KG Sep. 25 – Oct. 1

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September 25, Sunday

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Fear Not for I Am with You — While being threatened by Babylon, the leaders of Jerusalem turned to Egypt for help.  Bad choice!  Babylon would defeat both Egypt and Judah.  In the midst of this confusing and desperate trouble, God used Jeremiah to tell His people, “Fear not … for I am with you” (v. 28).  Does that sound familiar?  It was said first to Isaac after he was harassed by enemies who chased him away from multiple wells he had dug (Gen. 26:24).  It was then repeated twice through Isaiah and twice through Jeremiah.  Twice in our passage for today, God told His people to “fear not.”  The first time, they were not to fear because God had a future plan for rescue: “Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease” (Jer. 46:27).  When we find ourselves in the midst of trouble, we can be encouraged that God is in control of the situation and has a good outcome arranged for us.  The second time God told His people not to fear was because they were being temporarily disciplined: “I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished” (v. 28).  Our trouble may be our own fault, and God may be using it to teach us a lesson about obedience.  We should use troubled times to search our own hearts for attitudes and actions of disobedience.  We should ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what sin might have brought trouble upon us.  So, whether our troubles come from internal or external sources, we are to “fear not” because God rules over both the circumstances and the outcome.  We are just to trust and obey.

Trusting Jesus – YouTube

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September 26, Monday

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Sorrow for Sin — The dictionary defines “lament” as a passionate expression of grief or sorrow.  The book of Lamentations is filled with grief expressed for the fall of Judah to the Babylonian army.  The author of the book is not named, but many feel that it was Jeremiah, who was trapped in the midst of that disaster.  The reason for God’s punishment was the persistent sin of His people, whose sin was not exposed by their false prophets (v. 14).  Centuries before, God had warned them through Moses that this would happen, so “The LORD has done what he purposed; he has carried out his word, which he commanded long ago …” (v. 17).  God had clearly warned them and predicted a disastrous outcome if they failed to follow His ways.  God keeps His promises.  He put up with it for so long only because of His patience and mercy, giving them time to repent.  And even in the midst of their punishing suffering, God gave a pleading message for them to repent: “Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord!  Lift your hands to him …” (v. 19).  Be sorry for your sin!  Turn back to God in repentance!  That same plea to Judah applies just as well for today.  Are we truly sorry about our sin or do we excuse it?  Are we treading on the patience of God?  We should grieve because of our sins.

I Am Resolved – YouTube

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September 27, Tuesday

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Fresh Faithfulness — Here is a welcomed positive section in the mostly sorrowful book of Lamentations.  Verses 22-25 are packed with statements about God, and interestingly, they are all connected with time.  First, is the never-ending love of God: “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” (v. 22).  His “steadfast love” (Heb. chesed) and “mercies” (or “compassions” NIV, NASB) both express aspects of God’s love.  His love is not conditional, depending on our response to Him; it is always the same and never stops.  The second connection with time relates to the freshness of God’s love and faithfulness: “…they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (v. 23).  Every day opens a new chapter in life—a fresh start.  This is why I like to begin my day by spending time with the Lord.  The third time-related statement is both about God and about us: “The LORD is good to those who wait for him” (v. 25a).  This is not a passive waiting, but that of “the soul who seeks him” (v. 25b).  We are to actively reach out toward His goodness.  He is always loving, fresh, and worth seeking.

Twice before, we have used this favorite hymn of mine, but we have to use it
again, because it comes directly from v. 23 of this chapter.  (It is also my birthday today,
so, I will claim a special privilege!) Great Is Thy Faithfulness – YouTube

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September 28 Wednesday——————ACCOUNTABILITY TIME!

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Describing Awesomeness — The prophet Ezekiel lived during the time of Judah’s exile in Babylon.  God gave him many visions of things outside his experience.  His attempt to describe what he saw in the vision of this passage seems like it was frustrating to him.  Many times, he used terms of comparison: “like” or “likeness” (12 times), “appearance” (9 times), and “as it were” (2 times).  He just didn’t have categories to describe what he saw and heard.  After trying to describe the four living creatures, Ezekiel was faced with the task of depicting the wonder of God seated on His throne in the heavens.  The dazzled prophet summed it up with, “Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD” (v. 28).  It was like saying, “that is as good as I can describe it!”  But after the vision, Ezekiel’s response was this: “I fell on my face” (v. 28).  Worship follows wonder.  When we “see” the indescribable glory of God in the Scriptures, we ought to also respond in worship.  God is beyond our present experience and even beyond our imagination.

