Friday, December 7, 2018

QT - Actes 16 :11-40


THEY HAD SO MUCH JOY TO HAVE BELIEVED IN JESUS
Key verse 16: 34
Philippians did not start spectacularly, but from the women near the river. In the work of God there is the work of grace, but there is also the impediment. Paul and Barnabas were imprisoned because of God's work. But they have also experienced a great work over there.

1. The successful life of the missionary Saint Paul. (16: 11-15)
Paul, lacking the synagogue in the city, came to walk near the river and met a group of women. Then a person became interested in Paul's words. Lydia opened her heart and accepted the gospel. Then he invited the whole group of Jesus to her home and she and her family were baptized. This was the work of the Holy Spirit. When Paul followed His direction, he was able to bear a lot of fruits. Paul did it on a one-to-one basis, and his love focused on Lydia and gave out a great impact around him. The work of God is not the work of mass, but the work of personal salvation. Paul especially appreciated the value of one soul.

2. The glory of God is revealed in the midst of all things (16: 16-40)
Paul practiced good deeds in the name of Jesus, however, he was imprisoned by the enemy. But instead of complaining,  he gave thanks, there came a miracle in which he and all the prisoners saw their chains undone. But the guardians, seeing that they had not escaped, was touched and asked the way of salvation to Paul. He and his family were converted and baptized. Then the great progress of the gospel took place in the city. Paul, despite imprisonment, obtained the greatest fruit of preaching. The will of God can be accomplished in difficult moments. Sing to each other with confidence to God, when you cross the difficulty, pray to God constantly! The officers were afraid that Paul was Roman. Perplexed, they wanted to secretly free Paul, but Paul makes it clear that they make a public apology and publicly declare their innocence. We must not close our eyes to the injustice of the world. Acquiescence and forgiveness are two different things.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Beginning of Knowledge Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1:1-33
key verse: 7

THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE

Introduction to Proverbs

This book contains proverbs of many authors but the main one is Solomon. Wisdom, which is more precious than pearls or gold, is the theme of this book. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Justice, holiness, humility, mercy, peace, diligence, keeping God's word, correcting children, virtuous women, etc are all examples of wisdom. The result of wisdom is life (chapter 3). In most cases, this book deals with wisdom in the world, though sometimes it deals with wisdom pertaining to eternal life (12:28, 15;24, etc).

Solomon wrote Proverbs to make knowledge known to men. This part is divided into three sections: introduction, bad influence and God's answer to resistant men.

1. The Beginning of Knowledge (1-9)

Words of wisdom help us receive instruction, justice, equity and integrity. Wisdom builds as our desire to learn increases. Contrary to human wisdom, divine wisdom can be obtained only through the fear of the Lord. Only fools reject it. 

2. Bad Influence (10-19)

Psalm 1 says "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers." When temptation comes, we must be vigilant and hold fast to justice, or risk running after evil. He who tempts others will fall into his own snare.

3. God's answer to man's resistance (20-33)

Wisdom takes revenge. She cries out against stupidity. She invites the simple to follow her ways. However, people refuse to understand or listen. Their resistance is not without consequence and they receive their just rewards. Though God called many times, they turned a deaf ear. Now, it is God's turn. When they reach out to him for help, he will turn a deaf ear. Since they hated knowledge, God will not rescue them. Since they despised is correction, they will wander. Those who listen to his words will live in a secure and prosperous home. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

QT - Actes 14 :1-6


 THE WORK OF PAUL IN ICONIUM

Key Verse 14: 3a 
Paul visited Iconium and preached the word. The work at Iconium is characterized by the work of preaching.

1. Paul preached with full assurance (1-3)
The work of the gospel at Iconium seems that there is not too much of a particular character. But the work of the gospel often proceeds by the calm and unceremonious aspect. The words "in such a way" in verse 1 show us how much Paul preached with power and assurance. His preaching brought a lot of souls to Christ. But there was a problem, for the unbelieving Jews stirred the Gentiles to hate and persecute the believers. Their hearts were hard as stones without being convinced by the Spirit who asked them to repent. During their stay in the city, Paul and Barnabas did several works. But the true master of the work was only Jesus. It was Jesus who testified to the truth and it was Jesus who made the miracles visible through their hands. It is important to know that the master of the work is Jesus Christ and let him work according to His will.

