The Lord's Portion Is His People Jacob Is The Place of His Inheritance
by Sharon McClean
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Ps. 24:3—WHO may ascend into the HILL of the LORD? Or WHO may stand in His holy place? (4) He who has CLEAN hands and a PURE heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. (5) He shall receive BLESSINGS from the LORD, and RIGHTEOUSNESS from the God of HIS SALVATION. (6) This is JACOB, THE GENERATION OF THOSE WHO SEEK HIM, WHO SEEK YOUR FACE. 1 Peter 1:22—Since you have PURIFIED your SOULS in OBEYING the TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE of the BRETHREN, love one another fervently with a PURE HEART, (23) having been BORN AGAIN, not of CORRUPTIBLE seed but INCORRUPTIBLE, through THE WORD OF GOD which LIVES and ABIDES FOREVER, (24) because ALL flesh is GRASS, and all the glory of man as the flower of the field, the grass withers, and its flower falls away, (25) BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.
Is.40:5--The GLORY of the LORD shall be REVEALED, and ALL FLESH shall see it together; for THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HAS SPOKEN. (6) The voice said, Cry out! And he said, What shall I cry? ALL flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. (7) The grass withers, the flower fades, BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. (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, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, behold your God! Ps.14:5—For God IS WITH the GENERATION of THE RIGHTEOUS. (Pro.10:12—THE RIGHTEOUS shall NEVER be REMOVED, but the wicked will NOT inhabit the earth.) Returning to Ps 14:7--Oh that the SALVATION of ISRAEL would come out of ZION! When the Lord brings back the CAPTIVITY of HIS PEOPLE, let JACOB REJOICE and ISRAEL be GLAD.
Ps. 27:8—When you said, “SEEK MY FACE,” my heart said to you, “YOUR FACE, Lord, I will SEEK.” (Hosea 5:11—Ephraim (fruitful) is oppressed and broken in JUDGMENT, BECAUSE HE WILLINGLY WALKED BY HUMAN PRECEPT. (15) I will RETURN again to MY PLACE till they ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR OFFENSE. Then they will SEEK MY FACE; in their AFFLICTION they will diligently SEEK ME.) Pro. 16:14—As messengers of DEATH is the King’s WRATH, but A WISE MAN will APPEASE IT. (1 Thess. 5:9—For God DID NOT appoint us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our LORD Jesus Christ. (25) There is A WAY that SEEMS right to a man, but its END is the WAY OF DEATH) Returning to Pro.16:15--In the light of the King’s FACE is LIFE, and HIS FAVOR IS LIKE A CLOUD of the LATTER RAIN. (James 5:7—Therefore be PATIENT, brethren, UNTIL THE COMING of THE LORD. See how the FARMER WAITS for the PRECIOUS FRUIT of the EARTH, waiting patiently for it until he receives THE EARLY and THE LATTER RAIN.) Ps. 67:1—God be merciful to US and BLESS US and cause HIS FACE to SHINE upon US. (2) That YOUR WAY may be known on earth, YOUR SALVATION among ALL NATIONS.
(Ps.25:4--Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; (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) Ps. 105:3—Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice WHO SEEK THE LORD. (4) SEEK the LORD and HIS STRENGTH; (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.) Returning to Ps. 105:4--SEEK HIS FACE EVERMORE. (5) Remember His MARVELOUS WORKS which He has done, His WONDERS, and the JUDGMENTS of HIS MOUTH, (6) O seed of ABRAHAM His servant, YOU CHILDREN of JACOB, HIS CHOSEN ONES! (7) He is the LORD our GOD; HIS JUDGMENTS are in ALL THE EARTH. (8) He has REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT FOREVER, THE WORD WHICH HE COMMANDED FOR A THOUSAND GENERATIONS, (9) THE COVENANT which He made with ABRAHAM, and His oath to ISAAC, (10) and CONFIRMED it to JACOB for a statute, to ISRAEL for an EVERLASTING COVENANT.
