There Is A Way That Seems Right To A Man But Its End Is The Way Of Death
by Sharon McClean
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Is.55:8—For My thoughts are NOT your THOUGHTS, NOR are your WAYS My WAYS says the Lord. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY WAYS higher than YOUR WAYS, and MY THOUGHTS than YOUR THOUGHTS. (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, (Is. 27:6—Those who come He shall cause to take root in JACOB;( (Ps.24:6—This is JACOB the GENERATION of those who SEEK HIM, who seek YOUR FACE.) (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.55:10—and make it bring forth and BUD, (Returning to Is.27:6—ISRAEL shall BLOSSOM and BUD and FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD with FRUIT.) (Returning to Is.55:10--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. (48) I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. (51) I am the LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven. If ANYONE EATS of THIS BREAD, he will LIVE FOREVER, and the BREAD WHICH I SHALL GIVE IS MY FLESH, WHICH I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD.)
(John 14:6—Jesus said to him, ‘I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. No one comes to THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.) (Matt.7:13—Enter by the NARROW gate; for wide is the gate and NARROW is THE WAY that leads to DESTRUCTION, and there be MANY to GO IN BY IT. (Is.12:6—Wail, for THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND! It will come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY.) Returning to Matt.7:14—Because NARROW is the gate and DIFFICULT the WAY which LEADS TO LIFE, and THERE ARE FEW WHO FIND IT.
(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.) (KJV) Ps.2513—His soul shall dwell in prosperity and HIS SEED SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) (Ps.89:25—Also I will set his hand over the sea, and HIS RIGHT HAND over the RIVERS. (26) He shall cry to ME,”YOU ARE MY FATHER, MY GOD, and THE ROCK OF MY SALVTION. (27) ALSO I WILL MAKE HIM MY FIRSTBORN, the highest of THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. (28) MY MERCY I WILL KEEP FOR HIM FOREVER, and MY COVENANT SHALL STAND FIRM WITH HIM. (29) HIS SEED also I will make to ENDURE FOREVER, and HIS THRONE AS THE DAYS OF HEAVEN.) (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.) (Ps.22:27—ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH 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.)
(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.37:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT THE EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM SHALL BE CUT OFF. (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.) (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? (21) I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. (23) Take away from Me the noise of Your songs, for I will NOT hear the melody of your stringed instruments. (24) But let JUSTICE run down like WATER, and RIGHTEOUSNESS like a might stream.
Is.43:1—Behold! My Servant whom I UPHOLD, My Elect One is whom My soul delights! I HAVE PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM: He will BRING FORTH JUSTICE to the GENTILES. (3) A bruised reed He will NOT break, and smoking flax He will NOT quench; (4) HE WILL NOT FAIL NOR 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, (7) To OPEN BLIND EYES, to bring out PRISONERS from the PRISON HOUSE. Is.49:8,b—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 DARKNESS, Show yourselves. (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. Is.45:22—LOOK TO ME, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God and there is NO OTHER.
(John 3:16—For GOD so LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE His only BEGOTTEN SON that WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM should not PERISH but have EVERLASTING LIFE. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD to CONDEMN THE WORLD, but that THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. (18) 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 THAN LIGHT,) (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.) (John 12:46—I HAVE COME as A LIGHT into the WORLD, that whoever BELIEVES in ME should NOT ABIDE IN DARKNESS. (47) And if anyone HEARS MY WORDS and DOES NOT BELIEVE, I do NOT JUDGE him; for I DID NOT COME TO JUDGE THE WORLD but TO SAVE THE WORLD.)
(1 John 4:9—In THIS the LOVE of GOD was manifested toward us, that GOD HAS SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD, that WE might LIVE THROUGH HIM. (10) In THIS is LOVE, NOT that we LOVED GOD, but THAT HE LOVED US and SENT HIS SON to be the PROPITIATION for OUR SINS. (11) Beloved, if GOD so LOVED US, WE ALSO OUGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. (13) By THIS we know that we ABIDE in HIM and HE in US, BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (in the word) and testify that THE FATHER has SENT THE SON as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.) (John 6:28—Then they said to Him, WHAT SHALL WE DO, that WE MAY WORK the WORKS OF GOD? (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, that YOU BELIEVE IN HIM WHOM HE SENT.)