2. They proclaimed the Gospel (4-7)
There was a division between believers and unbelievers. These are in principle pagans versus Jews. But the Jews disturb the camps, provoked divisions among the pagans. So they produced a bias among the pagans. Some were from the Jewish Party, and some from the Apostles' Party. Division and bias are the wrong leavens for the people of God. The Jews and pagans who were being fooled by them began to persecute the Apostles. They mistreated them and wanted to stone them. But Paul and Barnabas prayed and decided to flee the city. They went to Lystra and Derbe, two cities of Lycaonia. They were cities of refuge. Being severely persecuted previously, they might have thought it was finally the moment they rested. But that was not the case. Indeed, they began to announce the good news even in this new city. Purely and simply, they proclaimed the Gospel.

Saturday, November 24, 2018



Deuteronomy 34:1-11 (Daily Bread of Friday 23/11/2018)

MOSES SAW THE PROMISED LAND AND THEN HE DIED

Key Verse 34: 6

Today's Word speaks Moses's last day on eart. God forbids him to go into the promised land. Moses was the greatest servant of God. 



1. He died on Nebo (1-6)

Moses went up to the mountain of Moab and looked at the promised land. God showed him the land of Canaan, from East to West and North to South. This was the land upon which Abraham's feet had trodden. God had promised to give it to him and his descendants. God showed it to Moses, but forbade him to enter it because of what happened at Meriba. Moses died at Nebo, but the Lord buried him, so no one knows where his tomb lies. According to legend, any attempt to find him is doomed to failure. Sometimes there are things that God doesn't need to reveal. Sometimes man has to resign himself to what he knows. 


2. Moses the greatest servant of Israel (7-11)

Moses was 120 years old when he died. His death was a part of God's will and plan. Thus, Moses did not wither away as the dean of the earth. God had taken Enoch and Elijah without letting them pass through death. Similarly, the Lord took his life and made him disappear. He still had the vigour and sight of man. God's plan for him ended and he had to leave the leadership to his successor: Joshua. He was a man of war who lead the people during the conquest of Canaan. Moses is nevertheless worthy of constant memory in Israel's history. Not only was he the most humble man on earth (Num 12:3), but he was also a powerful, Spirit-filled leader who brought salvation to his people. The signs that he had operated on Pharaoh to free his people from slavery in Egypt were formidable. He was their unrivaled liberator. The wonders he had worked throughout the wandering in the desert with his people were remarkable. He was their incomparable driver. He should be constantly remembered by the Israelites, and the prophecy that God would send a prophet like him surely points to Jesus Christ.




Tuesday, November 20, 2018

QT - Deutéronome 31 :1-30

WRITE THIS HYMN AGAINST THEM
Key Verse 31: 19

The last part of Deuteronomy (chapter 31-34) shares the last speeches of Moses before his death.

1. Joshua successor of Moses (1-13)
Moses was old, on the point of death. Moses says that the Lord God is their king and commander and GOD will lead the people in all victory, destroying the enemy. They had only to strengthen themselves and take courage, with nothing to fear. The word of Moses is very similar to that of God which will be given to Joshua on the eve of the conquest of Canaan. Moses called Joshua, who was appointed successor according to the will of God, and encouraged him to lead the war as commander, but calling him that the Chief commander is always God. Our fight belongs to God who leads the war himself. Then, Moses gave the order to read the written law at the seventh year after the conquest, in a place where all the tribes get united, especially the descendants who do not know the law very well. 

