Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Nehemiah 6

The Spirit of Discernment is a gift of the Holy Spirit, a very important skill for God's servants as they serve the Lord and His people. There are many Tobiahs and Sanballats in our time, and they are possessing malicious spirit that can destroy the weak and baby Christians inside the church. The focus of malicious spirit is to destroy the life and reputation of the leaders and to spread nasty and evil report, using even the people around the leaders like what happened to Nehemiah. Our reaction should be humility to God, lifting up our hearts to heaven with a prayer; "O God, strengthen my hands" (v9). At the end, the wall was completed in 52 days, ascribing all things to God alone. Remember that the enemies of the gospel has no plan to stop, so we should not cease in doing our walls till the coming of our Great King Jesus Christ... Reading: Nehemiah 6, God bless.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Nehemiah 5

The fear of God and unselfishness were the factors that motivated Nehemiah to promote equality, unity, human rights, God's word, and compassion toward men. In contrast, bad civil and religious leaders were doing usury, oppression, slavery, and exploration. If all Christians will have the same attitude like that of Nehemiah -walking in the fear of God- we will not be either covetous of material gain and neglect our responsibility with fellow Christian. Those who truly fear God will not do any cruel, unfair, and unjust actions. Rather they will honor their brethren, including their leaders. Selfishness and individualism are some evil ingredients that destroy the community of faith. But the fear and love of God in the heart, and true agape of the brethren, will lead to every good work and result... Reading: Nehemiah 5, God bless.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nehemiah 4

Building the walls in Jerusalem in time of Nehemiah can be compared to our experience today as we build our own faith in Christ. We will be insulted by some people, we will not be supported by others, or we will be deserted by some of our friends, but one thing is very very sure, when we put our trust in the Lord, "Our God will fight for us" (v20). As Nehemiah declared, do not be afraid, but always remember the Lord our God because He is great and awesome God. Nehemiah's strategy was one hand with sword and spear, while another hand working to complete the walls. It means one hand to glorify Christ, the other hand to edify the brethren through our ministry. This is the very purpose of our existence, God and His creation... Reading: Nehemiah 4, God bless.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Nehemiah 3

The works to repair the walls and gates of Jerusalem were divided to all families, and each one has its own assignment to be accomplished. There was a division of labor, having no personal interest with one goal. Both men and women were equally working, and no one thought that his or her work was above or below from the other. In the kingdom of God each one was given talent or gift that may be used for the "repair" of its walls; in other words, advancement of the gospel of Christ. And each of us is responsible to finish our task until the end of the age. Some are assigned to do the mission, pastoral, teaching, encouragement, worship, leading, help, etc. Where is your "assigned wall" in the kingdom of God? Are you doing your job faithfully? Reading: Nehemiah 3, God bless.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Nehemiah 2

The walls and gates of Jerusalem were in ruin and the restoration began when the Lord put this burden at the heart of Nehemiah. The ministries always started from the Lord, and He put that vision at the heart of someone whom He had chosen. Nehemiah prayed first to God and the king of Persia encouraged Nehemiah to tell him what was in his mind. As a result, he found favor from the king, but he also met oppositions from the people of the land, the Samaritans. When we are in God's perfect will, we need to believe that He will support our cause and provide our needs. Nehemiah did not do it alone, but shared his burden with other people. At the same time, he faced his opponents who do not have heritage and memory in the works of God. One day we will leave this place but our memory in the book of heaven will always be remembered by the Lord Himself... Nehemiah 2, God bless.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Nehemiah 1

Scattering is one of God's punishments to His unfaithful people. "If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations" (v8). But God's promise will always be true that if they will return and obey His commandments, God will gather them and bring them back to their land. Nehemiah was a cup-bearer and one of the captives in Babylon. He understood the situation and feeling of a person living outside their homeland. Today, millions of people are scattered in all parts of the globe, without knowing the very reason why they were there. Now that we have been brought back by our Lord to the kingdom of God -our eternal homeland- our prayer should be focused on Christ's promise that He came to save us from our sins, and He will never leave us nor forsake us until the end of the age... Nehemiah 1, God bless and Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ezra 10

When the repentant sinners weep for their sins and tremble at the word of God, there is hope that they will forsake their sins. Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and that is the grace of God. For by grace we have been saved! The fasting and prayer of Ezra had touched the very heart of God, and the result was enormous, moved the hearts of his men too. Weeping before God's present is good, but reformation with action is better; and that was what they did. It's hard to understand the act of putting away the pagan wives and children from their homes in modern time, but we have to understand that that is an act 500 years before Christ. It could only be understood in line with the context, their current situation, and conviction with regard to the word of God... Reading: Ezra 10, God bless.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ezra 9

Ezra prayed like the one who had much shame, fear and phobia. The people were guilty, the kings and religious leaders were all responsible for the errors and iniquities of the nation. They had ruined their society and even their children's future. And now, Ezra cried out that they were still guilty for the intermarriage, which God had forbidden all marriages with the heathen people. The holy seed or the purity of the race of God's people has to be protected till the birth of the Holy Savior. Today, the New Testament commanded the followers of Christ not to be unequally yoke together with the unbelievers. We have been redeemed from our sinful nature, and now partakers of the nature of God. It is therefore our role not only to keep ourselves sanctified, but to spread this nature to many in this fallen world... Ezra 9, God bless.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ezra 8

Ezra was a man of knowledge and intellect, but also a man of spirituality. He fasted and humbled himself before God because this is the proper way of doing God's mission. He did not rely in his own power and strategies, but to God's providence who alone can fulfill his vision and plans. At the same time, he worked very hard, used his connections, and did what was right in mobilizing his people. "And the hand of our God was upon us... (v31). For all our concerns about our families, ministries, future plans, etc. it is our duty, by prayer and supplications to commit everything to God. Always ask wisdom of God, and in some occasions, let us avoid anything that will dishonor the name of Jesus, like what Ezra did by refusing military help from the king of Persia.... Ezra 8, God bless.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ezra 6

It is true that there were struggles at the beginning when you do the will of God, however when God's time has come to fulfill His plans, He will raise up the bar and touch the hearts of men where miracles and unexpected things can happen. This chapter wants us to believe that all things are possible to God. It also tells that when the Israelites began to seek the Lord, they separated themselves first from the filth of the surrounding nations (v21). We cannot find God's will while still living in the midst of uncleanness and wicked ways are world. He is holy! As Christ's followers, we are the living temple of God, built by His Son Jesus Christ to bring the message of salvation unto the whole world... Ezra 6, God bless.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ezra 5

Because of oppositions, the construction of the temple was stopped for about 10-20 years, however two prophets of God, Haggai and Zechariah urged the Israelites to move on and continue to finish the  work they had started. The intervention of the prophets show that they were under His favor and protection, God was with them and His power was upon them for the better. As long as God is sending His servants, we have to remember the we are under God's favor and kindness, and that should keep us to reciprocate it and perform our duties unto the Lord. In today's reading, we have witnessed again the oppositions, but God gave them wisdom to counter this resistance. It tells that we must be ready to answer the inquiries that man asked; not on WHAT do we do, but WHY do we do the things that we do... Reading: Ezra 5, God bless.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ezra 4

When God's people had attempted to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, the enemies of the Jews from Samaria stirred up the opposition by frustrating their plans and vision. This is the normal pattern of Satan's strategy to destroy God's plan from the first stage of planning. "Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do" (v2). If God's people are insensitive, they will come and pretend to help, but deep inside their goal is demolition. They might be successful at their first attempt, but if we will follow the persistency of God's servants like  Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Ezra, and the rest of the Israelites, we too will be victorious with the help and guidance of God. Those who love the gospel of Jesus Christ should avoid the appearance of discouragement and evil things, otherwise they are helping the enemies to demoralize our plans and visions. If God is for us, who can be against us... Ezra 4, God bless.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ezra 3

As the returnees progressed in restoring their community, they learned that all things must be started  with God, by offering sacrifices at the Feast of Tabernacles. Indeed, it is better to have God our partner and to keep communion with Him in our plans and projects. When they began building up their ministries, these people are willing to pay the heavy price without delay. They knew that God had called them, and He can provide all things they need even in time of difficulties. And as they laid the foundation of the temple, there was a mixture of emotion; as some shouted for joy, many cried out when they remembered the glory and destruction of the first temple. Praise God for the new hope God gave to His people. For our generation, our relationship with Jesus should not be frustrated by our past. Let us move on to continue on what God has done in us, and build a new life that will give glory to His Holy Name... Ezra 3, God bless.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ezra 2

The Bible shows the importance of relationship and genealogy for the Israelites. Those who can establish their family connection can return easily and be part of the kingdom, however, it would be hard for others if they could not identify their father's house whether they were of Israel (v59). This is similar to our relationship with God and with men. God the Father requires our connection first and foremost with His Son Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Had we been born in the kingdom of God? Second, God brought us to the local church, representing the Body of Christ. Are we really connected as part of this body to receive our privileges from the Head, and become channel of blessings, forgiveness, love, grace, and affection to other parts. We must be sure of our "spiritual genealogy" because God will require it in the day of reckoning... Reading: Ezra 2, God bless.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ezra 1

Historical records wrote that Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah on 586 BC. He died on 562 and his kingdom fell to Persia. On 538 king Cyrus of Persia authorized the Jews to return home and rebuild the temple (1:1). In the land of captivity, God stirred up the hearts of His people to fulfill what had been prophesied by Jeremiah to bring them back after 70 years. Many obeyed the voice of Cyrus, but there were more who preferred to stay in Babylon permanently. The calling of God and His offer of salvation to us when we heard the gospel is similar to this event. The Spirit of Christ had called us up to return to His fold and be His friends and disciples. We were once in the land of captivity, but God who is sovereign over all the earth has opened the door for us and delivered us from our bondage and slavery. Now we are free to serve our living God and build the temple of praise. Blessed be the name of the Lord... Reading: Ezra 1, God bless.

