OYB September 21
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- 2009 Sep 21
No need to cover Hezekiah's account, we already did back in Kings and Chronicles.
37:26 But have you not heard? I decided this long ago. Long ago I planned it, and now I am making it happen. Another good sovereignty verse.
37:29 And because of your raging against me and your arrogance, which I have heard for myself, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth. I will make you return by the same road on which you came. What is this "road?" He made others captive, now he will have to experience captivity.
37:31 And you who are left in Judah, who have escaped the ravages of the siege, will put roots down in your own soil and grow up and flourish. In light of some recent conversations about who is Israel and who is Judah, I thought this was interesting that Judah would stay on their own soil, while the rest of the tribes were scattered.
38:15-17 But what could I say? For he himself sent this sickness. Now I will walk humbly throughout my years because of this anguish I have felt. Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! Yes, this anguish was good for me, for you have rescued me from death and forgiven all my sins. This passage was huge for me at the time of my big fall into sin. I grasped this tightly and it gave me hope that God would forgive me and restore me to health and life. His heavy hand of correction was on me at the time, and it was extremely humbling and crushing! I am so thankful He let me suffer anguish for my sins, and it is my prayer for my own children as well. Anguish can be a great teacher!
6:3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
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6:7-10 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. Nice to see that no one gets away with anything, and that those who work hard at sowing are noticed.
6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, exceptin the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. The cross is a double-edged sword whereby the world is crucified to me, and I to them. Very cool.
6:15-16 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. Interesting expression, "the Israel of God." I saw evidence recently that there are two Israels. The Israel of the flesh and the Israel of the Spirit.
But as for Israel He says, "ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE." Romans 10:21 (Physical Israel)
Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Eph. 2:12 (Spiritual Israel)
65:2 O You who hear prayer, To You all men come. Wow, what a powerful verse!
65:4 How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. There are only a few (relatively) who are brought near to dwell in His courts. But blessed and satisfied are they.
65:9, 11 You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. I believe this is talking about people, not true grain. What a beautiful promise for the harvest in the earth.