Thursday, August 20, 2020

Speaking Isaiah



Isaiah Summary

Isaiah's vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem during the times from Uzziah to Helzekiah. Israel had rebelled, didn't even know Him. Their land was desolate. He said to remove their evil deeds and learn to do good. He said He would turn His hand against the faithful city also who had become a harlot. But then He would restore it and they'd be called the city of righteousness. His mountain will be called the chief mountain and people will come to be taught the ways of the Lord. He will judge the nations. A remnant in the land will be purged and called holy, to remain as the seed of the stump. 

He spoke of the Branch, the Promised One, who will break the yoke of burden. The root of Jesse with the Spirit of the Lord. The seven spirits of God will strike with the rod of His mouth and slay the wicked. 

He spoke of the star of the morning who's fallen from heaven. He wanted to ascend above the Most High, he will be brought to Sheol. His sons must not arise and take possession of the earth. 

He prophesied concerning Babylon, Assyria, Damascus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tyre. They will cry out from the west concerning the majesty of the Lord, so glorify Him in the east.

The Lord said He has worked wonderful plans from long ago. Israel will blossom and fill the world with fruit. But they wouldn't listen. Even the priest and prophet reeled with strong drink. All those who are intent on doing evil will be cut off. He offered to save them through repentance and rest, but they were not willing. Blessed are those who long for Him. 

He told them their Teacher will no longer hide Himself. He will bless them and heal the wound He's inflicted. There will be refuge, streams, and shade when the Spirit is poured out from on high. Take courage and don't fear. 

Sennacherib came and spoke words to produce fear, but Hezekiah prayed and the Lord defeated him. When Hezekiah was ill, he prayed and the Lord gave him 15 more years, but he showed the men of Babylon all his treasures and the Lord told him they would all be carried off to Babylon. Yet, Babylon will be ashamed. He gave Israel into their hands but they did not show mercy. 

He told them they fast to solve disputes, not to make their voice be heard on high, not to undo the yoke or free the captives, or give bread to the poor, the homeless, the naked, or even their own flesh. Instead, remove the yoke, the pointing finger, the speaking of wickedness, and take care of the needy. Keep from your own pleasure on the Sabbath and delight in His holy day. 

He said that His covenant is His Spirit upon you. His words in His mouth will not depart from you or your children or grandchildren. His holy city will no longer be called Desolate or Forsaken, but "My Delight is in Her" and "Married." He is our Father, our potter. We are the clay, the work of His hands. He will dwell with the humble and contrite, those who tremble at His word.

