God is not the failure, He is patient and faithful; we are!

A tele-evangelist  once preached that God is the greatest failure in history!

Where he got that from I dont know.

Nehemiah chapter 9 shows us who is the failure and unfaithful.

This chapter is a summary of Israel’s past.  In one word,  it is, failure!

Nehemiah had a burden; he did not bury it or ignore it.

This is a compilation based on the message I gave at my church on 01-03-2013.

Scripture : Nehemiah chapters 1 and 2.

For Nehemiah, it all began with a burden/concern for the people of Israel, his people.  He did not neglect it or bury it.

He had a concern for his people.

– prayed, fasted, and wept before God.

– Go to God first when you have a concern/burden.

He was cup-bearer to the King.

– He carried himself up in his career to where he is now.

– do what you enjoy or enjoy what you do

– look at the hard working man, he will stand before kings.

He carried his burden constantly within his heart.

– a burden is something that kind of haunts you constantly.

– you can work on it or bury it with you.  Give it life by doing something about it immediately or bury it with you in the grave.

His concern/burden of the heart is noticed by the King.

– Hope.  The day will come when your concerns/burdens will be noticed by others or the concerned.

– Keep praying.  Keep planning.  Keep working.

He laid his concern/burden as a plan before the King/Queen.

– He had already planned before talking to the King.  But the King noted it first before he ever opened his mouth.

– BUT Nehemiah was ready with a plan.   He had worked/planned enough that he converted it into a workable plan instantly when King noticed his heart/burden.

– Be prepared.  Get ready for you don’t know when you will have to lay it down before men.  It may come suddenly.

When asked, Nehemiah stated his heart/plan/burden boldly.

– He spoke from his heart.

– He was bold and clear.

– He had a plan.

– He convinced both the King and the Queen at the same time because he was bold and clear.

When asked, he prayed within himself.  He prayed silently.

– Trust in God to give you wisdom when you have to talk/present your plan suddenly.

– Before he laid the plan down before the earthly king, he had already laid it down at the Heavenly King.

He was afraid before the King.

– Because it was not King’s work/concern.

– Yet he spoke boldly and clearly.

2:8 “Because the gracious hand of my God was upon me…”

– He concluded that it was because of his God though that did not exclude him from planning/working/thinking.

He shares the burden to the King and Queen.

 

importance of reading

“Years from now, you will not be much different; except for the books you have read.”

There are people who have collected books and have even set up a great personal library, but of what use is it if they do not read a single page from any of them?  It just becomes a wish-list instead of a read-list of books that one possesses.

Almost all adherents of all religions do not actually read their sacred books regularly or have not read them completely at least once; this is true for today, yesterday, and even tomorrow!

Nehemiah 8:1-3

And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel.

So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month.

And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. – ESV.

But in the scripture cited above, it was a different case.  T’is the people that asked to hear from the Law of Moses with one accord.

 

Jehu and his ‘great sacrifice’

Jehu and his ‘great sacrifice!’

Scripture: Kings2 10:19 – Kings2 10:30

Summary: Jehu pretends to be one of the worshippers of Baal and deceives the prophets of Baal to gather inside the temple, makes them all to wear robes, and commands his hidden army to execute them.

Compared to Elijah’s challenge on Mount Carmel to the prophets of Baal, Jehu emerges as a mere deceiver.  We have to consider Jehu’s position/authority though, he was King of Israel.  So he orders the killing of all Baal worshippers. Elijah was not a king.  Thou Elijah did execute all the 400 prophets of Baal, it was done only after the challenge was accepted by the prophets of Baal.

Application: None.  This passage is descriptive; not prescriptive (even according to Richard Dawkins, an atheist/critic/skeptic).  So, it is not a command for Jews or Christians to follow in Jehu’s footsteps.

Moreover, all those that were killed were of the household of Israel who had gone astray after the Baals.  Jehu did not march into a foreign country/territory and order to kill all infidels.  He was setting up his kingdom in order.

Even though Jehu did some things right as king and the Lord appreciated him for that, yet he did not do some other essential things right.  He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam which made Israel to turn away from God; namely, worshipping the golden calves in Bethel and Dan.

Right here, we do have a personal application for us, though: to turn to God 100% and to serve Him alone no matter what our position or authority in the society is.

7:28 AM 6/15/2012

A mention of Samson is of necessity at this point.  Israelites and Philistines were at war constantly.   Samson was Israel’s deliverer.  He was not 100% faithful to the Lord in his assignment all the time.  He did not always to the job as a righteous king.  He was quite carnal.

 

prosperity – psalm 1 – whatever he does propsers

Psalm 1.

  1. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
  2. but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
  3. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
  4. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
  5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
  6. for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. -ESV

A short summary of Psalm 1:

Prosperous men and women are those who walk in the way of righteousness, in obedience to the Lord’s revealed Word/Will, and who walk in fellowship with the LORD, their God.

A greater influence should be of the Word, godly friends/counsel, and God Himself in the life of a believer.

 

prosperity

Prosperity has been and is still a very hot topic in Christendom.  All kinds of ideas and supporting verses from the Bible have been presented over many centuries.

Prosperity can further be studied as it relates to spiritual, physical, and financial aspects of our lives.  Often times, when most if not all, tele-evangelists talk about prosperity, they mean only financial aspect while neglecting the others.  Of course, we will be spending a lot of time studying financial aspect, but what is important for us is to look at it as God looks at it and apply the principles He has provided for us to prosper in every aspect, not just financial.

What we are gonna do in this series is take every passage from the Bible where prosperity is mentioned, and study in in context, derive some insights as to how it worked in the lives of the biblical characters, and then arrive at ramifications for us in 21st century believer.

For our study, I have divided it into the following categories, if you will.  Prosperity in….

1.  the beginning

2.  the patriarchs

3.  the nation Israel in general

4.  the priests and levites

5.  the judges/seers

6.  the prophets

7.  the kings

8.  the diaspora (dispersed Israel)

9.   the silent years

10.  the nations around Isreal

11.  the other nations afar

12.  John the baptizer

13. Jesus of Nazerath

14.  the disciples

15.  First century church

16.  Denominational churches

17.  today’s church.

18.  the end times.

I may or may not keep the same order laid out above, but will provide respective links to each category as and when it is done in this introduction.  So, please visit this introductory article again and again for updated links.