10:10’s Part IV: Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah

Welcome to my next musings on Biblical 10:10’s. In 1 Chronicles we read of the death of King Saul and his sons on the battlefield and how the Philistines found their bodies the next day. After stripping the king, they took his head and armor to show to all the Philistine people.

1 Chronicles 10:10 Then they put his armor in the temple of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.

All of Jabesh-Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, and they arose and took away Saul’s body and those of his sons and “brought them to Jabesh and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh and fasted seven days.” (v. 11-12). This is where Saul reaped the curse of his treachery committed against the LORD when he did not listen to Him and instead asked counsel of one with a familiar spirit. Dallying in the occult has its consequences!

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2 Chronicles chapter 10 is the tale of Solomon’s son Rehoboam taking bad advice from his contemporaries after Solomon’s death.

2 Chronicles 10:10 Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you should speak to the people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’—thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist!

The old men from his father’s reign had advised King Rehoboam to be kind to the people and they would gladly be his servants forever, but the young king took the advice of his contemporaries instead. Here’s what God had to say:

2 Chronicles 10:15 So the king did not listen to the people; for the turn of events was from God, that the Lord might fulfill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

Well, this story turns out better than expected because Israel and King Rehoboam turned back from their rebellion and repented. I encourage you to read the whole chapter.

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In Ezra chapter 10, the title is: ‘Separation from Heathen Wives’.

Ezra 10:10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have transgressed and have taken pagan wives, adding to the guilt of Israel.

These pagan wives had led the Israelite men to dishonor God by following after the gods of their wives and of their foreign lands and forsaking God Almighty. Ezra pointed out their shame and urged them to confess their sin to the LORD and to separate themselves from the foreign lands, people, and their wives. This sounds like a harsh thing to our modern thinking, but God is serious about getting sin out of the camp and returning to Him.

In Nehemiah chapter 10,the Hebrew children are coming out of Babylonian captivity and have worked hard under Nehemiah’s leadership to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, among much opposition. The princes, Levites and priests are making a ‘New Commitment to the LORD’ and verse 10 is breaking into the account of the men who made the new covenant, wrote it out, and are now placing their seals on it (as John Hancock and the rest of the signers of The Declaration of Independence did).

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Nehemiah 10:10 Their brethren: Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan…

The rest of chapter 10 talks about honoring the Sabbath and ‘Giving: Tithe and Beyond Tithe’.

My take-away from these chapters boils down to:

  1. Do not forsake the LORD your God

  2. Do not seek advice from unsound counselors 

  3. If you do, repent quickly & forsake the folly you turned to 

  4. Rededicate yourself to the Lord 

  5. Return to His plans and purposes for your life in Christ Jesus, by Holy Spirit’s power.

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Bible Verses 10:10 part III

Welcome to the third installment of the Bible 10:10’s I’ve found. Let’s look at 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 2 Kings and see what God has to say. 

happy nerdI Samuel chapter 10 is where Samuel anointed Saul as King. Samuel revealed to Saul what God said would occur as he left Samuel, and everything the Prophet prophesied happened to prove to Saul that God was with him, including:

I Samuel 10:10 When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

In II Samuel, David is now king, Saul and his sons have died, and King David welcomed Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth to his table for the rest of his life. in 10:1, the king of the children of Ammon died and his son Hanun came to power. Remembering Hanun’s father, King Nahash showing loving kindness to David, David sent his servants to comfort the new king for the loss of his father.  Well, Hanun’s advisers did not understand David’s motives and told him to treat the servants unkindly. He shaved off half of their beards and cut their garments in the middle, exposing their buttocks & sent them away. This set off a skirmish:

II Samuel 10:10 And the rest of the people he [Joab] put under the command of Abishai his brother, that he might set them in battle array against the people of Ammon.

So, Israel was successful against the Syrians and the Ammonites, because God was with them.
I Kings chapter 10 tells of the Queen of Sheba visiting King Solomon. Verse 1 says she heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, and came to test him with perplexing questions. After questioning him thoroughly, this is what she did: 

I Kings 10:10 Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great quantity, and precious stones. There never again came such abundance of spices as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

In II Kings chapter 10, Ahab’s 70 sons that were being raised in Samaria were beheaded, their heads sent to King Ahab, then they were set before the people in two baskets the next morning. Verse 10 says:

II Kings 10:10 Know now that nothing shall fall to the earth of the word of the Lord which the Lord spoke concerning the house of Ahab; for the Lord has done what He spoke by His servant Elijah.”

