contempt for Adonai bears fearful consequences…

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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From Numbers 16:

Then Datan   (Dathan) and Aviram (Abiram) came out and stood at the entrance to their tents with their wives, sons and little ones. 28Moshe (Moses)  said, “Here is how you will know that Adonai has sent me to do all these things and that I haven’t done them out of my own ambition: 29if these men die a natural death like other people, only sharing the fate common to all humanity, then Adonai has not sent me. 30But if Adonai does something new — if the ground opens up and swallows them with everything they own, and they go down alive to Sh’ol — then you will understand that these men have had contempt for Adonai.”

31The moment he finished speaking, the ground under them split apart — 32the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up with their households, all the people who had sided with Korach  (Korah)and everything they owned. 33So they and everything they owned went down alive into Sh’ol, the earth closed over them and their existence in the community ceased. 34All Isra’el around them fled at their shrieks, shouting, “The earth might swallow us too!” 35Then fire came out from Adonai and destroyed the 250 men who had offered the incense.

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/num.16>

English names for Hebrews are in parentheses placed there by this author

korah

It is a fearful thing to disrespect God.  This fear is a mix of knowledge, awareness and respect for authority.  It is wisdom.

 The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge,but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7

A knowledge of the capability, the consequences, an awareness of the danger that is potential and real, a respect for the nature of anything will give way to wisdom in how that entity is approached.

Working with raw glass is a prime example.  Raw glass when mishandled can cause deadly harm.  There is a wise, correct way to handle it.  There are precautions to take, safety gear to wear and safety measures to follow.  Those who do not use wisdom with what they have been taught and proceed with an attitude that they know better, are stronger or bigger than those who gave the instructions are often injured; some of them become drastically impaired if they live.

Knowledge of who God is and what He does was available to these men.  They were lacking in wisdom to use that knowledge and live wisely.  Fear of God is missing.  It is replaced with arrogance and confidence in self.  Lack of respect placed them in a position of peril.  Paul advises the believer to know God and live wisely.  (Ephesians 5:15) This event is recorded for the benefit of all who profess a belief in God, develop a relationship with Him through Christ, and take advantage of the grace offered.  Those in this event did none of the above.  They had knowledge but  self had risen above God and hindered their spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear.  They were deceived and it cost them.

The same is true today.  Those who are deceived are subject to God’s judgment.  It may not come in the form of the earth opening up and swallowing them but it does come in other ways.  There are plenty of testimonies available sharing that those whose eyes and ears were opened were able to be freed from the deception.

God is holy, will not be mocked or disrespected, but is also long-suffering and merciful.  It is great to be living in the days of grace, having knowledge of Jesus so abundantly available.

Pray – May we bring You praise.  May we speak as one whose eyes have been opened; as one who hears God’s words; who sees what Shaddai sees, who has fallen, yet has open eyes.  Numbers 24:3

Repent – I repent for those times I did not speak the words you gave, O God.  I repent for those who refuse to see or hear your words.

Ask – That spirit that confuses your people; that one who hinders your words from being heard or seen, may you destroy that one.  I will call on God and Adonai will save us.  He redeems us and gives us peace.  Psalms 55

Yes – I will praise you forever for what you have done, and I will put my hope in your name; for this is good in the presence of your faithful.  Psalm 52:1

Source:  Numbers 16, 24, Ephesians 5:15  and Psalms 52, 55,

 

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Understanding…

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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From John 3:

9Nakdimon (Nicodemus) replied, “How can this happen?” 10Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “You hold the office of teacher in Isra’el, and you don’t know this? 11Yes, indeed! I tell you that what we speak about, we know; and what we give evidence of, we have seen; but you people don’t accept our evidence! 12If you people don’t believe me when I tell you about the things of the world, how will you believe me when I tell you about the things of heaven? 13No one has gone up into heaven; there is only the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. 14Just as Moshe (Moses) lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.3>

*Words in parentheses are the English word for the Hebrew placed by the author.

Many still do not understand things of the earth.  And miracles thrill but they are not truly understood.  Until one enters into the Spirit by believing what Jesus says, one cannot understand. Things of the Spirit confound those outside Christ.

Miracles and signs are pursued and the Christ on the cross and its message are lost.  Jesus was lifted up and gave himself for all mankind.  All mankind continues to be split between those who believe and those who do not.  Anyone who trusts in Christ may have eternal life.

