Saturday, September 30, 2017

September 30: Isaiah 60 – 62:5; Psalm 72; Proverbs 24:11-12; Philippians 1:27-2:18



Overview

            Isaiah: Isaiah prophecies about the time when the Lord will bring light to Israel and his glory will be seen among them. Nations will come to them and all Israel’s descendants will come. Israel will be thrilled as they prosper in trade. The nations will fly to Israel and their hope will be in the Lord. He has made Israel beautiful.
            Foreigners, kings, and nations will serve Israel because the Lord’s wrath has become mercy. Those that don’t will perish. The ones that persecuted Israel will bow before them. Israel will know that the Lord is their Savior and Redeemer when nations will no longer hate Israel.
            Israel’s prosperity will be in abundance. There will no longer be any violence there. The Lord will be their everlasting light, not the sun or moon. Everyone will be righteous and possess the land. They will be very numerous, even the least of them.
            The Lord has appointed Isaiah to bring this good news to the poor, brokenhearted, captives, and prisoners. It is the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of his vengeance. God will comfort those who mourn and turn their sorrows into joy. God will be glorified as they rebuild the ancient ruins. Gentiles will do the dirty work as Israel will be priests to the Lord. All their shame will be taken away. They will have everlasting joy.
            The Lord loves justice and hates wrong. He will compensate Israel for the wrong done them. He will make an everlasting covenant with them. All nations will know the Lord has blessed them.
            Isaiah will rejoice in the Lord and exult in God. God has saved him and given him righteousness just like a bridegroom is finely dressed. The Lord will make righteousness sprout like plants before all the nations.
            Isaiah will not keep silent for Zion’s sake until righteousness and salvation are seen like bright lights. The nations will see this and Israel’s glory. The Lord will give them a new name. Israel will be like a crown to the Lord. They will no longer be called forsaken and the land desolate. The will be called “God’s Delight” and the land “Married.” God will rejoice over Israel like a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.
            Psalm: Solomon asks the Lord to help him rule over Israel with justice and righteousness. He asks for Israel to fear the Lord (most translations) and be blessed as long as there is a sun and moon. He asks for dominion over all nations with kings serving the king. The king delivers and has pity on the needy. He asks for the king to live long and have tribute brought to him. He asks for the land to be bountiful with crops and people. He asks for his name to be remembered forever and people to be blessed in him. He blesses the Lord who does it all and asks for the earth to be filled with God’s glory.
            Proverbs: Do what you can to save those who are being led away to death and prevent those who don’t see it coming to be saved.
            You can’t tell God that you didn’t know better because he knows what is in your heart. He watches over you and you can’t keep anything from him. He will repay according to your deeds.
            Philippians: Paul tells the Philippians that their way of living should be worthy of the gospel of Christ. They are to stand firm in one spirit and mind for faith in the gospel. Don’t let their opponents frighten them. Their suffering is a sign to the opponents that they will be destroyed but the Philippians will be saved. This suffering is the same that Paul has had.
            With all their affliction and participation in the Spirit, Paul has joy when they are of the same love, mind, and accord with him. They should do nothing out of rivalry or conceit but in humility put others above themselves and take care of others’ interests and not their own selfish pursuits. This is the mind to have that is the same as Jesus’. He didn’t even count equality with God as something to keep but made himself nothing, just like a servant and was obedient to the point of dying on the cross. So now, God has exalted him and his name is above all others. Everyone will bow before him and confess he is Lord and bring glory to God the Father.
            In light of this, Paul tells them they should obey and work to show they are saved. It is God who is working in them to do what he wants. So, they shouldn’t complain about what is happening. That way they will show themselves to be blameless and innocent children of God in the middle of all the wicked people around them. They are to stay firm in their faith so that Paul will be proud of them in the day of Christ. He rejoices in them even though he is suffering for his faith and they can rejoice and be glad in him.