Friday, December 12, 2014

2 Chronicles 36

The writer of Chronicles told the new generation that disobedience was the cause of the nation's destruction. The Lord did His responsibilities and used His prophets to warn and alert the kingdom that the only remedy for the coming judgment is repentance. But instead, they mocked God's messenger, despised His words, and ridiculed His prophets until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, "till there was no remedy" (v16). It means that the only solution is judgment. God is eternal and He will never be a loser when the people rejected His plan. If the current generation will not listen to His voice, God can wait to raise up a new generation that will be willing to obey His words. Let us tremble on these stories and may the Lord give us encouragement as we end up this book of Bible passages... Reading: 2 Chronicles 36, God bless.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2 Chronicles 35

Observing the Feasts of the Lord like the passover is a demonstration of people's faithfulness unto God's commandments. It is a reminder that our lives is not ours anymore but His through the animal sacrifices. The blood offered at the altar is a symbol of an exchange of life, like the firstborn in Egypt. God alone can truly give us new life! In this story, we also learned that Josiah did not listen to the warning, and his death was caused by meeting Necho of Egypt at Megiddo. All Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah, including prophet Jeremiah. Our lesson is that, we really need to pay attention to  the voice of the Holy Spirit through men. If we say Josiah had some neglect here, we should be careful to avoid the same fate... Reading: 2 Chronicles 35, God bless.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2 Chronicles 34

The text states that Hilkiah found a "Book of the Law" in the temple during Josiah's temple renovation. Then he gave the scroll to his assistant and took it to king Josiah. Here, Josiah trembled because of the word of God, not because of the words of Huldah the prophetess. As God's people, our first obligation is to humble before the Lord and check out our own heart. Josiah did not criticize his forefather's past sinfulness, nor the hearts of other people around him, but he looked upon his own heart. And because of his tenderness and humility, God rewarded him and spared him from the upcoming judgment. Looking back at your personal experience, do not forget the moment when the word of God became alive into your heart (rhema), and brought your knees down to pray with fear and trembling ...Reading: 2 Chronicles 34, God bless.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2 Chronicles 33

Manasseh was said to be the most wicked king in Judah, even though his father Hezekiah was a godly person and lived in a time of spiritual prosperity. Then came the turning point in his life, he lost his war and had been carried off to Babylon. When he repented and asked God's forgiveness, God grant him favor. He came to know that God is able to save and deliver him from his enemies. He learned to fear, trust in, love and obey Yahweh. As a brand new person, he displayed a new character and walked in the newness of life, like many of the followers of Jesus Christ in our time. Unfortunately, his son Amon did not follow his father's footsteps and worst, he died early. If Amon lived longer, he might have a chance to realize his own wickedness and asked God forgiveness too, but it did't happen. Lesson: Be ready always because tomorrow is not a promise... Reading: 2 Chronicles 33, God bless.

Monday, December 8, 2014

2 Chronicles 32

Hezekiah's account shows both his greatness and weakness, he was not a superhuman but ordinary person, capable of committing sins and neglect. However, his faith and confidence to  the power of his God raised his people's moral against the prevailing fear of man. The world's strategy is to instill fear, like that of Sennacherib's,  but God's words always declare, "Fear not, for I am with you!" In our present time, we are facing demonic attacks against Christianity from all over the world, even deceptions from other religious groups. Their goal is to weaken our faith and uphold their deceptive and misleading propaganda against God's people. But praise God for Christmas, for Jesus came to guarantee our relationship with God and strengthen our knees in time of difficulties. Blessed be the name of the Lord... 2 Chronicles 32, God bless.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2 Chronicles 31

One of the most admired kings in Judah was Hezekiah because of his sensitivity to the religious connection both with the God of his forefathers and his people. He was not only after his personal growth and the advancement of his kingdom, but also the maturation of his people in the knowledge of God. As a result, people can declare, "we have enough to eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people, and what is left is this great abundance (v10)." Everything Hezekiah took up, whether it had to do with his personal or group worship in the temple, obeying God's law, helping his people, or in his prayer, he did well in the spirit of humble worship and total dependence on God. He was successful because God honored his heart. We too can do the same pattern in our own way through the guidance of the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ... Reading: 2 Chronicles 31, God bless.

Friday, December 5, 2014

2 Chronicles 30

Hezekiah's people went back to the Scripture to seek the will of God. They carried out God's message  to other regions to bring many people unto the Lord. Though some rejected His message but there were small group that humbled and yielded to God's will. Praise God for those messengers that carry out the good news of forgiveness and salvation from city to city. This story tells that though many were unworthy to partake the passover meal, yet by the grace of God, He made them worthy. If God will deal with us using His strict law and meter stick, we are all unfit. The only way to obtain pardon is to seek Him through prayers, humility and blood offering. When Christ came at the cross, all animal sacrifices and ceremonial laws became obsolete. We need God's grace through faith in Christ alone... Reading: 2 Chronicles 30. God bless.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2 Chronicles 29

As soon as Hezekiah sat on the throne, he began to work religious reform in the entire land. First step was cleansing of the temple by removing all the rubbish. It's spiritual meaning to us is repentance, for our body is the temple of God.  Second step is offering of animal sacrifices. In Christianity, God wants a living sacrifice, not dead animals but our living body, like the living body of Jesus that was offered at the cross. Third is thanksgiving offering with willing heart. It is the fruit of our lips giving thanks always to our Lord. It means we are serving God not because we are compelled to but we love Him for giving His life for us. Now that we have learned the good works of God, let us continue to do it well according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit... Reading: 2 Chronicles 29, God bless.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2 Chronicles 28

Ahaz reigned in Judah wickedly to the point of burning his children to fire according to the abomination of the surrounding nations. He encouraged moral decline in the land and had been continually unfaithful to the Lord. Ahaz didn't care about the truth in the law of Moses and whether the God of Abraham was the One true God. He was pragmatist because he did care only about "what worked," so that when the Assyrians helped him against his enemies, he worshipped the gods of Assyrians. In other words, Ahaz is just like many people today using worldliness and practical approaches in solving their problem, without exercising their faith. Unknown to many unfaithful and 'practical' people, their ways could not help them in the long end, in fact that will bring them to their own downfall and destruction. If it did't work to Ahaz, it will not also work with us even today. What we need is trust in Jesus... Reading: 2 Chronicles 28, God bless.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2 Chronicles 27

King Jotham was one of the few good kings, and "he became powerful because he was careful to live in obedience to the Lord his God" (v6). Although he did not enter the temple of the Lord (v2),  it shows that he did not encourage reform and religious revival in Judah, because people continued in their evil ways. In church context, it means there are people that are zealous in their knowledge of the word of God, but do not encourage others to change their ways and be obedient unto the Lord. In our spiritual life, the more we become faithful to Jesus, the more we become strong and passionate in the service of God. Serving God is not doing anything that we want to do, but doing the things that God has assigned to us in a local community. Spiritual gifts were given by God to the church so that the Body of Christ may function well and perform what He had prepared for His people... Reading: 2 Chronicles 27. God bless.

