March Musing and Understanding

author Thank you all for joining me today. I am reading the Moravian Daily Texts 2019, our Pastor invited us to join him for Francis Chan’s Disciple Makers study (you can download it from the Play Store) and our Life Group is watching Pastor Robert Morris’ Free Indeed series on YouTube. This is a lot of Bible reading, learning, and soul searching. Here’s some things I’m gleaning.

Free Indeed session 6 topic: lust of the eyes. stary eyesThe categories are:

  1. Greed

  2. Unbelief

  3. Fear

Look at Adam and Eve’s temptation: This looks good! Did God really say? Is God keeping me from something good? Pastor Morris shared that an ordinance is an ordinary principle, like the one God gave Adam & Eve. We were all challenged to see what happens when we put God first and give to Him the first 10th {number 10 equals test} of all we have. In Malachi (see 3:6-12), the LORD says to test Him and see; if you bring all your tithes into the storehouse so there will be food in His house, see if He won’t provide all your needs over and above that 10%. One in our group is a single woman fearful of losing job, apartment, car…too proud to ask help. This Scripture is what came to me for her:

I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Hope in the LORD! Be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart and you will line up with the LORD! Psalm 27:13-14 (One New Man Bible)

Pastor Morris says people tell him tithing isn’t in the New Testament; they are Psalm 143.10mistaken! I challenge you to obey what the Lord says and taste and see that He is good. I certainly have, and look forward to taste and see more of His goodness as I learn more about obeying. Did you know the coins paid Judas to betray Jesus came out of the Offering of God [God’s money] in the temple? The High Priest & Elders robbed from God to betray Jesus.  When Judas threw the coins at their feet, they couldn’t put the money back in the offering box because they KNEW they had done wrong. That’s why they used the coins to buy “The Potter’s Field”  called “Field of Blood” to this day! [see Matthew 26:14-16, 27:3-10]

Psalm 37: 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.

Thinking about all the struggles going on in our country, these verses stood out to me. Do Not Fret; evildoers shall be cut off. We must cease from anger, forsake wrath, not fret because these things only cause harm (to us and others). God continues:

For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.

Pray for the Lord’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, and leave it to Him to bring things around for our good as He brings good in the midst of this evil, chaos and strife. 

Next, I’m reading Nehemiah 12,  where the meanings of the men’s names are significant to understanding the chapter. Verse 10: Yeshuah=deliverance/salvation, Joiakim=God exists, Eliashib=God responds, Joiada=God knows. Verse 24: Hashabiah=Thoughts of God, Sherebiah=Scepter of God, Kadmiel=God goes before you. Imagine what it was like for the refugees knowing what these men’s names mean, to those who did all the work to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and preparing the place to worship God Almighty. Imagine being the parents who picked out these men’s names! Since the Lord God never changes (Malachi 3:6), we can claim God is our deliverance and salvation, can know He exists, that He responds and He knows all about us and our needs. The thoughts of God are for us, the scepter of God is in the midst of His people. [name definitions from One New Man Bible foot notes pg.1125 ]

Until next time, think on these words from March 20th Moravian Daily Texts 2019

hymn #609:

O give me Samuel’s mind! A sweet unmurm’ring faith, obedient and resigned to thee in life and death, that I may read with childlike eyes truths that are hidden from the wise.

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