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The blessed man!

Scripture reading for June 3: Psalms 1-6

The Book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the Hebrew people and was used in worship and prayer.  The word “psalm” denotes a “song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument.”  These psalms had at least seven different authors and were written over nearly a thousand years, from the time of Moses to the return from exile in Babylon.  David was one of the primary authors of the psalms, and many reflect his own prayers, worship, fears, and desires as he experienced life in all it’s emotional ups and downs! 

The first psalm was about a man who is blessed by God.  The blessed person doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked.  He also doesn’t stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  How does the blessed man know what wickedness is? Who is a sinner and what is a mocker? This man knows because he delights in the law of the Lord!  He meditated on that law day and night.  From that law he clearly understood good and evil, righteousness and wickedness. 

The blessed man was described as a tree planted by streams of water.  This tree was always bearing fruit and leafy and green because it’s roots were well-supplied with moisture and nutrients.  Even when it was dry and hot, water from underground brought productivity.  God abundantly supplied this man because of the Word he meditated on.  What an encouraging picture to begin worship with!

This blessed man was contrasted with the wicked man.  The wicked man was pictured as the chaff off of the wheat, that the wind blows away.  It was only good for burning.  Just like the chaff that was separated from the wheat by the wind, so the sinner and wicked man will not stand in the time of God’s judgment!  They will be separated from the assembly of the righteous and blessed!  God watches over the righteous to protect and reward them.  God will also make sure the wicked perish.

How does this psalm point us to Jesus Christ? In what way or ways does this psalm help you in worship and joyful living? What doctrines are being taught in this first worship psalm? Does worship have a place in teaching doctrine?

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John’s Prophetic Word!

Scripture reading for July 20th: 2nd Chronicles 19-20, 2nd Kings 1, Psalm 20, Matthew 3

Key Scriptures: Matthew 3:11-12 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”

John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, was called by God to a prophetic ministry in Israel similar to that of Elijah. John, dressed in camel’s hair with a leather belt, called all people to repentance in preparation for the coming Messiah. The repentance was acted out through water baptism by all who received his message. But John spoke of the One coming after him, Who would be greater than him. This One would baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire! He would gather His wheat into the barn but burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. The Messiah would be judge of all!

Psalm 20:6 “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer Him from His holy heaven with the saving might of His right hand.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. Purify my heart and life today and empower me to proclaim Jesus as Messiah and Lord.

1st Kings 1:8 “They answered him, “He wore a garment of hair, with a belt of leather about his waist.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.””

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Wheat in His Barn!

Scripture reading for March 13th:  Numbers 30-33, Psalm 35, Luke 3

Key Scriptures: Luke 3:15-17  “As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but He who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in His hand, to clear His threshing floor and to gather the wheat into His barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.””

God had raised up John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin as a prophetic voice to prepare the people for Jesus’ ministry.  Many asked if John might be the long-awaited “Christ.”  John’s answer was a firm “No!”  The Christ would be mightier than John and would have a better baptism.  John baptized with water, but the Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.  He would have the power and wisdom to separate people as a farmer separates the wheat from the chaff.  ‘Wheat’ would be in His ‘barn’ but the ‘chaff’ burned in unquenchable fire!

Leviticus 31:21-23 “”This is the  statute of the law that the Lord has commanded Moses:  only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead, everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean.”

Psalm 35:5  “Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away.” 

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for baptizing me with the Holy Spirit and fire.  Guide me in Your path that I might be pure and holy in Your glorious presence, like wheat in Your barn.

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The Holy Spirit and Fire!

Scripture reading for January 3rd: Matthew 3, Psalms 2:7-12, Proverbs 1:15-19

“I baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  His winnowing fork is in His hand and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:11-12)

John the Baptist was the last prophet in the Old Testament who came in the spirit and mold of Elijah.  (Malachi 4:5-6)  Malachi had spoken of him in his last word over 400 years earlier.  John came calling people to repentance and insisting that everyone needed to be baptized.  Baptism was something that new converts to Judaism were called to do, but John insisted that all needed it.  This angered the religious establishment but drew huge crowds of hungry people who were hoping to prepare themselves spiritually for the coming Messiah.

John told of the One coming after him!  This One would bring a new baptism, the Holy Spirit and fire!  As we seek to prepare ourselves for this new year, we would do well to seek Jesus for a fresh baptism or filling with the precious Holy Spirit!  The fire was a symbol of the presence of God.  Natural fire brought heat, light, and energy to those close to it; the fire of the Holy Spirit brings a holy energy to be a witness for the Lord.  The fire of God’s amazing love will burn hot in those so baptized and they will share their love of Jesus and God’s love in them with those who have not heard!

It is interesting to note that Jesus is pictured by John with an instrument of harvest in his hands.  His purpose is to gather His wheat into the barn.  The wheat represents those who are believers in Christ and have the kernel of the Holy Spirit and God’s life in them.  The barn represents God’s Kingdom and rule.  Those who are “chaff”, have no life in them and are only fit for the unquenchable fire!  The baptism of Jesus with the Holy Spirit and Fire is ours for the asking!  (Luke 11:9-13)  Don’t go another day without this precious gift!

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