Ps. 78:4—We will not HIDE them from their CHILDREN, telling to THE GENERATION TO COME the PRAISES of the LORD, (5) For He established a testimony in JACOB, and appointed A LAW in ISRAEL, which HE COMMANDED our fathers, THAT THEY SHOULD MAKE THEM KNOWN TO THEIR CHILDREN. (6) That THE GENERATION TO COME might know them. The children WHO WOULD BE BORN that they may ARISE and DECLARE THEM TO THEIR CHILDREN, (7) that they may set THEIR HOPE in GOD, and NOT FORGET the WORKS of GOD, but keep His COMMANDMENTS. (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. (Ps. 115:16—The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lords; but THE EARTH HE HAS GIVEN TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN.) (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.
Deut. 32:9—For the Lord’s portion is HIS PEOPLE; JACOB is the place of HIS INHERITANCE. Returning to Deut. 32:10--He encircled him, He INSTRUCTED him, He kept him as THE APPLE OF HIS EYE. (11) As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings. (12) So THE LORD ALONE LED HIM, and there was no foreign god with him. (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. (7) I will declare the DECREE: (The law) 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. (9) You shall BREAK THEM with a ROD of IRON; You shall DASH them in PIECES like a POTTER’S VESSEL.) 1 Sam.2:10—The ADVERSARIES of the LORD shall be BROKEN IN PIECES; from HEAVEN He will thunder AGAINST them, THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. He will give strength to His King, and EXALT the horn of His anointed.
Ps. 96:10—Say among the NATIONS, THE LORD REIGNS; The world is firmly established, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED; He shall JUDGE the peoples RIGHTEOUSLY. (13) For HE IS COMING, for He is coming to JUDGE THE EARTH. He shall JUDGE the world with RIGHTEOUSNESS, and the peoples with HIS TRUTH. Ps. 93:1—The LORD REIGNS, He is CLOTHED with MAJESTY; the Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with STRENGTH. SURELY THE WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE MOVED. (Ps. 18:43—You have DELIVERED me from the STRIVINGS of the PEOPLES; YOU HAVE MADE ME THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS; a people I have not known SHALL SERVE ME. (44) As soon as they hear of me: The foreigners SUBMIT to ME. (46) The LORD LIVES! Blessed be MY ROCK! Let the God of MY SALVATION be EXALTED. (47) It is GOD who AVENGES me, and SUBDUES the peoples UNDER ME; (48) HE DELIVERS me from my ENEMIES. You also lift me up ABOVE those who RISE AGAINST ME; (50) Great deliverance He gives to His King, and shows MERCY to HIS ANOINTED, to DAVID and HIS DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE.)
(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. (4) He WILL CHOOSE our INHERITANCE for US, the EXCELLENCE OF JACOB whom He LOVES. (5) God has gone up with a SHOUT, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. (6) Sing PRAISES to GOD, sing PRAISES! (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. Ps. 48:10—According to YOUR NAME, O God, so is YOUR PRAISE to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: Your RIGHT HAND is full of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) Let MOUNT ZION rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of YOUR JUDGMENTS. (12) Walk about ZION, and go all around her. Count her towers; (13) Mark well her bulwarks; Consider her palaces; THAT YOU MAY TELL IT TO THE GENERATION FOLLOWING. (14) FOR THIS IS GOD, OUR GOD FOREVER and EVER; He will be OUR GUIDE even to death.
Ps 74:1—O God, why have You cast us off FOREVER? Why does YOUR ANGER smoke against the SHEEP OF YOUR PASTURE? (2) 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. (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; (7) They have set fire to Your sanctuary; they have defiled the DWELLING PLACE of YOUR NAME to the GROUND. (8) They said in their hearts, “Let us DESTROY THEM ALTOGETHER, They have burned up ALL THE MEETING PLACES OF GOD IN THE LAND. (10) O God, how LONG with the ADVESARY REPROACH? Will the ENEMY blaspheme YOUR NAME FOREVER?
