“But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his warnings, and ridiculed his prophets. Finally the Lord got very angry at his people and there was no one who could prevent his judgment.”
2 Chronicles 36.16
God felt compassion toward his people and the place of his habitation among them, v. 15. But Israel’s rejection short-circuited his compassion. Jerusalem was destroyed and the people suffered.
People today make fun of the Kingdom’s teachers and evangelistas. They will be judged. Do I speak harshly of those who work in the gospel?
#votd #2-Chronicles #rejection
“And when he sent you from Kadesh-Barnea and told you, ‘Go up and possess the land I have given you,’ you rebelled against the Lord your God and would neither believe nor obey him.”
Moses cited several examples of Israel’s rebelliousness. This was but one of many. What God gives must often be fought for. His gifts require faith and obedience.
What is the nature of the rebellious spirit? Are there areas where I demonstrate such a spirit? How willing am I to fight for what God wants to give me?
#votd #Deuteronomy #rebelliousness
“For we do not write you anything other than what you can read and also understand. But I hope that you will understand completely”.
2 Corinthians 1.13
Paul defends himself against accusations that he is being equivocal in his communications and, hence, dishonest. He appeals to his directness and clarity as proof.
Scripture can be understood. Those who apply themselves can know what it says, even though removed from the original setting. Am I throwing up barriers (excuses?) to comprehension?
#votd #2-Corinthians #perspicuity
“You were complacent in your evil deeds; you thought, ‘No one sees me.’ Your self-professed wisdom and knowledge lead you astray, when you say, ‘I am unique! No one can compare to me!’”
The prophet denounced the arrogance of Babylon. The Lord used Babylon to punish Israel, v. 6, but they showed them no mercy. Now, destruction would fall on them, v. 11.
Do I remember that God sees all? Do I believe that I am so special that I can sin without being punished? Is my wisdom leading me astray?
#votd #Isaiah #self-deceit
“They will not be hungry or thirsty; the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, for one who has compassion on them will guide them; he will lead them to springs of water.”
Through his prophets, the Lord provided many vivid pictures of how he would bless the people of Israel after their restoration to the Land. These are suggestive of spiritual blessing, also.
Christians do not have the physical promises given to Israel. They look forward to greater things. What pictures of eternal life does my mind cherish?
#votd #Isaiah #blessing
“The evil person is ensnared by the transgression of his speech, but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.”
Evil is full of lies, obfuscation, half-truths, and self-interest. The righteous person is honest, true, transparent, unselfish. Righteousness pays!
For all the talk of how evil has the advantage, it’s really not true. In the end, evil suffers from its own undoing. God is in control and rewards the righteous!
#votd #Proverbs #evil
“For in [Christ] all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form, and you have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”
Christ’s physical fullness brings to his followers spiritual fullness. He is supreme. Nothing prevents him from filling his followers with his life.
How to realize this fullness? By developing our love for him and his people. By strengthen our hope in his coming. By growing in faith that all will be fulfilled in his time.
#votd #Colossians #fullness
“With regard to food sacrificed to idols, we know that ‘we all have knowledge.’ Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”
1 Corinthians 8.1
Some Corinthians gloried in their knowledge. Their worldly perspective caused them to ignore or despise others who were not as advanced as they thought they were.
Without love, people exalt themselves because of knowledge. See Jeremiah 9.23-24. Here applies the old phrase that it’s not what, but who, you know.
#votd #1-Corinthians #knowledge
“Woe to you who are well satisfied with food now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.”
The second and third woes of Jesus reverse fortunes. The woes are for those who live for these things, “those who make merriment … a constant aim” (Fourfold Gospel).
For the partier, eternity will not be a party. Think weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus challenges what it is we live for.
#votd #Luke #woes
“For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want!”
Paul shows the futility of human struggle against sin in this chapter. Man may intend to do go, but he winds up committing the sin he has rejected.
The final declaration of the chapter ends this exercise in frustration. It is a must read. It leads into the rich victory of chapter 8.
#votd #Romans #gospel
“Samuel said to Saul, ‘I will not go back with you, for you have rejected the Lord’s orders, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel!'”
1 Samuel 15.26
The Lord’s prophet refuses to support King Saul after his disobedience. He flatly informs the king of God’s rejection. The rupture is complete. Saul has a different spirit.
The Lord treats people as they treat him. When we reject his commandments, he rejects us and will no longer help us.
#votd #1-Samuel #rejection
“He is the one who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on his own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began,”
2 Timothy 1.9
God’s eternal purpose was formed “before time began.” It was granted to us in Christ, based upon his merit, not our own. Through him we received our calling to be his people.
What a marvelous thought that God’s purpose reaches beyond time and includes us in his salvation! Let every day become timeless grace!
#votd #2-Timothy #in-Christ
“For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it.”
2 Corinthians 3.10
The gospel outshines the law of Moses. The latter has lost all its brilliance next to the surpassing glory of Jesus Christ. He occupies all our attention.
The greater glory of the gospel gives us boldness, v. 12. We let his glory shine in us. We have freedom to become his holy people. We embrace nothing but Christ.
#votd #2-Corinthians #glory
“My heart is crushed because my dear people are being crushed. I go about crying and grieving. I am overwhelmed with dismay.”
The weeping prophet felt the weight of Israel’s sin. The Lord had told him to tell the people the consequences that will follow. There is a solution, v. 22, but they have refused it.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s rejection. Do I feel the burden of people’s sin to the point of offering them the solution of God’s salvation?
#votd #Jeremiah #compassion
“The army was given over, along with the daily sacrifice, in the course of his sinful rebellion. It hurled truth to the ground and enjoyed success.”
Daniel prophesied of the last days, when the temple worship would be desecrated. The verb “hurl” here in context connotes violence and force. At times, sin gains the upper hand.
How is truth cast down today? Am I guilty of doing so? Or, am I a witness to it? Does seeing truth defeated in a situation discourage or dismay me?
#votd #Daniel #truth