  • The Lord is tired of outward expressions of worship and righteousness which are not sincere.
  • The word of the Lord removes dross.
  • Judges and counselors can be restored.
  • The mountain of the Lord will rise, come and learn His ways.
  • The Lord gave the vineyard to the people to produce fruit, but those who get drunk instead and pay no attention to Him will be cast out.
  • Man will be humbled, but the Lord will be exalted in judgement, and revealed as holy.
  • The remnant who remain will be called holy, purged by the spirit of judgment and burning.
  • Recognize the hand of the Lord when it strikes because of sin, but the tool He uses to bring correction should not become arrogant either. The Lord's attention will turn to him.
  • The Promised One will be a great light and break the yoke, rule with justice, and there will be no end to His government.
  • Give thanks to the Lord when His anger is turned from you. He is your strength and song and has become your salvation.
  • The proud will die out.
  • False strength will fade.
  • When civil war, demoralization, cruel, and foolish leaders, famine, and economic troubles occur, turn to the Lord and cry out to Him. 
  • Pledge allegiance to Him. He will hear and send a Champion, a Savior, to heal and deliver.
  • Don't trust in nations or the weapons of a king, or false gods and idols.
  • The Lord clothes with authority for His righteous purposes, but the earth totters under heavy transgression and will be destroyed.
  • The Lord will reign in Zion and Jerusalem.
  • The judgments of the Lord bring righteousness to those who learn. Give ear and listen.
  • He has wonderful plans-a lavish banquet. He will wipe away all tears and remove the reproach of His people.
  • Open the gates so the righteous nation may enter.
  • Distress comes to those who reject the Lord, refuse His instruction, and make their own plans and alliances. Who honor Him in word only, not in heart. 
  • The Lord is judge, lawgiver, and king.
  • He is the stability of your times.
  • When the Spirit is poured out from on High, justice and righteousness will dwell in the land.
  • Never mind their threats, walk on the highway of holiness where they can't reach you.
  • Spread their threatening letters before the Lord. He will deliver, and all will know He is God.
  • What you do in this generation affects the next. 
  • He does not become weary. He gives strength to the weary.
  • The Spirit of God placed upon His Servant is a light to the nations, a covenant of the people.
  • Sing a new song from the ends of the earth. Praise Him in the coastlands, He's doing a new thing.
  • There is no God besides Him. He has spoken and He'll bring it to pass.
  • Return to Him, Israel, He's wiped out your transgressions and sins. 
  • Your way is not hidden from the Lord. Only the Lord is God. The idols of the nations are nothing. He is the first and last. There is no God besides Him. He has announced and declared and planned, and His purpose will be established.
  • He has aroused Cyrus in righteousness.
  • The word has gone from His mouth in righteousness and will not turn back.
  • Every knee will bow to Him and every tongue swear allegiance.
  • He speaks and declares ahead of time what is to come so people will know He is God.
  • He tests in the furnace of affliction, but delays and restrains His wrath so His people are not cut off.
  • The Promised One has learned the way of a disciple so He knows how to sustain the weary with a word. He has formed Him in the womb to be a servant. He's given Him the tongue and ear of a disciple so He knows how to sustain the weary with a word. He was obedient, sacrificed Himself. A law will go forth. He bore our griefs and sorrows, all of our iniquities. 
  • Zion and Jerusalem, you've drunken the cup of the Lord's anger, but never again.
  • Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.
  • He has interceded and no weapon formed against you will prosper.
  • You will be established in righteousness. Listen carefully to Him. 
  • God's thoughts and ways are higher. They water the earth and make it bud, as does His spoken word. They return to Him having accomplished His intended purpose. 
  • He who takes refuge in the Lord will inherit the land and possess His holy mountain.
  • He lives in a high and holy place, but also with the humble and contrite spirit.
  • In the day of your fast, remove the yoke, the pointing finger, the wicked ways. Take care of the needy.
  • Delight in His Sabbath.
  • Watchmen, do not be silent. Those who remind the Lord--don't rest or let Him rest until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Speaking Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon


Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

Ecclesiastes Summary

  • Each generation must learn, work, and discover wisdom, knowledge, and joy.
  • There are appointed times to each generation.
  • The works of God remain forever.
  • The works of man, whom are they given to?
  • One hand of rest is better than two fists of labor.
  • Two are better than one.
  • Listen and learn. Know the proper time and procedures.
  • You must know what will happen before you can know when it will happen.
  • Enjoy the reward of your labor, but pass on wisdom with your inheritance.
  • Your time on earth is short.
  • No one--rich or poor, wise or foolish, good or evil--controls his life after death.
  • God judges all things. Fear Him and keep His commandments.
  • Do your work with all your might, enjoying your days, your wife, your life, while remembering your Creator.
Song of Solomon Summary
  • The bride who seeks the king is beautiful to him.
  • Rest in his shade. 
  • Taste his fruit.
  • Look for his coming.
  • Listen for his voice.
  • If he's not to be found--seek him.
  • Embrace him when he's found and don't let him go until intimacy comes.
  • He comes with warriors and a wedding day crown.
  • Offer yourself, your fragrant garden, your choice fruits of intimacy to him.
  • Respond to his call. Don't hesitate.
  • Seek him and speak of his beauty. He speaks of yours.
  • His desire is for you.
  • Kiss him openly.
  • Give what is due from his vineyard--to him--and for the care of the fruit.
  • Let him hear your voice and hasten his return.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Speaking Proverbs



Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summary for Proverbs is below. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

