Sunday, July 23, 2017

CONCLUSION OF THIS BIBLE STUDY:



EZRA and NEHEMIAH (Re-Building the Temple)

This has been a very interesting study, both historical knowledge and spiritual knowledge concerning the return of this nation. Question has arrived. To my surprise, I didn't know that Ezra was a priest, and Nehemiah was a governor.

Ezra is the one person who is prominent in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Both books end with prayers of confession (Ezra 9Nehemiah 9) and a subsequent separation of the people from the sinful practices into which they had fallen. There's a good concept of the nature of the encouraging messages of Haggai and Zechariah, who are introduced in this narrative (Ezra 5:1), may be seen in the prophetic books that bear their names. Very interesting!

The Book of Ezra covers the return from captivity to rebuild the Temple up to the decree of Artaxerxes, the event covered at the beginning of the Book of Nehemiah. Haggai was the main prophet in the day of Ezra, and Zechariah was the prophet in the day of Nehemiah.

We see in the Book of Ezra a continuation of the biblical theme of the remnant. Whenever disaster or judgment falls, God always saves a tiny remnant for Himself—Noah and his family from the destruction of the flood; Lot's family from Sodom and Gomorrah; the 7000 prophets reserved in Israel despite the persecution of Ahab and Jezebel. When the Israelites were taken into captivity in Egypt, God delivered His remnant and took them to the Promised Land. Some fifty thousand people return to the land of Judea in Ezra 2:64-67, and yet, as they compare themselves with the numbers in Israel during its prosperous days under King David, their comment is, "We are left this day as a remnant." The remnant theme is carried into the New Testament where Paul tells us that "at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace" (Romans 11:5). Although most people of Jesus' day rejected Him, there remained a set of people whom God had reserved and preserved in his Son, and in the covenant of His grace. Throughout all generations since Christ, there is the remnant of the faithful whose feet are on the narrow road that leads to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14). This remnant will be preserved through the power of the Holy Spirit who has sealed them and who will deliver them safely at the last day (2 Corinthians 1:22Ephesians 4:30).

The Book of Ezra is a chronicle of hope and restoration. For the Christian whose life is scarred by sin and rebellion against God, there is great hope that ours is a God of forgiveness, a God who will not turn His back on us when we seek Him in repentance and brokenness (1 John 1:9). The return of the Israelites to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple are repeated in the life of every Christian who returns from the captivity of sin and rebellion against God and finds in Him a loving welcome home. No matter how long we have been away, He is ready to forgive us and receive us back into His family. He is willing to show us how to rebuild our lives and resurrect our hearts, wherein is the temple of the Holy Spirit. As with the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, God superintends the work of renovating and rededicating our lives to His service. 

The opposition of the adversaries of God to the rebuilding of the temple displays a pattern that is typical of that of the enemy of our souls. Satan uses those who would appear to be in sync with God's purposes to deceive us and attempt to thwart God's plans. Ezra 4:2 describes the deceptive speech of those who claim to worship Christ but whose real intent is to tear down, not to build up. We are to be on guard against such deceivers, respond to them as the Israelites did, and refuse to be fooled by their smooth words and false professions of faith.

In my conclusion these are thoughts to take in consideration: God bless you!

 

 1. Nehemiah was obedient to God and His Word. He refused to compromise. He was obedient to the will of God. He condemned the evils severely. He had fearless convictions and stood by them.

 2. Nehemiah kept focused on the right issues. He refused to let people side track him. He knew his priorities and stuck with them. He kept focused on his goals and objectives. Nehemiah kept working for a permanent correction to the evils of his day. But he also had the future of the nation in mind.

 3.  He was a man of prayer (13:14; 22; 29; 31). He was bold in the presence of God. He was consistent in his devotion to the Lord.

 4.  Nehemiah took bold action when he knew it to be the will of God. When you deal with sin you have to deal with it head on. You cannot put off what must ultimately be done. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.

