggest that it points back to the lineage of Abraham to Isaac to Jacob for Jacob whose name was changed to Israel after wrestling with God for a blessing because he feared his brother as he was head back towards home.  In today’s reading we can connect it to verses 27-28 where it says:

‘And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” ‘ from Genesis 32:27-28

It closes with the point that Jacob’s willingness to “wrestle” – to challenge, to probe, and to question knowledge – constitutes the core of the Jewish intellectual tradition.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord for the wisdom, the discernment, and the breakthroughs and transformation that took place at camp. Lord, I give You this day in celebration of all the work You did in and through our campers and our staff. Help us Lord to lean not on our own understanding but rather in all things at all times, lean into You as our hope and our source. I ask all this so that in all things and at all times You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

JOHN HUS…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 27])


When the pressure is on and things are getting hot, what is on the inside bubbles out. So what does it say about your character? What does it say about your faith? What does it say about your heart? Are you trying to just put on a good front or has your heart truly changed and so when the pressure or heat get turned up does your hope, your faith, your trust, and your character that shows up reinforce what you have been saying and living?

Today’s reading comes to us from John 14

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

1″Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4And you know the way to where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12″Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15″If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18″I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
25″These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

from John 14

Do you believe in the words of Jesus? Are you doing Jesus’ work? Are you asking in Jesus’ name? Are you living a life of love? Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you through every day of your life? So don’t worry because who can get anything out of worrying? Lean in on Jesus! Trust in Jesus! Believe His Words are true! Will you take hold of Jesus’ Words and pursue Him and His way? Will you receive the gift of Jesus and the exclusivity of His words and promises? Will you take the narrow road?

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of Trade and Taxes speaks to us about John Hus a forerunner to Martin Luther. We learn about how Martin Luther and other Reformers were greatly influenced by Hus’s strength of character and his faith in the face of the church’s brutality. We also learn how many of the key themes that came through the Reformation had already been being taught by Hus a century earlier. We read in today’s devotional about how Hus was burned alive as a heretic. We read in today’s devotional about how Hus in the midst of the pressure and the heat of the situation said “God almighty will strengthen the hearts of His faithful ones whom He hath chosen before the foundation of the world that they may receive an incorruptible crown.

Let’s Pray…

Salvation Prayer Example

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
This is the day that You have made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it. As I close up the week in preparations for the works You have for me the rest of the week, please give me eyes to see and ears to hear that I may complete the work You have prepared in advance for me to accomplish in a way that I will be a good steward and get to hear You say “Well done my good and faithful servant”. Lord, I ask all this so that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

JOHN ADAMS AND THE STAMP ACT…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 25])


Do you realize that God wants everyone to know? Do you realize that He desires for everyone to know His love? His טוּב also known as good, goodness, and prosperity? God’s desires are that He was known and He calls us to make Him known.  From heaven, we see how God has tried to promote and make widely known liberty, peace, and good-will to man.

We read in today’s word from Luke 2 this very thing in verse 14 which says…

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

–from Luke 2:14

Today’s reading from Luke 2 for full context goes like this…

The Birth of Jesus Christ

1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Jesus Presented at the Temple
22And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”

33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
The Return to Nazareth
39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
52And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

from Luke 2

So it is very interesting that today’s devotional pulls from this truth as we read in The Global Impact Bible on the subject of the Bible’s impact on Trade and Taxes with today’s subject relating to John Adams the second president of the United States and the Stamp Act.

The Stamp Act was a law that required all colonial residents to pay a stamp tax on virtually every printed paper including legal documents, bills of sale, contracts, wills, advertising, pamphlets, almanacs, and even playing cards and dice. The tax affected every resident especially lawyers who were increasingly in a position of power.  The act was passed in May and was scheduled to take effect November 1st, 1765. Many colonists thought the tax was unfair and had almost a year to show their discontent through peaceful and violent protests.

–see What was the Stamp Act? for more details

John Adams responded to this unfair tax with a series of articles criticizing the law in the Boston Gazette. They have come to be known as A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law. So will you take hold of these God-given rights? These unalienable rights? Will you believe that they are yours, given by God and not able to be taken away by man? Have you take time to read about the Bill of Rights?

So how will you choose to live your life? Will you prepare your heart so that you can produce the fruit of the Spirit?

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

–from Galatians 5:22-23

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
Today is the day that You have made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it. I give this day and all the plans and purposes that will go into it up into Your hands asking Lord for Your wisdom and discernment for every conversation, every decision, and every action that will need to be taken. Grant me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to respond and courage to obey so that in and through everything that comes my way that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Johannes Gutenberg prints the first Bible…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 1])


Ever considered if there is a fit way to prepare or eat food? Ever consider if there is a correct way to prepare or eat food? Ever consider if there is a proper way to prepare food?

How often do you consider the specifics of the food you are putting into your body? How often do you consider the preparations of the food you will put into your body? How often do you consider if the food that you are about to eat is good? Is it without blemish? Is it the good pieces? Is it parts that are healthy? Is there a way to know that the food hasn’t been tainted or the animal wasn’t ill? How much do you know or do you care about the foot you put into your body?