Proverbs Summary
  • Seek out and study the proverbs, the witty sayings that teach the ways of God.
  • His wisdom, instruction, knowledge, and understanding are for those who choose the fear of the Lord. Choose it over the way of the violent and wicked.
  • Choose the upright and blameless way--kindness and truth--and you'll find favor with God and man, healing, plenty, and blessing.
  • Acknowledge Him, don't reject His discipline. It will add length of days, years, and peace to you.
  • Wisdom, understanding and instruction will bring discretion and knowledge. 
  • Go after it. Don't forget it. Embrace it. She will guard you. They are life and health.
  • The voice of wisdom is crying out. She is the path of righteousness and truth. Diligence and discernment. Generosity and discretion. The fear of the Lord.
  • Foolishness also calls out offering false wisdom.
  • Arise and awaken to righteousness. Desire and seek after it. Follow it. It will exalt your nation.
  • Let your words be few and true. When you speak, ponder what and when to say.
  • Speak wise and pleasant words. Life -giving reproof.
  • Commit your plans to the Lord and they will be established. He will direct your steps.
  • Don't follow the path of the fool, lazy, drunkard, angry, or liar. 
  • Don't trust in riches.
  • Maintain integrity, even if it means being poor.
  • Be generous to the poor.
  • Keep strife out of the home to bring the favor of the Lord.
  • Your words will feed you. Choose them wisely.
  • The righteous king will be upheld. Loyalty and truth will preserve him.
  • Hasty and lying behavior to gain riches and feed appetites lead to poverty and death.
  • Laziness, debt, bribery, and bad counsel lead to trouble.
  • Guard your mouth and tongue.
  • Listen to truth--buy it. Don't sell it.
  • Be pure in heart, applying discipline, humility, and the fear of the Lord.
  • Be diligent. Make plans. Listen to knowledge. Be generous.
  • Let the wicked counselors and advisors be removed from the land, from leadership positions and influence. 
  • Establish leadership positions in righteousness, built by wisdom, established by understanding, filled by knowledge.
  • Let the faithful and wise rise up and lead.
  • Seek understanding and friends who also seek understanding. Listen to their counsel and rebuke.
  • The king brings stability to the land by justice.
  • Remove bribery from leadership.
  • Let the king judge all things in truth.
  • Let the righteous kings arise. Those who do not desire drink, but soberly maintain what is right.
  • Speak up for the rights of the unfortunate. Defend the needy and afflicted.
  • Let the wise wives arise who fear the Lord and tend to their homes, families, and business with strength, dignity, wisdom, and kindness.
  • Let the pure generation arise who bless their parents, heed wisdom, are humble and generous.
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Speaking Psalms

Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summary for Psalms is below. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