(Ps.107:20—HE SENT HIS WORD and HEALED THEM, (John 1:1—In the beginning was THE WORD, and THE WORD was WITH GOD, and THE WORD WAS GOD. (14) And THE WORD BECAME FLESH and DWELT AMONG US, and we beheld HIS GLORY, the GLORY as of THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, full of GRACE and TRUTH. (18) No one has seen GOD at any time, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, who is in THE BOSOM of THE FATHER, HE HAS DECLARED HIM.) (Ps.2:7—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.)
Returning to Ps.107:20—He sent HIS WORD and HEALED THEM and DELIVERED THEM from their DESTRUCTIONS.) (Jere.30:17—For I will RESTORE HEALTH TO YOU, and HEAL YOU of your wounds, says the Lord. Because they called you AN OUTCAST, saying, THIS IS ZION; NO ONE SEEKS HER.) (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.17:12—A GLORIOUS HIGH THRONE from the BEGINNING is the PLACE of OUR SANCTURARY. (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 WATER. (14) HEAL me, O Lord, and I shall be HEALED; SAVE ME, and I shall be SAVED. For YOU are my PRAISE. (15) Indeed they say to me, “WHERE IS THE WORD OF THE LORD? LET IT COME NOW!” (16) As for me, I HAVE NOT HURRIED AWAY FROM BEING A SHEPHERD WHO FOLLOWS YOU, NOR HAVE I DESIRED THE WOEFUL DAY.) (Jere.23:1—WOE to the SHEPHERDS who DESTROY and SCATTER THE SHEEP OF MY PASTURE! Says the Lord.
(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.) (Returning to Jere.23:2—Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel AGAINST the SHEPHERDS who FEED MY PEOPLE: You have SCATTERED 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. (3) But I will GATHER the REMNANT of MY FLOCK out of ALL COUNTRIES where I HAVE DRIVEN THEM, and bring them back to THEIR FOLDS, and they SHALL BE FRUITFUL and INCREASE. (4) I will set 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 Is.55:11--So shall MY WORD BE 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. (12) For you shall go out with JOY, and be LED OUT WITH PEACE; the mountains and the hills shall BREAK FORTH into SINGING before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (13) Instead of the thorn shall come up the MYRTLE TREE; and it SHALL BE to the Lord FOR A NAME, for an EVERLASTING SIGN that SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF.
Is.41:19—I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, THE MYRTLE and the oil tree; (20) that they may SEE and KNOW, and CONSIDER and UNDERSTAND TOGETHER, that the hand of the Lord has DONE THIS, and the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL HAS CREATED IT. (23) SHOW THE THINGS that ARE TO COME HEREAFTER, (Is.46:9—REMEMBER the FORMER things of OLD, For I AM GOD and there is NO OTHER; I AM GOD and THERE IS NONE LIKE ME, DECLARING THE END from THE BEGINNING, and from ANCIENT TIMES things THAT ARE NOT YET DONE, saying, My COUNSEL SHALL STAND.) Returning to Is.41:23—Show the things that ARE TO COME HEREAFTER, that we may KNOW that you are gODS; yes, do GOOD or DO EVIL that we may be dismayed and see it together.) (Returning to Is. 41:26—Who has DECLARED FROM THE BEGINNING, that we may know? And FORMER TIMES, that we say HE IS RIGHTEOUS? Surely there is NO ONE who SHOWS, Surely there is NO ONE who DECLARES, SURELY THERE is NO ONE WHO HEARS YOUR WORDS. (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; I LOOKED among them, but there was NO COUNSELOR, who when I ASKED OF THEM, could ANSWER A WORD.)
(Is14:32—WHAT will one then ANSWER the MESSENGER of THE NATIONS? THAT THE LORD HAS FOUNDED ZION, and the poor of HIS PEOPLE SHALL TAKE REFUGE IN IT.) (Ps.87:1—HIS FOUNDATION is in the HOLY MOUNTAINS. (2) The LORD LOVES THE GATES OF ZION more than all the DWELLINGS of JACOB. (3) GLORIOUS THINGS are spoken of you, O CITY OF GOD. (5) And of ZION it will be said, THIS ONE and THAT ONE were BORN IN HER; and the MOST HIGH HIMSELF SHALL ESTABLISH HER. (6) The Lord will record, when HE REGISTERS the PEOPLES; THIS ONE WAS BORN THERE.)