Is. 29:7—The multitude of all nations who fight against ARIEL, even all who FIGHT AGAINST HER and her FORTRESS, and DISTRESS her, shall be as a DREAM of a NIGHT vision. (8) It shall be as when a HUNGRY man dreams, and LOOK—HE EATS; but he AWAKES, and his soul is still EMPTY; Or as when a THIRSTY man dreams, and LOOK—HE DRINKS; but he AWAKES, and indeed HE IS FAINT; and his soul still craves. (Matt. 5:6—Blessed is the man who HUNGERS and THIRSTS after RIGHTEOUSNESS, for HE SHALL BE FILLED.) Returning to Is. 29:8—SO THE MULTITUDE OF ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE WHO FIGHT AGAINST MOUNT ZION. (13) 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 COMMANDMENT OF MEN, (14) Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, A MARVELOUS WORK and A WONDER; FOR THE WISDOM OF THEIR WISE MEN SHALL PERISH, and THE UNDERSTANDING of their PRUDENT men shall be HIDDEN. (22) Therefore thus says the Lord, who REDEEMED ABRAHAM, concerning the house of JACOB: JACOB shall not now be ASHAMED, nor shall his face now 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. (24) These also WHO ERRED IN SPIRIT will COME TO UNDERSTANDING, and those who murmured WILL LEARN DOCTRINE.
Is.31:4—As a lion roars, and a young lion over his prey (when a multitude of shepherds is summoned against Him He will not be afraid of their voice nor be disturbed by their noise,) so the Lord of hosts will come down TO FIGHT for MOUNT ZION and for its HILL. (5) Like BIRDS flying about, (I’ll fly away O glory?) so will the Lord of hosts defend JERUSALEM, defending, He will also DELIVER it: passing over, He will PRESERVE it.
1 Corin. 1:19—For it is written: I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM of the WISE, and BRING TO NOTHING the UNDERSTANDING of the PRUDENT. (27) But GOD has CHOSEN the FOOLISH things of the WORLD to PUT TO SHAME THE WISE, and God HAS CHOSEN the WEAK THING of the WORLD to put to SHAME the THINGS WHICH ARE MIGHTY, (28) and the BASE things of the WORLD and the things which are DESPISED GOD HAS CHOSEN, and the things which ARE NOT, to bring to NOTHING the things that ARE, (29) that NO flesh should GLORY in HIS PRESENCE. (30) But of Him you are in CHRIST JESUS, who became for us WISDOM FROM GOD—AND RIGHTEOUSNESS and SANCTIFICATION and REDEMPTION.
Is. 41:8—But you ISRAEL, are My servant, JACOB, whom I HAVE CHOSEN, the DESENDANTS OF ABRAHAM MY FRIEND, (9) you whom I have taken from THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you. You are MY SERVANT, I HAVE CHOSEN YOU and have NOT cast you away. Is. 49:3—And He said to Me, YOU ARE MY SERVANT, O ISRAEL, in whom I WILL BE GLORIFIED. (4) Then I said, I have labored in VAIN, I have spent my STRENGTH for NOTHING and in VAIN; Yet surely my just reward is with the LORD, and MY WORK with MY GOD. (5) And now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be HIS SERVANT, to BRING JACOB BACK TO HIM, so that ISRAEL is GATHERED TO HIM. (6) Indeed He says, it is too small a thing that YOU should be MY SERVANT to RAISE UP THE TRIBES OF JACOB, and to RESTORE THE PRESERVED ONES OF ISRAEL; I WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (8) Thus says the Lord: In an ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD You, and in the day of SALVATION I have HELPED You; I will preserve You and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT to the PEOPLE, to RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; (9) That You may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth, to those who are in DARKENESS, ‘Show yourselves. (10) They shall neither HUNGER nor THIRST, neither heat nor sun shall strike them; For He who has MERCY on them will LEAD THEM even by the SPRINGS OF WATER HE WILL GUIDE THEM. (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 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 WAIST shall go away from you. (18) Lift up your eyes, look around and see; all these gather together and come to you. AS I LIVE, says the LORD, “YOU SHALL SURELY CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH THEM ALL AS AN ORNAMENT, and BIND THEM ON YOU AS A BRIDE DOES.
Rev. 21:9—“Come I will show you the BRIDE the LAMB’S WIFE.” (10) And he carried me away in THE SPIRIT to a great and high mountain, and showed me the GREAT CITY, THE HOLY JERUSALEM, descending out of heaven from GOD. Rev. 21:2—Then I John saw the HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM, coming down out of heaven from GOD, prepared as a BRIDE, ADORNED for HER HUSBAND. (Jere. 3:14—RETURN, O BACKSLIDING CHILDREN, says the Lord, for I AM MARRIED to YOU. I will take you one from a city and two from a family, and I WILL BRING YOU TO ZION.) Is.61:10—I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God. For He has CLOTHED ME with the GARMENTS of SALVATION, He has COVERED ME WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, as a BRIDEGROOM decks himself with ORNAMENTS, and as a BRIDE adorns herself with her JEWELS. (11) For as the earth brings forth its BUD, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the LORD God will cause RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS. Is. 27:6—ISRAEL shall blossom and BUD, and FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD WITH FRUIT.