Here I Am to Worship – YouTube

ACCOUNTABILITY TIME!  If you are up to date in your reading as of September 28,
please click here or let me know today at accbibleread@gmail.com.

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September 29, Thursday————-ACCOUNTABILITY REMINDER!

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Willpower or Divine Power? — The outlook of the Jewish people during the time of the Babylonian captivity was pretty bleak.  Many had been killed during the fighting before Jerusalem fell.  Most of the rest had been taken to Babylon, although some of the poorer people had been left in the Promised Land.  No wonder Ezekiel questioned God: “Ah, Lord GOD!  Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?” (v. 13).  No, God had made a covenant with Israel, but they were being disciplined for their sin of rebelling against Yahweh and following false gods.  As Jeremiah had promised, the punishment would last for only 70 years, and then they would be restored.  The discipline would be effective because when they finally returned to their own land, God would “give them one heart, and … a new spirit” (v. 19).  This promise of internal change also looked forward to the time following the Messiah’s coming to earth.  We now live in the time of “a new covenant … of the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:6).  Notice the change from “spirit” to “Spirit” in those two verses—from the human spirit to the Holy Spirit.  Aren’t you thankful that you don’t have to live by willpower alone?  The Spirit of God dwells within those who belong to Him, and we can draw upon that divine power to keep us from sin.

Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart – YouTube

ACCOUNTABILITY REMINDER!  If you are up to date in your reading as of September 29, and did not report yesterday, please click here or let me know today at accbibleread@gmail.com.

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September 30, Friday——————LAST-DAY ACCOUNTABILITY!

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Live or Die — The words “live / life” and “die / death” are used seven times each in this passage.  It is a contrast of choice that asks, “Do you want to live or die?  Then, here is God’s standard…”  That standard is righteousness—doing what is right.  Will you do it, or will you refuse?  God was speaking to Jews in Babylon who had still not fully grasped the reason they were there.  They were distorted in their thinking, feeling that God was unjust to them instead of seeing and admitting that they themselves had been unjust in their relationships with others (v. 25).  So, they were being punished for their sins.  God had given them the standard of righteousness through Moses and the prophets, but they had drifted away from it.  Because God is just, He declared, “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel” (v. 30).  Israel’s challenge was to recognize and admit their sin.  God’s challenge to them was, “Repent and turn from all your transgressions” (v. 30).  It was the same message preached by Peter to the crowd who saw the lame man healed at the Beautiful Gate: “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).

Meditation: It is interesting that in yesterday’s reading, God said, “I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them” (11:19).  But in today’s reading, God told them to “make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!” (18:31).  Who is going to do it?  Actually, both of them.  Israel would open the door for change by their repentance, and God would do the supernatural work of changing their hearts.  Whenever we desire a closer walk with the Lord, we should look for some sin in our lives that we need to turn from.

Give Me This Heart [from the Philippines] – YouTube

FINAL ACCOUNTABILITY DAY! — If you did not report in the last two days,
please let me know today where you are in your reading for this month,
whether you are caught up or not (accbibleread@gmail.com).  Thanks.

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October 1, Saturday

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Son of Man — God called Ezekiel, “Son of man,” 93 times in his prophetic book, and Jesus called Himself, “the Son of Man,” 81 times in the Gospels.  That is 92% of the times that expression is used in Scripture.  The rest of the time, it simply refers to humans as sons of their fathers.  In some way, Ezekiel appears to be a type of the Messiah.  It seems to me that it might be because their messages have a similar divine call for repentance.  Ezekiel proclaimed this evangelistic message: “…turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” (v. 11).  And Jesus said of Himself, “…the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).  Both called for the repentance of others.  Many unbelievers resist believing in God, with the question, “Why would a loving God send people to hell?”  But God doesn’t send them there, they choose to go there on their own.  God offers rescue but few are willing to grab the lifeline thrown to them.

Son of Man (Bless the Lord) – YouTube

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One thought on “KG Sep. 25 – Oct. 1

  1. Happy birthday Ben🎂🎶
    Great Is Thy Faithfulness is a favorite of mine too. God is so faithful and you are too. God’s special blessings on you today and all year through.

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