August 21, 2008

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I talk about paths and look at Psalm 25 and 119 in my video blog today (have you watched it yet??). Well this morning I went back and read those two Psalms as I was finishing my peanut butter toast and coffee for breakfast, and Psalm 25 really spoke to me.Verse 1 says, "O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God!" (You have to say amen to that!) But then add that to verses 4 and 5. They say this, "Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You" (NLT). When it gets right down to it, those verses need to be my heart cry each and every morning. So, I'm going to try something new. I'm going to print out Psalm 25:1, 4 and 5 (I'll probably put it a couple of places like my bathroom mirror and in my Bible) and make it a point to read those verses at least once every morning. Then I'm going to turn them into a prayer for that day.

I'd love it if you'd join me, and I'm also interested to hear if you have any special verses that you read or use frequently to keep you on track. We can all use pointers, so don't be shy. Talk to you next week. Tami W.

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This blog couldn't have been more timely. Both the Exodus chapter and the psalms did my heart good. I'm inspired to dig in to them more.

My husband and I got married on December 20, 1997. I was a junior in college at the time. That fall before we got married I spent a lot of time praying and reading scripture. My constant prayer was that God would prepare my heart for marriage. One of the scripture versus that I memorized during that time was Psalm 25:4-5. This verse has stayed with me for the past 11 years. My first year teaching high school I would pray it in the car ride on the way to school. Now that I am a stay at home mom to 3 boys I have found myself praying it in the mornings in the shower.

Yes, I'll join you in that prayer and hand my days over to the Lord.
Cute puppies...

Ever since I really surrendered to the Lord, I have times I break out in praise, and thanks. I pray more now than ever, sometimes 20 times a day I guess, in every place, time is not relevant, it just happens.

I dwell in his word, I keep an MP3 handy loaded with teachings from J. Vernon McGee and his 5 year programme in the study. It is awesome to hear him, I like this programme as well, it is often lifting and on my way home, 94.7 here in Louisville, is always on in my home, my car and I just love the air from it. I feel lifted a lot more. My wife and I are doing away with secular TV, we are getting Sky Angle, a christian service and no more JUNK in the house.

Not only we need to be taught God's paths, but also we need to lead in His truth(v5) Psalm 139:23-24 says Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Hey everyone,

I told you in my blog yesterday that I was going to read Psalm 25:1,4 & 5 each morning and then turn those verses into a prayer. Today was day one and I wanted you to know that I did that this morning as soon as I finished my regular reading. I liked it--a lot. It was definitely a nice way to start off my work day. Who knows, this might be a new long term routine for me. Have a good one! Tami W.

Those verses are a great way to start off a day and I would be more than willing to join you in reading these verses everyday and turning them into a prayer.I have been trying something new myself after watching the series on tempation by Dr. Kroll. Hear are a few scriptures I printed out on paper to keep in my pocket until I have them memorized. Proverbs 3:5-8 is good for me when its hard to understand and make sense of whats going on in my life, situation, or relationships. Proverbs 8:6-8 is a confession I like to make to remind and pray over my mouth and what comes out of it. 1 John 8:6-8 is one of my favorites because there are times when I mess up and immediately repent, talk to the Lord about it and ask forgiveness, the problem is that I don't feel forgiven and the enemy is good at making people feel condemened when they mess up, which is not God's way of doing things. This verse reminds me of God's truth about God's forgiveness. "If we confess confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive them and cleanse us from all unrightousness." Amen to that!!!!

Tami and All,
Tim quoted my favorite. (Psalm 139) When I came to the Lord four years ago, those words became and remain my heart's cry. He is so faithful to bring about His living Word!
My special prayer for those I love, as well as myself, is Colossians 1:9-12.
I have quotes and verses posted all sorts of places in my house. Since I live alone, I can be as eccentric with it as I want! :-)

I just finished emailing family and friends about a passage of scripture I used to keep on my mirror. During my quiet time today this scripture was featured in a reading and spoke to me anew and I was thinking I should post it again. After finishing that portion of my quiet time, I went to Powered by 4 to read and found your words regarding Psalm 25 and posting it someplace as a prayer. The scripture I love is Hebrews 4:14-16! Jesus our High Priest (how well this fits with the Exodus scriputres we've been reading about) knows all about how each one of us is tempted, and because of HIM we can come with BOLDNESS before the throne of God to obtain mercy and grace to help us. I just love how the Lord will weave so many different things together in each of our lives to teach, bless and guide when we allow even a faint bit of His light and life into ours! PTL!

Praise the Lord: Yes, Tami I will also do as you are doing and place those Psalms around my house and my office. I just pray that I will follow where the Lord leads. I know at times I have not. Thank you for your wonderful idea and have a blessed week.

I am not always able to get online 4 days a week, but the readings and the blog sure are helpful when I can make it and attempt catch-up. God bless your ministry!
glenda
PS-- If any feel lead, I have a son in Army who will deploy soon. He is infintry and said last time that the prayers of others kept him alive. My prayer is that he will come back to say that again.
Thanks and God bless.

