Unless The Lord Builds The House They Labor In Vain Who Build It
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Unless The Lord Builds The House They Labor In Vain Who Build It.
Is.66:1--Thus says the Lord; heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. WHERE IS THE HOUSE THAT YOU WILL BUILD FOR ME? And where is THE PLACE of MY REST? Ps.95:6--Oh come, let us WORSHIP and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (7) For He is our God, and WE ARE THE PEOPLE of HIS PASTURE, and THE SHEEP OF HIS HAND. (Ps.74:1--O God, WHY HAVE YOU CAST US OFF FOREVER? Why does YOUR ANGER smoke against THE SHEEP OF YOUR PASTURE? (Jere.17:5--Cursed is the man who TRUSTS IN MAN and MAKES FLESH HIS STRENGTH, whose heart DEPARTS from THE LORD. (10) I, the Lord, SEARCH the HEART, I TEST the MIND, even to give every man ACCORDING to his WAYS, and according to the fruit of his DOING. (12) A glorious HIGH THRONE from the BEGINNING is the place of OUR SANCTUARY. (13) O Lord, the hope of ISRAEL, ALL WHO FORSAKE YOU shall be ASHAMED. Those who DEPART from ME shall be written in the earth. Because they have FORSAKEN THE LORD, THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS. (16) As for me, I HAVE NOT HURRIED AWAY from being a SHEPHERD WHO FOLLOWS YOU. NOR HAVE I DESIRED THE WOEFUL DAY.)
(Amos 5:18--WOE to you who DESIRE the DAY OF THE LORD! For what GOOD is the DAY OF THE LORD TO YOU? It will be DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT.) (Darkness cannot remain in the presence of light.) (Is.5:20--WOE to those who call EVIL GOOD, and GOOD EVIL; Who put DARKNESS for LIGHT, and LIGHT for DARKNESS, who put BITTER for SWEET, and SWEET for BITTER.) (Is.9:13--For the people do not TURN to HIM who STRIKES THEM, NOR do they SEEK THE LORD OF HOSTS. (14) therefore the Lord WILL CUT OFF HEAD and TAIL from ISRAEL, Palm branch and bulrush in one day. (15) the ELDER and HONORABLE, he is the HEAD; the PROPHET who TEACHES LIES he is the TAIL. (16) FOR THE LEADERS OF THIS PEOPLE CAUSE THEM TO ERR, and those who are LED BY THEM are DESTROYED.)
(Ps.90:3--YOU turn man to DESTRUCTION, and say RETURN, O children of men. (4) For a THOUSAND YEARS in Your sight are like YESTERDAY when it is past, and like a WATCH in the NIGHT.) (Is.13:4,b--The Lord of hosts musters THE ARMY FOR BATTLE, (5) They come from a far country from the end of heaven, even the LORD and HIS WEAPONS OF INDIGNATION to DESTROY THE WHOLE LAND. (Ezek.22:30--So I SOUGHT FOR A MAN AMONG THEM WHO WOULD make a wall and STAND IN THE GAP before Me ON BEHALF OF THE LAND, that I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT; but I FOUND NO ONE.)
(Returning to Is.13: 6--Wail, for the DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND! IT WILL COME AS DESTRUCTION FROM THE ALMIGHTY. (9) Behold, the DAY OF THE LORD comes, CRUEL, with both WRATH and FIERCE ANGER, TO LAY THE LAND DESOLATE; And He will destroy its SINNERS from it. (15) Everyone who is found will be thrust through, and everyone who is captured will fall by the sword. (16) THEIR CHILDREN also will be DASHED TO PIECES BEFORE THEIR EYES;) (Mal.4:4--REMEMBER the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And he will TURN the hearts of THE FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the hearts of THE CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the EARTH with a CURSE.)
