Meditation

12/14/2021

In King Hezekiah’s fourth year, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king Israel, Shalmanaeser marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. At the end of three years the Assyrians took it. So Samaria was captured in Hezekiah’s sixth year, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel. The king of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in towns of he Medes. This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated his covenant—-all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the commands nor carried them out.” (2nd Kings 18:9-12)

Violation of the covenant Israel freely chose to enter led to the covenant curses becoming reality. Beloved, rebellion against God keeps us from experiencing the highest possible good. The promise of he covenant does not overrule the consequences of sinning. By violating God’s good way, we choose the way which leads us to ruin and must tun to Him for forgiveness. When we follow the covenant stipulations, we choose life and the joys which come from serving God, and the result is walking in His good grace and light, without reproach.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, help us to continue to walk in God’s grace, mercy, light, joy, and mercy, for otherwise, we will continually run into troubles, hurts, disarray, sadness, and lack of any joy in our lives. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Faithfulness is God’s requirement….fruitfulness is His reward!”

KNOWING GOD:

The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—-to follow the Lord and keep his commands, regulations and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book. Then, he had everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin pledge themselves to it; and people of Jerusalem did this in accordance with the covenant of God , the God of their fathers. Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their fathers.” (2nd Chronicles 34:31-33)

What King Hezekiah was asking the people to do, was to take seriously the covenant which each of them had committed because it was a matter of high personal and community standard. Because of their intensity and commitment to renewing their application of God’s standards for their lives, others followed his example. Our society, unlike theirs of the time, is not one in which “as in that authenticity of word and life-style can be strong communication of God’s truths.

I AM:

O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God; who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands.” (Nehemiah 1:5)

Beloved the covenant demands, grow out of God’s love, not out of a tyrant’s need to manipulate and exercise power. God loves us freely and wants us to love Him in the same manner that He loves us. He will never force us to love Him. What this seems so hard to people is beyond me, but I know if people were forced to do so, it would never be the same love that God loves us. When one comes face to face with God’s love, is it like a river flowing over us and supporting us and touching us with gentleness.

SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captures or plundered. When hey fall, they will received a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of he end, for it will still come at the appointed time.” (Daniel 11:32-35)

Apocalyptic teachings call for God’s people to be faithful to His covenant, resist those who oppose it, and accept tribulation as an instrument of moral purification. Disobedience is still a possibility and God’s people must guard themselves from rebellion against God and His purpose in the world. Daniel saw the death and martyrdom of so many pious leaders as bringing about he refining, purifying and making spotless of the God’s people for the end times. That is a good way to describe the process of sanctification. Sanctification refines, purifies, and cleanses us. The holy examples of others challenge us to stronger commitment to God’s way of life. I pray this is clear for all.

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