Psalms Summary

  • Delight yourself in the law of the Lord--you will be fruitful in season and sleep in peace.
  • The wicked will fall in their own pit.
  • Both the righteous and wicked are in the earth. The wicked curse and deceive, think there is no God and no consequence.
  • God looks for those who understand and seek Him.
  • He judges the nations righteously.
  • The righteous will behold His face. Their heritage is beautiful. Their heart is tried.
  • The Word of the Lord is pure, tried in the furnace of the earth.
  • He is with the righteous generation. He answers the prayers of those who see His glory and the perfection of His law--those who fear Him and know that without Him they can't even discern their own error.
  • Wait before the Lord. Seek His face. Behold His beauty.
  • The shepherd king leads, guides, and teachers. He delivers, instructs and shares secrets with those who stand before him with clean hands and a pure heart.
  • Seek to dwell in His house. Look for His purifying truth-telling light.
  • Declare His righteousness to the next generation.
  • Let the faithful take courage. Don't fret because of the wicked. They will wither and fade.
  • Keep your tongue from evil.
  • Cultivate faithfulness.
  • Delight in the Lord. Commit your way to Him. Rest in Him. Trust in Him.
  • Fear the Lord and you will not lack. You'll be delivered from every affliction and those too strong for you.
  • When the heavy burden, wounds, and anxiety of sin comes, confess to the Lord. Ask for healing of the soul. Thirst for God. Delight in His law. Speak of His faithfulness, salvation, lovingkindness and truth. 
  • Truth and lovingkindness will preserve you continually.
  • Each generation must learn from the past. Learn from the stories, but the future replaces the past.
  • Don't trust in wealth.
  • Days, times, seasons, years, and lifetimes, judge the people.
  • Make a covenant with God--a broken and contrite spirit--a sacrifice of thanksgiving. 
  • If He is silent to the wicked it doesn't mean He agrees.
  • The wicked speak evil from birth.
  • Take refuge in the shadow of God's wings until destruction passes by.
  • Your tears are in His bottle and book.
  • Lead us to the higher rock.
  • Shout joyfully and lift your hands to the One who is worthy and delivers you. Who stills the seas, waves, and tumult of the people.
  • He cares for the needy.
  • His enemies melt like wax before Him.
  • God hears the cries and prayers of the afflicted, their sacrificed songs and thanksgivings. He knows their folly and wrongs. He is their rock. 
  • Declare His wondrous works!
  • Don't grow weary in keeping yourself pure.
  • Don't envy the wicked for their time of destruction will come.
  • Wait. 
  • Remember His deeds.
  • All the earth is prepared and appointed by Him.
  • He judges at the appointed time.
  • Fear the Lord all the earth.
  • Tell your children the wonderful works of God, and the rebellion of their fathers. Tell them of God's mighty deeds and to trust Him and keep His commandments. Tell them to tell their children.
  • God shows favor to the land. Fear the Lord so His glory may dwell in the land.
  • Sing to God, your strength.
  • Remove all false gods.
  • The DNA of God and man through David--Jesus--merged to form a timeless generation of people--sons of God, to live and dwell both on earth and in heaven.
  • The years of our life, the voice of creation, and the adversity of the wicked, teach us so we may present a heart of wisdom to God in the end.
  • Tell of His glory all you people, all creation. 
  • Sing of His wonderful deeds. Salvation--His sovereignty rules.
  • He is coming to judge. His angels perform His word and obey His voice.
  • Write, so a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.
  • Seek Him continually and consistently with all your breath and life.
  • He's clothed with splendor, majesty, and light.
  • Winds and fire are His messengers and ministers.
  • All the earth listens to Him.
  • Turn from evil and seek Him.
  • He brings the hungry to streams and sets them on high.
  • Princes who oppress He brings low.
  • Deliverance by man is vain.
  • His wondrous works are to be studied and remembered.
  • Light arises in darkness for the upright.
  • The righteous enter through the gates of thanksgiving. They will not fear evil tidings. Their descendants will be mighty. They will live, not die, and tell of the works of the Lord.
  • The Word of God is pure and forever settled in Heaven. It is truth. See it. Delight in it. Treasure it. Meditate on it. Wait for it. Cry out for it. Love them. Lift your hands to them. Keep them. Walk in them. Choose them. Observe them. Let them counsel you. You will be blessed, pure, free, contented, wise, strengthened, insightful, understanding, and at peace.
  • Go to Zion--His chosen dwelling place.
  • Be Zion. Trust in Him, and like Zion, you won't be moved.
  • Arise O Lord to Your resting place.
  • Surround Your people. 
  • Let the brethren dwell in unity like the oil of the high priest and the dew of Zion.
  • He knows the inner thoughts and form of everyone from the womb.
  • Bless the Lord!
  • Search our hearts O God and lead us in Your way.
  • Offer prayer as incense and lift your hands as an offering to the Lord.
  • Learn the will of God and the way you should walk.
  • Follow His good Spirit.
  • Praise His works to the next generation.
  • Call upon Him in truth and He will be near.
  • His favor is on those who fear Him. 
  • With the high praises of God in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand, His godly ones will execute vengeance--the judgment written.
  • Let all breath praise the Lord!

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Speaking Job

Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summary for Job is below. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

Job Summary
Job was a man from Uz. He was blameless and upright. He was very wealthy and helpful to the people. He sat in the gates and instructed the people. He had the final word on matters. He helped the poor and needy.  God saw him and was pleased. Satan, however, came to the Lord and accused Job of weak integrity saying he wouldn't hold up under pressure. The Lord gave permission to Satan to test him, yet within boundaries. Job's grief is great. He wishes for death. His friends come to visit him. Job maintains that he's done nothing wrong, that God has done this to him and he doesn't know why. He feels his righteousness didn't keep him safe. He says if he could argue his case before God he'd be vindicated. He says that his friends should comfort him, pity him, strengthen him, but instead they accuse him of sin and wickedness. They say he must have sinned and he should repent and then God would deliver him. The young one speaks after Job's friends finish talking and says that Job should listen to God's chastening and repent. Why should he expect God to tell him what He is doing? His case is before God and he must wait. He says that just because God hasn't come in anger, Job continues to talk and multiplies words without knowledge. He says that Job should consider the majesty of God and consider his own ways. The Lord finally speaks and humbles Job, speaking of creation and all He did to form it, and all He does to maintain it. Can Job do all that? Job repents. The Lord tells the three friends that they didn't speak right of Him as Job did. They will need to offer a sacrifice to Him and Job will pray for them. After Job prayed for his friends, his fortune was restored two-fold and his friends didn't suffer the wrath of God.