Hab.2:9--Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, that he may SET his NEST ON HIGH. That he MAY BE DELIVERED FROM THE POWER OF DISASTER! (10) You gave SHAMEFUL COUNSEL to your HOUSE, CUTTING OFF MANY PEOPLES. (14) For the earth will be filled with THE KNOWLEDGE of THE LORD as the WATERS COVER THE SEA.) (Amos 9:10--ALL THE SINNERS OF MY PEOPLE shall DIE BY THE SWORD, who say, THE CALAMITY SHALL NOT OVERTAKE US NOR CONFRONT US. (14) I will bring back THE CAPTIVES of MY PEOPLE ISRAEL; THEY SHALL BUILD THE WASTE CITIES and INHABIT THEM. (15) I will PLANT them in their LAND, (Promise land?) and NO LONGER SHALL THEY BE PULLED UP. From the land that I have given them, says the Lord your God.)
(Jere.23:1--WOE to the SHEPHERDS who DESTROY and SCATTER the SHEEP OF MY PASTURE! Says the Lord. (2) Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel AGAINST THE SHEPHERDS WHO FEED MY PEOPLE: “YOU HAVE SCATTERD MY FLOCK, driven them AWAY, and NOT ATTENDED TO THEM. Behold, I WILL ATTEND TO YOU for the EVIL of YOUR DOINGS, says the Lord. (4) I will SET UP SHEPHERDS OVER THEM who will FEED THEM; and they shall FEAR no more, nor be DISMAYED, NOR shall THEY BE LACKING, Says the Lord.) (Returning to Ps.74:1--Remember YOUR CONGREGATION which You have purchased of old, the TRIBE of YOUR INHERITANCE, which You have REDEEMED--This MOUNT ZION where YOU HAVE DWELT.
Is.40:9--O ZION, You who bring GOOD TIDINGS, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring GOOD TIDINGS, lift up your voice with STRENGTH, (Is.42:27--The first time I said to ZION, ‘Look there they are!’ And I will give to JERUSALEM one who brings GOOD TIDINGS. (28) For I LOOKED and there was NO MAN; (Is.59:16--He saw that there was NO MAN, and WONDERED that there was NO INTERCESSOR: therefore HIS OWN ARM BROUGHT SALVATION for HIM.) (Returning to Is.42:7--I looked among them, but there was NO COUNSELOR. Who, when I ASKED of them, could ANSWER a word.)
(Pro.24:28--He who gives A RIGHT ANSWER KISSES THE LIPS.) Ps.2:6--Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me YOU are MY SON today I HAVE BEGOTTEN You. (8) ASK of ME and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for Your INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for Your POSSESSION. (12) KISS the SON, lest He be ANGRY and you PERISH in THE WAY. When HIS WRATH is KINDLED but a LITTLE.) (Is.14:32--WHAT will one then ANSWER the messengers of the NATION? THAT THE LORD HAS FOUNDED ZION, and the poor of HIS PEOPLE SHALL TAKE REFUGE IN IT.) (Ps.49:1--Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the CITY of OUR GOD, in His HOLY MOUNTAIN. (2) Beautiful in elevation, the JOY OF THE WHOLE EARTH, is MOUNT ZION on the sides of the north, THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. (3) God is in her palaces; HE IS KNOWN AS HER REFUGE.) (Ps.9:9--The Lord also will be A REFUGE for the OPPRESSED, a REFUGE in TIMES of TROUBLE. (10) And those who know Your name will put THEIR TRUST in YOU: For You, Lord have NOT FORSAKEN those who SEEK YOU. (Ps.24:6--THIS is JACOB the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.) (Returning to Ps.9:11--Sing PRAISES to the Lord, who DWELLS IN ZION! Declare HIS DEEDS among the PEOPLE.)
