July 2018

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The Word: Episode 0529 John 16:1-6

“You Led, Came, Gave”

July 22, 2018

“You Led, Came, Gave”

Blessings folk!

The people continued to pray.
They continued to recount what the Lord had done for them.

Note how God…
  • Led
  • Came
  • Gave


Neh 9:12-13
You led our ancestors by a pillar of cloud during the day
and a pillar of fire at night so that they could find their way.

“You came down at Mount Sinai and spoke to them from heaven.
You gave them regulations and instructions that were just,
and decrees and commands that were good.

The Lord led their ancestors by a pillar of cloud during the day…
The Lord led by a pillar of fire at night…
Both so they could find their way.

The Lord came down at Mount Sinai and spoke to them from heaven.
He spoke to them…through angels…through Moses…through sound…

The Lord gave them regulations and instructions that were just…
The Lord gave them decrees and commands that were good…

The people knew the goodness of the Lord.

They had rebelled.

They had sinned.

They were now repenting.

So should we.

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The Word: Episode 0528 Nehemiah 10

“You Saw, Heard, Performed”

July 21, 2018

“You Saw, Heard, Performed”

Blessings folk!

Nehemiah, the Levites and the assembled people were praying before the Lord.

They blessed the Lord.
They declared that He created all.
They spoke of Him choosing and calling Abram their forefather.

Then…

Neh 9:9-11

“You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt,
And heard their cry by the Red Sea.

“Then You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh,
Against all his servants and all the people of his land;
For You knew that they acted arrogantly toward them,
And made a name for Yourself as it is this day.

“You divided the sea before them,
So they passed through the midst of the sea on dry ground;
And their pursuers You hurled into the depths,
Like a stone into raging waters.

They acknowledged:

  • The Lord had heard the affliction of their fathers in Egypt
  • The Lord had heard their cry at the Red Sea.
  • The Lord had performed signs and wonder against Pharaoh
    • Against Pharaoh’s servants and all the people of the land
  • The Lord knew how the Egyptians had acted toward Israel
  • The Lord made a name for Himself
  • The Lord divided the Red Sea
  • They passed through the midst of the sea on dry ground…think on that ground under sea, dried.
  • The Lord judged the pursuers…hurled them into the depths of the sea…the same sea that His people had just passed through

The people knew this.
The people recounted this.

They knew that they had sinned.
They knew that God had been faithful.

Now, they are recounting His faithfulness in repenting and seeking forgiveness.

So should we.

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The Word: Episode 0527 Nehemiah 9:32-38

“You Are the LORD God Who Chose…”

July 20, 2018

“You Are the LORD God Who Chose…”

Blessings folk!

The Levites and people continued their prayer unto the Lord.
They had blessed His glorious name.
They had declared that He Alone was the Lord Who created all things.

Now…

Neh 9:7-8

“You are the LORD God,
Who chose Abram
And brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees,
And gave him the name Abraham.

“You found his heart faithful before You,
And made a covenant with him
To give him the land of the Canaanite,
Of the Hittite and the Amorite,
Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite—
To give it to his descendants.
And You have fulfilled Your promise,
For You are righteous.

They continued to recount what the Lord had done for them.

They declared that He was the Lord God Who had called their forefather, Abram.
He named Abram Abraham…father of nations.

Abram proved faithful to God.
God called Abram when he was still a sun worshipper.
Abram did not “earn” the calling.
God called/chose because He wanted to.

God made covenant with Abram.
Part of that covenant was land, land upon which the assembly was now standing and praying.
They were the descendants of Abraham.

God had fulfilled His promise.
God was righteous and continued to prove so.

He has not changed today.
He is faithful.
He is just.
He is righteous.

We as true believers can rest in that.
We can rejoice in that.
Regardless of what comes our way…

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The Word: Episode 0526 Nehemiah 9:30-31

“You Alone Are the Lord”

July 19, 2018

“You Alone Are the Lord”

Blessings folk!

The Levites and the people were before the Lord.

They began their petition with blessing the name of the Lord…

Neh 9:5
Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the LORD your God forever and ever!
O may Your glorious name be blessed
And exalted above all blessing and praise!

Then, they “go back to the beginning”.
They start with acknowledging that they know that He Alone is God.

Neh 9:6
“You alone are the LORD.
You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them
And the heavenly host bows down before You.

