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Truly there's a comfort to feeling Jesus is there with you no matter where you are.Reading through Acts,I feel like God keeps telling me that on the straight and narrow there won't always be showers of blessings....there'll be persecution,grief,battles.....May we keep going on the straight and narrow in spite of all distractions.
God bless you all

I agree with Mike about the genealogies that it shows that God forgets no one. It also struck me this morning as reassurance of the reliability of God's word. So many names in the genealogy that are recorded nowhere else, and yet they are part of the history of people that make up God's story. They were real people in real families with real children and real struggles. God's word is real.

amen, GODs Word is real... And it sharpens us.... and nourishes us... and makes us better servants as we apply its truths and incorporate it into our lives...

Interesting that in today's readings, both the Psalmist and Paul are surrounded by enemies.

In both cases their confidence is in the Lord, not their own strength or resources to overcome their adversories.

It's good to know that whatever comes against us; he who is in us is greater! (1Jn 4:4)

I Chronicles 1-2:17

Two things caught my eye in today’s read, the kings of Edom (1:43-50) did not rule by generational succession, and Judah’s middle son (2:3) is not mentioned as also having had his life “taken” by God (Genesis 38:9-10), I wonder why?

Family values are all over the place in this listing. David’s sisters, Zeruiah, and Abigail gave birth to four warriors, Abishai, one of the Mighty Men of Valor, the text states he was the most famous one (II Sam 23:19); Joab was David’s general, however he is not listed as one of the men of Valor. The third son of Zeruiah was Asahel also one of the Mighty Men but he was killed by Saul’s general and cousin Abner (II Sam 2:20-30), who was latter killed by Joab (II Sam 3:27). Then latter, after Absalom was killed by Joab, the son he of Abigail, Amasa, who became Absalom’s general is killed by his cousin, Joab (II Sam 20:10).

Family get togethers or reunions must have been a real blow out with this in this family.

Acts 23:111-35

When things don’t go smoothly we have the tendency to think we are in sin, but it just could be we are in the will of God and that is why the heat is being turned up. Paul’s life is an example for us that difficult circumstances, dangerous situations and hostile people may not be about us doing the wrong thing but about us being on the right rode. If Paul had not been locked up in prison so much we would not have the letters he wrote to the churches and to Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

Psalm 3:1-8

Interesting that David wrote this after his son Absalom sought to kill him while wresting the throne away from his father. Did David write this before or after Absalom death? Either way David knew who to turn too and because he trusted God he did not miss out on his necessary rest, sleep.

Proverbs 18:14-15

15 Intelligent people are always open to new ideas. In fact, they look for them.

I’ve read this but never saw this. So often people who have done great things, great teachers who have taught for a couple of decades, hold onto the things that first made them great and we think, “They were fabulous, intelligent, and wise all those years ago, so they must know what they are talking about now despite them not keeping up with new discovers and methodologies. Yet this proverb states intelligence continually looks for and is open to things that are new.

I’ve heard this saying and have used and applied it to my life and in counseling others.

“When change is necessary failure to change is destructive.”

Change can only come about when new information is presented and accepted.

Geneologies – GOD’S FAITHFULNESS SEEN IN “HUMAN SKIN”.

We are “living epistles (letters)” and “living stones”. What kind of message are we giving to those around us?

We can always draw encouragement from those who have gone before. To me, the Scriptures are like God’s love letter, and God’s personal diary of “faithfulness in human skin” for us to always read.

2 Corinthians 3 (NKJV)
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You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
3
clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

Hebrews 12 (NKJV)
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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Psalm 3 (NKJV)
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I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
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Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
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Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah

(NIV)
8
From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah

I like Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

“See what God is to his people, what he will be, what they have found him, what David found in him.
1. Safety; a shield for me; which denotes the advantage of that protection.
2. Honour; those whom God owns for his, have true honour put upon them.
3. Joy and deliverance.

If, in the worst of times, God's people can lift up their heads with joy, knowing that all shall work for good to them, they will own God as giving them both cause and hearts to rejoice. (Ps 3:4-8)”

Note the relationship between Psalm 3:8 in NKJV and also in NIV.
a. God’s blessing in chapter 3 (safety, honor, joy, deliverance) is upon God’s people.
b. God’s people must receive God’s blessings.

FAITH GRABS GOD’S PROMISES LIKE A FEROCIOUS DOG, and will not let go. When Jesus was on earth, He spoke of the need to believe and receive, as does the rest of God’s Word.

Mark 11:24 (NKJV)
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Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Philippians 3 (NKJV)
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Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
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Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
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I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

God bless you.

Vance

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:5-6 KJV)


Mercy-unmerited favor: from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, price paid, wages, from merc-, merx merchandise
1 a : compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power;

As I read through the names, names easy to pronounce and those that are just---hard names, the subject of God’s mercy crosses my mind. It’s like getting a salary of $10,000 for the day and you were lazy and did nothing and the one giving you your payment, knows it. Every breath we take, every day we are alive mercy is poured out upon us. Even the wicked is shown mercy by God. They are given time to repent and make a 180 degree turn from their sins. I have been shown mercy over and over again and I am humbled, in awe, in praise and in a state of disbelief that the goodness of God overlooks my sin and sees me through the filter of His Son, Jesus. MERCY!

For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 AMP)

Hey i've been struggling to focus when i have tired to read my bible and i know how important it is to have quiet time and give the Lord my first fruits of time during the day, but it's bewen hard and i've made the choices to be too lazy. So today i got up and i knew that all your commentaries would be interesting so thatnks for doing what you do. keep up the good work. !

-Evan

We are entering a new book. Hooray! Even though I have never read the whole book of Chronicles, I am curious to see what it entails.

The verse from todays study that most interested me was:

19"..... the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided."
I love to study God's creation and this verse mentions the days when the separation of the continents occurred..I had studied that the days of the separation were called the days of Peleg, But I never knew that this came from the Bible. So as you see I was fascinated to read about it.

Hope you had a great 4th of July. God bless you!:-)

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