Monthly Archives: September 2016

Hope Thou in GOD

The world seems hopeless, and it is. There are wars and rumors of wars. There are earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. There is violence and death, disease and sickness, hatred and jealousy; fathers against sons, mothers against daughters, children against parents (Micah 7:6; Luke 12:53). The world seems out of control, and it is. But there is Light in the midst of darkness, Life in the midst of death, Hope in the midst of hopelessness.

David’s life seemed totally hopeless as he hid in caves and tried to keep one step ahead of King Saul’s pursuit to kill him. It was because of Saul’s anger and jealousy David had many a sleepness night. Not knowing what the future might hold for him, David in his loneliest hour quizzed himself, “Why art thou cast down , O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?” Suddenly the answer to overcoming his troubled soul came to him, “Hope thou in God,” (Psalm 42:5).

Adam hoped in God to send a Redeemer – Genesis 3:15

Abraham hoped in God to father a nation – Genesis 17

Moses hoped in God to lead His people – Exodus 3-4

Joshua hoped in God to conquer the Promised Land – Joshua 1

Nehemiah hoped in God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem – Nehemiah 4-6

Isaiah hoped in God to be His witness – Isaiah 6

Martha hoped in God for life after death – John 11

Peter hoped in God for forgiveness in denying Christ – John 21

Paul hoped in God to deliver him safely to Rome – Acts 27

 “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart,    

All ye that hope in the LORD.”

Psalm 31:24

 

 

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ECCLESIASTES – Book of “Man Under the Sun”

Key Verse:  Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every               purpose under the heaven.”

All is Vanity – Chapters 1-2

Seasons of Life – Chapters 3-10

Conclusion of the Matter – Chapter 11-12

 

 

Look and Live

Once again the Children of Israel were taking the long way around. Upon the crossing of the Red Sea the LORD did not allow them to make a beeline for the Promised Land; instead He guided them to a desert place to regroup and spy out the land before entering. Because of their unbelief in conquering the land with God’s help, He caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 long years until the unbelieving generation died off leaving their descendants to enter the land flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13-14).

Moses had heard it all before; the people were once again complaining about a lack of food and water but this time they even loathed the manna from Heaven that had kept them alive throughout the previous decades. Not only were the men, women and children of the new generation grumbling against Moses for their present circumstance, they were murmuring against God, too. It was then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people. Those who were sinning in rebellion against the LORD were bitten, causing “much people of Israel” to die from the venomous bites (Numbers 21).

As the people came in repentance, confessing their sin and asking Moses to “pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us,” the LORD instructed Moses to make a serpent of brass, set it on a pole, “and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. In John 3 Jesus told Nicodemus as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus then spoke the words of the most familiar verse of Scripture, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life, (John 3:14-16).

Look to Jesus in Repentance of Sin

And Live

                                                                                          

A Desire to Hear

As Jesus began to preach in the synagogues of Galilee following His Temptation by the Devil in the wilderness, “the people pressed upon Him to hear the Word of God” as He stood along the banks of Lake Gennesaret. It was then He climbed into Simon Peter’s boat, asked Peter to “thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship,” (Luke 5:1-3). The people desired to hear God’s Word.

King Herod wanted the opportunity to hear Jesus, for he had “heard of all that was done by Him.” Having put John the Baptist to death at the request of his wife, “Herod said, John have I beheaded: but Who is this of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see Him,” (Luke 9:7-9).

Following Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, He could be found daily teaching in the Temple. The chief priests, scribes, “and the chief of the people” were plotting and planning how they might destroy Him, jealous of the attention He was receiving from those who formally looked to them for spiritual and political leadership. They “could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear Him,” (Luke 19:28-48).

Luke records during the week of Jesus’ crucifixion, “in the day time He was teaching in the Temple; and at night He went out, and abode in the mount that is called the Mount of Olives.” It was there Jesus delivered the Olivet discourse to His disciples concerning His second coming and the end of the world (Matthew 24). Luke continues to write of this time, “And all the people came early in the morning to Him in the Temple, for to hear Him,” (Luke 21:37-38).

