Even So Come!

May 20, 2017


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In His Eyes
In His eyes you are so precious in His sight –Is 43:4,1
Held in His gaze
When your eyes meet
Perfect peace  –Is 26:3
The apple of His eye Ps 17:8
Precious in His sight
Clothed in white  –Rev 3:5,19:8;Is 1:18;Ps 51:7
His bride
His delight! –Is 62:4

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Revelation 22:20-21
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

Morning Song

May 20, 2017

Lift up your head at the break of day
Lift up you voice in the morning
Sing to the Lord a new song
Sing of His strength
Sing of His love
He has done amazing deedsPs 98:1
Great and Mighty is He!Ps 150:2
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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. –Ps 143:8
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But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. –Ps 59:16

Have Hope!

May 19, 2017

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Blessed are those who trust in the LORD
And have made the LORD their hope and confidence –Jer 17:7
They will have courage and be protected
They will rest in safety –Job 11:18
And be held in perfect peace. –Isa 26:3

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer! –Ro 12:12
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Word Study
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From BibleHub Job 11:18

  • *Benson Commentary
    Job 11:18-19. Thou shalt be secure, because there is hope — Thy mind shall be quiet and free from terrors, because thou shalt have a firm and well-grounded confidence in God. Thou shalt dig — Either to fix thy tents, which, after the manner of the Arabians, were removed from place to place; or, to plough thy ground, as he had done, Job 1:14, or to make a fence about thy dwelling Thou shalt take thy rest in safety — Free from dangers and the fear of them; because of God’s fatherly providence watching over thee, when thou canst not watch over thyself. And none shall make thee afraid — Thou shalt be in perfect peace, and none shall disquiet thee; yea, many shall make suit unto thee — Desiring thy favour and friendship, because of thy great power and riches, and eminent felicity.

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From NetBible Ro 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer!

  • joyful[5463] in hope = rejoice exceedingly, be glad, “cheer”ful
    ==>rejoicing in hope, being glad in hope, cheerfully expectant
  • patient[5278] in affliction = persevere, bear trials & hold fast to faith in Christ
    ==>persevere in tribulation, endure in suffering, don’t quit in hard times
  • faithful[4342] in prayer = devoted, constant, steadfast, constantly diligent
    ==>devoted to prayer, persist in prayer, always be prayerful,  steadfast in prayer, continuing instant in prayer

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From NetBible Isa 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on You!

  • * Keep = guard, preserve
  • * Trust = firm, unwavering faith in God’s vindication{deliverance}
  • * Perfect Peace = complete security

None Can Fathom

May 19, 2017

Job 11:7-8Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave— what can you know?

Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; His greatness no one can fathom.

A Song:
No eye has seen
No ear has heard –Is 64:4;1Co 2:9
None can fathom
Or imagine
Great are You Lord
Great are You Lord
None can fathom how great You are Lord!
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Isaiah 40:13-14,28 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as His counselor? 14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way? Who was it that taught Him knowledge, or showed Him the path of understanding? …
… 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no-one can fathom{His wisdom has no limit}.

From NetBible Isa 40:28

  • *Exiled Israel’s complaint (v27) implies that God might be limited in some way. Perhaps he, like so many of the pagan gods, has died. Or perhaps his jurisdiction is limited to Judah and does not include Babylon. Maybe he is unable to devise an adequate plan to rescue his people, or is unable to execute it. But v28 affirms that he is not limited temporally or spatially nor is his power and wisdom restricted in any way. He can and will deliver his people, if they respond in hopeful faith (v31a).

No Eye Has Seen

May 18, 2017

NoEye

1 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Set your love on the Lord
Be totally devoted to HimPs 91:14
You will taste and see that the Lord is good
How blessed is the one who trusts in Him!Ps 34:8

No eye has seen or even imagined
A God like You Lord, who intervenes and acts
On behalf of those who wait for Him.
Isa 64:4

Praise You Lord Jesus
You are able to do far beyond all that we ask or think
Eph 3:20 
You are able to do the impossible! – Lk1:36-37
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Psalm 91:14-16 AMPC
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high{protect him}, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

Psalm 9:10 AMPC
10 And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity].

Related:
More Than You Can Imagine!{prayer}

Stand Upright

May 15, 2017

It’s only by the LORD’s grace, compassion and lovingkindness that we can stand upright before Him. Only when we have our faces turned toward the Son can we continue to walk uprightly on the path of righteousness(Pro 4:18).

STAND TALL – STAND UPRIGHT – Before the Lord
FACE the SON!
 
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Light dawns for the upright=>STAND TALL-STAND UPRIGHT before the Lord-FACE the SON & the shadows will fall behind!!
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Psalm 112:4 AMPC … Light arises in the darkness for the upright, gracious, compassionate, and just [who are in right standing with God].

From NetBible Ps 112:4

  • NIV … Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous.
  • NLT … When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
  • * here “light” symbolizes divine blessing in its various forms

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Psalm 11:7 …  The LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness{justice}; The upright will behold His face.

From NetBible Ps 11:7

  • * To “behold” God’s “face” means to have access to His presence and to experience His favor
  • behold[02372] = to see, perceive, prophesy, provide

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God’s Way

May 14, 2017

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Isaiah 55:8-9 … “My thoughts are not your thoughts, My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD.
“And neither are your ways My waysMy ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts”. 

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God is able to do far beyond all that we ask or thinkEph 3:20
Walk by faith, not by sight—2Cor 5:7
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Faith = belief/trust that God will make a way when you are unable to see one!

