Part VI Bible 5:7’s

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Welcome to April 2020! Approaching Palm Sunday, we encounter the Lion of Judah in this week’s Scriptures.  I start with the Gospels, then continue with the books of Acts and Romans.

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Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

From the Sermon on the Mount; Jesus stressed the fact that if we are not merciful to others, God can’t give mercy to us.

Mark 5:7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

The boat carrying Jesus and His disciples across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. The demons inside the wild man living among the tombs cried out because they knew who Jesus was and did not want to leave the territory they were given by Satan.

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Luke 5:7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

Simon Peter had fished all day. Jesus commandeered his fishing boat to go out into the lake because the crowds were pressing in on Him. Peter knew Jesus had some kind of authority, so he did what He told him to do. Not expecting any fish, he threw out one net that was quickly filled to overflowing. This miracle caused Simon Peter to leave his boat and follow Jesus!

John 5:7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

This sick man didn’t realize who Jesus was. He thought he might help him be first in the water, but didn’t realize Jesus could heal without the angel. Most in Jesus’ day did not realize God was in their midst in human form. Don’t many of us fall into this same scenario?

img_20190713_201328560Acts 5:7 Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.

After the Holy Spirit fell and the disciples were living in community sharing their resources, this is the account of Ananias and Sapphira not telling the truth about money they were donating. I guess they thought they were deceiving the Apostles, but it was God the Holy Spirit! Both were struck dead. Remember 2 Samuel 6 when they were bringing the Ark of the Covenant home on the ox cart instead of carrying it on poles by the Priests (as God commanded)? Uzzah reached out a hand to steady the cart, aroused God’s anger and was struck dead. Two lessons about the holiness of God and encounters between Holiness and unrighteousness.

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.

Apostle Paul was explaining what a big deal it was that Jesus died for unclean sinners. You might be willing to die for a righteous person, or a good man, but would you choose to die for a vile sinner?

I am so thankful  for the grace found in Christ after all the years of sinners trying to get right with God on their own. Have you recently contemplated all you have because Jesus, the Lion of Judah, paid the price? During this Lenten season, let’s take pause to think about the glory of God and His holiness and the gap Christ reconciled through His body between Father God and His children. I pray you find the deep love of God and true Shalom my dear readers. wise and understanding

Part V Bible 5:7’s Last of Old Testament

1697This week I share the final Old Testament books that have 5 chapters and 7 verses in them. Most of the minor prophets are short books, so they didn’t make it in this list! Interesting note: Daylight savings Time begins in Israel today!

Ezekiel 5:7 Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you’—

God had told them to destroy before them these nations that worshiped other gods so they would not adopt their practices and corrupt the land God had given them. Here God is pointing out that the Israelites had gone even deeper into these sins than the other nations!

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Daniel 5:7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

None of these false prophets could even start to tell the king what he dreamed. With God’s Spirit, Daniel was able to tell the king the dream AND interpretation and was given the rewards and promotion mentioned in this verse.

Hosea 5:7 They have dealt treacherously with the Lord,
for they have begotten pagan children.
Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage.

Hosea is another prophet God used to point out the Israelites’ sins and call them to repentance. Israel had new moon feasts which God allowed, but pagans worshiped the new moon instead of marking times and seasons with it.As with King Saul, this generation also went after other nations for spouses and adopted their false religions and reaped destruction.

 Amos 5:7 You who turn justice to wormwood, and lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”

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How God’s people provoke Him! Each generation has a chance to turn to God, each generation has those who choose not to and break His Father heart.

Micah 5:7 Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples,
like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, that tarry for no man nor wait for the sons of men.

Even though the Lord scattered His chosen people among the nations, He used – is still using – them to bless and prosper those they dwell in the midst of.

Zechariah 5:7 Here is a lead disc lifted up, and this is a woman sitting inside the basket”; then he said, “This is Wickedness!” And he thrust her down into the basket, and threw the lead cover over its mouth.

Shortly before 400 years of silence between God and His people, Zechariah along with Micah, is chosen to enumerate the sins of the people and announce the coming grace of the Lord, that great and terrible day when wickedness will be vanquished; glorious for those who choose to follow Christ Jesus! 

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Part IV Biblical 5:7’s Sin & Rebellion

Here we go with the 4th part of the Bible’s 5:7’s. Lots of sin and rebellion in these passages!

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Song of Solomon 5:7

The watchmen who went about the city found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
the keepers of the walls took my veil away from me.

My beloved was taken away from me; I cannot find him. Those who should have kept me safe took advantage of me.

Isaiah 5:7

For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
He looked for justice, but behold, oppression;
for righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.

God looked for justice and mercy; good fruit from his people. Instead he found them oppressing each other and ignoring cries for mercy.

Jeremiah 5:7

“How shall I pardon you for this?
Your children have forsaken Me
and sworn by those that are not gods.
When I had fed them to the full,
then they committed adultery
and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.