What Stood Out

            Isaiah: “Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks; foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers; but you shall be called the priests of the Lord” (Isa 61:5-6).   
            Psalm: “May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!” (Ps 72:11).
            Proverbs: “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter” (Prov 24:11).
            Philippians: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5).

Insight

            Isaiah: Welcome to the millennium reign of Christ! You have just read about the way it will be when Christ returns and all Israel will recognize him as the Messiah. It is no wonder that Jesus started his ministry by reading from Isaiah 60:1-2 (Luke 4:18-19). He wanted them to know that the fulfillment of these prophecies is only in him. You will notice that Jesus stopped short in this reading and announced that the fulfilment of these first two verses was in their hearing nearly 2,000 years ago (Luke 4:21). The reason for that is what we call the time of the Gentiles. It takes place from Jesus paying the price for our sins until his return and establishing all the good that is predicted by Isaiah.
            We may see some of these prophecies taking place at this very moment as people from all around the world are flying (literally) to Israel (Isa 60:8). We see Israel’s prosperity but it is nothing compared to what it will be like after Jesus returns. We also see that many of the prophecies are nowhere nearly fulfilled as people hate Israel (Isa 60:15) but they won’t in the future. Since the Lord is not dwelling in the midst of Israel and is not their light instead of the sun and moon (Isa 60:19), it is clear that something dramatic must take place before this will occur.
            One of the things that will happen when Jesus returns is that those of us who have already turned to Jesus as the Messiah will be on the same footing as Israel. We will be priests of Christ and God and we will reign with him during this 1,000 years when Israel will rule the earth under the leadership of the Messiah (Rev 20:6). Are your ready for that?
            Psalm: I really like reading through the Psalms twice a year. They seem like different Psalms when reading different passages from the Old Testament before reading the Psalm. Solomon must have just finished reading from Isaiah just as we did when he wrote this Psalm. It is obviously speaking of the days of Israel’s future glory after Jesus’ return. This will be the time in the future when all kings will bow down before Jesus (Ps 72:11). There will no longer be any doubt in anyone’s mind who Jesus is. He will be the Sovereign who reigns over all the earth. For those of us who have already surrendered to him, it will be a joyous 1,000 years for we will have already been given new bodies at Jesus’ return. For those who enter into this time as mortals, or are born later, they will still need to make up their minds whether to serve him or not. Even if they don’t serve him willingly, they will bow before him. It will be much better for us to do it now.
            Proverbs: I don’t think Proverbs 24:11 is talking about us simply trying to keep people from being killed in war or accidents. This is exactly what we do when we share the gospel with people who don’t know the Lord. They are being taken away to eternal death unless they turn to Jesus for salvation. They are stumbling around in the darkness of their sins just like someone who is about to fall into an ambush to be slaughtered. The only way we can do anything about it is to proclaim the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. They may claim they didn’t know right from wrong but God knows their hearts. They have no excuse when they come before him for the judgment. How much better if they hear from us that they can stand in that judgment blameless and without fault through the blood of Jesus Christ?
            Philippians: Paul speaks a lot about being of one mind with others and even having the mind of Jesus. If we were to boil down the Christian life to something as simple as we could possibly state, it would be this. If each of us had the mind of Christ or the attitude of Christ as the NIV states, we would not have any problems with any other Christians. We would still be persecuted but in our families and in our churches, there would be unity. The big reason for this is because we would be putting other people ahead of ourselves and not being selfish.
            With the outside world, we would be living exemplary lives and this would give people no reason to hate us. However, we would also be doing just as Jesus did when he confronted the religious hypocrites and that would also include any religion that opposes the proclamation of the gospel including atheism. Persecution would not cease but they couldn’t label us as hypocrites.
            That would be the way it should be but we all know that isn’t going to happen as long as we have our sinful mortal bodies. When it comes to eternity, we will see it. We will see it to a lesser extent during the millennium. All that Isaiah predicted will occur because we will have the mind of Christ and those who are still mortal will be kneel before Jesus as Sovereign (Isa 45:23). Until then we should be working toward being in unity with the mind of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Application

             Reading about the millennium where Jesus will reign and eternity where sin will be completely eliminated is inspirational. However, that should only make me want to live a godly life now. I pray I can do that.

