“How do you ‘see’ things?” December 26

 

How do you "see" things? - Today's readings cover everything from the lens we should use when we view our circumstances and how we "see" God to the danger of social upheaval. We'll, also, look at more of God's judgment during the Tribulation as He continues to turn up the heat. Here in Revelation 16 God pours out the seven bowls judgments. Part of which includes: incurable sores, water turned to blood, intense heat, darkness, floods, earthquakes, and unbearable pain.Today’s readings cover everything from the lens we should use when we view our circumstances and how we “see” God to the danger of social upheaval. We’ll, also, look at more of God’s judgment during the Tribulation as He continues to turn up the heat. Here in Revelation 16 God pours out the seven bowls judgments. Part of which includes: incurable sores, water turned to blood, intense heat, darkness, floods, earthquakes, and unbearable pain.

 

Today’s Readings:
Zechariah 1-3
Psalm 147.12-20
Proverbs 30.21-23
Revelation 16

How do you “see” things?

 

Zechariah 1-3:

What kind of lens?

 

God’s people had spent 70 years in captivity in Babylon (1.12). Now the first group of exiles, including Zechariah, had returned to Jerusalem.

They had begun rebuilding the temple, but had become indifferent, more focused on their personal lives than God’s agenda (Hag. 1.1-11).  God used Haggai to call them to repentance and a re-commitment to God’s priorities.

Now Zechariah was to encourage them and keep them moving ahead. He reminded them of God’s promises, especially the promise that Messiah would one day come and inhabit the temple.

I imagine the people returned to Jerusalem excited to start rebuilding. But when the work turned out to be hard and God’s enemies attacked them (Neh. 4.7-9), they must have lost their enthusiasm. Perhaps the people of Zechariah’s day began to allow their circumstances to dictate what they believed about God.

That can be a temptation for us, too. When things don’t work out the way we had planned or when God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we desire, we weaken or give up altogether. We begin to believe He no longer loves us or conclude that He isn’t really good.  Continue reading

December 26 “Seven bowls of the wrath of God”

seven bows of the wrath of God“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.’” The next seven waves of God’s judgment:(1) foul and loathsome sores like boils, (2) the sea will be turned to the thick, dark, coagulated blood of a corpse, (3) a shortage of fresh drinking water (4) the sun’s heat will be intensified, (5) darkness and intense pain, (6) the Euphrates River will dry up, and (7) a massive earthquake.

 

Today’s Readings:
Zechariah 1-3
Psalm 147.12-20
Proverbs 30.21-23
Revelation 16

 

seven bowls of the wrath of GodZechariah 1-3:

How do you “see” things?

Do you see God and through the lens of your circumstances or do you see your circumstances through the lens of Scripture and God’s character?

God’s people had spent 70 years in captivity in Babylon. Perhaps they had allowed their circumstances to dictate what they believed about God. That can be a constant temptation for all of us. When things don’t work out the way we had planned or when God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we desire, we fail to trust in His sovereignty and begin to believe He no longer loves us or conclude that He isn’t really good.

Instead, we must spend time coming to know God and understanding the truths of Scripture. His character and His Word must be the lens through which we view our lives and our circumstances.

 

Psalm 147.12-20:

Praise the Lord

This passage begins and ends with the admonition to “Praise the Lord!” In this case, the psalmist uses God’s control of nature as proof of His sovereignty. That will be even more evident during the Tribulation period as we’ll see as we continue reading through Revelation.

 

Proverbs 30.21-23:

Social upheaval

21 There are three things that make the earth tremble—
    no, four it cannot endure:
22 a slave who becomes a king,
    an overbearing fool who prospers,
23     a bitter woman who finally gets a husband,
    a servant girl who supplants her mistress.

When biblical, societal roles are overturned it creates a great deal of instability.

 

Empty bowlRevelation 16:

Bowls of the wrath of God

Verse 1, “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.’”

 

The First Bowl—foul and loathsome sores.

The same Greek word is used to describe Continue reading