Through the Bible Week 24, Job 35 – Psalm 25


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Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) — 1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

I love the way the Psalms start. Right here in Psalm 1, in the first three verses, we have the standard by which the Lord wants us to live. I have to admit, this is not always easy. This verse is the single verse which I keep a copy on my desk. It speaks so directly to me in my life. The reason is that my nature is to do the opposite of what the Lord says here. I am a christian, I love the Lord, but I live and work in the world. It is very difficult to have to be in the world and not follow the world.

As I looked at my life, especially the people I work with, I see some of the very behavior the Lord tells us to avoid. It is hard to live and have to deal with people who are ungodly, who think only of themselves, who try to destroy others for their own personal gain.  It is a world full of the scornful and ungodly that expects you to behave the same way. But the real problem in the end is that these people are not blessed. They are miserable, hateful, ungodly people who spend their every waking hour trying to get more and more at whatever cost. But the great thing is that the Lord lets me see it. By letting me see the exact behavior He wants me to avoid and by His Spirit making me understand it, it helps me see it for what it is, avoid it in myself, and live in peace in Him. It’s not always easy, but He is always there to correct me and turn me back to the peaceful path.

Most importantly, the Bible says we are blessed when we don’t do these things. Blessed when we don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the path of sinners (follow the path of sinners). When we get direction and hear advice from the ungodly or watch their behavior, we must understand that it is ungodly. I have to weigh everything I hear and see against the counsel of the word of God. That is what it comes down to in the end: the counsel of the ungodly vs the counsel of the Word of God. It really should be a no-brainer to follow the counsel of the Word of God, but what do I hear all the time…the words “Yeah, but”! Yeah, but what!? There should never be a “yeah but” with the word of God. Even if you don’t understand why or think you know better, you must follow the Word. It doesn’t matter your circumstances or what has happened to you, whether you are a man or woman, adult or child, rich or poor, black or white or any other thing, you must follow the Word of God. The result: blessedness, happiness, peace, joy. Otherwise, you are guaranteed to have chaos, bitterness, envy, strife.

So how do we walk correctly? We must know the word of God. Look at verse 2. We delight in the law of the lord and in His law we meditate day and night. That means we are constantly in the word, hearing the word, loving the word. Even if you don’t think you can understand it, just read it. He will bring it to your understanding. Find godly people and discuss the Word from them. Find a Bible teaching church and sit under good sound teaching. Simply think about His word day and night…all the time, every minute. Be in the Word!

If you do, you will be like a tree planted by rivers of water. You will be abundantly fed and from that abundant feeding, you will bear much fruit. You will never falter and everything you do (because you are doing it for and in the Lord) will prosper.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Psalm 26-31
  2. Day 2 – Psalm 32-35
  3. Day 3 – Psalm 36-39
  4. Day 4 – Psalms 40-45
  5. Day 5 – Psalms 46-50
  6. Day 6 – Psalms 51-57
  7. Day 7 – Psalms 58-65

Through the Bible Week 23, Job 11 – 34


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As Job is going through his trial, he has three friends come visit him to “comfort” him. Some comfort they are! They basically tell Job that all this calamity has come upon him because he is a sinner. Job challenges them to find his sin. He complains that God is treating him like a sinner even though he is blameless. These lousy three friends start naming all kinds of things that Job is probably guilty of since he is being punished by God.

Man, I am glad I don’t have friends like that. Well, I guess most of my friends aren’t like that! Anyway, what a terrible thing to think about someone and about God. Calamity does not come from God because someone is a sinner. We already see God’s intent here with Job. God is proving something to Satan and bringing something better for Job. God is merciful. God does not rejoice in bringing correction but is slow to anger and abounding in mercy.