 The Spirit of the Lord was rare in the Old Testament, but these verses display some of the significant displays of God’s work. First we have Samuel anointing Saul as King of Israel, the Spirit of God came upon him to evidence the anointing. The sad part is, Saul turned away from obeying God and God removed His Spirit from him. King David did a good, compassionate thing that King Hanun’s bad advisers misinterpreted. When the Assyrians formed a battle line against Israel, God’s Spirit gave David’s army victory. King Solomon wisely asked for wisdom to rule Israel and was mightily blessed by God so that the Queen of Sheba lavished many riches on him. This is part of what turned Solomon’s heart away from God’s glorious Spirit upon him. King Ahab and his wife Jezebel are well known for their wickedness, but God’s judgement did not fail concerning what He promised would happen to Ahab’s family to repay them. These sections of Scripture really illustrate the following verse:

Deuteronomy 32:35 

Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.’

DoveThe Old Testament accounts show us how He worked in the lives of individuals as well as whole nations. The Holy Spirit of God came upon a few people in the Old Testament, but now since Jesus ascended to the Father’s right hand, the Holy Spirit has been sent down to all who would believe on Jesus Christ for salvation. These days we count on the Father’s mercy, love and grace. Let us not forget the power within us that is jealous for our hearts and minds. Let us learn from our forefathers in the faith and wisely turn to the Lord God Almighty for our strength and understanding. Remember:

Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

angelicSo live wisely and follow hard after the Spirit’s leading. I pray you all find times of refreshing in the midst of your hectic lives, remembering to seek Him first, and all other things will be taken care of. Have a blessed week!


Bible Verses 10:10 part II

happy nerdGood day my dear readers! Time caught me and I’m publishing a bit later than usual, so let’s get back to our 10:10’s beginning in Deuteronomy chapter 10. This is where Moses went back up on the mountain and hewed the second pair of tablets for God to write the 10 Commandments on.

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Deuteronomy 10:10 “As at the first time, I stayed in the mountain forty days and forty nights; the Lord also heard me at that time, and the Lord chose not to destroy you.

The LORD had mercy on His people again, even though they had grievously sinned against His holiness.

Next we have Joshua 10:10. This is the chapter where God made the sun stand still at Joshua’s request and all of the kings of the Amorites and their kingdoms were wiped out by Joshua and his mighty men, accompanied by hail stones from God’s hand that finished the work.

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Joshua 10:10 So the Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah.

Now in the 10th chapter of the book of Judges, led by Judge Jair the Gileadite, the Israelites sinned greatly by following the gods of Syria, Sidon, Moab, Ammon, and the Philistines. They forsook God and did not fear Him. As His anger raged, they came to their senses:

Judges 10:10 And the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!”

The Lord pointed to the times He had rescued them by His mighty hand, delivering them from their enemies (such as Egypt) and He turned His back on them.  Then the children of Israel confessed their sin, put away their idols and turned back to serving the Lord and He relented and turned back to them.

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Because of His great mercies we are not consumed, but “cheap grace” is not His style. The Spirit gives us the power to turn from our sins and Jesus Christ washes them clean- whiter than snow- then sends them as far away as east is from west. I am so glad God knows our frame and realizes our frail, rebellious humanity. All you need to do is read a bit of Psalms or Proverbs to see how God our heavenly Father deals with us, our sin and our enemies (remember, we wrestle not against flesh and blood…).

On my own, I have no  hope, no strength, no clever ideas to implement that will truly change me from the inside out. Remember, He wants a heart change and not just ‘pretty words’. With God, ALL things are possible! All things are new in Christ Jesus; there is no “past” to go back to if you’ve truly surrendered all things to Him. 

My dear readers, I commend you to the Mighty hand of God, not to be consumed, but to be renewed in His great love and refining fire. Join me as I worship Him in spirit and truth and trust Christ to complete the good work in me that He’s begun. I’m with you all in prayer until we meet again! image000000_8

Intro to 10:10 verses in Bible

A good day to you all, my dear Readers!  Thanks for joining me as I delve into the Bible, following a curiosity lead I got while reading.  Most of us know by heart:

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Another familiar verse is:

Romans 10: 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

John 10:10 gets to the heart of the matter:  the ‘thief’, otherwise known as satan or the devil, (I refuse to give the liar honor by capitalizing his names) is where all the evil begins (after our fallen human nature).  Christ Jesus is where our life of abundance lies.  Romans 10:10 tells us how belief in your heart leads to salvation.  Two very important verses for us all!

I found many books of the Bible either don’t have a 10th chapter, or there’s no verse 10, but let’s begin in Genesis and see where it goes from there:

Genesis chapter 10 recounts the sons of Noah after the flood. Noah’s son Ham begot Cush, then:

Genesis 10: 8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.”

