Monday, February 15, 2016

HOPE

Today’s┬áReading: Jeremiah 48

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

The view that Moses had on Mount Nebo as he looked westward to the Promised Land. The green seen in the centre of the photo is the oasis of Jericho. On the far horizon is Jerusalem, approximately 25 miles (40 kilometres) beyond Jericho. The Judean wilderness lies between Jericho and Jerusalem. The territory of Moab begins just south of this point. Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David, was from Moab. To travel from Moab to Bethlehem, where she married Boaz, she would have had to travel through this wilderness. God cares about individuals and countries too.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Jeremiah 48:10a, 29

“Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully.”

“We have heard the pride of Moab (He is exceedingly proud),

Of his loftiness and arrogance and pride,

And of the haughtiness of his heart.”

 

Like Philistia, Moab was caught in the middle between the warring super powers of the day, Egypt and Babylon (Iraq) and was suffering the horrors of genocidal destruction. God was seen as in charge overall, but let us remember that God has given humans a free will. He refuses to turn us into robots and puppets. We bring judgment on ourselves! “Moab” is mentioned 25 times in this chapter. This is evidence of God’s deep concern, not just for Israel, but for the people of Moab also. This was like a hell on earth for them. Jesus taught of an eternal Hell (10 times in the 4 Gospels) in order to warn us. He provided through His cross, suffering hell’s worst agony, the way of escape and eternal salvation for all who are willing to accept by free will His saving grace.

What can we learn from Moab? They were materialistic, worshippers of a false god, deceitful, deliberate liars, filled with pride, self glory, haughtiness and carelessness. Do any of these descriptions sound familiar in our day? Jeremiah reveals the heart of God for these people by ending the chapter on a note of hope in the final sentence. There are dozens of Bible verses about “hope”! The word “hope” is used twice in one sentence in Romans 15:13. Read Romans 15:10-13 for our reason to have “hope”.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear God, You desire to save the whole world from death and Hell. Forgive me for going my own way again and again instead of Your way. I’m made in Your image, as is every person, and I have a free will so I can, if I’m not surrendering to You daily, fall into the traps into which the Moabites fell. I repent, asking You to give me power to overcome sin today and every day. Keep me true to You. I pray this in the Name of the only Person who lived 100% of the time in a way which pleased You, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Alexander Pope wrote these familiar words in the early eighteenth century, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” In reading his words further, it’s certain that Pope wanted his readers to be “hopeful” by believing in the gift of eternal life. Meaning or purpose for life, beyond the daily grind of waking, eating, drinking, etc., is so important for human wellbeing. Secularists and atheists face an empty and often horrible future without “hope” for a better world to come where truth, love, comfort, no more pain, no more separation, and no more death is the human experience.

I was 11 years old the first time I heard Billy Graham preach. We went to an Ottawa, Canada, “Youth for Christ” rally. I remember vividly that Billy pictured fame, pleasure, wealth, etc. as soap bubbles…all shiny and bright looking, but then he reached out his hand to grasp the imaginary bubbles he was describing and they were as nothing. They burst the moment he touched them. There is nothing satisfying out there apart from “hope” in God! Paul ends what I consider to be perhaps the most beautiful use of language, perhaps of all time. “And now abides faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). “Hope” is the middle word. Faith is a gift from God. “Hope” is our word of confidence. The result is that “HOPE” surprises me when it springs out of my heart, Pope’s “Human Breast.” What a joy to be alive, facing another day with complete confidence in God.

Yours for eternal “hope”…that’s forever, and ever, and ever, Amen!!!

David

P.S. I’m singing as I close off the blog these words, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Here is a YouTube rendition (click here).

19 thoughts on “Monday, February 15, 2016

  1. The view Moses had on Mount Nebo of the Promised Land, below; and the history and facts about it, is remarkable! Thank you for your awesome message and prayer, today, dear David. We place our faith, hope, and trust, in You, Jesus! Stay warm, dear saints, in the Lord!

    “I recommend that you withdraw your hope from a changing, treacherous and false world and put your trust in Jesus.” A.W. Tozer

    They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD. Isaiah 24:14 KJB.

    My Hope Is Jesus, Hillsong
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsmimYvAWYQ

  2. Amen, David. Went out to a church yesterday and watched the movie, “War Room”. Wept all through it. ” “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.”(Zephaniah 3:17). Often wondered what Moses saw when he looked over to the promised land. Thanks Reynold. Thanks for the blog David and blessings on you, Norma Jean and all your family.

  3. Amen! Lily May Philippon.

    My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Blood & Righteousness, Amen!!
    Praise the Lord Jesus Christ in whom we trust.

  4. David I have been reading the bible on your posting for the last 3 years and it really helps and blesses me. I have just recently had breast cancer surgery and am receiving Chemo. I have been praying for you that God will give you 15 more years and myself as well, to do all that He wants us to accomplish for His honour and glory. I am finding chemo to be the hardest thing ever. I have God’s promises that I am already healed in Jesus Name. Ps. 107:20 He sent His word , and healed me and delivered me from my destructions. Also God gave me 2Chron. 20:17 and because God cannot lie I am already healed and I will not need to fight in this cancer battle, stand ye still and see the salvation of the Lord with me. Jer.1:12 I Am hastening MY word to perform it. David, my place of worship is Bethel Gospel Tabernacle and all the pastors and Christians and my family are believing God’s sure word of promises to me, and I am asking you David to stand with me and hold me up before Jesus our Saviour and Healer as well. God Bless you and Norma Jean and all your loved ones and continue to use you as a blessing and give you your hearts desire.

    • By His stripes you are healed, Patricia! In the Mighty Name of Jesus, we declare this victory over you! Your illness has fled and the chemotherapy has strengthened you. Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. The LORD is your rock and your fortress and your deliverer, your God, your rock, in whom you take refuge, your shield, and the horn of your salvation, your stronghold. Glory in His holy name. Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength. Seek His face evermore! God bless you, dear sister-in-Christ!

  5. I trust in You Lord Jesus-my everything-my all in all! Keep me true to You. Give me power every hour to be true. Thank You Jesus. Amen!! God Bless you David and my brothers and sisters on this blog!

  6. Thank David for that song “my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness…On Christ the solid ROCK I stand all other ground is sinking sand!! Amen to that!!!

  7. We are so privileged and blessed for this blog each morning/day Pastor David and for your family who facilitate it. May Our Lord Jesus Christ continue to strengthen and encourage you each and every day and in every way. I pray for the Healing anointing Power of Jesus to flow over you. Thank you and Norma-Jean and all your family for continuing to minister in such a mighty way together with David. God Bless you all!!!

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