2 Chronicles 26

The Bible is very consistent to tell that God helps people as long as they seek the Lord, and protects them when they cry out to God in time of danger. Also, it tells that God forsakes them when they began to become arrogant and proud. Uzziah was one of them who started with God having a good report. But when he became prosperous and 'feeling strong,' he started to do things that God didn't ask him to do. He stops listening to Zechariah the Lord's priest. So God struck him with leprosy, removing him from being the king. What a pity! Don't forget that it is only by His grace that our ministries exist. When we begin to feel that we don't need help from our leaders who had been appointed by God to shepherd our souls, then and then that the curse of leprosy will come in. The key for everything is transparency and humility... Reading: 2 Chronicles 26, God bless.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

2 Chronicles 25

Amaziah was a good person, but his goodness is not enough to God, because his heart is not loyal to the Lord. God is requiring His people to obey and serve Him 100%. It is good to listen to man's advice, but it is better to consult the Bible and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in time of distress, in which Amaziah had failed to do. When God gave him victory against the enemies, instead of praising his God Who gave him victory, he bowed down to the gods of his enemies, an abomination to the God of Israel. We are God's people, called to proclaim the name of Jesus with humility and love, not self-glorification. Serve the Lord with gladness, don't ask Amaziah's question, "What shall we do with the 100 talents?" which means, how much can I gain when I obey the Lord, or much much can I lose when I gave up my part time? God has the power to help and overthrow... Reading: 2 Chronicles 25. God bless.

Friday, November 28, 2014

2 Chronicles 24

Joash the king was more aggressive to repair the temple of God than Jehoida the priest. As priest of God, his concern was the building of the temple of praise in the hearts of the people than the literal temple. When Jehoida died, Joash and his men had abandoned their faith to Yahweh, gave up the Law of Moses, and began to worship wooden images. The worse was, the king stoned the son of Jehoida, and did not remember the kindness which Jehoida had done to him from the time he was a little boy.
So the Lord look upon it and required of it! God smote Joash with great judgment, and his non-Jewish servants slew him to death. Apostasy is the sin of many people even in our time, forgetting the great things God had done in their lives. Let us not stop thanking God, for His mercies endures forever... Reading: 2 Chronicles 24.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

2 Chronicles 23

Ahaziah was dead, then his mother Athaliah killed all the royal heirs and set herself ruler of Judah. But Jehosheba took Joash to her husband Jehoiada the priest, and hid the child in the temple for 6 years. Jehoiada taught Joash of the God of Abraham, and he kept the guard of the temple, but Athaliah never knew that Joash has been saved. When Joash was 7 years old, Jehoiada set the crown upon his head and made him king, blessed him and said, "God save the king." When Athaliah heard the noise, she ran to the temple, and saw the boy king. Then the guard dragged her from the temple and killed her, including her Baal priest. Then they all made a covenant that Joash should be king and that they should serve the Lord. This was a happy revolution indeed, and the people rejoiced. When the Son of David is enthroned in the souls of men, men will also rejoice... Reading: 2 Chronicles 23, God bless and happy thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2 Chronicles 22

King Ahaziah's counselors were wicked and ungodly men that ruins his life, his family, his career, and his ministry to God. Because of evil advice, he made an alliance with Jehoram king of Israel, another wicked person, and that move was for his own destruction. Unknown to Ahaziah, Jehu was hunting down to destroy Jehoram and his friends. So when Jehu saw them in Samaria, he killed the two kings. The Bible wrote, "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed" (Prov 13:20). To the Christians, spiritual discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong, a gift of God to us. Some people may pretend to be a good adviser, or even a good friend, but take heed to their words and motives, while they pretend to be friends, but they are our soul's worst enemies... Reading: 2 Chronicles 22, God bless.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2 Chronicles 21

Jehoram had been remembered for killing his six brothers and chief nobles, causing his people to commit harlotry, restoring altars on high places for idolatry, collapsing the economy, losing war against their enemies, and for his incurable disease. Prophet Elijah even warned him that his sins would ruin his life. But to the sinners like Jehoram, no amount of warning can restrain them from doing evil and wicked things, even up to the deterioration of their health and the destruction of their souls. This episode in the history of Judah shows that no one was in control but God. Men may reject God's words and law, and even the heritage of their forefathers, but this will not prevent God for His purpose in this world. Question: How do you want to be remembered by the next generations? Let's keep going, for God will not allow the faithful Christians to be destroyed by the poisons of this world... Reading: 2 Chronicles 21, God bless.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2 Chronicles 20

In time of danger and trouble, Jehoshaphat's first concern was to seek help from the Lord. He prayed and proclaimed fasting to all the land, approaching God with humility and acknowledging Him that the armies of Judah have no power against the enemies (v12). He appealed to God by mentioning His covenant with Abraham, His promise to Solomon's temple, and His commitment to Moses when they went out of the land of Egypt. Here shows Jehoshaphat's knowledge of the Bible and history of his nation with God. At the same time, he encouraged his people to trust in God, as they face the enemies with praise and worship service. Jesus taught the Christians to pray to the Father to deliver us from the evil one. We may not have physical enemies, but we are struggling with our emotions and spiritual battles daily. We need God's power so we can win our battles and proclaim the victory daily in the mighty name of Jesus... Reading: 2 Chronicles 20, God bless.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

2 Chronicles 19

After his horrible experience in the north, Jehoshaphat returned to his kingdom and began to reform in all cities of Judah, after receiving rebuke from a prophet. "Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord who is with you in the judgment (v6)." In this reformation, Jehoshaphat emphasized the importance of the fear of the Lord, loyal heart, no partiality, no taking of bribes, and strict obedience to the Law of God. We must praise the Lord for having people in the church who are honest, competent, capable, fruitful and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. How do we know that these people possessed those qualities? TheLord Jesus teaches us how to detect the true and false servants of God, "By their fruits you shall know them." It means, we need to check their track records, their past life, their past ministries, then we can see if they are fruitful, or full of leaves only. In other words, much talk but no result... Reading: 2 Chronicles 19, God bless.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2 Chronicles 18

Michaiah said, "I saw all Israel scattered on the mountain as sheep that have no shepherd." Ahab was the king of the northern kingdom but he did't care about the welfare and spiritual life of the people. His prophets were all bad servants, looking only after their own salaries and grants from the king. This was confirmed when Michaiah added "I saw the Lord sitting on His throne..." which means nothing can be hidden in God's eyes, He knows all things and what was going on in this world. When Jehoshaphat made alliance with King Ahab, he should be grateful to God, because his robe, like the garment of praise, saved him from the enemies. The Bible is very consistent, when he cried out to God in time of danger, the Lord listened to his cry. Lesson: we should be careful to engage ourselves in the worldly desires of evil and wicked people... Reading: 2 Chronicles 18, God bless.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2 Chronicles 17

Jehoshapat walked in the former ways of his father David, and the Lord was with Jehoshaphat. He appointed people who will teach in Judah about the Law of God, and as a result, the fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdom of Jehoshaphat. Studying the Bible is essential to God's people, because when they stop, people became self-righteous and arrogant. Instead of encouraging their fellowmen, they start criticizing others, and think that they are more spiritual, that God speak to them alone, a "holier than thou" attitude, yet they don't see their own families and mistakes. If we truly walk with God, He will give us favor and He will establish our family, community, and ministry. Like Jehoshaphat, let us continue to humble ourselves before God, surely, people will give us  favors, and our neighbors will see the glory of God in us... Reading: 2 Chronicles 17, God bless.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2 Chronicles 16

Asa started good but later became stubborn to God's word and rejected advices from the people, even from God's prophet. It is sad to see people having a good start with the Lord, but perishing at the end outside the the grace God. We need to remind ourselves always that "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him" (v9). God is displeased when we distrust His words but rely on the strength of the so called "capable men." His power is more than enough to protect us from our enemies, guide us in our daily living, and provide even our daily needs. Asa became desperate on his last days because God withdrew His favor unto him. That is very scary!.. Reading: 2 Chron 16, God bless.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 Chronicles 15

Asa and the Judahites sought the Lord with all their hearts. God's words say, "If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you." God is serious with His plan, and everyone is required to return the favor with God. His requirement is simple, ancient, and easy to follow; to be faithful to our words of promises, like Asa whose heart was loyal to God all his days. A faith that seeks God, a faith that inquires His words, and a faith that encourages to apply to daily life is a faith that matters to God. We do nothing if we don't make our words alive. The goal of the Lord in our lives is to make us stronger in all aspects of life (physical, emotional, and spiritual- body, soul, and spirit), so that we edify the believers, and glorify the Lord... Reading: 2 Chron. 15, God bless.

Monday, November 17, 2014

2 Chronicles 14

Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord by seeking God's will. This righteous act pleased God and as a consequence, Judah enjoyed peace and prosperity. But after this period of quiet living, Asa faced one of his most challenging tests in life. The Ethiopian enemies marched with the intent of Judah's total annihilation. Here we can see that when God's people are living a quiet life, Satan and his workers are not happy to see that. That's why, even in time of peace and prosperity, we should not stop seeking the perfect will of God through His word. Asa mustered his armies in time of peace, so that when the temptation came, he knew what to do. He assembled with his armies, and did not ignore the importance of the Higher power. It is not enough to say "by faith," we need also to act, because faith without work is dead. Leaders need to learn how to lead and act in such a time as this... 2 Chron. 14, God bless.