2. Write the hymn against them (14-30)
The LORD asked Moses and Aaron to stand in the tent. At the entrance, the LORD appeared in a pillar of cloud. The Lord will indicate what will be the disposition of the people when He goes into the land of Canaan and warns them against them. Already 7 years was expressly mentioned because perhaps this is the moment when the memory would begin to weaken. But what was certain is that he will turn away from the law and wallow with idols. After the flood, God had noticed that man is fundamentally inclined to evil, which led him to decide not to give the same calamity. Jesus did not receive the testimony of men, because he knew what is in them. God knew the corrupt state of the people. So he had the hymn written so that the people would sing it as a testimony against them and every time they sing, they would feel sorry and would return to the right path. Moses had no difficulty in foreseeing it, too, because the people rebelled so often during their lifetime, therefore, even more so after his death (27).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

QT - 1 Corinthiens 15 :35-49

THE PRINCIPLE AND GLORY OF RESURRECTION
Key verse 15:45

Paul teaches us through the parable of grain what is the principle and essence of the resurrection. Then he tells us what the glory of the resurrection revealed by Adam and Jesus Christ is.

1. The principle of resurrection (35-44)
Paul explains how the resurrection is made possible and with what body one resurrects through the parable of grain (35). Just as the grain, after being sown and dead in the earth, comes to life again and takes the body proper to each species (36-38), so is the resurrection of the dead. In other words, even if we bury our corruptible bodies in the earth, we will take up a new spiritual body to relive (42-43). Like the creature belonging to heaven or earth, such as man, animal, bird, fish, etc. to each one's own body with its own beauty (40-41), the natural human body and the spiritual body after resurrection each have its own form and glory (44). The body after the resurrection will possess the form and the glory which will be incomparable with those of the natural body of the earth and which are eternal.

2. The glory of the resurrection (45-49)
Indeed, the glory of which Paul speaks means the "glory of God" which is seen among creatures, so there is the difference between the glory revealed by the earthly bodies and the glory revealed by the heavenly bodies. Paul continues his statement by comparing the first man Adam with the last Adam who is Jesus Christ. The first man Adam was only "a living being" that had been made with dust, but the last Adam, Christ is "a life-giving spirit" that was born from heaven (45-47). Believers who come to have the corruptible body because of the commission of the sin of the first man Adam will come to have a glorious body as the risen Jesus, thanks to His resurrection (48-49). Therefore, believers must reject corruptible things on earth, but live with living hope in the glorious kingdom of heaven.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


1Corinthians 13:1-13 (Daily Bread of 9/11/2018)

LOVE NEVER SUCCUMBS

Verse Key 13: 8

The greatest gift that is love is eternal. In this chapter of love, we can learn what spiritual love is and its eternal character.

1. Giving without love is useless (1-7)

Paul says that at the heart of the gifts is love. Paul says in 3 sentences at the beginning of the chapter, all gifts, however powerful, if they are deprived of love, they are worthless. Despite the abundant gifts found among Corinthian members, this church did not improve, but rather degenerated into disorder and confusion. The reason was because their lives and activities were not based on love. Love is so high, wide and great and deep that it is difficult to describe. But the love described by 15 verbs here is not something abstract or theoretical. Love is defined rather with these concrete words such as service, sacrifice or self-denial. The gift of the Spirit confers power on those who possess it through the practice of such love.

2. Love is eternal (8-13)


On the last day when all is accomplished, there will only be love left. As there will be no need for repentance or moral teaching, prophecy will be abolished and as everyone will communicate without language barriers, the gift of language will not be necessary, any more than knowledge. Just as the child undresses himself from his childishness to become an adult, just as we can see face to face whereas in the past we only saw through the mirror, so everything will become clear and we will come to understand all things. As faith and hope are fulfilled, they too will disappear, but love will not disappear. Faith is powerful to move the mountain, but it cannot save and grow a soul. Faith that acts with love is the true faith. The way to be one beyond differences is love. If everyone acts with perfect love, the church will prosper. Love is the greatest thing.

Friday, November 9, 2018

QT - 1 Corinthians 10 :1-11 :1

Keep yourself from falling ! 

Key Verse 10: 12 

Paul firstly talks about the story of Israel pointing out what we must do when temptation comes. Then he deals with the problem of freedom of conscience in relation to sacrificed meat.

