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The eyes of the Lord!

Scripture reading for April 14th: 2nd Kings 13-17

God the Father is Spirit and He has the ability to see and know all things.  The writers of Scripture often speak of the “eyes” of the Lord.  God’s eyes are able to see in different ways than our eyes function.  His eyes are able to penetrate into the depths of our thoughts and motives.  His eyes see what we think we are doing in secret.  His eyes can see in the darkness as if it is daylight and no detail escapes Him.  His eyes are able to weigh good and evil and make righteous judgments.

As we read through the stories of the various kings of Israel and Judah, we have one of two remarks that are repeated time and again.  If the king was good, the writer states that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:3)  If the king was wicked, the writer states that “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:9)  Those kings who obeyed the Lord and sought to walk in honor of Him were seen by the Lord and rewarded accordingly.  God’s eyes are always watching for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him so that He can show himself strong on their behalf.  (2nd Chronicles 16:9)

We would also do well to remember the “eyes of the Lord”.  God is watching us as well!  David asked God to keep him as the  “apple of His eye”.  (Psalms 17:8)  God told Solomon that His eyes and heart would always be in the Temple he had built. (1st Kings 9:3)  We are now the living stones of the new Temple built by the greater son of David and Solomon!  God’s keeping eye is upon us today.  He looks in love upon us because of His Son.  Take a moment to look up today and thank God for his marvelous eyes!   If you love Jesus, He’s smiling as He looks at you!

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;” Psalm 34:15

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The Apple of His Eye!

Scripture reading for September 28th: Zechariah 1-2

God considers those who belong to Him by faith to be the apple of His eye.  Sin had caused the scattering of Israel to Babylon for seventy years, but God had earlier promised a restoration.  (Jeremiah 25:12)  He would shake the nations and cause His people to return again.  The seventy years captivity was a result of God’s word overtaking the people.  When people violate God’s commands, the promises of judgment will surely come true.  If they would obey God, then promises of blessing and protection would surely overtake them, for God watches over His word to perform it!  (Jeremiah 1:12)

God promised to rebuild Jerusalem and restore the people to their land.  (Zechariah 1:16-17)   The rebuilding of the city would be unusual.  It was to be a city without walls because of the large number of people and animals!  God, Himself, would be a wall of fire around the city assuring its protection.  God would also be the glory within the city. (Zechariah 2:4-5)   Jerusalem would be the dwelling place of God!

God’s people were to flee from Babylon and return to Jerusalem.  God was going to punish the nations that had plundered them.  They were among the most powerful on the earth, but all would know that the Lord was God when He avenged His people!  (Zechariah 2:6-9)

“”Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion,  for I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord.  “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become My people.  I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.”” (Zechariah 2:10-11)

The prophet declared that the Lord, Himself, was coming to live among them in Jerusalem.  There would be great joy when this happened and many nations would be joined to the Lord in that day and become His people.  This is a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ coming to live with His people.  His life and ministry caused a great stir and much joy for those who believed in Him.  He lived among His people and they beheld His glory!  (John 1:14)  His coming brought light to the Gentiles and many nations were drawn to Him. (Matthew 4:12-17)  His miracles and teaching confirmed that He was the Messiah, sent from God!  We are truly the “apple of His eye”!

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The Eyes of the Lord!

Scripture reading for April 14: 2nd Kings 13-17

Even though God the Father is Spirit, He has the ability to see and know all things.  The writers of Scripture often speak of the “eyes” of the Lord.  God’s eyes are able to see in different ways than our eyes function.  His eyes are able to penetrate into the depths of our thoughts and motives.  His eyes see what we think we are doing in secret.  His eyes can see in the darkness as if it is daylight and no detail escapes Him.  His eyes are able to weigh good and evil and make righteous judgments.

As we read through the stories of the various kings of Israel and Judah, we have one of two remarks that are repeated time and again.  If the king was good, the writer states that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:3)  If the king was wicked, the writer states that “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord”. (2nd Kings 15:9)  Those kings who obeyed the Lord and sought to walk in honor of Him were seen by the Lord and rewarded accordingly.  God’s eyes are always watching for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him so that He can show himself strong on their behalf.  (2nd Chronicles 16:9)

We would also do well to remember the “eyes of the Lord”.  God is watching us as well!  David asked God to keep him as the  “apple of His eye”.  (Psalms 17:8)  God told Solomon that His eyes and heart would always be in the Temple he had built. (1st Kings 9:3)  We are now the living stones of the new Temple built by the greater son of David and Solomon!  God’s keeping eye is upon us today.  He looks in love upon us because of His Son.  He lives and dwells with us and in us by His Holy Spirit.  He is with us always to watch over His Word and bring it to pass in our lives as well.  Take a moment to look up today and thank God for his marvelous eyes!

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;” Psalm 34:15

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