(Ps.47:1--GOD is our REFUGE and STRENGTH, a very PRESENT HELP in TROUBLE. (4) There is a RIVER whose streams shall make GLAD the CITY OF GOD, the HOLY PLACE of the TABERNACLE of the MOST HIGH. (Heb.9:8--The HOLY SPIRIT indicating this, THAT THE WAY INTO THE HOLIEST OF ALL WAS NOT YET MADE MANIFEST WHILE THE FIRST TABERNACLE WAS STILL STANDING. (11) But Christ came as High Priest of the GOOD THINGS to COME, with the GREATER and MORE PERFECT TABERNACLE not made with hands, that is not of the creation.) (Is.8:13--The Lord of hosts, HIM YOU SHALL HALLOW, let Him be your FEAR, and let Him be your DREAD. (14) HE WILL BE A SANCTUARY, but A STONE OF STUMBLING and a ROCK of OFFENSE to BOTH the houses of ISRAEL, as a TRAP and a SNARE to the inhabitants of JERUSALEM. (15) And many among them shall STUMBLE they shall FALL and be BROKEN, be SNARED and TAKEN.) (Ref. in 1 Peter2:6-8)
(Returning to Ps.47:4--5--GOD is in the MIDST of HER, she shall NOT BE MOVED; GOD SHALL HELP HER, just at the break of dawn (6) The NATIONS RAGED, the kingdoms were moved; He UTTERED HIS VOICE, the EARTH MELTED. (7) The Lord of hosts is WITH US; The God of JACOB is OUR REFUGE. (10) be STILL, and KNOW that I AM GOD; I WILL BE EXALTED AMONG THE NATIONS, I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH.) (Ps.47:1--Oh clap your hands all you peoples! Shout to God with THE VOICE of TRIUMPH! (2) For the LORD MOST HIGH is AWESOME: HE IS A GREAT KING OVER ALL THE EARTH. (3) HE WILL SUBDUE THE PEOPLES UNDER US, and the NATIONS UNDER OUR FEET. (7) For God is THE KING OF ALL THE EARTH; sing praises with UNDERSTANDING. (8) GOD REIGNS OVER THE NATIONS; God sits on HIS HOLY THRONE. (9) The princes of the people have gathered together, THE PEOPLE of the GOD of ABRAHAM, for the SHIELDS of the EARTH belong to GOD; He is greatly EXALTED.) (Rom.3:13--For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to his SEED through the LAW, but through the RIGHTEOUNESS of FAITH.) (Gal. 3:29--And IF you are CHRIST’S, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.)
(Returning to Is.40:9--O ZION, You who bring GOOD TIDINGS, lift up Your voice with STRENGTH lift it up be NOT AFRAID: say to the cities of JUDAH, “BEHOLD YOUR GOD!” (10) Behold, the Lord God SHALL COME WITH A STRONG HAND, and HIS ARM SHALL RULE FOR HIM, behold, HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (11) He will FEED HIS FLOCK LIKE A SHEPHERD; He will gather THE LAMBS with HIS ARM, and CARRY them in HIS BOSOM, and gently lead those who are with young.) (Is.62:11--Indeed the Lord has PROCLAIMED to THE END OF THE WORLD: “Say to the DAUGHTER of ZION, SURELY YOUR SALVATION IS COMING; behold, HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them THE HOLY PEOPLE, the REDEEMED of the LORD; and you shall be CALLED SOUGHT OUT, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN.)
(Is.49:14--But ZION said, “THE LORD HAS FORSAKEN ME, and MY LORD has FORGOTTEN ME. (15) Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely THEY MAY FORGET, yet I WILL NOT FORGET YOU. (16) See, I have you INSCRIBED YOU ON THE PALMS OF MY HANDS; your walls are CONTINUALLY before Me. (17) Your sons shall make haste; Your DESTROYERS and those who laid you waste shall GO AWAY from you. (18) Lift up your eyes, look around and see; ALL THESE GATHER together and COME to you. AS IS LIVE, says the Lord, YOU SHALL SURELY CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH THEM ALL AS AN ORNAMENT, and bind them on you AS A BRIDE DOES. (Skipping ahead to verse 22--Behold, I WILL LIFT MY HAND IN AN OATH TO THE NATIONS, and set up MY STANDARD for the peoples; THEY SHALL BRING YOUR SONS IN THEIR ARMS, and your DAUGHTERS shall be CARRIED ON THEIR SHOULDERS; (25) Even the captives of the MIGHTY shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; FOR I WILL CONTEND WITH HIM WHO CONTENDS WITH YOU and I WILL SAVE YOUR CHILDREN.)
