April 2019

The Word: Episode 0802 Gen 1:24-31, Heb 4:12

“Soil By the Road”

April 20, 2019

“Soil By the Road”

Blessings folk!

Consider the soils of the parable of the Sower.

The first…

Mat 13:18-19

“Hear then the parable of the sower.

“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it,
the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.
This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.


The Seed of the Word of the Kingdom had been sown.

The Seed had landed “beside the road”.

Soil beat down.
Soil hardened.
Soil fallow.

The Seed was left exposed.

The picture?

This speaks of one who hears the Word of the Kingdom.
Yet, they do not understand.

The evil one then comes in and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.

Note that the Word was heard at the level of the heart.

Why did he not understand?
Lack of faith?
Sin.
Refusal.

The Seed that was there is gone.

Snatched by the enemy.

May we as Believers speak forth Truth for understanding…

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The Word: Episode 0801 Hebrews 4:12, Genesis 2:7

“Freedom, Liberty”

April 19, 2019

“Freedom, Liberty”

Blessings folk!

A brief swerve today from the parable about the Kingdom.

Today is “Patriot’s Day” in several portions of the united States.

A day that celebrates patriots, freedom, liberty and the like.

Why today?

Recognition of several events that have historically occurred on April 19…

  • Battles of Lexington and Concord in American revolution - 1775
  • Baltimore riots, first blood of the War of Northern Aggression - 1861
  • Warsaw Ghetto uprising - 1943
  • Waco, Branch Davidians murdered - 1993
  • Murrah building bombed - 1995

Man longs for freedom.
Man desires freedom.

There are great things happening at this very moment that historically that will be viewed as determinative to the freedom of all mankind.

Be reminded.

Freedom and liberty are only found in the truth of the Most High God.

John 8:36
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

Gal 5:1
It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

 Gal 5:13
For you were called to freedom, brethren;
only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another.

1Pe 2:16
Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil,
but use it as bondslaves of God.

True Believers are free.
Stand firm in the Lord.
Be not subject to the yoke of slavery again.
Love one another.
Rejoice in Liberty!

 2 Co 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

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The Word: Episode 0800 Hebrews 4:11-13

“The Seed: the Kingdom”

April 18, 2019

“The Seed: the Kingdom”

Blessings folk!

We continue with Jesus’ “parables of the soils/seed/sower” in Matthew 13.
We have read the parable.
We have seen the disciples questions and Jesus’ response.
Now, we see something unique about this parable - Jesus Himself interprets it.
He tells us what it means.
He explains the varied parts.

Read and rejoice…

Mat 13:18-23

“Hear then the parable of the sower.

“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it,
the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.
This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.

“The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places,
this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.

“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns,
this is the man who hears the word,
and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word,
and it becomes unfruitful.

“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil,
this is the man who hears the word and understands it;
who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

The Sower sows the seed.

The Seed is the Word of the Kingdom of God.

The Seed/Word lands on four types of soil.

For today:

  • What have you done with The Seed?
  • What soil are you?

…to be continued…

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The Word: Episode 0799 James 5:10+

“I Would Heal Them”

April 17, 2019

“I Would Heal Them”

Blessings folk!

We continue with a parable of Jesus found in Matthew 13.

This parable is foundational.
Why?

Jesus gives the parable.
The disciples question Jesus.
Jesus then explains the parable, thereby giving insight into interpretive techniques for subsequent parables.
Jesus shows us “how to handle” parables.

Read April 15, 16 if you have not already, then press on…

Mat 13:10-17

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

Jesus answered them,
“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it has not been granted.

“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

“Therefore I speak to them in parables;
because while seeing they do not see,
and while hearing they do not hear,
nor do they understand.

“In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;

FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

“For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Jesus spoke in parables so that

  • Seeing they would not see
  • Hearing they would not hear
  • Listening they would not understand

Why did “they” react this way?

Because they were dull of hearing.
Because they did not believe.

