Devotional Thought for Today – 04/28/2021

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Zephaniah 3

Some context is (as always) need here to grasp the full meaning of this verse. First is the book itself being a pronouncement of God’s judgment over the whole earth. Of course in typical Biblical fashion Judah, Israel, and the surrounding nations are used as examples.

Here in Chapter three v.1-7, should be pretty obvious even to the non-biblical or casual reader, Woe (judgment is coming) to her who is… this is all about rebuking the nation of Israel (and any such nation today) for her ongoing sin. In v.8, we see God has decided to gather all the nations, so He can purposely pour out His wrath, even all my fierce anger… upon them.

But that is so cruel, and not like a “loving God?” I have heard that so many times, like it, is all upon God’s to do things and man has NO RESPONSIBILITY in this at all. Folks, God gave up far more than we ever could or would. He is the sovereign creator of the universe and as such His righteous judgment reigns.

This brings us to our text for today, having revealed the judgment the nations deserve God also reveals HOPE! Here is how:

  • Everyone will speak the same – I am not going to argue here whether this is all one language or not as some declare. What is apparent from the text and original Hebrew is that everyone will be speaking in the same manner, which is with a Godly reverence in Spirit and truth.
  • Everyone will call upon the Lord in one accord – All will be worshiping the Lord without the distractions of denominations differences, political, regional, or other boundaries.
  • Everyone will serve the Lord in one accord – The Puritan Catechism and others declare the Chief end of man to be Man’s chief end are to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31) and to enjoy Him forever (Ps. 73:25-26). In Revelation 22:3, we find that in eternity man will do much the same glorify God (Worship) and enjoy (serve) Him forever.

Zephaniah is for certain a prophetic book, but this verse can be applied to God’s people today. There is no reason we can not and should not all “Speak” the same language in Spirit and Truth. Put aside our petty denominational (I am not suggesting we fellowship with cults and obvious violators of God’s Word) differences and Call Upon the Lord, especially in prayer for the nation. Finally, we can and should all ensure Man’s chief end are to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

Sunday’s Sermon Series – REASON TOGETHER

Come Now, and Let Us Reason Together” - ppt download

Isaiah 1:18-20 AMP and RVR 1960


The book of Isaiah recounts Israel’s ongoing rebellion against God. Despite this God continues to offer them forgiveness and redemption. 

Isaiah recounts an ongoing call to repentance, to turn from their evil ways and do what is right before God. Chapter One begins v.1-9 describing that rebellion. Then in v.10-17 we read of God who has had enough of a stiff necked people. 

Finally in our text God through Isaiah makes a most interesting statement; “Come now, and let us reason together,”  He is proclaiming that among all the wayward people their is a remnant, a small group who could still reason out right and wrong when it came to obeying God. 

I chose this as today’s sermon first because it was one of my devotional verses for today, but also because I pray there is a remnant here in America. A small group that is committed to the Judaeo-Christian principles upon which this nation was founded. That is fed up with the unbiblical socialist rhetoric being shouted by a pretentious and spurning minority. That will stand up to be counted and say, “Come now, and let us reason together,”  to Make America Godly Again


 

SERMON:

Seduced With Flattery

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Con lisonjas seducirá a los violadores del pacto; mas el pueblo que conoce a su Dios se esforzará y actuará. (RVR 1960) 


It is human nature to be appreciated. Anyone who says they do not like to get an attaboy for a job well done is either lying or just full of false humility. Husbands you understand try going a week without telling your wife “I love you” and see how that goes :). 

But there is a H U G E difference between being paid a compliment for doing well, loving someone, etc. and seducing them with (AMP) smooth words [of flattery and praise]. 


CONTEXT:

Daniel 11 is arguably one of the most detailed and involved prophecies in the Bible. I will not attempt to put to pen what other great scholars have done before me. I will provide the following to give context to our text today:

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible – Unabridged Daniel Overview

Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) Daniel Chapter 11 

John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible- Daniel 11 Overview 

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge – Daniel Oveview by Arend Remmers

If I had to give my BRIEF overview of Daniel I would first divide it into two main sections. Chapters 1-6 being the reign of current world kingdoms Greek and Persian. The Chapters 7-12 The future kingdoms (Prophecy) and the remnant. 

Borrowing from Matthew Henry, we find in chapter 11 v.1-30 the angel of the Lord shows Daniel that there will be a time coming of great conflict, strife and wars. Many will be deceived but God will remain sovereign and in control. 


 

BREAKDOWN: 

He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant,

Here is the key point of this verse (not the prophecy part) that so called believers will be seduced away by flattery. People will be so consumed with self, that God will test their faithfulness to His commandments and see if they can pass muster. 

