Friday, January 30, 2015
Job believes that God works with justice, and His wisdom and power cannot be challenged. We are unfit to question His ways, and no one can resist His plans. If a man contends with God and examines His judgment, no one could stand before Him but all are guilty of their sinfulness, including himself. Yet Job still believes that he is righteous in his own eyes, and reflected on God's goodness and justice in saying that his affliction was without cause (v17). But he changed his thought that to be self-righteous may cause him to be condemned and accused of perversion (v20). Then he dispute his friends' argument that the righteous people always prosper in this world and the evil suffered misery. But on the contrary, according to Job, it is the other way around. If we don't trust in God, though we wash our body with snow water, and cleanse our hands with soap, we still be plunged into the pit, but if we ask His forgiveness, our sins will be buried in the depth of the sea and be forgiven... Reading: Job 9, God bless.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Bildad spoke to Job like an angry legal adviser saying, "How long will you speak these things?" In Bildad's opinion, Job and his family were an evil doers, because God does not corrupt judgment, and does protect upright people from evil. If Job would only be honest to seek God's ways, he should see the good end of his present troubles. He used some illustrations like the green grass on the ground that flourishes in good temperature but withers in dry weather. Job is like a hypocrite and dishonest people of the ancient that flourished for a little while, then fell to their own destruction for some evil reasons. At the end Bildad assures Job that God is a good judge. He may punish us for our sins, but will not cast away an upright man for ever. Bildad is true that sin brings wreckage on a person and his family, yet to argue that Job was an ungodly and wicked man was unjust and unkind... Reading: Job 8, God bless.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Job continued that life is a struggle and there are times that he had experienced lots of futile things and nights of miseries. Men's days are fast, but at night they are hopeless. Life is a breath, it is short and the certainty of death is inevitable. Dying is done only once, and it had need to be well done. As the clouds arise and never return, so a new generation is raised up, but the old generation vanished away and never return (v9). Therefore, when we have only few days to live, we should spend them in the holy thing, such as prayer and service to God. Job asked: "What is man that you visit him every morning, and test him every moment?" (v18) God do it daily because He loves us, and He preserves our lives and all that we know about Him, so that we can be with Him in eternity. If we sinned, let us come to His throne of grace that we may not be condemned at His seat of judgment. Job maintained that he was not a hypocrite, nor wicked man, yet he owns to his God that he had sinned... Reading: Job 7, God bless.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Job responded by declaring that the arrows and wrath of God is heavier to bear than any type of misfortunes. He said that he had nothing to offer for his own relief, and they are like tasteless food, and loathsome. He desired death, that God should "cut me off" as the best solution for his miseries (v9). Job knew that no one can endure God's wrath, and he has no strength like the strength of stones that can stand in His anger (v12). He was so disappointed with his friends who were rejoicing with him in time of prosperity, but hitting him hard in time of afflictions. He compared them with the brook that passes away in summer time. Job maintained that he was ready to yield if his friends can prove that he was in error. It could be that Job had been in fault, yet they ought not to have given him such a hard words... Reading: Job 6, God bless.
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Eliphaz declares that many of God's people had been visited with Divine judgments because of their foolishness and irresponsibility. It seems that Job had done some foolish things by which he had brought himself into this type of suffering. He also accused Job by depending himself and quarreling with God instead of seeking Him (v8). That if Job will only seek God, he will find out that He is the Source of marvelous and innumerable blessings, but frustrates the devices of evil men. God's desire is to help the helpless, depend the weak, and save the needy. At the end, Eliphaz gave Job a caution that he should not despise the chastening of God as the son to his father, for it is for his own good. He also encouraged Job to submit his condition to God, because a good and faithful man will always be happy though he be afflicted in his lifetime. Though God may allow him to be wounded, yet He supports his people in time of pains and afflictions... Reading: Job 5, God bless.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015
After Job made complaints about his condition, his friend Eliphaz spoke with sympathy, but charged Job that his misfortune was a result of personal sins. He said that a good man can never be destroyed as such, but "those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same" (v8). Through experience and observation, as Eliphaz continued, God can destroy evil men and women and vanish them in a blast of His anger. If God had punished the erring angels in the past, He can do the same with erring men and women that are made of clay. In a vision, he said further, that ever since the humanity had sinned against God, it is hard now for people to receive good news with spirit being like God. Men cannot pretend to be better than His Creator, because the very foundation of his body is made of clay. His wisdom, beauty, achievements, and all his works and understanding is comparable only to a dust... Reading: Job 4, God bless.
