Jeremiah 36:20-26

14 02 2011

Jeremiah 36:20) And they went to the king, into the court; but they stored the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the hearing of the king.

Jeremiah 36:21) So the king sent Jehudi to bring the scroll, and he took it from Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Jehudi read it in the hearing of the king and in the hearing of all the princes who stood beside the king.

Jeremiah 36:22) Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning on the hearth before him.

Jeremiah 36:23) And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.

Jeremiah 36:24) Yet they were not afraid, nor did they tear their garments, the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words.

Jeremiah 36:25) Nevertheless Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah implored the king not to burn the scroll; but he would not listen to them.

Jeremiah 36:26) And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them.

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That doesn’t sound like a big deal does it… burning a scroll.  I mean it’s only what the Nazi did during World War II.  People have this weird habit of doing what they know to be both morally and ethically wrong, and not for profit or gain just to test the limits of so-called civilized people and see how far they can go before they push past the limits and into the inhumane.

Burning the scroll wasn’t simply ignoring what some crazy guy said… it was ignoring the voice of God.  So basically Israel was inviting the Wrath of God to fall on them.  Then later on in the rest of the scripture it says God hid his followers, as he done all through history.  God will always see us through our problems, those that come from the Natural or those that come from Satan.  So let him comfort you when no one else will for he is our Rock.

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Romans 12:1-8

11 02 2011

Romans 12:1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 12:2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:3) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Romans 12:4) For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,

Romans 12:5) so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

Romans 12:6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

Romans 12:7) or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;

Romans 12:8) he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

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God really spells out what we are supposed to do with this one doesn’t he… Don’t become part of the secular world, and use the gifts that He has given you.  And yet it’s hard to follow isn’t it, “If your a good Christian you need to speak in tongues.” Is the message in most of the churches today and yet He also said, “If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.  But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.”

See God doesn’t want us just to say yabba dabba do in a language we don’t know… he wants us to glorify him.  And saying it in English, French, or Greek; we say, “We Worship you Lord.” God has given us each gifts, whether it’s to Prophesy, Tongues, Dreams, or Visions.  It’s something that God has chosen for us and each individual gift is for us to help spread his word.  The Church is his Body, not the Buildings but the individuals who make it up.

No one is less important than another; some may be richer, some better looking… but God doesn’t judge us on how big our bank account is or if we’re movie stars.  He judges us on how we act and how we live according to His Word.  Remember King David the lowliest shepherd boy and the youngest son of Jesse had the Heart that God was looking for.  God doesn’t look to how we act on the surface, he looks to those who believe in Him from our core to our everyday lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 





2 Kings 5:20-27

10 02 2011

2 Kings 5:20) But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him.”

2 Kings 5:21) So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”

2 Kings 5:22) And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.'”

2 Kings 5:23) So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him.

2 Kings 5:24) When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed.

2 Kings 5:25) Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.”

2 Kings 5:26) Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?

2 Kings 5:27) “Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.” And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.

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Sad isn’t it… God gives us so many things but we always want that one extra thing, “Oh if I have that I’ll be happy.” God doesn’t put restrictions on us to keep us from being happy, he puts restrictions on us to keep us safe.  We do the same thing with our children, “Don’t touch that it’s hot.  Don’t eat that it’s not cooked.”

When we’re young these sound like horrible rules… what about a parent that is older than creation.  Since he made it he knows how everything works.  But him giving us everything we want is a terrible thing, just like giving kids everything they want is terrible too.  All it leads to is spoiled kids who don’t understand how the real world works.

God gave us the ultimate gift already anyways; free will, so that we can be just that… free.  It may not sound like much… but in truth it was a huge risk.  God originally wanted us to live in unimaginable happiness, but through our free will and disobedience, we shape our own path.  God wants us with him but he doesn’t want mindless drones.

So the next time you ask, “How could God do this to me?” Don’t while God could control every action of your life, would it really be a life?  Just like we let our own children fall when they’re learning to walk, God let’s us fall so we will learn from our mistake and hopefully come back to him.