(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, 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, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.) (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.)
(Ps.37:27—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.)
Returning to Is.55:13—Instead of the THORN shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up THE MYRTLE TREE: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an EVERLASTING SIGN THAT SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF. (Zech.1:8—I saw by night, and behold, a man on a red horse, and it stood among the MYRTLE TREES in the hollow, and behind him were horses: red, sorrel, and white. (9) Then I said, My lord, WHAT ARE THESE? So the angel who talked with me said I will show you WHAT THEY ARE. (10) And the man who stood among the MYRTLE TREES answered and said, THESE are the ones whom the Lord has sent to WALK TO and FRO THROUGHOUT THE EARTH. (2 Chron.16:9—For the EYES of the LORD run TO and FRO THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH, to show HIMSELF STRONG on BEHALF OF THOSE WHOSE HEART IS LOYAL TO HIM.)
Returning to Zech.1:11—So they answered the Angel of the Lord, who STOOD AMONG THE MYRTLE TREES, and said, “We have walked TO and FRO throughout the earth, and behold, ALL THE EARTH IS RESTING QUIETLY. (12) Then the Angel of the Lord answered and said, “O Lord of hosts, HOW LONG WILL YOU NOT HAVE MERCY ON JERUSALEM and on the CITIES of JUDAH, against which you have been angry these seventy years? (14) So the angel who spoke with me said to me, “Proclaim saying, “Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS:
“I AM ZEALOUS for JERUSALEM and for ZION with GREAT ZEAL. (15) I am exceedingly angry with the NATIONS at EASE; for I WAS A LITTLE ANGRY, and they HELPED—BUT WITH EVIL INTENT. (16) Therefore thus says the Lord; I am RETURNING to JERUSALEM with MERCY; My house shall be BUILT in IT, says the Lord of hosts, and a SURVEYOR’S LINE SHALL BE STRETCHED OUT OVER JERUSALEM. (Zech.2:1—Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a MEASURING LINE in his hand. (2) So I said, “WHERE ARE YOU GOING?” And he said to me, “TO MEASURE JERUSALEM, to see what its width is and what is its length.” (3) And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him,
(4) who said to him, “RUN, SPEAK to this young MAN, saying: JERUSALEM SHALL BE INHABITED AS TOWNS WITHOUT WALLS, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. (5) For I, says the Lord, WILL BE A WALL OF FIRE ALL AROUND HER, and I WILL BE THE GLORY IN HER MIDST. (7) UP ZION! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of BABYLON. (8) For thus says the Lord of hosts: He SENT Me AFTER GLORY, to the NATIONS which PLUNDER YOU; for he who TOUCHES YOU TOUCHES THE APPLE OF HIS EYE. (10) Sing and rejoice, O daughter of ZION! For behold, I am coming and I WILL DWELL IN YOUR MIDST, says the Lord. (11) MANY NATIONS shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and THEY SHALL BECOME MY PEOPLE. And I WILL DWELL IN YOUR MIDST. THEN you will KNOW that the Lord of hosts has SENT ME to you. ( (12) And the Lord will take possession of JUDAH as HIS INHERITANCE in the HOLY LAND, and will AGAIN CHOOSE JERUSALEM.) (Ps.128:5—The Lord bless you OUT of ZION, and may you see the GOOD of JERUSALEM all the days of your life. (6) Yes, may you see your children’s children. PEACE be UPON ISRAEL.
Is.10:24—O MY PEOPLE, who DWELL in ZION, do NOT be AFRAID of the ASSYRIAN. He shall STRIKE you with A ROD and lift up his STAFF against you, in the manner of EGYPT. (Is.10:5—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.) (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. (Is.52:1—AWAKE, awake! Put on your strength, O ZION; Put on your beautiful garments, O JERUSALEM, the HOLY CITY! (2) Shake yourself from the dust, arise, and sit down, O JERUSALEM; loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O CAPTIVE DAUGHTER of ZION.)