Is. 62:1—For ZION’S SAKE I will NOT hold My PEACE, and for JERUSALEM’S SAKE I WILL NOT REST, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as brightness, and her SALVATION as A LAMP that BURNS. (7) And GIVE HIM NO REST TILL HE ESTABLISHES and TILL HE MAKES JERUSALEM A PRAISE IN THE EARTH. Ps. 13213—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. 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. 12:32—What will one then answer the messengers of the NATIONS? THAT the LORD has FOUNDED ZION, and the poor of HIS PEOPLE shall take REFUGE IN IT. (Is. 16:19—O Lord, my strength and my fortress, MY REFUGE in the day of AFFLICTION, the GENTILES shall come to You from the ENDS OF THE EARTH and say, “SURELY OUR FATHERS HAVE INHERITED LIES, WORTHLESSNESS and UNPROFITABLE THINGS.) Is. 28:16—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.
1 Peter 2 6—Therefore it is ALSO contained in SCRIPTURE, “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who believes on HIM will by no means be put to SHAME. (2 Tim.2:15--STUDY to SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, a WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. (KJV) Returning to 1 Peter 2:7--Therefore, to you who BELIEVE, He is precious; but to those who are DISOBEDIENT, “THE STONE WHICH THE BULDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (Jere. 51:25—Behold, I am AGAINST you, O DESTROYING MOUNTAIN, who DESTROYS ALL THE EARTH, says the Lord. And I will stretch out My hand AGAINST you, roll you down from the rocks, and make you A BURNT MOUNTAIN. (26) They SHALL NOT TAKE FROM YOU A STONE FOR A CORNER NOR A STONE FOR A FOUNDATION, but you shall be desolate forever, says the Lord. (Heb. 12:18—For you have NOT come to the MOUNTAIN that may BE TOUCHED and that BURNED with FIRE, and to blackness and darkness and tempest. (23) But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of the LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels, (23) to the general assembly and CHURCH of the FIRSTBORN who are registered in heaven, to GOD the JUDGE of ALL, to the spirits of just men made perfect. (24) TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR of THE NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. (Abel sacrificed a lamb, Christ was the LAMB that was sacrificed.)
Heb. 8:10—For THIS is THE COVENANT that I will make with the house of ISRAEL after those days says the Lord: I will put MY LAWS in their MINDS and WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, and THEY SHALL be MY PEOPLE. (11) NONE of THEM shall TEACH HIS NEIGHBOR and NONE HIS BROTHER, saying, KNOW THE LORD, for ALL shall KNOW ME, from the LEAST of them to the GREATEST of them. (12) For I WILL BE MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and THEIR SINS, and THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (13) In THAT He says, “A NEW COVENANT, He has made the first OBSOLETE and GROWING OLD is READY TO VANISH AWAY. 2 Corin. 5:17—Therefore, if anyone is IN CHRIST He is a NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY; behold, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. (18) Now ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, who has RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has GIVE US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION, (19) That is, THAT GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and has COMMITTED TO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION. (Hab.3:2—O Lord, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O Lord REVIVE YOUR WORK in the MIDST of THE YEARS! In the MIDST of THE YEARS MAKE IT KNOWN; in WRATH remember MERCY.)
