Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thurs 091022 pm Heb 3-7 Isa 44-48

Tues. - Thursday

Hebrews 3
3.1 Consider Jesus... Even apart from the context of Hebrews 3 this is a powerful thought.

3.5-6 Moses was a servant and Christ is a son.
3.12 Take care... We are not just floating down the stream, but must give attention and effort to.
6.7-8 & 3.15 & 4.7 Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. Repeated three times and still a good word for today.

Hebrews 4
4.6 So then there remains a Sabbath rest...

4.11 Let us therefore strive...

Hebrews 5
5.5 did not exalt Himself... No self interest.

5.7 and He was heard because of His reverence... First it is interesting that he was heard not because of being God or his important position, but His reverence. Second, He was heard, but the cup was still not passed from Him. Of course he probably prayed many other things that are not recorded that may have been answered yes.
5.13 unskilled in the Word...powers of discernment trained... Apparently you don't just plop down in from of a Bible with the Holy Spirit and be completely skilled right from the git go.

Hebrews 6
6.1 repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.
6.10 love - practically shown toward others
6.11 hope - earnestness to have... something to think about
6.12 faith and patience... Two things needed to inherit the promises.
6.19 anchor for the soul... Reminds me of a hymn I sang with the kids at Mingo.

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior's love.

It is safely moored, 'twill the storm withstand,
For 'tis well secured by the Savior's hand;
And the cables passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy the blast, through strength divine.

It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers have told the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o'erflow.

It will surely hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill our latest breath;
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the veil.

Background info here.

This mp3 plays it too slow. It should be sung at an upbeat rejoicing pace.

Hebrews 7
7.7 the inferior is blessed by the superior... Another reason to be blessing others :o)

7.25 He is able to save to the uttermost... Amen! Eternal, unchanging, always perfect in power, love, grace, and faithfulness.

Isaiah 44
44.6 King...Redeemer...Lord of Hosts... Eternal and the one and only.
44.8 Our confidence in God's Word should dispel fear.
44.19 no one considers... That is more true than ever. I know that I don't spend as much time just thinking as I should.
44.20 a deluded heart has led him astray... A sober thought.

Isaiah 45
45.1 His anointed...Cyrus... I'm not sure that anointing is something we often associate with pagans. That is an interesting thought to ponder. God can anoint whoever He wants to.
45.7 I make well-being and calamity... I wonder if it is a little sketchy to say that God does not allow all these calamities. I suspect that is said in the effort to make God look good to a "anything that hurts me is evil" world.

Isaiah 46
46.9-11 some of my favorite verses
46.12 The Hebrew parallelism matches stubborn of heart with one who is far from righteousness. That seems to be instructive.

Isaiah 47
47.6 angry with - profaned...
47.10 I am, and there is no one besides me. This is a recurring theme in Isaiah.

Isaiah 48

48.1 but not in truth... There are a number of things that come to mind that this could mean, but here it seems to talk about giving just lip service to God.
48.8 from before birth you were called... This speaks of the nation of Israel, but still reminds us that God know (and in some sense) causes all.
48.11 My glory I will not give to another... The interpretation is in reference to God not acting in any way that would not glorify himself. He had His reputation in view. There is also an application for us to know behave in a way the would 1. reflect poorly on God and 2. not reflect poorly on ourselves.
48.18 oh that you had paid attention to my commandments... This is a refrain thought and spoken by many parents of prodigal children.

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