1. The lesson of Israel's history (1-13) 
Israel experienced so much grace and power of God in the desert. The cloud covering the people's burning heat, the divided red sea, the manna, and the water coming out of the rock. Despite so much blessing, Israel adored the golden calf and committed adultery with the Moabites, so that 23,000 succumbed the same day. The plaintiffs perished by the bite of the burning snakes. Israel, who did not thank the love of God and the blessing because of their pride, all perishes in the judgment of God. Whoever thinks he is standing, must be careful not to fall. In spite of the very serious test in our eyes, God does not give it beyond our capacities. Moreover, knowing our limits, he also gives us the way to divert it.

2. The freedom of conscience of the Christian (23-11: 1)
Even if it is the sacrificed meat, as it is God who gives it, we can eat it without hindrance in the consciousness. But there are weak Christians who have the motive of very susceptible conscience. At this moment, one must abstain from freedom by considering those who are weak. He who renounces his freedom and rights even if it is not sin, is a Christian like a firm wall. However, the ultimate goal of all the acts of a Christian is the glory of God. Even if we seek the interest of others, we must not compromise with the world; we must be careful that the glory of God is not degraded. The people of the time thought that just as one became one with Lord through the Lord's Supper, so did one become with the idol through the consummation of the meat sacrificed to him. So, the Christian, instead of advancing his freedom or right, must reflect on the question of whether what he does is consistent with the glory of God ! The constant practice of reflecting on "whether ours acts lead to the glory of God" keep us from falling !

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Daily Bread for November 8th, 2018: 1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12:1-31
key verse: 27

THE BODY AND THE MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

In this chapter, Paul talks about the work of the Holy Spirit which gives diverse gifts to believers. Then, he speaks about the role of each member in the Church, which is the body of Christ.

1. The role of the spirit and the diversity of gifts (1-11)

In the past, the Corinthians worshipped idols. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, they came to confess Jesus as Savior. Becoming attached to a gift such as visions or speaking in tongues is the influence of pagan religions. The sole work of the Holy Spirit is to help sinners repent and confess Jesus as Savior. Confessing Christ and depending on the Spirit to obey God, such things are proof of the Holy Spirit's presence. Each person receives a gift in order to serve the Church. The Holy Spirit gives according to his will. This does not depend on personal merit, so none may feel superior nor inferior. Regardless of how small one's gift is, it's important to use it to serve the saints and the Church, to edify it. 

2. The body and the members of the body of Christ (12-31)

The church is the body of Christ, and the members of this body do not work for themselves. They depend on each other while working for the body. Just as no one part is unimportant, in the same way, no spiritual gift should be neglected. When all members work together and share the same mind, the Church, which is the body of Christ, will remain in good health. A spiritual gift comes from the Holy Spirit and is given so that we may better serve the church. Because of pagan influence, the church at Corinth valued mystical gifts. Yet, Paul warned them and considered the gift of tongues and visions to be least of them all. People are attracted to what dazzles the eyes, but Paul says that the gift we must desire most is love. Instead of envying others' gifts, using our own gifts to help others in love is most important. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Annonce

Our Smart worship on Wednesday is about Matthews Gospel chapter One with the title:

THE GENEALOGIE OF JESUS-CHRIST

Saturday, November 3, 2018

1Corinthians 7:1-24 (Daily Bread of 2/11/2018)
MARRIAGE AND CALLING
Key Verse 7: 9

Paul talks about the problem of marriage and virginity in this chapter. Marriage is a holy institution of God that must be treasured. Paul also talks about the status of the believer.

1. Marital life and celibacy (1-16)




In the Greek world, there were ascetics and zealots from the perspective of the flesh. The former thought that one’s desire should be oppressed, and the latter let their desires go. Paul said that since passion can turn into misconduct, it is better to get married (2,9) and he added that both of these schools of thought were false. However, Paul was not speaking of marriage as if it were an expedient or the second best. Marriage is a holy institution given by God, according to the purpose of creation. The spouses in the couple have a duty to each other. Marital sexual union is not incompatible with spiritual fullness. For those who adopt it, celibacy allows them to devote more time and zeal to God. Nevertheless, the most important thing is that whether or not we got married, everyone lives for the Lord. 

