Let My Teaching Drop As The Rain My Speech As Showers On The Grass
by Sharon McClean
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Deut.32:2—Let my TEACHING drop as the RAIN, my speech distill as the DEW, as RAINDROPS on the tender herb, and as SHOWERS on THE GRASS. (Is.40:6—ALL FLESH IS GRASS.) (Pro.19:12—The KINGS’S WRATH is like the ROARING of a LION, but HIS FAVOR is like DEW ON THE GRASS. (Pro.16:14—As messengers of death is the KING’S WRATH, but a WISE MAN will APPEASE it. (15) In the LIGHT of the KING’S FACE is LIFE, and HIS FAVOR is LIKE A CLOUD of THE LATTER RAIN. (Micah 5:7—THEN the REMNANT of JACOB (Ps.24:6-The generation that seek His face.) shall be in the MIDST of MANY peoples, like DEW from the LORD, like SHOWERS on THE GRASS, that TARRY for NO MAN nor wait for the sons of men.)
(Zech.8:11—But NOW I will NOT treat the REMNANT of this people as in the FORMER days, says the Lord of hosts. (12) For the SEED shall be PROSPEROUS, the VINE shall give its FRUIT, the GROUND shall give her INCREASE. And the HEAVENS shall GIVE their DEW. I will cause the REMNANT of this people to possess all these things. (13) And it shall come to pass that just as you were a CURSE among THE NATIONS, O house of JUDAH and house of ISRAEL. (Gen.35:10—And God said to him, “YOUR NAME is JACOB; your name shall NOT be CALLED JACOB ANYMORE, but ISRAEL SHALL BE YOUR NAME.) Returning to Zech.8:13—So I will SAVE you and you shall be a BLESSING. Do NOT FEAR, (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 Zech.813--let your hands be strong. (14) For thus says the Lord of hosts: Just as I DETERMINED to PUNISH you when your fathers provoked Me to WRATH, says the Lord of hosts, and I WOULD NOT RELENT, (15) So again in these days I AM DETERMINED TO DO GOOD, to JERUSALEM (Ps.135:21—The Lord BLESS you out of ZION, who dwells in JERUSALEM.) and to the house of JUDAH.
(Heb.7:14—For it is evident that our Lord arose from JUDAH.) DO not FEAR. (16) THESE are the things you shall DO: Speak each man the TRUTH to his NEIGHBOR; give JUDGMENT in your gates for TRUTH, JUSTICE, and PEACE. (17) Let NONE of you THINK EVIL IN YOUR HEART AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR; and do not love a FALSE OATH, for ALL these things that I HATE says the Lord. (Ps.97:10—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.)
John 3:17—For God did NOT SEND His Son to CONDEMN the world but that the the world through Him might be SAVED. (17) He who believes in HIM is NOT CONDEMNED, but he who does NOT believe is CONDEMNED already, because he has NOT believed in the NAME of THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of GOD. (19) And THIS is the condemnation, that THE LIGHT has come into the world, and men loved DARKNESS rather THAT LIGHT. 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. (20) Is NOT the day of the Lord DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT? Is it not very dark with NO brightness in it?)
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! (3) YOUR PEOPLES shall be VOLUNTEERS in the DAY OF YOUR POWER; in the BEAUTIES of HOLINESS from the womb of the morning. You have THE DEW of YOUR YOUTH. (4) The Lord has SWORN, and will NOT RELENT, You are A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.
(Heb.6:16—For men indeed SWEAR by the greater, and an OATH for CONFIRMATION is for them as END OF ALL DISPUTE. (17) Thus GOD, determining to show more abundantly to the HEIRS OF PROMISE the IMMUTABILITY of HIS COUNSEL, CONFIRMED IT BY AN OATH, (15) that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have STRONG CONSOLATION, who have fled for REFUGE to lay hold of THE HOPE SET BEFORE US. (19) This HOPE we have as an anchor of the soul, both SURE and STEADFAST, and WHICH ENTERS THE PRESENCE BEHIND THE VEIL. (20) Where the forerunner has entered for us, even JESUS having BECOME HIGH PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.