Tammy,

What did God mean when He said "and to all who are wisehearted I have given wisdom and ability to make all that I have commanded you" .... (I am reading from the Amplified bible) Were there others beside Bezalel and Aholiab who were called? If so, why are their names not mentioned? Were they not "as called" or "as appointed" or "secondary" in some way to Bezalel and Aholiab? Is it just a general statement sort of saying that they had help from other people ....

How is the Sabbath a sign of the covenant?

Thank again,
Melissa

Melissa, Tami asked me to respond to your question, and I'm glad to do so.

Exodus 31:6 says, "And I, indeed I, have appointed with him [Bezalel] Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you." So, yes, definitely there were others than Bezalel and Aholiab involved.

But why aren't they named? The practical answer is that it would make for a very long list. I am sure there were a multitude of people involved in such a complex task as building and outfitting the Tabernacle. But there's also a spiritual truth. Our service for God is not for fame and glory. There are more unnamed servants of God than those whose names we know. For example, Jesus sent out 70 of His disciples to preach and heal (Luke 10), but we only know the names of 12. The important truth is that God knows their names, and He will make sure that each one receives the appropriate reward.

Concerning the Sabbath, Scripture doesn't say it is a "sign of the covenant" (Gen. 17:11 tells us that circumcision for the Jew was the "sign of the covenant"). The Bible does say, however, that it is a "sign" (see Ex. 31:13). A sign of what? A sign (or "reminder") that it is God "who sanctifies you." The word "sanctify" means "to be set apart for a special purpose." The Israelites were set apart not like an exclusive country club that others can't belong to, but set apart to share God's plan of salvation with the world and, ultimately, to bring it to fruition through a Jewish Messiah. This purpose found it's fulfillment in Christ.

Going into detail about the Sabbath is beyond the scope of this blog, but you can find more information on our Web site here.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

Allen,

Thank you for another great answer. I truly appreciated that answer.

I did also check out the link you mentioned. While I was there I also started reading about the big "Can you lose your salvation" question.

This is a question I have always struggled with and when I read Exodus 32 it raised this torment in me again. I agree that the people were stupid and ungrateful (when they built the golden calf altar) but how do I understand a God who got so angry He wanted to destroy them & blot them out of the book of life for it?

Moses "talked God out of" destroying them but then we read later on (vs 27) that God has instructed that every one who did not choose Him should be killed. "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Whoever is on the Lord's side, let him come to me. And all the Levites [the priestly tribe] gathered together to him. And he said to them, THUS SAYS THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, EVERY MAN PUT HIS SWORD ON HIS SIDE AND GO IN AND OUT FROM GATE TO GATE THROUGHOUT THE CAMP AND SLAY EVERY MAN HIS BROTHER, AND EVERY MAN HIS COMPANION, AND EVERY MAN HIS NEIGHBOUR." And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell of the people that day about 3000 men. And Moses said [to the Levites, by your obedience to God's command] you have consecrated yourselves today as priests to the Lord, each man [at the cost of being] against his own son and his own brother, that the Lord may restore and bestow His blessing upon you this day. (Amplified Bible)

I am a believer but to this day I still struggle to understand how the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament can even be remotely related let alone the same person. Jesus said if you have seen Me you have seen the Father but Jesus was more often forgiving, loving, merciful, gracious, healing etc. than angry and exacting of punishment. I am not trying to be irreverent but split personality comes to mind ....

Now back to the issue of "can you lose your salvation"... There are quite a lot of good scriptures given in this link:
http://www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Bible-Questions.html
but what about Exodus 32:33 "the Lord said to Moses, Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book". Wow! that's a costly mistake.

This book is the Book of Life correct? (my Bible has a cross reference on this passage to Dan 12:1, Phil 4:3 and Rev 3:5)

Does Exodus 32:33 then not show us that these people lost eternal life (or salvation) by sinning? Was this just the case in the Old Testament and we can thank God we weren't born in those times? (seems a bit unfair at the same time doesn't it?)

I can't find any verse in the New Testament were it talks about "being blotted out of the book" but Rev 3:4-5 says "Yet you still have a few [person's] names in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes, and they shall walk with Me in white, because they are worthy and deserving. Thus shall HE WHO CONQUERS (is victorious) be clad in white garments, AND I WILL NOT ERASE OR BLOT OUT HIS NAME FROM THE BOOK OF LIFE; ......"

What sorts of things count as "soiling my clothes" ?
"He who conquers" Conquers what? and if I don't? Is the responsibility really then on "the Shepherd" to "get me home safe"?

I don't care about theology I only want to know who God really is.
Thank you again for your time,
Melissa

PS. one more thing (as if I haven't already asked enough questions)

Below is an excerpt from the Q & A link from the "Is my salvation in Christ secure, or can I lose my salvation?":

"The overseeing of our lives and our eternal safety are in the hands of the Lord--our Savior and everlasting friend. He would impart confidence to the weakest and feeblest believer. We are with Him and He with us in the ship and storm (Gen. 28:15). His safety is ours."

