Sunday, September 27, 2015

OT DAY 333 - When God's Time Is Up, No One Can Escape! (Please click here for English podcast)

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1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord
15 Israel, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.
10 house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.

         Psalm 115:9-11

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (Joshua 10:15-27)

English(ESV): 10&version=ESV

22 Then Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me from the cave.” 23 And they did so, and brought those five kings out to him from the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. 24 And when they brought those kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the men of Israel and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, “Come near; put your feet on the necks of these kings.” Then they came near and put their feet on their necks. 25 And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.” 
                 Joshua 10:22-25

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

My Listening
      You need to read very carefully about today's message. Your question may be: How can God be so cruel killing all those five kings and their people? The real question should be: Why and when did God do that? 

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
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     It is noticeable that the story here unusually describes the kings as Amorites. That was the term God used when explaining to Abraham that it would be a long time before it was proper to give his descendants the country; the Amorites' waywardness did not yet justify God's doing so. Now it does. But only once did God give the Israelites the land and take up the waywardness of the land's occupants in order to do so, as well as commission Israel to be the means of exacting the divine redress. Never again in the Old Testament did God act this way. 

John Goldingay. Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.52.

     Let's read what happened to Abraham:

13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”       Genesis 15: 13-16

     Wow! Understand now? When God's time is up, evil people will be eliminated, once and for all! And, a new opportunity will be given to those who listen and obey God. And, when the Israelites did the same evil things as those Amorites did, they suffered similar judgment in a few hundred years time!

     We always take God's love for granted that He is always full of mercy and forgiveness. What we do not know is that when God's time is up, no one can escape. 

     You got to be very carful of your life, whether you are following Jesus each day. Because when God's time is up, you might not have a chance. Don't take His love for granted!

     I received a message from Jesus to you just a few minutes ago using Psalm 115:9-11 as I just used above. This is to encourage you of God's protection as being our help and shield:

Israel, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.
10 house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.

    Well, fear the Lord is the key!

    If you are under attack or being bullied by some bad guys, don't worry. God has His time and they will suffer if you are really God's servants. Wait for the Lord! He loves you and will protect you! 
Dear Lord Jesus, 
Help us to know that you have your time and your bottom line. Lead us to be willing to follow you, listen and obey to you each day so that we won't suffer the consequence as those five kings. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. What have you learned today about God's timing and bottom line? Why He waited for four generations before He showed forth His judgement?

2. Is today's message a scary message, a warning or an encouragement to you? How so?

3. What have you got from Jesus today?

Today's Time with Abba daily reading that I recited loudly and copy the Bible is:
Psalm 106:40-48
Isaiah 51:1 - 53:12
Ephesians 5:1-33
Proverbs 24:7

Photos of my copying the Bible today using Time with Abba passages

Today's Golden Verse 

Other passages

Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons

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