Wisdom says come to God daily to worship Him and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding as one searches scripture.  Jesus is there; throughout the Word he is presented and can be seen.  Who he is and what he does informs the seeker of truth and a way of living that lasts from now till and through eternity.

Pray – Teach me, Adonai, the way of your laws; keeping them will be its own reward for me.

Repent – I repent for often seeking the ways of mankind for understanding.

Ask – Give me understanding; then I will keep your Word; I will observe it with all my heart.  Guide me on the paths of your ways for I take pleasure in it.

Yes – See how I long for your precepts; in your righteousness, give me life!

Source: John 3 and Psalms 119:34-37

Praying Scripture…

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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Praying scripture puts the enemy to flight and rights the thinking process which, ripple effect, will go far to right actions, feelings and desires.

The breastplate of righteousness, God’s righteousness imputed to the believer, guards the heart.  Proverbs tells the believer to guard the heart for out of it flow the issues of life. Righteousness, defined right living, guards the heart.  This righteousness is God’s given to the believer through the salvation process.  Dressing in the armor daily involves putting on the belt of truth which helps to support the breastplate of righteousness.  God’s Word provides the information, the truth, that instructs in right living.  Right living decreases the points in the believer’s life that the enemy can target.

Truth and righteousness support and protect the core of the believer’s spiritual being.  Here is the strength to stand upright and move forward, not bowed over and brought down to a standstill.  The enemy’s arrows of accusation, thrusts of deception, blows of failure cannot penetrate the breastplate supported by truth.

God’s Word is truth; God’s Word states His Righteousness is given to those who receive it.  “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God.”  2 Corinthians 5:21.  It is a gift to the believer.  The believer becomes righteous, not on their own doing, it is the gift of God!  The believer can stand tall, supporting the breastplate with truth.  Put it on!

The lie of the enemy is that the believer cannot attain righteousness, they cannot be perfect as God is.  Therefore, why try?  Give up.  When the believer responds with the truth, they cannot but God has,  the lie often becomes a comparison with other believers; better than some, less than some.  Again the believer responds with truth that they are righteous because God is and He gave them His breastplate.  This is when the believer puts off their own concept of righteousness, their own sense of pride or defeat and takes on God’s righteousness, believing what God has said.  “Put off your old self which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and … be renewed in the spirit of your minds, … and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Ephesians 4:22 – 24.  An action taken on by the believer.  Take off and put on are actions.

In prayer, ask for mercy, ask for change and stay connected.  Be aware and note when self rises up to try to resist attacks in the believer’s own strength. Pray to activate God’s power in combat.

Pray – True, I was born guilty; was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.  Still, You want truth in the inner person; so make me know wisdom in my inmost heart.

Repent – Lord, I repent for giving into my own feelings and acting on them.  I repent for laying aside Your righteousness continually attempting to be righteous in my own strength.

Ask – Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness, so that the bones You crushed can rejoice.  Turn away Your face from my sins, and blot out my crimes.  Create in me a clean heart, God; renew in me a resolute spirit.

Yes – I will praise You forever for what You have done, and I will put my hope in Your name; for this is what is good in the presence of Your faithful.

 

Psalm 51 and 52

Learn from History; Avoid Deception…

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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History repeats itself as anyone who has studied old documents can say.  It makes little difference if the present society tries to rewrite history; ample documentation is found among individual writings from the participants.

Therefore it is wise to heed the consequences of actions taken in the past to avoid repeating the errors.

From Micah: Here is what Adonai says in regard to the prophets who cause my people to go astray, who cry ‘peace,’ as soon as they are given food to eat but prepare war against anyone who fails to put something in their mouths:

Put in today’s setting, are there those who cause God’s people to go astray, used by the enemy to deceive?  Any ‘word’ given that emphasizes self-worth or ability has the potential to lead away from God’s worth and ability.  Are our prophets fed well?  Do they prophesy for pay?  Do they ‘war’ by finding fault, causing strife with any who fail to ‘pay’ or do they engage in fear mongering?

In Micah it states further how God views these actions.  A good Father disciplines and corrects:

“Therefore you will have night, not vision, darkness and not divination; the sun will go down on the prophets, over them the day will be black.”

Discipline and correction is not pleasant.

“The seers will be put to shame,

The diviners will be disgraced.

They will have to cover their mouths,

Because there will be no answer from God.

On the other hand, I am full of power

By Spirit of Adonai,

Full of justice and full of might,

To declare to __________his crime,

To _____his sin.