Friday, January 23, 2015
For the grievous things that happened to Job, he complained about the day when he was born, and for the attention his parents had given to him. In front of his 3 friends, he spoke of darkness, mourning, barrenness, grave and death, words that should not be uttered by a man and woman of God in time of severe trials. "Why did I not die at birth?" (v11). He was like a man who had lost his way, not knowing the right escape. He was in pain and almost unwilling to live after the disaster. "The things I greatly feared has came upon me" (v25). Man's greatest fear includes failure, rejection, and death, but praise the Lord, we have been delivered from all fears and worries. The song said, "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow... all fear is gone... He holds the future." God's greatest gift to humanity is salvation in Christ Jesus. The earth is full of goodness and blessings when Jesus was born. But we must look unto Him always both in good and bad time, until the faith be formed in our hearts... Reading: Job 3, God bless.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015
The devil destroyed Job's businesses, killed his own children, and this time, inflicted his body with sores and sicknesses. Satan had judged Job of materialism and self-centerdness, to provoke him to curse God, but he was wrong. Job holds fast his integrity, his greatest weapon, even from his wife's insult and persecution. In most cases, this is the situation of God's servants, often falsely blamed and accused by the devil and his servants. Yet, Satan and his agents work within their boundaries, chained like the roaring lion. Their goal is to scare us and demolish our faith in Christ the Lord. "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" (v10). It means, we need to open our eyes that God allows all things to happen, and that He knows what is going on, and He is in control of all things. Soon his friends came, and thanks be to God for our faithful Christian friends who can sympathize with us in such a time as this... Reading: Job 2, God bless.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Job lived in the time of the patriarchs with great possessions, and said to be the greatest man of all people of the East, and yet godly. The instructions to be learned from his patience and faith are as useful and relevant in our time, and as much needed as ever. It shows that it is not impossible for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God, because by the grace of God temptation of worldly wealth may be overcome. His sufferings began from the evil intention of Satan, with God's permission for a holy purpose. Immediately, he lost his businesses and his beloved children. Jesus taught us to pray always, to deliver us from the evil one because there is an evil spirit, the enemy of God who seeks to distress and leads God's people away from the love of God. The story said that in the midst of the trials, Job did not sin but humbled himself under the hand of God. Indeed, we brought nothing of this world and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. May the Lord cover us always by the holy blood of the Lamb... Reading: Job 1, God bless.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Mordecai was indeed great in the eyes of God, and his goodness gave him more opportunities to do better things for the sake humanity. He did not seek his own wealth, but the welfare of his people and of the citizens of the empire as well. Very few leaders have this kind of hearts, and instead they use their power to harm and hurt people. God gave us specific assignments and we are not required to do what is not in our power, but all are bound to live under the influence of godly men and women whose examples are written in the Scriptures. If we live by faith in Christ our Lord, we can live according to the ability He gave us to promote His glory and the best interest of the people around us... Reading: Esther 10, God bless.
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Monday, January 19, 2015
There is power in unity as the Jews united themselves to fight against their enemies. They stand fast in the unity of the spirit, and with one mind, striving together to win the battle that was set before them. The devil's advocate will always thrive to harm God's people in this world, but praised be to God who always give us victory in Christ our Lord. As the Jews celebrated the feast of Purim for the first time because of this triumph, we also ought to celebrate the victory of the cross as Jesus Christ rose from the grave for the salvation of the whole humanity. And when we have received great favor and mercies from our Father God, it is best for us to be speedy in making thankful returns to him always. May the Lord teach us to rejoice always, with the holy joy and anticipation of the blessed return of our King and Savior, Jesus Christ. Reading: Esther 9, God bless.
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Saturday, January 17, 2015
The riches of the world's people will be transferred to God's people. As Isaiah declared, "I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the LORD , the God of Israel, who calls you by your name" (Isa 45:3). Haman had restored his treasure on earth, but he died and taking nothing out of it. And Esther had turned all evil things of Haman into good. Here we see the vanity of laying up treasure upon the earth. Like Esther we should fall down and ask Jesus for the deliverance and salvation of our people, because we can not save them but God... Reading: Esther 8.
