THE ULTIMATE GOAL
LIFE 'IN' JESUS CHRIST
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV)
Seasons of Life In Jesus Christ.
9/14/2020 0 Comments
Thank you for returning this afternoon, as we get into some 'specifics' to help understand this wonderful and symbolic book of prophecy, 'Zechariah'.
Carefully read the following notes in conjunction with our morning post, from the link below.
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Reading 'Verbatim', the Books of the Old Testament - 'MWF', Zechariah Post Chapter 7-AM, September 14, 2020
II. HISTORIC INTERLUDE, Chapters 7, 8 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
A. Question concerning a religious ritual (fasting), Chapter 7:1-3
v. 1 — The date here is December 4, 518 B.C.
v. 2 — A delegation had come to Jerusalem from Babylon.
v. 3 — They bring a problem to the priests: Should they continue to fast?
B. Threefold answer, Chapters 7:4 — 8:23 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1. When the heart is right, the ritual is right, 7:4-7
v. 4 — God will answer their question.
v. 5 — God never gave fast days; He gave feast days. It was their own idea to fast. They never fasted unto the Lord.
v. 6 — Before the 70-year captivity, their feasting was not unto God either, and He sent them into captivity.
v. 7 — Before the captivity, God judged Jerusalem when the heart of the people was far from Him — though they went through the rituals. A ritual is right when the heart is right. Lange wrote, “God’s eye of grace and our eye of faith meet in the sacraments [rituals].”
2. When the heart is wrong, the ritual is wrong, 7:8-14 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
v. 8 — This is God’s answer.
vv. 9, 10 -- Conduct denies confession. It is not our hymn singing on Sunday but our action on Monday that is the real test.
vv. 11-14 — The people before the captivity went through the ritual, but their lives were wrong.
Now, more from the 'Commentary' of Matthew Henry, 1710 for instructions for each of us, today. Amen. Amen.
The captives' inquiry respecting fasting. (1-7)
Notes: 1-7 'If we truly desire to know the will of God in doubtful matters, we must not only consult his word and ministers, but seek his direction by fervent prayer. Those who would know God's mind should consult God's ministers; and, in doubtful cases, ask advice of those whose special business it is to search the Scriptures. The Jews seemed to question whether they ought to continue their fasts, seeing that the city and temple were likely to be finished. The first answer to their inquiry is a sharp reproof of hypocrisy. These fasts were not acceptable to God, unless observed in a better manner, and to better purpose. There was the form of duty, but no life, or soul, or power in it. Holy exercises are to be done to God, looking to his word as our rule, and his glory as our end, seeking to please him and obtain his favour; but self was the centre of all their actions. And it was not enough to weep on fast days; they should have searched the Scriptures of the prophets, that they might have seen what was the ground of God's controversy with their fathers. Whether people are in prosperity or adversity, they must be called upon to leave their sins, and to do their duty.
Sin the cause of their captivity. (8-14) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Notes: 8-14 God's judgements upon Israel of old for their sins, were written to warn Christians. [1 Corinthians 10:11] The duties required are, not keeping fasts and offering sacrifices, but doing justly and loving mercy, which tend to the public welfare and peace. The law of God lays restraint upon the heart. But they filled their minds with prejudices against the word of God. Nothing is harder than the heart of a presumptuous sinner. See the fatal consequences of this to their fathers. Great sins against the Lord of hosts, bring great wrath from his power, which cannot be resisted. Sin, if regarded in the heart, will certainly spoil the success of prayer. The Lord always hears the cry of the broken-hearted penitent; yet all who die impenitent and unbelieving, will find no remedy or refuge from miseries which while here they despised and defied, but which they then will not be able to bear. Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
My friends, to die in such a state is - the unpardonable sin. [Matthew 12:31; Mark 3:20-30]
Dear friends. I am showing you that this is one sure fire method to use to truly 'dig deeper' into God's word.
Enjoy 'being in His Presence'. Practice being in - 'our Fathers House', even now. Amen. Amen.
Thank you for returning on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 when we will continue, as the Lord wills, with Zechariah Chapter 8. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html Amen. Amen.
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