Psalm 103:8 (NKJV) — 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

Joel 2:13 (NKJV) — 13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

One of the friends, Elihu, comes to Job and chastises his two other friends for their foolishness (Job 32-34). They called Job a sinner, but couldn’t actually name any sin or accuse him. Yet, Elihu also chastises Job because Job was making himself righteous in his own eyes. Elihu is partially correct and knows that every man is a sinner. But God had called Job righteous and blameless. So Job was righteous and blameless. Yet, Elihu is still right. The attitude Job must have is one of humility. To know that I am righteous in Jesus Christ does not mean to think of myself as sinless or to think I am not a sinner. My sin nature still exists. It wars with the spirit. Paul fully understood this.

Romans 7:23–25 (NKJV) — 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

And Paul called himself the chief of sinners!

1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV) — 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

Paul knows he is still a sinner. But, Paul also knows that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners!  Just as with Paul, my flesh (or my human sin nature) is at war with the Spirit within me. I must take care to know my sin in humility. Only then can I know the grace of Jesus that conquers the sin nature. And it will be through Jesus Christ that I will be delivered from this body of death.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Job 35-37
  2. Day 2 – Job38-39
  3. Day 3 – Job 40-42
  4. Day 4 – Psalms 1-8
  5. Day 5 – Psalms 9-16
  6. Day 6 – Psalms 17-20
  7. Day 7 – Psalms 21-25

Through the Bible Week 22, Nehemiah 10 – Job 10


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God says that Job was “a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). What an amazing statement for God to make about a person. We must remember that Job was a sinner and Job knew his righteousness couldn’t stand before God. Yet, God calls him blameless. Why? Because he feared God and shunned evil. Job is faithful like Abraham. And like Abraham, Job believed God and God accounted it to him as righteousness. Because Job believes God and follows God, God considers him blameless in all things. What a tremendous showing of Grace. What a tremendous outpouring of mercy and love. This is the heart God has towards all men.

Not so the enemy; Satan comes to try to destroy the righteous. Satan’s attempt is to always drag the righteous into sin. Satan will attack and bring trials and tribulation and hope that you curse God. Satan wants you to turn from faith by whatever means and he is very cunning in his attempts. With Job, Satan takes everything from him: family, property, health. The only thing Satan can’t take away from Job is God himself. Job knows this and even in his trial, he acknowledges the sovereignty of God.

Job 1:20–22 (NKJV) — 20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Job fell to the ground and worshipped. In all his trials, Job comes to one conclusion and a singular understanding: God will do what God will do and “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Satan was fooled by God. Satan thought he would show God up by causing Job to fall. Little did Satan know that God was proving Satan to be limited and nothing compared to Himself.

I pray that in your trials and tribulations, when the world is crashing in, when nothing seems to be going right, that you remember that God is in absolute control. Maybe He is refining and maturing you. Maybe He is cleaning you. Whatever God is doing, it is His right and authority to do it, and it will end in good for you.

Blessed be the name of the Lord

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Job 11-13
  2. Day 2 – Job 14-16
  3. Day 3 – Job 17-20
  4. Day 4 – Job 21-23
  5. Day 5 – Job 24-28
  6. Day 6 – Job 29-31
  7. Day 7 – Job 32-34

Through the Bible Week 21, Ezra 1 – Nehemiah 9


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The Book of Ezra details the return of the Jews to Jerusalem at the end of the Babylonian captivity. They have been in captivity 70 years. Ezra returns in a second wave of sojourners, but chronicles the whole return and in one place tells us about the return of worship in Jerusalem.

Ezra 3:1–3 (NKJV) — 1 And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God. 3 Though fear had come upon them because of the people of those countries, they set the altar on its bases; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening burnt offerings.

The people who have returned to Jerusalem are surrounded by enemies. All the nations around them don’t want them to return and rebuild a nation. The Jews are afraid. Nevertheless, they trust in God and return to worship. Jeshua (Joshua) the high priest, Zerubbabel the governor, and their brethren all come together to rebuild the altar of God. It was destroyed by Babylon 70 years earlier and its destruction, along with the Temple, was very symbolic of the fall of Israel spiritually. But now, God is lifting His people back on their feet and they endeavor to return to true worship. This starts with the altar. For them, they must be able to make sacrifices to God above all things and they need the altar to do it. For us, it’s a little different. Blood sacrifices are not what the Lord wants from us. Jesus is the final blood sacrifice to atone for sin.

