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Ezekiel 7-9 and John 3

Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not a joyful shouting to the mountains. Now I will soon pour out my wrath upon you, and spend my anger against you, ,and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord, who strikes.” (Ezekiel 7:7-9 ESV)

The problem. God is a just God. He has the right to create and the right to destroy. We all fall short of His standard.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:16-21 ESV)

The solution. God punished His innocent Son for our sins. We will have eternal life with Him if we simply believe. Do you believe?


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Jeremiah 30-33 and 1 Peter 1

In this you will rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV)

We have all been through trials from time to time. In our household we have endured death, job loss, major surgery, mistreatment by others, etc. Those were very painful times, but on the other side of each of those trials, we came out stronger. God taught us something in each of those cases, and since things were scary, we clung to Him more. Through those trials we are building a testimony to God’s faithfulness in the bad stuff. He does not promise that we will have perfect lives, but He does promise that He will be with us through it all.

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV)

The people of the New Testament walked with Jesus and saw Him in the flesh. They saw and believed. We only have His word. We believe it and then we “see” Him. We are blessed that we too can have salvation simply by believing what He did for us and that it is True. His Word will last forever.

For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25a ESV)



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Jeremiah 1-4, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 9

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8 ESV)

Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book called, The Five Love Languages. In it he outlines five basic languages that each person could have. It is the ways we feel loved and how we show love. They include quality time, physical touch, gift giving, words of affirmation and acts of service. I read it years ago and watched how my oldest clearly had the “gift giving” love language. The best way to show her that you care about her is to give her something. And on the reverse of that, whenever she hears of someone she cares about having a need or having a special event in their life, her first thought is always to plan a gift for them. She is an example of the cheerful giver that Paul is describing.

For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all the others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.” (2 Corinthians 9:12-14 ESV)

Being generous to others is not only a gift to them, it is very rewarding to us. It is one way that we can show God’s love to others and also helps us be humble in sacrificing for the good of others.

Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 ESV)


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Isaiah 53-55, Psalm 128, I Corinthians 15

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed. All like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:3-7 ESV)

Who is this Old Testament passage talking about? It is Jesus. It was foreshadowing that day in the future when Christ would be crucified like a lamb to the slaughter. But He did not stay dead did He? Paul addresses this with the Corinthians.

For I delivered to you as first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me.” (I Corinthians 15:3-8 ESV)

And for those of us who put our trust in Him, we too can be resurrected when we die. We may bear the sin nature of Adam, but we are also made in the image of God. Paul goes on to explain.

Thus it is written, ‘the first Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. Then first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (I Corinthians 15:45-49 ESV)

To those who believe, this life is not the end. First comes the natural then the spiritual. We will be more ourselves than we ever have been when we are in Heaven.

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” (Psalm 128:1-2 ESV)



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Isaiah 30-32 and I Corinthians 5

And now go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. For they are rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ and to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.'” (Isaiah 30:8-11 ESV)

Wow! God’s chosen people are being super rebellious here. They do not do what God says and they do not even want to hear anymore about Him. Does that sound like the world today? Our world has turned a deaf ear to God’s voice. They want to do things their own way.

But God in His love and mercy is waiting for them to turn back to Him so He can bless them.

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18 ESV)

Later to the Corinthians, Paul writes to them about corruption in the churches there.

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler- not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? It is not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you.’ (I Corinthians 5:11-13 ESV)

And gives them a charge of how to proceed once the “old leaven” has been cleansed.

Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (I Corinthians 5:8 ESV)

Lord help us have eyes to see and ears to hear Your truth. Help us keep our hearts and minds pure.


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