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29: Isaiah 57:14 – 59; Psalm 71; Proverbs 24:9-10; Philippians 1:1-26



Overview

            Isaiah: The Lord will comfort his people. He is above all things but will live with those who are humble. He will not be angry with them forever but will heal them of their sinfulness. Those that he has punished are not repenting but he will lead the way back. They will have peace but not the wicked who are like the tossing sea.
            The Lord wants this known about his people who are sinners. They delight in thinking they are drawing close to the Lord by their sacrifice and fasting. They ask why the Lord hasn’t heard. The reason is that during their fasts, they haven’t repented of their sin but still seek their own pleasure. The Lord doesn’t want them to fast and act humble with dust and sackcloth. He wants them to get rid of wickedness, stop oppression, and share with those in need. Then they will be righteous and the Lord will take care of them and guide them. Their land will be restored. If they honor the Sabbath and delight in it instead of doing their own pleasure, then the Lord will take care of them like he did Jacob.
            The Lord is not unable to save but their sins are the reason that God doesn’t answer their prayers. They do all sorts of wicked things from murder to lies. Their behavior poisons those around them like spider eggs. They don’t know peace or justice.
            Isaiah confess they don’t have justice or righteousness. They look for the light but have only darkness. Their sins just grow more and more before the Lord. They are not following the Lord. There is no truth in them.
            The Lord saw it and was displeased. Since there was no one to intercede, he will bring salvation and righteousness. He put on righteousness, salvation, vengeance, and zeal like a soldier’s armor. He will repay his enemies and the coastlands. All to the west will fear the Lord for he will come as the Redeemer to Zion. His covenant with them is to give them his Spirt and his words in their mouths to all generations forever.
            Psalm: God is the psalmists’ refuge. He rescues from the hand of the wicked. He has hoped in the Lord and stated that he trusted God from his birth. While many may see the psalmist as being strong, he looks to the Lord as a refuge and praises God.
            He asks that in his old age, God will not abandon him. His enemies plot against him and he asks that God quickly help him, causing them to perish in shame.
            It doesn’t matter what enemies want, the psalmist will have hope and tell future generations about the Lord. He will remind the next generation of God’s righteousness. He has been tested by trials and asks to be revived again.
            Proverbs: Planning to do something foolish is sinful and scoffing hurts all mankind. If you pass out when problems come, you don’t have much strength at all.
            Philippians: Paul and Timothy are writing to the believers in Jess at Philippi and their leaders of the church. He greets them with grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
            Paul thanks God for them when he prays because of their partnership in the gospel. He knows that God will continue working in them until their work is complete when Jesus returns. He is right in this because they are all partakers of grace with him in his imprisonment and in his defense of the gospel. He really wants to be with them with the affection of Jesus. He prays for their love to increase along with discernment and knowledge. That way they will know what is good and stay pure and righteous through Jesus until Jesus comes again. This will bring glory and praise to God.
            He tells them that his imprisonment has advance the gospel. It has spread through the imperial guard and believers are more confident and bold to preach without fear. Some are doing it out of envy and rivalry thinking their success will hurt Paul’s feelings while he is in prison. Other preach out of good will because of their love. Either way, Paul is glad that Christ is proclaimed.
            Paul is also sure that the Philippians’ prayers and the Spirit’s help will get him out of prison. That is his hope and expectation, but even if he is not released, he won’t be ashamed of his hope. If he dies, it is gain for him. If he lives it means he can keep on working. If it were up to him to decide he couldn’t. He really wants to go and be with Christ but to live on may be more necessary for them. The latter is more convincing so he is sure he will continue with them and this will also glorify Jesus.

