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NewLSFB595: The New Lifespring! Family Audio Bible – Micah 4-7
Nov 28, 2016 · 13 min
Prophecies fulfilled and yet-to-be.
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LSFAB0096: Jeremiah 7-11
Today's Bible Translation Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch.7-9 NIRV, Ch. 10-11 NIV Support Please remember that this is a listener supported show. Your support of any amount is needed and very much appreciated. Find out how by clicking here. Thoughts We read today a lot of God telling Jeremiah of the judgement He was going to bring on Israel because of their rebellion, didn’t we? God listed so many reasons He was angry with them. He said, I told your ancestors, whom I brought out of Egypt, that all they needed to do was follow my commands, and I will be your God, and you will live in a land flowing with milk and honey. But if you do not follow me, I will cast you out of the land and you will lose everything. And most of the chapters elaborated on this basic theme, right? But did you notice what God said in the ninth chapter? Starting at verse 23, “23The Lord says, “Do not let wise people brag about how wise they are. Do not let strong people boast about how strong they are. Do not let rich people brag about how rich they are. 24But here is what the one who brags should boast about. They should brag that they have the understanding to know me. I want them to know that I am the Lord. No matter what I do on earth, I am always kind, fair and right. And I take delight in this,” announces the Lord.” This is what delights the Lord, not judgement. He does not bring wrath and judgement because He delights in it. He does it because He must. He is a God of Righteousness and Holiness. If He let rebellion and cruelty and the rest go unpunished, He would be no better than the worst human that ever existed. He would not be God. But our God does delight in those who seek Him, who follow Him. Who desire to know Him. I'm so glad that He is not a God who hides who He is. He has shown through all of human history that He wants to be known, and He even sent His only begotten Son to show us who He is, and how much He wants us to spend eternity with Him. That is a God whom I find easy to love. How about you?
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LSFAB0095: Job 27-28
Today's Bible Translation Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 27-28 NET Support Please remember that this is a listener supported show. Your support of any amount is needed and very much appreciated. Find out how by clicking here. Thoughts In these two chapters Job begins quite a long soliloquy in response to what he has heard from his friends. It continues for five chapters, and he makes some excellent points. As Job begins, in essence he says that no matter what, his friends’ accusations against him will not wear him down. As long as he lives, he will maintain that he has been a man of integrity. Have you ever been in an argument or debate with someone who just won’t give it up, and you finally just say, “Fine! Have it your way!” just to get them to let it go? Job is not prepared to do that in this case, because the argument is over his integrity. One’s integrity is worth defending, especially if the people attacking it are people who matter to you. The last thing he wants is to be thought of as unrighteous. In this translation, the word used is godless, but in the King James it is hypocrite, and Job considers this to be the worst condition a person could be in. And of course it was the religious hypocrites that Jesus spoke most loudly against. It should be said that at this point, Job is seen as taking the upper hand with his friends. He is now taking the role as an instructor, and he is telling them how it is instead of defending himself. And so he tells them that he agrees with their point that the ungodly will be judged by God, and all their supposed gains will evaporate and their sins against others will not stand. But he tells them that God’s judgement is not always immediate, that it can take time for their consequences to come down on them. I once had a conversation in this vein with my former pastor, Pastor Mel Bennett, who has recently started a podcast here at LifespringMedia.com. During a message that he preached about five years ago, he was remembering a couple of his closest friends who have now gone on to be with the Lord. We jokingly called the three of them Dusty, Musty and Crusty. They were three older fellows. There was Pastor Bennett, a wonderful old guy with a heart of gold named Louis DuPree, and my beloved father-in-law, whom everyone called Rip. The three of them had a habit of going to coffee every morning, and Pastor Bennett was saying how much he missed those mornings, and he liked to think that his two compadres were waiting for him to join them in Heaven so that they could resume their morning ritual. The two of his friends have been gone now for about 13 years, and during our conversation, I reminded Pastor Bennett that when their reunion takes place, it will seem as if no time at all had passed, because our time on earth is really just a flash when compared to eternity. And so the time that we perceive between when the unrighteous do their evil deeds and when the consequences come is really no time at all in God’s perspective. We don’t perceive time like He does. One thing is sure; sin always has consequences. God is just, and He will make things right. I’m so glad that this is true, because the world has seen an awful lot of ugliness. But the victims of that evil will be made whole. We are told in Revelation 21:4 that God “will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.” That is a promise that every believer can rely on. Throughout history, God has proven Himself faithful. He always delivers, he never fails. And this promise is made to those who put their trust in Him. It’s a part of the gift that is offered to anyone who makes the choice to take a new direction in their life, instead of the direction that inevitably leads away from God and toward the consequences of wrong choices and living for one’s self, instead of the One who offers life. We all make wrong choices,
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LSFAB0094: Psalms 39-41
Today's Bible Translation Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 39 NKJV, Ch. 40 ESV, Ch. 41 NCV Support Please remember that this is a listener supported show. Your support of any amount is needed and very much appreciated. Find out how by clicking here. Thoughts Chapter 39 Verse 1 is rich with wisdom. I said: I have made a promise“I will guard my ways,: I will be careful of the things that I do and sayLest I sin with my tongue: I do not want to say anything that will bring reproachI will restrain my mouth with a muzzle: I will go to great lengths to remain quietWhile the wicked are before me.”: While in the presence my enemies, when I am most tempted to say something that I will be sorry for.Psalms 15:1 Have you noticed that in this age of social media that social filters seem to have been thrown on the trash heap? People say things to each other nowadays that never would have been said before. And not just online. People say ugly things to each other, even face to face. It’s hard not to respond in a hateful way, sometimes. But returning evil for evil is never a good thing. Scripture tells us what God says we should do in these circumstances. For example Proverbs 25:21-22 says: If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you. Romans 12:21 says: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. I know the temptation is to retaliate in kind, but God says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” In times like this, our faith is tested. Do we trust God, or will we allow our passion to reign?