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.2:6—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 MELCHIZIDEK; (7) who in the days of His flesh had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was HEARD because of His godly fear. (8) THOUGH HE WAS A SON, yet he LEARNED OBEDIENCE by THE THINGS which HE SUFFERED.
Heb.2:10—For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things in bringing many SONS to GLORY, to make THE AUTHOR of THEIR SALVATION PERFECT through SUFFERINGS. (14) Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise share in the same that through DEATH He might DESTROY him who had the POWER of DEATH, that is the DEVIL, (15) and RELEASE THOSE who through FEAR of DEATH were all their lifetime subject to BONDAGE. (16) For indeed He DOES NOT GIVE AID to angels, but HE DOES GIVE AID TO THE SEED OF ABRAHAM. (18) For in that He Himself has SUFFERED, being TEMPTED, He is ABLE to AID those who are TEMPTED.
(Gal.4:22—For it is written that ABRAHAM had two sons: the one by a BONDWOMAN, the other by a FREEWOMAN (23) But he who was of the BONDWOMAN was born according to the FLESH, and he of the FREEWOMAN (Sarah) through PROMISE. (28) NOW we brethren, as Isaac was, are children of PROMISE. (29) But, as he who was born according to the FLESH then PERSECUTED him who was BORN ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT, even so it is NOW. (Ps.104:30—You send FORTH Your SPIRIT, they are created, and YOU RENEW the FACE OF THE EARTH. (Is.42:1—Behold! My Servant whom I UPHOLD, My elect One in whom my soul DELIGHTS! I have put MY SPIRIT upon HIM: He will bring forth JUSTICE to the GENTILES. (4) He will NOT BE DISCOURAGED till He has ESTABLISHED JUSTICE in THE EARTH. (6) I, the Lord, have called You in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand: I will KEEP YOU and GIVE YOU as a COVENANT to the PEOPLE, as a LIGHT to the GENTILES.
Is. 49:8,b—I will PRESERVE YOU and GIVE YOU as a COVENANT to the PEOPLE, to RESTORE the EARTH. (looking back at verse 6:b—I WILL also GIVE YOU as a LIGHT to the GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Returning to Heb.5:9--And having been PERFECTED. He BECAME THE AUTHOR of ETERNAL SALVATION to ALL who OBEY HIM, (10) CALLED BY GOD as HIGH PRIEST according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK. (Heb.4:14—Seeing then that we have a great HIGH PRIEST who has passed through the heavens, JESUS the SON of GOD, let us hold fast our confession. (15) For WE DO NOT HAVE A HIGH PRIEST who CANNOT SYMPATHIZE with our WEAKNESSES, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (6) Let us therefore come boldly to the THRONE of GRACE, that we may OBTAIN MERCY and GRACE to HELP in time of NEED.
Ps.133:3—Behold, how GOOD and how PLEASANT it is for brethren to DWELL together in UNITY! (20) It is like the precious OIL upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of AARON, running down on the EDGE of HIS GARMENTS. (4) It is like THE DEW of Hermon, descending upon the MOUNTAINS of ZION; For THERE THE LORD COMMANDED THE BLESSING—LIFE FOREVERMORE.
Is.55:10—For as THE RAIN comes DOWN, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but WATER the EARTH, and make it bring forth and BUD, that it may give SEED to THE SOWER and BREAD to the EATER, (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.) (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.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. (14) For if those who are of the LAW are HEIRS then FAITH is made VOID and THE PROMISE of NO EFFECT. (15) because the LAW brings about WRATH; for where there is NO LAW there is NO TRANSGRESSION.) (1 Thess.5:9—For God DID NOT appoint us to WRATH but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.)
Returning to Is.55:11--So shall MY WORD that goes forth FROM MY MOUTH; It SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME VOID, but it shall ACCOMPLISH what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (13,b) And it shall be to the Lord for A NAME, for AN EVERLASTING SIGN THAT SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF.
