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Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 11:53 AM
Many may speak about riches and the Bible. The Bible speaks of two kinds of riches- the riches of the material things of this world, and the riches of the spiritual kind that are stored up for our next life. When Mary was filled with the Spirit and speaking of the Lord’s goodness for man she mentioned those who were rich with this world’s riches.
Luke 1:53 He (Yahweh) has filled the hungry with good things, and THE RICH HE HAS SENT AWAY EMPTY.
Jesus never had anything good to say about people rich with material wealth in this world. In fact, it is more quite the opposite.
Matthew 6:19 "DO NOT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES ON EARTH, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 13:22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of RICHES CHOKE THE WORD, and it proves unfruitful.
Matthew 19:23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, only with DIFFICULTY WILL A RICH PERSON ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. 24 Again I tell you, it is EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE THAN FOR A RICH PERSON TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD."
Luke 6:24 "But WOE TO YOU WHO ARE RICH, FOR YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR CONSOLATION. 25 "Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. "Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
Riches in this world are used for the love of this life in this world. Here is what Jesus said about that:
John 12:25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Having riches in this world is being friends to this world. The New Testament says much about the evils that the rich are tempted to and fall into. Jesus told the rich man to sell his riches and give to the poor, and the rich man went away sorrowful. Jesus said that with God, all things are possible referring to the rich being saved. What does this mean, since the Scriptures teach so much about the pitfalls of riches in this world? A Christian is ruled by God’s law of love. In love, when one sees another in need, there is this natural desire to help. A rich person can have his heart softened by God’s love and when he sees the needy, then his heart will go out to them. This is when the rich man with a softened heart will begin to release his riches in this world and reach out to the needy. Then he will begin to let go of earthly riches, and begin to store riches in Heaven. This is why it is impossible for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. But when he accepts God’s love, then he will begin to release his earthly riches. Those who are rich, but hang on to their earthly riches have not found God’s law of love in their hearts.
James 4:4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
James 5:1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.
People rich with this world’s riches need God’s love. Holding their riches, they will not find a home in God’s Kingdom.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:39 AM
No one is perfect- no one is purely righteous (living right), but Yahweh through Yashuah (Jesus) provided for man to be forgiven for their unrighteousness through Jesus’ death on the cross to pay the penalty that our sins demand. Christians should not seek to live ‘righteously’ because it is the law- a true Christian will have it in his heart to strive to live righteously because he knows that Spirit in his heart that teaches him the price that Jesus paid for him. Even so, that, in itself, doesn’t make a perfect live a ‘perfectly righteous’ life. This is why we are to keep that humble position and asking forgiveness for shortcomings, knowing that whom the Father loves, He chastens and scourges.
Ezekiel 18:5 "If a man is righteous and does what is just and right— 6 if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor's wife or approach a woman in her time of menstrual impurity, 7 does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, 8 does not lend at interest or take any profit, withholds his hand from injustice, executes true justice between man and man, 9 walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully— he is righteous; he shall surely live, declares the Lord GOD.
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
The Christian is not ‘righteous’ in his own rights, but has been declared ‘righteous’ because of his faith in his Advocate, Jesus Christ, Who stands before the throne to intercede on his behalf. Those who do not know our Advocate Jesus Christ as his Savior should be warned of the fearful eternity that awaits him away from his Creator.
Jeremiah 26:8 And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, "You shall die! 9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, 'This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant'?" And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
10 When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house to the house of the LORD and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the LORD. 11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, "This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears."
12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard. 13 Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and the LORD will relent of the disaster that he has pronounced against you.