Such was prophesied by the Lord through Isaiah.
Jesus speaks of it…
  • The heart of the people was dull
  • Their ears could scarcely hear
  • They closed their eyes

They fulfilled the prophecy.

If they had not done this, then they would see, hear, return and receive healing from the Lord.

But, they refused.
Led by their leadership.

Nothing has changed today among those who choose to be deaf, blind and ignorant.

But, the Lord encouraged His disciples.
Many prophets had desired to see and hear what they did.

Rejoice!

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The Word: Episode 0798 Romans 11:1-6

“Why Parables?”

April 16, 2019

“Why Parables?”

Blessings folk!

We continue looking at “fruit”.

We began yesterday looking at a parable the Lord spoke.
Read
here.

The disciples had a question after the parable…

Mat 13:10-13

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

Jesus answered them,
“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it has not been granted.

“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance;
but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

“Therefore I speak to them in parables;
because while seeing they do not see,
and while hearing they do not hear,
nor do they understand.

Why did Jesus speak in parables?

Two-fold reason.

It had been granted to the disciples, those who believe, to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.

Those who did not believe had not been granted such knowledge.

Jesus tells us that those who have believed will have more given.
They will have abundance of knowledge of the Kingdom.

Whoever does not have, what he does have will be taken from him.

A hard teaching.

Jesus continued.

He spoke to them in parables so that…

  • while seeing they would not see
  • while hearing they would not hear
  • they would not understand

One must believe to know.
One must believe to understand.
One must believe to see.
One must believe to hear.

Do you truly believe?

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Hebrews Part 2 - Lesson 3

Hebrews Part 2 - Lesson 3

The Word: Episode 0797 John 1:24-34

“Sower, Seed, Soils”

April 15, 2019

“Sower, Seed, Soils”

Blessings folk!

Jesus told a parable related to fruit.
It is profound.
It is foundational.
It is important in understanding not only fruit, but also how to interpret parables.

We will take our time.

Read the parable.
Let not a “spirit of familiarity” rob truth from you.

Mat 13:1-9

That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.

And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;

and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.

“Others fell on the rocky places,
where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up,
because they had no depth of soil.

“But when the sun had risen, they were scorched;
and because they had no root, they withered away.

“Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.

“And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop,
some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.

“He who has ears, let him hear.”

This story is often called the “parable of the sower”.
This is less than accurate.

What would be a better “title”?

What is emphasized?

The seed?
Yep.

The soil?
Most definitely.

What do we see?
One sower.
One seed.
Varied soils.

Hummm….

Let he who has ears hear…

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The Word: Episode 0796 John 1:19-23

“Beware - Fruit”

April 14, 2019

“Beware - Fruit”

Blessings folk!

We can know true believers by their fruit.

The Lord said so.

I know.
I know.

People say “you are told not to judge.”

I am not talking about judging…making a final judgment/determination.

We are told that we are fruit inspectors.

Read the Word of the Lord…

Mat 7:15-20

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

“You will know them by their fruits.
Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

“So then, you will know them by their fruits.

Jesus says we will know them by their fruit.
Good tree? Good fruit.
Bad tree? Bad fruit.

Trees that do not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

False prophets in sheep clothing?
Bad.
They are thorn bushes.
They are thistles.
Inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
This is the norm today.

We can know them.
Look at their fruit.
What do they discuss?
What do the pursue?
What are the true desires of their lives?

We can see, if we will.

Heed the Word of the Lord - Beware!

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The Word: Episode 0795 Luke 4:16-30

“Brood of Vipers”

April 13, 2019

“Brood of Vipers”

Blessings folk!

We continue looking at “fruit” in the Word…yeah, the Habakkuk 3 prayer had “fruit”. Happy

Read carefully.

Who is speaking?
To whom?
What is said of “fruit”?

Mat 3:1-10

Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,
“THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!’”

Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist;
and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan;

and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;

and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’;
for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.

“The axe is already laid at the root of the trees;
therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

John the Baptist, the “voice of the one crying in the wilderness”, preached repentance.
The Kingdom of heaven was at hand.

The people responded in droves.
They confessed their sins.
They repented.