Jere.5:23—But this people has a DEFIANT and REBELLIOUS heart; they have revolted and departed. (24) They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the Lord our God, who GIVES RAIN, both THE FORMER and THE LATTER, in its season. He reserves for us the APPOINTED WEEKS of HARVEST. (25) Your INIQUITIES have turned these things away, and your SINS have withheld GOOD THINGS from you. (26) For among MY PEOPLE are found WICKED MEN; they lie in wait as one who SETS SNARES; THEY SET A TRAP; THEY CATCH MEN. (27) As a CAGE IS FULL of BIRDS, (I’ll fly away O glory?) So their houses are full of deceit .(Ps.124:7—Our SOUL has ESCAPED as A BIRD from the SNARE of the FOWLERS; the SNARE is BROKEN and we have escaped. (8) Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.) 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 OF MANY PEOPLES, (14) For the earth will be filled with THE KNOWLEDGE of the GLORY of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Returning to Jere.5:27--Therefore they have become great and GROWN RICH. (Rev.3:16—So then because you are LUKEWARM, and NEITHER COLD NOR HOT, I WILL SPEW YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH. (17) Because you say, “I AM RICH, have BECOME WEALTHY, and have NEED of NOTHING—and do NOT KNOW that you are WRETCHED, MISERABLE, POOR, BLIND, and NAKED—(20) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone HEARS MY VOICE and OPENS THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM and DINE WITH HIM, and HE WITH ME) Returning to Jere.5:28--They have grown FAT, they are SLEEK; yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked; THEY DO NOT PLEAD the CAUSE of the FATHERLESS; yet they prosper, and the RIGHT of THE NEEDY they do NOT DEFEND. (29) Shall I not punish them for THESE THINGS? Says the Lord. Shall I NOT AVENGE MYSELF on such a nation as THIS? (30) An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: (31) The prophets prophesy FALSELY, and the PRIESTS RULE BY THEIR OWN POWER; and MY PEOPLE LOVE TO HAVE IT SO, but WHAT WILL YOU DO in the END?
Is.1:23,b—They DO NOT DEFEND the FATHERLESS, nor does THE CAUSE of the WIDOW come before them. (Jere.22:16—He JUDGED the CAUSE of the POOR and NEEDY; then it was WELL. WAS NOT THIS KNOWING ME? Says the Lord.?
Pro.31:8—OPEN YOUR MOUTH for the SPEECHLESS, in THE CAUSE of ALL who are appointed TO DIE. (9) OPEN YOUR MOUTH, JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY, and PLEAD the CAUSE of the POOR and NEEDY. (Ps.82:3—DEFEND the POOR and FATHERLESS; do JUSTICE to the AFFLICTED and NEEDY. (4) DELIVER the POOR and NEEDY: Free them from the hand of the wicked. (5) They DO NOT KNOW, nor do they UNDERSTAND; they WALK about in DARKNESS; all the foundations of the earth are unstable. (6) I said, “You are gods. And ALL OF YOU ARE CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH. (7) But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. (8) ARISE, O GOD, JUDGE THE EARTH; for YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS.)
(Hosea 11:7—MY PEOPLE are bent on BACKSLIDING from Me, though THEY CALL TO THE MOST HIGH, NONE at ALL EXALT HIM. (Ps.99:9—EXALT the LORD and worship at HIS HOLY HILL; for the Lord our God is holy.) (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 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.)
Exodus 15:13—You in Your MERCY have LED FORTH the people whom You have REDEEMED; You have guided them in YOUR STRENGTH to YOUR HOLY HABITATION. (17) You will bring them IN and PLANT THEM in the MOUNTAIN of YOUR INHERITANCE, in THE PLACE, O Lord, which YOUR HANDS have ESTABLISHED.) Ps.48:1—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. (30) God is in her palaces; He is known as her REFUGE.)
Ps.132:13—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. Pro.13:12—HOPE deferred makes the heart SICK, but WHEN THE DESIRE COME, IT IS A TREE OF LIFE. (14) The law of the wise is a FOUNTAIN OF LIFE, to TURN ONE AWAY FROM THE SNARES of DEATH.) (Jere.2:13—For MY PEOPLE have committed TWO EVILS; They have FORSAKEN ME, the FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS, and hewn THEMSELVES CISTERNS—broken CISTERNS that CAN HOLD NO WATER.