(Returning to Ps.74:3--Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations. THE ENEMY HAS DAMAGED EVERYTHING IN THE SANCTUARY. (4) Your enemies roar in the midst of YOUR MEETING PLACE. They set up THEIR BANNERS for SIGNS. (9) We do NOT see our SIGNS; There is NO LONGER ANY PROPHET nor is there any among us who knows HOW LONG. (10) O God, how long will the ADVERSARY reproach? (Returning to Ps.94:10--Will the ENEMY blaspheme Your name FOREVER? (11) Why do You WITHDRAW Your hand, EVEN YOUR RIGHT HAND? (12) For GOD IS MY KING WORKING SALVATION IN THE MIDST OF THE EARTH.)
Heb.1:13--But to which of the angels has He ever said: SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, till I make YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. (14) Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth TO MINISTER FOR THOSE WHO WILL INHERIT SALVATION. (Looking back at verse 5--For to which of the angels did He ever say: YOU ARE MY SON TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU? (Heb.5:5--So also Christ did not GLORIFY HIMSELF to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.) (Ps.2:--Why do the nations RAGE; and the people plot a VAIN thing? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying, (3) Let us BREAK Their BONDS IN PIECES and CAST AWAY Their CORDS FROM US. (4) He who sits in the heavens shall laugh, the Lord shall hold them in derision. (5) Then He shall SPEAK to them in HIS WRATH, and DISTRESS THEM in HIS DEEP DISPLEASURE. ( 1 Thess. 5:9--For GOD DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) (Returning to Ps.2:6-- Yet I have set My KING on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me. YOU ARE MY SON TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for Your POSSESSION.)
(Returning to Heb.5:6--As He also says in another place YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.) (Ps.110:1--The Lord said to my Lord, SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, till I make YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. (2) The Lord shall send the ROD OF YOUR STRENGTH out of ZION, RULE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR ENEMIES! (4) The Lord HAS SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT, YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.) (Ps.68:28--Your God has COMMANDED YOUR STRENGTH; Strengthen, O God, what you have done for us. (29) Because of YOUR TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM, kings will bring presents to You. (25,b) The GOD of ISRAEL is He who give STRENGTH and POWER TO HIS PEOPLE)
(Returning to Ps. 95:3--For the Lord is the GREAT GOD, and the GREAT KING above all gods. (7) For He is our God, and WE ARE THE PEOPLE of HIS PASTURE, and the SHEEP of HIS HAND. TODAY, if you will, HEAR HIS VOICE; Do NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS as in THE REBELLION, and in THE DAY OF TRIAL in the wilderness, (9) when your fathers TESTED Me, though they SAW MY WORK. (Ps.75:1--We give THANKS to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your WONDEROUS WORKS DECLARE THAT YOUR NAME IS NEAR. (2) When I choose the PROPER TIME I WILL JUDGE UPRIGHTLY. (Pro.2:21--For the UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN IN IT. (31) But the WICKED will be CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH, and the UNFAITHFULL will be UPROOTED FROM IT.) (Matt.15:13--Every PLANT which My heavenly FATHER has NOT PLANTED will be UPROOTED. (Ps.37:18--The Lord knows the days of the UPRIGHT, and their INHERITANCE shall be FOREVER. (22 For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF. (27) Depart from EVIL and do GOOD; and DWELL FOREVERMORE. (28) For the Lord LOVES JUSTICE, and does not FORSAKE His SAINTS ; they are preserved FOREVER, but the DESCENDANTS of the WICKED shall be CUT OFF. (29) The RIGHTEOUS SHALL INHERIT THE LAND and DWELL IN IT FOREVER.)
(Jere 32:41--Yes, I will REJOICE over them to do them GOOD and I will assuredly PLANT THEM IN THIS LAND, (Promise land?) with ALL MY HEART and with all MY SOUL. (42) For thus says the Lord: Just as I have brought ALL THIS CALAMITY on THIS PEOPLE, SO I WILL BRING ON THEM ALL THE GOOD THAT I HAVE PROMISED THEM.) (Jere.18:15--Because MY PEOPLE have FORGOTTEN ME, they have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to STUMBLE in THEIR WAYS, from the ANCIENT PATHS, to walk in PATHWAYS and not on a HIGHWAY. (17) I WILL SCATTER THEM as with an east wind before the enemy; I WILL SHOW THEM THE BACK and NOT THE FACE in the DAY OF THEIR CALAMITY; (Is.45:21--TELL and BRING FORTH YOUR CASE: Yes, let them take counsel together. WHO HAS DECLARED THIS FROM ANCIENT TIME? Have not I, the Lord? AND THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BESIDES ME, A just God and a SAVIOR; there is NONE besides ME. (22) LOOK to ME, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD, and there is NO OTHER.)
