GENESIS 26 – OBEDIENCE

“I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed Me and did everything I required of him, keeping My Commands, My Decrees and My Instructions.” Genesis 26:4-5

In Genesis 26 we see that God rewards obedience and that the obedience of a parent can bring blessings on a child. Thanks to the obedience of Abraham, Isaac was blessed by The Lord. Likewise, Isaac, following the example of his father, obeyed The Lord when He asked him not to go to Egypt.

“The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm The Oath I swore to your father Abraham.” Genesis 26:2-3

“So Isaac stayed in Gerar.” Genesis 26:6

Like Abraham and Isaac, let us learn to obey The LORD; let us learn to observe His Commandments, and we will obtain His Blessings in His Time, and these Blessings may be poured out upon our posterity.

PSALM 25 – LORD, TEACH US YOUR WAYS

“Show me Your Ways, Lord, teach me Your Paths. Guide me in Your Truth and teach me” Psalm 25:4-5

“My eyes are ever on The Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.” Psalm 25:15

In Psalm 25, King David tells us two traits of character that we must develop so that The Lord may show us His Way:

– Humility: The Lord shows His Way to the humble. So when we seek His Way, let us go to Him with humility, recognizing our smallness and His Greatness, our imperfection and His Perfection.

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His Way.” Psalm 25:9

– Fear Of God: The Lord shows His Way to those who fear His name, so those who follow His commandments.

“All The Ways Of The Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep The Demands of His Covenant.” Psalm 25:10

” Who, then, are those who fear The Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.” Psalm 25:12

Let us read The Word Of God, learn to know His commands and follow them, so that The Lord can show us His Way.

“The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His Covenant known to them.” Psalm 25:14

MATTHEW 25 – LET’S KEEP OUR LAMPS ON

“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, The Bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with Him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.” Matthew 25,10

In Matthew 25, The Lord Jesus uses the parable of the ten virgins to show us once again the importance of preparing ourselves for His Coming. We must act like the wise virgins, so that we may be ready to welcome Him at all times, and that He may find us active in doing His Work.

When we receive The Holy Spirit, we are born again. We move from the world of darkness to the world of light. The Lord Jesus compares us to lighted lamps.

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:15

As children of God, children of light, we must behave according to The Rules of The Kingdom of Light, The Kingdom Of God, that is to say, among others things, to walk in truth, justice, love, peace, etc …

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in The Lord. Live as children of light” Ephesians 5.8

“… so that you may become blameless and pure, “children Of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” Philippians 2:15

We are also called to proclaim The Praises Of God Who saved us, and also to practice the good works He has prepared for us.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare The Praises Of Him Who called you out of darkness into His Wonderful Light.” 1 Peter 2:9

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5,16

Such are the ways for keeping our lamps lighted while awaiting The Coming Of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

MATTHEW 25 – THE SHEEP OR THE GOATS

““When The Son Of Man comes in His Glory, and all the Angels with Him, He will sit on His Glorious Throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” Matthew 25:31-33

In Matthew 25, The Lord Jesus tells us that there are two categories of people:

– The sheep that will inherit Eternal Life
– And the goats that will go to eternal punishment

Each of us is either in one category or the other.
The sheep are those who follow The Voice Of The Lord Jesus, and therefore, put into practice His Commandments of love.

” “Then The King will say to those on His Right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, The kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I Was Hungry and you gave Ne something to eat, I Was Thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I Was A Stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I Was Sick and you looked after Me, I Was in prison and you came to visit Me.’” Matthew 25:34-36

The Lord Jesus shows us that those who listen to His Voice care for the needy (the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, prisoners, etc …). The Lord Jesus identified Himself with our neighbor. So when we do good or evil to our neighbor, it is as if we were doing it to The Lord Jesus. We must therefore pay attention to how we treat our neighbor and put into practice The Commandments Of The Lord Jesus, Who asks us to love one another.

” “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’ ” Matthew 25:40

GENESIS 25 – THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS

“Isaac prayed to The Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.” Genesis 25:21

In Genesis 25, Isaac prayed to The LORD for his wife Rebekah, for she was childless, and The LORD answered his prayer. From this Passage, we can draw the following lessons:

– When we are facing difficult situations, we must entrust them to The Lord so that He may act in our favor. However, we must not simultaneously resort to other means as is often the case. When we entrust ourselves to The Lord, we must trust Him and give Him time to act.
– We must have patience. The Lord answers some prayers rather quickly, but others require time. In Genesis 25, Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah, but it was only when he was 60 that Rebekah gave birth; 20 years after their marriage. Often we lose patience when our prayers are not answered, but we must not forget that God’s Time is not ours. So let’s learn to cultivate patience.
– Finally, we must put into practice The Word of God. God answers those who do His Will, as it was the case with Abraham and surely with his son Isaac. So when we pray, let us also ensure that we walk according to God’s Commands, in order to see our prayers fulfilled.

“The Lord Is Far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29

PSALM 24 – WHO MAY ASCEND TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD?

WHO MAY ASCEND TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD?

In Psalm 24, King David asks,

” Who may ascend The Mountain Of The Lord? Who may stand in His Holy Place?” Psalm 24:3

The mountain is often seen as the place of meeting with The Lord in The Bible. In The Old Testament, Moses met The Lord on Mount Sinai, and in The New Testament, The Lord Jesus often prayed at the Mount of Olives.
In the case of Mount Sinai, all Israelites were not allowed to ascend there for fear that they would die. Only Moses could approach near to The Lord. Aaron, his sons and elders went up, but saw God from afar.

In Psalm 24, King David tells us the ways we should follow to enter the Presence Of The Lord, so that we can approach Him just as Moses and The Lord Jesus did.

“The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive Blessing from The Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your Face, God of Jacob.”Psalm 24:4-6

Our God is Holy, so to be able to approach Him, we must sanctify ourselves, we must abandon sin. Let us try, with God’s help, to sanctify ourselves by purifying our hearts, avoiding lies, deceit and anything contrary to God’s Commandments, and we will be able to obtain The  Grace to approach The Thrice Holy God.

By our own means, we cannot be fully sanctified, but by The Sacrifice Of The Lord Jesus on the Cross we are sanctified, if we believe in Him.
 
“And by That Will, we have been made holy through The Sacrifice of The Body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10

We can therefore approach The Father, thanks to The Lord Jesus, by The Holy Spirit, for those who have received Him.

“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to The Father by One Spirit.” Ephesians 2: 17-18

MATTHEW 24 – KEEP WATCH FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW THE HOUR NOR THE DAY

“But about That Day or Hour no one knows, not even the Angels in Heaven, nor The Son, but only The Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at The Coming Of The Son Of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at The Coming Of The Son Of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on What Day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because The Son Of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”Matthew 24:36-44

The Lord Jesus asks us to be ready at all times for His Coming because none other than The Father knows when this will take place. We must try to live every day by following Christ’s Commandments, without turning away from Them and in this way, no matter The Time of His Coming, we will be ready. The Lord Jesus asks us to keep watch, because we must remain awake, alert and not fall into the traps of the devil who tries to turn us away from God.
Let us be like Noah who was building the ark to prepare for the flood while others were living without worrying about God, eating, drinking and getting married; and when the flood came, they were surprised. Let us not be surprised by The Coming Of our Lord Jesus. Let’s get ready now. Let us remain vigilant, persevere in the practice of The Word Of God and in the service Of God and others and we will not be surprised when Christ comes.