The Apostle John writes of the time just prior to Jesus’ crucifixion of “certain Greeks,” not Jews, who came to Philip, “and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” Philip, along with Andrew, presented the Greeks’ request to Jesus, “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified,” (John 12:20-23). Although Jesus’ earthly ministry was drawing to a close with His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension back to Heaven, just as those who pressed upon Him, desired to see Him, were attentive to hear Him, rose up early in the morning to hear Him, may we today have the same desire as those who lived during Jesus’ time. May we fill our hearts and minds hearing His Word written within the pages of Scripture.

“This is My Beloved Son: hear Him.”

Luke 9:35

PROVERBS – Book of “Wisdom”

Key Verse:  Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”

Solomon’s Wise Words to Sons – Chapters 1-7

Wisdom Better Than Rubies – Chapters 8-9

Folly of Sin – Chapters 10-19

Warnings and Instruction – Chapters 20-29

God’s Word is Pure – Chapter 30

Virtuous Woman – Chapter 31

Who is a Saint?

Contrary to popular belief it is not man who determines who is a saint, it is GOD. Looking at the numerous verses related to saints in the Holy Scriptures, it is obvious saints are not named after their death, but are called saints while still very much alive and on this earth. In 1 Corinthians 1:2 the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth gives a clear definition of who is a saint, “them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Throughout Scripture everyone who had, like King David in Psalm 51, confessed their sin to God, repented of their sin, and trusted in Christ as Savior are called saints.

Luke wrote in Acts 9:32 of Peter’s travels, “he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.” Upon Peter’s involvement in the raising of Dorcas from the dead, Dr. Luke further writes, “When he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive,” (9:41). In his testimony before King Agrippa, the Apostle Paul related to him in Acts 26:10, “many of the saints did I shut up in prison.” To be in prison one must be alive. It is not after death one is named a saint by mere man.

The Apostle Paul’s references to saints in his letters to the churches at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, and Colosse clearly show he is speaking of all those who have placed their faith and trust in Christ for salvation, as the saints of God:

“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” – Romans 1:7

“He that searcheth the hearts… maketh intercession for the saints” – Romans 8:27

“Distributing to the necessity of saints” – Romans 12:13

“Now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints” – Romans 15:25

“To make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem” – Romans 15:26

“My service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints” – Romans 15:31

“That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints” – Romans 16:2

“Salute… all the saints which are with them” – Romans 16:15

“Dare any of you… go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?” – 1 Corinthians 6:1

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” – 1 Corinthians 6:2

“Churches of the saints” – 1 Corinthians 14:33

“The collection for the saints” – 1 Corinthians 16:1

“Addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints” – 1Corinthians 16:15

“With all the saints which are in all Achaia” – 2 Corinthians 1:1

“Ministering to the saints” – 2 Corinthians 8:4; 9:1

“The want of the saints” – 2 Corinthians 9:12

“All the saints salute you” –   2 Corinthians 13:13

“To the saints which are at Ephesus” – Ephesians 1:1

“Love unto all the saints” – Ephesians 1:15

“His inheritance in the saints” – Ephesians 1:18

“Fellowcitizens with the saints” – Ephesians 2:19

“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints” – Ephesians 3:8

“Comprehend with all saints” – Ephesians 3:18

“The perfecting of the saints” – Ephesians 4:12

“Let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” – Ephesians 5:3

“Praying always… for all saints” – Ephesians 6:18

“To all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi” – Philippians 1:1

“Salute every saint in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:21

“All the saints salute you” – Philippians 4:22

“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse” – Colossians 1:2

“The love which ye have to all the saints” – Colossians 1:4

“Partakers of the inheritance of the saints” – Colossians 1:12

“Now is made manifest to His saints” – Colossians 1:26