(Ps.78:32--In spite of this THEY STILL SINNED, and DID NOT BELIEVE IN HIS WONDEROUS WORKS. (33) Therefore their days He consumed in FUTILITY, and their YEARS in FEAR.) (Ps.66:3--Say to God “HOW AWESOME ARE YOUR WORKS! Through the GREATNESS of YOUR POWER YOUR ENEMIES SHALL SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO YOU. (4) ALL THE EARTH SHALL WORSHIP YOU and sing PRAISES to YOU.(7) He RULES BY HIS POWER FOREVER; His EYES OBSERVE THE NATIONS;) (Ps.111:6--He has declared to HIS PEOPLE the POWER OF HIS WORKS, IN GIVING THEM THE HERITAGE OF THE NATIONS.) (Returning to Heb.3:10--For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, IT IS A PEOPLE WHO GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEARTS, and they DO NOT KNOW MY WAYS. (11) So I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST. (1 Thess.4:9--For God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) (Pro.11:23--The DESIRE of the RIGHTEOUS is only GOOD, but the EXPECTATION of the WICKED is WRATH.) (Ps.132:8--ARISE, O Lord, to YOUR RESTING PLACE, You and the ARK of Your STRENGTH. (13) For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION; He has DESIRED IT FOR HIS HABITATION; (14) THIS is MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER; HERE I WILL DWELL for I have DESIRED it.)
(Ps.43:3--Oh, send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to YOUR HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.)(Ps.2:6--Yet I have set My king on My HOLY HILL of ZION.) (Acts 7:47--But SOLOMON BUILT HIM A HOUSE. (48) However, the MOST HIGH does NOT DWELL IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS, as the prophet says: (49) HEAVEN is my THRONE, and EARTH My FOOTSTOOL. What HOUSE will you BUILD FOR ME? Says the Lord, Or WHAT IS THE PLACE OF MY REST?) (1Kings 8:27--But will GOD INDEED DWELL ON THE EARTH? Behold, HEAVEN and the HEAVEN of HEAVENS CANNOT CONTAIN YOU. How much less this TEMPLE which I HAVE BUILT.)
Isaiah 30:18--Therefore the Lord will WAIT, that He may be GRACIOUS to You; and therefore He will be exalted that He MAY HAVE MERCY on you. (James 2:13,b--MERCY TRUIMPHS OVER JUDGMENT.) (Returning to Isaiah 30:18--For the Lord is a God of JUSTICE, blessed are all those WHO WAIT FOR HIM. (Ps.37:9--For EVILDOERS shall be CUT OFF; but THOSE who WAIT ON THE LORD, THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) (Returning to Is.30:19--For the people SHALL DWELL IN ZION at JERUSALEM; (Ps. 133:13--For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION; He has DESIRED it for HIS HABITATION; (14) THIS is MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER; HERE I will DWELL , for I have DESIRED IT.) (Heb.4:1--Therefore, since a PROMISE REMAINS of ENTERING HIS REST, let us fear LEST ANY OF YOU SEEM TO COME SHORT OF IT.) (Pro.13:12--HOPE deferred makes the heart sick, but when the DESIRE COMES, it IS A TREE OF LIFE.)
