Goodness: Psalm 31.19 VOTD

“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”

Psalm 31.19

In his trials, David is still able to see God’s goodness and the favor he bestows upon his people.

The saint must not judge his life and God’s treatment of him by what happens in a single day. Where can you identify God’s goodness in recent days?

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Oct. 19. The Servant of the Future

Is. 49:1-50:11

The Lord turned Isaiah’s attention to thoughts of the Savior and to the salvation of Israel; also, “you peoples from afar” (Gentiles) who would hear the Savior’s words. God, in His mercy stated that it was not enough that only the house of Jacob would be restored and preserved. “I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” There would be many obstacles in the path of the Savior. He would be despised by men and abhorred by the nation. Israel had been His servant for hundreds of years. The Gentiles would become a new servant. With Gentiles included in God’s plan, the promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that all nations of the earth would be blessed through their seed would then be fulfilled.

Isaiah addressed the concerns of the exiles who felt that they had been forgotten. A mother may possibly forget her child. God will never forget His children. The prophet reminded them of the great promises that the Lord had made to them. Their destroyers would go away. They would become so mighty that their land would be too small to contain them. Israel would become a great nation under God’s protection. “All flesh shall know That I, the Lord, am your Savior, And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Divorce is final separation. Israel was asked about the existence of a divorce certificate from God. Obviously, there was none. Neither had He sold them to a creditor to repay a debt. It was only their sins that had caused their separation from God. His withdrawal from His “wife, Israel” was only temporary. The Messiah would come to redeem Israel and reunite them with their “husband” God. Christ, the submissive Servant would not resist the beatings, insults and shame that would be heaped upon Him. Instead, He would “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” (Lk. 9:51)

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Indiana Jones, minus the adventures

If you’re familiar with the movie series, “Indiana Jones” you will know this to be true – the professor is no agnostic!

“Indiana” refuses to believe in the spiritual side of things. He doesn’t look for truth. He looks for “facts.” No matter what he sees on his adventures his mindset seems to be unwavering; even when his father smacks him on the cheek for blasphemy.

Henry Jones is a fictional character, but have you ever heard the saying, “Art imitates life.”? If you have you should see the analogy. If you haven’t you should still have seen the analogy. There are a lot of “Indiana Jones” in the world, minus the adventures.

Some people refuse to believe in the spiritual side of life regardless of what their ears hear or what their eyes see. Always looking for some new learned thing, but never able to come to the knowledge of truth is the name of the game for their heart and mind (2 Timothy 3:1-8, Acts 17:16-21).

Finding fragments of the cross of Christ, the “holy grail”, the empty tomb, or a blood-stained shroud is no more vital to a healthy faith in Jesus than finding the coin Peter used to pay the temple tax (Matthew 17:27). Faith is not produced by seeing alone. Nor is seeing even required! (John 20:29; 2 Corinthians 5:7) Faith is produced by trusting what God has said (Hebrews 3:16-4:2).

Don’t allow your “life to imitate the art” of the archaeological legend of the big-screen – dig in to the Bible and pay attention to the teachings of the one who causes the findings of history to be divided on the B.C. and A.D. time-line.

Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”” (Matthew 27:21-24 NKJV)

Oct. 18. Israel’s new Freedom Prophesied

Is. 48:1-22

Isaiah reviewed with Israel the events that would lead up to their release from captivity. Those things were related beforehand in order that they would know that it was from God and not from their reliance upon any power from idol gods. God would allow their delivery for His own name’s sake in order to remove previous defamation of His name. (Non-believers had stated that Israel’s God was unable to prevail against their gods.) Israel was reminded that it was through their disobedience that they would be placed in the position of being delivered from their captivity. However, the same God who had led, fed, watered and protected His people through the desert to the Promised Land would provide for their needs during the return to their home in Jerusalem/Judah.

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Oct. 17. Defeat of Babylon’s gods

Is. 46:1-47:15

Bel and Nebo were prominent gods of Babylon. They had been seen by the Babylonians as victors over the Assyrian gods. However, Isaiah pictured them as being carried into captivity on the backs of beasts and cattle. Instead of being carried by the people, God stated that it was He, the incomparable One, who had carried them from the womb and would continue to carry them from bondage. One of the most striking differences between God and idols was His ability to declare the end from the beginning; whereas idols are lifeless, burdensome and useless pieces of metal or wood.

Proud Babylon was facing humility. They would no longer be called “The Lady of Kingdoms.” Instead, they would sit in the dust and it would be necessary for them, instead of their slaves to work with their hands for their sustenance. The once proud city would be like an elegant lady brought down into slavery. To the victor go the spoils and the authority of command. Babylon had been unmerciful in their treatment of the exiled Judeans. In their pride, they had stated in their heart, “I am, and there is no one else besides me.” That statement can only be uttered by the Lord. The prophet declared that they must pay the price for their pride and arrogance. Their gods and sorcerers would be unable to prevent their impending doom. The allies in whom they had depended would desert them.

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10-9-2017 High Esteem

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:3-4 NKJV). “Favor and high esteem” comes because one has worked to make God’s Word a part of his/her thinking. The Philippians were to receive Epaphroditus, Paul’s “brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier” and “hold such men in esteem” (Philippians 2:25, 29 NKJV). Within the churches of Christ: “we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NKJV). There are NO “participation trophies” or “feeling good about one’s self” without actually participating and obeying!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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10-10-2017 Life Goes On

Though people want to “change the world,” or “cleanse the world,” or “control the world,” they fail. “One generation passes away, and another generation comes; But the earth abides forever. The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, And hastens to the place where it arose. The wind goes toward the south, And turns around to the north; The wind whirls about continually, And comes again on its circuit. All the rivers run into the sea, Yet the sea is not full; To the place from which the rivers come, There they return again. All things are full of labor; Man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor the ear filled with hearing” (Ecclesiastes 1:4-8 NKJV). “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls” (Proverbs 25:28 NKJV). We must begin by changing ourselves.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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