Isaiah 53 Thoughts

down the road at duskWelcome Readers!

Isaiah 53  was part of my daily devotions and it just hit me in a new way. Let’s look into verses 3-6 today. I’m using the New Living Translation.

Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.

I realize I have turned my back on Jesus, looked the other way. I have joined those who despised and rejected Him, and did not care. Not only was this before I met Him, I’ve had times since, sometimes daily, when I’ve turned my back, looking to my own way.

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Isaiah 53:4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!

How deceived we all were; sometimes still can be. We think sometimes we live and die to ourselves, but many times don’t realize what our sins and selfishness as well as the sins of others put Christ through. When we try to live by “cheap grace”, we don’t really see that it was our own sorrows, troubles and punishment He bore for us.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

Yes, His head, hands, feet and side were pierced for my rebellion, his body crushed for my sins, His beating and whipping that turned His back into hamburger made the way for me to be healed and whole. His blood came from His head, hands, feet, side, back; flaying His body open to exposing internal parts. There isn’t a single sickness, illness, or infirmity His blood can’t cover; that was not paid for on the cross.

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Isaiah 53:6 All of us, like sheep  have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

Yes, Father God laid on Him the sins of us all; all human beings that ever were and ever will be on this planet. There isn’t a single one of us who has not strayed away and left God’s paths to follow our own. I don’t know about you, but my own paths have mucked up my life quite a bit. I realize I’m definitely no better than anyone else, but am so thankful Jesus paid the price and I have chosen to accept that payment to the best of my understanding. I’m so thankful Holy Spirit continues to open my eyes to see more of the wonders of Christ’s salvation.

Our Father in heaven, holy is Your name. Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We have sinned; have gone astray. We are so sorry for not understanding, for our unbelief and times we turn away. Lord Jesus, we apply the blood sacrifice You paid to our hearts and thank You for covering us with Your righteousness. We accept the price You paid and recon ourselves dead to sin, alive in Your grace. Help us to apply that blood to our relationships and accept the things You’ve given us, including healing of our body, soul and mind. We leave ourselves in the hands of the Living God who lives forever; interceding before the throne for each of us. In the precious name of Christ, Amen.

img_20200426_170110210Shalom to you all, my dear ones. May you truly experience Emmanuel, God with us. I leave you with this beautiful view of Yoho National Park, Canada; one of the puzzles we’ve done on our dining table while sequestered.

 

A Merry Heart

halleluiaWhat is the Lord saying right now? Over and over again, I’m haring:  Repent and Do Not Fear! These afflictions bring us to a point of decision: am I going to trust human wisdom or God’s? Am I going to sink into hopelessness or grow deeper in my relationship with Him?

Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Fear never really took hold for me. I’ve been finding grace, peace and excitement in Holy Spirit during this time. It’s not been easy for me, since my life’s not a lot different than normal, to take time aside to seek Him. I’ve started doing jigsaw puzzles at one end of our dining table that can get me quite distracted! This one was only 750 pieces, the one I just started is 1,000!

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Hallelujah! My husband’s chosen not to watch the news on the living room TV, which has been a great turnaround in our household! One evening last week I was on Kindle on my laptop in my office reading Love’s Unfading Light, a Historical Christian Romance novel by Naomi Rawlings, the first in the Eagle Harbor series. John came in to see what I was doing and began reading over my shoulder. He got interested in the story and we finished reading the book, then we read chapter one of book 2 included at the end and he said, “Is that all?” He told me to buy the next book!

 John decided it’s a good way to spend our evenings, so I’ve brought my laptop out to the living room and we’ve made it through the second book, Love’s Every Whisper, in four evenings and just started book 3, Love’s Sure Dawn, last evening.

Naomi Rawlings packs a LOT of stuff into each book. There’s so many characters and so many unexpected happenings, it keeps you turning pages. The first book is set in 1880 on the shore of Lake Superior, the one I remember from Gordon Lightfoot’s song: Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It’s the largest, deepest, farthest west of the Great Lakes chain in the northern part of the U.S. and southern part of Canada. I am attached to the Great Lakes, my mother having grown up in Buffalo,on the shore of Lake Erie. Her grandfather was part of a ship’s crew in the 1880’s time frame and I’ve heard many stories and was around that lake at least twice a year visiting my grandparents outside the city. I grew up near enough to Lake Ontario to experience the Lake Effect snow storms and now live even nearer Lake Ontario shores. It’s an awesome thing for me even today to be so close I can see Canada’s shore on the other side of the lake and experience the special winds, clouds and weather that come with the lake. It can be as fickle as the waters in the Bible we read about with Jesus and His disciples.

