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Thankful for strong preachers!

Scripture reading for October 17th:  Matthew 12-16

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 12:39-41  “He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!  But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented a the preaching of Jonah, and now One greater than Jonah is here.””

The Son of God, Jesus Christ used the prophet Jonah as an example of strong preaching and as a type of His own life, death and resurrection.  The Ninevites repented in sack-cloth and ashes at Jonah’s preaching and were spared God’s imminent wrath .  The people listening to the Son of God would be condemned for their lack of response by the people of Nineveh!  Jesus would give them the ultimate miraculous sign, resurrection from the grave after three days!

Thankful for powerful preachers:  “But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.”  (Jonah 1:17)  “Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. . . . .He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.”  The Ninevites believed God.  they declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sack-cloth.”  (Jonah 3:3-5)

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Miracles, Prosperity, and Pride

Scripture reading for May 1st: 2nd Chronicles 29-32

King Hezekiah was another godly king of Judah who did much to be commended for.  God blessed  him greatly with wealth and prosperity and gave him guidance through the prophet Isaiah.  The record of his life in these last few chapters of Chronicles tells of both the good and the bad.  One of the lessons of his life is that miracles and prosperity carry a hidden danger of pride which can cause one’s downfall.

Hezekiah saw some great miracles.  He began his rule by restoring the Temple of the Lord which had fallen into disrepair because of neglect. When finished, he and the people celebrated with a huge offering and God was pleased.   (2nd Chronicles 29:36)“Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for His people, because it was done so quickly.”

Hezekiah restored the Passover celebration and encouraged the people to give their tithes.  They obeyed and brought in such an abundance from their fields and flocks that the priests had plenty.  The Lord greatly blessed the people of God for their obedience.  This was another miracle brought about because of obedience and seeking to follow the Lord.

Hezekiah also witnessed a great deliverance from Sennacherib, king of Assyria.  He laid siege to Judah and Jerusalem.   Hezekiah stopped up the Gihon spring and supplied the city with water internally as they looked to the Lord for help.  God answered their prayers and Sennacherib’s army was destroyed and  withdrew!  What a miracle!  (2nd Chronicles 32:20-23)
Hezekiah’s final miracle occurred when he became ill and was told that he would die.  He cried out to the Lord and God granted him another 15 years.  God gave him a sign that was incredible–the shadow of the sun moved backwards!  (2nd Chronicles 32:24)  (2nd Kings 20:11) His near-death experience happened because his heart had become proud!

Hezekiah was tested again by God withdrawing from him to test his heart.  (2nd Chronicles 32:31)  Hezekiah showed the envoys from Babylon all his riches and vast holdings.  This was very prideful and unwise and led to God’s judgment in Judah being proclaimed.  Riches and honor and the miraculous do not keep us on the right track.  Our hearts must guard against Satan’s trap of pride!  God is concerned with what is in our hearts more than what we own!

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