(2 kings 18:30--nor let Hezekiah make you TRUST IN THE LORD, saying. The Lord will surely DELIVER US; this CITY will NOT BE GIVEN INTO THE HAND of THE KING of ASSYRIA. (Is.10:5—Woe to ASSYRIA, the rod of My anger--(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.) Returning to 2 Kings 18:31--Do NOT LISTEN to HEZEKIAH, for thus says THE KING OF ASSYRIA: Make PEACE with ME by a present and COME OUT to ME: and every one of you EAT from HIS OWN VINE and every one from his OWN FIG TREE, and every one of you DRINK WATERS the WATERS of his OWN CISTERN; (17) UNTIL I COME and TAKE YOU AWAY to A LAND LIKE YOUR OWN LAND, a land of GRAIN and NEW WINE, a land of BREAD and VINEYARDS. (18) Beware lest HEZEKIAH persuade you, saying “THE LORD WILL DELIVER US.” Has any one of the gods of THE NATIONS delivered ITS LAND from the HAND of the KING of ASSYRIA? (Is.8:7—Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them the waters of the River, strong and mighty—The KING of ASSYRIA and all his GLORY; He will go up over all his channels and go up over all his banks. (8) He will pass through Judah, He will overflow and pass over, He will reach up to the neck: and the stretching out of his wings will FILL the BREADTH of YOUR LAND, O IMMANUEL.)
Is. 37:33—Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the KING of ASSYRIA: He shall NOT COME into THIS CITY, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with a shield, nor build a siege mound against it. (34) By the way that he came, by the same shall he RETURN; and he shall NOT COME INTO THIS CITY. Says the Lord. (35) For I WILL DEFEND THIS CITY, TO SAVE IT for MY OWN SAKE and for MY servant
DAVIDS SAKE. (Is.37:6—I will DELIVER you and THIS CITY from the hand of the king of ASSYRIA, and I will DEFEND this CITY. Is.31:4—For thus the Lord has spoken to me: 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, so will the Lord of Hosts DEFEND JERUSLEM. DEFENDING, He will also DELIVER it; passing over, He will PRESERVE IT.) (Ps.135:21—Blessed be the Lord out of ZION who DWELLS in JERUSALEM!)
Returning to Pro 19:12--but HIS FAVOR IS LIKE DEW. on THE GRASS.) (Is.40:6—ALL FLESH IS GRASS.) Ps.72:5—They shall FEAR You as long as the son and moon endure, THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS. (6) He shall come down like RAIN upon the MOWN GRASS, like SHOWERS that WATER the EARTH. (7) In His days the RIGHTEOUS shall FLOURISH, and abundance of PEACE, until the MOON is NO MORE. Ps.148:3—Praise Him, SUN, and MOON. (5) Let them praise the name of the lord, for He commanded and they were created. (5) He has also ESTABLISHED THEM FOREVER and EVER. Returning to Ps.72:8--He shall have DOMINION also from SEA to SEA, and from the River to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Ps. 2:8--Ask of Me and I will give you the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION. Returning to Deut.32:3--For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe GREATNESS to our GOD. He is the ROCK, HIS WORK IS PERFECT; a GOD of TRUTH and without INJUSTICE; RIGHTEOUS and UPRIGHT is He.
Ps.25:8—GOOD and UPRIGHT is the LORD; Therefore HE TEACHES sinners in THE WAY. (9) The HUMBLE He guides in JUSTICE, and the HUMBLE He TEACHES HIS WAY. (Is.48:17—Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL; I am the Lord your God, who TEACHES you by THE WAY you SHOULD GO. (18) Oh, that you had HEEDED My COMMANDMENTS! (Matt.22:38—TEACHER which is the great COMANDMENT 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.)