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Friday, January 16, 2015
The wickedness of Haman to destroy God's people can be seen and felt in our days. They used sword, bomb, gun, deception, trick, and all forms of tactics to destroy and deceive many people specially the followers in Christ. Like Queens Esther, we must approach the King of kings on His throne with reverence and boldness, because He is able and willing to do exceeding abundantly, beyond all we can ask or think. King Ahasuerus was angry, and there is no mercy when wicked things are done even by his most trusted adviser Haman. At the end, Haman and his family were all hanged on the gallows he did for Mordecai. The Bible says, "The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin" (Prov. 5:22). The day is coming when every evil thing will be destroyed, and the faithful Christians will gladly see their final salvation in Christ... Reading: Esther 7, God bless.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
The man's heart is the most deceitful of all things. Haman thought the king valued him more than anyone else in the kingdom, but he was deceived by his own heart. When the king honored Mordecai, he was and struck and shocked because Mordecai was the man whom he hated above all people. The good works of Mordecai had been done long ago, and the king did not overlook those works. In our services in the kingdom, the King of kings will never fail to look after our labor for Him. Jesus Christ is omniscient, all-knowing, and He knows our hardship, both pains and struggles, and our labors in the Lord are not in vain. Always check the esteem and opinion which others profess for us, because only the words of Jesus can judge the whole things. Pray and be watchful always that we may not fall into the temptation of this world... Esther 6, God bless.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Esther's bold action to meet the king without any appointment is not only answered prayer after 3 days fasting, but an act of faith that can move mountain. The king did not only give Esther favor, but even willing to give up to half the kingdom. Remember that when the righteous began to do something for the sake of God's people, Satan, in the personality of Haman was also planning to do against them. Paul said that we are not ignorant of Satan's devices (2 Cor 2:11). Esther went even without a call from the king, unlike us Christians, we have been called by Jesus to come to Him, and be His ministers and servants. Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of His grace, it is open and His arms are welcoming us. But the people like wicked Haman will be punished! It may not be today nor tomorrow, but surely, they will stand in God's presence on the day of reckoning. Reading: Esther 5, God bless.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
In time of turmoil, Mordecai asserted his connections with God's people, an excellent demonstration of his support. He lamented and agonized, seeking on how he might help them from annihilation. Esther joined him and declared 3 days fasting, with the willing heart to perish for the sake of his people. As God's elect, we are prone to all types of destructions, but when the cause of Christ demand it, we must be willing to take up His cross and follow Him. There is no other thing in this world more glorious than obeying the will of Jesus Christ even at the lost of one's life. Millions of people in all generations had perished for the sake of righteousness and they are now living in the presence of the Lord. We should consider for what end God has put us in the place where we are now, and make sure that we do not let it slip... Reading: Ether 4, God bless.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
As a devout Jew, Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, an enemy of God's people. He knew that only God is worthy of honor and reverence. It is true that we must honor people whom honor is due, but honoring wicked people like him is far his mind. This story teaches that God's people should not obey men's laws which breaks the law of God. And the Christians are no longer ignorant of this issue. Two things may happen when we follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit, either destruction from the enemies or salvation from the Lord. Either way, we will always be victorious in eternity, in the power of the name of Jesus... Reading: Esther 3, God bless.
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The situation of Esther to participate in such a beauty contest may look sinful to others, but this case must be taken as custom on those time in that country. All women will be king's mistresses, but Esther will be the wife and queen. The 12 months preparation in order to meet the king in just one night is a glimpse for our whole life preparation in order to meet the King of kings is the air in a twinkling of an eye. Our meeting with the King of heaven will not be a one night stand, but will be with Him forever and ever after attending the marriage of the Lamb. Are you guys preparing to meet Him? Reading: Esther 2, God bless.
