“Virgins, Self-Righteousness & Parental Guarantees” July 31

 

Virgins, Self-Righteousness & Parental Guarantees - Most of us are familiar with the proverb: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” But we all know kids who were raised in church and, yet, have walked away from God. What went wrong? Did their parents miss something? Did God fail to keep His Word? Do we have a guarantee that our children will continue to walk with God?

 

Most of us are familiar with the proverb: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” But we all know kids who were raised in church and, yet, have walked away from God. What went wrong? Did their parents miss something? Did God fail to keep His Word? Do we have a guarantee that our children will continue to walk with God?

We’ll also read about:

Esther, what God was up to, and the un-fairytale like ending for the other young virgins taken as “potential queen for a night.”

And the danger of judgment and self-righteousness Paul warns us about in Romans 2.

 

Today’s Readings:
Esther 1 & 2
Psalm 89.38-45
Proverbs 22.5-6
Romans 2.1-29

 

Virgins, Self-Righteousness & Parental Guarantees

 

Esther 1 & 2:

Young Virgins & a Selfish King

 

The book of Esther takes place sometime between the time the Jews began to return to Jerusalem under Zerubbabel and the second return under Ezra. It’s quite an interesting book. Though the name of God is not mentioned at all, He is seen everywhere, and is in control of the events of this book in a grand way!—as He is in all the events of history and the world (even our election cycle).

The book starts out with a party and what a party it is—7 days, free flowing wine, everyone is invited (the men, at least!), golden goblets, entertainment … wine, women (probably the entertainment) and song, as the saying goes.

Finally, the drunken king decides to show off his wife and she refuses to come. The men were faced with a problem. If word got around that the queen didn’t obey the king, all the women would refuse to obey their husbands! So, at the other men’s urging, he strips away her crown.

But when the king sobered up Continue reading

January 9 “The danger of a poor foundation”

Building on sand

What do you trust in for your salvation? Is it your good works or religious activity? Are you in danger of one day hearing, “I never knew you …”? And if you know Him, on what foundation are you building? Is it sandy soil or the solid foundation of both knowing and doing His Word?

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 17 & 18
Psalm 5.8-12
Proverbs 2.10-22
Matthew 7.1-29

Genesis 17 & 18:

Abraham, an imperfect man with a heart for God

In these two chapters God reconfirms His promise to Abram and to help them remember He changes their names. Abram becomes Abraham and Sarai, Sarah. God tells Abraham that the child will come through Sarah. And he didn’t leave it up to Abraham alone to convey that fact to her. He made sure that she overheard the angels talking to Abraham and let her know that He was listening to what was going on in her heart. When she “laughed within herself” (v. 18.12), the Angel said, “Why did Sarah laugh …?” (18.13) and then, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (18.14) What a great promise for us to remember, as well! Continue reading