Returning to Is.48:18--Then your PEACE would have been like a RIVER, and your RIGHTEOUSNESS like the waves of the sea, (19) YOUR DESCENDANTS also would have been like the SAND, and the OFFSPRING of your body like the grains of sand; HIS NAME WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF nor DESTROYED FROM BEFORE ME.) Returning to Ps 25:10--ALL the PATHS of the LORD are MERCY and TRUTH, to such as keep HIS COVENANT and HIS TESTIMONIES. (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.2:8—Ask of Me and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.
Ps.37:9—For evil doers shall be CUT OFF; but those who WAIT on the Lord, they SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. (11) But the meek shall INHERIT the EARTH, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of PEACE. (Ps.87:18—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. (34) WAIT on the LORD, and KEEP HIS WAY, and HE SHALL EXALT YOU TO INHERIT THE LAND; when the wicked are CUT OFF, you shall see it.
Jere.12:14—Thus says the Lord: “Against all My evil neighbors who touch THE INHERITANCE which I have caused MY PEOPLE ISRAEL to INHERIT—behold, I WILL PLUCK THEM OUT OF THEIR LAND and PLUCK out the house of JUDAH from among them. (15) Then it shall be, after I HAVE PLUCKED THEM OUT, that I will RETURN and have COMPASSION on THEM and BRING THEM BACK, everyone to his HERITAGE and to HIS LAND. (promise land?) (16) And it shall be, If they will diligently learn the WAYS of MY PEOPLE, to swear by MY NAME, ‘As the LORD LIVES,’ as they TAUGHT MY PEOPLE to swear by BAAL, then they shall be ESTABLISHED in the midst of MY PEOPLE. (17) But if they DO NOT OBEY, I will utterly PLUCK UP and DESTROY that NATION, says the Lord. 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.
(Jere.42:10—If you will still abide in this land, (promise land?) then I will BUILD you and NOT PULL you DOWN, and I WILL PLANT you and NOT PLUCK you up, for I relent concerning the DISASTER that I have brought upon you. (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.) Is.45:6—I am the Lord, and there is NO other; (7) I form the LIGHT and create DARKNESS, I make PEACE and create CALAMITY;(8) Rain down, you heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord have created it.)
Jere.24:6—For I will set My eyes on them for GOOD, and I will bring them back to this 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 are MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, for they shall RETURN to ME with their WHOLE HEART. (Is.51:15—But I am the Lord your God, who divided the sea and whose waves roared—The Lord of hosts is His name. (16) I have COVERED you with THE SHADOW of MY HAND, that I MAY PLANT the HEAVENS, LAY THE FOUNDATIONS of the earth, and say to ZION, “YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.”
(Jere.31:27—Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will SOW the house of ISRAEL and the HOUSE of JUDAH with the SEED of MAN and the SEED of BEAST. (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. Is.10:21—THE REMNANT will RETURN, the REMNANT of JACOB. (Ps 24:6-This is Jacob the generation of those who seek Him.) To the MIGHTY GOD. (22) For though your people, O Israel, be as THE SAND of the SEA; yet a REMNANT will RETURN; (Is.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. (15) And I will give you SHEPHERDS according TO MY HEART, who will FEED you with KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING) Returning to Is.10:22-- the DESTRUCTION DECREED SHALL OVERFLOW WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS. (23) For the Lord God of hosts will make A DETERMINED END in the midst of all 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.
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. (9) Come up, O horses, and RAGE, O chariots. (10) For THIS is THE DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS, a DAY OF VENGEANCE, THAT He may AVENGE HIMSELF on HIS ADVERSARIES. (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.( Ps.2:8—Ask of Me and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.) Is.34:8—For it is the DAY OF THE LORD’S VENGEANCE, the YEAR of RECOMPENSE for the CAUSE of ZION.
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 it loveliness is like the flower of the field. (7) The GRASS withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it: SURELY THE PEOPLE ARE GRASS, (8) 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 mountains; O JERUSALEM; lift up your voice with STRENGTH, say to the cities of JUDAH, “Behold YOUR GOD!”
