Posts Tagged: Yahweh

Ezra 8:22 – The Hand of Our God

Ezra’s account of how the 2nd temple was built in Jerusalem reveals several aspects of God’s character.  The Lord worked specifically through three pagan kings to cause them to show favor toward the people of Israel to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple.  He first stirred up Cyrus to decree that Yahweh was…

Ezra 5:3 – Who Gave You a Decree?

The enemy is insidious and extremely persistent.  When he sees the people of God gaining ground that he thinks is his, he’ll do whatever is necessary “by any means possible” to take it back, no matter how underhanded.  Satan is the prince of the earth and of the power of the air.  He has claimed…

John 19:14 – The Day of Preparation

God’s plan and His timing are seen through the ages, if we only have eyes to see. The day that Jesus came before Pilate was significant in the Hebrew calendar. The Jews had gathered in Jerusalem for Passover, which had been initiated many years ago by God on the cusp of the Exodus. Of course,…

2 Chronicles 32:7 – More With Us

Today, I’d like to make two points from our reading that are, perhaps, more related than they appear on the surface. The first has to do with King Hezekiah’s faith; the second deals with his son Manasseh and his relationship to God. Hezekiah is considered one of the most righteous kings of Judah with all…

2 Chronicles 29:5 – Filth in the Holy Place

The reforms that King Hezekiah instituted brought the favor of the Lord upon him and the people he ruled over.  It always astounds me that in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, kings like Hezekiah arose when their fathers were ungodly and corrupt.  That was the case with Hezekiah, whose father was Ahaz, described in 2…

2 Chronicles 20:15 – The Battle Is Not Yours

If there was ever a formula for God to intervene in a situation, we see it in the life of King Jehoshaphat. Please don’t misunderstand me. God cannot be put into a box and manipulated by us in any way.  Thus, for there to be a sure-fire blueprint for gaining what we want through some…

2 Chronicles 15:6 – God Troubled Them

If we seek the Lord, He will be found by us.  When we delve into His Word, He shows us His character and how He operates.  Moreover, what has happened in the past with Israel is often a harbinger of things to come.  Prophetically, God foreshadows and gives us insights into our present day in…

2 Chronicles 7:14 – If-Then

We’re all familiar with 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This is a declaration and a prayer that…

John 11:27: Yes Lord, I Believe

An argument that many of the feminist persuasion make is that the Bible, and by association, all of ancient Israel, was paternalistic and that women were degraded – nothing but chattel – almost on the equivalent of slaves.  In their thinking, the culture that Scripture portrays is rife with offensives because women were housebound and…

John 10:16 – One Flock One Shepherd

God didn’t have to do any of this. He had no need that He had to fill. There wasn’t any outside influence on Him. God created us simply because He wanted to. No, maybe I’m wrong. Perhaps He did have a need. That need was to lavish the love bursting in His heart upon someone….