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Friday, January 9, 2015
Ahasuerus made an extravagant feast, inviting all officials of his vast territories, to show his power and the riches of his kingdom. But his wife Vashti refused to attend, and made a feast for the women in the palace instead. Furious, the king had decided to remove her from her royal position, and look for a new queen who would be better than she. In Ancient Near East (ANE), a person can be removed immediately from his/her position or job because of incompetence, disobedience and stubbornness. It may be true to our assignment with God, that those who are careless and negligent to their ministries in His kingdom may bring trouble upon themselves. Jesus told his disciples to be fruitful. He expects that we will be productive and profitable in our businesses with Him.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
"Remember me O Lord" was the cry of Nehemiah for all his works and passion to purify his people from all forms of wickedness and disobedience. He knows that Israel was called to be God's peculiar people, and not to mingle with the pagan nations. On Sabbath they were supposed not to work, on marriage they were commanded to marry their fellow Jews only, ten percent of their income belongs to the Lord to support the needs of the Levites, the priests should not compromise their faith and position for the sake of their ministries, and all should learn and understand the causes of their downfall in the past; sin and disobedience. Nehemiah looked up to his God on every situation and committed all his activities unto Him. God is not unjust, He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him. Indeed, Jesus Christ is our reward... Nehemiah 13, God bless.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The dedication of the wall in Jerusalem was a reminder that they are God's people chosen to fulfill His plan in the world. To dedicate a thing, a place or a person unto the Lord is an act of faith, a declaration that they are devoted and exclusive for the Lord's use. They are holy to the Lord, that they do not belong to anyone else but only to God. For that reason, we are concerned to the cleansing and purity of our whole being. Those who are assigned to sanctify others, must sanctify themselves and set themselves apart from this world. As followers of Christ, we have been forgiven, we have been sanctified, and we will be glorified soon, so that all our possessions and enjoyments in life are made holy unto the Lord. Our focus in life is to be more careful and cheerful in doing our duties, that they are indeed acceptable to God, and turn to good account in Christ Jesus... Nehemiah 12, God bless.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The people were distributed in various cities of Judah, and one out of ten were allowed to live in the holy city. They were given specific task to perform, and each one has his or her own ministerial assignment for the people and for God. This story gave us a glimpse that God had decided in what part of the earth men should have lived, and in what part of world history people should have appeared. Paul said that "God marked out their (people) appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands"(Acts 17:26). Our role is to seek God's perfect will that may give pleasure unto Him, so that men in our age may be blessed through our lives. It is also one way of preparing the next generation for their assignments that God has prepared for them... Nehemiah 11, God bless.
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Monday, January 5, 2015
The returnees had made a covenant to separate themselves from the peoples of the land including their wives and children, a very hard thing to do for those who really love their families. They did it for the sake of the Lord's holy name. They devote themselves in the study of the word of God, obey the commandments, observe ordinances, bring the offerings, and install the priests and Levites in the temple service. No one was exempt for giving their tithes including the priest and Levites. In this chapter shows the importance of both private and public worship, which means our personal devotion and obedience to God, and our participation in congregational activities such as Sunday worship, Bible Study, evangelism, fellowship, etc. We must do what we can in works of humility and love, performing our duties with gladness in Christ our Lord... Reading: Nehemiah 10, God bless.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
The prayer in this chapter brings them back to their history, a recollection of the past; the greatness and favor of God to their ancestors, the provisions He had bestowed, the rebellion they had done, and the readiness of God to forgive their iniquities. As we study the Bible and compare ourselves on the persons that God wanted us to be, we discover our self-centeredness and incompetency to do the works of the Holy God. We exist because of His great love, we work because of His favors, we are in the kingdom because of His will. Our response should be similar to the prayers of the Israelites by acknowledging God's power and sovereignty, and a sweet promise of total obedience because God is ready to pardon. Instead of condemning ourselves for our past failures, let us move on into maturity and come with boldness to the throne of our living God, Jesus Christ... Nehemiah 9, God bless.
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Friday, January 2, 2015
While Nehemiah restored the walls, Ezra restored the Law of Moses. All the people stood up when he began to read the word of God. In some Christian groups, they follow this tradition when the pastor begins to read the Bible. Here shows the importance of teaching ministry, as Ezra's assistants gave the sense and helped the people about the meaning of the day's reading. Indeed, the word of God demands special attention, because carelessness will bring people to a wrong decision in a slippery and chaotic surrounding. The result was unity, and the Jews sent their portions to eat, drink and celebrate the feast of Tabernacles. Their strength includes the joy in the Lord because the better we understand the Word of God, the more comfort we find in it. In opposite, the darkness of trouble comes when the darkness of ignorance remains... Reading: Nehemiah 8, God bless.
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Thursday, January 1, 2015
After finishing the wall, Nehemiah returned to Persia as he had promised to King Artaxerxes to make progress report. Then he returned to Jerusalem with a new commission and purpose; to care for the people, preserve legitimate Israelites, and to protect the entire city from their enemies, corruption and sins. Nehemiah knew that only God can protect the nation, but the knowledge that God gave should be utilized for the benefits of each one of them. The safety of the place defends upon the cooperation of each citizen. The land is a gift from God and it must give glory to God and edify one another. The names mentioned in here is a reminder that our names also are written in the book of life in heaven, and therefore we must be prudent and diligent to care for His gifts. Reading: Nehemiah 7, God bless and Happy New Year to all winners.