God was good to them, but they shunned Him and followed after the gods of the other nations and actively looked for ways to sin against Him.

Lamentations 5:7

Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their iniquities.

The fathers mentioned in the Scriptures above passed their iniquities on to their children.  Should the children pay for their elder’s sins?

Having cut into the first half of these books, I went deep into the midst of the sins of the fathers; judgements against God’s chosen people. Promises of redemption can be found if you continue on in each of these books. Our God has always been merciful, having a plan to save His beloved people before they even had a chance to sin. The years between the fall of man and Jesus’ arrival were filled with those seeking God and not many finding Him. They were attempting to follow the Law of Moses, but found out they couldn’t. Hallelujah, the long awaited Jesus has come! Remember, Jesus summed things up this way:

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

 Shalom to you all; grace and peace until we meet again.

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Part III Biblical 5:7’s Unrighteousness

catputer Welcome to part 3 of my 5:7 musings. Today we’ll dig into Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs and Lamentations to see what God is saying to us.

Nehemiah 5:7 After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, “Each of you is exacting usury from his brother.” So I called a great assembly against them.

When Nehemiah was sent back to Jerusalem from captivity to rebuild the walls and gates of the city, he found the nobles and rulers exacting a high price from those who had rebuilt Jerusalem and they were living in drought conditions.

Esther 5:7 Then Esther answered and said, “My petition and request is this:

EstherKing Xerxes asked Esther what she wanted; up to half his kingdom. XerxesShe requested the King and Haman come for a second banquet the next night. (note: Purim was on March 10 &11 this year)

 Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Job was brought low, but still did not curse God. The fact that man is born to sin and trouble was made utterly clear to him through his trials.

Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
in fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

King David had seen the error of his ways and was always quick to repent and throw himself on the mercy of God. He knew what it was to whole-heartedly worship the Lord in the place His glory dwelt.

Proverbs 5:7 Therefore hear me now, my children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

King Solomon advises his children, as well as those who would come after, to listen to the wisdom of God. Solomon learned these lessons in Proverbs from straying far from the path he started on as a young man. He urges the rest of us to take heed and learn wisdom to live a life pleasing to God which will lead to life; not death and destruction.

Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their iniquities.

King Solomon looked back on his life and realized the burden of accumulated sins and iniquities. He’d seen the error of his ways and how far he’d drifted from God. Praise Him, in Christ we no longer bear our ancestor’s burdens!

Takeaways: God is holy and righteous; humans are sinners from birth. We need to learn the wisdom of the Word of God, especially how to come to Jesus and repent of our sins. We are washed clean by the final blood sacrifice in Christ and set upon the path of eternal life in His glory. We also see that righteousness demands payment and repayment from those who have done wrong and treated others badly. We must trust our Advocate that we are new creations in Christ and no longer have to kowtow to our sinful past. Jesus was serious when from the cross He shouted: It is finished! when His life was poured out on the cross. No further sacrifice can be made to cover our sins, make us righteous or heal us. Why do we look elsewhere as if He’s not enough? I pray you find peace in the fact we no longer have to strive to please God by works of righteousness, because we are the righteousness of God in Christ, no longer saddled by our sin nature. Rejoice that we can live an abundant life and experience true Shalom because of the Blood of Christ Jesus!guilt pardoned

 

Part II Bible 5:7’s Holiness

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Welcome to the second installment in my survey of Biblical chapter 5’s verse 7’s. Let’s start with 1 Samuel.

1 Samuel 5:7 And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.”

Ashdod had stolen the Ark of God during a battle with Israel. Their god Dagon could not stand up before the Ark of God’s Presence. We must cleanse ourselves and bow before our God to come into His Glory; now it’s done by the blood of Jesus.

2 Samuel 5:7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).

This is the marvelous time when King David conquered the kingdom and began to reign from Zion. It was a mighty battle ingeniously won by David’s valiant men.

1 Kings 5:7 So it was, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly and said, Blessed be the Lord this day, for He has given David a wise son over this great people!

People came from all around to see the wonders God bestowed on King Solomon. King Hiram gave praise to the Lord God of Israel because of the wisdom and blessings poured out on Solomon, King David’s successor.

2 Kings 5:7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”

Namaan’s king sent him to the Prophet Elisha to heal his leprosy. He erroneously went to the king instead, causing the king grief. Elisha heard what was going on and had the king  send the man to him; Namaan was healed by the hand of God through the Prophet. Afterward, Gehazi made the mistake of getting the reward from Namaan after Elisha refused payment. God laid Namaan’s leprosy on Gehazi for the sin of greed!

1 Chronicles 5:7 And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was registered: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,

This is in the middle of the genealogy of the sons of Reuben. This line was actually taken from Reuben due to his sin and given to Joseph’s sons. It also gives some history of God’s people along with the birth orders; something we like to get with our DNA/Genealogies today.