(Isaiah 45:11--Thus says the Lord, THE HOLY ONE of ISRAEL, and his Maker: “ASK ME OF THINGS TO COME CONCERNING MY SONS; and CONCERNING THE WORK of MY HANDS, you COMMAND ME. (Is.29:22--Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed ABRAHAM, concerning the house of JACOB: ) (Ps24:6--THIS is JACOB, the generation of those WHO SEEK HIM, who seek YOUR FACE.) (Returning to Is.29:22--JACOB shall NOT now BE ASHAMED, nor shall his FACE GROW PALE; (23) But when he sees HIS CHILDREN, THE WORK OF MY HANDS, IN HIS MIDST, They will HALLOW MY NAME, and HALLOW the HOLY ONE of JACOB, and FEAR the GOD of ISRAEL. (Luke11:2---So He said to them, “When you pray say: Our Father in heaven, HALLOWED be Your name. YOUR KINGDOM COME. YOUR WILL BE DONE on EARTH as it is in heaven (Heb.10:7--Then I said, ‘Behold, I HAVE COME IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK it is written of me--TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.) (Ps.40:7--Then I said, “Behold, I come IN THE SCROLL of THE BOOK it is written of me, (8) I DELIGHT to do YOUR WILL, O MY GOD, and Your law is within my heart. (9) I have proclaimed the GOOD NEWS of RIGHTEOUSNESS IN the GREAT CONGREGATION.
(Ps.22:25--My PRAISE shall be of You IN THE GREAT CONGREGATION; I will pay MY VOWS before those who FEAR Him. (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN to the LORD, and all the FAMILIES of the NATIONS shall WORSHIP before YOU. (28) FOR THE KINGDOM IS THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.) (Returning to Luke 11:3--GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.) (John 6:32,b--but My Father gives you the TRUE BREAD from HEAVEN. (33) For THE BREAD of GOD is He who comes down from heaven and gives LIFE to THE WORLD.) (JACOB’S name, the one who seeks God’s face is changed to ISRAEL in Gen.32:28--And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called JACOB, but ISRAEL; for you have struggled with GOD and with MEN, and have PREVAILED.) Returning to Is.29:24--These also who ERRED IN SPIRIT WILL COME TO UNDERSTANDING, and those who MURMURED will LEARN DOCTRINE.
(Is.28:7--But they also have ERRED through WINE, and through INTOXICATING DRINK are OUT OF THE WAY; the PRIEST and THE PROPHET have ERRED through INTOXICATING DRINK, they are SWALLOWED UP BY WINE. They are OUT OF THE WAY through intoxicating drink; They ERR in VISION, they STUMBLE in JUDGMENT. (Ps.25:9--The HUMBLE He guides in justice, and the HUMBLE HE TEACHES HIS WAY. (12) Who is the man that FEARS the Lord? Him SHALL HE TEACH in THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) (Is.29:9-Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They ARE DRUNK, but NOT with WINE, they STAGGER, but NOT with intoxicating DRINK. (10) For the Lord has poured out on you THE SPIRIT OF DEEP SLEEP. And has closed your EYES, namely the PROPHETS; and He has covered your heads, namely, the SEERS.)
(Rom.11:8--Just as it is written: God has given them a SPIRIT of STUPOR, EYES that they SHOULD NOT SEE and EARS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT HEAR., TO THIS VERY DAY. (Pro. 19:14--SLOTHFULNESS casts one into a DEEP SLEEP, and an idle person will suffer HUNGER.) (Pro.18:9--He who is SLOTHFUL in his WORK is a BROTHER to him who is a GREAT DESTROYER.) (Is.29:12--Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people DRAW NEAR TO ME WITH THEIR MOUTHS and HONOR ME WITH THEIR LIPS, but HAVE REMOVED THEIR HEARTS FAR FROM ME, and their FEAR toward ME is TAUGHT BY THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN. (16) Therefore, behold, I will again do a MARVELOUS WORK among this people. A MARVELOUS WORK and a WONDER; for the WISDOM of their WISEMEN SHALL PERISH. And the UNDERSTANDING of their PRUDENT MEN SHALL BE HIDDEN.
