Tag: treasured possession
Scripture reading for March 25th: Deuteronomy 23-26, Luke 11
Key Scriptures: Luke 11:27-28 “As He said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed!” But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.””
Jesus had cast a demon out of a man that was mute and the man began to speak. The crowd was amazed but some accused Jesus of casting out spirits by the power of the devil. Jesus explained that the devil would not cast out the devil–it would be a house divided. People freed from demons must be careful to fill their souls with God or worse would happen. Blessed people are those who hear God’s Word and obey it! They are His ‘treasured possession’ and close relative.
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord, thank You for Your Holy Word that is for my instruction and cleansing. Help me today to find those who need deliverance and freedom and I will share Your Word of freedom. You consider them ‘treasured possessions!’
Deuteronomy 26:18-19 “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.”
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.
Scripture reading for January 23rd: Exodus 19-23
Key Scriptures: Exodus 19:3-6 “Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob. . .’You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.'”
God, by His grace, picked Abraham and formed a nation of people. He made a covenant with this group of people to dwell in their midst and be their God and they would be His people. If they obeyed Him fully, they would His treasured possession and a kingdom of Holy priests!
Cause for rejoicing: Through faith in Jesus Christ, we have been made into a holy people and are a kingdom of priests set apart to God with His presence dwelling in us! “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1st Peter 2:9)
Scripture reading for October 5th: Malachi 1-4
“You have said harsh thing against Me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, ‘what have we said against You?'” “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out His requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evil-doers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.'” (Malachi 3:13-15)
In times of trouble and apostasy, it is easy for God’s people to begin to think that they don’t count for much. Evil is prospering everywhere and wicked people seem to get by with murder and stealing. Even those in the church who are complacent seem to be getting by. What profit is there in going to church and serving God anyway? This was a question of the people in Malachi’s day.
“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name.” “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day I take up my treasured possession. I will spare them just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” (Malachi 3:16-18)
There were some who continued to trust God. They met together and encouraged one another to stay strong. God was listening to them and making a note of each person! It is encouraging to know that God is interested in the faithful! He is a God of encouragement and hope and lets the faithful know it! (Romans 15:13) God promises help for the faithful! They will escape the coming judgment. There will be a visible difference between the righteous and the wicked on that coming day!
“‘Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble and that day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty. . . .’But you who revere My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. . . .Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet when I do these things,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 4:1-3)
Scripture reading for February 27th: Deuteronomy 21-26
Everyone needs encouragement and God offers that to His children. In the New Testament, He is known as a God of hope and encouragement! (Romans 15:5-6) His word also gives hope and encouragement to His people and as Moses ends this second message, he speaks a wonderful word of encouragement.
“You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in His ways, that you will keep His decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey Him. And the Lord has declared this day that you are His people, His treasured possession as He promised, and that you are to keep all His commands. He has declared that He will set you in praise, fame, and honor high above all the nations He has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He has promised.” (Deuteronomy 26:17-19)
This conclusion sums up the covenant promises and conditions that each party verbally agreed to do. God’s people promised to walk in God’s ways and keep His laws and fully obey Him. They willingly offered their pledge of faithfulness. God, Himself, adopted the Israelites as His very own people. In fact, they were his treasured possession. God kept them as a man would keep a very special treasure. He would guard them and watch over them with great care.
God further promised to set His people above the other nations and give them praise and fame and honor. This praise and fame and honor would come from their “holiness”. They would be whole because obedience to God’s law brings perfect love and healing into our life. Those who fully followed and obeyed the Lord would enjoy exaltation by the Lord Himself!
It is interesting to note that God’s people failed to fully keep the law. Only Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came from this set-apart nation would be able to do this. Because He did, He was set on high above all and given a name above every name. (Philippians 2:8-11) When we put our trust in Jesus Christ, we become God’s treasured possession too! “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1st Peter 2:9)