Hear this, please, leaders of _________,

Rulers of the house of _____________,

You abhor what is just

And pervert anything that is right,

Who build up _____________with blood

And ______with wickedness.

Her leaders will sell verdicts for bribes,

Her priests teach for a price,

Her prophets divine for money—-

Yet they claim to rely on Adonai!

“Isn’t Adonai here with us?”  they say.

“No evil can come upon us.”

Therefore, because of you,

______ will be plowed under like a forested height…

There is more, much more in Micah to learn from, to take warning from, to heed the direction given and to rejoice in the promise given.

The blanks can be filled in with current names.  See if they fit and speak truthfully.  This was spoken to another people at another time but could have been saved for today.  It is wisdom to use what has been shared to judge whether anything be of God.  Do not be deceived by pretty pictures, great music, etc. For the enemy is clothed in light that is deceptive.

Pray – With all prayer and petition (I) pray at all times, 1. in the Spirit, 2. and with this in view, 3. be on the alert, with 4. all perseverance and 5. petition for all the saints, 6. and pray on my behalf.  I pray for our spiritual leaders.

Repent – I repent for selfish prayer and now ask for mercy.  I repent for not lifting up and encouraging God’s called leaders and now ask Your blessings on them.

Ask – I pray they be alert, they persevere, they pray for all saints, they stay close to God’s Word and not be deceived or used by the enemy to destroy God’s people.

Yes – I thank You for Your Word that quickens, guides, feeds, and blesses Your people.

Ephesians 6:18 source.

Bend our hearts…

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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Hosea and Psalms are the inspiration:

When Israel was a child, I loved him; and out of Egypt I called my son.

Look at a parallel between Israel leaving Egypt for a new land where they can worship the Lord their God in freedom and  those who settled this continent joining the native already here following a call out of a place where their worship was restricted.  They sought freedom to worship God as scripture taught.  And the Lord took a child-like faith and loved them, bringing them here.

Then the changes crept in like snakes in the grass.  The more they were called to holiness the farther from it they strayed.  Gods of increase, gods of self-indulgence became their idols.  They gave homage to their increase.  God says, “Yet it was I who taught (them) to walk; I took them by their arms.  But they did not know that it was I who was healing them, who was guiding them through human means with reins made of love.  With them I was like someone removing the yoke from their jaws, and I bent down to feed them.”

He goes on to say, “He (they) will not return to the land of Egypt, but Ashur (a great barbaric nation) will be his (their) king, because they refused to repent.  The sword will fall on…cities, destroying the bars of…gates, because they follow their own advice.”

And there is a move to “return to Egypt” with the creation of a one-world government; no longer separate but equal, free from any oppression outside the nation, or sovereign leadership.  The reason for this attempt to return to Egypt is “they follow their own advice.”  There is no seeking of God; asking of His wisdom, only reliance on the strength of the nation itself and the mindset of humanism.

God states further, “My people are hanging in suspense about returning to me; and though they call them upwards, nobody makes a move.”  Word goes out to return to the God of the Word, not a man-made creation of God.  Who hears, who has ears to hear, eyes to see, a mind to know and who returns?  He states, “…how can I give you up, or surrender you?…My heart recoils at the idea, as compassion warms within me.  I will not give vent to the fierceness of my rage, I will not destroy…for I am God, not a human being, the Holy One among you; so I will not come in fury.  They will go after the Lord, who will roar like a lion; for he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west. They will tremble like a bird as they come…, like a dove… and I will resettle them in their own houses.”  ( emphasis mine)

There is a remnant even today, even here, who faithfully seek the face of the Lord.  There are those who enter the holy place to intercede for this nation.  There are some who faithfully follow the precepts of the whole counsel of God as given to us, in love, to live expectantly of His redemption.

Teach me, Lord, the way of your laws; keeping them will be its own reward for me.  Give me understanding; then I will keep your Word; I will observe it with all my heart.  Guide me on the path of your commands, for I take pleasure in it.  Bend my heart toward your instructions not toward selfish gain.  Turn my eyes from worthless things; with your ways, give me life.  Fulfill your promise, which you made to your servant, which you made to those who fear you.  Avert the disgrace which I dread, for your rulings are good.  See how I long for your precepts; in your righteousness, give me life.

This prayer can be the call to all who believe that God is God, that he loves His people as He says and that he will take charge where they cannot.  His righteousness is made available to all through Christ.  He is not human but the Holy One.  He will respond to those who turn, who reject self-indulgence for self-control, who place their trust in Him not in the creation of their own hands.