Look at the truth:

  • The Lord alone is Lord
  • The Lord made the heavens
  • The Lord made the heaven of heavens with all their host
  • The Lord made the earth and all that is on it
  • The Lord made the seas and all that is in them
  • The Lord give live to all
  • The heavenly host bows down before the Lord

Most professing believers would readily acquiesce to these truths.
Yet, most do not truly believe.

Too many “professing believers”…
  • Do not believe that the Lord is Lord alone. They believe there are “many ways to heaven”
  • Do not believe that the Lord created/made the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that is in them. Far too many believe the lies of man.
  • Do not bow before the Lord. They bow before the stratagems and “understanding” of man.

When we come before the Lord…
When we seek the Lord…
When we pray unto the Lord…
We must believe.
We must acknowledge Him as the Lord Most High.
Otherwise, we are simply religious clanging gongs and loud, crashing cymbals.

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The Word: Episode 0525 Nehemiah 9:25-29

“Exalted Above All…”

July 18, 2018

“Exalted Above All…”

Blessings folk!

The sons of Israel were assembled in fasting, sackcloth and dirt on themselves.
They separated themselves from foreigners in the land.
They stood in place while the Law was read for a third of the day.
They confessed and worshipped the Lord for another third of the day.
The Levites led.
Then all broke forth in praise/prayer to the Most High.

Give close heed to all that is said.
It is lengthy…we will take a few days.
It gives us a model whereby to pray in like manner.

Neh 9:5

Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the LORD your God forever and ever!
O may Your glorious name be blessed
And exalted above all blessing and praise!

The Levites commanded the people to arise and bless the Lord….the Lord their God…forever and ever.

They were reminded Who God is - their God.
They were reminded that they were to bless Him at all times forever…and ever.

They began by giving blessing and praise to the name of the Lord.

We do well to do likewise.

They bless the glorious name of the Lord.
The “name” of the Lord encompasses all of Who He is…without limit…not giving heed to any particular manifestation or attribute. That is why He called Himself “I AM”.

Exo 3:13-14
Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them,
‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?' What shall I say to them?”

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said,
“Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

They exalted the name of the great I AM
They exalted Him above all blessing and praise.

That is an interesting turn of a phrase - “above all blessing and praise”.

A vivid picture that the Lord is above all.

When we pray/praise we should begin this way.

Exalt His name above all…

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The Word: Episode 0524 Nehemiah 9:22-25

“Assembled, Separated, Standing”

July 17, 2018

“Assembled, Separated, Standing”

Blessings folk!

Let us look at one more prayer presented to the Most High on behalf of a people.

We have looked at Daniel 9 and Ezra 9.

Now, Nehemiah 9.

Remember these.
They all are good examples of prayer on behalf of a nation/people.

Neh 9:1-4

Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the sons of Israel assembled with fasting,
in sackcloth and with dirt upon them.

The descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners,
and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.

While they stood in their place,
they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day;
and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.

Now on the Levites’ platform stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Chenani, and they cried with a loud voice to the LORD their God.

The sons of Israel adopted a stance of humility…

  • They fasted
  • They were clothed in sackcloth
  • They had dirt on themselves and clothes

They then separated themselves from all foreigners.

They stood and confessed their sins.

They stood and confessed the iniquities of their fathers.

Then, while standing in place, they read/listened from the book of the Law of the Lord for a fourth of a day…three hours. Likely from Deuteronomy.

Then, for another three hours, they confessed and worshiped the Lord their God.

The Levitical leadership were on a platform.
They cried out in a loud voice…

The leadership led, unlike the norm today where leadership demand, dictate and pontificate but rarely lead by example.

The leadership and people humbled themselves before the Lord.

Then, they prayed…

May we approach the Lord in humility.
May we separate ourselves from the world.
May we confess our sins.
May we be immersed in the Word and Spirit.
May we lead by example.

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John Part 3 - Lesson 7

John Part 3 - Lesson 7

The Word: Episode 0523 Nehemiah 9:17-21

“They Pledged…”

July 16, 2018

“They Pledged…”

Blessings folk!

The priest had finished their examination of who had taken foreign wives.

Some of their own had!

Ezra 10:18
Among the sons of the priests who had married foreign wives were found of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah.

What did they do?

Ezra 10:19
They pledged to put away their wives, and being guilty,
they offered a ram of the flock for their offense.