2. Remain in the state in which you are called? (17-24)




Paul's great principle is that everyone lives according to their calling (17,20,24). However, the church in Corinth flouted this and provoked the division between Jews and pagans through the problem of circumcision. Salvation does not come from racial or religious status, but comes from faith in Jesus Christ. The most important thing is that as children of God, everyone lives in obedience to God's commandments (19b) The fact that at the time someone was a slave did not affect their salvation, forgiveness by God and calling. He who has received the Christ’s calling, even if he is a slave, is a free being freed from his sins. On the other hand, someone who is a statutorily free person is a slave of Christ. Therefore, the believer must not let himself be bound by social status to make his decisions, but live according to God's will, keeping in mind the conception that he is a free man but a "slave" of Jesus. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Daily Bread Thursday, November 1st 2018 1 Corinthians 6: 1-20

1 Corinthiens 6:1-20
key verse: 19

YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Corinthians had a problem with lawsuits between brothers. Paul used this opportunity to explain the Christian identity and its practice.

1. You will judge the world (1-11)

There was conflict among the Corinthians, and some of them brought their cases before unbelievers. They did this because of personal injury, which was a selfish motive. They should have sought an authority within the church to resolve their problems instead of going elsewhere. Yet, there was no one to deal with it. It was a mistake to take their case before people who have no standing in the church, since it would give the world reason to judge the Christian community. It was a subject of shame for the believers. The other problem with pursuing these grievances was that the members forgot their own identity as sinners bought with a price. When someone has a grievance, it's an opportunity to understand the sacrifice and humility of Jesus. Yet the Corinthians didn't want to give up any rights. Thus, they distanced themselves from God's grace. Paul had to re-explain what they had been saved from.

2. Do you not know? (12-20)

Paul said not to be enslaved by anything. This is because Jesus died to free us. Nothing should hinder us, especially sinful desire. Immorality is a sin that enslaves us. It's a sin which degrades one's own body. A Christian should know how precious the body is and reject Gnostic thinking which despises the physical body. Jesus, the Son of God, became flesh in order to save sinful man. The body is given so that we may glorify God in it. In the flesh, the Christian must combat "leavening" every day. First, he must hold fast to the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Jesus. Then, because of physical weakness, he must flee immorality instead of facing it. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

QT - 1Corinthiens 4 :8-21

Be my imitator Key Verse 4 : 16 Paul defends himself for his apostolate before the "cozy" Corinthians. These are the dangerous people because by pretending that they stand up alone without needing any help, give the wrong influences within the church. 1. You are satisfied (8-13) The Corinthians had already arrived, while the apostles were struggling. These pushy people thought that they already reigned with Christ. The struggle of the apostles in the midst of the hostile world was unimaginable. However, they did not respond to evil with evil. They always bless those who curse them. They faced the difficult physical condition so that they serve the work of God. These "cozy" spirituals thought they had obtained the reward only on the condition that they believed in God, so they became the made men, without having to pass the trials of life. In fact it was only a spiritual laziness. The value system of the Greeks consists in despising what is weak: such as acts of blessing others, to bear up the situation, and to console others. But the apostles chose to be so, as sweepers and discarded. 2. Be my imitator (14-21) Paul was the spiritual father of the flock of the Corinthian church. When they committed the sin, Paul regarded them as his own children. It was because of his shepherd's heart. The father wants his children to grow up well. Paul tells them to be his imitators. Who says that among men? But that means that for him preaching and practical life must be concordant. Paul always lived a life without reproach and his life was a perfect example of how to live before God. The problem of the Corinthians was speech in profusion but actions in air without exercising power. Paul was sorry for their condition and he wanted to correct them. Knowing that the power of God comes from obedience. These carnal humanists never obeyed. The word without power is only a pure fantasy. He who has the kingdom of God comes when the preacher has power.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Vocabulaire


