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The oil of joy!

Scripture reading for June 9th:  Psalm 43-47

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 45:6-8  “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of Your kingdom.  You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has set You above your companions by anointing You with the oil of joy.  All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of strings makes you glad.”  

The sons of Korah were Levites assigned to leading worship by song in the temple.  This psalm was composed by them as a coronation song for the King. It extolled the virtues of the King and His Kingdom.  The anointing of the King was with the ‘oil of joy’!  This King would delight in doing God’s will and would love righteousness and hate wickedness!  His robes would smell of that holy anointing oil applied to prepare Him for His death for our sins!  The writer of Hebrews applies these verses to Jesus Christ!  (Hebrews 1:8-9)

Rejoicing in the oil of joy:  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:2)

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Don’t bet on the horses!

Scripture reading for July 27th: Isaiah 31-35

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or seek help from the Lord. Yet He too is wise and can bring disaster, He does not take back His words.  He will rise up against the house of the wicked, against those who help evildoers.  But the Egyptians are men and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out His hand, he who helps will stumble, he who is helped will fall; both will perish together.”  Isaiah 31:1-3

Our city, state and nation are obsessed with gambling.  Our state governor and elected officials are constantly trying to find a way to institute more revenue through gambling.  The state horse racing industry is lobbying hard to add gambling casinos to the racetracks in hopes of snaring more money and preying on those with gambling addictions.  I have been in Kentucky for eight years, and this issue has come up every year.  Oh that the words of God recorded in the prophet Isaiah’s writing would be heard!

Now I know that Isaiah wasn’t writing about gambling.  He wasn’t writing about horse racing either.  He was writing to God’s people who had a tendency to trust in man and man’s ways rather than in the Lord and His ways.  It was a problem in Isaiah’s day and is still a problem today.  Trusting in man and horse-power is folly.  Man and horses are flesh.  The flesh profits us nothing; it is the Spirit that will bring life and peace.  (Romans 8:6-8)  Isaiah went on to tell the people what the real key to all that they needed was.  If they would just fear the Lord, they would have all the treasures of security, righteousness, justice, wisdom and knowledge.  (Isaiah 33:5-6)

If you want a real tip for a winning ticket for life, don’t bet on the horses!  Fear the Lord and humbly trust in Him and He will bless you with all your heart desires and far more!

“The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.  He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” Isaiah 33:5-6

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