They agreed to repent and put away their wives.

Then, there is a long list from verses 20-43 that delineates the names of those who had taken foreign wives.

The chapter closes…

Ezr 10:44
All these had married foreign wives, and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

Forthright and to the point.

Again, think of all the people repenting.
There was pain and sorrow.
The wives would have been loved.
The children would have been loved.

Yet, they were to be put away.

Sin brings sorrow.
Repentance brings joy, but sorrow may accompany the transition.
Repentance is not always easy.

They counted the cost.
They chose to adhere to the Word of the Lord rather than the passions and emotions of the flesh.

So should we.


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The Word: Episode 0522 Nehemiah 9:15-17

“Investigating…”

July 15, 2018

“Investigating…”

Blessings folk!

The people had asked for their leaders to represent the assembly.
The weather was rainy and bad.
There was much sin to be considered.

Ezr 10:14
“Let our leaders represent the whole assembly and let all those in our cities who have married foreign wives come at appointed times, together with the elders and judges of each city, until the fierce anger of our God on account of this matter is turned away from us.”

Not everyone agreed…

Ezr 10:15
Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahzeiah the son of Tikvah opposed this,
with Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite supporting them.

Still, the people pressed on.

Ezr 10:16-17
But the exiles did so. And Ezra the priest selected men who were heads of fathers households for each of their father’s households, all of them by name.
So they convened on the first day of the tenth month to investigate the matter.

They finished investigating all the men who had married foreign wives
by the first day of the first month.

There was an investigation.
They were determining who had married foreign wives.

They were serious.
They were dealing with this sin.

We should do the same in dealing with sin in our lives.

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The Word: Episode 0521 Nehemiah 10:11-14

“Let Our Leaders…”

July 14, 2018

“Let Our Leaders…”

Blessings folk!

The people had agreed with the corrective word of Ezra.
They acknowledged it was their duty to confess, repent and obey the commandments of the Lord.

But…there were a couple of issues…

Ezr 10:12-14

Then all the assembly replied with a loud voice,
“That’s right! As you have said, so it is our duty to do.

“But there are many people; it is the rainy season and we are not able to stand in the open. Nor can the task be done in one or two days, for we have transgressed greatly in this matter.

“Let our leaders represent the whole assembly and let all those in our cities who have married foreign wives come at appointed times, together with the elders and judges of each city, until the fierce anger of our God on account of this matter is turned away from us.”

There were many people.
It was the rainy season.
They were unable to stand in the open.
It would take more than a day or two.
They had transgressed greatly in the matter.

So, the people offered an option.

Let their leaders represent the whole assembly.
Let those who had married foreign wives set up appointments.
Let the elders and judges in each city decide.

Let it be done until the fierce anger of God concerning the matter was turned away from them.

A reasonable suggestion and process.
The people were serious and were repentant.

May we be likewise.

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The Word: Episode 0520 Ezra 9:6-10

“That’s Right!”

July 13, 2018

“That’s Right!”

Blessings folk!

Ezra called for the people to repent…

Ezra 10:10-11

Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them,
“You have been unfaithful and have married foreign wives adding to the guilt of Israel.

“Now therefore, make confession to the LORD God of your fathers and do His will;
and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.”

How did the people respond?

Ezra 10:12-13

Then all the assembly replied with a loud voice,
“That’s right! As you have said, so it is our duty to do.

“But there are many people; it is the rainy season and we are not able to stand in the open. Nor can the task be done in one or two days, for we have transgressed greatly in this matter.

The people agreed.
They had been unfaithful to the Lord.
They had married foreign wives.
They had added to the guilt of Israel.

They agreed it was their duty to confess and repent.

But, there was a problem.

There were many people.
It was the rainy season, and raining at the moment, and they could not remain in the open.
They knew that it would not be a quick task.
Why?
Because they had transgressed greatly in the matter.

Oh that people today would respond in like fashion.
Rather than repentance, we seek to justify our sin.
Rather than confessing, we seek to “explain”.
Rather than submitting to the leading of the Lord, we seek to provide methods to “forgive ourselves”.

May we do as the people did.
Upon hearing the truth may we say…

  • “That’s right!”
  • “It is our duty to do so”
  • “We have transgressed greatly in this matter”

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The Word: Episode 0519 Nehemiah 9:6

“You Have Been Unfaithful…”

July 12, 2018

“You Have Been Unfaithful…”

Blessings folk!