Exegete

Ascent

Thistle

Thorny

Garment

Salient

Premise

Endeavor

Coal miner

Shapeless

For the time being

Hardened

Nightmare

Booth

Hover

Feather

Rooster

Hatch

Chick

Alter ego : second self

Comforter

Snatch

Scratch

Satiat

Livestock

Obvious

Enshrine

Dull

Impetus

Stun

Faithfulness

Unfortunately

Forehead

Ugly

Profusely

Marvelous

Saturday, October 27, 2018



QT - 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 (Daily Bread of 26/10/2018)

THE WISDOM OF GOD CAN ONLY BE UNDERSTOOD BY THE SPIRIT

Key Verse 2: 4

How does Paul testify to having preached the word to Corinth? (1-5) What is the wisdom of God to which he testifies? (6-9) How can we know the wisdom of God? (10-16) These are the topics that Paul talks about this text.

1. The princes of this century do not know the wisdom of God (1-8)

Even the great men and princes of this century do not know God's wisdom. That's because it's mysterious and hidden. Therefore, the ignorant people, who didn't know God's glory crucified him (8). One cannot believe in Jesus with one's wisdom because the message of the cross can only be learned by through the Holy Spirit (1). Paul, a former philosopher, knew him better than anyone else. He decided to only depend on Jesus Christ during his service. Paul preferred to be weak because through his weakness, Jesus manifested the power of God (1:25).

2. God's Wisdom Revealed by the Holy Spirit (9-16)

Only the Holy Spirit can help us to know and believe in the wisdom of God (4:10). Through the unique power of the Holy Spirit , we can come to believe in Jesus as our Savior. Through the Holy Spirit alone, we can correctly recognize and understand the Word of God. It is as if someone knows another person through his own spirit (11). There is a big difference between the natural man and the man of the Spirit. The former knows nothing about spiritual realities and cannot judge anything. However, the latter knows these realities and can judge everything. Therefore, he is superior and can instruct the ignorant world. The thoughts of Christ come from the Holy Spirit. Thus, we must not fear the wise men of the world, for we are the teachers of the world.

QT - 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

DO NOT STAY CARNAL BUT BECOME SPIRITUAL

Key verse 3:4

Paul raised his voice to indicate the carnal nature of the Corinthians. But a later on, loving them as a father, he explained the truth to them with the illustration of agriculture.   

1. Aren't you carnal? (1-5)

The Corinthians were divisional, practicing bias among themselves. They claimed to follow the best spiritual model through ideal men. But it was pure hypocrisy and comparable to a childish act. What is important for a believer is the content of his faith. The ripe fruit of spirituality matters like Galatians 5:22, "love, joy, peace, forbearance, etc.". "A spiritual man has no division nor jealousy in his dictionary. A carnal man cannot stand for or digest the good instructive words (2). Therefore, it is useless to give these words to them (Mt 7:6). We must grow up to the state of a made man, to the measure of Christ's perfect stature (Eph 4:13).       

2. The servant as an agricultural worker (6-9)

To the Corinthians who fought among themselves by dividing themselves around men, Paul said that, whether it was Apollos or himself, they were only the servants and collaborators who had helped the Corinthians to grow in faith (5:9). As the farmer did, Paul planted and Apollos watered. The fruit depends on the sovereignty of God. The one who allows growing fruit is God. The one who plants and the one who waters work on their different activities but have the same goal, which is to work for God the Sovereign. They are not the opponents, but the collaborators. Each will receive his own evaluation and reward for his work (8).

Thursday, October 25, 2018

QT - 1 Corinthians 1:22-31

key verse: 29

NO FLESH WILL BOAST IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

In this section, Paul contrasts the world's wisdom with God's wisdom. Perfect wisdom is found in the cross. It is strong enough to give us victory wherever we go, for the glory of God. 

1. The cross, the power of God (22-25)

The cross is powerful enough to save all men who believe in Jesus from the weight of sin. They have all been pierced by Satan's horn and die little by little. Yet Christ crucified, the horn of salvation, has visited them and delivered them. Now, Paul says that the cross is the power of God for those who are called. God used the folly of what we preach. The cross is a powerful tool for saving the world contrary to the wisdom of the world which blocks and cannot save the world. In appearance, the cross is weak and foolish, but this is not the case, as it has divine power to break through the invincible wall of unbelief and the wisdom of the world. This wall is destroyed by those who believe and preach the cross. 

