Praying for the Mid-east conflicts

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 1 How  blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand in the way of those who practice evil, don’t sit where scoffers sit!  Instead, their delight is in Adonai’s commands.  They meditate day and night on His word, not the word of humanity.  They are like trees that are planted by streams— they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, and everything they do succeeds. This is our promise and we ask it for the believers in the Mid- east at this time. Not so the wicked, who are like chaff that is driven by the wind.  For this reason the wicked won’t stand up to the judgment, nor will those who practice evil stand at the gathering of the righteous.  For Adonai watches over the way of the righteous,  whose righteousness is in Christ Jesus, but the way of the one who practices evil is doomed. And do by your Word, Lord, we stand against the actions of the practicers of evil in the Mid-east today.  We call on your Spirit to do Your Will in that place; releasing the captives, protecting the innocent and avenging the oppressed.

the pain of the innocent

the pain of the innocent

Matthew 4:4,7,10,17 and 20 “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.”  “Do not put Adonai your God to the test.” “Worship Adonai your God, and serve only him.”  “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of God is near!” “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 5:3,4 “How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.  How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.   Words to meditate upon.  Words to keep when rising up, going down, at home, in the way, on the hand, on the forehead, on the doorway…immersed completely in his word.  These words can be applied to the events all around us that are contrary to God’s word in prayer and His power will be released as we continue to pray.  As Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses and the battle was to the people of God so let us raise the plight of believers and the innocent before the throne. The battle is not only physical, but also spiritual.  Let us not be weary to pray and the victory will be the Lord’s.   If you’ve been to the cross… See you at the throne…

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No good from pride…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 13:1-8

  The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

  On a bare hill raise a signal;

cry aloud to them;

wave the hand for them to enter

 the gates of the nobles.

  I myself have commanded

my consecrated ones,

and have summoned my mighty men

to execute my anger,

my proudly exulting ones.

 The sound of a tumult is on the mountains

as of a great multitude!

The sound of an uproar of kingdoms,

of nations gathering together!

The LORD of hosts is mustering

a host for battle.

  They come from a distant land,

 from the end of the heavens,

the LORD and the weapons of his indignation,

to destroy the whole land.

  Wail, for the day of the LORD is near;

as destruction from the Almighty

it will come!

 Therefore all hands will be feeble,

and every human heart will melt.

 They will be dismayed:

pangs and agony will seize them;

they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.

They will look aghast at one another;

their faces will be aflame.

This day of the Lord is not pleasant for it comes with judgment.  We should take note that the judging is done by God not any man, woman or child.  Can we get to a place where we no longer take offense at one another, but like Jesus with Peter, recognize we each are tools in the hands of the Almighty God and we serve His purpose?  Better to search and see what He is teaching us through others.  When we are the ones being used, better to just walk away and let the Spirit of the Lord complete the work than to try to become like God and understand the whys and wherefores.  Simply be willing workers for Him, obedient in all ways.  Those who will learn and grow will; those who choose to take offense have allowed pride to get in the way of the Spirit in their lives.  All the judgment we read of in scripture can be traced back to a prideful heart.  O may we learn humility, true humility that allows us to be taught and grow more like Jesus each day.

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Nothing new…learn from the past?

Ezekiel 35

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it, 3 and say to it, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you;

​​I will stretch out My hand against you,

​​And make you most desolate;

4 ​​I shall lay your cities waste,

​​And you shall be desolate.

​​Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

5 “Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, 6 therefore, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. 7 Thus I will make Mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it the one who leaves and the one who returns. 8 And I will fill its mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those who are slain by the sword shall fall. 9 I will make you perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I am the LORD.

10 “Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them,’ although the LORD was there, 11 therefore, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you. 12 Then you shall know that I am the LORD. I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’ 13 Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.”

14 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate. 15 As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom—all of it! Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” ’

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The Lord judges his own and those outside the chosen people.  He is against self-seeking, self-serving,  bullying, destroying what is given, neglect and laughing at another’s calamity.  We see these actions today from the school yard and home to the top places of government.  We are a people who too quickly  seek our own good at the expense and destruction of others.  God has judged that behavior severely in the past, will the present be any different?

Deliver us from evil…

Ezekiel 30:1-12

1 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“Wail, ‘Woe to the day!’

3 ​​For the day is near,

​​Even the day of the LORD is near;

​​It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.

4 ​​The sword shall come upon Egypt,

​​And great anguish shall be in Ethiopia,

​​When the slain fall in Egypt,

​​And they take away her wealth,

​​And her foundations are broken down.

5 “Ethiopia, Libya, [fn1] Lydia, [fn2] all the mingled people, Chub, and the men of the lands who are allied, shall fall with them by the sword.”

6 ‘Thus says the LORD:

​​“Those who uphold Egypt shall fall,

​​And the pride of her power shall come down.

​​From Migdol to Syene

​​Those within her shall fall by the sword,”

​​Says the Lord GOD.

7 ​​“They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries,

​​And her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste.

8 ​​Then they will know that I am the LORD,

​​When I have set a fire in Egypt

​​And all her helpers are destroyed.

9 ​​On that day messengers shall go forth from Me in ships

​​To make the careless Ethiopians afraid,

​​And great anguish shall come upon them,

​​As on the day of Egypt;

​​For indeed it is coming!”

10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“I will also make a multitude of Egypt to cease

​​By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

11 ​​He and his people with him, the most terrible of the nations,

​​Shall be brought to destroy the land;

​​They shall draw their swords against Egypt,

​​And fill the land with the slain.

12 ​​I will make the rivers dry,

​​And sell the land into the hand of the wicked;

​​I will make the land waste, and all that is in it,

​​By the hand of aliens.