What Stood Out

            Isaiah: “‘And as for me, this is my covenant with them,’ says the Lord: ‘My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children's offspring,’ says the Lord, ‘from this time forth and forevermore’” (Isa 59:21).                                                   
            Psalm: “You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again” (Ps 71:20).
            Proverbs: “The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind” (Prov 24:9).
            Philippians: “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment” (Phil 1:9).

Insight

            Isaiah: Some of today’s reading is like James when he asks why God doesn’t hear prayers. They have all these problems so they pray but they ask so that they can spend it on themselves (James 4:1-3). Israel was doing the same thing with their fasting. They were acting very humble on the outside but on the inside, there was no change in attitude or belief. In fact, while they were fasting they were continuing to oppress others. When we seek God in prayer we should be ready to do what it takes on our part to work in agreement with God.
            If we pray for the homeless situation in our area, then we should be prepared to support a shelter. If we pray for peace then we shouldn’t be associated with those who clamor for non-peaceful solutions. If we pray for salvations, then we should be sharing the gospel.
            We should remember that the promise of Isaiah 59:21 was given to those who were separated from God by their iniquities (Isa 59:2). We were in the same boat until we were saved. We are living the promise that God gave Israel thousands of years ago. His Spirit is in us and we have his words in us. We can see how Israel behaved and it is a warning to us. We should do much better in our prayers and fasting because we know from God’s word what he requires of us.
            Psalm: One of the blessed hopes that we have is our resurrection from the dead. The Psalmist had this same hope (Ps 71:20). He acknowledged that in his life, he had seen many problems. Yet, his hope is fixed on being with the Lord after death. Most of the first century Christians were slave or poor people. They were oppressed and suffered persecution. Their hope was not so much in being relieved of their suffering in this life, but in an eternity with Jesus.
            Sometimes we get so caught up in the troubles surrounding us that we forget this isn’t our eternal home. We also know that Jesus is with us right now. He won’t leave us or forsake us but will carry us through the storms of life. Some of those storms are the very means of bring us into his eternal presence. If they kill us, we will see him. If he gives us strength to get through, then we can tell the next generation (Ps 71:18) so that they will have the same hope in him. Sometimes, we even want to go to be with the Lord, but as Paul told us, it is usually for the benefit of others that he keeps us around (Phil 1:23-24).
            Proverbs: People who actually plan on doing something foolish are more than stupid, they are sinful to the utmost. They could be endangering both themselves and others. Scoffers are in the same category. They scoff about the things of God to their own harm and that of those who are affected by their remarks.
            Two areas of scoffing have done immense harm to mankind. The first is those who scoff at the resurrection of Jesus. They not only condemn themselves to eternal hell, but those who are swayed to reject Jesus by them are dragged away as well. The second are those who scoff about God’s creation and substitute it with evolution. They have convinced unknown numbers of people that the Bible is nothing but a fairy tale and turned them away from knowing God through Jesus. Their condemnation is just.
            Philippians: How do you pray for your loved ones and friends who are Christians? Paul prays that the Philippians will have love, knowledge, and discernment.
            Discernment gives them the ability to know what is excellent. Knowledge doesn’t tell us what is right or wrong. It is only facts. However, without those facts, we can’t make good decisions. That is why we need to have discernment. Discernment has to have a moral compass. Two people can come to two different conclusions using the same facts. Love is the moral compass that provides the ability to discern from a godly perspective.
            If we are using these in submission to the Holy Spirit, the result is to be pure, blameless, and filled with the fruit of righteousness. This all comes through Jesus Christ and brings glory and praise to God. These are all things we should desire for ourselves and for other believers.

