Surrounded

Since returning from Israel, several have asked me if I was afraid while I was there.

Nope. Israel has the best intelligence and defense in the world. They have to because they are surrounded by their enemies.

2 Chronicles 21:10, 21, “So Edom revolted against Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time against his rule, because he [Jehoram] had forsaken the Lord God of his fathers. …21) Then the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabs who bordered the Ethiopians.”

New American Standard Bible

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Edom was a country southeast of Judah. Libnah was a city southwest of Jerusalem. Philistia was a country west of Judah and Israel to the north. Ethiopia was southwest.

“Rest from enemies is part of God’s blessing for obedience in Chronicles (14:5-7; 15:15; 1 Chronicles 22:8-9, 18). Righteous kings have victory in warfare (Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Uzziah, Hezekiah), while wicked rulers experience defeat (Jehoram, Ahaz, Joash, Zedekiah).”

New International Version Study Bible notes on 2 Chronicles 20:30

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2 Chronicles 20:30, “And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.”

New International Version

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When I don’t have peace on every side, I need to examine my heart, motives, and intentions. Every day, I need to evaluate my attitude. I can’t rely on anything in the past. God commended Jehu for doing well, executing what is right, and following His heart, 2 Kings 20:30.

2 Kings 21:31, “But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin.”

New American Standard Bible

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My first glimpse of Jerusalem.

The result of carelessness? The Lord began to cut off portions from Israel, 2 Kings 21:32, 33.

Carelessness will cost me!

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September 29, 2013

Yesterday, my family helped my son’s family move. Being housebound, all I could do was make lunch and send it with them. I spent the day setting out fall decorations.

I don’t understand why I was the one who pulled a muscle! I pulled a box of candles from the shelf, turned to walk away and the box stayed. It was stuck. That was how I pulled the muscle in my side.

In my study today, God showed me that He sees me. Even though I was not doing the work of moving, I still mattered. He cares as much about my pulled muscle as He does about the rest of my family’s aching backs.

I thought today’s verse was a mistake. I found out why later.

1 Chronicles 6:16, “The sons of Levi, Gershom, Kohath and Merari.”

“This repetition (see v. 1) is made, as the historian here begins to trace the genealogy of the Levitical families who were not priests.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

These families were just as important to God as the priestly families.

“You Know My Name” by Detour 180

September 28, 2012

1 Chronicles 1:28, “The sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael.”

It was interesting to me that the sons of Hagar, a slave, were listed first; followed by the sons of his second wife, Keturah.

I expected his first wife, Sarah’s descendants to be listed first like Isaac’s name was first in verse 28.

It just shows that God was concerned with all the descendants of Adam.

I am not of Jewish descent, but I know I am important to God.

 

August 11, 2012 – Relevant

Ezekiel 16:49, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”

Sodom was destroyed because her wickedness was so great. I always thought the sin was homosexuality, but it was the unconcern for the poor and needy.

A family in crisis was brought to my attention yesterday.

Lord, what would you have me do?

What verse impressed you?

August 10, 2012 – Relevant

Ezekiel 11:19, “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”

My heart is divided at times. My spirit lags and my heart is hard.

I want the undivided heart and new spirit mentioned in this verse.

The NIV Study Bible Notes say, “undivided heart…new spirit. Inner spiritual and moral transformation that results in single-minded commitment to the Lord and to his will.”

What verse impressed you?

August 6, 2012 – Relevant

Jeremiah 26:18, “Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah….Zion will be plowed…”

They had heard this prophecy before. They remembered that Hezekiah sought the Lord and God relented and disaster was averted.

We hear doom every day. We know our response should be to seek the Lord.

What verse impressed you?

August 5, 2012 – Relevant

Daniel 4: 2, “It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the most high God has performed for me.”

Verse thirty-three says, “He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle…his body was drenched with dew…his hair grew like feathers…his nails like claws.”

That would not be something I would want to experience!

The miraculous signs and wonders were listed in verse 36, “My sanity was restored…my honor and splendor were returned…my advisers and nobles sought me out…I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.”

Just like Job everything was taken away, but when God restored him it was greater than before.

What verse impressed you?

August 4, 2012 – Relevant

Daniel 2:27, 28, “Daniel replied, ‘No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come’….”

In these two verses we never see the words “I” or “me”. Daniel kept the focus on God giving a message to King Nebuchadnezzar.

Just think of the amazing ways God can use us if we get out of the way!

What verse impressed you?

July 31, 2012 – Relevant

Psalms 49:16, 17, “Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.”

We all come into the world empty-handed and we all will leave empty-handed.

The only thing we can take with us is our soul.

Who do you want to spend eternity with: your family, your friends, your neighbors?

Lord, I pray for the souls of my family, friends and neighbors. I pray they will all decide to follow you.

What verse impressed you?

July 30, 2012 – Relevant

2 Chronicles 35:21b, “…God has told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”

God speaks to everyone. We forget that sometimes. God speaks to the wicked who are bent on evil because his desire is to draw all men to him.

When we fight against what God is doing in other people’s lives we are actually opposing God.

Lord, I don’t want to oppose you. I want to see others drawn to you. Don’t let me get in the way. Amen.

What verse impressed you?