(1 Corin.1:24--But to those who are CALLED, both JEWS and GREEKS, Christ the POWER of GOD and the WISDOM of GOD. (25) Because the FOOLISHNESS of GOD is WISER than MEN, and the WEAKNESS of GOD is STRONGER than MEN. (26) For you see your CALLING, brethren, that NOT MANY WISE according to the flesh, not many MIGHTY, NOT many NOBLE are called. (27) But God has CHOSEN the FOOLISH THINGS of the world to PUT TO SHAME the WISE, and God has CHOSEN the WEAK THINGS of the world to PUT TO SHAME the things which are MIGHTY. (30--But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us WISDOM from GOD--and RIGHTEOUSNESS and SANCTIFICATION and REDEMPTION.--
(Jere.25:32--WAIL SHEPHERDS and CRY! Roll about in the ashes, YOU LEADERS of THE FLOCK! For the days of your SLAUGHTER and your DISPERSIONS are FULFILLED; YOU shall FALL like a precious vessel. (35) And the SHEPHERDS WILL HAVE NO WAY TO FLEE NOR THE LEADERS OF THE FLOCK to ESCAPE. (36) A voice of the cry of the SHEPHERD’S and a wailing of THE LEADERS to THE FLOCK will be HEARD. For the Lord has plundered their pasture, (37) and the PEACEFUL habitations are CUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE FIERCE ANGER OF THE LORD.) (Jere.10:21--For the SHEPHERDS have become DULL-HEARTED, and HAVE NOT SOUGHT THE LORD; Therefore they shall NOT prosper, and ALL their FLOCKS shall be SCATTERED.)
Is.28:14--Therefore HEAR the WORD OF THE LORD, you scornful men, who rule this people who are in JERUSALEM. (Ps.135:21--Blessed be the Lord out of ZION, who DWELLS in JERUSALEM.) Returning to Is. 28:15--Because you have said, “We have made a COVENANT WITH DEATH, and with SHEOL we are IN AGREEMENT. When the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE PASSES THROUGH it will NOT COME TO US, for we have made LIES our REFUGE, and under FALSEHOOD we have HIDDEN OURSELVES. (16) Therefore thus says the Lord God: “BEHOLD I lay in ZION a STONE for a FOUNDATION, a TRIED STONE, a precious CORNERSTONE, a SURE FOUNDATION; whoever believes will not act hastily.) (Eph.2:20--having been BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION of the APOSTLES and PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.) (21) In whom the WHOLE BUILDING BEING JOINED TOGETHIER, GROWS INTO A HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD, (22) In whom you also are being BUILT TOGETHER for a HABITATION OF GOD IN THE SPIRIT.) (Rom.9:31--but ISRAEL, pursuing the law of RIGHTEOUSNESS, has NOT attained to the law of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (32) WHY? Because they DID NOT SEEK IT BY FAITH, but as it were, by THE WORKS OF THE LAW. For THEY STUMBLED at that STUMBLING STONE and ROCK of OFFENSE. (33) As it is written: “Behold, I LAY IN ZION a STUMBLING STONE and a ROCK of OFFENSE, and whoever BELIEVES on HIM will by no means be put to SHAME.)
(Is.8:13--The Lord of hosts, HIM you shall HALLOW; let HIM be your FEAR; and let HIM be your DREAD. (14) HE WILL BE AS A SANCTUARY, but a STONE of STUMBLING and a ROCK of OFFENSE to BOTH the houses of ISRAEL, as a trap and a SNARE to the inhabitants of JERUSALEM. (15) and many among them shall STUMBLE; they shall FALL and be broken, be SNARED and TAKEN. (16) BIND UP THE TESTIMONY, SEAL THE LAW among my DISCIPLES. (17) And I will wait on the Lord, WHO HIDES HIS FACE from the house of JACOB; and I WILL HOPE IN HIM. (18) Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! WE ARE FOR SIGNS and WONDERS in ISRAEL from the LORD of HOSTS, who DWELLS IN MOUNT ZION. (19) And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter, “SHOULD NOT A PEOPLE SEEK THEIR GOD? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to THIS WORD, it is because there is NO LIGHT in them.)