The people had been summoned.
They had three days to arrive.

They did.

The people were trembling, note why.

Ezra 10:9
So all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled at Jerusalem within the three days.
It was the ninth month on the twentieth of the month, and all the people sat in the open square before the house of God, trembling because of this matter and the heavy rain.

The people were trembling because of the matter before them.
The people were trembling due to the heavy rain.
They were out in the open.
They were exposed…in all ways.
They sat before the Lord.

Ezra 10:10-11
Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them,
“You have been unfaithful and have married foreign wives adding to the guilt of Israel.

“Now therefore, make confession to the LORD God of your fathers and do His will;
and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.”

Ezra stood and spoke the truth.
Boldly.
He declared that they had been unfaithful by marrying foreign wives.
He declared that they had added to the guilt of Israel.

Ezra than told them what to do.
Confess to the Lord God.
Do His will.
Separate themselves from the sin…in this case, the peoples of the land and foreign wives.

We must do the same.
We must speak the truth.
We must separated from sin.
We must give people the path of restoration.

Regrettably, this is rare today.

Rather than truth, we have tickling of ears.
Rather then repentance, we have relying on the religious organizations/interpretations of man.
Rather than separation from the world, we have syncretism with the world.

We have been unfaithful.
Let us repent and press on.

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The Word: Episode 0518 Nehemiah 10:1-5

“Ezra Rose”

July 11, 2018

“Ezra Rose”

Blessings folk!

Ezra and the people were weeping before the Lord.
Shecaniah brought forth a word.
He told them what to do.
He told Ezra to arise, to lead the people, to be courageous, to act.

We continue…

Ezr 10:5-8

Then Ezra rose and made the leading priests, the Levites and all Israel, take oath that they would do according to this proposal; so they took the oath.

Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he went there, he did not eat bread nor drink water,
for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.

They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles,
that they should assemble at Jerusalem,

and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the leaders and the elders, all his possessions should be forfeited and he himself excluded from the assembly of the exiles.

Ezra arose.
Note what he did.
He made the leading priests, the Levites and all Israel take an oath.
The oath was related to the covenant proposal of Shecaniah.
They all agreed.
They took the oath.
The “made” connotes in my mind that there was debate, argument, resistance, etc.
Ezra and the truth prevailed.

Such is needed today, even within the true Body of Christ.
People need to hear the Truth - sadly, a rarity today.
People need to be led to Truth.

We can not “make someone believe”, but we can be conduits of the power and presence of the Most High and vessels of His Truth.

Ezra continued his fasting and mourning.
He knew that the matter was not over.

A proclamation was sent through Judah and Jerusalem to the exiles…those who had return from Babylon.
They were told to assemble at Jerusalem in three days times.
The proclamation was serious.
If one did not come, they would forfeit all possessions and be excluded from the assembly of exiles.
Serious.

When will be as serious about the matters of truth before us?

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John Part 3 - Lesson 6

John Part 3 - Lesson 6

The Word: Episode 0517 Ezra 10

“Be Courageous! Act!”

July 10, 2018

“Be Courageous! Act!”

Blessings folk!

Ezra was praying.
The people had gathered.
All wept over sin.

Suddenly, someone spoke…

Ezr 10:1-4

Now while Ezra was praying and making confession, weeping and prostrating himself before the house of God, a very large assembly, men, women and children, gathered to him from Israel;
for the people wept bitterly.

Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra,
“We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.

“So now let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

“Arise! For this matter is your responsibility, but we will be with you; be courageous and act.”

Shecaniah spoke to Ezra.
He confirmed…

  • We have been unfaithful to our God
  • We have married foreign women from the peoples of the land

Then this great Word!
Yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.

Shecaniah offered a solution.
  • Let us make a covenant with our God
  • Let us put away all the wives (foreign) and their children
  • Let us do so according to the counsel of my lord (Ezra) and those who tremble at the commandment of God
  • Let it be done according to the Law

How refreshing!

Let us do it God’s way!

Shecaniah then told Ezra to arise.
It was Ezra’s responsibility to tell the people, to lead the people.

Shecaniah encouraged Ezra by telling him that “we will be you”.
He would not be alone.

Shecaniah then exhorted Ezra.
Be courageous!
Act!