(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.) (Heb.12:22—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.)
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. (19) For the people shall DWELL in ZION AT JERUSALEM. (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. (Returning to Zech.3:2—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? (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.)
Pro. 4:12—There is A WAY that seems right to a man but its end is THE WAY of death. Deut. 30:15--See, I have set before you today LIFE and GOOD, DEATH and EVIL. (6) in that I command you today to LOVE the LORD your God, TO WALK IN HIS WAYS, (Returning to Deut.30:6--and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, HIS STATUTES and HIS JUDGMENTS, that you may LIVE and MULTIPLY; (19) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that BOTH YOU and YOUR DESCENDANTS MAY LIVE; (30) that you may LOVE THE LORD your GOD, that you may OBEY HIS VOICE, and that you may CLING TO HIM, for HE IS YOUR LIFE and the LENGTH of your DAYS; and that you MAY DWELL IN THE LAND which the Lord SWORE TO YOUR FATHERS, to ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB, to GIVE THEM.) (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.)
(Ps.90:48—WHAT MAN can LIVE and NOT SEE DEATH? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? (Heb.11:5—by FAITH ENOCH was TRANSLATED so that HE DID NOT SEE DEATH, ‘and was NOT FOUND because GOD HAD TRANSLATED HIM; for BEFORE his TRANSLATION he had THIS TESTIMONY, that he PLEASED GOD. But WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE HIM, for he WHO COMES TO GOD must BELIEVE that HE IS, and that HE IS A REWARDER of those who DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.) (God is looking for men like Enoch today, men of great faith.) (Ps.24:6—This is JACOB the GENERATION of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.)
Ps.25:4—SHOW me YOUR WAYS, (Ps.37:34—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.) Returning to Ps. 25:4--O Lord; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (Pro.3:6—in ALL YOUR WAYS acknowledge Him, and HE SHALL DIRECT YOUR PATHS. (7) Do NOT be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. (8) It will be HEALTH to YOUR FLESH, and STRENGTH to your BONES.) Returning to Ps.25:5-- Lead me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me; (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.3:4—I cried to the Lord with my voice, and HE HEARD me FROM HIS HOLY HILL.) (Lord who may abide in YOUR TABERNACLE? Who may dwell in YOUR HOLY HILL?) (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. (5) THIS is JACOB, the GENERATION of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.) (Hos.10:12—SOW for YOURSELVES RIGHTEOUSNESS; REAP in MERCY; break up your fallow ground, for it is time TO SEEK THE LORD, TILL HE COMES and RAINS RIGHTEOUSNESS ON YOU.) (Is.45:8—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.) (Heb 9:28—To those who eagerly WAIT for Him, He WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART from SIN for SALVATION.
Returning to Ps.25:8—GOOD and UPRIGHT is the Lord, therefore HE TEACHES SINNERS IN THE WAY.) (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.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 be FRESH and FLOURISHING, (15) To DECLARE that THE LORD IS UPRIGHT; He is my ROCK, and there is NO UNRIGHTEOUNESS in HIM.)
(Rom 9:14—What shall we say then? Is there UNRIGHTEOUSNESS WITH GOD? Certainly NOT! (15) For He says to MOSES, “I WILL HAVE MERCY on WHOMEVER I will have MERCY, and I WILL HAVE COMPASSION on WHOMEVER I will have COMPASSION. (16) So then it IS NOT of HIM who WILLS, nor of HIM who RUNS, but of GOD who SHOWS MERCY.) Pro. 14:2—He who walks in his UPRIGHTNESS FEARS the LORD, but he who is PREVERSE (Turned from that which is right.) in HIS WAYS despises Him. (Pro.14:26—In THE FEAR of the LORD there is STRONG CONFIDENCE, and HIS CHILDREN will have a place of REFUGE. (Ps.46:1—God is our REFUGE and STRENGTH, a very PRESENT HELP in time of 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. (5) GOD IS IN THE MIDST OF HER and SHE SHALL NOT BE MOVED; GOD WILL HELP HER, just at the break of dawn. (7) The LORD of HOSTS is WITH US; THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR REFUGE. (Returning to Pro.14:27-- The FEAR of the LORD is a FOUNTAIN OF LIFE to AVOID THE SNARES of DEATH.) (Pro.13:12—HOPE deferred makes the HEART SICK, but when THE DESIRE COMES, it is A TREE OF LIFE. (13) He who despises THE WORD will be DESTROYED, but he who FEARS the COMMANDMENT will be REWARDED. (14) THE LAW of THE WISE is a FOUNTAIN OF LIFE, to TURN ONE AWAY FROM THE SNARES OF DEATH.)