It should be evident by the lackluster, water-down Gospel messages being preached by unbiblically qualified (READ THE BOOK) persons, and being accepted by multitudes that Daniel’s prophecy is at least in some part unfolding. We same the same thing expressed  by Paul in 2 Timothy 4:3 (AMP) For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold,

I know there will be some who will say, ‘what gives God the right’, hello He is GOD! The all powerful creator of the universe who sent His only begotten Son for a propitiation for man’s sin. Something we are totally incapable of doing or desiring to do on our own.

but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.

Yet a remnant  both in the time of Daniel, today and in the time the prophecy will be fulfilled will be found. These are those who LOVE God above all else, who as the (AMP) version puts it; …[are spiritually mature and] know their God will display strength and take action [to resist]. 

These folks know God, what a wonderful concept. Knowing God, while I and not sure we will ever truly and fully know God, His Word says He has given everything we need to live a very spiritual and godly life


APPLICATION:

Today’s application is simple, resist the fluff and go for the stuff. Be spiritually mature and do not fall prey to the make you feel good emotional garbage being spewed from so many pulpits today. God never called us to have itchy ears He called us to share the Genuine Gospel Message. Are you one of the Remnant? 

Who is a God like You

Micah 7:18

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Who is a God like You, who forgives wickedness
And passes over the rebellious acts of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He [constantly] delights in mercy and lovingkindness. (AMP)

¿Qué Dios como tú, que perdona la maldad, y olvida el pecado del remanente de su heredad? No retuvo para siempre su enojo, porque se deleita en misericordia. (RVR1960)

     Have you ever stood by the edge of the sea and felt the power of under tow. Or maybe you have never ventured to an ocean but have stood at the base of a mountain (or better on top) and taken in all of it’s majesty. Some have never left the great plains but have seen them rolling on what seems like forever. All of these are just a portion of the many ways we know there is no God like the God of the Bible the creator (Genesis 1) of all things. 

In our text this morning Chapter 7 begins with the prophet Micah crying out “Woe is me” because the nation of Israel has once again gone astray and failed to follow God’s commands. He goes on in v.7 to say Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me. 

We know that salvation comes from God alone, by Faith alone through Christ alone Micah did also. He will look to the Lord, and he will wait for the God of my salvation. But he did not sit idly by (waiting) he confessed  v.8-13 of the sins of Israel. 

In v.14-17  Micah calls upon the promised comfort of God for those who turn (repent) from their evil ways. Then we get to our main text v.18: 

Who is a God like You, What other (false) god could compare to a God like you who has come through for this nation of sinners so many times, never wavering on your promises

who forgives wickedness; Time after time you are ready to forgive our transgressions, when others are so ready to condemn us

And passes over the rebellious acts of the remnant of His possession? This is not to imply God did not or does not require payment or actions for our sins. Christ paid the Sin penalty for God’s elect, we must act accordingly and ask forgiveness whenever we sin (1 John 1:9)

He does not retain His anger forever, God hates sin (and the sinner) but a loving God does not retain that hate against those who repent.  

Because He [constantly] delights in mercy and lovingkindnessMicah tells us why God does not hold a grudge or retain anger, it is because His nature is one of mercy and lovingkindness. The Psalmist put it this way Psalm 147:11 The Lord favors those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience], Those who wait for His mercy and lovingkindness.

There is no other God like that of the Bible; one so ready to forgive those who are so ready to offend. 

Who is a God Like Unto Thee

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Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?(*) He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 – Micah 7:18-19 (KJV)

(*) At first glance many will just read over this (and much of the Old Covenant/Testament with little thought other than ‘that’s nice’ or ‘I knew that’ or some such thing. But pause a moment to really thing about what is written here in these two verses.

God pardons, that is as He did not see it, completely ignoring it forgiving it having compassion upon those who have transgressed (sinned against Him). There are few questions that arise from these passages of scripture; 1) Who is it that God forgives and has compassion for and 2) Why does God choose to does this. 

First; this is clearly aimed at God’s chosen people,the remnant of his heritage”, His elect. The bible in Verses like Isaiah 1:18, Acts 3:19 and 1 John 1:9 make it clear that only those who repent and ask for forgiveness will receive it. The unregenerate, unbelieving do not see their sinful ways and will never do this. 

Second: God is both a just and merciful God. He does not simply overlook our sin for all transgression must be punished Num 14:18Romans 3:22-26 (AMP). So why does God forgive any sin, because he delighteth in mercy.” Think on that a moment and realize once again there is nothing you can do it is all about God and God alone, Sola Deo Gloria!

Third: I forgot to mention the implied third question these verses leave us with. If God only pardons His elect that is His chosen people what happens to the remainder of folks?  Romans 1:18-32 makes it clear man is without excuse and .v32 “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”   -Mike

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