Jere. 31:31—Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT with the house of ISRAEL and with the house of JUDAH—(32) NOT according to THE COVENANT that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of EGYPT, MY COVENANT which THEY BROKE, THOUGH I WAS A HUSBAND TO THEM, says the Lord. (33) But THIS is THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL after those days, says the Lord: I WILL PUT MY LAW IN THEIR MINDS, and WRITE IT ON THEIR HEARTS; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD and THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. (34) NO MORE shall every man TEACH HIS NEIGHBOR, and every MAN HIS BROTHER, saying KNOW THE LORD, for they ALL shall KNOW ME from the LEAST of them to the GREATEST of them says the Lord. For I WILL FORGIVE their INIQUITY, and THEIR SIN I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. Jere. 32:37—Behold, I will GATHER them out of all countries where I have driven them in MY ANGER, in MY FURY, and in GREAT WRATH; I will BRING THEM BACK to THIS PLACE, and I will cause them to dwell SAFELY. (38) They shall be MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD; (39) then I will give them ONE HEART and ONE WAY, that they may FEAR ME FOREVER, for THE GOOD OF THEM and THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM. (40) And I WILL MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH THEM, that I WILL NOT TURN AWAY FROM DOING THEM GOOD; but I WILL PUT MY FEAR IN THEIR HEARTS SO THAT THEY WILL NOT DEPART FROM ME. (41) Yes, I WILL REJOICE OVER THEM TO DO THEM GOOD, and I WILL ASSUREDLY PLANT THEM IN THE LAND, WITH ALL MY HEART and WITH ALL MY SOUL. (42) For thus says the Lord: Just as I have brought ALL THIS GREAT CALAMITY on THIS PEOPLE, so I WILL BRING ON THEM ALL THE GOOD THAT I HAVE PROMISED THEM.
Jere. 31:28—And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to PLUCK UP, to BREAK DOWN, to THROW DOWN, to DESTROY, and to AFFLICT, so I WILL WATCH OVER THEM TO BUILD and TO PLANT, says the Lord. Jere. 24:6—For I will SET MY EYES ON THEM FOR GOOD, and I WILL BRING THEM BACK TO THIS LAND; (Promise land?) I WILL BUILD THEM and NOT PULL THEM DOWN, and I WILL PLANT THEM and not PLUCK THEM UP. (7) Then I WILL GIVE THEM A HEART TO KNOW ME, that I AM THE LORD: and THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, for THEY SHALL RETURN TO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. (Pro.2:21—For THE UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND, and THE BLAMELESS will REMAIN in IT; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED FROM IT.) Matt. 22:36—“TEACHER which is the GREAT COMMANDMENT IN THE LAW? (37) Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD with ALL YOUR HEART, with ALL YOUR SOUL, and with ALL YOUR MIND. (38) This is the FIRST and GREAT COMMANDMENT. (39) And the SECOND is LIKE IT: you shall LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. (40) On THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS hang all THE LAW and the PROPHETS.
Is. 61:1—The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the LORD has ANOINTED Me to PREACH GOOD TIDINGS to THE POOR; He has SENT ME to HEAL the BROKENHEARTED, to PROCLAIM LIBERTY to the CAPTIVES, and THE OPENING OF THE PRISON to those who are BOUND; (2) To proclaim the ACCEPTABLE YEAR of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our god; to COMFORT all who MOURN in ZION, to give them BEAUTY for ASHES, the OIL of JOY for MOURNING, the GARMENT of PRAISE for the SPIRIT of HEAVINESS, THE PLANTING OF THE LORD, THAT He may be GLORIFIED.
Zeph. 3:14—Sing, O daughter of ZION! Shout, O ISRAEL! Be glad and rejoice with ALL YOUR HEART, O daughter of JERUSALEM! (15) The Lord has taken away your JUDGMENTS, He has CAST OUT YOUR ENEMY, THE KING of ISRAEL, The LORD IS IN YOUR MIDST: You shall see DISASTER NO MORE. (16) In that day it shall be said to JERUSALEM: do not fear; ZION, let NOT YOUR HANDS BE WEAK. (17) The Lord your God IS IN YOUR MIDST, the MIGHTY ONE, will SAVE; He will rejoice over you with GLADNESS, He WILL QUIET YOU IN HIS LOVE, He WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH SINGING. (18) I will gather those who SORROW OVER THE APPOINTED ASSEMBLY, who are among you, to whom ITS REPROACH IS A BURDEN. (19) Behold, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you, I WILL SAVE THE LAME, and GATHER THOSE WHO WERE DRIVEN OUT; I WILL APPOINT THEM FOR PRAISE and FAME in EVERY LAND WHERE THEY WERE PUT TO SHAME. (20) At THAT TIME I WILL BRING YOU BACK. Micah 5:3—Therefore He shall GIVE THEM UP, until the time that she who is IN LABOR has GIVEN BIRTH; He shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the MAJESTY of the name of the LORD HIS GOD; and they shall ABIDE, FOR NOW HE SHALL BE GREAT TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, (5) And THIS ONE SHALL BE PEACE.