Today’s reading comes from Leviticus 1

Laws for Burnt Offerings

1The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock.
3“If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord4He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 5Then he shall kill the bull before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 6Then he shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into pieces, 7and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8And Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 9but its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar, as a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
10“If his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, he shall bring a male without blemish, 11and he shall kill it on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar. 12And he shall cut it into pieces, with its head and its fat, and the priest shall arrange them on the wood that is on the fire on the altar, 13but the entrails and the legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
14“If his offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or pigeons. 15And the priest shall bring it to the altar and wring off its head and burn it on the altar. Its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16He shall remove its crop with its contents and cast it beside the altar on the east side, in the place for ashes. 17He shall tear it open by its wings, but shall not sever it completely. And the priest shall burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
–from Leviticus 1

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the impact on Taxes and Trade. It brings to us information around Kosher Foods and how it comes from the Bible. How God called the tribe of Levi to serve the religious leaders. Today’s reading spoke to us about the rules for burnt offerings. The rules about food preparation in the book of Leviticus integrated cleanliness, diet, and worship. We learn about how some continue to follow the dietary practices rooted in Leviticus today. This includes which foods are acceptable to eat and how to prepare them. The familiar term we hear is kosher which comes from the word kashrut…

Kashrut (also kashruth or kashrus, כַּשְׁרוּת‎) is a set of Jewish religious dietary laws. Food that may be consumed according to halakha (Jewish law) is termed kosher /ˈkoʊʃər/ in English, from the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the Hebrew term kashér (כָּשֵׁר‎), meaning fit (in this context, fit for consumption). –from wikipedia/bing search result

meaning fit, correct, or proper for consumption.

It is amazing all the life lessons and truths we can find in God’s Word. It is amazing how much God is interested in our good – be it physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.

So how interested are you in your wellbeing? How interested are you in learning about how important you are to God and how God has provided a way that will help you in and through that? Will you invite Jesus into your life and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you through it?

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. Help me Lord to consider what I allow into my body either through food, through what I see, through what I hear, through what I smell so that I can be healthy and glorify You. Help me Lord to be able to live a life that lifts you up and allows others to be pointed back to You. I ask Lord that in all things that You would receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

DIES IRAE…(The Bible’s Impact on Music [May 18])


Have you made your choice? Have you chosen well? Have you decided to follow Jesus? Have you decided to make Him Lord and Savior? Will you decide before it is too late? Will you decided before time runs out? Do you know the options? Do you know the choices? Have you read His Word?

Today’s reading is powerful and has had impact on many movies’ music. Let’s jump into today’s reading and contemplate our standing and decision to follow God…

1The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

The Coming Judgment on Judah

2 “I will utterly sweep away everything
from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.
3 “I will sweep away man and beast;
I will sweep away the birds of the heavens
and the fish of the sea,
and the rubble with the wicked.
I will cut off mankind
from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.
4 “I will stretch out my hand against Judah
and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal
and the name of the idolatrous priests along with the priests,
5 those who bow down on the roofs
to the host of the heavens,
those who bow down and swear to the Lord
and yet swear by Milcom,
6 those who have turned back from following the Lord,
who do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.”

The Day of the Lord Is Near

7 Be silent before the Lord God!
For the day of the Lord is near;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice
and consecrated his guests.
8 And on the day of the Lord‘s sacrifice—
“I will punish the officials and the king’s sons
and all who array themselves in foreign attire.
9 On that day I will punish
everyone who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master’s house
with violence and fraud.
10 “On that day,” declares the Lord,
“a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,
a wail from the Second Quarter,
a loud crash from the hills.
11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!
For all the traders are no more;
all who weigh out silver are cut off.
12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
and I will punish the men
who are complacent,
those who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good,
nor will he do ill.’
13 Their goods shall be plundered,
and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
they shall not drink wine from them.”
14 The great day of the Lord is near,
near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter;
the mighty man cries aloud there.
15 A day of wrath is that day,
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the lofty battlements.
17 I will bring distress on mankind,
so that they shall walk like the blind,
because they have sinned against the Lord;
their blood shall be poured out like dust,
and their flesh like dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold
shall be able to deliver them
on the day of the wrath of the Lord.
In the fire of his jealousy,
all the earth shall be consumed;
for a full and sudden end
he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the subject of the impact on music speaks of the impact of Zephaniah 1:15-16 which comes from the crisis and doom of God’s judgement for those idolaters and ends with a message of hope for the promise of restoration. We see how this speaks of a day of wrath. We see how today’s devotional shares Dies Irae – a thirteenth century him drawn from Zephaniah 1:15-16. Let’s compare the two…

Zephaniah 1:15-16

‘ A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.’

–from Zephaniah 1:15-16

Dies Irae

Dies Irae/Day of Wrath

   DIES irae, dies illa,

   solvet saeculum in favilla,

   teste David cum Sibylla.

   Day of wrath and doom impending,

   David’s word with Sibyl’s blending,

   Heaven and earth in ashes ending.

   Quantus tremor est futurus,

   quando iudex est venturus,

   cuncta stricte discussurus!

