Scripture Sunday: Habakkuk 2:14

Habakkuk—Judgment for Judah. •Perplexity about the judgment: Habakkuk’s perplexity is summed up in two questions. (1) Why are the wicked not judged? (Habakkuk sees the evil prospering but nothing is happening to the wicked); (2) Why are the wicked performing the judgment (the Babylon army is used by God to bring judgment upon Judah, yet they are more wicked than Judah). •Provoking of the judgment: Israel’s sins provoked the judgment—these sins included pride, drinking (it causes gross evil), oppression (people gain wealth and power through oppression of others), and corrupted worship (people were worshiping idols). •Prayer in judgment: a plea to revive the people and deal with them in mercy. •Purifying from judgment: judgment is to purify the people and this knowledge will help give patience during the time of judgment. •Prospects after judgment: though things look bad in time of judgment, yet Habakkuk rejoices for the blessings that are to come after judgment. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Open Door but No Peace, So You Left . . .

Have you ever had the Lord open a door but not been at peace? Paul experienced the same thing. I was reading 2 Corinthians 2 last night at got stuck thinking on this section:

“When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:12-14 ESV

God opened a door for Paul but even though Paul was in God’s will, he was not at rest. Why? Because Titus wasn’t there. We too can be in God’s will and feel unsettled because someone we love and know is not present. Now I want you to notice what Paul does. Although the Lord had opened a door for Paul at Troas, Paul left because Titus wasn’t there. I’m not going to debate the theology of whether Paul should have left or not, that is not the point of the passage because of the next verse-thanks be to God! It is God who always leads us in triumphal procession for the sake of the Gospel! If you have repented of your sins and surrendered to Jesus, then God in His Sovereignty continues to spread the Gospel fragrance through our lives, which He purchased with His own blood despite our shortcomings, mistakes, and failures. (Going on in the context, I don’t want to neglect to mention that Believers are salt and light – refreshing each other and a reminder of coming judgment to outsiders, verses 15-17).

DoesDevos: Sorry or Repentant?

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”

-Romans 2:4

Do you simply feel sorry for your sin? Or do you repent? Repentance is more than simply recognizing that you did something bad. It’s turning away from it as well. Change ultimately comes from God, but there is a giant difference between saying you’re sorry for your sin and then purposely going back to it, and recognizing your sin and attempting to turn away from it. Are you just sorry? Or are you repentant?

-Noah

Gen1toRev22: A Way of Deliverance

Scripture Passage: Genesis 7:7-24

Observations on the Context:

In verses 7-10 we see reiterated that all life perished. The Flood was global and catastrophic. The fountains of the deep burst forth and the windows of Heaven (water canopy) was opened. For 40 days and nights rain fell and it wasn’t no sprinkle but a torrential downpour!

Yet God preserved life. He made a way of deliverance, of salvation, for Noah who sought Him.

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Scripture Sunday: Galatians 2:20

Galatians 1, 2Commencing. After the salutation at the beginning of the first chapter, the first part of Galatians commences dealing with the issue at hand regarding law and grace •Concern of Paul: the believers in Galatia had been quickly influenced by those who would mix law and grace in the Gospel. This surprised Paul and caused him much concern. •Conversion of Paul: He speaks of his conversion from one who was very zealous for Judaism to one who preaches the Gospel of grace. •Calling of Paul: some experiences of Paul in his calling to minister to the Gentiles are given. •Confronting by Paul: he reports his encounter with Peter regarding law and grace practices. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Gen1toRev22: The Forgotten Fourteen

Scripture Passage: Genesis 7:2-3

Observations on the Context:

It is often neglected that Noah did not just take two of every animal. He took seven pairs of male and female (14) of every clean animals and bird. Why? Because God commanded it. This is likely because there is some understanding of clean (worthy) and unclean (unworthy) animals for sacrifices and clothing. There would be more of these creatures needed because they were used for purposes that shortened their lives.

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Gen1toRev22: The Time Had Come

Scripture Passage: Genesis 7:1,4

Observations on the Context:

These two verses are connected. The time had come for Noah and his family to enter the Ark. The Lord reiterates that Noah is being preserved because he walks with God—he is righteous before the Lord in his generation.

It is interesting that God tells Noah specifically that it will be seven days before He sends the rain—yet notice how this 7 days before the Judgment appears to parallel the 7 years before Christ’s physical coming where the Church escapes the Great Tribulation by rapture.

The Judgment will be complete—God will blot out all living things from the ground (including birds which must rest on the ground).

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Scripture Sunday: Romans 1:17

Romans 1:17–3:21Condemnation. The longest section in today’s reading is on the subject of condemnation. •Cause of condemnation: wicked living in willful rejection of God. •Consequences of condemnation: in summary they are abandoned by God (1:24, 25, 28), and they are sentenced to “tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil” (2:9). •Court in condemnation: the fidelity of the court (“according to truth” [2:2]); the fairness of the court (“render to every man according to his deeds” [2:6] and “there is no respect [prejudice] of persons with God” [2:11]). •Crowd for condemnation: all persons are condemned, both Jews and Gentiles, for “there is none righteous, no, not one” (3:11). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Gen1toRev22: Amazing Obedience, 6:18-22

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:18-22

Observations on the Context:

Not only does God reveal what He is about to do in judgment to Noah and instruct Noah how to escape the destruction of sin’s judgment, but God details much more for Noah on what type of catastrophe is coming.

God mercifully establishes a covenant with Noah, God initiates this covenant (like the covenant of marriage) till ‘death-do-you-part.’ The covenant was made with Noah and his family. In addition, God instructed Noah to take a male and female of every living thing (excluding sea creatures) into the ark to preserve them. Noah was also to take a supply of every sort of food that is edible.

It is fitting that the section concludes with the simple statement that Noah did all God commanded him. Read more