Gen 28:15 says "and behold, I am with you and will keep (watch over you with care, take notice of) you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done all of which I have told you."

This passage was God speaking specifically to Jacob. the next verse says "Jacob awoke from his sleep and he said, surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it." How do I know that this promise applies to me and my life as well? Would that not be a bit presumptuous on my part? There are many "promise verses" that we christians like to quote and claim for ourselves but how can I believe without a shadow of a doubt that these promises are truly for all of us? Just because it's in the Bible? There are other verses in the Bible we certainly would NOT want to "claim" .... For example 1 Samuel 22:16 "you shall surely die" .....
It's sort of like being at a buffet and just choosing the food you like ....

Melissa,

It is my personal understanding that there are two books of life (notice the plural that is used in Rev. 20:12). There is the Book of Life that refers to physical life. Everyone who is born is entered in that book and, when they die, their name is removed. And then there is the Lamb's Book of Life which refers to the book that contains the names of those who are saved in Christ.

Now let's look at Exodus. God called the people out of Egypt for a purpose. They were to become a nation who would make His righteousness and His plan of salvation known to the nations around them. They were to become His "Exhibit A" to the whole world so that all the Gentiles could see the Truth.

But when they rebelled and rejected Him by worshipping a false idol, they were rejecting God's plan for them. This left God no choice but to start over again. He was willing to blot them out of the book of physical life, and raise up a new people to His Name who would fulfill His purpose.

Moses, however, asked them to be spared as a people, and God in His mercy agreed. But the sin had to be paid for. According to Exodus 32:28, three thousand men lost their lives because of their foolishness (notice this wasn't a wholesale slaughter--no mention of women and children).

The Church today downplays God's wrath, but it's a reality. This is not God "getting even" (this would imply that we can hurt God, so He's got to even the score by hurting us). In order to maintain His purpose for the Church, however, God will remove people when necessary. For example, Paul writes to the Christians at Corinth who were behaving shamefully at the Lord's Table and says, "For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep [i.e. are dead]" (1 Corinthians 11:30).

Sin in the life of the believers will not remove them from the Lamb's Book of Life because those sins are paid for. But for the grace of God, it could very well remove them from the book of physical life.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent for Back to the Bible

Melissa,

Let me respond to your second question about God's promises.

It's always important to know the context of any verse--but especially God's promises. Some promises are made to individuals, some to the nation of Israel, some to believers in Christ and some, even, to the World (the latter you probably wouldn't want to claim).

The mistake that many people make is that they try to claim God's promises indiscriminately. Take the promise you mention in Genesis 28:15 ("Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you."). That promise is given specifically to Jacob--and it was fulfilled.

Then why should I care about a promise that doesn't apply to me? Because it reveals the character of God. One of the things we learn about God's character from this promise is His continued presence and watch care over those who are His. So even if we can't claim God's promise, we can take comfort in God's character.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

Allen,

Thank you for another great answer. I have never heard of, or thought of, the idea of there being 2 books (one of physical life and one of eternal life). A very interesting thought. I hope this is true because it would make this passage in Exodus a whole lot easier to deal with. It's true that the women and children aren't mentioned in the slaughter of men but it's also true that women and children were not always mentioned because in those times they were "of no account" in society, right? Remember the miracle of loaves & fishes? Women and children weren't mentioned there either but scholars believe it is likely they were present, meaning that Jesus fed an even larger crowd, correct?

Is there any reference material available which would list all the promises of the Bible and which ones are for individuals, which ones are for the nation of Israel, which ones are for believers in Christ and which ones are for the World? I agree that we get into trouble if we do not understand the context and decide to "claim" whatever we like.

Although we can get an idea of God's character from all His promises it seems there are times in the Bible, in history and in life today when God "shows up" or "intervenes" and when He doesn't. Of course it's a good thing that we can't confine Him to a "defined method or process" since He seems to work differently with each person. Still when you watch it all and can't make sense out of any of it, that makes it hard to trust His "character".....
Which "character" will He be today?

Melissa

This is a response to Melissa's question.

An argument from silence (not mentioning women and children in) is never conclusive, however, I tend to think in this situation that the punishment would have been meted out to those who were responsible for the transgression--namely the men.

The reference book I use is entitled All the Promises of the Bible (italicize) by Herbert Lockyer. As far as determining to whom the promise is given, you have to read the context of the passage.

Concerning God's character, we need to judge His actions by His character, not His character by His actions. So if I know God is just (because the Bible says so), when I see something that would indicate otherwise, I assume that I simply don't know all the facts. People become disillusioned with God because they trust their observations more than they trust God. The psalmist found himself nearly in that situation when he said, "But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked" (Psalms 73:2-3). Circumstances nearly destroyed his faith in God. But verse 17 says, "Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end." Once he understood the character of God, he realized that what he saw (the prosperity of the wicked) wasn't the whole story. Our relationship with God, either as our Savior or our Judge, doesn't end with this life. As a result, we need to go on trusting God's character no matter what happens around us.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

Thank you Allen.
Some very good food for thought.
Melissa

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