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Naomi does a good job of showing the difference in that time between the two shipping magnate’s families and the rest of the community. It really makes you think: is it better to be a rich family or a God fearing family? Her characters, both rich and poor, go through much struggle to find their true worth in God’s sight. The situations are quite real and Naomi has done her duty researching thoroughly. I highly recommend this series; I some how got connected with the author and was able to download the first book for free. I see it as good use for this time of sequestering.

Here are two more Scriptures about our heart attitude.

Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

So, let us renounce any fear, which causes stress, which damages our body, soul and mind. Replace it with a merry heart within which gives life. I like what Graham Cooke says: every Problem comes with a Promise, Provision, and a Promotion. The Promise of God is that He’s with us and all our hope is in Him. He knows all our needs before we voice them, and supplies them just in time. Stick close with Him in this and you’ll see promotion; new faith, peace and well being. This morning, Pastor shared the story of Job and these ‘P’s describe his testimony in a nutshell.

I’m looking for the revelation that brings revival! Lord, Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.

 

Conclusion of Biblical 5:7’s

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Oh what a Savior! Isn’t He wonderful! Sing alleluia, Christ is Risen! I hope you all had a blessed Easter; Christ has risen! Here I finish my study of Biblical chapter 5’s and verse 7’s. These verses are fitting following Easter week!

1 Peter 5:7 …casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Give all your worries, cares, fears, and anxious thoughts to God, for He really does care for you!

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

This verse explains the Trinity of God, although the doctrine of “The Trinity” is not exactly spelled out in words in the Bible. This verse is similar:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

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Remember when the women came to the empty tomb and wondered how they were going to move the huge stone? The power of God had already done it by the time they arrived! Similarly, those in Heaven wondered how the scroll was going to be open; no one was found worthy…until…revelation 5:7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

Hallelujah! Only the Lamb that was slain was worthy to take the scroll and open it.

After all the despair and sins of the fathers in my previous posts in this series, we finally get into the grace of God found in Jesus Christ. How glorious this age of grace is!

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Jeremiah 31:29 In those days they shall say no more: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

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We now all stand or fall on our own merit; in the light of Christ!  Let’s kick the devil out of our family bloodline and take on the DNA of Jesus Christ, multiple blessings for our entire family. I pray you will choose to stand in the Light, connected to the Vine; alive in Christ alone!

Part VII Bible 5:7’s Purge Leaven

Blessed Passover and Easter week to you all. Welcome to the 7th installment of Biblical Chapter 5’s and verse 7’s. We learn of the new way of life in Jesus. I also encourage you to contemplate as we come to Resurrection Sunday all that it means in our lives.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

Christ was our Passover lamb, the final one for all time. The old leaven has to do with the false piety of religious leaders, which is still encountered today. We are new creations in Christ so our sinful self is removed through His sacrifice and our renewed life in Him.

1 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

So much happens in the Spirit realm that most of us never get a glimpse of. If we walk by sight, we think our battle is with our spouse, children, boss, driver irritating you on the road… if we walk by faith we can treat others as we want to be treated, see them as God sees them and speak life into each situation.

Galatians 5:7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

Certain religious leaders were insisting the new Believers needed to be circumcised and follow all the Jewish religious laws. Paul had taught them what freedom in Christ meant and they’d left off his teachings to be put back in bondage by the rules of men.

Ephesians 5:7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Paul is teaching them about living in the light, leaving idol worship and other immoral sins. He makes it clear these are works of the flesh and Believers should stay away from these practices.

1 Thessalonians 5:7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.

The Day of the Lord is coming as a thief in the night. Do not follow these practices that will drag you into the darkness. Be sober, drunk only in the Holy Spirit, and walk in the Light.

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1 Timothy 5:7 And these things command, that they may be blameless.

Paul is teaching Timothy to keep the church’s widows free from open criticism; teaching them to place their hope in God and pray to Him for help. This is a Godly widow free from reproach; not the one who lives only for worldly pleasure and is spiritually dead.

Hebrews 5:7 … who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,

Jesus did not take the mantle of Priest, but let Father God bestow it upon Him after His death and resurrection. In His flesh, He learned obedience as He suffered for God’s will. He showed how to walk in the world, not of the world.

James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

So shall we wait patiently for the return of Christ, continue planting, watering and harvesting the salvation of all those on earth that will be saved. The precious fruit is developed as we abide in Him; we shall receive the early and latter rain from the Father’s hand.

Have a blessed time of contemplation as we remember Jesus’ death, 3 days in hell separated from the Father, wresting the keys of death and Hades from the devil. THENUp from the grave He arose! Alive forevermore, interceding for us all at His Father’s throne!

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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.

I pray you are thriving in the Lord and Holy Spirit in this novel situation. If you need a connection to an on-line sermon, our church can be found at: http://www.airportchristianfellowship.org

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.