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Words to the Wise

Scripture reading for January 2nd:  Matthew 2, Psalm 2, Proverbs 2 (Reading through the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs one chapter a day, five days each week in 2019–please join me in the trek!)

Key Scriptures: Matthew 2:13-15  “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”   And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod.  This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.””

The story of the birth of God’s Son was again guided by angelic instructions.  This time Joseph was warned to take the child and his mother to Egypt.  Joseph had to believe the warning and act to experience God’s saving grace.  God used Joseph’s obedience to fulfill ancient prophecy concerning this event.  The fulfilled prophecy inspires our faith to obey God.  God also calls us out of “Egypt” through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Faith’s confession and action:  Lord Jesus, I believe Your call to heed Your Word and respond like Joseph, following Your instructions.  Your Word is truth and life.

Psalm 2:10-12 “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.  Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  


 

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You are God’s Holy Temple

Scripture reading for July 9th:  Psalms 2-5, 1st Corinthians 3

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.  For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.  Let no one deceive himself.  If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.”  

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church that was struggling with divisions.  He reminded them that they were God’s temple–collectively.  God’s Holy Spirit dwelled among them as they gathered.  Disunity and division was destroying the temple, putting those causing the division in danger.  Self-deception is a dangerous place to be.  True wisdom is humble and submissive to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  

Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize and obey the voice of Your Holy Spirit speaking and to honor the unity of the Church, Your body.  I ask for wisdom.  Amen.

 

 

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Who do you believe Jesus is?

Scripture reading for April 8th:  John 3

Key scriptures for over-comers:  John 3:35-36  “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin and the forerunner who prepared the way for the Messiah.  He testified that he was not the Christ.   He went on to state that the Father loved the Son, (Jesus) and whoever would believe on the Son would have eternal life.  However, the converse was also true.  Whoever rejected the Son would never see eternal life but would remain under God’s wrath.  What a person believes about Jesus Christ determines their eternal destiny!  This is the simple message of the Gospel and it is the power of God for salvation to all who believe! (Romans 1:16) “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

Observations for over-comers:  Simple trust and full reliance on Jesus Christ as God’s Son is the key to eternal life for disciples and all who will receive this message.  Rejecting the Son means God’s wrath is upon those who do so. “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.  Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  (Psalm 2:10-12)

 

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The kingdom awaits the ‘sheep’!

Scripture reading for February 4th:  Matthew 25

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 25:31-34  “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.  Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’  

As Jesus finished His last instruction to His disciples before the cross, He told them the parable of the sheep and the goats.  This parable described a judgment of the nations of the world and all it’s peoples.  The people were separated from one another as sheep are separated from the goats.  The sheep were to be placed at Christ’s right hand and were to be rewarded with blessing by God the Father with the kingdom prepared for them from before the world was made! This is an amazing reward for lowly ‘sheep’!

However, Jesus also placed the goats on His left and they will be rewarded too!  “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”  (Matthew 25:41)  All nations will have had the opportunity for salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Now they face judgment at the King’s throne and eternal punishment for their rejection of His grace.  This place of punishment was not meant for any made in God’s image, but only for the devil and his fallen angels.  (Revelation 20:10)

Observations for over-comers:  Followers of Jesus from every nation will be rewarded and given authority in Christ’s eternal kingdom!  Those refusing will suffer eternal punishment!  “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  (Psalm 2:12)

 

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“Kiss the Son”

Scripture reading for June 4th: Psalms 1-6

Today begins the Psalms.  Psalms are the prayer and worship book of the Bible.  In this collection of poetic writings, we can hear honest declarations of worship, petition, trust, fears, and dependence on God from the hearts of those who loved God and lead others in worship.    As we begin our journey through the Psalms, take a moment to ask God to give you a deeper experience of worship and reverence for Him.

God is the central focus of the Psalms.  God’s law is a source of delight and blessing for those who meditate on it.  (Psalm 1:1-3)  God’s law helps us to walk in the right direction, sit with the right people and stand tall at the judgment.  Meditation on God’s law brings a source of life that brings fruitfulness to those who are tapped into it.  They are prosperous and strong, even in the dry times.  Those who meditate on God’s law are contrasted with the wicked who are likened to chaff.

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against  the Lord and against His Anointed One.”  “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.”  “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” (Psalm 2:1-4)

This second Psalm tells of a world where nations and peoples plot to get rid of God.  They conspire and plot to break His “chains”.  These “chains” are the law of God that tells man of God’s righteous requirements for them. God on the throne laughs at them.  This laughter is not with them, but in derision of their foolish decision.  This anointed King will rule them with an iron rod and dash them like pottery!

This Psalm speaks of the Lord and His “Anointed One“, later in the Psalm called “Son”.  God takes the title of “Father” and states emphatically that He has installed “My King on Zion, My holy hill.”  (Psalm 2:6)  From our perspective, we know this Anointed One is Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.  God sent Him to earth to show man the Father and redeem man from the penalty for his rebellion.  “Kiss the Son” is the remedy for those in Psalm 2 who are plotting and conspiring.  All who take refuge in Him are blessed!

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