Thursday, October 18, 2018

QT - Isaiah 35:1-10

ONLY THOSE WHO. . . 

key verse: 8

This is a prophecy on the messianic age. Tribulation and deportation have ended, and now a new era blossoms. Songs resound. It is the image of Paradise. Yet there is a condition in order to participate in this rejoicing. 

1. Here is your God (1-4)

Because of sin, Israel was in the midst of tribulation. They had been led captive into Babylon, but in time, God would deliver them. Until now, due to their sin, it seemed as though God had turned his back on them. Because of their sinful lives, it seemed as if he no longer wanted to be their God. But now that their sin was redeemed, God wanted to be their God. Their honor was restored and blessing returned. The sad state of the desert gave way to gladness and rejoicing. Joy blossomed and the happiness of the inhabitants was restored. Glory and majesty covered the land. Until now, youthful strength was abandoned because of the slavery of sin, but from now on, they would take destiny into their own hands and create a new story. 

2. The redeemed shall walk there (5-10)

A new highway is paved. It is the predicted way of Jesus' work (5,6). It will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not pass over it. Only those who accept Jesus can enter this way, and even the foolish can become wise. Nature will be transformed; the desert will become an oasis. The infirm will be healed through God's intervention. They will be delivered from their physical handicap, but they will also need deliverance in their souls. Repentance in Jesus will revive these people. They are now not only physically freed from their invaders; they are also freed from the debilitating weight of sin. There will no longer be any trace of sadness for them, only gladness and rejoicing shall reign. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

QT - Esaïe 34:1-17

« EDOM WILL BE JUDGED

Key Verse 34: 5
Isaiah describes what judgment will have fallen on Edom. Edom is judged as one of the judgments made by God who is sovereign.   

1. It will go down to Edom (1-15)

God is the master of history, he governs the whole world. Therefore, his judgment is universal . Nations, peoples and the Earth and all that it contains are objects of his judgment. The fundamental reason for judgment relates to the relationship of creatures with their Creator. All creation that opposes God will be judged. Edom represents this power of opposition to the Creator, and to his will. Indeed, Edom was the country south-east of Israel in the desert. When Israel crossed the desert, it refused to allow Israel to pass through its territory, although they were once Isaac's common ancestor and they shared the same blood. God pronounces Edom's sentence of judgment by the voice of the prophet. Above all, it will be bloodthirsty. The sword will pierce this country by spilling a lot of blood. The enemy will be ruthless to this country that was cruel. Indeed, it had shed much innocent blood. The earth will be devastated and the tar that burns will cover it. And it will become the home of wild animals.

2. Consult the book (16-17)

The universal and ultimate judgment is accomplished through the word of God. Judgment and destruction take place as written in the book. It is therefore necessary to consult it. Sometimes false prophets can mislead about their time, but judgment is inevitable and its coming is undeniable. The world can deny judgment, but the Bible proclaims its existence, hence our required attitude to walk with fear and trembling (Mt 24:36). Then as judgment approaches, the Spirit of God will be sent to gather the people. All those who walk in obedience to the word of God and with fear and trembling will be gathered to receive eternal life in the kingdom of God as their inheritance. " »

Saturday, October 13, 2018

QT - Isaiah 30:1-33

SALVATION THROUGH REPENTANCE AND REST

Key verse 30:15b

Today's word shows us how the believer must trust. The heart cannot be divided into Mammon and God, says Jesus. But Israel's heart was divided.

1. Egypt the agitated and the rest (1-11)
As the Assyrian threat grew, people became fearful. Some people advocated asking Egypt for help. But it was a human plan, not God's. Isaiah saw the madness of this. He called Egypt, the useless help, "Rahab the Do-Nothing" (7b). But people didn't want to listen to the truth. They asked the servants of God to stop teaching the Bible.

2. At God’s return the rest will be your salvation (12-18) 
The way of God is the way of repentance and of trust in God. God longs to give us grace. But if we choose the human way over that of God, we cannot be saved.

3. This is the way, walk along it (19-33) Despair does not come from suffering; it comes from the fact that we have no direction. People make idols because they don't recognize God. Sometimes God needs to discipline us with the bread of adversity to teach us to turn to Him. When we call upon him, he heals us and teaches us his way (21). Israel decided to remove impurity and material lust from their within, so God responded with the abundance of His creation. God became angry with the Assyrian enemy who once hurt the people. The enemy will be overwhelmed by the thundering voice of God, and in the land of Judah, however, there will be the bliss that the joyfully heartfelt people enjoy endlessly as they travel to Mount Zion, to the Rock of Israel. In Jesus we have this bliss, for He delivers us from the yoke of sin by crushing the horn of Satan (Luke 1:74).


