Poor: Psalm 41.1 VOTD

“How blessed is the one who treats the poor properly!
When trouble comes, the Lord delivers him.”

Psalm 41.1

“The psalmist is characterizing himself as such an individual and supplying a reason why God has responded favorably to his prayer. The Lord’s attitude toward the merciful mirrors their treatment of the poor.” —NET Bible

How can we make ourselves “poor” before the Lord? What is the blessedness of those who are merciful to the poor?

#poor #deliverance #VOTD

Oct. 23. Israel to be Restored to Peace and Abundance

Is. 54:1-55:13

Israel was likened to a young childless woman estranged from her husband. It was considered to be disgraceful for a woman to be childless. However, the estranged Israel would be reunited with her merciful Husband, God and she would become the mother of many children. As Israel had been the bride of God, the new kingdom, the church would be the bride of Christ. The many who would obey the commands of the new covenant would become children of that bride. Like the promise made by God to Noah that the earth would not be destroyed by water again, He promised that His kindness and covenant of peace would not depart from them.

It is God’s desire and purpose that all should come to Him. Salvation is free for the taking. However, it is not forced upon anyone. We must turn from wickedness and seek Him while we are living. After death, it will be too late. It is not for us to understand all that is involved in His plan nor to try to change it. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah’s message was two-fold. He concluded his thoughts of Israel’s return to Jerusalem by reflecting upon the joy that would be expressed as the land would be restored. There also would be joy in the hearts of those being freed from their sins.

#chronological-bible-study

Oct. 22. Picture of A Suffering Savior

Is. 52:13-53:12

When man, whom God had created, first sinned in the Garden of Eden, God revealed His plan to eventually redeem us from the consequences of our sins.

The prophet, Isaiah was very graphic in describing the appearance and sacrifice of the Savior of Israel AND the Gentiles. Instead of coming on a great white horse as one might imagine, the Messiah would appear as a Servant in humble surroundings and be rejected by His own people. One also might expect Him to have a regal and flamboyant demeanor. However, there would be no beauty in Him and He would be a man of sorrows and grief because of our sins.

Deserved or undeserved, punishment is not pleasant—especially if it is undeserved. Obviously, undeserved death would be even more tragic. The Servant would be, “bruised for our iniquities…And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Even through all of the unjust treatment that He would endure, He would not try to defend Himself.

At the end of His earthly life, the Servant; the Messiah; the King of kings; the Lord of lords; the Savior of mankind would not die the death of royalty. Instead, He would be, “numbered with the transgressors…”

#chronological-bible-study

Evidence: 2 Thessalonians 1.5 VOTD

“This is evidence of God’s righteous judgment, to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which in fact you are suffering.”

2 Thessalonians 1.5

“This” refers to the “persecutions and afflictions”, v. 4, that the Thessalonians were suffering. Suffering in this way is not evidence of God’s indifference or injustice. Rather, it is evidence of his righteousness and goodness.

Do not doubt God in whatever you are called upon to suffer. Show perseverance and faith in such moments. What is the goal God has in mind for you?

#suffering #divine-judgment #VOTD

Oct. 21. Jerusalem’s Redemption

Is. 51:1-52:12

Isaiah continued to encourage the Israelites regarding their upcoming release from exile. He reminded them of their origin from Abraham and the many ways that God had helped them through their struggles in the past. Likewise, He would be with them in the future if they would abide with Him. Through His mercy, God would remove the cup of His fury from Judah and pass it to those who had oppressed them. As they would be released by Cyrus from the grasp of Babylonian captivity, sinners can be released by Christ from the bondage of their sins.

The prophet exhorted the captives to prepare for their departure from slavery to the freedom of being back home in Zion/Jerusalem. God’s name had been blasphemed and disrespected because other people assumed that He was unable to save His children from captivity. His name is likewise disrespected today by non-Christians when people claiming to be Christians, do evil deeds and live like the rest of the world. Freedom for the exiles would let the world know, “That I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’”

It would be a joyful and happy occasion when the news of their deliverance would be proclaimed. Their departure would be orderly and without the confusion of haste that had occurred when they left Egypt hundreds of years earlier. One’s deliverance from the bondage of sin is also a joyful and happy experience.

#chronological-bible-study

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10-16-2017 Christians Can Be Lost

God told Adam that if he ate of one particular tree, “you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17 NKJV). The Devil told Eve, “you shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4 NKJV). Jesus said of the devil, “there is no truth in him…for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV). The Devil’s lies deny the plain truth of God’s Word! The Devil’s lie to Eve, was saying, “it doesn’t matter what you do, God won’t punish you for it!” It’s like saying, “once you’re saved, you’re always saved!” Paul told Christians who wanted also to keep the Law of Moses, “you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4 KNJV). God’s Christian truth is: “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward” (2 John 8 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#devils-lies, #fallen-from-grace

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10-17-2017 Sexual Immorality

“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people” (1 Corinthians 5:9 NKJV). The expression, “sexually immoral,” refers to any sexual deviation from God’s plan for us to grow up as sexual virgins until heterosexual marriage, then lifetime faithfulness to that commitment. To be “sexually immoral” includes practices such as, rape, incest, adultery, homosexuality, sodomy, pornography, and such like. When “sexually immoral” people are in charge of a business or industry, such as a magazine or entertainment or religion, those who know of it should “not keep company” with him or her! All who have no good morals will accept, endorse, and hide the “sexually immoral,” but good moral people will keep away from them. “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray” (Proverbs 12:26 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#fellowship, #sexually-immoral