Ps.129:5—Let all those who HATE ZION be put to SHAME and TURNED BACK. (6) Let them be as THE GRASS on the housetops, which WHITHERS before it grows up, (7) With which the REAPER DOES NOT FILL HIS HAND, nor he who binds SHEAVES, his arms. (8) Neither let those who pass by them say, THE BLESSING OF THE LORD BE UPON YOU; we bless you in the name of the Lord!
Ps.92:12—The RIGHTEOUS shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (13) Those who are PLANTED in the house of the Lord shall FLOURISH in the courts of our God. (14) They shall still BEAR FRUIT in OLD AGE; they shall be fresh and flourishing, (15) to DECLARE that the LORD is UPRIGHT; He is my ROCK, and there is NO UNRIGHTEOUSNESS in Him.
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. (Ps.33:1—Rejoice in the Lord, O you RIGHTEOUS! For PRAISE from THE UPRIGHT is BEAUTIFUL. Returning to Ps.37:8—Do NOT FRET—it only causes HARM. (Ps.37:1—Do NOT FRET because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. (2) For they shall soon be CUT DOWN like THE GRASS, and WITHER as the green HERB. (9) For evildoers shall be CUT OFF; but those who WAIT on the LORD, they SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. (Heb.9:28,b—To those who EAGERLY WAIT for Him He will appear a SECOND TIME APART from SIN, for SALVATION.) (Matt.5:5—Blessed are the MEEK, for they shall INHERIT THE EARTH.)
Ps.102:11—My days are like a shadow that lengthens and I WITHER away like the GRASS. (12) But You, O Lord, shall ENDURE FOREVER, and the REMEMBRANCE of YOUR NAME to ALL GENERATIONS. (13) You will ARISE and have MERCY on ZION: for the time to FAVOR HER, yes, the SET TIME, HAS COME. (14) For Your servants take pleasure in her STONES, and show FAVOR to her DUST.
Eph.5:14—Therefore He says: “AWAKE you who SLEEP, ARISE from the DEAD, and CHRIST WILL GIVE YOU LIGHT. Job 8:5—If you would earnestly SEEK GOD and make your supplication to the ALMIGHTY, (6) If you were PURE and UPRIGHT, SURELY NOW HE would AWAKE for YOU, and PROSPER your RIGHTFUL HABITATION. (Job 22:22—Receive, please, instruction from HIS MOUTH, and LAY UP HIS WORDS IN YOUR HEART. (23) If you RETURN to the ALMIGHTY, you WILL be BUILT UP; you will REMOVE INIQUITY far from your TENTS. (24) Then you will lay YOUR GOLD in the DUST, and the gold of ophir among the stones of the brooks. (25) YES, the ALMIGHTY will be YOUR GOLD and your PRECIOUS SILVER; (26) For then you will have YOUR DELIGHT IN THE ALMIGHTY, and lift up YOUR FACE to GOD. (27) You will make YOUR PRAYER TO HIM, HE WILL HEAR you,
(Pro.15:8,b—The PRAYER of the UPRIGHT is His DELIGHT.) (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 UPROOTED from IT.) (Ps.37:3—TRUST in the LORD and do GOOD; DWELL in THE LAND, and feed on HIS FAITHFULNESS. (4) DELIGHT yourself also in the LORD, and He shall GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART. (7) REST in the Lord, and WAIT patiently for Him; Do not FRET because of him who prospers in his way, (9) For evil doers shall be CUT OFF; but those who WAIT on the Lord, they shall INHERIT the EARTH.)
Returning to Job 22:27--.and you will PAY YOUR VOWS. (Ps.65:1—PRAISE is AWAITING You, O God in ZION; and to You THE VOW SHALL BE PERFORMED. (2) O You who HEAR PRAYER, TO YOU ALL FLESH WILL COME. (5) By AWESOME deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS you will ANSWER US, O God of our salvation, You who are THE CONFIDENCE of ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, and of the far off seas.) Returning to Job 22:28--You will also DECLARE A THING, and IT shall be ESTABLISHED for YOU; so LIGHT WILL SHINE ON YOUR WAYS. Is.60:1—ARISE SHINE; for YOUR LIGHT has COME! And the GLORY of the Lord is RISEN UPON YOU. (2) For behold, THE DARKNESS shall cover the EARTH, and DEEP DARKNESS the PEOPLE; but the Lord will arise over you, and HIS GLORY will be SEEN UPON YOU. (3) The GENTILES shall come to YOUR LIGHT, and kings to the BRIGHTNESS of YOUR RISING. (Amos 5:8—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. (20) Is NOT THE DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT? Is it not DARK, with NO BRIGHTNESS in it?