The religious leadership saw this and decided they needed to “jump on the bandwagon”.

John was having nothing to do with it.
John called them what they were, a brood of vipers.

He boldly told them “bear fruit in keeping with repentance”.

They were resting on their lineage from Abraham.

John told them that God could raise up children from the stones.

They needed to repent and show evidence of repentance…a changed life.

If they did not, the axe of the Lord was ready to lay them bare…to cut down every tree that did not bear good fruit.

They would be cast into the fire.

Have you repented?
Do you bear good fruit of the Lord?
Are you ready?
Or, are you headed to the lake of fire?

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The Word: Episode 0794 Luke 1:5-17

“A Prayer of Habakkuk, the Prophet”

April 12, 2019

“A Prayer of Habakkuk, the Prophet”

Blessings folk!

Let us look at Habakkuk’s prayer as a whole.

May we do as Habakkuk…
  • Exult in the Lord
  • Rejoice in the God our salvation
  • Acknowledge that the Lord is our strength
  • Know that it is the Lord that causes us to walk
  • Break forth in praise to the Lord with voice and instrument

Hab 3:1-19

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear.
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.

God comes from Teman,
And the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah.
His splendor covers the heavens,
And the earth is full of His praise.

His radiance is like the sunlight;
He has rays flashing from His hand,
And there is the hiding of His power.

Before Him goes pestilence,
And plague comes after Him.

He stood and surveyed the earth;
He looked and startled the nations.
Yes, the perpetual mountains were shattered,
The ancient hills collapsed.
His ways are everlasting.

I saw the tents of Cushan under distress,
The tent curtains of the land of Midian were trembling.

Did the LORD rage against the rivers,
Or was Your anger against the rivers,
Or was Your wrath against the sea,
That You rode on Your horses,
On Your chariots of salvation?

Your bow was made bare,
The rods of chastisement were sworn. Selah.
You cleaved the earth with rivers.

The mountains saw You and quaked;
The downpour of waters swept by.
The deep uttered forth its voice,
It lifted high its hands.

Sun and moon stood in their places;
They went away at the light of Your arrows,
At the radiance of Your gleaming spear.

In indignation You marched through the earth;
In anger You trampled the nations.

You went forth for the salvation of Your people,
For the salvation of Your anointed.
You struck the head of the house of the evil
To lay him open from thigh to neck. Selah.

You pierced with his own spears
The head of his throngs.
They stormed in to scatter us;
Their exultation was like those
Who devour the oppressed in secret.

You trampled on the sea with Your horses,
On the surge of many waters.

I heard and my inward parts trembled,
At the sound my lips quivered.
Decay enters my bones,
And in my place I tremble.
Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress,
For the people to arise who will invade us.

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

The Lord GOD is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.


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The Word: Episode 0793 Mark

“Trembling…”

April 11, 2019

“Trembling…”

Blessings folk!

Habakkuk has seen the day.
It disturbed Him.

He knew the purpose, yet, he shook and quivered…

Hab 3:13-16

You went forth for the salvation of Your people,
For the salvation of Your anointed.
You struck the head of the house of the evil
To lay him open from thigh to neck. Selah.

You pierced with his own spears
The head of his throngs.
They stormed in to scatter us;
Their exultation was like those
Who devour the oppressed in secret.

You trampled on the sea with Your horses,
On the surge of many waters.

I heard and my inward parts trembled,
At the sound my lips quivered.
Decay enters my bones,
And in my place I tremble.
Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress,
For the people to arise who will invade us.

The Lord will go forth for the salvation of His people.
He will strike the head of the house of evil.

The Lord will pierce evil with his own spear.

Note what the throngs of evil sought to do…
- scatter
- exult over
- devour

Yet, the Lord trampled on the sea with His horses.
Hummm….

Habakkuk’s reaction to seeing/forseeing all this?
- Heard
- Trembled inwardly
- Decay entered his bones…melting away
- All because he knew and must wait for the “day of distress”

He knew that a people would arise.
He knew they would invade.
He knew the Lord would be victorious.
He knew it would a difficult time.

