“The Root of Prejudice” January 26

 

The Root of Prejudice - How did the nation of Israel go from being favored by the Egyptian leadership to suffering so much persecution and prejudice that they would end up enslaved by a nation that once welcomed them? And what does it say to us as Christians in our nation today?How did the nation of Israel go from being favored by the Egyptian leadership to suffering so much persecution and prejudice that they would end up enslaved by a nation that once welcomed them? And what does it say to us as Christians in our nation today?

Also …

What if you were arrested for being a Christian? Would the evidence be for you or against you? One day each of us will stand, either before the “Judgment Seat of Christ” or “The Great White Throne Judgment.”

Jesus said, “ “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Will He be able to testify for you or have to testify against you?

 

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 1 & 2
Psalm 15.1-5
Proverbs 4.25-27
Matthew 17.1-27

 

The Root of Prejudice

 

Exodus 1 & 2:

Abraham, Joseph … now Moses

 

Now we begin another adventure into the Word of God!

God is getting ready to raise up Moses and remember:

“… whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15.4).

When we studied the life of Abraham, the Father of Faith, it helped us know and trust in the faithfulness of God to keep His promises. The Scripture says Abraham:

“Who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be’ ” (Rom. 4.18).

In Joseph we saw a picture, a shadow, of Christ, the Son who was willing to lay down his life for His brothers, to forgive though they caused His suffering.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5.8).

Now, through the life of Moses, we’ll begin to see more of God’s character. This time as our Deliverer—the One who sees our bondage and hears our cries and “in the fullness of time,” His perfect timing, He delivers us. We’ll talk more about this in the days to come.

 

The Root of Prejudice

 

But today let’s take another look at chapter 1.8-10:

8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10 come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.”

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“The Bible, One Book, One Story” December 30

 

BibleThe Bible is not a series of books about God. It is one book, penned by numerous human authors, and inspired by God. It is His story told through His continuing revelation of Himself to mankind. The more you read it, the more you see how the books, the prophesies, the stories, and the letters fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. In today’s O.T. reading Zechariah prophesied hundreds of years earlier about many of the things Jesus showed John in the book of Revelation.

And as we continue to read through the book of Revelation, today we learn about two final judgments. One day every person will stand before God at one of them: “the great white throne judgment” or “the judgment seat of Christ.” Where will you stand?

 

Today’s Readings:
Zechariah 13 & 14
Psalm 149.5-9
Proverbs 31.1-9
Revelation 20.1-15

Well, we’re almost there. I pray that many of you have read more of God’s Word than you have in the past. Notice I said “more of God’s Word.” Though many of you finished the goal, I know some of you are weeks or even months behind or maybe you quit after a few months, or maybe it’s been in fits and starts. But did you read more of God’s Word in 2016 than you had before or did you get more out of your reading than you had previously? If so, it’s been a successful endeavor!

If you have a testimony about how reading God’s Word impacted your life this year, I’d love for you to share it in the comments section.

On to the Word …

 

The Bible, One Book, One Story

 

Zechariah 13 & 14:

From Genesis to Revelation

 

Zechariah prophesied beginning about 520 B.C., but did you notice that he prophesied many of the same things Jesus revealed to the aging Apostle John toward the end of the first century A.D. and recorded in the book of Revelation?

We see the same picture of Jesus coming back the second time as the King of kings and Lord of lords, his feet touching down on the Mount of Olives followed by a great earthquake and the destruction of Satan’s armies.

We also see the description of Christ as the Shepherd (13.7) which David wrote about in Psalm 23 and Jesus called Himself in John 10. He is the Good Shepherd who gave up His life for the sheep (Jn. 10.11).

The more you read and study God’s Word, the more you see that it is not a series of books about God. It is one book, penned by numerous human authors, but inspired by God. Just as a writer controls his pen or writing instrument, God superimposed himself over the hearts and minds of his instruments, the human authors (2 Pet. 1.21).

It is His story told through His continuous revelation of Himself to mankind.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Psalm 149.5-9:

Praise & a Sword

 

150 Year Old Bible With Sword

 

Verse 6, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.”

This is how we fight life’s battles—by praising God and trusting in His sovereignty, and by speaking and living according to His Word.

 

 

Proverbs 31.1-9:

A Mother’s Advice to the King

 

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December 30 “The Bible all one book”

the bible one bookThe Bible is not a series of books about God. It is one book, written by numerous human authors, and inspired by God. It is His story told through His continuing revelation of Himself to mankind.

As we finish the book of Revelation, we learn about two final judgments. One day every person will stand before God at one of them: “the great white throne judgment” or “the judgment seat of Christ.” Unbelievers will be judged for their sins and condemned to the lake of fire. As believers we will not be judged for our sin, but we will be judged for our works and our motives for doing those works (1 Cor. 5:9-10) and receive rewards or loss of rewards, accordingly.

 

Today’s Readings:
Zechariah 13 & 14
Psalm 149.5-9
Proverbs 31.1-9
Revelation 20.1-15

Well, we’re almost there. I pray that many of you have read more of God’s Word than you have in the past. Notice I said “more of God’s Word.” Though many of you finished the goal, I know some of you are weeks or even months behind or maybe you quit after a few months, or maybe it’s been in fits and starts. But did you read more of God’s Word in 2014 than you had before or did you get more out of your reading than you had before. If so, it’s been a successful endeavor!

If you have a testimony about how reading God’s Word impacted your life this year, I’d love for you to share it.

On to the Word …

 

the bible one bookZechariah 13 & 14:

The Bible all one book

Zechariah prophesied beginning about 520 B.C., but did you notice that he prophesied many of the same things Jesus revealed to the aging Apostle John toward the end of the first century A.D. and recorded in the book of Revelation?

We see the same picture of Jesus coming back the second time as the King of kings and Lord of lords, his feet touching down on the Mount of Olives followed by a great earthquake and the destruction of Satan’s armies.

We also see the description of Christ as the Shepherd (13.7) which David wrote about in Psalm 23 and Jesus called Himself in John 10. He is the Good Shepherd who gave up His life for the sheep (Jn. 10.11).

The more you read and study God’s Word, the more you see that it is not a series of books about God. It is one book, penned by numerous human authors, but inspired by God. Just as a writer controls his pen or writing instrument, God superimposed himself over the hearts and minds of his instruments, the human authors.

It is His story told through His continuous revelation of Himself to mankind.

 

the bible one bookPsalm 149.5-9:

Praise & a sword

Verse 6, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.”

This is how we fight life’s battles—by praising God and trusting in His sovereignty, and by speaking and living according to His Word.

 

Proverbs 31.1-9

A mother’s advice to the king

Verses 1-9 contain the first of two poems in this chapter. This first one contains advice Continue reading