2 Chronicles 13

The cry of God's people sounds peculiar in the hearing of God. The Exodus begins with a cry, and here, the cry of His people prompts God to rise and rescue the people of king Abijah. Our cries to God signify our helplessness, and God honors our cry. When I was in need, I cried out to Jesus. When I was in trouble, I worship Him and cry out unto His name. When I am weak and need strength, in time of difficulties and distresses in life, I call His name with a cry. Even in time of success and victory, when God gives me my desire for His own glory, I praise His name with tears of joy. When was the last time that you cried out to Jesus? Praised be to God! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord... Reading: 2 Chron. 13, God bless.

Friday, November 14, 2014

2 Chronicles 12

Rehoboam was stronger and established, he had nothing to fear from Jeroboam of northern kingdom.  So he became relax and complacent, and stopped seeking the the will of God. The prophet said the Lord allowed Shishak of Egypt to make troubles upon Judah in order to prompt the people to repentance. As a result, the leaders of Israel humbled themselves before God. Sometimes in our lives, when we are in trouble or near death, we seem to be close to God that we don't stop seeking His will. However, when we are in prosperity, we tend to forget His providence and enjoy the comfort that we have. This should not be so, in good or bad times, prosperity or poverty, never ignore God's word, because only in Him that we live and sustain our being... Reading: 2 Chron 12, God bless.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2 Chronicles 11

The kingdom was divided and Rehoboam finally listened to prophet Shemaiah to stop the attack against their brethren, but the damage had been done. It is important to listen to matured brethren and pay some regard to God's word, because human are by nature fallen men and are prone to commit mistake. Immediately Jeroboam ordained his own priests that will agree with his evil ways and form of worship. He removed the Levites from their ministries, and the priests came to Judah to seek the Lord God. As a result, they strengthened the kingdom of Rehoboam by walking in the ways of the Lord. Indeed, in time of trials and adversities, we need spiritual people and God's servants like the Levites who could strengthen our faith and encourage us to be out of the temptation to serve and worship the evils of this world... Reading: 2 Chronicles 11, God bless

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2 Chronicles 10

Th problem with God's people is that either the king or the people who had the problem. No one is perfect before the eyes of God, and each one is accountable to his action and personal relationship with God. Here, instead of listening to the wise and moderate counsels, Rehoboam preferred violence and unwise advice from his colleagues. The result was catastrophic! A gentle person can do better on what the violent one can not do. His father Solomon said, "Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good" (Ecc 9:18). However, whatever the advices of men are, the Lord is in control, and He is doing His own work through all of us, and fulfilling everything that are written in the Scripture. Our lesson: let us seek the good things which are for our own benefits, and desire the blessings from God over the worldly recognition... Reading: 2 Chron. 10, God bless.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2 Chronicles 9

Queen Sheba was a well known personality in ancient time, a historical figure. The precious stones, spices and incense that she brought as gifts from her homeland must indicate that her country was rich and famous. One day she visited Jerusalem, that she traveled thousand miles away, spent so much wealth, and brought lavish gifts just to see and hear this famous kingdom of Solomon. She is a kind of person who knows the worth of a true wisdom, and she didn't mind the pains and the costs of the travel just to obtain her godly desire. True Christians should emulate her spirit to seek godly wisdom from Jesus Christ. As a result, Queens Sheba thought herself well paid for her experience, and she did not take her long journey for vanity nor out of curiosity, but she sought after godly wisdom. Indeed, "Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!" Reading: 2 Chron 9, God bless.

Monday, November 10, 2014

2 Chronicles 8

The temple was finished and the service of the Lord was completed only after Solomon put all the ordinances of the Law of Moses and feast celebrations in order. His efforts and God's fire that fall down from heaven will only be in vain if he will not obey God's law consistently. Similarly, our first experience with the Holy Spirit needs to be sustained by constant study and meditation of the words of God. We are still in the process, we need to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, specially the leaders in the local churches. The holy land is a land flowing with milk and honey, abundant blessings from the Lord, and yet Solomon has to send his seamen to the land of Ophir to find gold for their own sustenance. Gold could be literal or symbolic that represents the treasures in heaven and knowledge of God... Reading: 2 Chron. 8, God bless.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

2 Chronicles 7

God answered Solomon's prayer by sending fire and consumed the offerings. The people bowed their faces to the ground and worshipped the Lord. However, the celebration did not stop there, for the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time and told him His demand for continuous support and protection to his throne and to the nation. "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (v14). God's stipulation is a "two-way mirror," which means "If people will do this..... Then God will do this...." God requires (total not partial) obedience from His redeemed people. If we begin with the service of God seriously, it is likely that we will go on successfully in our own affairs with God through Christ's strength... Reading: 2 Chron 7, God bless.

Friday, November 7, 2014

2 Chronicles 6

Solomon begins his prayer with a recognition of God's promise to David, followed by exaltation that there is none like God in the entire universe. Then he prays for repentance and forgiveness, which is the key for God's blessings. He makes mention of several prayer requests, like, victory over enemies,  justice and equality, provisions in time of famine, healing for the sick, foreigners who will come up to the Holy Land, and diaspora of God's people in time of defeat. Solomon knows that the solid foundation for answered prayer is the mercies of God. Today as we pray to our good Lord, may our hearts, the spiritual temple of God, become the dwelling place of His Spirit, and may the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ look upon us in, and may He not turn away the face of His Anointed in us (v42), in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen... Reading: 2 Chron 6, God bless.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2 Chronicles 5

The Ark of the covenant was rested at the Holy of Holies,"And they are there to this day" (v9), the time when the book of Chronicles was published. The Ark remained in the temple until its destruction at the hand of the Babylonians. What happened to it afterward is unknown, and has been debated for centuries. During the day of dedication, Solomon offered animal sacrifices that could not be counted, while the Levites were singing and sounding with trumpets. Then the glory of the Lord filled the whole temple with clouds, showing that God took possession of the temple. As we claimed that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it means that God took possession of us too, we are not our own, we belong to Him. Our body belongs to God, the possessor of the heavens and the earth. Praise God that we have Jesus, the Holy One of God that can sanctify our soul and heart as we minister unto the Lord... Reading: 2 Chron 5, God bless.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2 Chronicles 4

The furniture of the temple were made meticulously not only to glorify the Lord but also to strengthen the faith of the Israelites and encourage them to serve Him more. God is a great God and He deserves the best from His people. The furniture of Solomon's temple, as we all know are pointing to the coming Savior. The table of bread points that Christ is the bread of life; the lampstand represents that Christ is the light of the world, the altar of incense is the picture of His prayer that ascend to the Father, and many other similar things. If we are the temple of God, it means everything in us is for Christ, and Christ is in us in a mystical way. That's why in all our devotions we must fix our eyes upon the Lord, who alone can cause us to function in the Body of Christ and satisfy our spiritual hunger... Reading: 2 Chron 4, God bless.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2 Chronicles 3

What is unique about the temple's description is the use of pure gold in the holy place and the holy of holies. Most of the materials that would be using in the offerings and sacrifices are overlaid by gold. Gold is very precious materials on earth, and in heaven the streets are of gold (Rev. 21:21). Gold is also a metaphor used by the Lord for spirituality, that only those with pure heart like pure gold can be with the Lord in eternity. The temple of the Holy Spirit is our body, the spiritual house and habitation of God. His desire for us is Christlikeness, to be like His Son Jesus Christ. We can't make ourselves pure, but with the help and power of the Holy Spirit, Who purifies us from our uncleanness and impurities, nothing is impossible with God... Reading: 2 Chron 3, God bless. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

2 Chronicles 2

Hiram king of Tyre sent Huram, a master craftsman, son of Jewish lady and man from Tyre to king Solomon to design and build the temple in Jerusalem. His message to king Hiram shows his love to Yahweh. Like Solomon, we should not be ashamed to embrace every opportunity to share the Lord with our friends and colleagues, even business partners. Hiram was praising the God of Solomon, and it seems that he, as a Gentile, was willing to accept and be taught about the true faith and religion. As we socialize ourselves with the nonbelievers, we must be careful to be not infected by their idolatry, superstitions and worldly ways. Jesus our King has made us free from the bondage of this world... Reading: 2 Chron 2, God bless.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

2 Chronicles 1

It's good to see Solomon starting his reign with humility by visiting the tabernacle of meeting with God which Moses had made. He knew that if he will make God first and refer himself to the providence of God, he shall have the most comfort and the best from Him. At that night, when God appeared to him in a dream, he asked for wisdom instead of wealth, power and long life. Solomon knew that if he has the wisdom of God, he shall have everything. Paul says that the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ our Lord (Col. 2:3). If we have Christ we have everything. This world is not the end of our journey but only the beginning to obtain the world to come. Let us therefore not stop in our journey till the end of our visit in this world, and look for the world to come where satisfaction and contentment with Him are without end... Reading: 2 Chron 1, God bless.

