Tag: God of the Living

The Living God Who Speaks

Scripture reading for January 17th:  Genesis 30-31, Mark 12, Psalm 11

Key Scriptures:  Mark 12:26-27  “”And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?  He is not God of the dead, but of the living.  You are quite wrong.””

Genesis 31:11-13  “Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob’, and I said, “Here I am!’  And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.  I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to Me.  Now arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred.'”

The carnal mind, even religious mind, has an impossible dilemma in believing the truths of Scripture.  The Bible declares that God is, He was, and He is to come.  He is ever alive and present with His people and able to speak to them when they are humble enough to listen.  The Sadducees were a religious sect of Israel that would not believe in the supernatural.  They denied a future life and only embraced the books of Moses.  Jesus rebuked them from the book they claimed to believe!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for speaking to Your people and giving rebuke to those who hold false beliefs.  Help me to walk with You today and speak to me from Your Word.  I long to see Your face!

Psalm 11:7 “For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face.” 

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The God of the Living!

Scripture reading for April 21st: Luke 20:27-47

Are we eternal beings or just here on earth by time and chance?  What happens when we die? Will there be life after death?   If so, what will life after death be like?   Jesus had such a discussion with the Saducees in today’s reading.  These Saducees were sad you see, because they did not believe in the resurrection or heaven! (Luke 20:27)

These religious leaders called the Saducees were the ancient equivalent of the anti-supernatural believers of our day.  They had trouble in thinking about the subject of resurrection because when a person died, it looked to them that it was all over.  The body went into the ground and when a person was dead, they were gone forever!  This view has serious implications for how we live our lives here on earth.

They came to Jesus to debate this question and try and trap Him.  They asked about a situation where a man who was married had seven brothers.  He passed away and according to the Law of Moses, a brother was to marry the widow and have children for his dead brother.  In their story, each died in turn after having married the widow, until all seven and the widow had died and  left no children.  Their question for Jesus was: “Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” (Luke 20:33)

“Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.  But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry or be given in marriage, and they can no longer die: for they are like the angels.  They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection.  …He is not the God of the dead, but of the living,  for to Him all are alive.” (Luke 20:34-36,38)

Jesus challenged their lack of faith in the resurrection.  He explained that those who would take part in that age and the resurrection were alive.  He explained from the books of Moses that God was the God of the living and Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were alive!  Have you accepted God’s offer to be a “child of the resurrection?”  Today is the best day to respond by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ!

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The power of God!

Scripture reading for February 1st: Matthew 22:23-46, Psalm 21, Proverbs 6:1-19

Today’s reading tells of a group of Sadducees who came to Jesus to test Him.  The Sadducees were what we might describe as non-charismatic Jews of Jesus’ day.  They did not believe in miracles and especially the resurrection of the dead.  For them, this was not reasonable and was just superstitious.  They contrasted with the Pharisees who did believe in miracles and the resurrection of the dead.  These Sadducees had what they thought was an question that would prove Jesus was not the Messiah.

Their question concerned the teaching of Moses where if a man died without having children, his brother was to marry his widow and have children for his brother.  They proposed that this happened to a widow who had been married to seven brothers who had all died without producing children.  (Matthew 22:23-32) (Deuteronomy 25:5-6)  Their question for Jesus was, “Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?” (Matthew 22:27)

“Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.  At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.  But about the resurrection of the dead–have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?  He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” ” (Matthew 22:29-32)   Jesus turned their question into a time of teaching for them.  He gave them truth to help their understanding but did not fall into the trap that they had designed.  He took the Scripture and clearly showed that God viewed the patriarchs as alive.  The greater need was not to argue about issues of heaven, but to believe in resurrection and eternal life!

God’s power is sufficient to meet our every need.  If we have honest questions, God can help us with answers.  He has given us His Word to know truth and to bring faith alive in our hearts.  We must take Him at His word and believe!  All who come to God must believe that He is alive and rewards those who seek Him!  (Hebrews 11:6)  Many are like the Sadducee s, sad because they don’t believe the Scriptures or the power of God!

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God of the Living!

Scripture reading for April 21st: Luke 20:27-47

Are we eternal beings or just here on earth by time and chance?  What happens when we die? Will there be life after death?   If so, what will life after death be like?   Jesus had such a discussion with the Saducees in today’s reading.  These Saducees were sad you see, because they did not believe in the resurrection or heaven! (Luke 20:27)

These religious leaders called the Saducees were the ancient equivalent of the anti-supernatural believers of our day.  They had trouble in thinking about the subject of resurrection because when a person died, it looked to them that it was all over.  The body went into the ground and when a person was dead, they were gone forever!  This view has serious implications for how we live our lives here on earth.

They came to Jesus to debate this question and try and trap Him.  They asked about a situation where a man who was married had seven brothers.  He passed away and according to the Law of Moses, a brother was to marry the widow and have children for his dead brother.  In their story, each died in turn after having married the widow, until all seven and the widow had died and  left no children.  Their question for Jesus was: “Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” (Luke 20:33)

“Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.  But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry or be given in marriage, and they can no longer die: for they are like the angels.  They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection.  …He is not the God of the dead, but of the living,  for to Him all are alive.” (Luke 20:34-36,38)

Jesus challenged their lack of faith in the resurrection.  He explained that those who would take part in that age and the resurrection were alive.  He explained from the books of Moses that God was the God of the living and Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were alive!  Have you accepted God’s offer to be a “child of the resurrection?”  Today is the best day to respond by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ!

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The Power of God and Scripture!

Scripture reading for February 1st: Matthew 22:23-46, Psalm 21, Proverbs 6:1-19

Today’s reading tells of a group of Sadducees who came to Jesus to test Him.  The Sadducees were what we might describe as non-charismatic Jews of Jesus’ day.  They did not believe in miracles and especially the resurrection of the dead.  For them, this was not reasonable and was just superstitious.  They contrasted with the Pharisees who did believe in miracles and the resurrection of the dead.  These Sadducees had what they thought was an question that would prove Jesus was not the Messiah.

Their question concerned the teaching of Moses where if a man died without having children, his brother was to marry his widow and have children for his brother.  They proposed that this happened to a widow who had been married to seven brothers who had all died without producing children.  (Matthew 22:23-32) (Deuteronomy 25:5-6)  Their question for Jesus was, “Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?” (Matthew 22:27)

“Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.  At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.  But about the resurrection of the dead–have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?  He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” ” (Matthew 22:29-32)   Jesus turned their question into a time of teaching for them.  He gave them truth to help their understanding but did not fall into the trap that they had designed.  He took the Scripture and clearly showed that God viewed the patriarchs as alive.  The greater need was not to argue about issues of heaven, but to believe in resurrection and eternal life!

God’s power is sufficient to meet our every need.  If we have honest questions, God can help us with answers.  He has given us His Word to know truth and to bring faith alive in our hearts.  We must take Him at His word and believe!  All who come to God must believe that He is alive and rewards those who seek Him!  (Hebrews 11:6)  Many are like the Sadducees, sad because they don’t believe the Scriptures or the power of God!

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