Tag: hand of the Lord
Scripture reading for May 20th: Acts 11, Psalm 100, Proverbs 7
Key Scriptures: Acts 11:19-21 “Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the Word to no one except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.”
Persecution broke out against the believers in Jerusalem following the stoning of Stephen. The believers were scattered and wherever they went, they ended up sharing the Word of Jesus Christ. Some spoke only to other Jews, but others spoke to Gentiles. God’s anointing was evident in that many believed and turned in repentance and faith to Jesus Christ as Lord.
Faith Confession: I believe that God’s Word is powerful to save both Jew and Gentile. Lord, let Your anointing and hand be upon me as I share each day. Let many turn to You in repentance and faith.
Psalm 100: 1-3 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”
Scripture reading for August 29th: Ezekiel 40-43
“Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with His glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when he came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell face down. The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east. The the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” Ezekiel 43:1-5
Ezekiel had been taken with the “hand of the Lord” upon him to the city of Jerusalem. (Ezekiel 40:1) This time Ezekiel found a heavenly being with an appearance that glowed like bronze with a linen cord and measuring rod in his hand. This ‘man’ proceeded to measure everything in the temple and surrounding area, showing Ezekiel that the temple had been precisely rebuilt and restored.
Ezekiel next had a vision of Glory returning! The land was radiant with the glowing fire. The Lord was speaking like roaring waters! He saw the glory of the Lord enter the temple where it had departed, through the East gate! Suddenly, Ezekiel found himself inside the temple and it was filled with the glory of the Lord! (Ezekiel 43:3-5)
From inside the temple, a voice spoke to him, “Son of Man, this is the place of My throne and the place for My feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever.” (Ezekiel 43:7) Ezekiel was told that he was to describe the temple to the Israelites. If they would repent of their sins, God would reveal the design of the temple to them! (Ezekiel 43:10-11)
This beautiful restored temple is currently composed of living stones. God’s glory fills each stone as they look to Jesus Christ, who baptizes them in His Holy Spirit with a deposit of heavenly glory! They now know Him and His laws are written on their hearts and God has forgiven their sins and remembers them no more. (Ezekiel 36:24-27) (Jeremiah 31:31-34) One day we will behold His glory from within the heavenly city and temple forever and ever!
Scripture reading for May 3rd: Ezra 1-3
The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1
Are you worried when the politician of the ‘wrong’ party gets into office! Are you concerned when a leader may not make decisions you agree with or like. Even then, God is in control of pagan kings and He can turn their hearts to do His work. We are to pray for our leaders and trust the Lord to turn their hearts to do His will!
Cyrus, King of Persia was named by the prophet Isaiah as the one God would choose to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 44:26-28) This prophetic word occurred over 15o years before in 688 B.C. when Babylon was the ruling world power. Cyrus began fulfilling this prophesy by making the decree in 538 B.C. to rebuild the temple. (Ezra 1:2-4) He released Jews who wanted to go and was generous with them. He sent 5400 articles made of gold and silver from the temple which had been taken by King Nebuchadnezzar some 70 years earlier! (Ezra 1:9-10)
Ezra listed the numbers of people who returned as well. Priest, Levites, singers, gatekeepers and temple servants were all accounted for. The whole company was 42,360 Israelites, not counting servants. (Ezra 2:64-67) King Cyrus was generous with the people of God as well!
As we look at what transpired after the decreed 70 years of captivity (Jeremiah 29:10), we are amazed at how accurately God predicted what would happen and how and when it would come about! God is able to turn the hearts of those in leadership. It doesn’t matter if they are believers or not. It doesn’t matter what their background or nationality. God knows each person and uses them to fulfill His purposes.
Take time today and pray for our nation and it’s leadership. We are far from where God wants us to be and our leaders are doing things that are contrary to God’s word and will. Remember how God uses leaders and nations. When His people pray, He hears and acts. “The heart of the king (president, judge, senator, congressman) is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse where ever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1