 5.  Has a Tobiah wormed his way into your life and now sits enthroned where Jesus Christ should be? Is the temple of the Holy Spirit cluttered with Tobiah's filth and defilement? Do you need to do some spiritual temple cleaning so Christ will be the Lord of your personal life? What are some attitudes, thoughts, behaviors, and compromises that diminish your love for Christ?

 6.  Has a daughter of Sanballat captured your affection and stolen your loyalty to Christ? How sad when Christian youth choose to enter into a marriage covenant with unbelievers. It would be far better to break your heart now than later when life really gets complicated. Yes, it does grieve the heart of God.

There can be no half-measures in the Christian life. Throw Tobiah out of the temple. Clean it up now.

 

Nehemiah was abandoned to the will of God. That is the first requirement of a great leader and all followers.

 

This great builder, reformer and Jewish leader were a man with his faith focused on God. He concluded his testimony to God's faithfulness, praying, "Remember me, O my God, for good." That is my prayer!

The apostle came to the end of his life's ministry and declared: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing" (2 Timothy 4:7-8). 

 

Ending Prayer……….

 

Let's Pray…………

Father God, we come to in Jesus' name, we honor You, we give glory and praise for the things You have done; Thank You for the gift You have put in our lives. Thank You for understanding us, and for Your grace and mercy in our lives. Help us to accept Your discipline, and honor Who You are. Please bless us so we want disappoint You. Help us to make it our priority to obey You in everything. Forgive us so we can enter into Your presence with thanksgiving in our hearts. Bless us to be bold to come before You with all our problems, and our praises. We will enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our heart, and into Your courts with praises. Thank You, Father. Bless us to learn from all the mistakes we learn about those in this study, and help us to be bold like Ezra, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Zerubbabel, and all those prophets who came before us. Help us not to accept anything from the enemy, in Jesus' name. Bless us to keep our temple clean and presentable and acceptable for Your Holy Spirit to dwell in us always. Thank You for Jesus bringing us out of captivity and darkness, and place us in Your marvelous light. This study has been a blessing, Lord. Please, Father, continue to bless us with the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to live a holy life before You. We need Your presence in our lives daily. Continue to help us build our live in a holy manner. Bless our country, Lord, and bless all countries that honor You as the God of all creation, this we pray in Jesus' name. Lord God, continue to save those who are lost. AMEN.

 

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

 

See you in the next study

Evangelist Claudia Jordan

Saturday, July 15, 2017

MORE WORDS TO CONSIDER:

 

Aaron's Rod                           

Pollution

Transformation

Indwelling

The Altar of Burnt Offering


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Week # 8 QUESTIONS


Questions for Review

  1. Can you see this spiritually? Explain in full detail, please.

    Yes, I can! The Old Testament is the natural side of this, and the New Testament is the spiritual side. Everything God does there is a revelation to it. The Temple in the OT represent our natural bodies according to the works done in the NT. We are the temple of God's Holy Spirit. God came to cleans us through Jesus, so He could dwell in us. At the time that every unbeliever is saved, not only does he receive eternal life and become a member of the Body of Christ and a living stone in the temple, but he receives the Holy Spirit as a seal. God places the Holy Spirit in him as a seal. Ephesians 1:13 says, "In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise." Is that not our history? We have heard the gospel of our salvation and have believed in Christ. What happened after we believed? We were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise. Every Christian has the Holy Spirit as the seal. It is very obvious that the Holy Spirit does not belong just to some special Christians and that only specially sanctified Christians have life. The Scripture says that all who have heard the gospel of salvation and who have believed, have received the Holy Spirit as the seal. This proves that the seal of the Holy Spirit is something that all Christians have in common. As soon as one believes, he is saved and has the Holy Spirit in them, dwelling in his/her body, which is the temple of God Himself.
  2. How are we created?

    In Psalm 139:14 we read that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, our Creator, and we should praise Him.
  3. How did Apostle Paul shed light on the human body?

    2 Corinthians 6:16-17 says, "And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you."
  4. What is the spiritual temple?