Friday, October 31, 2014

1 Chronicles 29

The key word today is willingness, that anything that we do for religious act and charity should be done with all our heart, not grudgingly or reluctantly. Three times, David spoke about willingly (vv6 and 17), for he knew that his possessions does not not belong to him but to God, who own everything in this world. His reason is that people are pilgrims and strangers in this planet, and everything will pass away except the relationship with God who is our Father. The Israelites joined with David in adoring the Lord, with offerings, worship and celebrations. 1 Chronicles is the story of the life of David, from his humble beginning to his reign and unification of Israel. May we remind our selves always that we live and move and have our being by God's grace in Christ alone... Reading: 1 Chirn. 29, God bless.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

1 Chronicles 28

David charged his son Solomon and the leaders of Israel to be faithful to God and to their duty. Solomon has to know the God of his father David, by knowing the precept of the law and obey them. God's condition is "I will establish his kingdom forever if he is steadfast to observe my commandments" (v7). Religious work has two main things, to seek God's knowledge, and to worship Him. We do it in order to edify the brethren and glorify God. The natural man cannot receive God's knowledge, unless they repent from sins. Also, we have to be courageous and strong in doing God's plan (v20), for many oppositions will come out to discourage and exploit us for their own purpose, not God's... Reading: 1 Chron. 28, God bless. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1 Chronicles 27

In this world, there is so much chaos and disturbance, so we need to be ready and watchful in all of our doings. David and his men were prepared for the security of their kingdom. Satan, our enemy, wants God's people to be unprepared so that when he strikes back he can win his battle. But we have the full armor of God in us, in the exercise of faith and the preparation of heart in time of conflict. If we used them always, we shall be safe in Christ our Lord, and can enjoy the inward peace of the Holy Spirit. Only that we need to do our job distribution, as the men of David did, so we can be blessing to others, people edified and God glorified... Reading: 1 Chron. 27, God bless .

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1 Chronicles 26

The Levites had specific job and assignment to be done, to guard and protect all the treasuries of the kingdom, and to oversee the business of the Lord, and in the service of the king. Similar to our ministries, we need to protect the business of God (His flock) from the wolves, attackers, and evil spirits. About the treasures, these typified the treasures in heaven, the unseracheable riches that are  hidden in Christ, that's why we are co-heir with Christ. These Levites, able men with strength for the work, were not concerned in the business of the world, rather in the service of God and their kingdom. Jesus came to teach us to do the same.. Reading: 1 Chron. 26, God bless. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

1 Chronicles 25

David was not only great singer and composer, but also worshipper. He taught his people to follow the same by appointing musicians in the temple who could prophesy. To prophesy means praising God with great earnestness and devout affections, under the influence of the Holy Spirit. In doing so, the whole congregation is being edified and God glorified. If the Holy Spirit will not influence the people of God, and if the believers will not yield and flow to the mighty move of the Holy Spirit, the whole things will be lifeless, worthless and dry as dust... Reading: 1 Chron. 25, God bless. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1 Chronicles 24

Levites have specific place in the kingdom of Israel, and each one keeps his place and work. In today's Judaism, any Jew who has the desire to serve Yahweh can start by going first to Bible school called Yeshiva. They study Torah, history, tradition and the whole Hebrew Bible. In the mystical Body of Christ every member has its place and role, not to compete but to edify the whole church and glorify the Lord. Christ is the High Priest over the house of the Father, and all believers are priests of God who requires to bring offerings unto His sanctuary. Our sacrifices include praises, worship, the fruit of our lips, and our living body... Reading: 1 Chro. 24, God bless.

Friday, October 24, 2014

1 Chronicles 23

Before breathing his last, King David finalized the construction of the temple and appointed his son Solomon to kingship. He also appointed workers and supervisors who would oversee the whole operation. And the amazing thing here is the inclusion of the Levites, singers and worshippers during the construction. David knew that the work is not easy and his people need God's intervention. In our ministerial works and mission, Jesus promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We need Him in every aspect of our lives. Let us worship Him first before we do anything for the kingdom... Reading: 1 Chronicles 23. God bless. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1 Chronicles 22

After the terrible plague in the previous chapter, God pointed out to David the place where he would build the temple. Yet he admitted that the Lord refused to build the temple by himself, "because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight" (v8), instead, his son Solomon will do it. Though David must not build the temple, he did everything he could before his death. It tells that in our lives, anything our hands can do for the kingdom must do with all our might. As Jesus said, "Let's do the works while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work" (John 9:4). After the death, we're gone and there is no working and moving in this world... Reading: 1 Chro. 22, God bless. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1 Chronicles 21

"I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!" (v24). David had sinned, but he was forgiven because God is faithful to His people, yet God demands offering. We too have sinned against the Lord, and Jesus paid the price for our debts and trespasses. Nevertheless, there is a cost to be paid when we offer sacrifice (or service) to the Lord. Serving God is not for free but costly, and the perfect acceptable offering to God is your self; a living, holy and acceptable sacrifice. Jesus demands high price to become His disciple; self-denial, bear the cross, and follow Him, an act that is not cheap but will cost you more... Reading: 1 Chro. 21, God bless.    

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1 Chronicles 20

Giants were real in the time of David, and they were the enemies with the goal of destructing God's people on the face of the earth. The truth is, they were Satan's instruments so that God's plan in this world may be averted. God's plan is peace, prosperity, and abundant life, but Satan wants unrest, confusion, poverty and hatred, a complete opposite of God's. As redeemed people of God, our goal in life is to comply with God's vision similar to that of David, destroy the works of the devil and pursue the eternal plan of God, through the power of the name of Jesus Christ... Reading: 1 Chronicles 20, God bless. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

1 Chronicles 19

Though David had a good intention, his motive was misunderstood by the people of Ammon. This could be true to our experience, but the best thing to do in time like this is to kneel down before God and seek His favor and perfect will. As David and his men prepared for the battle, one great thing we can learn is the unity of his men, and their willingness to help each other. The result was overwhelming, that they destroyed the power of their enemies and forced them to submit unto the rulership of David. Our prayer: May the Lord Jesus give us success in our plans and missions... Reading: 1 Chro. 19, God bless. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1 Chronicles 18

"So the Lord preserved David wherever he went" (v6, v13). This is a double declaration of God's blessing and David's victory. It means God made him victorious in all of his missions, that wherever he went, God prospered him. For the first time in history, the promised land to Abraham was fulfilled (v3 vs Gen 15:18). It happened because David's heart was so focused and his faith was stable. He gained material blessings too, but he dedicated those gold and silver unto his God, not for himself... Reading: 1 Chro. 18, God bless. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

1 Chronicles 17

In ancient time, the Israelites were looking back to Abraham's covenant for land and seed, thousand years later, they looked back to David's covenant for eternal kingdom. David knew God's plan and he understood that God has to redeem a people for Himself in order to fulfill that plan in this world. Today, God is not yet finish, and He will continue (v27) to work until the consummation of time. Whether people agree or disagree, it will not be averted nor stopped because God is supreme over all His creation. Therefore, let us do the work of God in our specific assignments... Reading: 1 Chro. 17, God bless.

1 Chronicles 13

The excitement and joy of the people had turned into a sad mourning for the death of Uzza. He was struck to death by God Himself because of his irreverence or lack of respect in dealing with holy things. God cannot be approached with our own ways. He sets some rules and commandments and they are to be followed. Of course we are free to do any things for God, but make sure that they are for edification of the believers and glorification of God.... Reading: 1 Chro. 13, God bless.

1 Chronicles 12

God gave David men from all tribes of Israel to help him in his wars and exploits. Famous for them were the children of Issachar who had the understanding of the signs of the times, and knew the best course for Israel to take (12:32) even in time of joy and trouble. These men were not only loyal to God but also to David. Today the kingdom of God needs people like them who can understand the signs of the time that JESUS had prophesied in the Bible, and who will be loyal to the church, to their faith and to their calling... Reading: 1 Chro. 12, Blessings from Galilee.

1 Chronicles 11

This account is in contrast with the previous chapter, by exalting the throne of David because the Lord of hosts was with him. God surrounded David with good and trustworthy men and women who would be his partners in doing God's plan. Yet David ascribed his success, not with the mighty men but with the Almighty God who had anointed him king of Israel. In our lives, the most important is God's anointing. Eventhough we work very hard, we still need His blessings, or else we will not be able to attain godly success and lasting fruits...Reading: 1 Chro. 11, Shalom from Jerusalem.

1 Chronicles 10

This chapter shows why did God remove the house of Saul from being a royal family of Israel. He was unfaithful, he did not keep the word of the Lord, he consulted a medium from guidance, and he did not inquire of the Lord. It is the most tragic things if one dies outside the grace of God. God loves His people, in fact, He does not want anyone to be perished in hell, but He wants everyone to repent. Therefore, get rid of sins, and let us help one another to be strong in faith, and be faithful to God all the days of our lives... Reading: 1 Chro. 10, God bless.