(Ps.102:12—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.) (1 Peter 2:4—Coming to HIM as to a LIVING STONE, REJECTED INDEED BY MEN, but CHOSEN by GOD and PRECIOUS, you also as LIVING STONES, are being BUILT UP a SPIRITUAL HOUSE, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, to OFFER UP SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES ACCEPTABLE to GOD through JESUS CHRIST. (6) Therefore it is also contained in the 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. (7) Therefore, to you WHO BELIEVE, He is precious, but to those who are DISOBEDIENT, ‘THE STONE which THE BUILDERS REJECTED has become THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE, (8) and a STONE of STUMBLING and a ROCK of OFFENCE.)
Returning to Ps.102:16—For the Lord shall BUILD UP ZION; He shall appear in HIS GLORY. (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. (He is still looking for men like Enoch!) (21) To DECLARE the NAME OF THE LORD IN ZION, and HIS PRAISE IN JERUSALEM. (24) I said, O my God, DO NOT TAKE ME AWAY IN THE MIDST OF MY DAYS; YOUR YEARS ARE THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS.)
(Ps.14:2—The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any WHO UNDERSTAND, WHO SEEK GOD.(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. 25:4—SHOW me YOUR WAYS, O LORD; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (5) LEAD me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me; for YOU are the GOD of my SALVATION. On You I WAIT all the day. (8) GOOD and UPRIGHT is the LORD; therefore HE TEACHES SINNERS IN THE WAY.) (Pro.2:21—For the UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS REMAIN IN IT; (22) But the WICKED will be CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH, and the UNFAITHFUL WILL BE UPROOTED FROM IT.) Returning to Ps.25:12—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.37:5—Commit YOUR WAY to the LORD, TRUST also in HIM, and HE SHALL bring it to PASS. (6) He shall bring forth YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS as THE LIGHT, and YOUR JUSTICE as the NOONDAY. (8) Cease from ANGER and FORSAKE WRATH; do NOT FRET—it only causes harm. (9) For EVILDOERS 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.
Deut.30:19--I call HEAVEN and EARTH as WITNESSES today AGAINST you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that BOTH you and YOUR DESCENDANTS MAY LIVE; (20) that you may LOVE the LORD your God, that you may OBEY His voice, and that you may CLING TO HIM, for HE IS YOUR LIFE and the LENGTH of YOUR DAYS; and that you may DWELL IN THE LAND which the Lord SWORE TO YOUR FATHERS, to ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB, to GIVE TO THEM. (Pro.2:21—For the UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND.)
(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.) (Titus3:4—But when the KINDNESS and the LOVE of GOD our Savior toward man APPEARED, (5) NOT by works of RIGHTEOUSNESS which WE HAVE DONE but according to HIS MERCY He SAVED US, THROUGH THE WASHING OF REGENERATION and RENEWING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, (6) whom He poured out on us abundantly that WE SHOULD BECOME HEIRS according to the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE.) (James 2:13—For JUDGMENT is WITHOUT MERCY to the one who has SHOWN NO MERCY, MERCY TRUIMPHS OVER JUDGMENT.)
John 17:1,b—FATHER, the HOUR has COME. GLORIFY YOUR SON, that YOUR SON also may GLORIFY YOU. (2) As YOU have GIVEN HIM AUTHORITY OVER ALL FLESH, (Matt.28:18—Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ALL AUTHORITY has BEEN GIVEN ME in HEAVEN and ON EARTH. (19) Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of ALL THE NATIONS, BAPTIZING them in the name of THE FATHER, and of THE SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT. (20) TEACHING them to OBSERVE ALL THING THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU, and LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.) (KJV) And LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAY, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD.)