The Word is for us.

Repent.
Confess.
Put away sin.
Be courageous!
Act!
We are not alone.

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The Word: Episode 0516 Ezra 10:1-8

“A Very Large Assembly Gathered”

July 9, 2018

“A Very Large Assembly Gathered”

Blessings folk!

Ezra had prayed before the Lord…Ezra 9.
He had confessed the sin of the people.

What was the response?

We see in Ezra 10…

Ezra 10:1
Now while Ezra was praying and making confession, weeping and prostrating himself before the house of God, a very large assembly, men, women and children, gathered to him from Israel;
for the people wept bitterly.

Note what Ezra was doing…

  • Praying
  • Making confession
  • Weeping
  • Prostrating himself before the house of God

What happened?

The people responded.
They gathered…a very large assembly.
Men.
Women.
Children.
They gathered to Ezra from Israel.
They wept bitterly.

The humble intercession of one person moved the heart of a nation.

Are you the one person that the Lord is calling to move a situation?
Within a family.
Within your friends.
Within your “oikos” - circle of influence.
Within the corporate Body fo Christ.
Wishing your workplace.

Let us humble ourselves before the Lord.
May He have His way with us.
May we be The One.

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“We Are Guilty”

July 8, 2018

“We Are Guilty”

Blessings folk!

Ezra confessed to the Lord that they had sinned.
He confessed that they had sinned in the past…and had received judgment from the Lord.
Judgment that was less than what they deserved.
The Lord had “requited us less than our iniquities deserved.”

Now, watch how he closes the prayer…

Ezr 9:13-15
“After all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and our great guilt, since You our God have requited us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us an escaped remnant as this,

shall we again break Your commandments and intermarry with the peoples who commit these abominations? Would You not be angry with us to the point of destruction,
until there is no remnant nor any who escape?

“O LORD God of Israel, You are righteous,
for we have been left an escaped remnant, as it is this day;
behold, we are before You in our guilt, for no one can stand before You because of this.”

Ezra acknowledges the Lord is righteous.
He knows that they had an escaped remnant that is blessed to return.

Ezra declares they stand before the Lord guilty.
No one could stand before the Lord because of the sins.

We will see tomorrow the response of the people.

How have you responded?

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The Word 0514 Ezra 9:10-15

“What Shall We Say…”

July 7, 2018

“What Shall We Say…”

Blessings folk!

Ezra continues his prayer of confession and repentance…

Ezra 9:10-14

“Now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Your commandments,

which You have commanded by Your servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land which you are entering to possess is an unclean land with the uncleanness of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations which have filled it from end to end and with their impurity.

‘So now do not give your daughters to their sons nor take their daughters to your sons, and never seek their peace or their prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it as an inheritance to your sons forever.’

“After all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and our great guilt, since You our God have requited us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us an escaped remnant as this,

shall we again break Your commandments and intermarry with the peoples who commit these abominations? Would You not be angry with us to the point of destruction, until there is no remnant nor any who escape?

Ezra states “what shall we say…?”
They had forsaken the commandments of God.
Their guilt was beyond question.

In his repentance, Ezra specifically states the commandment they had broken, the sin they had committed.

We would do well to do likewise.
Too often we pray a vague “forgive our sins” mantra without truly repenting of the deeds.

The Lord had told them,
The Lord had warned them.

The land they were to possess was an unclean land.
The people of the land were an unclean people.
They had filled the land with their abominations and iniquity.

The people of the Lord were to have nothing to do with the uncleanness of the land nor people.

The people of the Lord…

  • Were not to intermarry
  • Were never to seek their peace
  • Were never to seek their prosperity

Why?

So that the people of the Lord would…
  • Be strong
  • Eat the good of the land
  • Leave the land as an inheritance to their sons forever

Ezra acknowledges the righteous judgment that had come upon them from the Lord.
He declares that they deserved more than the Lord gave.
There is mercy in the Lord’s judgment of their sin and iniquity.
The Lord had allowed a remnant to remain and return.

Ezra confronts the “elephant in the room”.

Should they break the Lord’s commandments again?
Should they intermarry with the people who commit abominations?

The unstated answer is “No!”

If they did, the Lord would be right in punishing them to the point of destruction and the lack of remnant.

Ezra acknowledged all this before the Lord and the Tremblers…remember, those who believed the Word of the Lord and trembled.