Genesis 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.                                                                                                         

Verses 11 & 12  list the other lands Nimrod added to his kingdom.

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Exodus 10 is when Pharaoh didn’t want to let the children of Israel go to worship, just before the plague of locusts descended.

Exodus 10:10 Then he said to them, “The Lord had better be with you when I let you and your little ones go! Beware, for evil is ahead of you.

11 Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve the Lord, for that is what you desired.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence. (Pharaoh refused to let the men take their children with them)

A hard heart was used to bring Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand, to show the LORD’s great power.

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Numbers 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”

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In Numbers chapter 10 the LORD instructs Moses to make two silver trumpets and tells him how they will be used for signals to call the leaders, the divisions of the people, the whole camp; also what to do for war times, and this verse is what to do for glad feasts, offerings & sacrifices, and memorials before God.

I’ll stop here for the week and pick up the search in Deuteronomy 10:10 in my next post.  I encourage you to look up the chapters I’ve already used as you wait.

Happy Bible reading my friends!

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Rewarder of those who Seek…

He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

This morning (January 8) in my Fasting Journal (Jentezen Franklin’s The Fasting Edge Journal), the seventh day fasting reminders are:
  • Make sure you’re drinking enough water.

  • Take time to rest and relax as you wait upon the Lord today.

  • Continue to meditate and listen for that still, small voice.

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I’m really pushing myself to drink more water; Sunday I was off-kilter and found it was because I stopped drinking water too early Saturday after supper and started drinking too late after awaking Sunday.  It took about two hours after my first bottle of water to find my balance.
Today I took time to relax as I waited; praying in the Spirit and with my understanding, singing the songs that the Spirit was bringing, magnifying the Lord. I brought before Him people that came to mind, declared health and the Blood of Jesus over my entire body (I’m experiencing a bit of sore throat and hip irritation) and several other things that came to mind. I set an alarm to go off in an hour and by then I was ready for:

Thoughts for your Journal:

  • Have you ever had a sense of God speaking to you, and if so, how did you know it was God’s voice?

  • What are the different ways you expect God to speak to you during this fast?

Yes, I have heard God speaking to me; if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you’ve heard him too because you can’t come to Him unless He draws you!
I knew it was God’s voice because it was thoughts I knew didn’t originate in my train of thought, Scriptures lined up, confirmation came from listening to others in authority over me; I had a peace within that confirmed it.
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Be still and know that I am God;  Psalm 46:10a

In the prayer focus, Jentezen says: “As you find time to be still in His presence today, realize that He is God and He has everything in your life under control.  He does have a purpose for you , and He wants you to be fully prepared for it.  he knows what you need and how to provide it for you.  Trust in Him as you wait upon Him today.”

I know there’s so much more that God has planned for me and I don’t want to miss it, so I appreciate this time set aside to deny flesh, spend concentrated time in waiting and prayer, and to stop all the other voices around and in me and find what the “still small voice” of the Lord is wanting to say.
This is what I sensed the Lord was saying to me as I was seeking Him this morning: 

Come out of complacency and unbelief. 

Grab hold of the LORD- Father, Son, Spirit-

don’t let go until breakthrough and infusion of

Love, Power, Holy Laughter and Joy manifest!

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I pray, my dear Readers, that you find time away from the fray and quiet yourself, expecting the Lord to speak as you wait patiently.
This is an excellent time to set apart at the beginning of this new year; we don’t really know what’s ahead, but He’s already been from the beginning to the end. He alone knows how to lead us through it in victory!







Humbling, Obedience and God-fearing?

giving thanks Yes, I never stop giving thanks for all of you, my readers!  This post is a little later than usual; I’ll try and gather my thoughts into some semblance of order.

This is day 3 of my 21 day Daniel Fast.  Jentezen Franklin says the 2nd and 3rd days are the hardest because your body’s trying to adjust to the change in diet.  Yesterday was a day filled with a prayer meeting, ice skating, shopping at Aldi’s for veggies, the post office, and getting my ring inspected.  It was a day filled with chances to break down and buy treats I’m determined not to eat and spend money I really don’t have, but I count the Lord faithful to guide me by the Spirit to turn from these temptations. With yesterday and today being days of humble myself and confess the sins my heart & flesh are finally giving up, repentance is the word for today.