Thursday, October 11, 2018

QT - Isaiah 28:1-29

key verse: 1

WOE TO DRUNKARDS

In today's passage, we learn about the end of those who have pushed God out of their hearts. We can learn a lot from the history of Israel in the north and the kingdom of Judah in the south. 

1. Judgement on the proud (1-13)

The leaders of northern Israel were drunk. They were not watchful in the time of emergency. The ability to discern was eroded and sinful desire grew. Where God had been pushed away, pride increased. The crown of the drunk would be crushed, yet for the rest of the people, God would place a glorious crown on their heads (5). The leaders of southern Judah despised the lesson they could have learned from northern Israel. They too became drunk, and their faith and moral criterion eroded away. They were deluded regarding their own power over the people. They did not listen to the prophets and ignored God's word. They turned away from God, the source of true strength, and lived in falsehood. They would soon be led away captive and forced to listen to people of a foreign tongue (11, 13).

2. The great wisdom of God (14-29)

The prophet reproached the leaders of Jerusalem. They were proud and the cause of this was their rejection of God's word. Instead of seeking God, they took refuge in Egypt. It was stupid to leave God, the rock of salvation, and seek Egypt instead. Both themselves and Egypt would be destroyed. The so-called "wisdom" of those who have left God becomes a nightmare. The prophet cried out, proclaiming God's wisdom. If agricultural techniques are successful, it is because God has taught us to do so. At harvestime, there is a special method for each type of grain. If there is wisdom to be found in agriculture, it also exists in the areas of politics, economics and history. Human wisdom cannot beat God's wisdom. When man makes God the center, the foundation of his life becomes rock solid. 

QT - Philippiens 4:10-23

FOR I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH CHRIST, WHO GIVES ME STRENGHT
Key Verse 4: 13
In this epilogue, Paul expresses first of all, according to the main term of this epistle, his overflowing joy from the sacrificial life of the Philippians, and then his faith based on his trust in God. 
  1. I know what it is to have plenty (10-13)
Paul's source of joy was that he saw the Philippians' interest in him flourishing. It's like a flower coming out of a dry land. What a wonderful grace to see brothers and sisters taking care of each other! And to see the flock take an interest in their leader! Paul did not consider it as a merit, but as a grace. Paul was old, he was a prisoner, and he was far from them. It is said that :  « Out of sight, out of mind ». But his flock of Philip never forgot their grace. Paul's philosophy as a servant of God is centered on the life of Jesus. It is characterized by contentment and strength, despite a situation of deprivation. In his devoid and overwhelmed situation, he constantly took the strength that came from God. No obstacle is too much big to overcome it. Once God strengthens us by seeing our faith, we can win any trial of our lives.
  1. May God bless you according to His mercy (14-23)
The Philippians' faith was manifested by their sacrificial life. In Thessaloniki, Paul had already received twice the material assistance from them through Epaphroditus' hand. Their example in material management was more than influential, and it is such a hilarious subject in this world so individualistic and selfish. Paul was very happy with it. Indeed, Paul was not dependent on any material support from the outside, for he knew that God was providing for all his needs. But his heart was so moved by their interest in him that he wanted to respond to this profusion of love of the Philippians with his prodigious blessing. Man's happiness does not consist in having a lot of money but in seeing the abundance of heart in his fellow men, like the flowered garden. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

QT - Philippians 2:1-8

key verse: 5

HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST JESUS

Paul encourages his flock in Philippi to seek unity. When unity is sought with human efforts, there is no success and it is weakened. So, Paul reveals the sole criteria: the mind of Jesus. 

1. Paul calls for unity (1-4)

Paul calls the church to unity, for division is against God's will. Love must be reciprocal. As we have received the same spirit, so we form the same body. Experiencing mercy and compassion should have motivated them to act in kind towards others. Unity in spirit leads to lasting joy. Rivalry and conceit are relentless enemies against brotherly communion, and they inhibit unity. There are two ways to overcome them: first, consider others more significant than yourselves, taking into consideration the qualites and gifts others possess, while recognizing your own weaknesses, failures and limitations. Second, you must look to the interests of others.

2. Christ's example (5-8)

The best way to encourage humility and unity among the Philippians is to point out the example of Christ. The important thing is to turn the mind of each man to that of Christ. The outward appearance is nothing; what was Christ's mind? He was equal to God but did not consider it a thing to be grasped. He came down to earth as a man and made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant to serve men and give his life as a sacrifice on the cross in order to ransom mankind. Why was his act so sacrificial? How could he have given his life this way? It was because he loved God; so, he obeyed God (John 14:15, 21a). The cross was a scandal for the Jews who considered the executed as excluded from the people of God. To the Greeks, it was foolishness; even Cicero said to remove an executed man's name from the minds of Roman citizens. Whoever is hung on a cross is considered cursed. Yet Jesus took this position in order to save sinful humanity.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

QT - Ph 1: 27-30


1. In a manner worthy of the Gospel (27-28)