Do you believe?

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The Word: Episode 0513 Ezra 9:4-9

“A Peg in His Holy Place”

July 6, 2018

“A Peg in His Holy Place”

Blessings folk!

Ezra had sat appalled all day.
He now arose to his knees, stretched out his hands before the Lord with his face to the ground.
Those who trembled at the Word fo the Lord God were with him.

Ezra then began to pray…

Ezr 9:6-9

and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God,
for our iniquities have risen above our heads and our guilt has grown even to the heavens.

“Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been in great guilt, and on account of our iniquities we, our kings and our priests have been given into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity and to plunder and to open shame, as it is this day.

“But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the LORD our God,
to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place,
that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage.

“For we are slaves; yet in our bondage our God has not forsaken us,
but has extended lovingkindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia,
to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God,
to restore its ruins and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

Ezra was ashamed to even come before the Lord.
Why?
Because of the iniquities and guilt that he and their forefathers had before the Lord.

The Lord had punished by giving them into the hands of foreign kings.

They had experienced…

  • the sword
  • plunder
  • captivity
  • open shame
All to that very day.

Ezra readily acknowledged that God had blessed them.
The Lord gave them “a peg in His Holy place”…the picture is a nail on the wall to hang a hat.
The Lord had granted them the opportunity to return from exile in Babylon.
They were slaves, yet the Lord did not forsake them.
He extended His lovingkindness through the Kings of Persia. They released the Hebrews.

Now, a small percentage had returned.
Returned to raise up the house of God.
Returned to restore the ruins.
Returned to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
Returned to rebuild Judah.

And apparently, returned to/continued the old practices of sin and ignoring the commandment of the Lord.

They had yet to learn.

Thus the prayer of Ezra and the Tremblers…to be continued…

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John Part 3 - Lesson 5

John Part 3 - Lesson 5

The Word: Episode 0512 Ezra 9:1-4

“Tremblers”

July 5, 2018

“Tremblers”

Blessings folk!

I do want to carry with the theme of praying for a nation.
Yesterday we saw Daniel 9 as a pattern/prayer.

Another is found in Ezra 9.

Ezra 9:1-5 sets the context.
The people of Israel had not been faithful to the commandment of the Lord.
They had intermarried.
They had not kept themselves separate from the peoples of the land.

Watch Ezra’s response.
Watch what he then did.

Ezr 9:1-5

Now when these things had been completed, the princes approached me, saying, “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations, those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites.

“For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.”

When I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled.

Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel on account of the unfaithfulness of the exiles gathered to me, and I sat appalled until the evening offering.

But at the evening offering I arose from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe torn, and I fell on my knees and stretched out my hands to the LORD my God;

Ezra’s response?

  • Tore his garment and robe
  • Pulled hair from his head and beard
  • Sat appalled

The response of the people?
- The people who trembled at the Words of the God of Israel on account of the unfaithfulness of the exiles gathered to Ezra.

The people who trembled at the Word of the Lord…

Where are they today?
They are so few.
There are many who claim/profess to “believe” the Word of the Lord, but few that truly believe and tremble at His Word.

What if the Tremblers gathered together at the feet of the Lord appalled?

Appalled at…
  • The state of the “church”
  • The sin in the midst of the “church”…the nation…the people
  • The refusal of even true believers to walk in holiness and righteousness
  • What we have become
  • The fact that, as in this account, it is the “princes and rulers” who are foremost in unfaithfulness

At the evening offering Ezra arose from his humiliation.
He fell on his knees.
He stretched out his hands to the Lord.
He prayed…

May we do likewise.

…to be continued…

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The Word: Episode 0511 Daniel 9

“Oh Lord, We Have…”

July 4, 2018

“Oh Lord, We Have…”

Blessings folk!

The best thing we can do on this national day of celebrating?

Two things.

  1. Know the history…much of what we think we know is not so…
  2. Pray the prayer of Daniel 9…

Dan 9:1-19

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent,
who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans—

in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.

So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications,
with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said,
“Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,

we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled,
even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.

“Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.

“Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You.

“Open shame belongs to us, O LORD, to our kings, our princes and our fathers,
because we have sinned against You.

“To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him;

nor have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets.

“Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.

“Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.

“As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth.

“Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us;
for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done,
but we have not obeyed His voice.

