Tag: Psalm 20:6

John’s Prophetic Word!

Scripture reading for July 20th: 2nd Chronicles 19-20, 2nd Kings 1, Psalm 20, Matthew 3

Key Scriptures: Matthew 3:11-12 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”

John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, was called by God to a prophetic ministry in Israel similar to that of Elijah. John, dressed in camel’s hair with a leather belt, called all people to repentance in preparation for the coming Messiah. The repentance was acted out through water baptism by all who received his message. But John spoke of the One coming after him, Who would be greater than him. This One would baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire! He would gather His wheat into the barn but burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. The Messiah would be judge of all!

Psalm 20:6 “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer Him from His holy heaven with the saving might of His right hand.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. Purify my heart and life today and empower me to proclaim Jesus as Messiah and Lord.

1st Kings 1:8 “They answered him, “He wore a garment of hair, with a belt of leather about his waist.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.””

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Condemned, Crucified, Raised to Life!

Scripture reading for January 28th:  Matthew 20, Psalm 20, Prov. 20

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 20:17-19  “And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way He said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem.  And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and He will be raised on the third day.”  

Jesus was going to Jerusalem for the last time.  He knew full well what lie ahead and told His disciples plainly what would happen to Him there.  As we read this passage, we can note that it is a faith confession from Jesus.  He stated what He knew was true, from His condemning, mocking, crucifixion to His resurrection from the dead on the third day!  He did this to strengthen His own faith and that of His disciples and ultimately those who would also come to faith through their witness (us).

Faith’s confession:  Jesus, I believe that You were condemned, mocked, crucified and laid in a tomb for three days.  On the third day You rose from the dead!  In Your sacrifice and resurrection I find my life!  (Action step: Personally confess with Jesus the truth of His death and resurrection, renewing Your trust in His saving grace.)

Psalm 20:6  “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.”  



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