(Ps.22:30—A POSTERITY shall serve HIM. It will be recounted of the Lord to the NEXT GENERATION, (31) They will come and DECLARE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to a people who WILL BE BORN, that He has done this. Looking back at verses 27,28, ALL THE ENDS of the WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN to the LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE NATIONS, shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. For the KINGDOM is the LORD’S, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.)
(Ps. 102:18—THIS will be written for the GENERATION to COME, that a people YET to be CREATED may PRAISE the Lord. (10) 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.)
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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It is heartbreaking to feel the pain of the Father's heart: "My people are backsliding...". It is not just the lost and sinful world, but those of us who know Him are also bringing Him pain. Oh, for our own hearts to be broken. May we ever draw nearer, that we may "plead the cause of the fatherless and the poor", and for those who do not know Him to also enter in. May our hearts be broken before Him, and we be 'poured out' in service to Him for others. Thanks, Sharon, for the clarion call. Dennis
Sharon, throughout this study we visualize God ‘watering us’ with drops of wisdom and truth. As He waters us, His hope is that we will be thirsty and absorb His refreshing and renewing ‘water of life’. I pray we will all be like sponges soaking up His offerings. Then, I pray we can go out into the world and ‘scrub it’ with the spiritual cleansing that God has provided. “For God did NOT SEND His Son to CONDEMN the world but that the world through Him might be SAVED.” How He wants His world to be ‘washed clean’! “I will PRESERVE YOU and GIVE YOU as a COVENANT to the PEOPLE, to RESTORE the EARTH.” Here again, He wants us to be renewed with His cleansing Spirit. “For as THE RAIN comes DOWN, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but WATER the EARTH, and make it bring forth and BUD, that it may give SEED to THE SOWER and BREAD to the EATER, (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.)” He will not only cleanse the world, but He will provide nutrients for His people! “You in Your MERCY have LED FORTH the people whom You have REDEEMED; You have guided them in YOUR STRENGTH to YOUR HOLY HABITATION. You will bring them IN and PLANT THEM in the MOUNTAIN of YOUR INHERITANCE, in THE PLACE, O Lord, which YOUR HANDS have ESTABLISHED.” He provides all that His people will need. “But HIS FAVOR IS LIKE DEW. on THE GRASS. (Is.40:6—ALL FLESH IS GRASS.) He shall come down like RAIN upon the MOWN GRASS, like SHOWERS that WATER the EARTH. In His days the RIGHTEOUS shall FLOURISH, and abundance of PEACE.” Those who receive His ‘watering’ shall thrive. “GOOD and UPRIGHT is the LORD; Therefore HE TEACHES sinners in THE WAY. I am the Lord your God, who TEACHES you by THE WAY you SHOULD GO. Jesus said to him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD with ALL YOUR HEART, with ALL YOUR SOUL, and with ALL YOUR MIND.” Through God’s Word, our direction is clear. “For I will set My eyes on them for GOOD, and I will bring them back to this land; I will BUILD them and NOT PULL THEM DOWN, and I will PLANT THEM and NOT PLUCK THEM UP. Then I will give them a HEART to KNOW Me, that I am the LORD and THEY are MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, for they shall RETURN to ME with their WHOLE HEART. The RIGHTEOUS shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are PLANTED in the house of the Lord shall FLOURISH in the courts of our God.” Once we receive His teaching, we can be planted firmly in His Word and flourish and bloom. Sharon, you have sprinkled us with many droplets of God’s Word and Love. God bless you, dear friend. With my love, Peggy