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The Story of God’s Love!

Scripture reading for January 1st:  Matthew 1, Psalm 1, Proverbs 1 (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 1:18-21 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.  When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.  But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”” 

The New Testament begins with a story that has its roots in the flow of the Old Testament.  A genealogy from Abraham to Joseph begins the story.  Joseph’s betrothal to Mary makes the story personal and about love.  But Mary, a virgin, was pregnant before the marriage was consummated!   Joseph had a plan, but angelic intervention brought needed information:  the baby Mary carried was conceived by the Holy Spirit!  The Name, “Jesus” was to be given to the child.  He would save His people from sin!  This story is made personal and current if you have believed in Him and received His love!

Faith’s Confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was God’s Son in human flesh, and is my Savior from my sins.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  

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Why do the wicked seem to prosper?

Scripture reading for May 26th: Job 20-21

Job’s friend Zophar was offended by Job’s warning to be afraid of punishment by God as well! (Job 19:28-29)  Zophar had a belief that the wicked only get by for a short time and then punishment will fall on them here in this life.  He held a strong belief in what he could see,  but looks can be deceiving!  Job took exception with his theology and his way of comforting him!

Job stated that often the wicked seem to grow old and increase in power. (Job 21:7)  He observed that they appear to be safe and have no fear or problems.  They mock God and God seems to do nothing.  (Job 21:14, 15)  Some men die fat and happy, others die in bitterness and pain.  The grave swallows them both and we don’t know why.  (Job 21:23-26)

This controversy has been the subject of other writers of Scripture.  Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, a gifted muscian in King David’s Levitical choir.  Asaph nearly lost faith when he observed the prosperity of the wicked.  (Psalm 78:2)  He saw that they had health and prosperity and were proud at heart.  They scoffed at man and mocked heaven and nothing seemed to happen.  He thought he was keeping himself pure for nothing and almost slipped away from serving God.  Then he entered the sanctuary of God and he understood their final end.  In the end, God would judge them and send them away to sudden destruction! (Psalm 73:16-19)

We can’t go by what we see!  The righteous live by their faith!  Job was having his faith tested by the taunts of Zophar.  Asaph was being tested by Satan when he began to reason by what he observed in the world.  We are often tempted to join the wicked in their sins and folly.  But when we enter the sanctuary of God and see the truth of His holy Word, we understand that the wicked will not stand in the judgment or sinners before a holy God who will bring every secret thing into judgment!  (Psalm 1:5-6)  Allow the Lord to bring you understanding today.  If you are involved in sin or wickedness, repent quickly and begin a new path of faith and obedience!  You’ ll never regret it!

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