Perhaps there was a “near-fulfillment” to Habakkuk’s vision.
It definitely speaks to the Day of the Lord, the Day of Distress.

Are you ready?

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The Word: Episode 0792 Matthew 27:45-54

“Striking the Head of the House of Evil”

April 10, 2019

“Striking the Head of the House of Evil”

Blessings folk!

Yesterday we saw in Habakkuk’s prayer in chapter 3 that the Lord will march through the earth and trample the nations…

Hab 3:12
In indignation You marched through the earth;
In anger You trampled the nations.

Why?

The next verse explains…

Hab 3:13
You went forth for the salvation of Your people,
For the salvation of Your anointed.
You struck the head of the house of the evil
To lay him open from thigh to neck.
Selah.

The Lord does this for the salvation of His people
For the salvation of His anointed.

The Lord also strikes the head of the house of the evil.
He lays him open.

Then the word…”selah”.
Think on this.
Reflect upon this.
Meditate upon this truth.

What is meant?

The Day of the Lord will be for the salvation of His people.
The Day of the Lord will bring judgment upon evil.

There is more to this than most know…

Are you ready?

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The Word: Episode 0791 Matthew 17:1-13

“In Indignation…”

April 9, 2019

“In Indignation…”

Blessings folk!

Remember, repetition is the heart of learning. Happy

We have been looking at a prayer of Habakkuk in chapter 3 of his writing.

Habakkuk had heard/seen a report of the Lord.

He knew of things yet to come.

He was struck with fear.

Read the portion we have covered…

Hab 3:1-11

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear.
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.

God comes from Teman,
And the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah.
His splendor covers the heavens,
And the earth is full of His praise.

His radiance is like the sunlight;
He has rays flashing from His hand,
And there is the hiding of His power.

Before Him goes pestilence,
And plague comes after Him.

He stood and surveyed the earth;
He looked and startled the nations.
Yes, the perpetual mountains were shattered,
The ancient hills collapsed.
His ways are everlasting.

I saw the tents of Cushan under distress,
The tent curtains of the land of Midian were trembling.

Did the LORD rage against the rivers,
Or was Your anger against the rivers,
Or was Your wrath against the sea,
That You rode on Your horses,
On Your chariots of salvation?

Your bow was made bare,
The rods of chastisement were sworn. Selah.
You cleaved the earth with rivers.

The mountains saw You and quaked;
The downpour of waters swept by.
The deep uttered forth its voice,
It lifted high its hands.

Sun and moon stood in their places;
They went away at the light of Your arrows,
At the radiance of Your gleaming spear.

Now, the next verse…

Hab 3:12
In indignation You marched through the earth;
In anger You trampled the nations.

This is what shook Habakkuk.

He had seen the Lord marching through the earth.
He had seen the indignation of the Lord.
He had seen the anger of the Lord.
He had seen the Lord trample the nations.

Creation itself was impacted by this.

This is the wrath of God in the Day of the Lord.

Why does the Lord do all this?
We will see in the next verse.

For now, are you ready?

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Hebrews Part 2 - Lesson 2

Hebrews Part 2 - Lesson 2

The Word: Episode Word 0790 Matthew 17:1-9

“The Radiance of Your Gleaming Spear”

April 8, 2019

“The Radiance of Your Gleaming Spear”

Blessings folk!

Habakkuk was praying.
He recounts that he had heard the report of the Lord and he feared.

Continue reading the prayer…we have looked at the verses 1-8.
Give close attention to the last three verses.

What does/will God do?

Hab 3:1-11

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear.
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.

God comes from Teman,
And the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah.
His splendor covers the heavens,
And the earth is full of His praise.

His radiance is like the sunlight;
He has rays flashing from His hand,
And there is the hiding of His power.

Before Him goes pestilence,
And plague comes after Him.

He stood and surveyed the earth;
He looked and startled the nations.
Yes, the perpetual mountains were shattered,
The ancient hills collapsed.
His ways are everlasting.

