Surely not I: Matthew 26.21-22 VOTD

“And while they were eating he said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.’ They became greatly distressed and each one began to say to him, ‘Surely not I, Lord?'”

Matthew 26.21-22

Jesus announced ahead of time what would happen to him, so that the disciples might prepare and might know that it was God’s plan. They remained clueless, however.

Instead of self-examination, the disciples reacted in a knee-jerk fashion when Jesus said one of them would betray him and denied that any of them would do it. Let Bible warnings cause us to examine our hearts and motives.

#betrayal #will-of-God #VOTD

Aug. 20. Ezekiel’s Call

Ezek. 1:1-3:21

Ezekiel was a young priest who had been exiled into Babylon possibly at the same time as Daniel or a few years later. He was probably thirty years old, the age that young priests became active in their priestly duties. However, that would not happen for Ezekiel.

In a foreign land away from the house of God, instead of assuming priestly duties, Ezekiel saw a vision. He described the vision as the likeness of four creatures with awesome characteristics surrounded by a wheel beside each one. From the brightness of that vision, he fell on his face and, “heard a voice of One speaking.”

The voice of the Spirit spoke to Ezekiel and commissioned him to go to the children of Israel. Judah was referred to as Israel because they were the remainder of the original nation of Israel. He reminded the new prophet that they were a rebellious people and whether they would hear him or not, God’s word would be proclaimed. Ezekiel was assured that even in a hostile place, he would be kept safe. God’s words of lamentations and woes were then spread before the prophet in the form of a book.

Ezekiel was ordered to eat the scroll that he had been given. Following that, he was given directions for his ministry. He was informed that the people would not listen to him because they had not listened to God before him. The final charge of Ezekiel’s commission was to speak God’s warning. If he failed to obey and warn the people, they would die in their sins and he would be held accountable. However, if he did warn them and they failed to obey, they would die in their sins, but he would be free of their blood. That same accountability rests upon us to also warn the righteous to remain faithful to God.


Total Eclipse

Not everywhere is light eclipsed:
A few believe that God exists,
Fewer still do all his will,
But human sight is short and dull,
The moon of ignorance is total—
Nearly—Christians must be ever vocal
With news of glory—darkness reigns;
To expel it, only the voice of saints.


#poetry #eclipse #light


8-14-2017 The Israelites’ Example

God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, leading them through Moses. “By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land” (Hebrews 11:29 NKJV). The Apostle Paul said they “all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:2 NKJV). But they refused to enter the Promised Land, and rebelled against God. Concerning those “twenty years old and above” (Numbers 14:29), God swore “that they would not enter His rest…who did not obey…So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:18-19 NKJV). (1) No one was saved without being baptized; (2) Baptized believers could become unbelievers; (3) “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:11 NKJV). No “once-saved-always saved” here!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #israelites


8-15-2017 Is It Your Time to Die?

Some think “when it’s your time to die, there’s nothing you can do about it.” David wrote: “LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah Surely every man walks about like a shadow” (Psalm 39:4-5 NKJV). To “measure my days,” means we should count our birthdays to remind us “how frail” we are. This expression does NOT say, “God has predetermined the length of every life,” BUT we need “to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 NKJV). We should “number our days” but nothing says that God has our days numbered!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#numbered-days, #time-to-die


8-16-2017 We Are Not In Despair

“But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19 NKJV). By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” it’s no wonder that “depression” has enveloped our land. Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers! But if we listen to God: Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Christians learn to speak like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#depression, #dismal, #hope


8-17-2017 Monumental Destruction

After the Israelites crossed on dry land through the divided Jordan River into the Promised Land, they stacked 12 stones there “that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:5-7 NKJV). Monuments give moments to teach history lessons to curious children. Tear down the monuments, and raise the next generation in ignorance! With wisdom, Solomon said: “Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#landmarks, #monuments


8-18-2017 When Is Jesus’ Second Coming

Nearly 40 years before it happened, Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem that took place in 70 A.D. There would be signs preceding it: “wars and commotions,” “nation will rise against nation,” “great earthquakes,” “famines and pestilences,” “persecution” of His disciples (Luke 21:8-19 NKJV). He related “’the abomination of desolation’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet” (Mark 13:14-23 NKJV), when they would “see Jerusalem surrounded by armies” (Luke 21:20 NKJV), and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place” (Mark 13:30 NKJV). Of the Second Coming, Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows” (Mark 13:32 NKJV). Those who preach those “signs” as if they precede the Second Coming of Christ have ignored what Jesus actually said, and have shown complete disregard for the Word of God.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#destruction-of-jerusalem, #signs