(Is. 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. For the Lord is a GOD of JUSTICE; BLESSED are all those who WAIT for HIM. (Heb. 9:28—To those who eagerly WAIT for HIM HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART FROM SIN, FOR SALVATION.) Returning to Is. 30:19—For the people SHALL DWELL IN ZION at JERUSALEM. (Is. 52:7—How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who bring GOOD NEWS, who PROCLAIMS PEACE, who bring GLAD TIDING of GOOD THINGS! Who PROCLAIMS SALVATION, who says to ZION, YOUR GOD REIGNS! (8) Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voice they shall sing together, you waste places of JERUSALEM! For the Lord has COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE, He has REDEEMED JERUSALEM. (10) The Lord has made bare HIS HOLY ARM in the eyes of ALL THE NATIONS; and ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD.
Is. 10:22—For though your people, O ISRAEL, be as the sand of the sea, yet a REMNANT of them WILL RETURN; THE DESTRUCTION DECREED SHALL OVERFLOW WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS. (23) For the Lord God of hosts will make a determined END in the midst of the land. (24) Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O MY PEOPLE, who DWELL IN ZION, do not be afraid of the ASSYRIAN. He shall strike you with a ROD and lift us his staff AGAINST you, in the manner of EGYPT. Is. 10:22—WOE to ASSYRIA, the ROD of MY ANGER and THE STAFF in whose hand is My INDIGNATION. (7) Yet HE DOES NOT MEAN SO, nor does his heart THINK SO; but it is in HIS HEART to DESTROY, and CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS. Jere. 46:7—WHO is THIS coming UP like A FLOOD, whose waters move like the rivers? (8) EGYPT rises up like a FLOOD, and its waters move like the rivers; and he says, I WILL GO UP and COVER THE EARTH, I WILL DESTROY THE CITY and ITS INHABITANTS. Is. 59:19—When the ENEMY comes in like A FLOOD THE SPIRIT of THE LORD will lift up a STANDARD AGAINST HIM. (20) The Redeemer will come to ZION, and to those who turn from transgression in JACOB, says the Lord. (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.
1 Thess. 5:6—Therefore let us NOT SLEEP, as OTHERS DO, but let us WATCH and be SOBER. (7) For those who sleep, sleep at NIGHT and those who GET DRUNK are DRUNK at NIGHT. (Is. 29:9—Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are DRUNK, 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.) Returning to 1 Thess. 5:9-- But let us who are of the day be SOBER putting on the breastplate of FAITH and LOVE, and as a HELMET the HOPE OF SALVATION. (1 Peter 1:13—Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, and be SOBER, and rest YOUR HOPE FULLY UPON THE GRACE that it to be brought to you at THE REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST. (9) For GOD DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH but TO OBTAIN SALVATION through our LORD Jesus Christ. ( 1 Peter 5:8—Be SOBER, be vigilant; because your adversary THE DEVIL walks about like a ROARING LION, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR. (9) RESIST him, STEADFAST in THE FAITH, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your BROTHERHOOD IN THE WORLD. 1 John 3:8—He who sins is of the DEVIL, for the DEVIL sinned from the beginning. FOR THIS PURPOSE THE SON OF GOD WAS MANIFESTED, that he MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS O THE DEVIL.
Zech 3:1—Then he showed me JOSHUA the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and SATAN standing at his RIGHT HAND to OPPOSE him. (2) And THE LORD SAID TO SATAN, THE LORD REBUKE YOU SATAN! The lord WHO HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM REBUKE YOU! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire? Ps. 102:18—This will be written for THE GENERATION to COME, that a people YET TO BE CREATED MAY PRAISE THE LORD (19) For He looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from HEAVEN the LORD VIEWED THE EARTH, (20) to hear the groaning of the PRISONER, to LOOSE THOSE APPOINTED TO DEATH, (21) TO DECLARE THE NAME OF THE LORD IN ZION, and HIS PRAISE IN JERUSALEM, (22) When the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord. (23) He weakened my strength in the way; He shortened my days. (24) I said, ‘O MY GOD, DO NOT TAKE ME AWAY IN THE MIDST OF MY DAYS; YOUR YEARS ARE THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS. Hab. 3:2—O Lord, REVIVE YOUR WORK IN THE MIDST OF THE YEARS! In THE MIDST OF THE YEARS make it known: in WRATH REMEMBER MERCY. (James 2:13—For JUDGMENT is WITHOUT MERCY to the one who has SHOWN NO MERCY, MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT.
