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?

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Permanent deliverance: Isaiah 51.8 VOTD

“But the vindication I provide will be permanent; the deliverance I give will last.”

Isaiah 51.8 b

The prophet repeats these phrases from verse 6, sandwiching the impermanent insults of men between them.

Name some things that God does for the people of Christ that can be called definitive.

#deliverance #salvation #VOTD

SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 3 of 3)

As Jeremiah referred to a deliverance having a significance that would supersede the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, we have noted the spiritual deliverance we ourselves have received in Christ. However, as Israel was freed from the bondage of one nation and Jeremiah referred to the bringing out from “all the countries” where God had driven His people (Jeremiah 16:15), is there another deliverance of significance by which we can be encouraged?

God’s sovereign power to deliver was displayed in the past at various times and in various ways. His power to deliver in the past is to be a source of encouragement for the present. That power to deliver is also to encourage us regarding the future!

Jeremiah spoke of a drawing from many countries. Jesus noted a drawing from all directions. God has planned a great deliverance, a time when He will gather all the redeemed from the four directions of the earth to be with Him forever. As surely “As the LORD lives” He will bring such a deliverance.

Jesus stated. . .

(26) And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. (27) And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” (Mark 13:26-27 ESV)

What a grand gathering that will be! What an awesome deliverance of which to be a part!

One of the glorious pictures our Lord gave of joining with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the eternal kingdom of God is as follows:

“And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29 ESV)

From all directions God draws and will draw His people, delivering them from the bondage of sin in this world and placing them in His eternal kingdom. We should look forward with great anticipation for our final delivery from this realm. In the meantime let us keep in mind the “marker of the past”, the deliverance God made possible through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. . .

“and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10 ESV)

Praise God He has made it possible for us in Christ to encourage ourselves as we say, “As the LORD lives who has delivered me from my sins and the fear of death and will also bring me into His glorious eternal presence!”

Have a great day ANTICIPATING THE MOST SUPREME DELIVERANCE OF ALL!

“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

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SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 2 of 3)

As we noted yesterday, Jeremiah spoke of that which was to be of such significance it would supersede that of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt. (Jeremiah 16:14-15) Has that become the “marker of the past” to encourage us regarding God’s power to deliver? When we speak of our God and His power for life today, how would we continue the expression, “As the LORD lives who brought. . . .”?

As Paul wrote to the church at Galatia, he noted the great deliverance we have received; the “marker of the past” that ought to be of supreme significance to us. We read. . .

(3) Grace to you and peace from god our father and the Lord Jesus Christ, (4) who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (5) to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5 ESV)

Upon the cross, Jesus made that supreme deliverance possible. The power of His blood has delivered us from our sins. With His sacrifice on the cross He has delivered us from bondage and the fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15) In Christ, we have been delivered from the realm of darkness and brought into “(13) . . . the kingdom of his beloved Son, (14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14 ESV)

What a glorious deliverance through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross! What could be more significant than that? That supersedes any of the deliverances from worldly kingdoms of the past. In Christ we have been delivered from the greatest oppression we could ever be under; the bondage of sin and death.

Because of Christ’s willingness to go to the cross on our behalf, we can now encourage ourselves as we say “As the LORD lives who brought me out of the bondage of sin and placed me in the realm of all His blessed promises in Christ.”

Praise God for such a deliverance as He has provided through Christ. It was a supreme deliverance made possible through a supreme sacrifice! The cross — the “marker of the past” — must be kept in mind as we continue to move on in the steps of our Lord.

Have a great day REJOICING IN THE DELIVERANCE WE HAVE RECEIVED!

“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

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SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 1 of 3)

As we read through the Old Testament, a common reminder is that of the deliverance from Egyptian bondage. God’s people had been there for 400 years. They were in need of deliverance and the Living God provided it. When the time came, God raised up His servant Moses to lead Israel from bondage to journey toward the promised land. That deliverance became a marker of the past to remind the nation of God’s power to deliver. The LORD of such deliverance was their LORD; a truth to encourage them as they continued to serve Him. As God’s power had worked to bring the deliverance from Egypt, His power would work on their behalf, so long as they remained in their covenant relationship with Him. The deliverance from Egypt was an event; a monumental part of Israel’s history to be remembered. There is no question as to the significance of that deliverance in how God’s power and sovereignty were displayed in so many ways.

During the time of the prophet Jeremiah, the following declaration was made through him.