1 Chronicles 9

The Jews had just returned from Babylonian captivity when the writer wrote Chronicles. Here he wanted to direct the returning Jews where was the best place to stay with. He suggested to live in Jerusalem because some children of Benjamin and Joseph stayed here. He also reminisced about the temple service where the Levites ministered unto the Lord. Now, the returning Jews can join them and serve God as it was commanded in the Law. Lesson: being born again is an act of returning to God's fold. We too can do the things that God has assigned for us... Reading: 1 Chro. 9, God bless.

1 Chronicles 8

The family of Benjamin was another big group of families on the 12 tribes. Many became prominent people; famous for them were King Saul, Mordecai, and Paul of Tarsus. After the destruction of the 10 tribes, only 2 remained, Judah & Benjamin. Later the Benjaminites were assimilated with the tribe of Judah, and had forgotten in history. But, those who labored faithfully and unselfishly had never been forgotten by the Lord, because our labors will never be in vain in Christ Jesus... Reading: 1 Chro. 8, God bless.

1 Chronicles 7

Today's reading is the genealogy of the 6 children of Israel. The Bible said they were mighty men of valor fit to go out for war and battle. It talks about thousand people and yet only few names were mentioned. They were the cream of the crop, ready to go, fight, defend the faith & die for the sake of the Lord. Hallelujah, let's go and follow the same for Jesus... Reading: 1 Chro. 7, God bless.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

1 Chronicles 6

If the Israelites are the chosen people, Levites is the chosen tribe. They were given special assignment to minister unto God at the house of the Lord (v48). Genealogy has to be preserved until the coming of the most chosen One who will be the High Priest of us all. Levites were scattered all throughout the land to assist the people in spiritual needs and knowledge of the Law exclusively. Today, by the power of the cross, any willing person can be God's chosen instrument. Are you willing? Reading: 1 Chro. 6, God bless. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

1 Chronicles 5

Here recorded the genealogy of their generations, 2 tribes-Rueben and Gad, and half tribe of Manasseh resided on the east side of the Jordan. They were removed from their post, and made captive by Assyrian because they had forsaken the Lord and worship other gods. We too have the same record because our names are written in the book of life in heaven. If we forsake God, our names can also be removed like what happened to the two and a half tribes... Reading: 1 Chro. 5, God bless. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

1 Chornicles 4

Here said that the ancient people maintained their genealogy (v33), even the ancient records were kept (v22). We see the famous person named Jabez, who was more honorable than his brethren because he was a man of prayer, praying to the God of Israel. He prayed for blessing, enlarge his territory, protection from evil, and may not cause pain to others. It means he devoted himself and everything to the Lord. So God honored his heart! Let's follow the way of Jabez, for God honors those who honor Him... Reading: 1 Chro. 4, God bless. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1 Chronicles 3

The Davidic dynasty is said to be the most illustrious among the families of Israel and Judah. Here recorded the full account of all kings from David to the last king Zedekiah (v16). We also see the continuation of this family from Babylonian captivity until the return to Judah, like Zerubbabel (v19). From this family, Jesus the  Messiah came, who will be the Savior of the world, in which we enjoy His forgiveness and eternal salvation. Thank you Lord Jesus.. Reading: 1 Chro. 3, God bless. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1 Chronicles 2

1 Chro 2:13-15 says David was the 7th son, while in 1 Sam 16:10-11, David was the 8th. Which text is correct? Scholars agree that one of the brothers died before David reigns. The writer of Chronicles ignored the account of the Book of Kings but made his own list of the names of all living brothers when David reigns. This practice was not unusual at the time. And in this genealogy, Ruben was the firstborn, but it began with Judah, who happens to be the most prominent tribe, and later became the ancestors of Christ... Reading: 1 Chro. 2, God bless. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

1 Chronicles 1

If the Book of Kings is history of the entire nation, Chronicles is the history of Judah alone. Just like a history of your family, then a history of your own life. Though the family is messy, but your own life is neat. The writer is trying to explain the peoples that affected their lives, that in spite of blood ties, these peoples or nations were often at each other’s throats. Then God has chosen Abraham and called his children, a chosen people of God; like our experience with Jesus Christ... Reading: 1 Chro. 1, God bless. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

2 Kings 25

The destruction of the temple and of the city of Jerusalem were ordained by God. He showed how little He cares for these things when the life and power of faith and religion are neglected. King Zedekiah was carried captive to Babylon, so as his people & temple vessels, but silent about the ark. But the last section of the book of Kings was a message of hope, Jehoiachin was released out of prison. It means there is hope of deliverance for God's people, He promised that will never leave then nor forsake... Reading: 2 Kings 25, God bless. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

2 Kings 24

The kings did evil in the sight of the Lord, and it was the sin of the whole nation that caused God to hide His face. So God allowed the treasures of the house of the Lord to be carried away to Babylon, including the nobles and the educated people. God's judgment to Judah was gradual because He was still giving them a chance to repent. But, Zedekiah, the last king, did not only rebel against Babylon, but also God's plan for his people. The result was horrific judgment... Reading: 2 Kings 24, God bless. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2 Kings 23

Josiah destroyed the evil stronghold in Zion. Though he knew that the land would be judged by God, yet he did his duty in his time and left everything to God. He engaged his people to 100% commitment to God, and set the people a good example.  In 1 Kings 13:2, 300 years before he was born, one had prophesied that Josiah would destroy all the abominations in the land of Israel. It means God has already appointed people who will do what is pleasing in His eyes. Are you one of them? Reading: 2 Kings 23, God bless. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2 Kings 22

For many years, the temple was neglected so as the Book of the law. Similar to our experience, we ignored the Bible and mistreated our body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. When the book was found and Josiah heard its message, he was convicted and afraid of God's words. With fear and trembling, he asked his adviser to inquire of the Lord. "Because your heart was tender" is the one message that strikes many readers. Indeed, God loves those who are humble in hearts... Reading: 2 Kings 22, God bless. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2 Kings 21

Manasseh wrought much wickedness in God's sight that provoke Him to anger. He did more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed. Sadly, his son Amon did the same evil acts. This is a kind of 'transfer of spirit' from one generation to another. God will cast off any professing people who dishonor Him by their crimes, and will perish in refusing to walk in His ways, but will never desert His plan saying: "I will put my name forever." Reading: 2 Kings 21, God bless. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

2 Kings 20

Prayer is very important because this is a moment that we can talk and pour out our hearts to God. "O Lord remember me now," is a prayer of the broken in heart, and can be applied for our personal communion with Christ. God's response: "I will add to your days 15 years." His answers is always addition not deduction, advancing not defeating, for better not for worse. Today as we pray, tell God with humility, whether we live or die, we want to be in His presence always... Reading: 2 Kings 20, God bless. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

2 Kings 19

Hezekiah found deep troubles when Rabshakeh dishonored and blasphemed his God. His initial reaction was to pray, because this is the never-failing resource of a godly man, whether struggling with inward difficulties or outward enemies. As expected, God himself undertakes to defend the city, that 185,000 enemies died in one day alone. May our hearts be as good ground, that His Word may strike root inside of us, and bring forth fruit in our lives... Reading: 2 Kings 19, God bless. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

2 Kings 18

Hezekiah was a true son of David. He trusted in the Lord, destroyed the brazen serpent and idolatry in Judah, promote faith to Yahweh; as a result, God prospered him and blessed him with victories. The Assyrians had tempted him to submit to the authority of King Shalmaneser instead of God, but he did not give in. He believed that this matter must be left to the Lord, who has all hearts in his hands, and power to deliver them from their enemies... Reading: 2 Kings 18, God bless. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2 Kings 17

God used the pagan nation to destroy the northern kingdom. The Israelites were carried away from Samaria to Assyria, while new ethnic groups of people were transported from Assyria to occupy the land. In this chapter relates all the reasons why they had been punished; idolatry, stubbornness, too much killing and politics are far more malignant. It shows that if God's people will not submit to Him, God will forced them to submit to their enemies... Reading: 2 Kings 17, God bless. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2 Kings 16

King Ahaz believed that he was saved by Tiglath Pileser and his gods. So, he was converted to the Assyrian religion and forsook the faith of his forefathers. This is the natural reaction of God's people if they are not faithful to the word of God. Idolatry in various forms is not easily extinguished, it produces superstitions and spirit of  rebellions. They became more faithful to men and material things these men can offer, than to God... Reading: 2 Kings 16, God bless. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2 Kings 15

In the kingdom of Judah (south), some kings were good in God's eyes, while in Israel (north), all kings were evil. In Judah, they worshipped Yahweh yet did not remove the altars on high places where some worshipped idols. In Israel, they did not depart from the sin of Jeroboam, the worship of cows. Confusion reigned in the north because the worship of true God was taken out. This was the result of the people's ignorance of the word of God... Reading: 2 Kings 15, God bless. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