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Nothing changes, everything remains the same…

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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Hosea 10

The nation belonging to God was a luxuriant vine, freely putting forth fruit.  As the fruit increased, the altars increased; as the land got better, the standing-stones improved.  The heart of the people is divided; it will bear the guilt. Spoken originally of Israel but so true of America today…

The Lord God will break down the altars and destroy the standing-stones.  For now it will be said, “There is no ‘king’ because the Lord God was not feared—and what could a ‘king’ do for us anyway?  Words are mouthed, swearing falsely, making treaties.  Thus judgment spreads like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.  Sounds like an election year in America…

Altars of gold, income?  Where is trust placed?  in wages? In the works of our hands?  Standing-stones of history are ‘improved’; rewritten to suit a new mentality.  Leaders no longer rule; they oppress and destroy what is good, just and fair.  The land is filled with words of hate and judgment from all sides.  The truth remains that there is nothing new under the sun.  And evil is called good and good is called evil; all one must do to see it is to read comments following a post or news item…

What is effective for real change and justice is turning back to God, the Creator, in repentance and prayer.  The message goes out to all; believer and unbeliever alike.  Most will harden that heart of the people and reject turning back naming it old school, seeking a new thing, satisfied to continue the arguing and fighting over words, each side claiming right and justice.  There is a way that seems right but the end of it is death; there is a narrow way and few find it.  Following the masses tells which path is being followed.  Truth is available and is eternal; it takes asking, seeking, knocking, and receiving.

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God is not fooled…

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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Hosea is the influence: spoken to Israel but certainly pertinent to today when the mind-sets are compared…

Come, let us return to the Lord, for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck, and he will bind our wounds.  After two days, he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up; and we will live in his presence.  Let us know, let us strive to know the Lord.  That he will come is as certain as morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rains that water the earth.

When distress comes upon men they turn to find relief.  When destruction comes, humanity seeks a solution.  Turning to God, they ask for restoration.  The Lord, however, sees the heart.  A punished child cries and seeks comfort.  With no real change of heart, they repeat their bad behavior and get ‘caught’ again.  Consequences follow the misbehavior and the cycle repeats until a change of heart occurs that translates into changed behavior.  The Lord takes note of the same in the unrepentant believer…

For your ‘faithful love’ is like morning cloud, like dew that disappears quickly.  This is why I have cut them to pieces by the prophets, slaughtered them with the words from my mouth—the judgment on you shines out like light.  For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

‘Prophecies’ abound today; some make great promises of wealth and well-being in sugar-laced sweetness.  Some are accompanied by fantasy-filled images lovely to behold, using light, softness, visual ‘peace.’ Then there are those predicting dire warnings, distress and destruction; offering fear and a need to stockpile goods, provisions relying on this present earth.  In all of this the believer is left to wonder at the genuineness of any of it.  Those outside the body of believers are brought to mockery and scorn.  What to do?  What to think?  What to believe?  The answers are found already spoken by God in His Living Word.

He states, “When I restore the fortunes of my people, when I am ready to heal…crimes confront me…wickedness.  For they keep practicing deceit; thieves break in, bands of robbers raid outside.  They never say to themselves that I remember their evil.  Now their own deeds surround them; they are right in front of me.  Am I supposed to redeem them, when they have spoken lies against me?  They have not cried out to me from their hearts, even though they wail on their beds.  They return, but not upward; they are like an unreliable bow.

Return…take words with you, and return to God; say to him, “Forgive all guilt, and accept what is good; we will pay instead of bulls (what is temporal) the offerings of our lips.  We will no longer call what we made with our hands our gods. [What good are wages when they are removed.  Where is true sustenance?]  For it is only in you, (God), that the fatherless can find mercy.  (Outside the relationship with God all are fatherless.)

There is hope in Christ and in His Words:  “I will heal their disloyalty, I will love them freely; for my anger has turned from him.  I will be like dew, …he will blossom like a lily and strike roots like the Lebanon.  His branches will spread out, his beauty be like an olive tree and his fragrance like the Lebanon.  Again they will live in his shade and raise grain; they will blossom like a vine, and its aroma will be like the wine of the Lebanon.”  God states, “I am like a fresh, green cypress tree; your fruitfulness comes from me.”  Let the wise understand these things, and let the discerning know them.  For the ways of the Lord are straight, and the righteous walk in them, but in them sinners stumble.

Personalize God’s Words, see how they fit, rejoice in their promise and wisdom.

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