  • God boasts in His people's goodness, Satan accuses.
  • God provides evidence of His opinion because He is just in dealing with accusations.
  • Job was tested to prove God's claims.
  • When suffering or doubts arise, stay true to the Lord, even when you don't understand.
  • Know God's character as well as His power.
  • Look beyond a suffering person's words of despair. Strengthen, rather than condemn them.
  • Help the suffering person to not forsake the fear of the Almighty.
  • Don't faint when justice requires evidence. When God moves to strengthen you, or prove you, through testing.
  • Maintain your faithfulness through it all. Search your heart and call on Him.
  • Truth must be spoken in love.
  • Where is weeping? Where is intercession? Why take a stance against your brother instead of holding him up and walking him through his trouble? Where is comfort?
  • When hope seems about to die and everything seems against you, and circumstances are painful, don't forsake your faithfulness to God.
  • Seek the Lord when questions and doubts arise.
  • When He is silent, wait.
  • Are the righteous assured of never suffering trouble? Does trouble come only to the wicked? No.
  • Does God do, or allow, things for no reason? No.
  • Wisdom does not come up from the earth. It's not hidden in the earth. It's from God and He declares that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.
  • Calamity tests your humility as well as your faithfulness.
  • Your faithfulness is not something to be arrogant about.
  • Judge by truth and God's wisdom, not appearance.
  • Seek Him. Search His heart as well as yours.
  • When trouble comes, seek God. He gives songs in the night. He teaches us more than the beasts and makes us wiser than the birds of heavens.
  • Seek to become more than a creature of the earth, but to become a song and wise.
  • Creation speaks of the mysteries of God. We can see them. God will show us.
  • The mysteries of God in creation speak of His mysteries, wisdom and ways.
  • A proper response is awe, humility, and fear of the Lord.
  • Don't speak of what you don't know.
  • We need the whirlwind of God to come so we can see Him and hear Him, not just hear of Him.
  • The testing comes not just to prove our faithfulness, but also to strengthen the areas we are weak in.
  • 1 Peter 5:9-10: Resist the devil firm in the faith. After you have suffered a while, God will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 
  • If we just had God's protection with no adversity, we may be able to appear perfect and blameless, we might even behave perfect and blameless, but adversity comes and strengthens us. Adversity comes so we learn to appreciate the times without it. 
  • None of us are God. We're not that pure. So the potential is there for sin. 
  • Darkness comes and we are thankful for light. Suffering comes and we're thankful for peace. Lack comes and we are thankful for plenty.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Speaking Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah
Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summaries for Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah are below. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

Ezra Summary
The Lord moved on Cyrus, King of Persia, to allow the Jews to go build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. They returned with gold, silver, cattle, valuables, along with the treasures of the old temple. They began to build the temple, but some people wrote letters to the king and had the work stopped until the reign of King Darius. When the prophets prophesied they began to rebuild the temple. The governor asked what authority they had to rebuild and when told it was Cyrus, he sent a letter to Darius asking to search the records and see if its true that Cyrus issued the decree. It was, and he was told not to interfere, and to give them whatever they needed. After the temple was built, Ezra, a descendant of Aaron and a skilled scribe in the law of Moses, came from Babylon by order of the new king Artexerxes to set up judges and magistrates in the land to judge and teach the people according to the laws of God.