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Trust in the Lord
Seek His face –Ps 27:8
He will not forsake the ones who seek His help! –
Ps 9:10

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Tweets:
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Keep Looking Up!!

May 12, 2017

Psalm 42:5 … Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Help and my God.

Trust in the Lord
Lay your requests at His feet 

Lift up your eyes –Ps 123:1
Know where your help comes from

Help comes from the LORD
Your King and GodPs 5:2
The Maker of heaven and earthPs 121:1-2
The Sovereign Lord
Nothing absolutely NOTHING is too difficult for Him!Jer 32:17

Trust in the Lord
Lift up your soul –Ps 143:8
Expectantly wait for His answer

Keep looking up! –Ps 5:1-3
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Psalm 143:8  Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love,
For I have put my trust in You.
Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.

Psalm 5:1-3 … Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my complaint.
2 Listen to my cry for help
My King and my God,
For to You pray.
3 In the morning I lay my requests before You
And expectantly wait for Your answer
I will look up!

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 42:5
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, For the help of His countenance.

  • countenance[06440] = face, presence
  • help[03444] = saving intervention, victory

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From NetBible Ps 123:1To You I lift up my eyes

  • lift up[05375] = marry, desire, long for

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From NetBible Ps 143:8

  • * The morning is sometimes viewed as the time of divine intervention ( Ps 30:5; 59:16; 90:14).
  • * To lift up your soul to the Lord means “to desire; to long for the Lord”

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From NetBible Ps 5:3

  • In the morning is here viewed as the time of prayer (Ps 59:16; 88:13) and/or of deliverance (Ps 30:5).
  • look up[06822] = keep watch, observe closely, await expectantly

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Related:
Lift Up Your Eyes{article}

Paradise

May 10, 2017

From the Abraham’s Bosom Study – Paradise in the bible is very interesting. It appears 3 times in the New Testament.

Luke 23:43And He said to him[the thief], “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

From NetBible Lk 23:43

  • In the NT, paradise is mentioned three times. Here it refers to the abode of the righteous dead. In Rev 2:7 it refers to the restoration of Edenic paradise predicted in Isa 51:3 and Ezek 36:35. In 2 Cor 12:4 it probably refers to the “third heaven” (2 Cor 12:2) as the place where God dwells.

The thief on the cross before Jesus is risen is among the righteous dead in Paradise

2 Corinthians 12:2-4I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— 4 was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

Paradise is in the third heaven where God dwells

Revelation 2:7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.

To eat of the tree of life means eternal life.
=> To be in Paradise is to have eternal life
=> In the restored Eden
=> In the New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem(Rev 21)

John 17:3This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

To be in Paradise = Eternal Life in the New Restored Eden means being in relationship with the Father, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom the Father sent.

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Related:
Abraham’s Bosom Study

Abrahams Bosom Study

May 8, 2017

Luke 16:19-31
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

  1. Who is this parable aimed at? Who is the rich man?
    v19: The rich man loved to live in splendor and dress up his outward appearance
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    Luke 16:14-15Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
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    Luke 11:43 … Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places.
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    Matthew 23:27-28“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
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  2. Who is the rich man’s Father?
    v24: Rich man cries to Father
    V25: Abraham answers
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    John 8:39-40,44-47They[Jews Pharisee] answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus *said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. …
    … 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
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  3. Where did the rich man go?
    v23: Hades – a place of torment
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  4. What is meant by the bosom of Abraham? 
    v25 : a place of comfort
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    From NetBible Study Dictionary

    v22-23: refers to the custom of reclining on couches at table, which was prevalent among the Jews, an arrangement which brought the head of one person almost into the bosom of the one who sat or reclined above him. To “be in Abraham’s bosom” thus meant to enjoy happiness and rest at the banquet in Paradise(Lk 23:43(with Christ/repentance), 2Cor 12:2-4(3rd heaven), Rev 2:7; Jn 17:3(eternal life)). The rabbis divided the state after death into a place for the righteous and a place for the wicked.

    *Thus, John leaned on the bosom of Jesus at supper (Jn 21:20).

    *Jesus leans on the Father’s bosom(Jn 1:18)
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    Matthew 8:11-12And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 but the sons of the kingdom{Jews like Jn 8} will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    From the Old Testament

    Hagar was in Abraham’s bosom(Gen 16:5)

    The Lord carries the lambs close to His heart/bosom(Isa 40:11)

     

  5. Who is the Father of Lazarus? What does the name Lazarus mean?
    v20: The name Lazarus[2976] means “whom God helps”
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    Galatians 3:6-9 NASB … Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. 8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.  
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  6. What was promised to Abraham?
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    Genesis 12:3 NASB … And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
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    Genesis 22:16-18 NASB … “By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you[Abraham] have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
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  7. What is Abraham’s seed? Who are Abraham’s children?
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    Galatians 3:16
    Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.
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    Jesus is the promised seed – the hope of mankind through Mary(the womans seed (Gen 3:15)
    See: Genealogy of Jesus
    See: Prophecy: The Promised Seed(Line of Mary)
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    Jesus is the son of Abraham through the royal bloodline(Mt 1:1).
    See: Prophecy: Royal Line Through David’s Son Solomon
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    Romans 5:17 … For if by the transgression of the one[Adam], death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
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  8. What did Abraham do by faith?
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    Hebrews 11 =>
    The Triumphs of faith!

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=> the rich man is the son of Abraham in the flesh but not in the spirit of faith

=> Lazarus is the son of Abraham in the spirit of faith

Hebrews 11:13-16 … All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.