Application

             I don’t want my prayers to be selfish. I pray that they are God-honoring and effective to bring glory to Jesus Christ.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September 28: Isaiah 54 – 57:13; Psalm 70; Proverbs 24:8; Ephesians 6



Overview

            Isaiah: The Lord says to the barren woman (Israel) that she will have more children than the one with a husband. She will have to make her tent bigger to make room for them. The shame will be lifted for the Lord is your husband, the Redeemer and will be called God of all the earth. For a short time, the Lord abandoned her in anger but will bring her back with compassion.
            The Lord was angry with Noah’s generation but swore not to flood the earth again. So, this time, the Lord will swear not to be angry with her again. The earth may be shaken but his love and covenant will never be removed.
            This future Jerusalem will have jeweled foundations and gates. Righteousness will be established and there will be no more storms of tyranny. He will not send attackers and if they come they will surrender. But now, God has created those who attack. Then, no one will forge weapons or accusations against Jerusalem.
            Come to the Lord and receive what is good from him. It can’t be bought with money or good deeds. Listen and be saved with an eternal covenant of love like that given to David. Nations will come to him and he will lead God’s people. It is because the Lord has given splendor to Israel.
            All should seek the Lord while he is near and the wicked turn away from evil. The Lord will have mercy on them. God’s thoughts and ways are much greater and holier than ours. His word accomplishes what he wants like rain watering the earth. Therefore, you (Israel) will have joy and peace as well as a land restored and will not be destroyed.
            The Lord instructs Israel to be just and do what is right because his salvation is near. Keep the Sabbath, abstain from evil. Foreigners and eunuchs will not be excluded. Eunuchs who do right will have a memorial in the temple better than children, they will have an everlasting name. Foreigners doing the same will be accepted at his holy altar for the temple will be a house of prayer for all nations. Just as the Lord will gather exiles he will gather others as well.
            The Lord warns Israel’s watchmen who are blind, fail to warn, and bad shepherds that they will be consumed by wild animals. All they care about is getting drunk and doing the same thing the next day.
            When the righteous perish, it is because the Lord is sparing them from evil. They will have peace in death. But all the wicked people, those who rebel against God, worship idols, sacrifice their children, you will end up like the idols in the ravines. Those who secretly worship as pagans and make pacts with their idols and have been false to the Lord, God will expose their works. When they cry for help, let the idols save them. They will be blown away like a breath. But the man who takes refuge in the Lord will live in God’s holy mountain.
            Psalm: David asks God to help him and do it quickly. He wants his enemies to be routed, confused, and put to shame. He asks that all who seek the Lord will rejoice in salvation and extol God. However, he is needy and wants saved, now.
            Proverbs: Conspirators, traitors, and connivers have one thing in common. They are planning evil.
            Ephesians: Some more things to put on: for children – obey an honor parents, fathers – teach your children about the Lord without frustrating them, slaves (employees) – work as if your boss was Jesus because he is, masters (bosses) – treat your slaves with dignity because God is both your Master and theirs.
            Be strong in the Lord and put on his armor when dealing with the devil’s schemes. Remember we aren’t fighting people but spiritual forces that exist outside of the earthly realm. God’s armor is useful to stand firm in this evil world. It includes truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer. Prayer must be ongoing, in the Spirit, and all kinds including request and thanksgiving. The battle is reals so we must always be alert and pray for each other as well as our leaders. Pray for the ability to boldly proclaim the gospel. Paul did, even while in chains.
            Paul sends Tychicus, a faithful believer, to let the Ephesians know how he is doing and encourage them. He closes with a benediction of peace, love and faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. He asks for grace for everyone who loves Jesus with an enduring love.

What Stood Out

            Isaiah: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money,
 come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (Isa 55:1).        
            Psalm: “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’” (Ps 70:4).
            Proverbs: “Whoever plans to do evil will be called a schemer” (Prov 24:8).
            Ephesians: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:11-12).