I saw the tents of Cushan under distress,
The tent curtains of the land of Midian were trembling.

Did the LORD rage against the rivers,
Or was Your anger against the rivers,
Or was Your wrath against the sea,
That You rode on Your horses,
On Your chariots of salvation?

Your bow was made bare,
The rods of chastisement were sworn. Selah.
You cleaved the earth with rivers.

The mountains saw You and quaked;
The downpour of waters swept by.
The deep uttered forth its voice,
It lifted high its hands.

Sun and moon stood in their places;
They went away at the light of Your arrows,
At the radiance of Your gleaming spear.

The Lord:

  • Laid bare His bow
  • Released the rods of chastisement
  • Cleaved (split) the earth with rivers
  • Quaked the mountains
  • Poured forth downpours of waters
  • Released the voice of the deep
  • The deep life high its hands…hummmmm…
  • The sun and moon stood in their places
  • The sun and moon went away at the light of the arrows of the Lord, at the radiance of His gleaming spear

To be fulfilled literally?
Yes.

Are you ready?

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The Word: Episode 0788 Matthew 16:13-20

“The Holy One Comes…”

April 6, 2019

“The Holy One Comes…”

Blessings folk!

We continue looking at a prayer in Habakkuk 3.

Give close heed to what the Lord does.

Hab 3:1-7

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear.
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.

God comes from Teman,
And the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah.
His splendor covers the heavens,
And the earth is full of His praise.

His radiance is like the sunlight;
He has rays flashing from His hand,
And there is the hiding of His power.
Before Him goes pestilence,
And plague comes after Him.

He stood and surveyed the earth;
He looked and startled the nations.
Yes, the perpetual mountains were shattered,
The ancient hills collapsed.
His ways are everlasting.

I saw the tents of Cushan under distress,
The tent curtains of the land of Midian were trembling.

The Holy One…the Lord Jesus…

  • Comes from Mount Paran…”place of caverns”
  • His splendor covers the heavens
  • The earth is full of His praise
  • His radiance is like sunlight
  • He has rays flashing from His hand
  • He has power…hidden…
  • Before Him goes pestilence
  • A plague comes after Him
  • He stood and surveyed the earth
  • He looked and startled the nations
  • The perpetual mountains were shattered
  • The ancient hills collapsed
  • His ways are ever lasting

The prophet saw all this.
He has “heard the report”.
He feared.
He saw what would happen in the future.
It is still yet future, but true none the less.

These are nuanced insights into the return of the Lord.
These are truths related to the Day of the Lord - the Lord’s wrath upon the unbelieving.

Do you believe?
Are you ready?
You best be…

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The Word: Episode 0787 Matthew 11:7-15

“The Holy One From Mount Paran”

April 5, 2019

“The Holy One From Mount Paran”

Blessings folk!

We continue looking at a prayer in Habakkuk 3.

We have looked at verses 1 and 2.

Read again and continue…

Hab 3:1-4

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear.
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.

God comes from Teman,
And the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah.
His splendor covers the heavens,
And the earth is full of His praise.

His radiance is like the sunlight;
He has rays flashing from His hand,
And there is the hiding of His power.

God comes from Teman: the south.
The Holy One (Jesus) from Mount Paran…I believe this has some significance related to end time activities. The Lord Jesus is shown to be in many places doing many things at the end of the days. Scripture speaks of the “wilderness of Paran”.

Selah.
This means “think on that, reflect, meditate”.
It also means “take an instrumental ride…solo”.
Depends upon the context.
Here it means “think about that”.

What do we learn about the Holy One?

  • His splendor covers the heavens
  • The earth is full of His praise
  • His radiance is like the sunlight
  • He has rays flashing from His hand
  • He has hidden power…veiled in His hands

This is just a hint of the Holy One that is coming.

Are you ready?

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The Word: Episode 0786 Malachi 4

“Revive Your Works…”

April 4, 2019

“Revive Your Works…”

Blessings folk!