Ezekiel 22:30—So I SOUGHT for MAN among them who would make a WALL, and STAND IN THE GAP BEFORE ON BEHALF OF THE LAND, THAT I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT; but I FOUND NO ONE. (31) Therefore I have poured out my INDIGNATION on THEM. I have consumed them with THE FIRE OF MY WRATH; and I have RECOMPENSED THEIR DEEDS ON THEIR OWN HEADS, says the Lord God. 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; and HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, it sustains Him. (17) For He put on RIGHTEOUSNESS as a BREASTPLATE, and a HELMET of SALVATION ON HIS HEAD, (20) The REDEEMER will COME TO ZION, and to THOSE WHO TURN from TRANSGRESSION IN JACOB, say the Lord. (21) As for Me, says the Lord, THIS IS MY COVENANT with them: MY SPIRIT who is UPON YOU, and MY WORDS which I have PUT IN YOUR MOUTH, shall NOT depart from YOUR MOUTH, NOR SHALL they depart from the MOUTH of YOUR DESCENDANTS, NOR from the MOUTH of YOUR DESCENDANTS’ DECENDANTS, says the Lord, from THIS TIME and FOREVERMORE. Ps.22:23—You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of JACOB, GLORIFY HIM, and fear Him, all you offspring of ISRAEL.(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.
Rom.4:13—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 righteousness of FAITH. Gal.3:29—And if you are Christ’s, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S seed, and HEIRS according to the PROMISE. Rom. 9:6—But it is not that the WORD OF GOD has taken NO EFFECT, for they are NOT all Israel who are of Israel, (8) That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are NOT the children of God, but the children of the PROMISE are counted as the seed. (11) for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that THE PURPOSE of God according to ELECTION might stand, NOT of works but of HIM who calls. (16) So then it is not of him who WILLS, nor of him who RUNS, but of GOD who SHOWS MERCY. Rom8:16—The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (17) and if children, then HEIRS—HEIRS of GOD and JOINT HEIRS with CHRIST. Luke 1:54—He has HELPED His servant ISRAEL, in REMEMBRANCE OF HIS MERCY, (55) As He spoke to our fathers, to ABRAHAM and to HIS SEED FOREVER. (33) And He will REIGN over the house of JACOB FOREVER, and of His kingdom there will be NO END.
(Ps. 59:13—And let them KNOW that GOD RULES IN JACOB TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.) Ps.44:4—You are my King, O God: COMMAND VICTORIES for JACOB. Ps. 46:10—Be still, and KNOW that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (11) THE LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US: The God of JACOB is our REFUGE.
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Dearest Sharon... Once again, you have led us through a great study of God's Word! As you know, I have been studying about God's Covenants and Promises so many of the Scripture verses you cited were so meaningful to me. One of the greatest lessons I have learned in my own study concerns what you have highlighted here - that God's chosen family is born of righteousness and the faith that stems from trusting HIM and obeying HIM. The laws are guidelines but not the criteria for being HIS CHILDREN. Sharon, you offer so much just as a hostess brings forth the finest food. I ask God to teach me how to absorb the feast you set before us! God bless you for you are a beautiful Child of God! Love, Peggy
Sis. Sharon, I actually read every Bible verses you wrote here, but Psalm 46:10 speaks more in my heart. During the hustle and bustle of Christmas Season, it's so easy to be distracted. As I sit and read your selected verses, once again, I am reminded of God's promises, that are true and tried. God bless you for boldly proclaiming the Word of Truth. Love, Gloria
Sharron,God never fails to speak through His Word to the deep places in our lives. Thank you for your obedience.
Dear Sharon- How powerful the message that you have chosen to send!And these words say it all - "Clap your hands all you people. Shout to God with a voice of Triumph. For the Lord Most High is Awesome. He is a great King over all the earth!" Keep the fires burning, Sharon! - Dennis