 (14) “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ (15) but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.”” (Jeremiah 16:14-15 ESV)

Certain events in history and the great milestones associated with one’s own personal heritage remain supremely significant until something of more significance occurs. There are times when a significant marker of the past is replaced by another to be kept in mind to encourage. Jeremiah declared such a change.

Being heirs of the promise of Abraham we could say that the deliverance from bondage in Egypt is a part of our history too. However, is that the deliverance we celebrate? Is that the MARKER OF THE PAST that stands out with powerful personal significance to us? How about the deliverance Jeremiah spoke of that was to be of such significance that it would supersede that of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt? Or is it some othermarker of the past? When we speak of our God and His power for life today, how would we continue the expression, “As the LORD lives who brought. . . . ”?

Lord willing we will note this further tomorrow. For now, meditate on the fact that the same God who was Israel’s Deliverer from bondage in Egypt (and whatever deliverance He spoke of through His prophet, Jeremiah) is the same God we serve today. Delivering His people is still a part of His great plan.

Have a great day ENCOURAGED BY GOD’S PROVISIONS OF THE PAST!

teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

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Then all the sons of Israel did so; they did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron. And on that same day the Lord brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts. (Exodus 12:50-51)

What a beautiful, succinct portrait of the dynamic relationship between God and man! It’s like a Scripturized “gif.” God’s relationship with man has always involved three steps. 1) God issues a command with a promise, 2) man obeys, 3) God delivers. We see it in this passage; we see it at Jericho and so many of the military victories over cities of Canaan, we see it in the judges, we see it with the kings, we see it occasionally in the prophets, and most importantly, we see it in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

1) Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

2) So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls (Acts 2:41).

3) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

#acts-of-the-apostles, #baptism, #christianity, #deliverance, #god, #jesus, #moses, #obedience, #promise

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Psalm 59

Vs. 1-7 describe the aggressiveness of David’s enemies;

Vs. 8-15 show what God can do to defend the righteous;

Vs. 16-17 praise God for His deliverance.

This Psalm reflects David’s spiritual emotion when King Saul has surrounded his house to catch him when he tries to flee. Though married to Saul’s daughter, she now loves her husband and assists his escape (1 Samuel 19:8-18).

Verses 1-7: In verses 1-2, David prays for salvation from: “my enemies,” “those who rise up against me,” “workers of iniquity,” “bloodthirsty men.” All of these terms later describe those who finally crucify Jesus Christ (Luke 11:23; John 13:18; 19:11; Luke 13:27; Matthew 27:25). Verses 3-4 show familiar evil traits as in Psalm 56: 5-6, except this is an attack on his life, not just his words. Their plan here is: “lie in wait for my life,” “gather against me,” “run and prepare themselves.” This, clearly, is not through any fault of David (“Not for my transgression nor for my sin”). David did sin, but not to cause this. Jesus Christ never sinned, yet had this same attack made upon Him. How wicked can anyone become who would reject the only perfect person who ever lived? Verse 5 calls for no mercy, but Jesus later would cry: “”Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34), and they would be offered salvation that repented and were baptized to be saved (Acts 2:38). Verses 6-7 show the enemies “return” (are persistent), “growl” (vicious), “go all around the city” (seeking victims), “belch with their mouth” (bark to spread fear), “swords” (destructive intent), all because they have no fear of God! Romans 3:10-18 show how people get to that point of sinfulness.

Verses 8-15: The enemies’ approach is laughable to God and those whom He protects (verses 8-9). In verse 10, David shows how personal God’s defense is when he calls Him “my God of mercy.” The “OMG” in verse 1, as this expression, is always uttered with respect, not mindless profanity! God’s slow destruction of them is a visual lesson few will forget (verse 11). Ungodly nations that crumble, rather than immediately fall, are included in History books (ex. Persia, Greece, Rome, Germany, Russia, America). Enemies would fall because of their teaching, pride, profanity (verse 12-13), and that God brings them down proves God IS! Verses 14-15 show the wicked persist because they refuse to learn their lesson. Solomon said, “The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall” (Proverbs 10:8).

Verses 16-17: When God comes through for David, David rejoices and will “sing praises” and no mention is made of this being accompanied with his musical instruments! Interesting, isn’t it, that when James writes of Christians rejoicing with psalms, he says: “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms” (James 5:13)?

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted. 

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