 

   O what fear man’s bosom rendeth,

   When from heaven the Judge descendeth,

   On whose sentence all dependeth.

   Tuba mirum spargens sonum

   per sepulcra regionum,

   coget omnes ante thronum.

 

   Wondrous sound the trumpet flingeth,

   Through earth’s sepulchers it ringeth,

   All before the throne it bringeth.

   Mors stupebit et natura,

   cum resurget creatura,

   iudicanti responsura.

 

   Death is struck, and nature quaking,

   All creation is awaking,

   To its Judge an answer making.

   Liber scriptus proferetur,

   in quo totum continetur,

   unde mundus iudicetur.

   Lo, the book exactly worded,

   Wherein all hath been recorded,

   Thence shall judgment be awarded.

   Iudex ergo cum sedebit,

   quidquid latet apparebit:

   nil inultum remanebit.

 

   When the Judge His seat attaineth,

   And each hidden deed arraigneth,

   Nothing unavenged remaineth.

   Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?

   quem patronum rogaturus?

   cum vix iustus sit securus.

   What shall I, frail man, be pleading?

   Who for me be interceding

   When the just are mercy needing?

   Rex tremendae maiestatis,

   qui salvandos salvas gratis,

   salva me, fons pietatis.

 

   King of majesty tremendous,

   Who dost free salvation send us,

   Fount of pity, then befriend us.

   Recordare Iesu pie,

   quod sum causa tuae viae:

   ne me perdas illa die.

 

   Think, kind Jesus, my salvation

   Caused Thy wondrous Incarnation,

   Leave me not to reprobation.

   Quarens me, sedisti lassus:

   redemisti crucem passus:

   tantus labor non sit cassus.

   Faint and weary Thou hast sought me,

   On the Cross of suffering bought me,

   Shall such grace be vainly brought me?

   Iuste iudex ultionis,

   donum fac remissionis,

   ante diem rationis.

 

   Righteous Judge, for sin’s pollution

   Grant Thy gift of absolution,

   Ere that day of retribution.

   Ingemisco, tamquam reus:

   culpa rubet vultus meus:

   supplicanti parce Deus.

 

   Guilty now I pour my moaning,

   All my shame with anguish owning,

   Spare, O God, Thy suppliant groaning.

   Qui Mariam absolvisti,

   et latronem exaudisti,

   mihi quoque spem dedisti.

   Through the sinful woman shriven,

   Through the dying thief forgiven,

   Thou to me a hope hast given.

   Preces meae non sunt dignae:

   sed tu bonus fac benigne,

   ne perenni cremer igne.

   Worthless are my prayers and sighing,

   Yet, good Lord, in grace complying,

   Rescue me from fires undying.

 

   Inter oves locum praesta,

   et ab haedis me sequestra,

   statuens in parte dextera.

   With Thy sheep a place provide me,

   From the goats afar divide me,

   To Thy right hand do Thou guide me.

   Confutatis maledictis,

   flammis acribus addictis.

   voca me cum benedictis.

   When the wicked are confounded,

   Doomed to flames of woe unbounded,

   Call me with Thy Saints surrounded.

 

   Oro supplex et acclinis,

   cor contritum quasi cinis:

   gere curam mei finis.

   Low I kneel with heart’s submission,

   See, like ashes, my contrition,

   Help me in my last condition.

   Lacrimosa dies illa,

   qua resurget ex favilla.

   iudicandus homo reus:

   huic ergo parce Deus.

   Ah! That day of tears and mourning,

   From the dust of earth returning,

   Man for judgment must prepare him,

   Spare, O God, in mercy spare him.

   Pie Iesu Domine,

   dona eis requiem. Amen.

   Lord, all-pitying, Jesus blest,

   Grant them Thine eternal rest.  Amen.

Latin and Translation from the 1958 Marian Missal for daily Mass by Sylvester P. Juergens, S.M. Doctor of Sacred Theology

Today’s devotional points to how this is a part of the standard Catholic requiem. It also shares how it has been adapted by many classical composers like Mozart and Verdi. We also see how composer John Williams included the music of Dies Irae in the soundtrack of The Empire strikes back. When I did a search to find it, I also learned that it has gotten used in other movies too. Here is a link / preview of what I found on YouTube…

God’s Word has great impact on the world of music. God’s Word has impact on all aspects of life. So how will you receive the gift of God through His Word? Will you make and take time to read His Word and get wisdom and discernment from not only His Love Letter to you but also His owner’s manual for life?

Before we close let’s pray together…

Sample Sinners Prayer

Was this the first time or a recommitment of your life to Jesus? Are you still seeking and searching? Leave me a comment or a question and we can celebrate or talk about it. God’s amazing and His Word reinforces it with power and impact throughout the generations and will continue to until His return.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything in it. I thank You Lord that You have a plan and a purpose for me and my life. I give this day into Your hands for Your purpose and Your plans. Help me Lord to live out today in a way that I will get to hear the words “well done my good and faithful servant”. Help me with wisdom and discernment, direction and instruction, correction and redirection so that all that I think, all that I say, and all that I do will point people to You and will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.