(Deut.7:11--Therefore you shall KEEP the COMMANDMENT, the STATUTES, and the JUDGMENTS which I COMMAND you TODAY, to OBSERVE them. (12) Then it shall COME TO PASS, because you LISTEN to THESE JUDGMENTS, and KEEP and DO THEM, that the Lord your God will keep with you the COVENANT and the MERCY which He SWORE to your FATHERS. (13) And He will LOVE you and BLESS you (Ps.37:22--For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF.) (Returning to
Deut.7:14--and MULTIPLY you; He will also BLESS THE FRUIT OF YOUR WOMB and the FRUIT of your LAND, your grain and your new wine and your oil. (14) You shall be BLESSED ABOVE ALL PEOPLES; there shall NOT be a MALE or FEMALE BARREN AMONG YOU or among your livestock. (15) And the Lord will TAKE AWAY from you ALL SICKNESS, and will AFFLICT you with NONE of the TERRIBLE DISEASES of EGYPT which you HAVE KNOWN, but will lay them on all those who hate you.) (Deut.4:4--But you who HELD FAST TO THE LORD YOUR GOD are ALIVE TODAY, EVERY ONE OF YOU. (5) Surely I have taught you STATUTES and JUDGMENTS, just as the Lord my God COMMANDED me, that you should ACT according to them in the land WHICH YOU GO TO POSSESS. (6) Therefore be careful to OBSERVE them; for THIS is YOUR WISDOM and your UNDERSTANDING in the sight of the peoples who will HEAR all these STATUTES and say, Surely this GREAT NATION is a WISE and UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE.)
(Returning to Mal.4:2--But to you who FEAR MY NAME THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL ARISE WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS. (4) Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE the COMING of THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And he will TURN the HEARTS of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the HEARTS of the CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a CURSE.)
(Jere.25:32--WAIL SHEPHERDS and CRY! Roll about in the ashes, YOU LEADERS of THE FLOCK! For the days of your SLAUGHTER and your DISPERSIONS are FULFILLED; YOU shall FALL like a precious vessel. (35) And the SHEPHERDS WILL HAVE NO WAY TO FLEE, nor THE LEADERS OF THE FLOCK to ESCAPE. (36) A voice of the cry of the SHEPHERD’S and a wailing of THE LEADERS to THE FLOCK will be HEARD. For the Lord has plundered their pasture, (37) and the PEACEFUL habitations are CUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE FIERCE ANGER OF THE LORD.) (Jere.10:21--For the SHEPHERDS have become DULL-HEARTED, and HAVE NOT SOUGHT THE LORD; Therefore they shall NOT prosper, and ALL their FLOCKS shall be SCATTERED.) (Ps.69:35--For God WILL SAVE ZION and BUILD the CITIES of JUDAH, that they may dwell there and possess it. (36) Also THE DESCENDANTS of His servants shall INHERIT IT, and those who love His name shall DWELL IN IT.)
Is.33:20--LOOK UPON ZION, the CITY of our APPOINTED FEASTS; Your eyes will see JERUSALEM a QUIET HABITATION; a TABERNACLE that WILL NOT BE TAKEN DOWN; not one of its stakes will ever be removed; nor will any of its cords be broken. (21) But THERE the MAJESTIC LORD WILL BE FOR US. (22) For the Lord is our JUDGE, the Lord is our LAWGIVER, the Lord is our KING; HE WILL SAVE US. (24) And the inhabitant will NOT say, “I AM SICK.” The people who DWELL IN IT will be forgiven their iniquity.)
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Truth, as usual, Sharon! Thank you for your courage and fearlessness in publishing it.
Whoa, Sharon! What a warning for us in our time. "Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house that he may set his nest on high..." Boy that describes so many in our government and society today. Great Work! Dennis
God bless you, Sharon, for listening to God's guidance as you wrote down His words! May we all build our "homes" (our lives) on God's foundation (His Word). As the old hymn says, "all else is sinking sand." Let us all remember that when we are weak, that is when God can work within us and give us the only true strength - HIS STRENGTH. And when we open our minds to hear HIS WISDOM, it's then that we can overcome the world and NOT rely on our own abilities which are of no value unless they come from Him. The Scriptures you have quoted here are guidelines for LIFE that God Himself has given to us. May we all obey! And rejoice! Love, always, Peggy