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Do Not Be Like Your Fathers

July 26, 2015

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Do Not Be  Like Your Fathers

The Jews  of around 520 B.C.  were allowed  to return  to Jerusalem  from their captivity  in Babylon.     They had been  in captivity  as a judgment  of the LORD  for their disobedience,  idolatry,  and godless living.     They really needed  a change  of heart.     Their purpose  in Jerusalem  was  to rebuild  the Temple.     They needed  a strong heart  to do it.

Zechariah was one of God’s prophets  during that time.     He brought  God’s word  and promises  to the people  —  directing them  to remember  God’s judgments  of captivity  on the sins  of their ancestors,  and promising God’s blessings  to those  who would turn away  from their sinful lives.     In Zechariah 1:2-4  God had  Zechariah say,

“The LORD  was very angry  with your fathers.     Therefore  say  to them,  ‘Thus says the LORD  of hosts,  “Return  to Me,”  declares  the LORD  of hosts,  “that I may  return  to you,”  says the LORD  of hosts.     “Do not be like  your fathers,  to whom the former prophets proclaimed,  saying, ‘Thus says the LORD  of hosts,  “Return now  from your evil ways  and from your evil deeds.”     But they did not listen  or give heeds  to Me,  declares the LORD.'”

Our ancestry  had a way  of making the LORD  “very angry  with your fathers”.     For the Jews,  the sins  of their fathers piled up  until God  had them held  in captivity  by the Babylonians.     The sins  of their fathers  was very obvious  in all its arrogance,  faithlessness,  idolatry,  corruption,  and disregard  of the LORD’s love.

They  were being warned  to not be like their ancestors,  who had not obeyed God’s warnings  to not be like their ancestors.     On and on  down the line  none of us  are to copy  the sins  of anybody  in the past.     God warns,  “Do not be like your fathers.”

And,  God’s wondrous promise is,  “Return  to Me ……. that I may return  to you.”

When we return  to the truths  of the LORD  —  and start living  in the love  of God,  He will bless us  with His forgiveness  and eternal life  through faith  in Christ Jesus.

Always wanting  to live  in God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your righteousness  in Christ Jesus purifies us.”

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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