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LSFAB0093: 1 Samuel 16-20
Today's Bible Translation Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 16-17 NET, Ch. 18-20 NKJV Support Please remember that this is a listener supported show. Your support of any amount is needed and very much appreciated. Find out how by clicking here. Thoughts "14Now the Spirit of the Lord had turned away from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. 15 Then Saul’s servants said to him, “Look, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you!” ~1 Samuel 16:14-15 NET An evil spirit from the Lord? God is not the author of evil. Therefore there could not be an evil spirit from the Lord. This is an example of a faulty translation. Several translations use this word, but other translations say “an injurious spirit” or a tormenting spirit. The notes in this translation (NET) say, “The Hebrew word translated “evil” may refer to the character of the spirit or to its effect upon Saul. If the latter, another translation option might be “a mischief-making spirit.’ I also like the NKJV’s translation here: a distressing spirit. It’s been said that if you live long enough, you will have regrets. Regrets are often times caused by sin. Could be the sin of commission, or could be the sin of omission. We regret what we have done, or what we haven’t done. I'm sixty-six, and I have lived long enough to have regrets. And some of those regrets have caused distress. I have lost sleep over them. Or to use one of the other words I referenced earlier, I have been tormented by some of the regrets in my life. Imagine the regrets Saul must have had in losing God’s anointing? To think that he was God’s chosen to lead God’s people, and then to have that taken away because of bad decisions? I have an inkling of how tormented he must have been. Regrets can be good if they cause us to confess the sin that brought them on. I'm so thankful that God has provided a way to put our regrets behind us. 1 John 1:9 tells us, “But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.”
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LSFAB0092: Exodus 1-4
Today's Bible Translation Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 1-2 NET, Ch. 3-4 NIV Support Please remember that this is a listener supported show. Your support of any amount is needed and very much appreciated. Find out how by clicking here. Thoughts “At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him.” Why was God going to kill Moses? We are not told specifically why, but it is always good to look at the surrounding context. So let’s do that now. First, notice that in chapter 3, when God told Moses that He was going to send Moses to Pharaoh to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Moses questioned God. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Then Moses said, “Suppose (my emphasis) I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” In chapter 4, Moses says, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then he said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” God tells him that He would help Moses speak and tell him what to say. At which point, Moses says, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Now we are told that the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well.” So at every turn, Moses questions God. This is not an auspicious beginning. Certainly not the image of Moses we think of. The image of a courageous, strong leader that Charlton Heston delivered in the movie, “The Ten Commandments”. In verse 19, we learn that the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” But Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” So it sounds like Moses still doubted God. But here is the most serious issue. God had been preparing Moses to be the one to lead Israel out of captivity. Moses was to be the leader of this chosen people. And in doing so, he would also be God’s representative to Pharaoh and to all the nations that would hear of the things that were going to be happening in Egypt to cause Pharaoh to finally let the Jewish people go. Therefore, Moses had to have his own house in order. It is in verse 24 that we read that God was going to kill Moses. And then, in verses 25 and 26 we read, “But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.) So now we know that Moses had not had his son circumcised, as he knew he should have. Every Jewish male had to be circumcised, and it was the responsibility of every Jewish parent to have this carried out. So Moses was sinning by not obeying this very fundamental command. Moses had to learn that when God says something, He means it. Immediately after we read of this event, we are told that God told Aaron to go into the wilderness to meet Moses. When they met, Moses told Aaron everything that God had told him to say, and about all the signs He had told him to perform. I'm pretty sure Moses had a new respect for and conviction about the mission God had assigned him.