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Shouts of Joy!

Scripture reading for June 28th:  Psalm 102-106

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 105:43-45  “He brought out His people with rejoicing, His chosen ones with shouts of joy; He gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for–that they might keep His precepts and observe His laws.  Praise the Lord.”

The psalmist has remembered the greet deeds of the Lord for His people when He delivered them from slavery and bondage in Egypt.  This evokes praise and worship and causes him to seek the Lord and glory in every aspect of His provision for His people.  Rejoicing and shouts of joy filled the people of God as they were blessed with God’s grace of deliverance and given the land of Israel as their inheritance!  Even the memory caused shouts of joy!

Shouts of joy among God’s people:  “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:  “Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!”  (Revelation 19:6-7)

 

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Redeemed from the curse!

Scripture reading for August 18th:  Galatians 3

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 3:11-14  “Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.”  The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.”  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written; “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”  

Those that were under the law were also under the curses of the law found in Deuteronomy 28:16-68.  These curses would overtake those who lived in sin by breaking God’s laws and commands.  No one could be justified by the law, because no one could keep the law because of their sin natures.  But Jesus Christ, Son of God, came to earth and was not tainted by a sin nature because of His virgin birth.  He, through the Holy Spirit, perfectly obeyed God’s law and offered Himself to redeem sinful man from the curse of sin and resulting eternal death!  Hallelujah!  We are redeemed and marked by the Holy Spirit for eternal life!

Observations for over-comers:  Living by faith in Jesus Christ is to live in freedom from the curse of sin and eternal death and shout the victory to all who will listen.  “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:  “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!  The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lords right hand has done mighty things!  I will not die but live and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”  (Psalm 118:15-17)

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“It is Finished!”

Scripture reading for May 2nd:  John 19

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  John 19:28-30  “Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”  A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.  When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”  With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” 

Jesus had been on the cross for about six hours, the last three in darkness that had come over the land.  His body was dehydrated but He was fully conscious and knew that His work was done.  He knew that nearly everything in Scripture had been fulfilled concerning His life and sacrificial death.  The one thing remaining was the wine vinegar! (Psalm 69:21)  He cried out that He was thirsty, and the drink was provided.  One last bitter drink, and the cup of suffering for our sins was complete!  Jesus last words, “It is finished!”, were a cry of victory in completing the suffering and death necessary for salvation!

Observations for over-comers:  Because Jesus fulfilled Scripture and completed the work of salvation, over-comers can rest in that work and live a life of thankful service and look forward to the King’s return in power and glory!  “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!  The Lord’s Right Hand is lifted high; the Lord’s Right Hand has done mighty things!” “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”  (Psalm 118:15-17) (Psalm that was likely sung as they left the upper room for the Garden of Gethsemane.)

 

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Weeping and Shouting

Scripture reading for May 4th: Ezra 1-3

Ezra was a priest who God raised up to lead in the restoration of spiritual worship in a rebuilt temple.  This book records the return of God’s people to rebuild the temple after the seventy years of captivity.  God’s promise of a return became a  reality under Cyrus, king of Persia.  As we look into this window of the history of God’s people we can get a glimpse of the Lord’s temple building in our own day!

Cyrus, king of Persia, was called by God to send His people back to rebuild their temple.  The decree of Cyrus is recorded in Scripture as a record of God’s faithfulness to His promises and people.  Cyrus knew God as the “God of heaven.”  (Ezra 1:2-4)  He also knew that he was appointed by this God to rebuild the temple.  He asked for willing volunteers and givers to supply the needs for this temple.  God wants people who will act by faith and freely surrender! Cyrus, himself, surrendered 5400 articles of gold and silver taken originally from the house of God to Babylon. (Ezra 1:11)

Scripture records that nearly 50,000 people volunteered to be in the rebuilding party.  The priests Jeshua and Zerubbabel led the people in restoring the altar and offering sacrifices.  They celebrated the feast of Tabernacles as prescribed in the Law of God.  The people were filled with generosity and gave freewill offerings to the Lord.

The next step was to lay the foundation stone of the temple.  The priests were all properly chosen and dressed for this joyous occasion.  Trumpets were blown and cymbals crashed as the people  sang with thanksgiving to the Lord: “He is good; His love to Israel endures forever!” Ezra 3:11  The people shouted and praised the Lord.  However, some who were older and remembered the former temple wept aloud.  There were mixed emotions on this special day!

As we contemplate this scene, we remember the building of the “new temple” of God, the church.  Jesus was the chief cornerstone!  (Ephesians 2:20)  It would be built by those who would freely give themselves to God for His work.  It would be built by freewill offerings in response to Christ’s great love!  As the foundation is laid, some who are looking to the past weep.  Others rejoice at what the Lord is doing today!  The work goes on with mixed emotions!


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