Tag: God laughs
Scripture reading for May 29th: Psalm 2-5
Key Scriptures: Psalm 2:1-6 “‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and His Anointed One.’ “Let us break Their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying, “I have installed My King on Zion, My holy hill.”
The psalmist prophetically speaks of a time to come when nations and peoples would plot to overthrow the “Lord and His Anointed One.” The folly of those people viewed God’s laws and decrees as ‘chains’ or ‘fetters’. God’s response was laughter at their folly and resolve to enthrone His King in Zion!
Rejoicing in God’s resolve: About a thousand years later, Peter and believers in the early church quoted Psalm 2:1-2 recorded in Acts 4:25-26 in prayer, rejoicing in God’s power and will! “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against Your Holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed. They did what Your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.” (Acts 4:27-28)
January 9th Scripture Reading: Genesis 21-24
In 1992 while attending a pastor’s conference in California, a man gifted in prophetic ministry gave my wife and me a word from the Lord. He told us we would have children in our later years and that they would be a blessing. Several months later at our home church, a visiting evangelist picked us out of 700 people and gave us the same word. Seven years later, in August of 1999, we traveled to Russia and adopted two daughters! As we had prepared to do this, we had forgotten the words of prophecy. Our son reminded us and I found a copy in my file confirming our decision. God does know the end from the beginning! (Isaiah 42:9)
God promised a son to Abraham and Sarah in their later years. They waited 25 years and the promise finally came to pass. God waited until it was impossible for them to have a child and then did the impossible! Sarah had laughed at the angel’s announcement a year earlier. Abraham named the child “Isaac” which literally means “laughter”. In their old age they experienced the sound of laughter–the laughter of faith. Every time they spoke the child’s name they were reminded of God’s miracle!
Biblical faith always trusts in God and his ability to bring his promises to pass. It is not faith in our ability to believe! When God brings to pass what He promised, laughter is a great response! God has a great sense of humor! He loves making us laugh too! Who wouldn’t want to connect with a God like that!
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead, since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:18-21
Scripture reading for January 2nd: Matthew 2, Psalms 2:1-6, Proverbs 1:8-14
Greetings on this first Sunday morning of 2011! What a joy to begin the year with worship with a community of believers as we start our journey in a new year with new opportunities and challenges! May you find a place to worship today and go with hunger and expectancy that God will speak to you!
Just a note about our readings for today, Psalm 2 is tied with Psalm 110 for the most-quoted Psalm in the New Testament writings. We in America seem to pay little attention to this Psalm and like Psalm 23 and 91 for obvious reasons. This psalm speaks of a spiritual battle that rages even today. This battle concerns the nations and peoples who are opposed to the rule of God and His Son Jesus Christ and God’s plans that are established forever in heaven. God has installed His King while the nations and rulers are gathering together to rebel and break what they consider to be God’s “chains” and “fetters”. God is laughing in derision at their feeble attempts to get rid of His loving rule and His divine law that they consider a “chain”.
This psalm is a prophetic announcement of Jesus Christ, God’s Son and God’s plans for bringing all nations under His rule! It is a prophetic warning against rejecting the Son and the consequences that follow! We would do well to read it carefully and receive the encouragement and warnings. God bless you!
In His Love, Pastor John