2 Kings 14

Amaziah began well, but did not go on so. Though he survived his enemy Jehoash 15 years, yet he was slain by his own subject. Then God raised up the prophet Jonah to declare the purpose of his favor to apostate Israel. It means God has not cast off his people, even in the darkest moment of their lives, God raised up servant to be a burning light in them. Servants are raise to preach and live the word to reflect upon them the light of God... Reading: 2 Kings 14, God bless. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2 Kings 13

King Jehoash came to Elisha to receive his dying counsel and blessing. This may be advantage to us to attend the sick-beds of a good person, that we may be encouraged in faith by the living comforts they have from it in a dying hour. Elisha assured the king of his success, yet he must look up to God for right direction and strength. This is also similar to us, we must look unto Jesus who is the source of spiritual success... Reading: 2 Kings 13, God bless. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

2 Kings 12

Jehoash orders the repair of the temple, and he was zealous to do it. God uses those who have power to use it for the support of religion. Here we can see that distribution of money are made faithfully, so the public contributions were done likewise. They spent the money carefully and not extravagantly, preferring that which is most needful. We are God's temple, and may we learn to spend our resources for the repair and maintenance of our personal spiritual temple... Reading: 2 Kings 12, God bless. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2 Kings 11

Though Athaliah wanted to destroy all she knew to be akin to the crown, Jehoash, one of the king's sons, was hid. It fulfilled God's promise that the son of David would continue to sit on the throne. Jehoash was only seven years old, but he had a good guardian, and a good God. It shows that the way for God's people to be joyful and at peace in His kingdom is to eradicate all form of evil and engage fully in the service of the Lord... Reading: 2 Kings 11, God bless. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2 Kings 10

Jehu destroyed all that remained of the house of Ahab; all who had been partners in his wickedness. The law of God said that idolaters were to be put to death, and it has to be abolished for the present out of Israel. Though Jehu did well in doing what is right in the Lord's sight, but he did not obey the God of Israel with all his heart.  He refused to turn from the sins of Jeroboam. There was no total conversion and humility from within that God requires... Reading: 2 Kings 10, God bless. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2 Kings 9

Those who faithfully deliver God's message to people in all ages and places have always been treated as madman (v11). They were either persecuted or killed. But God still had a remnant of His people who would preserve the true worship and obedience to Him. Those who are willing to cooperate with God's plan like Jehu can be His vessels, but people like Jezebel who persisted in idolatry and enmity to Yahweh will find their right place in the day of judgment... Reading: 2 Kings 9, God bless. 

2 Kings 8

The kindness of the Shunammite to Elisha was rewarded when she was protected and guided during the famine. She reaps what she sows. Helping people in time of need is an act of love that pleases our Lord. It may be small and a simple work of kindness that does not impact the world, but this can be great in the eyes of The Lord. People may not appreciate our perseverance to help, but the Lord's word will always be true and eternal, your labors are not in vain... Reading: 2 Kings 8, God bless.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

2 Kings 7

Men's experience of troubles can be God's opportunity of making His own power to be glorious in their sight. However, rejecting God or unbelief of His word is a sin by which men dishonor and displease the Lord. They deprive themselves of the favors God designed for them. Such thing will be the portion of those who rejected the promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus, and they shall see it in a distance, but shall never taste of it... Reading: 2 Kings 7. 

2 Kings 6

Elisha knew that God is able to make the iron axe float from the deep of the river. Nothing that is done, said, or thought, by any person, in any place, at any time, is out of God's knowledge. God is powerful, omnipotent and omniscient, He knows what is going in the whole world, and in the lives of all people, much more in His servants like us. So, keep on believing that our God is able to do anything for us... Reading: 2 Kings 6, God bless.

2 Kings 5

Two kinds of servants are portrayed here, a girl who became instrument for the healing of her master, & a servant of Elisha named Gehazi, who had been cursed with leprosy together with his entire family for the love of money. Elisha refused to receive anything from Naaman for he knew that there is a disease in it. When Gehazi took his money, the leprosy clung unto him. As God's servants, we know that He is the Rewarder of our works and sacrifices... Reading: 2 Kings 5, God bless

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2 Kings 4

Elisha put the widow in a way to pay her debt, and to maintain herself and her family. This was done through miracle, which is the best method to assist those who are in distress and financial bankruptcy. The oil flows continuously as long as she had empty vessels to receive it. It shows that God can supply our needs, only that it is our faith that fails. So long as there were more vessels of faith, there is enough in God to fill them... Reading 2Kings 4, God bless. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2 Kings 3

It was good that Jehoshaphat inquired of the Lord through prophet Elisha before they engaged in war with Moab. To try their faith and obedience, Elisha asked them make the valley full of pits to receive water. But, in the eyes of the Moabites, the water looked like blood. It shows that when the servant of God speaks, we need to listen and obey, even though it is hard or ridiculous, for God is able to do miraculous things for our own good, but for the destruction of the enemies... Reading: 2 Kings 3, God bless. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

2 Kings 2

The Lord had let Elijah know that his time was at hand. So, he went to people to give them his last blessings. He was carried to heaven in a fiery chariot, and many questions were asked about this which could not be answered. Elisha had followed Elijah for so long, and he did not leave him till his ascension, as a result Elisha had been blessed for his faithfulness. As for the Christians, let us not weary in following our Lord Jesus, for in the final end, we will be with Him in eternity... Reading: 2 Kings 2, God bless. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2 Kings 1

Instead of seeking YHWH whether he shall still recover from this injury through prayers and worship, Ahaziah sought Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, an offensive act against our Lord. That's why those that do not inquire of the word of God for their security shall hear of it to their terror. The Bible is clear that there is time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest. Our eternal security in always in the sovereign hand of the Almighty, Jesus Christ our Redeemer... Reading: 2 Kings 1. God bless. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

1 Kings 22

If there are true prophets, there are also counterfeit. The false prophets cannot so mimic the true, and one faithful servant of JHWH was worth them all. Worldly men in all ages, like Ahab, have the same absurd view of religion. They would rather have this so called 'servant of God' fit his doctrine to their fashion and evil desires. They will use the name of God for their own purpose with deceitful intent. Jesus said, beware of false one...  Reading: 1 Kings 22, God bless. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1 Kings 20

Benhadad sent Ahab a very impolite demand, and Ahab submitted disgracefully. It shows that if God do not rule us, our enemies shall rule over us, sin. Our God is not only reigning in the plains and hills, but He is the sovereign King over all the earth. The Syrians were so ignorant of YHWH that it is Him, not the armies of Israel that beat them. They supposed that Israel had many gods to whom they ascribed limited power within a certain locality... Reading: 1 Kings 20, God bless. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1 Kings 19

Jezebel sent Elijah a threatening message, so he ran for his life and went to Beersheba by foot (110 m. away). Great faith is not always similar to strong faith. In time of trials and disappointment, Elijah shows that we don't have to wait for signs of fire, earthquake, wind but we can hear the still small voice of God. Then God asked him, "What do you do here?" It means that this question concerns us whether we are in the right place of our duty to God. Am I where I should be? Reading: 1 Kings 19, God bless. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

1 Kings 18

Elijah called upon the Israelites to determine whether Jehovah or Baal was the supreme God and Judge of the world, and to follow Him alone. It is dangerous to serve God at the same time serving the worldly things, or the dominion of Christ and the dominion of our Satan. If Yahweh (Yeshua) be the only Savior, let us cleave to Him alone, and if the Bible be the word of God, let us reverence the whole of it, and submit our understanding to its divine authority... Reading: 1 Kings 18, God bless. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

1 Kings 15

1 Kings 15
Jeroboam sent his wife in disguise that the prophet might only answer her question concerning her sick son. Many people are like Jeroboam, they limit the ministry on what they see, and care not for having the whole things under God's hand. Prophets and ministers are ordained by God, and should be understood that without God, they would not be in their place. God will judge men according to what they are, not by what they seem to be... Reading: 1 Kings 15, God bless.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1 Kings 14

Jeroboam sent his wife in disguise that the prophet might only answer her question concerning her sick son. Many people are like Jeroboam, they limit the ministry on what they see, and care not for having the whole things under God's hand. Prophets and ministers are ordained by God, and should be understood that without God, they would not be in their place. God will judge men according to what they are, not by what they seem to be... Reading: 1 Kings 14, God bless. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1 Kings 13

The example of Jeroboam and the disobedient prophet show that there were many dishonest and unfaithful servants in the ancient time, and for that reason, the nation of Israel continued to struggle against their God. The prophet's prediction about Josiah who would destroy the altar was fulfilled 300 years later (2 Kings 23:15). Jesus said that we cannot be His disciple if we can't deny ourselves, in which this prophet had failed to maintain... Reading: 1 Kings 14, God bless. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

