He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me– God sends forth His love and His faithfulness.
Repentance means to turn away from sin and turn to God.
Ezekiel 14:6 says, “Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
To You, O Lord, I Lift Up My Soul
He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.
All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalm 25:9-10)
With the pure, You show Yourself pure. With the sinful You show Yourself to be against them. (Psalm 18:26)
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. (Matthew 21:12)
This is the special Word which Habakkuk the man of God saw.
O Lord, how long must I call for help before You will hear? I cry out to You, “We are being hurt!” But You do not save us.
Why do you make me see sins and wrong-doing? People are being destroyed in anger in front of me.
There is arguing and fighting. The Law is not followed. What is right is never done.
For the sinful are all around those who are right and good, so what is right looks like sin.
“Look among the nations, and see! Be surprised and full of wonder!
For I am doing something in your days that you would not believe if you were told. I am bringing the Babylonians to power. They are people filled with anger who go across the whole earth to take homes that are not theirs. They fill others with fear. They make their own law about what is fair and honored.
Their horses are faster than leopards, and show less pity than wolves in the evening.
Their horsemen come on running horses from far away. They fly like an eagle coming down to get food.
They all come in anger. Their armies move like the desert wind. They gather prisoners like sand.
They make fun of kings and laugh at rulers. They laugh at every strong city and build a battle-wall to take it.
Then they move through like the wind and keep going. They are guilty men, whose strength is their god.”
Have You not lived forever, O Lord, my God, my Holy One? We will not die.
O Lord, You have chosen them to judge. You, O Rock, have chosen them to punish us.
Your eyes are too pure to look at sin. You cannot look on wrong. Why then do You look with favor on those who do wrong?
Why are You quiet when the sinful destroy those who are more right and good than they?
Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, like things which move along the ground that have no ruler?
The Babylonians bring all of them up with a hook, and pull them away with their net.
They gather them together in their fishing net, and so they have joy and are glad. So they give gifts in worship to their net. They burn special perfume to their fishing net, because their net catches all the good things and good food they need.
Will they empty their net forever and keep on destroying nations without pity?
“I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty,
The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is His name. (Exodus 15:3)
He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for He is the Maker of all things, including Israel, the people of His inheritance– the LORD Almighty is His name. (Jeremiah 10:16)
“Therefore I will teach them– this time I will teach them My power and might.
I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my safe place, and the One Who takes me out of trouble.
My God is my rock, in Whom I am safe. He is my safe-covering, my saving strength, and my strong tower.
I call to the Lord, Who has the right to be praised. And I am saved from those who hate me.
The ropes of death were all around me. The floods of death make me afraid. The ropes of the grave were all around me.
The traps of death were set for me.
I called to the Lord in my trouble. I cried to God for help. He heard my voice from His holy house.
My cry for help came into His ears.
Then the earth shook. The mountains were shaking. They shook because He was angry.
Smoke went out from His nose and the fire that kept coming from His mouth burned everything around it.
He parted the heavens and came down. Dark clouds were under His feet.
He sat upon a cherub and flew. He traveled on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness His hiding place, the covering around Him, the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Through the light before Him passed His dark clouds, hail stones and fire. The Lord made thunder in the heavens.
The voice of the Most High spoke out, hail stones and fire.
He sent out His arrows and divided them. He threw down lightning and sent them running.
Then the deep part of the sea could be seen.
And the deep part of the earth was opened up, because of Your sharp words, O Lord,
because of the powerful breath from Your nose.
He sent from above, and took me. He lifted me out of many waters.
He took me away from the powerful one who fights against me, and from those who hated me. They were too strong for me. They stood against me in the day of my trouble. But the Lord was my strength.
He brought me out into a big place. He gave me a safe place, because He was pleased with me.
The Lord has paid me because of my being right with Him. Because of my clean hands He has paid me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord. And I have not sinned by turning from my God.
All His Laws are in front of me. I have not set His Laws aside.
Before Him I was without blame. And I have kept myself from sin.
So the Lord has paid me back for being right with Him, and for my hands being clean in His eyes.
To the faithful, You show Yourself faithful.
