Reading the one year Bible today (www.oneyearbibleonline.com)
Here is my personal revelation…get your own! But feel free to comment on mine.
12 This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel:
and trust instead in oppression and lies,
13 calamity will come upon you suddenly—
like a bulging wall that bursts and falls.
In an instant it will collapse
and come crashing down.
14 You will be smashed like a piece of pottery—
shattered so completely that
there won’t be a piece big enough
to carry coals from a fireplace
or a little water from the well.”
the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to me
and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it.
16 You said, ‘No, we will get our help from Egypt.
They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.’
But the only swiftness you are going to see
is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!
17 One of them will chase a thousand of you.
Five of them will make all of you flee.
You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a hill
or a tattered banner on a distant mountaintop.”
so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
Blessed are those who wait for his help.
you will weep no more.
He will be gracious if you ask for help.
He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
20 Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
21 Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left.
22 Then you will destroy all your silver idols
and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
saying to them, “Good riddance!”
stands growling over a sheep it has killed,
it is not frightened by the shouts and noise
of a whole crowd of shepherds.
In the same way, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will come down and fight on Mount Zion.
5 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will hover over Jerusalem
and protect it like a bird protecting its nest.
He will defend and save the city;
he will pass over it and rescue it.”
10 In a short time—just a little more than a year—
you careless ones will suddenly begin to care.For your fruit crops will fail,
and the harvest will never take place.
throw off your complacency.
Strip off your pretty clothes,
and put on burlap to show your grief.
Freedom in Christ
2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. [Are you trying to save yourself? by trying to keep certain rules and special conditions and regulations, you are merely separating yourself from God. Paul is saying here that Christ is of no benefit to you.] 3 I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. [No human effort can find favor with the Lord. It is only the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus, who has made a way for us to be right with Him.]
5 But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. [Sanctification is a process. His righteousness is imparted to us, but it is still His. We are clothed in it, yet still flesh. We will continue to sin which is Paul’s point here: we cannot be made righteous by any effort of our own. But the Holy Spirit that lives in us revives us and brings Life eternal and the righteousness of Christ lives through the Spirit’s guidance. It’s as if each day we are a soldier awaiting our orders, our call, our mandate.] 6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. [How are you expressing love to others daily? Not just family and those you know, but OTHERS…people who don’t look like you, sound like you, believe like you…they need to see our faith in expression, active and alive through service.]
7 You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? [Don’t get tired! Stay spiritually fit! Pray, read, and do! Then repeat the same order.] 8 It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. 9 This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! [It only takes one person’s influence to ruin and infect an entire group.] 10 I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you. [Paul says he is trusting the Lord. We are to deliver the Truth that we have been entrusted with. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts hearts. We are not trying to win an argument here…we are trying to see a soul saved. This is not a debate…this is a battle and we are plundering hell to populate heaven. So boldy proclaim…fervently pray…and confidently stand. Don’t get into theological arguments. Speak the Truth plainly and clearly. Let the Holy Spirit vindicate you.]
11 Dear brothers and sisters,<sup class="footnote" value="[a]”>[a] if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended. [Why were they offended? What is it about the Cross that offended them? Was it their guilt and shame? Their need for forgiveness but pride that held them hostage? ] 12 I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.<sup class="footnote" value="[b]”>[b]
<sup class="footnote" value="[b]”> Psalm 63: 1-11
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
10 They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.
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