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Revealed through the Word!

Scripture reading for April 4th:  1st Samuel 3-5, Luke 24

Key Scriptures:  Luke 24:22-27  “Moreover, some women of our company amazed us.  They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find His body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive.  Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.”  And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?”  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

Jesus revealed His identity to His followers through His Holy Word!  It was difficult to have faith with just sight, revelation through the Word brings faith and love!

1st Samuel 3:19,21  “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.  . .  And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the Word of the Lord.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the faith and revelation that comes through Your holy Word.  Reveal Yourself to me today.  Amen.

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Justified by Faith

Scripture reading for November 19th: Romans 4-5

Man’s greatest need is righteousness.  His biggest obstacle is sin in his life that brings God’s wrath if nothing is done.  Paul had declared that all had sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  (Romans 3:23)  Every person has a sin problem that needs attention but man himself cannot fix the problem.  No amount of good works or human effort can eliminate the problem and it’s consequences.  The gospel reveals the answer that comes to each person by faith!

Faith comes by simply trusting God.  When we trust God through Christ, our faith is credited to us as righteousness. (Romans 4:5)  This is what we call justification by faith.   The Jews thought that they could earn God’s favor by keeping the law and being circumcised.  Paul showed them that Abraham was declared righteous by God before he was circumcised.  Abraham lived about 500 years before Moses received the law.  It could not have been through keeping the law that Abraham was declared righteous.  It was by believing God when God promised to give Abraham and his wife a son in their old age.

You might say that Abraham was the first to have “resurrection faith”.   “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” (Romans 4:19-21)  Abraham did not deny the physical fact of his or his wife’s body’s age and condition.  They were “dead” as far as childbirth.  But Abraham so put his trust in God’s ability to do whatever was necessary to give them a child that he considered it done.  This faith so pleased God, that they were “resurrected” to living sexual ability and conceived a child as a result of faith in God’s ability!

All who trust in Jesus Christ are made righteous by faith.  We are justified in God’s sight, and no longer under His wrath.  We have peace with God having gained access to the grace that saves us.  (Romans 5:1-5)  God’s love is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.  Faith makes righteousness available to all who will simply believe!

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My Redeemer Lives!

Scripture reading for May 25th: Job 18-19

The fate of the wicked is something that man has often contemplated.  In Job 18, Bildad the Shuhite summarized the thinking of his day about what would happen to those who died in wickedness.  Bildad knew of the law of sowing and reaping, and men who sowed evil and would reap sudden judgment.  His hope was to get Job to repent and avoid judgment.

Bildad believed that after death, the wicked would have their skin eaten off and be turned over to the “king of terrors”.  Fire would reside in their tent and burning sulfur in their dwelling.  (Job 18:12-15)  The wicked person’s memory would be erased from the earth and none of his offspring would remain among the people.   This would be the fate of those who refused to know or acknowledge God.  By implication, Bildad thought that Job was such a man who had already lost his offspring from among men and was reaping a harvest of judgment.

Job had patiently endured these attacks ten times from his friend.  (Job 19:3)  He acknowledged that he had no answers from God and only rejection and scorn from his friends.  In all of this, he begged for pity from his friends, but got none!  Job longed to have his words written down.  (Job 19:23-34)  He got this prayer answered and many others!

Job then made one of the most famous statements of faith in all of Scripture.  Out of the midst of this terrible trial, from inside him came revelation!  “I know my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes–I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)  Job’s heart was burning for His Redeemer!  He knew of God’s plan of resurrection and seeing this Redeemer face to face!

God sustains His people through revelation.  Jesus Christ is the “Redeemer” that Job was longing for over 2000 years before He appeared on the earth as a man.  He is the firstborn from the dead, the “Resurrected” one who promises resurrection life to all who trust in Him!  He is coming again and we will see Him!  Even if we die, we will be raised to life eternal and live with Him forever!

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