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Exodus 20:19
...and said to Moses," Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speaK to us or we will die."

God speaking directly to them was more than they could handle. They wanted the human instrument of Godís revelation as a kind of shield to keep them from the full force of Godís words. They could stand against a man and resist a messenger. Facing God they would be without resources. Do people do the same thing today? Focus on the preacher and decide whether or not you approve of his presentation, but donít read the Bible and actually take it to heart. That would be too much. Even for us, we would rather find fault with Moses than face God Himself as he speaks through his instrument. God is scary. We can handle religion. Help us to come directly to you, Lord Jesus.

Genesis 25:13
These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,

In Genesis 17 God had promised Abraham that He would greatly multiply the descendants of Ishmael, his son by Hagar, Sarahís handmaiden. Nevertheless, His covenant would be with a son born of Sarah. Here He gives us the beginning of the fulfilling of that promise, although He does not go on to record details that have nothing to do with His covenant through Isaac. Kedar will appear, however, in the books of Psalms, in Isaiah, and in Jeremiah, Behind the scenes, God is faithful to fulfill every promise He has made. The Scriptures flesh out Godís dealings with Isaac, following the line that will lead to the coming to earth of His only begotten Son. But all the promises are yea and Amen in Jesus.
Revelation 22:11
Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.

Is this the calm before the storm? God has told us that His Spirit will not always strive with men. Jesus is speaking of His coming in judgment to deal with men according to what they have done. The word of God is clear to men, and all are judged in its light. Let people make up their minds, and let Jesus come to judge. Lord, establish us as Your people, committed to do right and to be holy. Make us strong by Your power, and then come to rescue Your people and to bring judgment on those who know not God and obey not the Gospel. Yea, ďCome, Lord Jesus.Ē
Jude 15
9/15/2020 judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Sometimes we shudder to hear someone lace their conversation with the Lordís Name taken lightly. We will answer for every idle word. The Holy Spirit has convicted us already, and we have sought forgiveness from the One our lips dishonored. But what about the ungodly? How shall they escape if they neglect so great salvation? God warns us about such men and tells us how He will deal with them in order that we might determine to use our tongues for His glory. We stand in awe of Him and call men and women, boys and girls to seek the Lord while he may be found. May many seek salvation in the Name of Jesus!
3 John 4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Any Christian parent can identify with John in this. That those we love the most of any in the world should love Jesus has been the goal of our lives from the very beginning. We prayed to conceive children who would come to Christ. We remembered that God usually calls His elect from the families of the elect. Whatever else we hoped to teach our children, the most important thing was always to love and serve God. And we always desired that it be not only a head knowledge, but something that affected their walk in life. Their walking with God is answer to our prayers and to our labors in life. The joy even manages to match the personal joy we experience in our own walk with the Lord Jesus.
2 John 3
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, will be with us in truth and love.

We canít produce in ourselves grace, mercy and peace. We need all three, but they are things that we can do nothing to deserve and have no power to command. By definition, they are things only God can grant. John says that they are granted in connection with truth and love. If we believe the truth revealed in the Scripture, embracing for ourselves the One who is the Truth, and if we love Him, we experience grace, mercy and peace. Of course, our believing is because God has opened our eyes, and our loving is because to see Jesus is to love Him. We get no credit at all, but give all glory and honor and praise to God for His gift of Jesus.
1 John 5:11
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

There is no eternal life without Jesus. When the issue is Eternity with God, the only people who will experience it are those who are born-again by the Spirit of God into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. People think they can devise their own ways of salvation because they do not realize what they are up against. They do not see sin as the obstacle it is. They do not realize their weakness, even apart from sin. They keep thinking that God must be like them. Jesus has closed up all other ways, but He has opened wide the way to Himself. Any may come. No economic, cultural, racial, political barriers stand in the way of Him. Repentance and faith will unite any person on earth to Jesus.
2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

Time is so important to us that we cannot shake the idea that it is important to God. We gear our lives by schedules, and are always running to ďfill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.Ē It simply is not so with God. He works in a different way. He created the sun and the moon with the purpose of giving us time, but He does not run His universe by our clock. God calls us to trust Him to accomplish His purposes in His time, and not to fret. Thank You, Lord, that You will certainly bring judgment upon the wicked and reward the righteous. We trust in You and look for help to Jesus.

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