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June 14, 2019

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June 14, 2019

 

Read: 2Chronicles 13

 

To read this text, go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2Chronicles+13&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2Chronicles 13:18 So Judah defeated Israel on that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors.”

 

Observations- The schism that took place after Solomon’s death was still an unresolved issue. The south (Judah) claimed to have the legitimate lineage of David sitting on the throne and the ordained lineage of Aaron in the priest’s office. Meanwhile, the north (Israel) had broken up with the most authentic Jewish traditions and named both kings and priests regardless of their lineage and adherence to the Laws of God. Does this sound familiar?

 

Application- The same way sin causes a schism between men and God; true repentance should inevitably cause a schism between men and sin. So, schism is the two-way street we not only take to walk away from God but also to come back to Him. As we head back to His loving arms, sanctification is the process of separation from worldly practices, and holiness is the art of deserting our human creativity to follow God´s creative Word.

But parting ways with sin and return to God is a tough battle we all need to fight. This whole chapter shows us that when king Abijah’s found himself at bay, he did not call for negotiations but for repentance. He did not compromise the most precious traditions of God´s people but called for adherence to them. He did not break nor bent God´s order but called to live it out. Consequently, God showed him and us that faithfulness outscores forcefulness.

 

Prayer- Lord, help us remember that the power of our unity does not come from our numbers, but from our unity with You. Help us never ever renounce to the most authentic traditions of truth and love found in your Word. In your mighty Name, Jesus, we pray and trust, AMEN!

 

Pastor Roberto


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June 13, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 12

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+12&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Chronicles 12:5b-6- Shemaiah told them, “This is what the Lord says: You have abandoned me, so I am abandoning you to Shishak.” Then the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is right in doing this to us!”


Observations- Rehoboam didn't lead the people to faithfully love and serve God and one another; instead Rehoboam modeled a full array of sin (missing the mark of God's full intention) and the people followed his bad example. All was not lost however, as they humbled themselves before God and realized what a mess they had made by seeking their own way.

 

Application- When confronted by Shemaiah with how far they had wandered away from the truth of God, Rehoboam and all of the leaders of Judah had a choice to make about either humbling themselves and admitting their sin or doubling down on disobedience. The same is true for us now. The Lord's disciple- while difficult and painful to receive- is a gift that serves us well in the long run of our lives- here and now and in preparing us for eternity. 

 

Prayer- Thank You, God, for reminders in Your Word to draw close to You. We are surely sheep of Your own pasture, but we so frequently mess up and nibble ourselves lost through going our own way or not being very intentional about following Your way. Help be humble and want to be found by You. Guide us to return quickly to Your loving arms of grace and mercy. Amen.

 

"And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, 'My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he 

corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.'” (Hebrews 12:5-6),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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