2. No flesh will boast in the presence of God (26-31)

Paul reminds the Corinthians of God's work among them. They were mostly from the lower class. In the world's eyes, they were vile and without value. But God chose them to be part of a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. They were no longer ashamed before the world and rather convinced others with assurance that came from the Holy Spirit, so much so that the world was astounded. God's purpose for their change is not that they would be raised up in the world, but so that the wisdom of the world would be brought to nothing. The wise of the world would be ashamed before the divine wisdom of the cross preached by the Corinthians. Those who believed in God were precious to him and became wisdom, justice, sanctification and redemption. No flesh can boast before God, for all comes from him. If we can boast, it should be before him alone and for him alone. 

QT - 1Corinthiens 1:1-9

« THE CROSS, THE POWER OF GOD
Key Verse 1: 4
The first problem of Corinthians was division. Then there is also the eloquence of people. So they were blind of their major problem of their Christian life because of these deviant inner and outer tendencies. These internal and external problems are still relevant. 

1. Division in the church (10-16)
In the church of Corinth, there were divisions, because of the models that each one took for their believing life. This came about because of their humanist thinking, which was sectarian. Each one puts forward some merit that his object, either wisdom, or power, or the work such a baptism, etc.. In man there is always this bad tendency to take sides. This is an obstacle to the mission and even the cause of destruction for the community. So everyone must be vigilant about this. When we do not forget the centre of our belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can overcome this tendency and remain united.

2. The Cross, the Wisdom of God (17-21)

The mission given by God to Paul was clear. It consists not in baptizing but in proclaiming the message of the cross. When the disciples announced with full confidence, despite the imprisonment of the disciples, there was a great work of God in Jerusalem. The proclamation of the gospel is God's only valid tool for salvation. If you are a servant, you have to focus on this. Especially the content of the message, Jesus crucified, is the key to eternal life in the kingdom of God. The cross is a scandal and a folly for man, but it is the power of salvation for anyone who believes in him. It is above all God's wisdom to save sinners. No human wisdom can provide a cure for the problem of man's sin. But God by sending and killing his Son on the cross, from the very beginning, solved this problem that made him suffer throughout history since the fall. »

QT - Isaiah 36: 1-22

WHAT IS THIS TRUST
Verse Key 36: 4
The famous painter Van Gogh says that if a voice in you says: you can't paint, paint, then the voice disappears. Today, the voice was not heard in itself, but came from the enemy. Listening to the wrong voice gives birth to the wrong inner voice, but the wisdom of the people mastered it.
1. What is this trust (1-10)
Senaherib marched against Judah and laid siege to Jerusalem. The enemy general Rabachah came to threaten Judah. He played the role of Satan, because he tempted the enemy by sowing doubt. He says what that trust was. He had a strategy to question Judah's trust in order to discourage him and lower his morale. Actually, what Rabach said had a correct part, because Judah had false confidence. There were three trusts, of which Rabchaqué spoke. First, it was Egypt. Faced with the threat of the enemy, Judah went to ask for his support. It was his habit. But Egypt, which was apparently a strong country, was only a puppet, a broken reed. He was opportunistic, and despite promises, at the crucial moment they did not keep them, and withdrew behind them. Second is their God. Often the trust in their God for Israel was false, for example in Samuel's time, in the battle against the Philistines, they brought the ark in thinking that it would give them victory. But it was a superstition and they were defeated. Then, thirdly, they depended on their miserable army force.    
2. Keep silent (11-22)

The delegation protested that Rabachah spoke in Judean, because this threat lowered the morale of the soldiers who stood on the wall of the holy city. But he didn't care and shouted louder in that language. His words were full of wickedness and cunning. When Satan's voice was heard, the best way to thwart it, and to keep silent, and thus the voice chokes and disappears. When Eve heard Satan's voice, she listened, which made her fall inexorably. Hezekiah was a wise king, so he ordered the people to keep quiet about the enemy's vociferous words. The people act as one body by obeying the king.

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).