This sermon looks at the final three verses of the book of I Peter. In order to understand them correctly, it is critical to remember the book's introduction and the themes from the whole book. Both the introduction and conclusion offer a blessing of grace and peace from God, to the reader. How does one obtain this blessing? Read and meditate on the book of I Peter, seeking to know Christ in it. May God bless you through his word.
The true idea of a blessing is one that has been lost in our age and culture. It is left as a linguistic nicety, a courtesy, an open ended wish for something good. But we fail to understand the depth and power of the blessing and so rob it of both its innate power AND our appreciation of its beauty and declarative force to convey the true power of God to do good to those who love Him. Before we can appreciate the wonder of Abram being blessed by Melchizedek, we need to understand just what a blessing is, and what it conveys. And maybe, we might even learn to recapture the awesome gift of blessing.
God has designed the perfect armor for you to wear in your conflict with Satan and his angels.As a believer you are in this war and need to always be wearing this wonderful armor so that you will stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
This is a study of the glory that God alone deserves and which will be revealed, without end, forever and ever. Our prayer is that we know His glory more and more, and then by His grace seek to live out or show forth His glory in our lives. Out of the riches of His glory come His most wonderful gifts to us, His vessels of mercy. His glory is powerfully revealed in His glorious gospel, as the gospel makes clear what His character is truly like. Here we continue to look at the joy of the Lord, the joy that He has as He rejoices over His blessing of His people Israel.
In this passage is held forth for the church three more brothers who blessed the church and leave for us examples to follow: Epaphras, an example who continued to fight for the church on his knees in prayer, Luke, who faithfully labored behind the scenes supporting the Apostle Paul and leaving for us a faithful account of Christ and the beginnings of the Church, and Demas, a man whose words should be received but whose example must be rejected. You are encouraged to bless the church!
Today we're taking a closer look at the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel.
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One of the most interesting characters in the first section of the Bible know as the Law is Balaam. He is a prophet of God who on his way to try and curse the children of Israel enroute to Canaan had an actual conversation with his donkey! This was God's supernatural intervention to press upon Balaam his absolute need to speak over the Hebrews only the words he would put in his mouth. (Numbers 22-24) Even after Balaams blessing not cursing the people he found a way to get the money from Balak by advising him how to lure the men of Israel into idolatry by using the women of Moab. Numbers 25:1-3.
Behold, these, on Balaam's advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the Lord in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the Lord.
2 Peter 2:15-16
Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.
But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.
Matt. 16:26 Jesus words
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
The LORD God calls us to see the emptiness of false gods, to place our trust in Him, to receive His blessings, and to praise Him!
Reasons to trust the LORD and not false gods! (v.1-8)
The call to trust in The LORD. (v.9-11)
The LORD blesses those who trust/fear Him, and we praise Him. (v.12-18)
To whom alone belongs all the glory?
Why should we give God glory? Deut. 4:15-31, Rev. 4:8, 7:15
What must be admitted about false gods? Isaiah 44:12-28
Who helps, shields, and blesses you? 1 Cor. 3:6-7
In the face of many persecutions and pains, David gives himself to awed meditation on the goodness of God. He speaks with happy confidence on that goodness stored up and worked out. He identifies the blessed companions who share in this divine bounty: all who fear the Lord and put their trust in him. From all this we can draw a number of useful lessons for ourselves.