To those without blame, You show Yourself without blame.
With the pure, You show Yourself pure.
With the sinful You show Yourself to be against them.
You save those who are suffering, but You bring low those who have pride in their eyes.
You make my lamp bright. The Lord my God lights my darkness.
With Your help I can go against many soldiers. With my God I can jump over a wall.
As for God, His way is perfect. The Word of the Lord has stood the test.
He is a covering for all who go to Him for a safe place. For Who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock except our God? It is God Who covers me with strength and makes my way perfect.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. And He sets me on my high places.
He teaches me how to fight, so that I can use a bow of brass.
You have also given me the covering that saves me. Your right hand holds me up. And Your care has made me great.
You make the road wide for my steps, and my feet have not tripped.
I went after those who fight against me, and caught them. And I did not return until they were destroyed.
I hit them so they were not able to rise. They fell under my feet.
You have given me strength for war. You have put under me those who have fought against me.
You have made them turn their backs to me also. And I destroyed those who hated me.
They cried for help, but there was no one to save. They cried to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
Then I beat them as small as the dust in the wind. I emptied them out like mud in the streets.
You have taken me away from the fighting of the people.
You have made me the leader of nations. People whom I have not known will serve me.
As soon as they hear, they obey me. Those from other lands obey me.
These people from other lands lose their strength of heart. And they come shaking from behind their walls.
The Lord lives! How great is my Rock! Praise be to the God Who saves me!
He is the God Who punishes those who have done wrong to me. He puts nations under my rule.
He saves me from those who hate me. Yes, You lift me above those who rise up against me.
You save me from those who want to hurt me.
So I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Lord. And I will sing praises to Your name.
He gives His king great power over trouble. And He shows loving-kindness to His chosen one, to David, and to his children after him forever.
Let us beware of the depths of Satan, of which those who know the least are the most happy.
How tender Christ is of his faithful servants! He lays nothing upon His servants but what is for their good.
There is promise of an ample reward to the persevering, victorious believer;
also knowledge and wisdom, suitable to their power and dominion.
Christ brings day with Him into the soul, the light of grace and of glory,
in the presence and enjoyment of Him their Lord and Saviour.
After every victory let us follow up our advantage against the enemy,
that we may overcome and keep the works of Christ to the end. (Matthew Henry@Revelation 2)
And I will give to each of you
So palpably shall God’s hand be seen in the judgment on Thyatira, that the whole Church shall recognize it as God’s doing.
(Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary)
in Ezekiel 33:27 and Leviticus 20:10; and θανάτῳ τελευτάτω, Matthew 15:4 and Mark 7:10; the phrase recurs in Revelation 6:8. Those who have not merely been beguiled into sin by her, but are united to her in a permanent moral relationship
(John 8:44), shall perish in some signal manner by the visitation of God.
Thus we have three parties marked off:
(1) Jezebel herself, the source of all the mischief;
(2) her children, who are even such as herself;
(3) her victims, who have been led astray by her.
She and her children are to be visited with sickness and death, because they will not repent, and the others with tribulation, if they do not repent.
Her doom and that of her children is certain; that of her victims may yet be averted.
Moreover, the one seems to be final, the other remedial.
And all the Churches shall know; literally, shall come to know, shall learn by experience.
This statement seems conclusive with regard to the purpose of these epistles.
Although addressed to local Churches at a particular crisis, they are for the instruction of “all the Churches” throughout the world, and throughout all time. He which searchs the reins and the heart (comp. Romans 8:27; Psalm 7:9; Jeremiah 11:20; Jeremiah 20:12).
God said also to Moses, This shall you say to the Israelites:
The Lord, the God of your fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you! This is My name forever, and by this name I am to be remembered to all generations. (Exodus 3:15)
- Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes (Exod. 6:3; I Kings 8:33ff.; Ps. 91:14; Isa. 52:6; 64:2; Jer. 16:21) (John D. Davis, A Dictionary of the Bible). God’s name is His self-revelation (Charles Ellicott, A Bible Commentary).
- The name signifies the active presence of the person in the fullness of the revealed character (J.D. Douglas et al., eds., The New Bible Dictionary).
