KG July 10-16

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July 10, Sunday

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No Pleasure in Fools — Fools are mentioned three times in this passage.  Fools talk too much, therefore, it is better to be one who would “draw near to listen” (v. 1) and “let your words be few” (v. 2).  The context here is that of worship (“the sacrifice of fools”—v. 1), when a person might make “a vow to God” and then “delay in paying it” (v. 4).  One example would be the foxhole prayer: people who make a promise to God that, if He would deliver them from danger, they will do such and such.  Those are desperate prayers, often with good intentions, but they are foolish prayers if those promises are not kept.  God not only “has no pleasure in fools” (v. 4), but the fool is inviting Him to “be angry at your voice” (v. 6).  This is serious business because “God is the one you must fear” (v. 7).  In our worship, we must be serious, cautious, and wise.

Blessed Master, I Have Promised – YouTube

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July 11, Monday

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Every Word — We don’t know anything else about Agur, the writer of this passage, but he made a profound distinction between the greatness of who God is and the limitations of mankind.  The infinite God is the one who “established all the ends of the earth” (v. 4), while created man must admit that he has limited “knowledge of the Holy One” (v. 3).  Since there is such a vast difference between God and man, we must listen to what He says, because “Every word of God proves true” (v. 5).  Do you believe that every word God has given to us in the Bible ultimately came from Him?  The statement here is not generally that the “Word of God” proves true, but that “Every word of God proves true.”  This is why I feel that we should place a much higher value on direct translations of Scripture than on Bible paraphrases.  The one acknowledges the importance of each word, while the other is concerned mostly with the thought or idea of the message, which almost always involves interpretation.  We need to be very careful that, in the process of trying to summarize God’s thoughts, we “Do not add to his words” (v. 6).  Jesus was even more precise when He said that “not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matt. 5:18).  That is fulfillment to the letter.

I couldn’t find a video to go along with this hymn, but it is very fitting
to our passage, so please read it and make up your own melody!

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July 12, Tuesday

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Trying to Flee — Obedience to God is very important, and He has ways of bringing us around to do what He has told us to do.  Three times in this chapter, it is mentioned that Jonah was trying to flee “from the presence of the LORD” (vv. 3, 10).  What a futile effort!  David had learned this and wrote, “Where shall I go from your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Ps. 139:7).  The prophet Jonah should have known this since he lived after David and had probably read that psalm.  The story of Jonah certainly shows the sovereignty and power of God.  He caused a storm and directed the great fish not only to swallow Jonah, but also to deposit him at the shore closest to Nineveh.  Have you ever tried to flee from God?  Most of us who came to Christ as adults probably have stories that come to mind about our efforts to avoid God’s call.  Have you ever knowingly disobeyed God?  Now, that brings it a lot closer to home, doesn’t it?  We have our own reasons for wanting to do it our way, but God’s way is always the best.  It is certainly better than spending three days inside a fish!

God’s Way is Best (piano with lyrics) – YouTube

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July 13, Wednesday

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Man Repents and God Relents — We see something of the persistence of God in this chapter.  He had a message of warning for the people of Nineveh, and He wanted Jonah to declare it.  It is like a film production’s “Take two!”  If the director thought it wasn’t done correctly the first time, the scene would be shot again.  “Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it…’” (vss. 1-2).  This time, the fishy-smelling prophet obeyed.  Aren’t you glad that God gives second chances?  It is interesting to note that, in contrast to Jonah, both the pagan sailors and the pagans in Nineveh were quick to submit to Yahweh in humility.  The second characteristic of God we see here is that He is flexible.  “When God saw what they did … God relented of the disaster” (v. 10).  The immutability of God says that He never changes, and He did not change here.  He has always been a merciful and forgiving God.  He didn’t change anything in His character, but He only changed His plan in response to Nineveh’s repentance.  It is the same today.  Ever since the sin of Adam and Eve, people are heading for hell’s disaster unless they repent.  We are their Jonah, telling them about where they are headed if they don’t turn to God in repentance.  God will relent if they repent.

Lord, I’m Coming Home – YouTube

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July 14, Thursday

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Clean-hands Worship — Isaiah was God’s prophet during the reigns of several kings of Judah before the nation was conquered and exiled to Babylon.  Israel had been living in the Promised Land for about 600 years, but the general trend of their commitment to God was in decline.  They were going through the motions of worship, but their hearts were stained with sin and an unwillingness to obey God.  There are multitudes of people doing that today as well.  They go to church, some even regularly, but their weekday lives do not reflect the holiness of God.  There are people in your own church, maybe even you sometimes, who go through the process of worship while you harbor a sin in your heart, like bitterness toward someone.  God is more than displeased with that; He hates it.  He said, “I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly” (v. 13).  Worship must be genuine and it must be coming from repentant hearts.  We do not need to clean up our lives before turning to God for salvation, but as believers, this is exactly what God wants us to do: “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil…” (v. 16).  That is repentance.  God demands purity in worship.

Search Me, O God – YouTube

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July 15, Friday

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Terror for Pride — God hates the pride of man: “… the LORD of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty… and it shall be brought low” (v. 12), “… and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low” (v. 17).  Why are God’s feelings so strong against the pride of man?  The key seems to be with the conclusion of verse 17: “…and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.”  The Creator is infinitely greater than those He has created.  He is the only one worthy of being exalted.  Not only was man shown to be exalting himself in this chapter, he was substituting lifeless idols for the living God.  He was not only refusing to recognize God’s excellence, but he was also trying to replace it.  When humans see the true worth of the exalted God, “mankind will cast away their idols…” (v. 20).  And they will search for caves, trying to hide from “the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty” (vv. 19, 21).  That is an odd combination, isn’t it?  God’s terror and His splendor.  God’s terror is His expression toward the puny attempts of humans to elevate themselves.  His splendor is the reality of who God truly is.  We ought to be afraid of pride in our own hearts, too.  God hates pride in the hearts of Christians as well.  He is the only One worthy to be exalted.

Be Exalted, O God – YouTube

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July 16, Saturday

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Judging the Prince and Princess — The center of God’s judgment in this passage seems to be the ruling class of Judah.  They are the privileged class—those with lots of power and wealth.  Having that privilege is not bad in itself, but their attitudes toward wealth and power are the problem here.  The princes took advantage of the weakness of the poor and stripped them of what little they had: “…the spoil of the poor is in your houses” (v. 14).  Are you in a position of power over someone?  Are you using it to take advantage of them?  We are accountable to God for how we treat others.  The princesses had the advantages of beauty and money to provide sparkling accessories to their wardrobe—their “finery” (v. 18).  They lived to be admired.  The problem in God’s eyes is their attitude—they “are haughty” (v. 16).  Power and beauty can be threats to godliness, so they are to be used and displayed with caution.  God has created us with the kind of beauty that is important to Him, and we don’t really add much to it with our finery.  God has placed some of us in positions of authority over others, but it is for the purpose of providing good for all, not advantage or extravagance for a few.  Let’s be conscious of these things and try to see them from God’s perspective.

For the Fruit of All Creation – YouTube

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