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1 Samuel 29, 30; 1 Corinthians 10; Ezekiel 8; Psalms 46, 47

Mentions of idols. Lifestyles the Lord disapproves. Paul writes,

I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago.

All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses. All of them ate the same spiritual food, and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, or worship idols as some of them did.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-7 NLT.

All of these people traveled together, worshiped together, ate together, but some of them continued to do things that displeased the Lord.

13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 14 So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. 15 You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true. 1 Corinthians 10:13-15 NLT.

If the Bible can tell me what not to do, I trust it will give me something to do in place.

I found it in a small sentence in 1 Samuel. I included a preceding sentence to define the circumstance. This was no willpower battle over the Hershey bar in the freezer. David was in great danger. His life was at stake. And the stones that they’d use to kill him were hard and real.

David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 NLT.

David inquires of the Lord what he should do.

Lord, I sing to you and worship you. I pursue you and follow you. But sometimes I don’t think consult you over the temptations in my life or the difficulties of a circumstance. Sometimes I think: I’ve got this! Thanks for the reminder that I’m not meant to carry the full weight of the burden. My strength is in you.

Courtney (66books365)

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Gen. 7; Matthew 7; Ezra 7; Acts 7

Matthew 7v15-20  “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.  You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.”

When I read the analogy of the tree bearing good or bad fruit in Matthew 7, it stood out to me as the strand that runs right through all the other passages.  What characterizes Ezra, Noah, and Stephen? Simply put, according to Matthew 7 it is their fruit.  In Genesis 7 Noah is following the Lord’s command to every last detail as he loads the ark.

Genesis 7v5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

In fact all over the Old Testament that refrain is echoed about various leaders, did they do al that the Lord commanded them or not? Which makes me ask the question of myself, do I do all the Lord commands me? If Jesus were to follow me around for a day, would he say that I bear good fruit, or bad?

Ezra 7:10 Now Ezra had dedicated himself to the study of the law of the Lord, to its observance, and to teaching its statutes and judgments in Israel.

When I look at Ezra I ask myself, am I really dedicated to studying the word? Or sometimes is it just something I do out of some false sense of obligation.  Do I delight in the law of the Lord? Meditate on it day and night as the Psalmist says in Psalm 1?

Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.

In Acts 7 Stephen stands up against the Jewish leaders (whom Jesus was referring to as wolves in sheep’s clothing) and calls them out for never listening to the prophets of the Lord.  Stephen is described a chapter before as ‘full of grace and power.’

Would someone ever describe me that way? I doubt it.

Men and women of God in the scriptures and today that I look up to humble me. I aspire to live a life full of God’s grace and power, but am I taking the small daily steps towards God that they did? The tree that bears good fruit grows slowly, am I patient?

Sam (gueston66books)

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