Hebrews 7:26–27 (NKJV) — 26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Jesus died once for all people. There is no longer a sacrifice needed. But God never really desired sacrifice. God has always desired a contrite and faithful heart. King David knew this and wrote of it when confronted with his own sin.

Psalm 51:16–17 (NKJV) — 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.

God wants a broken and contrite spirit. A person humble and following Him. God later speaks through Micah and confirms this.

Micah 6:6–8 (NKJV) — 6 With what shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old? 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

What are your sacrifices to the living God? Do you do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly? Do you have a broken and contrite heart?

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Nehemiah 10-11
  2. Day 2 – Nehemiah 12-13
  3. Day 3 – Esther 1-5
  4. Day 4 – Esther 6-10
  5. Day 5 – Job 1-4
  6. Day 6 – Job 5-7
  7. Day 7 – Job 8-10

Through the Bible Week 20, 2 Chronicles 13 – 36


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At the very end of the books of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah (1 & 2 Chronicles), the fall of Jerusalem and Judah comes about.

2 Chronicles 36:15–21 (NKJV) — 15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. 17 Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19 Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. 20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

Verse 15 starts out by telling us that God rose early and sent His messengers because He had compassion. God always sends word to us when we need correction. God is slow to wrath and quick to mercy. God didn’t want to chastise His people, so for many many years, He kept sending them prophets to warn them of their evil ways and to turn back to the living God.

Jesus even speaks of this.

Matthew 23:34–39 (NKJV) — 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

Again, we see the compassion of the Lord. The Lord lays out the record of guilt against the people of Israel. God sent them prophets but they killed them all from righteous Abel, the son of Adam, to Zechariah, whom they killed in the temple at the altar. They are guilty. But their guilt against the prophets is nothing like their guilt at the death of Jesus Christ. It is here with the death of their Lord and Messiah, whom they deny, that the worst calamity comes on them. In Matthew 23:38, Jesus says, “See! Your house is left to you desolate”. They are left without their deliverer. They missed the day of the visitation. It is here that many in the church today want to say God has forsaken the Jew. May it never be. Even Jesus says they will see Him again. They will see Him the day they call Him Messiah. They will see Him when, as a nation, they come to know and believe He is the one. They will say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” One day, as a nation, every Jewish man, woman, and child will accept Him.

Jesus is returning. He will save His people. He will rule. Come, Lord Jesus!

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Ezra 1-3
  2. Day 2 – Ezra 4-7
  3. Day 3 – Ezra 8-10
  4. Day 4 – Nehemiah 1-3
  5. Day 5 – Nehemiah 4-6
  6. Day 6 – Nehemiah 7
  7. Day 7 -Nehemiah 8-9

 

Through the Bible Week 19, 1 Chronicles 18 – 2 Chronicles 12


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As we enter into 1st & 2nd Chronicles, we have the history of the Kings of Judah. In fact, whenever these books are referenced in scripture, thy are one book known as The Chronicles of the Kings of Judah. It is fitting that these books start their discussion of the kings with the great King David himself. The Kings of Judah start with David and have his lineage all the way to Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. Many of these kings were good kings, a few were great kings, and many were evil kings. As David is passing the throne to his son Solomon, David tells Solomon exactly what it takes to be a great king.

1 Chronicles 28:9 (NKJV) — 9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.

David tells Solomon that the only way to be a great king is to know God and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. This is the only requirement. This kind of serving can’t be done as an outward appearance only. It must be done internally. He must “know” God and he must serve with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. All God wants from us is a loyal heart and a willing mind. The good kings had a loyal heart and a willing mind. The bad kings did not.

