May 31, 2020

Deuteronomy 13-17

Deuteronomy 13
Why false prophets sometimes look true — […]

Deuteronomy 15
What the Bible says about debt, poverty, hunger, and slavery[…]

Deuteronomy 16
Calendars in the Bible — […]

The king “must not have many wives.” Deuteronomy 17:17 @TheVoiceBible — […]

“As soon as this king takes the royal throne, he must write out a copy of this law for himself on a scroll with the Levitical priests looking on. He must keep this copy with him and read it every day” Deuteronomy 17:18-19 @TheVoiceBible — […]

May 24, 2020

Deuteronomy 8-12

Making you truly alive! Thoughts on Deuteronomy 8 — […]

What God wants • Observations from Deuteronomy 10-11 — […]

if you just want to have meat for a meal, if the Eternal your God has blessed you and you can afford it, you can do that in your own towns. Slaughter the animals and eat them there. …it can be a gazelle or a deer. Deuteronomy 12:15 @TheVoiceBible — […]

But discipline yourselves not to eat the blood because the blood is the soul, and you mustn’t eat the soul along with the meat. Deuteronomy 12:23 @TheVoiceBible — […]

Be very careful to do everything I’m commanding you. Don’t add anything to your worship, and don’t take anything away from it. Deuteronomy 12:32 @TheVoiceBible — […]

September 1, 2019

Armed with the name

David: You come to me carrying a sword and spear and javelin as your weapons, but I come armed with the name of the Eternal One, the Commander of heavenly armies, the True God of the armies of Israel, the One you have insulted.

This very day, the Eternal One will give you into my hands. I will strike you down and cut off your head, and I will feed the birds of the air and the wild animals of the fields with the flesh of your Philistine warriors.

Then all the land will know the True God is with Israel, and all of those gathered here will know that the Eternal One does not save by sword and spear.

The battle is the Eternal One's, and He will give you into our hands.

1 Samuel 17:45-47

August 25, 2019

Mouth + Sword

But He saves the needy from the sword, From the mouth of the mighty, And from their hand.
(Job 5:15)

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,
(Psalm 149:6)

August 18, 2019

Heart + Mouth

“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
(Deuteronomy 30:14)

Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.
(Job 22:22)

So that my heart has been secretly enticed, And my mouth has kissed my hand;
(Job 31:27)

August 11, 2019

Perfect Soundness

Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon's, greatly amazed.

So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.

“But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

August 4, 2019

To the law and to the testimony!

“For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying…” (Isaiah 8:11)

“Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait on the LORD, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him. Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel From the LORD of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion.

“And when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?

To the law and to the testimony!

“If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God, and look upward.

“Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness” (Isaiah 8:16-22).

July 28, 2019

The purpose of hell

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’

Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:31-46).
The lake of fire was prepared for the devil and demons, and they know it. One of them once asked Jesus, “Have You come here to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29). By “the time,” it is referring to a time to come when “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

The lake of fire was not prepared for people. The Lord is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Nonetheless, those that don't believe in Jesus do not have their names written in the Book of Life, and “anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

This is why Paul wrote, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

July 21, 2019

The opposite of death reigning

“If by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).

The opposite of death reigning is not life reigning, but those who have received life reigning—that's us, believers!

July 14, 2019

Why Jesus rose from the dead

“Now it was not written for (Abraham's) sake alone that (righteousness) was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:23-25).

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