Considering God's Word

From My Devotions

   From my daily devotions (using "Jesus Calling" and "Our Daily Bread" along with usually reading five chapters a day as I read through the Bible in a year each year) I plan to occasionally share something here on this page that has been especially meaningful.  After each reading of ODB I write one line in a journal of what the devotion was about.   I may share some of those on this page as well.

   4-16-16  As I was reading the last seven chapters of Job today, I came across Job 36:11,12.  Listen to how simple it puts to the people of Job's day (as well as ours) the results of obey and disobeying God.  "If they obey and serve him they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.  But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge."  Sounds like the blessings and cursings of Deut 28 in a nutshell.

    4-18-16  We know that we will be raised from the dead, but how refreshing to see it again in the obscure verse of Ps 9:13, "...thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:"  "Gates" speaks of governing authority.  Not only does God overcome the "authority" of death when He immediately transports to Heaven the spirit of the Christian that has just physcially died; but He will overcome the authority of death when He raises that body from the dead in glorious incorruption at the time of the Rapture.

Ever seen someone recieve a highly anticipated magazine, open it up and then excitedly start looking through its pages???

That is how I have been feeling this morning.  I have been in the word and on this and the church's website since 9 a.m. and it is almost 1 p.m.!!!   It is like that person who is reading a book and "just can't put it down."  O the Word of God, the God of the Word, and the fellowship of the saints!!!   If all of these are this fulfilling on earth, O how wonderful Heaven and the New Earth are going to be.   Suffering is not always about the pain that you have, but about the joy that you don't have.  O how foolish for the unsaved to live for ungodly pleasure that lasts for such a short time, and suffer punishment and the loss of the pleasures of God for eternity.

4-25-16   Most people are familiar with the phrase in Mt 4:4 "the meek shall inherit the earth."  We learn more about who will inherit the earth from Psalm 37.  "For evildoers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth."  37:9.  "The LORD knoweth the days of the upright; and their inheritance shall be for ever."  V. 18.  "For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off." V. 22.  "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever." V. 29.  "Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it." V. 34.

4-26-16  Though I regularly go over Job 38:31,32 every two weeks as part of my memory verse review, this morning these verses became clearer in my mind.  "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades.." the Pleiades stars come up in the eastern sky in the springtime, and the ancients associated them with the budding plant life all around them.  Can you stop (bind) the trees from budding?  "..or loose the bands of Orion?"  Orion comes up in the winter time, when the wind, and the cold, and the snow seem to put a band over the plant life from growing, and stop man from working in the fields.  "Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?"  Mazaroth is known by us as the zodiac.   The various twelve signs of Mazzaroth come up through the various four seasons of the year.  There are spring constellations, summer constellations, fall constellations, and winter constellations.  "...or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?"  Though we have a star today called "Arcturus," the ancients referred to the constellation we know of as "Ursa Major" (which contains "the Big Dipper") as "Arcturus."  The ancients (as well as us) had a way of telling time by the way "Arcturus" would appear to move in a circle around the northern part of the sky.  It takes twenty-four hours for the Big Dipper to swing around the North Star.  So every hour space on the face of the celestial clock in the sky stands for two hours.  The North Star is in the middle of the clock face, and the clock runs backwards as the two stars of the "Dipper away from the handle-end form the hour hand.  We can recognize and use all these astronomical workings God has shown us in the sky, but we can not control them.  God controls them as he shows in Job 38:31,32.

5-1-16 (Sunday)   As I began my weekly reading through the gospel of John (As Charlie challenged us to do as he teaches through it), in ch 1 I read how the "Spirit decended like a dove."  The movies will show a real dove descending on the man, Jesus.   That might be right if it said "Spirit like a dove descended," but it is not saying that the Spirit looked like a dove, but descended like a dove.   It didn't descend like an eagle or bird of prey to devour, but like a dove in peace, not descending quickly like a bird of prey, but gently, slowly, like a dove.  A few verses later John the baptizer says "Behold the Lamb of God."  Jesus never looked like a wooley, four footed animal, but was like a lamb, harmless, quiet, and was sacrificed.

   In John 2, at the wedding there are six water pots.  Why are we told how many?   "Six" is the number representing mankind in scripture. Natural water was inside these six water pots.  Jesus changed what was natural and common, into that which was supernatural and not common, the wine He made.   This wine was then given to other people for their benefit.   Jesus does the same thing with people (the number 6), changes those that are unsaved, lost, and wicked, into those which are saved, found, and holy.  He then leads them to minister for the benefit of other people.  This is why I think the number of the pots are revealed.

2-28-17   I hear people complaining of getting older, of looking in the mirror and seeing new gray hairs or wrinkles.  This had come to my mind while reading 2Co 4:18 and thought this verse would be good for them to "apply" instead of just hair dye and wrinkle cream.  "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

3-2-17   I was reading in 1Ks 15:2,10 and read that Maachah was the mother of King Abishallom of Judah, and also his son Asa.  That didn't make sense to me, so I looked it up.  How soon we forget.   I should have known the answer was similar to Joseph being the son of Heli in Lk 3:23; and being the son of Jacob in Mt 1:16.  Jacob was his father, and Heli was actually his fther-in-law.   Maachah was the mother of Abishallom, and actually the grandmother of Asa, whom she probably raised.

3-4-17   1Ks 22:23 seems to attribute evil to the LORD as he puts an evil spirit in the mouths of the false prophets to prophesy lies to King Ahab.  Jamieson-Faucett-Brown says "This prophetic language must not be interpreted literally, and the command must be viewed as only a permission to the lying spirit (Ro 11:34) [CALMET].   Matthew Henry says "When he pleases, for the punishment of those who receive not the truth in the love of it, he not only lets Satan loose to deceive them (Rev 20:7,8), but gives men up to strong delusions to believe him, 2Th 2:11,1:12.