  • The Lord can move on the heart of captors--those who appear as an enemy--to bring freedom.
  • He will fulfill His word spoken through His prophets.
  • Rise. Return. Rebuild. Rejoice. Refuse. 
  • Refuse to compromise with the enemy who led to the cause of the exile in the first place.
  • Let the prophets prophesy and let the builders build.
  • By decree of the King of kings and Lord of lords, rebuild the house of God.
  • Rebuild His dwelling place. Draw from the royal treasuries of the king to do so.
  • Pray, Worship, Celebrate, and take your place to maintain the work of the Lord.
  • Let the skilled scribes arise and take their place.
  • Appoint magistrates and judges to teach the people according to the law of God.
  • Before any great and potentially dangerous mission, seek the Lord.
  • Make sure you have what and who you need for the work and service to God.
  • Entrust the valuables to the faithful and honorable people.
  • When it seems as if all is lost, cry out to God with repentance and fasting. He will make a way.
Nehemiah Summary
Nehemiah asked visitors from Judah the condition of those who survived the captivity and was told their distress. Nehemiah wept, fasted, prayed, repented and reminded God of His word. He was the king's cupbearer and asked permission to go and rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. It was given. Enemies tried to stop the building of the wall. They mocked, threatened harm, made false accusations. The people continued to build the wall by day and guard by night. Nehemiah found the ancestral book of the exiles from Babylon. The people had become indebted, borrowed, and became slaves because of the famine. Nehemiah stopped the usury and restored the people to their land. The people were hungry for the words of the Law. Ezra read and the Levites explained. They wept with fasting and repentance and made a covenant with God to keep His law. They celebrated the Feast of Booths. the people settled in and around Jerusalem.
  • Seek to know the condition of God's people. If there is distress, seek God on their behalf.
  • Ask permission of the King. Tell Him your desires. Ask for the authority and resources. 
  • Go, and do the work of restoration.
  • Don't listen to the mockers. Build the wall. 
  • Don't listen to threats. Build and guard.
  • Don't fall for the enemies schemes to draw you away to do harm, to bring subtle fear, to send false prophets.
  • Be alert. perceive.
  • Take care of your brothers and sisters. Help them. Free them. 
  • Don't enslave them or use them for gain.
  • Know your bloodline and serve as He has called, ordained, and placed you.
  • Recognize the need to know the Word of God. His Law. His covenant towards you.
  • Hunger for His Word. Seek understanding of it. Seek out those who can explain it.
  • Surrender to His Word. Submit to it. Do it.
  • Study, learn and proclaim the history which brought you to where you are today.
  • Make the necessary sacrifices to keep His Word.
  • Give. Tithe. 
  • Churches--keep the Law of God. Honor the tithe as He commands.
  • Obey the laws of God whether there is a leader there to guide you or not.
  • Be the leader. Take initiative.
  • Do what's right when no one is looking. 
  • Stay faithful. Be consistent.
  • Teach your children to do the same.
  • Remain a people set apart for the Lord continually.

Esther Summary
King Ahasuerus reigned over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. His queen, Vashti, disrespected him so he wanted a new queen. Esther, a Jew, was chosen. Her cousin Mordecai had raised her. Haman was appointed by the king over all princes. He hated Mordecai because he wouldn't bow to him. He plotted to kill Mordecai and all the Jews. He got the king to sign a decree that they could all be killed and plundered on a certain day. Esther risked her life to approach the king without being called. She asked to meet with him and Haman at a banquet. In the meantime Haman built gallows and was going to ask the king to hang Mordecai on it. But that night, the king couldn't sleep so he read from the record book and found out Mordecai had once stopped a plot to murder him and he had never been honored. The king asked Haman what to do if he wanted to honor a man. Haman thought he was talking about him so he told him what he thought, but then the king told him to do what he had just said for Mordecai. Then Esther told the king about Haman's plot to kill the Jews which included her and Mordecai. Haman was hanged on the gallows he built. The king set Mordecai over Haman's house and he sent out a decree that the Jews could defend themselves on the day appointed to slaughter them. They did and the two days of Purim are celebrated to remember.

  • Stay true to the Lord. Bow only to Him.
  • The enemy will use his power, position, and influence to try and harm you. Fast, pray and be courageous.
  • God will make a way.
  • The beauty, kindness, and integrity of a people will position them so when the time comes, God's deliverance is already set in place.
  • Be humble and do what's right.
  • See the plan God gives you through to the end.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Speaking Chronicles

I and II Chronicles
Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summaries for 1st and 2nd Chronicles are as follows. These two books follow the same time period as Kings. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

1 Chronicles
The details of David's lineage are given. He was of the tribe of Judah. Saul was of Benjamin. The Korahites from the tribe of Levi were in charge of the sanctuary work. Saul died and David was made king. He captured Jerusalem, and Joab was made commander of the army. David built the stronghold of Zion--the citadel--the city of David. The tabernacle was in Gibeon at that time. David brought the ark from Abinadab's house where it was for 20 years after it returned from the Philistines. He brought it to Jerusalem with much rejoicing. They learned the proper way to carry it according to the Law of Moses. David wanted to build a house for the Lord, but the Lord said Solomon, his son was to build it. The Levite's duties were redefined as they did not have to move the tabernacle any more. David set some as singers to prophecy and praise the Lord, and gatekeepers over the treasures and affairs of Israel.