2 Chronicles 5:7 Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the cherubim

The Ark of the Covenant of the Lord was brought into the Temple King Solomon had made. Remember what happened when the Ark was in Ashdod?  The Ark was finally in the place God said He’d dwell with his people.

These Scriptures all deal with the orderly, correct way to approach the glory of God. Think about this: today the glory of God lives inside us when we ask Jesus into our heart. The seekers of the lost Ark are looking in all the wrong places for the priceless treasure we hold inside us! Imagine if anyone ever finds it, they may suffer the fate of Dagon, god of Ashdod! I pray you draw near to the One who is only accessible through the Blood of Jesus Christ. His holiness is to be desired and only found in one place; the redeemed human heart!

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Beginning Bible 5:7’s

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Well, I’ve found another couple Bible verses that led me to see what’s in the rest of that number, so I’ll do a survey of what’s in the chapter 5 verse 7’s. Note:  for those who wondered, I DID go through my previous posts and edit; I hope I found all the errors one reader saw!

Genesis 5:7 After he begot Enosh, Seth lived eight hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters.

In the beginning, God let people live for hundreds of years. At the time of the flood, He decided 120 years was long enough for people to practice their life of evil on the earth.

Exodus 5:7“You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.

When Moses and Aaron were asking Pharaoh to let the people go, Pharaoh figured the slaves didn’t have enough work to keep them busy. So he made their job harder. This was part of Pharaoh hardening his heart.

Numbers 5: 7 then he shall confess the sin which he has committed. He shall make restitution for his trespass in full, plus one-fifth of it, and give it to the one he has wronged.

This was reparation for betraying the LORD by doing wrong to another person.

Deuteronomy 5:7 ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.

The crux of the whole relationship problem between God and people, the reason Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father.

Joshua 5:7 Then Joshua circumcised their sons whom He raised up in their place; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.

Because of unbelief in the camp, the generation that came out of Egypt was prevented from entering the Promised Land. One of their sins would have been not circumcising their sons. This generation, born during the 40 years of wandering, was allowed to follow Joshua into the Promised Land.

Judges 5:7 Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, arose a mother in Israel.

From the Song of Deborah, who was the first Judge in Israel. This is where God tested to see if the Israelites would follow Him and remove the inhabitants of Canaan to make room for them to occupy the land God promised.

So, these Scriptures show we humans have a sin problem that separates us from Father God’s holiness. Our Loving Father who made us still loves us, so He sent His son to die for our sins so we could be reconciled to the LORD, even better than the relationship He had with Adam and Eve before they sinned. I pray we all take advantage of the relationship restored by Jesus, our personal savior. All of Heaven rejoices at one lost sinner being found and brought back to the Father’s arms!

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I leave you until next week when I plan to go through the books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles seeing how God and man evolved into the relationship we now enjoy through Christ Jesus.

Emmanuel/All Life Is Worship!

Continuing my focus on Emmanuel – God with us, I share this Emmanuel song I remembered as “There Is A River”; officially titled “I Will Rejoice”.  Recorded by William Murphy, it’s based on Psalm 46:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

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[Verse 1:]
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God
So I will rejoice, I will rejoice, and be glad
My depressed days are over, I will, I made up my mind, I will, I’m gonna be glad

[Verse 2:]
There is a fountain full of grace that flows from Emmanuel’s veins
There is a fountain so full of grace that flows from my Savior’s veins
It came and it healed me
It came and refreshed me
It came and washed my sins away!

[Chorus:]
So I will rejoice, I will rejoice, and be glad

From https://genius.com/William-murphy-i-will-rejoice-lyrics

cool shadesPart of this week’s revelation I’ve gleaned is: all life is worship. Let’s think about this starting with:

Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; … For we are also his offspring.

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

he thinks of meSo in Him we live, move and have our being, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost; we are not our own because Christ bought us for the Father. Now we are the redeemed, Christ Jesus lives in us. Don’t forget that in Christ, we are seated with Him at the right hand of the Father. All this means whatever we do, we should do it to glorify the Lord. Whether we eat, drink, wash dishes, care for our children, work outside the home or any other activity, clearly we bring the Lord along with us. There is no longer any sacred or secular, there’s good and evil. We walk in the light of the Spirit, and this light overcomes darkness. This means we can overcome whatever comes into our life as the over-comers in the book of Revelation:

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

Galatians 5: 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

As we live in the Spirit, let God’s Spirit search you. As King David found: He’s the one who can clean up our hearts and renew our spirits.

friendsPsalm 51: 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Once you’re clean and in right relationship, remember where to set your affections:

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

I pray you will take time to seek the Lord this week and grow deeper in your relationship with Emmanuel, the One in whom you live, move, breath, and have your being. May all your life be an act of worship, for He is worthy of it all!image000000_8