“And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for Yourself, as it is this day—we have sinned,
we have been wicked.

“O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us.

“So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.

“O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.

“O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

Calamity is in store if we do not repent.
It is not too late.
But soon, it will be.

It is time to quit incessantly asking God to “bless America”.
Why would He bless us while we boldly embrace all forms of sin?

It is time for America to repent before the Most High.
Let it begin with each of us.

Pray as Daniel did.

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The Word: Episode 0510 John 16:1-3

“Israel! Your People”

July 3, 2018

“Israel! Your People”

Blessings folk!

David had received the Word from the Lord via Nathan.
David is responding.
We saw some yesterday…did you notice his position?

2 Sa 7:18

Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said,
“Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?

David “went in and sat before the Lord”.

Went in where?
The tent that he had built…

1 Ch 15:1
Now David built houses for himself in the city of David;
and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.

Sat where?
Apparently before the Ark of the Covenant in the tent he had made.

David “came-and-went” from before the Lord.
Very different than that which was allowed in the Mosaic law.

David then spoke to the Lord.
Yesterday we read verses 18-22
Who Am I?

Continue…

2 Sa 7:22-24

“For this reason You are great, O Lord GOD;
for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You,
according to all that we have heard with our ears.

“And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel,
whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself,
and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods?

“For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, O LORD, have become their God.

David declares the truth of the people of the Lord - Israel.

  • One nation
  • None on earth like Israel
  • God redeemed them to Himself as a people
  • God made a name for Himself through them
  • God did a great thing for Israel
  • God did great things for Israel’s land
  • God redeemed them out of Egypt and from other nations and other gods.
  • God has established for Himself His people, Israel…forever…again, forever.
  • He has become their God.

David knew these truths and proclaimed them in worship unto the Lord.

Many in the professing church reject these truths about Israel.
They say that God is “finished” with Israel.
They are grievously in error.
What part of “forever” do they not understand?

Perhaps we will look at how God has handled Israel…Ezra 9, Nehemiah 9, Daniel 9…

For today, know that God did all this… no one else.

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The Word: Episode 0509 John 15:20-27

“Who Am I?”

July 2, 2018

“Who Am I?”

Blessings folk!

Nathan had received a Word from the Lord in a night vision.
The Word was for David.
Nathan brought the Word to David.
David’s response?

2 Sa 7:18-22

Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said,
“Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?

“And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord GOD, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O Lord GOD.

“Again what more can David say to You? For You know Your servant, O Lord GOD!

“For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart,
You have done all this greatness to let Your servant know.

“For this reason You are great, O Lord GOD;
for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You,
according to all that we have heard with our ears.

How would you describe David’s response?

Humbled
Awed
Thankful
Amazed

David desired to build a house for the Lord.
This would not happen.
But, his offspring would build a house for the Lord.

David chose to focus on that.

Rather than complain, etc. about not being the one who would build, he rejoiced in the fact that “his house”…lineage…would continue.

David acknowledged that it was the Lord that had brought him this far.
It was the Lord who was exalting him.
It was the Lord that was speaking of the distant future.

David admitted that he could say nothing more because the Lord knew his heart.

The Lord had done/would do all these things…

  • For the sake of His Word
  • According to His Own heart

Therefore, the Lord is great.
There is none like Him
There is no God beside Him.

Do we have this response to the Most High?

David modeled much for us.

Do it!

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The Word: Episode 0508 John 15:15-23

“Descendant to Come…”

July 1, 2018

“Descendant to Come…”

Blessings folk!

Nathan was receiving a Word from the Lord for David.

He had yet to give it to David.

The Lord reveals that David will have a descendant that will build a house for the Lord.
Much more is revealed…

2 Sa 7:12-17

“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers,
I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you,
and I will establish his kingdom.

“He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

“I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity,
I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men,

but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul,
whom I removed from before you.

“Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever;
your throne shall be established forever.”’”

In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

What do we learn of this one to come?

  • Descendant of David
  • The Lord will establish his kingdom
  • He shall build a house for the Name of the Lord
  • The Lord will establish the throne of his kingdom forever
  • God will be his Father
  • He will be a son to God
  • He will commit iniquity
  • God all correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men
  • God’s lovingkindness will not depart from him (as God had departed from Saul)
  • He would continue David’s house and kingdom…forever

Nathan spoke all this to David…

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