We make our joy complete when we share life with the Father and the Son and you can share life with us. We walk in the light as Jesus walks and we sh... Read more
We make our joy complete when we share life with the Father and the Son and you can share life with us. We walk in the light as Jesus walks and we share life with one another and the blood of Jesus makes us pure from all sin Read less
There is one creator,only one. The one who created the the heavens and the earth, and Mankind, the reasons for each seasons. Seeds for reproducti... Read more
There is one creator,only one. The one who created the the heavens and the earth, and Mankind, the reasons for each seasons. Seeds for reproduction for food, Ah' the Glory of it all. The sun has a purpose, the moon has a purpose and so do you have a purpose. In Genesis 1 it tells about a True and Amazing creator who answers all the questions you would have about the begining of all its Creations. The makings of a World that you and I live in because of God. The water and dry land and all that is within it. The sky up above and all its components, stars , planets ,lights,and the darkness, vegetation (food), fish in the sea, the animals and birds in the air. Check it out you'll be amazed at how it all began..... Read less
Luke 16:31 "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' " (NIV... Read more
Luke 16:31 "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' " (NIV)
We often characterize the political and religious establishment as wholly against Jesus. But in fact many of the Pharisees, scribes, and rabbis were undecided about Jesus. They were sincere people serious about doing the right thing.
Some of these held high positions. Nicodemus was one. And after Jesus' resurrection many priests and Pharisees became followers. Jesus knew that there were many who were still pondering his claims and perhaps counting the cost of following him. He is not talking about these here. He is talking about those who had already made up their minds, who had made up there minds long ago, choosing self interest above God. They just used religion for their own purposes.
We have the same today. There are people who are sincerely thinking. Some are skeptical, but open to the possibility that Jesus was truly God stepping into history. To those like that Jesus said, "come and see." And there are those for whom no evidence would be sufficient to convince them to turn to God. They have already chosen.
Jesus had the ability to discern the direction of a man's heart. He wasted no time on those who had decided. He was interested in those who had not. I don't have that ability to discern the heart, or very rarely have. So I assume most I meet are sincere. I don't want to put them in boxes. I want to treat them as serious seekers and meet them where they are on that journey - and walk with them along the way, for I am not so foolish to think that I can't learn from them as well as they from me. Let me be open to people today, Lord, as you are to those who were still seeking. Read less
Chronicles: The word of the days ,(1 kings 14:19,1 chron 27:24), the daily or yearly records , the transcriptions of the kingdom; evens recorded in th... Read more
Chronicles: The word of the days ,(1 kings 14:19,1 chron 27:24), the daily or yearly records , the transcriptions of the kingdom; evens recorded in the order of time.
Honour(honor): Social term describing how people within a society evaluate one another.
Ahasuerus: (lion-king) the name of one of the Median and 2 Persian kings mentioned in the Old Testament.
The king wasn't feeling himself that night and he told one of his servants to get his chronicles. He read a little passage about Mordecai. And he asked his chamberlains what kind of 'reward'/honor did Mordecai have. The said nothing?
I wonder what was going on his mind to let him read the chronicles? Read less
This Chapter is about the unity of the body. It spells out the characteristics we should all have in order to live in... Read more
This Chapter is about the unity of the body. It spells out the characteristics we should all have in order to live in harmony in Christ.
It gives examples of how to live with character. Read less
Chapters forty to fifty-one of Isaiah deliver a series of messages to Judah and the remnant of Israel. Isaiah looks into the next two centuri... Read more
Chapters forty to fifty-one of Isaiah deliver a series of messages to Judah and the remnant of Israel. Isaiah looks into the next two centuries. He sees beyond the Babylonian captivity to the fall of Babylon, the rise of Persia, and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. In chapters 40 to 44, Isaiah sends a series of strong messages to God's people.
2 God’s Messages to Judah and the Remnant of Israel (Isa 40-44)
Speak comfort to Jerusalem (Isa 40:1-2).
Prediction of John the Baptizer’s ministry (Isa 40:3-5 Mrk 1:1-5).
Transience of flesh contrasted to the word of God that stands forever (Isa 40:6-9).
Christ the good Shepherd (Isa 40:9-11).
The Almighty God sits above the circle of the earth. Those who wait on him shall renew their strength. (Isa 40:12-31).
"Keep silence before Me... I the Lord am the first and the last" (Isa 41:1-4).
God the great Craftsman (Isa 41:5-20).
The worthless work of those who craft idols (Isa 41:21-29).
Messiah, the chosen Servant of God (Isa 42:1-4).
The Creator speaks of his glory (Isa 42:5-9).
The new song (Isa 42:10-13).
God brings light into darkness (Isa 42:14-17).
The blind and deaf servant —referring to Israel (Isa 42:18-25).
Do not fear! (Isa 43:1-7).
You are my witnesses (Isa 43:8-13).
God’s plan to rescue Israel from Babylonian captivity (Isa 43:14-21).
Israel has forgotten God (Isa 43:22-28).
Do not fear! (Isa 44:1-8).
A satire on idolatry (Isa 44:9-20).
Remember these things (Isa 44:21-28).
2 Cyrus King of Persia
In the last verse of chapter 44 Isaiah names a future king of Persia who would shepherd the remnant of God’s people and oversee the rebuilding of Jerusalem. All this came to pass.
The Lord calls Cyrus by name before he has even been born and before the kingdom over which he will reign has risen to power (Isa 45:1-7).
Cyrus is warned in advance not to argue with God (Isa 45:8-10).
Cyrus will respect God’s purpose and plan, and will co-operate with it to rebuild Jerusalem (Isa 45:11-13).
God promises that, when Israel has been saved by the Lord, he will give over to Cyrus the idolatrous Egyptian kingdom and other southern nations (Isaiah 45:14-19).
When God so powerfully brings to pass the purpose he has long ago announced, as he did in the case of Cyrus, all peoples of the earth should acknowledge him, every knee should bow to him (Isa 45:20-25).
The gods of Babylon like Bel and Nebo, will be useless before Cyrus (Isa 46:1-2).
Now God tells all the remnant of Israel to listen and remember. He reiterates that he is their true God, not some dumb unmoving idol. He, God, will save them from Babylonian exile when he calls Cyrus from the east, Cyrus the man of God’s purpose. (Isa 46:3-13)
3 The Fall of Babylon
God condemns Babylon, and the Chaldean empire as a whole, for its arrogance and presumption. He pictures Babylon as a queen who will become a slave girl. (Isa 47:1-7).
The pagan arts, such as sorcery and astrology, will not help Babylon (Isa 47:8-15).
God again reminds Israel that he has spoken, he is their God and Creator, and he will not give his glory to another. (Isa 48:1-13).
God also reminds them that he has chosen Cyrus to rescue them from the Babylonians (Isa 48:14-16).
God laments that the coming Babylonian captivity would not be happening, if only they had listened to him (Isa 48:17-19).
However Babylon will fall. God likens Israel's coming redemption to the escape from Egyptian slavery in the time of Moses (Isa 48:20-22). Read less
Babylonian envoys visit Hezekiah, he shows them all his treasures. Isaiah prophesies that after Hezekiah's time the Babylonians will seize the treasur... Read more
Babylonian envoys visit Hezekiah, he shows them all his treasures. Isaiah prophesies that after Hezekiah's time the Babylonians will seize the treasures and carry off many people of Jerusalem into exile and slavery. Some of Hezekiah’s sons will be among them Read less