Thursday, November 27, 2014

Old Testament Verses that Predict Jesus' Birth, Death, and Resurrection

GOD, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the Words of My roaring? Psalm, Chapter 22, verse 1. 
For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet.  I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me.  They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.  But be not Thou far from Me, O LORD, O My strength, haste Thee to help Me.  Psalm, Chapter 22, verses 16-19.

When I read this in Psalm, 22, I’m confused and amazed at the same time!  David is talking about when Jesus is crucified yet it’s many, many years before Jesus is even born.  I don’t profess to be a theologian, but I remember Jesus saying He had to fulfill the Scriptures.  So, I guess David and others told of the details that would happen to Jesus long before He was born.  Then, when Jesus had accomplished these prophesies, people would truly know He is the Son of God.
It’s distressing that so many people are looking for proof that Jesus is the Savior.  It’s like they want Jesus to come and touch them on the shoulder and say, “Sally, I want you to quit doubting My existence.  Now that you have seen Me, you know that I’m your Savior.”
It’s sad that they are missing out on a relationship with Him because they don’t read the Bible and are not aware of Jesus’ love for us through His death and Resurrection.  The Bible has so many passages that foretold of the birth, life, death and Resurrection of Jesus and how these Scriptures have been fulfilled that it would be difficult for skeptics to continue to ignore the Truth.

Here are some other passages that foretell of Jesus in the Old Testament:

*Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel.  Butter and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.  Isaiah, Chapter 7, verses 14-15.
*For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6.
*Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the Arm of the LORD revealed?  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him,  He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His Mouth: He is brought as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a Sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His Mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.  And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, either was any deceit in His Mouth.  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His Soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.  He shall see of the travail of His Soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my Righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors: and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  Isaiah, Chapter 53, verses 1-12.
*Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.  In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Jeremiah, Chapter 23, verses 5-6.

*And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for His only Son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for His first born.  Zechariah, Chapter 12, verse 10.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Do the Words That Come Out of My Mouth Reflect My Faith in Jesus?

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer.  Psalm, Chapter 19, verse 14.

I have said something similar to this in church for years, but do I always think about what I’m really saying or do I just rattle it off in a routine fashion?  I hate to admit it, but sometimes the latter is true.  Yet, I would like the words that come out of my mouth and all my thoughts to be ones that glorify God and make Him proud of me.
I also find myself thinking and saying things that don’t glorify God and don’t make me the best example of my love for Him.  Maybe if I put more thought into what I’m saying at church, I might be a better example of what I think and say elsewhere.
Here are some related passages:
*And He called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.  Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 10-11.

*Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.  Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 17-20.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nothing to Worry About

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth!  Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.  When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth!  Psalm, Chapter 8, verses 1-9.

Reading this makes me think of how foolish it is for me to worry.  If God can do all of this, surely He can take care of my concerns.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Are Our Heads Turned Because of Flattery?

Lead me, O LORD, in Thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make Thy way straight before my face.  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.  Psalm, Chapter 5, verses 8-9.
People’s flattery of us does not always reflect their true intent.
Here is a related passage:

*Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.  Psalm, Chapter 62, verse 9.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Not Blaming God for Our Problems

All the while my breath is in me, and the Spirit of God is in my nostrils; My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I won’t remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live. Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous. For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Job, Chapter 27, verses 3-9.

This is when Job had suffered many tribulations and his so-called friends were trying to help him. They challenged Job and his beliefs, but Job never wavered. He wouldn’t turn away from believing in God, even amidst his tragic situation. I want God to always keep my focus on Him. I never want to turn my back on God or to blame Him for my problems.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

When We Truly Ask Him, God Forgives Us of All Our Past

Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humblest himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And prayed unto Him: and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD, He was God. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 33, verses 11-13.


This is the most amazing passage! Manasseh used witchcraft, used people who contacted the dead, cast spells, were into Astrology and had his children walk through fire as some ritualistic show of loyalty, which really made God upset. After Manasseh was captured and became humble, he asked God to forgive him and God did. Pure and simple!

Even if we have made some pretty poor choices in our lives, God will forgive us, just as He did Manasseh if we turn to Him and truly turn our lives around.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

This Passage Shows How God Can Take Care of Us Despite All Odds

And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; And He said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the Salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, verses 13-19.

God told Jehoshaphat that his men wouldn’t even need to fight this battle, because God wanted them to see the Salvation of the LORD. Now, Jehoshaphat didn’t doubt God. He didn’t even tell his men to carry spears with them just in case God didn’t pull through. Jehoshaphat trusted God to take care of him, just as we need to trust God will take care of us.
In the following verses, it tells how the men who wanted to fight with Jehoshaphat had hidden themselves in the countryside. Jehoshaphat had singers walk in front of his men saying, Praise the LORD for His mercy endureth for ever.” 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, part of verse 21.
Anyway, the soldiers that were in the countryside preparing to ambush Jehoshaphat and his men, killed each other instead. Jehoshaphat and his men didn’t have to lift a finger.
It says in 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, verse 29, And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
So, God used this battle as a sign to help people realize that He is the One True God, all powerful, and He takes care of His people when they obey Him.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Turning to God First When Not Well

And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. 2 Chronicles 16, verses 12-13.


This passage makes me stand up and take note. It becomes apparent to me that God wants us to turn to Him first and foremost when we are ill. I’m not saying that physicians don’t have a place, but I get a clear message that Asa didn’t turn to God at all. He put his faith totally in physicians, and he died in the natural course of his disease.

In contrast, if Asa had turned to God and put his faith in Him, he wouldn’t have died. Sometimes it gets easy to get caught up in the world of science and medicine and to put our total trust in them. I feel that although there have been many medical and scientific breakthroughs; we need to make sure our primary focus is on God. We want Him to guide us to the correct physicians, when needed and to guide those physicians in their actions.

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