We Are Not Going to Serve Your Gods


From a two-and-a-half-year-old blogpost…

Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?” (Daniel 3:14-15 NASB).

The king demands a “yes” or “no” answer from the three Hebrews. And he wants to know what “god” could deliver them out of the hands of he and his gods.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18 NASB).

The three Hebrew men tell the king of Babylon that they do not need time for deliberation as to how to answer him. The matter is not open to discussion as it is a decision they made a long time ago. They have no assurance that they will be delivered from death in the fiery furnace, only that the LORD is able to deliver. Their decision to not bow down and worship false gods was not based on whether or not they would lose their life but, instead, faithfulness to God. Though the outcome was unsure to them, they would stand firm and not bow.

via Look! I See Four Men Loosed and Walking!


The Child born to us


Excerpt from a blogpost I shared fifteen months ago…

For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 5 For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, and garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire (Isaiah 9:4-5 NKJV).

Judah is told to take her eyes off of military power and look to the LORD. He Alone holds the answer.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV).

via The Prophet Proclaims “The Child born to us”

Set Your Heart Upon All that I Shall Show You


From a blogpost I shared at the beginning of last year…

In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me to the city. 2 In visions of God he brought me to the land of Israel, and set me down on a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. 3 When he brought me there, behold, there was a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway. 4 And the man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 40:1-4 ESV).

via The Hand of the LORD on Ezekiel (Part 7)

“You Are My Disciples Indeed”


A short excerpt from a two-and-a-half year old blogpost…

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32 NKJV).

Jesus tells the Jews who believed He was the Messiah that to be His Disciples they must abide in His Word. He was the Truth, and only the Truth could make them free.

They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” (John 8:33 NKJV).

This was a crazy statement on many levels. The descendants of Abraham had been in physical bondage to the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and were at the moment in bondage to the Romans! And spiritually, they believed in a nationalistic Salvation that came from being born a Jew.

via The Father Has Not Left Me Alone

False Teachers Among You


A short excerpt from a blogpost I shared one year ago…

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep (II Peter 2:1-3 ESV).

Peter, having described the nature of True Prophecy of Old, which “came not in old time by the will of man; but Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” now reminds the early Believers in Jesus Messiah that there were false prophets who plagued Israel even during the time of the True Prophets of Old. He warns that though these false teachers and prophets, which are still at work presently, may teach some truth, they cleverly include false doctrine with it. Subtly and secretly, they “bring in destructive heresies,” which deny the Messiah, the Christ. Though it may appear that Divine Judgment is delayed for such workers of iniquity, it definitely is not idle or asleep.

via Simon Peter, a Bond-servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ (Part Two)

You Make It a Den of Robbers


An excerpt from a blogpost I shared two-and-a-half years ago…

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers” (Matt 21:12-13 ESV).

Many of the people in Israel at that time had Roman coins, most of which had idols stamped on them, and could not be used in the Temple. Consequently, there were “moneychangers” who took advantage of this situation to practice fraud and get rich. The activities being carried out would have more resembled a bazaar in the city with people shouting all what they had to offer than a Holy Place.

We can imagine the startled looks on the faces of the people when Jesus began to overturn the tables of the “moneychangers” and with doves escaping out of the cages and flying in all directions. His declaration, “My House shall be called the House of Prayer” is taken from Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11. The Gospel of Mark adds, “of all nations,” meaning that the Temple was to be open for both Jews and Gentiles.

The phrase, “But you have made it a den of thieves,” means that these traffickers had turned these hallowed courts into places of fraud and ill-gotten gain. As well, they were robbing the Gentiles of their place of prayer, which was a terrible offense to Righteousness.

And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read: ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise?’” And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there (Matt 21:14-17 ESV).

Having contended with the wrong use of the Temple, Jesus now showed them the right use of it. What joy there must have been when blind eyes were instantly opened and lame legs were instantly made to walk. How different this was!

The chief priests and scribes should have known exactly Who Jesus was—they had witnessed His Triumphant Entry, the cleansing of the Temple, and now the Healings—but they could not, or would not, see the Truth. They had their own man-made religion and law that little resembled the Truth of God or His Word, and so they bitterly opposed Jesus Who spoke and fulfilled the God of Law and all Scripture.

Scores of little children who were singing the praises of the LORD sorely displeased the chief priests and scribes. They could not stand the idea of Him being praised by anyone, even children, because they were filled with hatred and envy. And they did not have the Power of God and despised anyone who did. As well, they were probably receiving a financial rake-off from the sales in the money exchange, which Jesus had now shut down.

The phrase “out of the mouth of infants and babes” is taken from the eighth Psalm, which was probably written by David. The writing of the Psalm predated the First Advent of Christ by approximately 1,000 years.

via Hosanna to the Son of David!

“I Am Not Worthy”


From a blogpost I shared two years ago today…

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant (Luke 7:1-3 KJV).

This centurion’s servant was near death, and the soldier, having heard of Jesus and His Miracles, sent Elders of the Jews to ask Jesus that He come and heal this servant that he cared for. He probably felt that Jewish leaders would have more sway in getting Jesus to come help.

And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loves our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou should enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed (Luke 7:4-7 KJV).

It’s interesting how the Jewish leaders sought to convince Jesus to help the Gentile centurion. They claimed he was “worthy” because he loved the Jewish nation and had built them a synagogue. In other words, they appealed to the works that he had done for Israel as the way he had earned to be merited help from a Jewish Prophet, though being a Gentile.

But then something amazing happens when Jesus gets near to the centurion’s house! No doubt knowing exactly what the Jews had told Jesus about his “worthiness,” the soldier sends out friends to tell Jesus the truth of the situation—he wasn’t “worthy” of a miracle. In fact, he wasn’t “worthy” of Jesus even entering his house. He humbly petitioned that Jesus—despite his unworthiness—say a word, and he knew his servant would be healed!

via Such Faith