What does it mean to have a loyal heart and a willing mind? It simply means that you live by faith. You understand that God is God and is in complete control and you live your life obedient to that belief. David understood this. In fact, in the very next chapter we see a blessing that David gives before the people of Israel that really shows his heart.

1 Chronicles 29:10–15 (NKJV) — 10 Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said:

“Blessed are You, LORD God of
Israel, our Father, forever and ever.

11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth
is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O LORD,
And You are exalted as head over all.

12 Both riches and honor come
from You, And You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might;
In Your hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all.

13 “Now therefore, our God,
We thank You And praise Your
glorious name.

14 But who am I, and who are
my people, That we should be
able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own we have given You.

15 For we are aliens and pilgrims
before You, As were all our fathers;
Our days on earth are as a shadow,
And without hope.

God has not just called great kings to serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. He has called you to serve Him with a loyal heart and a willing mind. If you want to be a great father, if you want to be a great husband, if you want to be a great manager or employee, if you want to be a great leader, elder, or pastor, if you want to be a great man, you must serve the Lord with a loyal heart and a willing mind.

This is what it means to have the mind of Christ. Jesus has this mind and because He does, He is returning as the next and final and greatest King of Judah and King of Israel, and King of the world.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

In His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – 2 Chronicles 13-17
  2. Day 2 – 2 Chronicles 18-20
  3. Day 3 – 2 Chronicles 21-24
  4. Day 4 – 2 Chronicles 25-27
  5. Day 5 – 2 Chronicles 28-31
  6. Day 6 – 2 Chronicles 32-34
  7. Day 7 – 2 Chronicles 35-36

Through the Bible Week 18, 1 Chronicles 1 – 17


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In the beginning of Chronicles, we have a long list of genealogy. This genealogy breaks down the lineage of the leaders of the nation of Israel as well as some surrounding nations. The king’s lineage, the priests’ lineage, the Levites’ lineage, and the heads of all the tribes are presented. But more importantly, we have the history of King David given again, with more emphasis around his official acts. One of David’s acts was an attempt to build the temple for God. Yet, God did not let him because David was a king of war and God desired a king of peace to be the builder of his temple. So the prophet Nathan was the man to go deliver this news. Yet in delivering this bad news to David, he was able to deliver something even greater.

1 Chronicles 17:3–13 (NKJV) — 3 But it happened that night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4 “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: “You shall not build Me a house to dwell in. 5 For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought up Israel, even to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 6 Wherever I have moved about with all Israel, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ ” ’ 7 Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel. 8 And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of the great men who are on the earth. 9 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, 10 since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the LORD will build you a house. 11 And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you.

The Lord tells David, “You cannot build me a house, but I will build you a house.” The Lord isn’t talking about a physical house to dwell in, but the House of David as a family. David’s descendants will sit on the throne. God reminds David that He took him from nothingness and made him great. God took David from being a Shepherd of sheep to a Shepherd of a nation.

Yet, there is a specific promise of a specific person. One will come who will be of David’s seed. This person’s kingdom will be established forever. God will be his Father and he will be God’s son. This promise was partially fulfilled when Jesus Christ, the Son of David and Son of God, came to the earth to dwell among men. In this first coming, His purpose was to be a sacrifice for all the world’s sin for all time.

Romans 6:10 (NKJV) — 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Right now, Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father, waiting for that moment that He will come again and establish the kingdom that God promises here to David. It is a Kingdom that will not fall, it will last forever. This is the kingdom we pray for when we say in prayer “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” His kingdom is coming. I pray that you are ready.

 His Service, Scott

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – 1 Chronicles 18-21
  2. Day 2 – 1 Chronicles 22-24
  3. Day 3 – 1 Chronicles 25-27
  4. Day 4 – 1 Chronicles 28 – 2 Chronicles 1
  5. Day 5 – 2 Chronicles 2-5
  6. Day 6 – 2 Chronicles 6-8
  7. Day 7 – 2 Chronicles 9-12