Well, today I spent the morning shoveling snow off our driveway so it can melt as the day warms up.  This meant I did not read the fasting journal and Moravian Daily Texts until after lunch.  Both books talk about sins and repentance.  Today’s Daily Text watchword is:

You have looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away.  Why? says the Lord of Hosts.  Because my house lies in ruins, while all of you hurry off to your own houses. Haggai 1:9

This verse led me to think of so many things I’ve spent my time and money on in the past year.  How many of those things did I end up reselling at a deep discount or giving away because they did not fulfill what I expected?  Where could I have spent that money and it would have produced eternal treasure; or NOT spent it, honoring my husband?  How could I have avoided being reprimanded by my husband, spending time hoping he wouldn’t find out where I spent my money or stuffing all this down into my heart’s deep recesses by justifying my spending?  Praise be to God, The Spirit searches our hearts, shining a light on them to show us the wicked ways that keep us from intimacy with the Lord!  I don’t want to get into “sloppy grace” and just say it’s all O.K.  I want to be washed clean by the blood of Christ; REPENTANCE!


I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as things I’ve covered up instead of quickly repenting of.  I’m excited to be on this time of fasting to give God room to clean my body, soul and spirit.  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20) I want to return to obedience and a true fear of God and His greatness rather than my own perceived greatness.

I leave you with part of  Moravian Hymn 615 that’s included in the Daily Text:

  • God, grant me the strength to do with ready heart and willing, 

  • whatever You command, my calling here fulfilling;

  • and do it when I ought, with zeal and joyfulness;

  • and bless the work I’ve wrought, for You must give success.

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Cusp of the New Year 2019


2018 is soon to become a memory as 2019 approaches, so here’s a short version of my year of following Abba/Father.

In Mid-January as I started this blog, another blogger suggested her readers choose a word for the new year’s theme. Choosing Abba/Father for my word began a year of experimenting with ways to carve out more time to focus on the Lord, drawing nearer and experiencing  increase of Abba’s presence. I found abundant relief in choosing to forgive others as I’ve been forgiven, finding new power in The Lord’s Prayer.  This led to letting go of fear and replacing it with truth.  I began declaring truth, applying the Blood of Jesus, calling angels to do their jobs, and experiencing healings in my body, soul and mind. I stumbled discerning how to manage the increase in finances, but the Spirit was faithful to give me resources that spoke right to my needs. New outlets have opened up for the fruits of the Spirit developing in me to be used .

I took opportunities to plant seeds & water God-things in friends, loved ones, and family and was blessed to help a granddaughter ask Jesus and Holy Spirit in her life and mentor her.  Another blessing: to connect with a former Pastor when he came to our area to lecture on Charles G. Finney in the heart of the area where he was saved and began his ministry.  It was wonderful to catch up with Pastor’s work & family and to share what the Lord is doing in me and my family.  Also, I’m again mailing out encouraging notes/cards; a ministry I laid down for a bit. Wonder of wonders – in October I experimented with the Business Card template on Word Publisher and developed a contact card to hand out.  My blog tag is so long and our address so new, it’s hard to keep writing it out for people and the cards are a good help.

image000000_33 Yes, I’ve missed opportunities and blown chances this year, so I’m glad the Bible says so much about restoration!

Looking toward 2019, I’ve chosen Shalom for my theme word.  I plan to finish my Psalm 91 study over the next several weeks.  I’ll join our church fast from January 2-22,  reading Jentezen Franklin’s book & journal The Fasting Edge in preparation/support for my fast.  I’ve chosen the Moravian Daily Texts 2019 for my devotional which includes a passage from the Old Testament, Psalms & Proverbs, New Testament and a hymn for each day.

Jentezen Franklin compares fasting to sharpening an ax, using this story taken from Tony Evans Speaks Out on Fasting (p.5-6) (I’ve condensed it) a strong, young lumberjack challenged a respected veteran lumberjack to a contest to see who could chop down more trees in a day.  They started out early in the day, the young man confidently swinging his ax at tree after tree over the day, confident in his own strength, seeing the veteran lumberjack taking several breaks. At the end of the day, the young man was astonished that the other had felled more trees.  How? “The older, wiser man kindly replied,’Son, what you don’t understand is that every time I sat down for what you call a break, I was sharpening my ax. A well-sharpened ax makes for a lot less work, so trees fell faster.’ ” (Jentezen Franklin The Fasting Edge p. 2-3)

  What do you think?  As you prepare for the new year, is it wise to set aside time to seek the Lord and pray, denying your flesh, especially if you notice your “edge” is a bit dull?  I challenge you to join me along with our congregation, to cut something out of your life for 21 days – denying your flesh – to devote time to seek the Lord and lay down your plans before Him so He can guide you through 2019.  Happy New Year!