Insight

            Isaiah: The Lord tells of the glorious New Jerusalem (Isa 54:11-12) that is described in more detail in Revelation 21. He tells us that it will be open for everyone who takes refuge in the Lord. Even those who were excluded from the temple in the Old Testament, eunuchs and foreigners, will have a place there. It isn’t based on any kind of works (Isa 55:1-2). You can’t buy or work your way into the New Jerusalem. It is only available to those who call upon the Lord while he may be found (Isa 55:6). It is by repentance for all of us because we have been sinners (Isa 55:7).
            If anyone thinks he has human answers to salvation then he is mistaken, because this is God’s plan, his thoughts are greater than ours and his words will not be thwarted. His word will accomplish exactly what he has said (Isa 55:8-11). If we look back to Isaiah 53 and the picture of Jesus, it is evident that Jews can’t and won’t think as high as God’s thoughts because they have rejected what it says about Jesus. When we look at today’s world, people reject the inspiration of the creation and fall of mankind in Genesis. Their thoughts are limited by what they can see, feel, and touch. So, they make up their own versions because they have no spiritual insight.
            When it comes to the future, we have the promises of the New Jerusalem, they can only think about the sun burning out in billion years, the universe collapsing and starting over. That takes more faith than believing in Jesus. They can’t see that God is near and can be found because they don’t believe he exists. They are the ones without any real hope. They think that tomorrow will be just like today, except for global warming, and will continue doing what they do without any thoughts about God (Isa 56:12). They are the ones that will have no part in the New Jerusalem.
            Psalm: I see God’s heart for the salvation of everyone in Psalm 70:4, as he has in Isaiah 55:6. When we know that God is great and that he rewards those who believe he exists and seek him (Heb 11:6), we will be saved. If we don’t know that God is great, or worse, we think he is not omnipotent or omniscient, loving, kind, compassionate, or any of his other attributes, it is just as bad as believing he doesn’t exist. If he isn’t great, then why pray to him? If he isn’t great, how can he save us? If he isn’t compassionate, how can he comfort us? If he isn’t loving, then he is just a mean ogre who takes pleasure in causing us problems. Drawing near to God, seeking him, isn’t just walking into the woods and yelling, “Where are you.” It is a diligent search to understand and know him. When we know Jesus, we will know the Father and we will be saved.
            Proverbs: Who is the biggest schemer? Was it Benedict Arnold who planned to turn over West Point to the British during the Revolutionary War? Is it one of those who turned over U.S. secrets to Wikileaks? While these and other may be listed as people doing evil, it is also a matter of perspective. The British didn’t consider Arnold to be evil. They made him a Brigadier General and paid him a bonus. The one we should be very careful about is Satan (Eph 6:11). His schemes are designed to cause eternal evil and nothing that can be judged in any other way than evil.
            Ephesians: Speaking about the devil’s schemes leads right in to today’s reading in Ephesians. One of the devil’s schemes is to make us think that we are fighting against people. While it may seem that way, and there are wicked people who must be subdued or they will harm others, this is all part of Satan’s schemes. Look at all the division and hatred being expressed in our country today. Satan must really be having fun because people, Christians and unbelievers alike are acting toward each other just the way he wants. I fell prey to it today by forwarding an email I received. It made fun of the way some of us think. As I read this and thought back about what was in yesterday’s reading, I realize it was not building anyone up. It was not benefiting the receivers and it only serves to make the “right” thinkers stauncher in their denigration of the those that don’t think the same way.
            Satan’s schemes are all around and we should be taking our thoughts captive and using our divine weapons to battle him instead of each other. We often say that the word of God is our only offensive weapon, but I think prayer is also a significant divine offensive weapon. When we are praying for the people we think are the enemy, God not only works in them but in us. We must remember they are victims of war. They can be enlightened and become allies when they turn to God.
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            Reflections on First and Second Peter. This is more of a devotional/commentary going through Peter’s letters. It isn’t specifically about Satan’s schemes.
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Application

             I need to be more careful about falling into Satan’s schemes. Even when I’m sinning because of my own desires that are enticing me, I’m falling for a lie from Satan that tells me God’s way isn’t better for me every time I sin.