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Search the scriptures

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

In this passage, Jesus was addressing the legalistic Jews. The sense of the passage isn’t just dealing with salvation, but with future blessings. The Jews used the scriptures as a means to receiving blessings. They studied and searched the scriptures to find things they should and should not do in order to receive blessings. They treated the scriptures as a way to get their best life, to have better marriages, to have better children, to have more influence, to have better finances. This is how scriptures are frequently handled today. We look for ways to receive blessings, to improve our lives, to have our best life now.

Jesus corrected their (and our) misuse of the scripture. Jesus said the scriptures were a testimony about him. On the road to Emmaus, Jesus explained to some disciples how all the scriptures spoke of him. We need to study and search the scriptures to learn what they say of Christ. In this world, we are going to suffer. We will not have perfect marriages. We will not have perfect children. We will not have perfect jobs. We will have financial problems. We will have health problems. We will have relationship problems. Does this mean we will have unhappy lives? No! Paul said he learned to be content in whatever state he was. When Christ is our hope, we can be content no matter what we face in this life. We have joy unspeakable.

Search the scriptures, not to find a means to a blessing, but that you may know him, and the power of his resurrection. God never promised our best life now. This is a sin-cursed world. Our hope is in the resurrection unto eternal life. The scriptures testify of the person and work of Christ – how he made it possible to be part of that resurrection.

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by gahammerle

Disannulling the promise of God

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:1-3

Here we see the promise that God made to Abram (later called Abraham). The promise included making a great nation from Abram’s offspring, blessing Abram, making his name great, and blessing the entire population of the earth through Abram. In verse 4, we see that Abram left and headed to the land where God sent him. But notice what happens in verse 10: there was a famine. How did Abram respond to this trial? Did he rest in God’s promise? No, he took matters into his own hands. Instead of trusting that God could fulfill the promise in spite of the famine, Abram left the land God had promised him and went to Egypt. When he came to Egypt, he told his wife to lie about who she was so that Pharaoh would not harm Abram. Pharaoh then took Abram’s wife into his house and in verse 17 we see that Pharaoh’s house suffered a great plague because of Abram’s wife.

Because Abram did not rest on the promise of God but rather took matters into his own hands, he nearly disannulled the promise of God. Abram nearly lost his wife to Pharaoh which would have meant Abram would not have had any descendants that would make a great nation. He left the promised land and risked losing it by leaving it behind. And finally, rather than being a blessing to all families, he became a great plague to Pharaoh’s house.

Are you resting in God’s promise? Or are you taking matters into your hands? Do you wait on the Lord when faced with trials or do you try to solve your problems on your own? We will face trials and tribulations, but God’s promise stands sure.

God’s promise to Abram was unconditional which means that even though Abram tried to mess it up, God was faithful and kept his promise. No matter what Abram did or tried to do, God would keep his promise. God’s promise to us is unconditional. No matter what we do, he is faithful and merciful to keep his promise. We cannot disannul the promise of God.

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