1 Kings 12

Rehoboam rejected the elder's recommendation to keep the 10 tribes part of his kingdom. Instead, he followed his friends' that resulted to its division. It is important for ourselves to surround us with godly people to avoid all forms of mistakes. On the other hand, Jeroboam distrusted the providence of God by disobeying God's law and worshipping images. A disbelief in God's all-sufficiency is at the bottom of our departures from Him... Reading: 1 Kings 12, God bless. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

1 Kings 10

The queen of Sheba came to Solomon to hear his wisdom, thereby to improve her own. She was so impressed, declaring that only half had been told her. Similar to our experience in Christianity, we only understand its meaning when we enter God's kingdom. The queen made a noble present to the king. What we present to Christ, he needs not, but our heart and commitment. Indeed, blessed are they that dwell in the house of the Lord... Reading: 1 Kings 10, God bless. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

1 Kings 9

God warned Solomon that he and his people should not be high-minded but fear Him. It warns that after the achievements and services we can accomplish before God, we stand upon the same terms as before, for there is no favoritism, and no one is above the law with God. Here, God prospered all his projects, but Solomon raised forced labor and imposed heavy taxes. Solomon begins with piety, then prosperity, lastly, pleasure... Reading: 1 Kings 9, God bless. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1 Kings 8

The final work in the temple was the bringing of the ark in its proper place, the holy of holies, and was done with great solemnity. It is a place where they expected God to speak to them when they pray, offer sacrifices, and seek direction. The glory of God that appears in the cloud signifies His presence and approval of this temple. In his prayer, it says that God's promises must be the guide of our desires and the ground of our hopes... Reading: 1 Kings 8, God bless.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1 Kings 7

Solomon began with the temple; he built for God first, for seven years, perfect number in Jewish numerology. Then he also built buildings for himself, thirteen years. It shows that we ought to prefer God's honor before our own desires and satisfaction. His temple had two pillars named Jachin means established, and Boaz means strength; which mean it is God who is the Source of all things. He is the sure foundation that gives us strength... Reading: 1 Kings 6, God bless. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

1 Kings 6

480 years after Exodus, the children of Israel built the temple in the promised land, and it was called the house of the Lord, for it would be a dwelling place of God among His people. As it was constructed, no iron tool was heard because it must be a place of peace, symbolizing the inner peace that the Holy Spirit brought in every believer's life. We are the temple of God under construction, and must be fitted and made ready for Christ's return... Reading: 1 Kings 6, God bless. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

1 Kings 5

The temple in Jerusalem was built by both Jews and Gentile, which typified their being called into one community. There was no opposition, as the skills and wisdom were made available for the interest of Solomon's kingdom. In serving the Lord, we should lay our foundation firm, and bestow most of our labor and sacrifice for Him who called us. And happy are those who are built up a spiritual house as a dwelling place of God through the Spirit... Reading: 1 Kings 5. God bless. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

1 Kings 4

Using God's given wisdom, Solomon ruled with passion and largeness of heart. He had peace on all sides, that the surrounding nations come to listen and praise his greatness. He had the gift of utterance that he used for the good of others. Solomon is a type of Christ, in whom all treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. Christ's fame spread through all the earth so that all nations learn of Him and receive God's Spirit for their salvation... Reading: 1 Kings 4. God bless.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

1 King 3

Solomon's dream was not a common one; he was able to receive the Divine vision, and to make a suitable choice. With humble heart, he pleads the Lord like a little child and beg to give him wisdom. So God honored him and blessed his heart with assurance of wealth and victory as well. As God's people, we must pray for wisdom, because the way to get spiritual blessing is to wrestle with God in prayer. Solomon has wisdom because he did ask it, and wealth because he did not... Reading: 1 Kings 3, God bless. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

1 Kings 2

David's charge to Solomon concerning several people did not come from personal anger, but for the security of the nation & his throne. His message were delivered under the influence of the Holy Spirit, in the exercise of faith and hope. Solomon destroyed these people because the old malignity remains in their hearts, no evidence of repentance had found in them. God knows the hearts of men, His eyes is over us, so let us strive to walk in His presence always... Reading: 1 Kings 2, God bless. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

1 Kings 1

David is old, and the people began to think of who would be the next to sit on his throne. Politics and power struggle can be felt, but God is in control over His people. Adonijah had made self-proclamation, but Nathan and Bathsheba were wise to go straight to the king. Lesson: If we want ourselves to be saved, go directly to King Jesus. With this wise ruling, God blessed the ordinance, and the people rejoice to accept Solomon as their new king... Reading: 1 Kings 1, God bless. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

2 Samuel 24

God is sovereign over all the earth, and the pride of David's heart was his sin in numbering of the people. It shows that what appears to us harmless or a small offense, may be a great sin in the eyes of God, who discerns the intents of the heart. David chose a judgment which came straight from God's hand, whose mercies he knew to be very great rather than men. At the end, he purchased the land to build the altar in honor of his God... Reading: 2 Sam. 24, God bless. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

2 Samuel 22

This chapter is psalm of praises to the Lord; the fruits of David's lip while giving  thanks unto Him. It tells that those who trust God in the way of duty shall find Him a present help in their greatest dangers. We shall never be delivered from the enemies, because He is the strong Rock of our salvation. That's why since we received mercies from God, we ought to give Him the glory, and bring the offering of adoration with the fire of affection... Reading: 2 Sam. 22, God bless. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

2 Samuel 21

There are times in our lives that we have been praying for such and such things but in vain do we expect mercy from the Lord. The lesson for this chapter is to look back for our past sins that needs total acknowledgement and repentance. The Gibeonites did not asked out of revenge for the hanging of Saul's family. It was only revealed when David sought God about the three-year famine. God withheld blessings because the past had not been dealt properly... Reading: 2 Sam. 21, God bless. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2 Samuel 20

When one trial arises after another, take it positive because it is good for our spiritual growth, till we reach the place where sin, sorrow and trials are forever done away. Sheba revolted, then Amasa. But with the help of an unknown women using her wisdom, the whole city was saved. Wisdom is not confined to rank or gender, and it is not in deep knowledge, but in understanding how to act as matters arise. The result should always be turning the troubles away... Reading: 2 Sam. 20, God bless. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2 Samuel 19

The throne was restored to king David and each man has his own story. Those who treated David with contempt asked forgiveness, others were invited to come with him in Jerusalem. On the second coming of the King, the believers shall be acclaimed to inherit the kingdom, and they will be amazed at the compensations and reward being so far beyond the service. God looks at the attitude of why we're doing the things we are doing... Reading: 2 Sam. 19, God bless. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

2 Samuel 18

This is how did David render good for evil! Absalom rebelled against his father, but David would like to spare him. This story is a resemblance of men's wickedness towards God, and God's mercy to sinful men. The Bible calls it amazing grace. When Absalom was hanging on a tree, it is a sample of an accursed person, forsaken both of heaven and earth. Jesus was hanged in a tree (Acts 10:39), not for anything else but salvation of humanity... Reading: 2 Sam. 18, God bless 

Friday, July 25, 2014

2 Samuel 16

Ziba blessed David, Shimei cursed him, and David knew that men are not to be our judges, but He whose judgment is according to truth. He was so patient and calm when people abused him. Let us be reminded that Jesus Christ prayed for those who reviled and crucified Him, endured all the sufferings. A humble spirit will turn the reproaches into victory. David comforts himself that God would bring good things out of these afflictions... Reading: 2 Sam. 16, God bless. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2 Samuel 15

Absalomic spirit is a rebellion against authority. Here, Absalom rebelled against the king, and how wicked is it for children to take advantage of their good parents, deceiving them with the show of religiosity. David is determined to leave Jerusalem for the sake of his people. He even compelled others not to be led to suffer with him, thinking that it is God's will to go alone as punishment for his past sins. He understood that all things are in the perfect hands of God... Reading: 2 Sam. 15, God bless. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2 Samuel 14

Absalom returned to Jerusalem from banishment, and David was inclined to favor and grant him grace. God forgives anyone who is willing to humble and ask forgiveness, and this is what David wants to apply for his son. Nothing is said of Absalom's wisdom and piety, except that he was handsome and with nice hair, a poor commendation for a future leader of God. May the Lord grant us the beauty of holiness and a meek and humble spirit... Reading: 2 Sam. 14, God bless. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2 Samuel 13

Adultery and murder were David's past sins, and he was followed with one trouble after another. The murder of Amnon and the rape of Tamar can be traced from David's own misconduct. Amnon engaged his servants in the guilt; ill-taught who obey wicked master against God's command. David instead of loathing Absalom as a murderer, longed to go forth to him. Here we see people that instead of pleasing God, they honor people... Reading: 2 Sam. 13, God bless.