    Our bodies is to house the Holy Spirit, which is the spiritual side.
  5. What is the purpose of God's creating the human body?

    A major purpose in this life is to grow in the righteous character of God. Through His dwelling in us by the power of His Holy Spirit, we are helped in achieving that purpose in life that will enable us to live forever in His family.
  6. What does (2 Corinthians 6:16-17) says?

    As said earlier, we are the temple of God; God comes and dwell in us when we become born again by His Holy Spirit.
  7. What is God's promise concerning our minds?

    God promises to give a peace of mind that can help us cope with stresses and trials that sometimes war against our temple of the Holy Spirit. Thinking about things God wants us to think about will promote spiritual health to the temple.

     
  8. How would you describe the current state of your temple-your body?

    Each day I try to keep my body clean for God's present in me. If I do wrong, which I do, then I ask God for forgiveness and cleansing in my body, and I ask God to not take away His Holy Spirit from me in Jesus' name. I try to present my body a living sacrifice unto the Lord daily. I am conscious of what happen in my body daily.  
  9. How do you know you have the Holy Spirit?

    I know in my knowner that the Holy Spirit dwells in me, because we do talk together, and I know He answer me. I was promised through the Word of God that He would come when I was born again years ago, and I truly believe this is true. My life is not what it uses to be. I do not deny Him.
  10. If someone ask you about receiving the Holy Spirit, how would you explain, and what scriptures you would give?

    I would encourage them to read the book of Acts because it tell us that we must be filled with the Holy Ghost, which is the Holy Spirit; Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to help us live a life unto God that is well pleasing to Him. The Holy Spirit would keep us, talk with us, and God could guide us through His Holy Spirit. How? We must believe, we must ask for it in prayer, then we receive it by faith, and the Holy Spirit will fill us. Acts 2:38:"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Romans 8:9; 14, Acts 10:44-46).

READING ASSIGNMENT

Let's read the book of Esther


Saturday through Sunday 1-10;

I have finished reading the book of Esther, very good! It shed light on this study.

OUR WEEKLY WORD

………Mercy Seat

 

The writer to the Hebrews talks about the arrangement of the tabernacle of the Old Testament. The tabernacle was the portable sanctuary used by the Israelites from the time of their wandering in the wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt to the building of the temple in Jerusalem (see Exodus 25–27). Within the tabernacle was the ark of the covenant which included the mercy seat (Hebrews 9:3-5 NKJV).
The ark of the covenant, the chest containing the two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, was the most sacred object of the tabernacle and later in the temple in Jerusalem, where it was placed in an inner area called the Holy of Holies. Also within the ark were the golden pot of manna, such as was provided by God in the wilderness wanderings (Exodus 16:4) and Aaron's almond rod (Numbers 17:1-13). On top of the ark was a lid called the mercy seat on which rested the cloud or visible symbol of the divine presence. Here God was supposed to be seated, and from this place He was supposed to dispense mercy to man when the blood of the atonement was sprinkled there.
In a manner of speaking, the mercy seat concealed the people of God from the ever-condemning judgment of the Law. Each year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies and sprinkled the blood of animals sacrificed for the atonement of the sins of God's people. This blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat. The point conveyed by this imagery is that it is only through the offering of blood that the condemnation of the Law could be taken away and violations of God's laws covered.
The Greek word for "Mercy Seat" in Hebrews 9:5 is hilasterion, which means "that which makes expiation" or "propitiation." It carries the idea of the removal of sin. In Ezekiel 43:13-15, the brazen altar of sacrifice is also called Hilasterion (the propitiatory or mercy seat) in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) because of its association with the shedding of blood for sin.
What is the significance of this? In the New Testament, Christ Himself is designated as our "propitiation." Paul explains this in his letter to the Romans: "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed" (Romans 3:24-25 NKJV). What Paul is teaching here is that Jesus is the covering for sin, as shown by these Old Testament prophetic images. By means of His death, and our response to Christ through our faith in Him, all our sins are covered. Also, whenever believers sin, we may turn to Christ who continues to be the propitiation or covering for our sins (1 John 2:1, 4:10). This ties together the Old and New Testament concepts regarding the covering of sin as exemplified by the mercy-seat of God.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

This Week's Prayer:

Let's pray..........