The Jews are God’s chosen people, yet even they did not follow God’s requirements, and they were warned repeated by the prophets. Even so, they suffered the tragic consequences as a nation for not turning to the Lord. Yahweh does not change- He is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever. Any nation that does not follow the Lord is liable to God’s judgment. If someone pointed out to any nation today their wickedness, would they respond as the people did to Jeremiah, by taking him captive and telling him he was worthy to die because he spoke against the people? Even so- the people need to be warned that Yahweh’s judgment is sure to come on nations that are not looking to Him and His Way. Each person should consider the state of your own nation. Is it filled with sexual depravity, drunkenness, gambling, drugs, violence, etc? People need to be in serious prayer for themselves and for the world. Do not look to this world’s politics for answers, but pray for God’s mercy.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 1:54 PM
One father Abraham- three faiths based on Yahweh of Abraham. The Jews had the law. They conquered one land because Yahweh declared that the people there were so wicked, and the Israelites were to have that land. They were given God’s law, and that law was based on love. They were promised a Messiah that would lead them into righteousness. Jesus was born into the Jewish nation and preached God’s law of love, and died for His message and in His death for no sin whatsoever, accepted the penalty for the sins of all who received Him. Christians accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah who would deliver them from sin into the righteousness of God’s love. They spread that message of love though they were beaten, abused, and even crucified for teaching a Master who commanded to love. Then some man claimed that Jesus wasn’t the Messiah and that the Jews should be destroyed and instead of teaching people to love, they went forth in war and told people to worship their faith, Islam, or be destroyed. The question is, do we seek a Master Who teaches us to love, or a ruler who tells people that women are to be punished if they are raped, and cut off people’s heads and shoot them if they profess Jesus to be the Messiah?
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6:46 AM
Isaiah 64:1 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence— 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4 From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.
Eye has not seen nor ear heard such as our God who acts for those who wait for Him! Are we waiting for the heavens to rend? What are we waiting for? Maybe the next verses will give a more sober thought. Notice that these verses immediately follow those of hope we have from those verses above.
Isaiah 64:5 You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? 6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.
Are we joyfully working righteousness? Some of the verses above are quoted in Romans chapter 3 where it discusses the wickedness of mankind. Are we calling upon the name of the LORD? Is this nation calling on the name of the LORD?
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.
Now in saying, “… we are all your people,” remember that Isaiah was talking to the Jewish people who were chosen by Yahweh through the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel). As now the LORD has made it plain that all people of all nations can come to Him, then we can say that His people (the “all your people”) can be all who have come to Him and accepted His salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. But lest we forget, our God is an unchanging God. The prophets prophesied doom for those of God’s people who did not live up to His calling/ the standards He calls for His children. He is unchanging, so from covenant to covenant He is the same God to those who call upon Him. Even under the new covenant it is told in Hebrews that whom He loves, He chastens and scourges.
Isaiah 66:15 "For behold, the LORD will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire will the LORD enter into judgment, and by his sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the LORD shall be many.
Monday, October 19, 2015, 6:44 AM
It may seem harsh that Yahweh would tell Isaiah to tell a nation that to ‘keep on seeing without perceiving’ or Jeremiah not to even pray for a nation, but there is more to the story.
Isaiah 6:9 And he said, "Go, and say to this people: "'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' 10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.
Jeremiah 7:16 "As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.
Jeremiah 11:14 "Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.
Jeremiah 14:11 The LORD said to me: "Do not pray for the welfare of this people.
Yahweh wants people to turn to Him from a sincere heart, not just out of desperation after chasing after their own way and then “in lip service” to help them when they are in trouble.
Isaiah 29:13 And the Lord said: "Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, 14 therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden."
Ezekiel 33:30 "As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, 'Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.' 31 And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.
Some people think they can go according to their own will and decide to turn to our Creator when it’s convenient or when they ‘get around to it’. Some people think that by ‘meditation’ they can get in touch with the Creator without being concerned whether it’s in accord with His Word, or as though God does things differently from the God Who spoke to Moses. Yahweh is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The same Creator in the New Testament times is the same Creator as in the Old Testament times. The LORD is patient and not desirous that anyone should perish (2nd Peter 3: 9), but He does have a schedule, and time is fast running out (Acts 17: 31). People need to be warned that there will come a time when prayers will not be accepted (from Jeremiah- ‘do not pray for this people’). Some people may not think that God is that harsh. How long will one expect to wait before time runs out? Do people think either that all wicked people are going to die and just cease to exist, or that they will get another chance? This is not what the Bible teaches.
Romans 13:11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
2nd Corinthians 6:2 For he says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2nd Timothy 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
Does it appear to be a time of difficulties?