Posts Tagged: Yahweh

Esther 9:25 – On His Own Head

God has made a vow with the strength of a curse in His own Name to protect His Chosen People, the Jews of Israel. Those who remember who God is, and who honor Him and His Word are wise, because He will give them favor. Those who choose to disdain their creator and the One…

Nehemiah 9:26 – Nevertheless

It’s astounding what God puts up with concerning this rebellious creation of His called mankind. If He wasn’t long-suffering beyond what you and I can imagine, He would have decided the human experiment had long-past reached its expiration date.  Nevertheless (the word that also happens to highlight the title of this essay today), God somehow…

Ezra 9:11 – The Peoples of the Lands

Ezra was a righteous man, a man of God, who desired to please the Lord and do His will.  Because his heart was toward Yahweh, He used Ezra mightily to accomplish His purpose of rebuilding the temple in the midst of the Jewish people’s exile to Babylon. God shone His favor on Ezra and the…

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…