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Sheol

March 31, 2016

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Sheol

“Sheol”  is a Hebrew word  for the underworld,  the grave,  hell,  or  the pit  of no return.     It is a place  of eternal exile  and extreme degradation  in sin,  so absolutely no righteous person  will ever  be abandoned  to it.

That is comforting  for all God’s children.     In the comfort  of his faith,  King David wrote Psalm 16  —  confident  that the LORD  would grant him eternal life  —  instead of hell.      As he blessed God  for preserving him,  David wrote  in Psalm 16:10,

For You  will not abandon  my soul  to Sheol;
Nor will You  allow Your Holy One  to undergo decay.

David’s soul  was not abandoned  “to Sheol.     His soul  is now  in heaven.     But,  as a wonderful prophecy,  David also wrote,  Nor will You allow  Your Holy One  to undergo decay”.     The  “Holy One”  is Jesus Christ.     After His death,  Jesus did not  “undergo decay”  —  like everyone else.     Rather,  He rose  from the dead  on the third day  and appeared  to His followers  with His body  that they could feel  and touch.

But,  regarding David,  Acts 13:36-37  tells us,

For David,  after he had  served the purpose  of God  in his own generation,  fell asleep,  and was laid  among his fathers  and underwent decay;  but He whom God raised  did not undergo decay.

While David’s soul is in heaven,  his mortal body  underwent decay.     But,  Jesus did not “undergo decay”.     David’s body  will be resurrected  on resurrection day  with all  of God’s faithful.     Because Jesus did not  “undergo decay”  and promised us  a bodily resurrection,  we can be confident  that He will resurrect our bodies  on that day.     Jesus promised  in John 11:25,

I am the resurrection  and the life;  he who believes  in Me  will live  even if he dies.

With that eternal promise,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You,  Lord,  for caring  for our bodies  and souls.”

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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