 

Father God, we come to You in humble spirit, asking for Your grace and mercy right now in Jesus' name. Bless us to sit in the lap of grace, and cause mercy to embrace us in Jesus' name. Thank You, Lord for who You are to us.  You opened the Gospel with the story of a couple seeking lodging among strangers and whose newborn slept in a manger, for there were no room in the inn. You've told us that we, too, have no abiding home on earth. We're strangers and pilgrims, looking for a city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God. You've told us to show kindness to fellow pilgrims in this world. Some, having done so, have entertained angels without knowing it, hallelujah! So Lord, give us compassion for the homeless and all those who need our help. Give us smiling hearts for strangers. Deliver us from being indignant when we should be compassionate. Help us to serve the lease of these, and may we love our neighbors as ourselves. We have learned of Your Spirit who indwells us and desire to be obedient to the Holy Spirit, which is our keeper, our guide, and our teacher these evil days. Father God, the Israelites did not obey You years ago, and evil came upon them, please forgive us, and please do not take Your Holy Spirit from us. Keep us clean, create in us a clean heart, and renew the right spirit in us so we can be acceptable to Your Holy Spirit in our temple. These prayers we pray in Jesus' name, AMEN.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

WEEK # 7 QUESTION # 6 (?)

SHARING:

 

On question 6 I really didn't understand it because it didn't say who (them) was; I read chapter 13 this morning and saw this

 

Nehemiah 13:10-11

"10 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field.

11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place."

 

 

That was a good question, amen!  The question was………….

 

When Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall what did he ask them?

 

"Why is the house of God forsaken?"

 

They had left building the House of God, the Temple at this time.

 

"Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?"

Haggai said this! (Haggai 1:4), and then he said this "Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?" (Haggai 2:3).

 

Let's think back now to Ezekiel………………

This section of Ezekiel is a sad era in the history of Israel. The Glory of the Lord led Israel out of Egypt. The Glory of the Lord appeared to Moses, in the burning bush on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 3:3-4).  He appeared to them in a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, the very presence of God, He nurtured Israel in the wilderness providing food and water. 

 

Four hundred years after Israel took possession of the land, they were instructed to build a House for the presence of God in Jerusalem.   Solomon completed this Temple in 960 B.C., the presence of God, the Glory of the Lord, affirmed and blessed the House, by filling it with His presence.   

"10 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,11" so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. I Kings 8:10-11   

  

Here in Ezekiel chapters eight to eleven reveals how the presence of God, leaves His Temple, Solomon's Temple, because of the sins taking place.  Before He leaves, Ezekiel is brought to the Temple to witness why God's presence is leaving the Temple.  Ezekiel testified to what the nation's leaders are doing in secret, thinking God did not know.  He witnesses the idolatry taking place in secret how the nation's leaders worshipped abominations in the Temple.  God asks Ezekiel, "Have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness" (Ezekiel 8:12).

God then allows Ezekiel to see the events in the spiritual realms; God calls His angelic "Guards" to slay the idolaters in the city (Ezekiel 9).  This action is later fulfilled when the armies of Babylon destroy the city and slay its inhabitants in 586 B.C. 

After witnessing the slaughter and judgment in the spiritual realms, Ezekiel cries out asking God, "Ah, Lord God! Will You make a complete end of the remnant of Israel?" (Ezekiel 11:12). God responds by promising a day of restoration, even though they are judged, they will be restored, God will bring them back to the land and put a "New Spirit in them", they will be given a "heart of flesh", they will then be "my people".  Even though the events seem bleak for the nation, God is not done with Israel, they will be restored.

This restoration of obedience will take place in the last days, the end-times, when Israel comes to know their Messiah.  Ezekiel 36 to 48 deals with these progression of events.

 

 Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit right now, and if we defile it God will remove His Holy Spirit, spiritually, amen.

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