​​I, the LORD, have spoken.”

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A king is used , with his army, to destroy a proud nation.  The forces of nature are brought into the mix and used to exact judgment and lay waste a land that is denying God.

“…I will make the rivers dry,

​​And sell the land into the hand of the wicked;

​​I will make the land waste, and all that is in it,

​​By the hand of aliens….”

God, the master of all, will not tolerate evil in his land.  He gives warning, he is longsuffering, he provides mercy, but he is just.  His word is yes and amen.  We are becoming as this nation; becoming prideful, full of ourselves and confident in our own strength and abilities; becoming  lax in living a righteous life because of his longsuffering, thinking he is not concerned with whether we are living right or not; becoming  involved in denying his existence and His part in our growth and development, and so, we too, will suffer the penalty of sin.  Judgment will fall here.  Let us not give up the work of God and continue to combat the evil in our land.  We can be a force, one-at-a-time, a voice for Him, strong in His power.  As we  pray

…Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for  yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, amen.

let us determine individually to be a light in a dark world.  Let us live daily as a people who truly love Him and worship Him.  Let us be sure to give Him all the credit and worship.  And in so doing those who cross our paths will see the difference, will take note and may desire the light instead of the darkness.

Anything of earth can be destroyed…

Ezekiel 26:7-14

“For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar [fn1] king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people. 8 He will slay with the sword your daughter villages in the fields; he will heap up a siege mound against you, build a wall against you, and raise a defense against you. 9 He will direct his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. 10 Because of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, the wagons, and the chariots, when he enters your gates, as men enter a city that has been breached. 11 With the hooves of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. 12 They will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your timber, and your soil in the midst of the water. 13 I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more. 14 I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken,’ says the Lord GOD.

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The material wealth we hold dear can be taken from us.  Anything not of God can be destroyed.  Only what is of God will last through eternity.  The devastation described here did come to pass and what was left behind by man was totally lost by a natural event of nature – Tyre sank into the sea.  We see our material goods and our human efforts today stolen, burnt, flooded.  But what we share for Christ reaps eternal benefits for those who receive and for those who share.  Where should our efforts and focus then be?

Would we judge? Will we escape?…

Ezekiel 23:32-39

“Thus says the Lord GOD:

​‘​You shall drink of your sister’s cup,

​​The deep and wide one;

​​You shall be laughed to scorn

​​And held in derision;

​​It contains much.

33 ​​You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow,

​​The cup of horror and desolation,

​​The cup of your sister Samaria.

34 ​​You shall drink and drain it,

​​You shall break its shards,

​​And tear at your own breasts;

​​For I have spoken,’

​​Says the Lord GOD.

35 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:

​‘​Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back,

​​Therefore you shall bear the penalty

​​Of your lewdness and your harlotry.’ ”
36 The LORD also said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations. 37 For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and even sacrificed their sons whom they bore to Me, passing them through the fire, to devour them. 38 Moreover they have done this to Me: They have defiled My sanctuary on the same day and profaned My Sabbaths. 39 For after they had slain their children for their idols, on the same day they came into My sanctuary to profane it; and indeed thus they have done in the midst of My house.

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In hindsight  we ask how could they and yet look around it is not so different today.  Will we escape the same judgment Samaria and Jerusalem fared?  Is God not the same God today he was then?  We are the nations who today practice the same detestable practices.  How many unborn children have been sacrificed on the altar of lust?  There is no good reason for this today with what we know about the body and how it functions.  What is lust but a “desire for what I want.”  And the unborn gets in the way, the idol of lust begs for food and we give it the child that is the fruit  of the actions.  Today, as in Ezekiel’s day, we are given opportunity to repent, turn and change.  How will our nation respond?  That depends upon the individual actions of each person.  What can we do? We can, as believers, keep our own lives pure in the cross where there is forgiveness.  We can spread that message to an unbelieving world.  We can act in love toward the rest of humanity in obedience to the Lord’s command to love our God and our neighbor.

How long, O Lord…

Revelation 6:9-10

Revelations 6:9-10   How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Ezekiel 22:1-16

1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Now, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations! 3 Then say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself. 4 You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries. 5 Those near and those far from you will mock you as infamous and full of tumult.
6 “Look, the princes of Israel: each one has used his power to shed blood in you. 7 In you they have made light of father and mother; in your midst they have oppressed the stranger; in you they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths. 9 In you are men who slander to cause bloodshed; in you are those who eat on the mountains; in your midst they commit lewdness. 10 In you men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are set apart during their impurity. 11 One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter. 12 In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me,” says the Lord GOD.
13 “Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst. 14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the LORD, have spoken, and will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you. 16 You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
Near half-way through Ezekiel and so much of this is the heart of God showing his people in detail what they do that is displeasing and detestable to him.  It shows how it hurts the Creator to witness the rebellion and disrespect in his creation, those who were created lovingly to love, not harm, to build, not destroy.
What can be gleaned from this for today?  Not much has changed!! The same offenses listed here are read about daily in our papers, on Internet news and social media, heard on radio broadcasts and TV news headlines.  We react as if it is surprising, yet mankind without a relationship with God will go this pathway.  Mankind without God will live with hatred, not love; destruction, not growth; harm, not care.  All that is good is of God and when mankind disrespect and dishonors their Creator; calling themselves creator, no good can come of it.  We pay the consequences for the bloodshed we allow.  The multitude of unborn lives scream out for justice.  The multitude of abused and neglected children and adults call out for justice.  The oppressed of all nations who seek asylum and life, cry out for justice.  Who will answer with justice if not God’s people?  Think on it…
Micah 6:8   He has shown you, O man, what [is] good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
DO JUSTLY…