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He Will Strike the Earth With the Rod of His Mouth

December 27, 2014

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He Will Strike  the Earth  With the Rod  of His Mouth

Trust is built  on faithfulness.     When a person faithfully shows  that he can surely  be trusted  to keep his word,  people begin  to trust him  after experiencing his trustworthiness  and truthfulness.     That usually takes getting  to know  the person  over time.

God knows  that we live  in a world full  of deceitfulness,  selfishness,  lies,  greed,  and all sorts  of untrustworthiness.     God fully realizes  that as we repeatedly experience untrustworthiness  in all sorts  of people,  we soon become suspicious  of their motives  and careful  about dealing  with just any ol’ one.     In signing contracts,  we realize  we need  to look  at the fine print  at the bottom.     In buying products,  we look  for flaws  of poor workmanship  and materials.     We even wonder  about trustworthiness  in God.

Because of all that,  some people say,  “As you get older,  you get wiser.”     But,  that’s not always true.     Even older people  with lots  of experience  will fall for  all sorts  of deceptions.

But,  as God deals  with this sinful world,  He wants us  to look  at piles  upon piles  of proof  that He truly is the LORD  and God  who will judge us some day  for all  of our actions  and faith  —  or lack  of faith.     God wants us  to become  very sure  of His love  and trustworthiness,  so that we will willingly  and strongly live  by faith  —  no matter how tough our earthly circumstances.     Just as we look  for quality material  in a product  we want to buy,  we can look  for quality material  in God Almighty.     He is not some hunk  of wood  —  some idol  or fabrication  of man’s mind.     The LORD  is the true God,  our Creator  and Sustainer.     So,  it’s only wise  to live  by that truth.

One of God’s proofs  of reality  and quality  is His ability  to keep His word.     God’s prophecies do come true.     One example  is the prophecy  about Jesus’ coming,  as found  in Isaiah 11:1-5.     Here we can see how Jesus’ life  was described  700 years  before  He was born.     No other “god”  can even come close  to fulfilling a prophecy  like this.     See Jesus  in these words,

Then  a shoot  will spring  from the stem  of Jesse,
And a branch  from his roots  will bear fruit.
And the Spirit  of the LORD  will rest  on Him,
The spirit  of wisdom  and understanding,
The spirit  of counsel  and strength,
The spirit  of knowledge  and the fear  of the LORD,
And He will delight  in the fear  of the LORD,
And He will not judge  by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision  by what His ears hear;
But  with righteousness  He will judge the poor,
And decide  with fairness  for the afflicted  of the earth;
And He will strike  the earth  with the rod  of His mouth,
And with the breath  of His lips  He will slay  the wicked.
Also  righteousness  will be the belt  about His loins,
And faithfulness  the belt  about His waist.

Through Isaiah  Jesus is described,  and as one reads  the gospels,  one can see  how all  of these descriptions  were true  in Jesus.     Jesus  was noted for His wisdom,  understanding,  counsel,  and strength.     People  were in awe  of His knowledge  of the LORD.     Jesus knew how  to interact  with people  because He knew  what was  in their past  and in their hearts.     Therefore,  He did not judge them  by what anyone else  could see  or hear  —  but He rightly judged  by what was true  in their innermost being.

Jesus was hated  by the religious leaders  because He struck them  “with the rod  of His mouth”.     He got right down  to the nitty-gritty  of their wickedness,  and they hated Him  for revealing their sins.

So,  what does Jesus’ word reveal  about our hearts  and minds?     Do we reject  our Lord  and Savior  because He reveals  our sins?     Or,  do we see  His loving offer  of forgiveness  and righteousness  through faith?      Do we see  how He can be trusted  to love  and forgive us,  because He has kept  His words  of prophecy?

He did  all this  for us.     Now,  what can we do  for Him?

As we rejoice  in the sacrificial love  of the Almighty,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You alone  can be trusted  in all  of Your word.     Your promises  are sure  and Your love is pure.     Strengthen us  in Your truth,  that we may have the courage  to honestly live  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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