The years do fly by.

The house that I am sitting in at the moment was destroyed by a tornado 45 years ago last night.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

I lived some 5 miles south at the time, but tornados were skipping about the region…I believe 21 hit that night. Several of the strongest EF5 type.

Many died.

Several dozen died while having a prayer meeting in a church building in Guin, AL.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhbYs5DUUl4

Yeah, have lived through two of these “once-in-a-lifetime” events. LOL
1974
2011

God is good.

Think on the prayer Habakkuk offered.

Here is the first part…

Hab 3:1-2

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear.
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.

Shigionoth is a poetic/musical style.
A mode of expression.

Habakkuk had heard the report of what the Lord had done.
Habakkuk feared…literally means “I stand in awe of Your work, O LORD; In the midst of the years revive it.”

Are we not amazed by the work of the Lord?
Personally.
Corporately.

Habakkuk then requested.
“Revive Your work in the midst of the years…make it known…”

This is our cry today.

Revive Your work!

Especially in the midst of the years of our lives.
There is something here related to the years that the Lord has given us.

Are we open to His reviving His work in our lives in the midst of our later years?

I believe the Lord is wanting to pour forth His Spirit…especially upon those who have years in the faith.

Make it so Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0784 2 Kings 2:1-14

“Indignation of the Lord”

April 2, 2019

“Indignation of the Lord”

Blessings folk!

The last verse of the following passage declares that the fruit of the deeds of the evil and wicked will bring forth desolation.

Now, read the context.
Note the “as for me”.
What are we as True Believers to know?
What are we to do?

Mic 7:7-13

But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD;
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.

Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy.
Though I fall I will rise;
Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.

I will bear the indignation of the LORD
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me.
He will bring me out to the light,
And I will see His righteousness.

Then my enemy will see,
And shame will cover her who said to me,
“Where is the LORD your God?”
My eyes will look on her;
At that time she will be trampled down
Like mire of the streets.

It will be a day for building your walls.
On that day will your boundary be extended.

It will be a day when they will come to you
From Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
From Egypt even to the Euphrates,
Even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.

And the earth will become desolate because of her inhabitants,
On account of the fruit of their deeds.

We watch expectantly for the Lord.
We wait for the God of our salvation.
We know that He hears.
We bear the indignation of the Lord until He pleads our case, until He executes justice.

The Lord:

  • Is a light for us
  • Pleads our case
  • Executes justice
  • Is our salvation
  • Is righteous

Wait on the Lord.
Trust the Lord.
Bear the fruit of the Lord now.

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The Word: Episode 0783 1 Kings 1:15-18

“From Me Comes Your Fruit”

April 1, 2019

“From Me Comes Your Fruit”

Blessings folk!

The Word of the Lord came to His people, Israel, through the prophet Hosea.

Look at what the Lord had to say about the fruit they were producing…

Hos 10:1
Israel is a luxuriant (literally means “degenerate&rdquoWinking vine;
He produces fruit for himself.
The more his fruit,
The more altars he made;
The richer his land,
The better he made the sacred pillars.

Hos 10:13
You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice,
You have eaten the fruit of lies.
Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,

 Hos 14:2
Take words with you and return to the LORD.
Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity
And receive us graciously,
That we may present the fruit of our lips.

 Hos 14:8
O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like a luxuriant cypress;
From Me comes your fruit.

Sounds familiar, no?

Israel:

  • Had plowed wickedness
  • Had reaped injustice
  • Had eaten of the fruit of lies
  • Had trusted in their own ways
  • Had trusted in their numerous warriors
  • Had produced fruit for themselves
  • Had made more altars, sacred pillars

Sounds like our societies.

God calls us to:
  • Take the Word of the Lord and return to Him
  • Call for Him to remove our iniquity
  • Ask Him to receive us

It is the Lord Who looks after Ephraim (Israel).

He does the same for us.
He is “like a luxuriant cypress” (different word than before…means “green, fresh, flourishing&rdquoWinking
He is the source of our fruit.

Bear the fruit of the Lord.

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