  • The actions of people affected their bloodline--some for good, some not. Consequences, atonement, repentance could chance some. Honor the bloodline of Jesus you've been given. 
  • Character and calling may both play a part in who is chosen to pass on the blessing and family birthright. Recognize His calling on individuals in the next generation. 
  • Gatekeepers, night-watchers, morning-openers, servers, singers, and overseers of the Lord's sanctuary---rise and take your place amongst God's people in America! Fulfill your place as God has ordained, appointed, commissioned, and called.
  • The appointment of a king is surrounded with warriors to enforce it. Warriors--arise to protect the appointment and re-appointment of God's chosen and anointed leaders. Enforce his positioning. 
  • Just because a commandment is old doesn't mean it is not valid. They are eternal. Timeless. They still contain their power. Search out all of God's commands. 
  • The desire to build a house for God, to honor Him as He deserves, with a permanent place, touches the Lord's heart, and this is place He will build His house--in the generations of those who long to honor Him in their hearts. Those people become His dwelling place, His house. Those willing to sacrifice for Him to give Him a permanent place in our midst. 
  • Prepare. Prepare your children to build a house for the Lord, to honor Him with the best. The very best. Provide them with what they need and prepare them. Instruct them how to prepare their heart.
  • May the leaders of the land recognize the importance of the worshipers and prophets. Arise, with the gatekeepers, guards, and overseers of the treasures, spoils, and affairs of the land. Speak to the leaders. 
  • The governing unit is family based. There are the priests and the army, but a family-based government.
  • Counselors to leadership should be men of understanding, scribes, tutors, friends, advisors, and commanders. Choose them wisely.

2 Chronicles
Solomon, David's son, became king. He offered 1000 burnt offerings to the Lord and the Lord asked him what he wanted. He asked for wisdom and knowledge to judge God's people. The Lord was pleased and gave him riches, honor and wealth in addition to wisdom. Solomon built the house of the Lord. It took 20 years to build both his house and the Lord's. He prayed for God to hear the prayers prayed towards this house. The ark was moved there and God came. The Lord appeared to Solomon and told him as long as he kept His commands he'd have a son on the throne. He kept Moses's law and David's commands but took the daughter of Pharaoh for a wife, and many wives later on that led his heart away from the Lord. The Queen of Sheba visited and was very impressed with his wisdom and wealth. He made gold shields and a great throne. His son, Rehoboam became king after him. He didn't listen to the elder's advice and ten tribes of Israel were taken from him and given to Jeroboam. Jeroboam made up his own religion so they wouldn't have to go to Jerusalem to worship. Many kings followed in both Israel (the ten tribes) and Judah (the two). Judah was taken captive by Babylon.

  • God has given us broad, wide choices. Choosing what is best for those in our care, rather than selfish choices, pleases God, bringing His blessings. 
  • The lovingkindness of the Lord is everlasting! 
  • If trouble comes, search your heart and repent, turn to Him, honor Him, keep His commands. Pray. He will hear, forgive, heal, and deliver. 
  • Rejoice in Him! 
  • Set your heart to build the Lord's house and your house. The two houses connected--mingled together, becoming one purpose and focus. This will keep your eyes from wandering, your mission clear and your heart pure.
  • The land of your influence and rule will be established. God's love for a people of a land will establish a godly king to rule. 
  • When a nation forsakes the Lord, trusts in other alliances and doesn't keep His commands, then land, treasures, lives, and peace can be lost. But when a nation seeks the Lord, covenants with Him, trusts Him, cleanses the land, and rebuilds the altars, then peace, prosperity, growth, and expansion come. 
  • Remain faithful at all times! 
  • Follow Him and teach the people to do the same. 
  • Be keen enough to recognize false prophets--popular prophets who say what people want to hear. Seek the true word of the Lord. 
  • Place teachers and judges throughout the land. 
  • When the godly influence is gone, a void is created. Bad counsel can spring up. 
  • Let the godly counselors and advisors arise. Prophets and priests arise. Arise and place the leadership. Counsel them. 
  • Listen to the Lord. 
  • Taking trophies of a victory can lead to pride causing foolish actions and challenges, putting yourself in positions and places you're not called to. From that seed springs wickedness and rejection of the Lord's ways. Listen to those who warn you. Don't make idols of trophies. 
  • Respect the positions of king, prophet, and priest. 
  • Let the leaders arise who will restore America--who will catch and disperse the vision for the land. An army on every mountain. 
  • Arise and cleanse the land. Transform the land and people into Your dwelling place! 
  • Prepare offensively, defensively, and strategically for the enemy. Discern what they say, even if they talk your language. 
  • Don't flaunt your treasures. 
  • Seek and heed His word, each generation learning to war.

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