Returning to John 17:2--that He should give ETERNAL LIFE to as many (all) as You have GIVEN HIM. (3) And THIS is ETERNAL LIFE, that they may KNOW YOU, the only TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST whom you have sent. (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 mind 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. Now what is becoming OBSOLETE and GROWING OLD is ready to VANISH away.)
(1 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 given to us THE MINISTRY of RECONCILIATION. (19) that is, THAT GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESSPASSES TO THEM, and has COMMITTED TO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.
1 kings 2:3—And keep the CHARGE of the LORD your God: to WALK IN HIS WAYS, to keep HIS STATUTES, HIS COMMANDMENTS, HIS JUDGMENTS, and HIS TESTIMONIES, as it IS WRITTEN in the LAW of MOSES, (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.)
Returning to 1 Kings 2:3--that you may PROSPER in all that you DO and WHEREVER you TURN; (4) that the Lord may FULFILL HIS WORD which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘IF YOUR SONS TAKE HEED TO THEIR WAY, TO WALK BEFORE ME in TRUTH with ALL THEIR HEART and with ALL THEIR SOUL: He said YOU SHALL NOT LACK A MAN ON THE THRONE OF ISRAEL. Luke 1:31—And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call HIS NAME JESUS. (32) He will BE GREAT, and will be CALLED THE SON OF THE HIGHEST; and the Lord God will GIVE HIM THE THRONE of HIS FATHER DAVID. (33) And HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM THERE WILL BE NO END.
Ps.78:68—But CHOSE the tribe of Judah, MOUNT ZION which He loved. (69) And HE BUILT HIS SANCTURAY LIKE THE HEIGHTS, LIKE THE EARTH which HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER. (7) He also chose DAVID His servant, and took him from the SHEEPFOLDS; (71) to SHEPHERD JACOB HIS PEOPLE, and ISRAEL HIS INHERITANCE. (Deut. 32:9—For the Lord’s portion is HIS PEOPLE; JACOB is the PLACE of HIS INHERITANCE.)
Ps.80:13—So we, YOUR PEOPLE and SHEEP of YOUR PASTURE, will give YOU THANKS FOREVER; we will show forth YOUR PRAISE to ALL GENERATIONS.) (Ps.100:3—Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who made us, and not we ourselves. We are HIS PEOPLE and THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE. (4) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be THANKFUL to Him, and BLESS HIS NAME. (5) For the Lord is GOOD; HIS MERCY IS EVERLASTING, and HIS TRUTH ENDURES TO ALL GENEARTIONS.) (Ps.105:4—SEEK the LORD and HIS STRENGTH; SEEK HIS FACE EVERMORE. (6) O seed of ABRAHAM His servant, YOU CHILDREN of JACOB HIS CHOSEN ONES!) (John 15:16—You DID NOT CHOOSE ME, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you that you should GO AND BEAR FRUIT, and that YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN.) (Ps. 44:4—YOU are MY KING, O GOD! COMMAND VICTORIES for JACOB.)
(Ps.59:13,b—AND LET THEM KNOW THAT GOD RULES IN JACOB TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.) (Luke 1:31—And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. (32) He will be GREAT, and will be called THE SON OF THE HIGHEST; and the Lord God will GIVE HIM THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID, (33) And HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM THERE WILL BE NO END.)
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Dear Sharon, Once again, you have shared God's Wisdom with us in such a wonderful way! This study teaches us so much: God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways. God has given us a choice regarding good and evil, life and death, blessings and curses. We need to choose LIFE and love the Lord and obey His commands. We need to cling to Him and focus upon Him. Our faith must be great and we must believe in Him and trust him for everything. We must seek HIS Truth in all things and not lean upon our own understanding. We should humble ourselves before Him as we wait upon His will for our lives. God showed His great love for us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior. Our work is to believe in Jesus. For He is THE WAY to eternal life with the Father – the ONLY WAY. When we have Jesus in our lives, we are new creations – molded by God to do His will upon the Earth. God bless you, Sharon, for being such an incredible messenger for the Lord! With love, always...Peggy