I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself fully known to them. (Exodus 6:3)
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14)
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. (Psalm 24:8)
Let them know that You, whose name is the LORD– that You alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)
The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior He will stir up his zeal;
with a shout He will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies. (Isaiah 42:13)
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure– you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. (Psalm 7:9)
Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind…(Psalm 26:2)
…and with you, Lord, is unfailing love; and, You reward everyone according to what they have done. (Psalm 62:12)
You have searched me, LORD, and You know me. (Psalm 139:1)
But You, LORD Almighty, who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, let me see Your vengeance on them,
for to You I have committed my cause. (Jeremiah 11:20)
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:10)
and then He will reward each person according to what they have done. (Matthew 16:27)
He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts.
What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” (Luke 16:15)
And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Romans 8:27)
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.
Another book was opened, which is the book of life.
The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. (Revelation 20:13)
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.“
Restoration Promised Again
Then the Word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard, saying, “Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it, the LORD is His name,
‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
“Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy;
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”
Now is the time for judgment on this world; Now the prince of this world will be driven out.
He makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His servants.
(Matthew Henry @Psalm 144:1)
Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear is that the very things our Lord stood for— love, justice, forgiveness, and kindness among men— will not win out in the end and will represent an unattainable goal for us. Then there is the call to spiritual perseverance. A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated.
If our hopes seem to be experiencing disappointment right now, it simply means that they are being purified. Every hope or dream of the human mind will be fulfilled if it is noble and of God. But one of the greatest stresses in life is the stress of waiting for God. He brings fulfillment, “because you have kept My command to persevere . . .” (Revelation 3:10).
(My Utmost For His Highest)
And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night?
Will He keep putting them off? (Luke 18:7)
וַיֹּאמֶר֩ עֹ֨וד אֱלֹהִ֜ים אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֗ה כֹּֽה־תֹאמַר֮ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵל֒ יְהוָ֞ה אֱלֹהֵ֣י אֲבֹתֵיכֶ֗ם אֱלֹהֵ֨י אַבְרָהָ֜ם אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִצְחָ֛ק וֵאלֹהֵ֥י יַעֲקֹ֖ב שְׁלָחַ֣נִי אֲלֵיכֶ֑ם זֶה־שְּׁמִ֣י לְעֹלָ֔ם וְזֶ֥ה זִכְרִ֖י לְדֹ֥ר דֹּֽר׃
Then the LORD said to Moses,
The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation;
The LORD is a warrior; The LORD is His name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. (Deuteronomy 28:28)
“I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind,
The Coming of the Kingdom
“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.” (Luke 17:28)
But on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. (v.29)
Jesus told His disciples (students, learners, those with a teachable spirit)
a parable to SHOW them that they should always pray and not give up.
Mercy triumphs over justice.
Jesus taught His disciples a valuable lesson about keeping on praying in His parable of a family situation where the unjust judge gave in to the widow’s request because she kept bothering him so much.
This is the soil that brings forth 100 fold the Seed that the Lord God plants, waters and brings increase in.
We are rooted and grounded in His unfailing love which is shed abroad in our hearts by His Holy Spirit.
Like a tree planted by the waters…
All for His glory that His name be made known.
All my courage and success, are from You Lord
God is my Rock who is my Shelter, my Source of strength, grace, mercy and He alone is Faithful and True; He is my help and succour in all times of need.
I will not be moved because His character is unchanging, His mercy never ceasing and
His love unfailing.
Praise the LORD for His mercy endures forever! Praise the LORD for His love never fails!
Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your GOD is with you WHEREVER you go. (Joshua 1:9)
With justice He judges and wages war.
Thank You, Lord, for being WITH me each day. Thank You for catching me when I fall.
Thank You for nourishing me when I thirst. Thank You for healing me when I am sick.
And most important, Lord, Thank You for loving me with Your Great Love that never fails. Amen.
Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.
Do not withhold Your mercy from me, LORD; may Your love and faithfulness always protect me.
(Psalm 23:6; Psalm 25:5; Psalm 40:11)