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God’s treasured possession!

Scripture reading for March 12th:  Deuteronomy 25-27, Luke 7

Key Scriptures:  Deuteronomy 26:17-19  “You have declared today that the Lord is your God, and that you will walk in His ways and Keep His statutes and His commandments and His rules, and will obey His voice.  And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for His treasured possession, as He has promised you, and that you are to keep all His commandments, and that He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that He has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.”  

God declared in the hearing of all the people His covenant commitment to the nation of Israel.  The people declared their allegiance to God in obedience to His law and voice.  God promised He would honor His people and set them high above all the nations and that they would be holy.  God would work out His plans in His time.

Luke 7:26-27  “What then did you go out to see?  A prophet?  Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.  This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send My messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for treasuring the souls of men and making a plan to prepare a way of redemption through Your Son, Jesus.  May I value what You see as valuable this day.  Amen.

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His name is “John”!

Scripture reading for March 15th: Luke 1:57-80, Psalms 58:1-11, Proverbs 11:12-13

Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, had been struck dumb, unable to talk, since he was told by an angel that his old and barren wife would have a child.  Zechariah had been offering incense and prayers in the Holy Place at the altar of incense when this visitation took place.  (Luke 1:11-20) Now the baby had arrived and the time for dedication and naming was at hand.  Evidently, family members were helping select a name and were considering naming him ‘Zechariah’ after his father.  (Luke 1:59)  The mother, Elizabeth, spoke up and stated that his name would be “John”.

The relatives made some signs to Zechariah to see what he wanted and he took a table and wrote emphatically, “His name is John”. He then could talk and began praising God, something that he hadn’t been able to do for the entire time of the pregnancy!  This supernatural event caused quite a stir among the people of that region and they wondered about what was happening.  (Luke 1:62-66)

Zechariah was then filled with the Holy Spirit and began to prophesy: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come and has redeemed His people.  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David (as He said through His holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us–to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath He swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, to enable us to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.  And you, my child will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him,. . .” (Luke 1:68-76)

At the birth of his son, Zechariah’s mouth was opened to prophesy and praise God.  Through him, God  foretold the coming of the Lord and John’s preparatory work of repentance.  The long-awaited ‘Redeemer’ was at hand and John would prepare the way. God’s plans are worked out through simple men and women who by faith allow the Lord to use them.   Are you available today to “prepare the way for the Lord” by sharing Christ’s love and Gospel?

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Preparing the way!

Scripture reading for March 13th: Luke 1:1-25, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8

Luke was a Greek doctor who became a follower of Jesus Christ.  He wrote a detailed account of the life of Jesus that we now know as the Gospel of Luke.  He followed this with Acts,  a history of the early church from Pentecost through the spread of the Gospel to Rome by the Apostle Paul.  Luke’s theme  in his Gospel was:  “Jesus the Son of Man”.  (Luke 3:23-37)  Luke knew mans physical needs from his life work.  He wrote about the One who could heal not only bodies, but broken souls as well!

Luke begins his account with the supernatural announcement of a coming pregnancy and birth to a couple who had been barren but prayed for a child.  Zechariah was a Levite who served in the temple and his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.  They had served faithfully and were getting older.  Zechariah was chosen by lot to offer incense before the Lord at the Altar of Incense in the temple.  As he was performing this duty, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and spoke. “Do not be afraid, Zechariah: you prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.  He will be a joy and a delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.  He is never to take wine, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.  Many people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.  And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Repentance prepares the way for Christ’s grace and rule!  Without repentance, there is no forgiveness of sin.  At that time, the world was filled with broken families, dead religion, and disobedience to the Lord.  The first step back to God was awakening the people’s hearts to their desperate need to turn back to God.  There is the same need today.   Jesus is coming soon!  Are you ready to see Him?

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