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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday - Gideon's Call - Judges 6:11-18 - 6/11/17

Gideon - A farmer - To deliver Israel from Midian

Midian, Midianites ... Person & clan name meaning "strife." Midian was the son of Abraham by his concubine Keturah (Genesis 25:2). Abraham sent him & his brothers away to the east, leading to the association of the Midianites with the "children of the east" (Judges 6:3). When Moses fled from Pharoh, he went east to Midian (Exodus 2:15). Here he met Jethro, the priest of Midian, & married his daughter.

It is also possible that as a special messenger from God, the angel had authority to speak for God. God sent a special messenger to deliver an important message to Gideon.

Threshing was the process of separating the grains of wheat from the useless outer shell called chaff. This was normally done in a large area, often on a hill, when the wind could blow away the lighter chaff when the farmer tossed the beaten wheat into the air. If Gideon had done this, however, he would have been an easy target for the bands of raiders who were overrunning the land. Therefore, he was forced to thresh his wheat in a winepress, a pit that was probably hidden from view & that would not be suspected as a place to find a farmer's crop.

Gideon questioned God about the problems he & his nation faced & God's apparent lack of help. What he didn't acknowledge was the fact that the people had brought calamity upon themselves when they decided to disobey & neglect God. How easy it is to overlook personal accountability & blame our problems on God & others.

Gideon had heard about the great miracles God had done for his people, but he hadn't seen any. It had been almost 250 years since the ten plagues & the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 7-14), & 200 years had passed since the last great miracle, the parting of the Jordan River (Joshua 3). But it was the people who had given up on God. They knew what God expected of them. They had his laws, but they chose not to obey them. God's blessings, as Moses & Joshua had foretold, came only when the people were obedient.

"Surely I will be with thee," God told Gideon, & God promised to give him the strength he needed to overcome the opposition. In spite of this clear promise for strength, Gideon made excuses. He failed to see how God could work through him.

Like Gideon, we are called to serve God in specific ways. Don't spend time making excuses. Instead spend it doing what God wants.

Reference summary used from the Life Application KJV Bible, Tyndale Publishers, Wheaton, IL

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday - Mutually Sharing the Gospel of Christ - Romans 1:1-15 -4/17/17

1:1-7 ... Salutation. Ancient Greek letters customarily began with the names of the sender & the recipient & a short greeting. Paul expands the usual form to express his Christian faith as well. God's Son, who came into the world physically descended from David, was manifested & installed in his true status at the resurrection. Saints, those who belong to God, consecrated to his service. Grace ... & peace.


1:8-15 ... Thanksgiving. After the salutation in ancient letters there usually came a short prayer of thanksgiving or of petition on behalf of the person addressed. This element also Paul expands in a characteristically Christian way.

Reference summary used from The New Oxford Annotated Bible with The Apocrypha Expanded Edition, An Ecumenical Study Bible, RSV

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thursday - The Sustaining Healing Water of Life - Isaiah 41:17-20 - 11/17/16

God calleth upon idolaters to consider his power to aid his people. His gracious assurance to Israel of protection.

Verse 17 ... When the poor & needy seek water, & there is none, & their tongue faileth for thrist, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Is'ra-el will not forsake them.


Verse 18 ... I will open ... rivers in high places, & fountains in the midst of the valleys: ...

Isaiah 44:3 ... For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, & floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my Spirit upon the seed, & my blessing upon thine offspring:


Isaiah 41:18 ...I will make the ... wilderness a pool of water, & the dry land springs of water.

Psalm 107:35 ... He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, & dry ground into watersprings.


Isaiah 41:19 ... I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, & the myrtle, & the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, & the pine, & the box tree together:


Isaiah 41:20 ... that they may see, ... & know, & consider, & understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, & the Holy One of Is'ra-el hath created it.

Job 12:9 ... Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?


Scripture reference used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Wednesday - God Is Present & the City is Secure - Psalm 46 - 11/16/16

Zion's confidence in God. An exhortation to behold the works of the Lord.

Verse 1 ... GOD is our refuge & strength, ...

Psalm 91:2 ... I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge & my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.


Psalm 46:1 ... a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 145:18 ... The LORD is nigh unto all that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.


Psalm 46:2 ... Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, & though the mountains be carried into (the heart of the seas) the midst of the sea;


Psalm 46:3 ... Though ... the waters thereof roar & be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

Matthew 7:25 ...And the rain descended, & the floods came, & the winds blew, & beat upon that house; & it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.


Psalm 46:4 ... There is a river, ... the streams where of shall make glad ...

Isaiah 8:7 ... Now therefore behold, the Lord bringeth up up upon them the waters of the river, strong & many, even the king of As-syr'i-a, & all his glory: he shall come up over all his channels, & go over all his banks:


Psalm 46:4 ... the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

Isaiah 60:14 ... The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; & all they that despised thee they shall bow themselves down at the soles of they feet; & they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Is'ra-el.


Psalm 46:5 ... God is ... in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, ... (when the morning appeareth) & that right early.


Psalm 46:6 ... The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, ...

Psalm 2:1 ... Why do the heathen rage, & the people (meditate) imagine a vain thing?


Psalm 46:6 ...the earth melted.

Joshua 2:9,24 ... And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, & that your terror is fallen upon us, & that all the inhabitants of the land (melt) faint because of you.

And they said unto Josh'u-a, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do (melt) faint because of us.


Psalm 46:7 ... The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of JA'cob is (a high place for us) our refuge. Selah.


Psalm 46:8 ... Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

Psalm 66:5 ... Come & see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.

Isaiah 2:4 ... And he shall judge among the nations & shall rebuke many people: & they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, & their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.


Psalm 46:9 ... he breaketh the bow, & cutteth the spear in sunder; ...

Psalm 76:3 ... There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, & the sword, & the battle. Selah.


Psalm 46:9 ... he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Ezekiel 39:9 ... And they that dwell in the cities of Is'ra-el shall go forth, & shall set on fire & burn the weapons, both the shields & the bucklers, the bows & the arrows, & the handstaves, & the spears, & they shall burn them with fire seven years:


Psalm 46:10 ... Be still, & know that I am God: ... I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Isaiah 2:11,17 ... The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, & the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down; & the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, & the haughtiness of men shall be made low; & the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.


Psalm 46:11 ... The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Js'cob is our refuge. Selah

Psalm 46:7 ... The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Ja'cob is our refuge. Selah.


Scripture reference used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN