8/19/11

Which way will YOU go?


A bridge is: enter on one side of the river and exit on another.  Perhaps not?  This unusual bridge gives you a choice of directions.  As I look a little closer, it seems that there is only one way traffic and that could be a problem, but this looks like a rural area, so maybe not.  A bridge with a choice; now there is something interesting!!!  Our lives are like that at times too!!!  We make big decisions, like, who do I marry or what sort of work do I do in this life or what college should I attend.  Israel was brought out of Egypt by God and they had a choice to make too...

Deuteronomy 7:7-26 (WEB)
7) Yahweh didn’t set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples:
8) but because Yahweh loves you, and because he would keep the oath which he swore to your fathers, has Yahweh brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9) Know therefore that Yahweh your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations,
10) and repays those who hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him who hates him, he will repay him to his face.
11) You shall therefore keep the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command you this day, to do them.
12) It shall happen, because you listen to these ordinances, and keep and do them, that Yahweh your God will keep with you the covenant and the loving kindness which he swore to your fathers:
13) and he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you; he will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your livestock and the young of your flock, in the land which he swore to your fathers to give you.
14) You shall be blessed above all peoples: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your livestock.
15) Yahweh will take away from you all sickness; and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, he will put on you, but will lay them on all those who hate you.
16) You shall consume all the peoples whom Yahweh your God shall deliver to you; your eye shall not pity them: neither shall you serve their gods; for that will be a snare to you.
17) If you shall say in your heart, “These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?”
18) you shall not be afraid of them: you shall well remember what Yahweh your God did to Pharaoh, and to all Egypt;
19) the great trials which your eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which Yahweh your God brought you out: so shall Yahweh your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.
20) Moreover Yahweh your God will send the hornet among them, until those who are left, and hide themselves, perish from before you.
21) You shall not be scared of them; for Yahweh your God is in the midst of you, a great and awesome God.
22) Yahweh your God will cast out those nations before you by little and little: you may not consume them at once, lest the animals of the field increase on you.
23) But Yahweh your God will deliver them up before you, and will confuse them with a great confusion, until they be destroyed.
24) He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name to perish from under the sky: no man shall be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them.
25) You shall burn the engraved images of their gods with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourself, lest you be snared in it; for it is an abomination to Yahweh your God.
26) You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and become a devoted thing like it. You shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is a devoted thing.

Should I follow God or not?  What's in it for me?  These are the sort of questions they must have been asking themselves.  We have choices to make today too, like... will I follow God if everyone around me does not, or am I willing to suffer for what I believe in?  Answer carefully!  I can only tell you that God has helped me again and again.  That is fact, with absolutely no spin on it at all.  Years ago I worked for a chemical company in New Jersey; one of the analytical lab people said to me:  Gary, it seems like all that have opposed you over the past 15 years are no longer a problem.  How do you do it?  The answer is:  I didn't do a thing, God did.  God keeps his promises and when you come to choice on your own personal bridge, choose God...you won't be sorry!!!

OT Bible Reading 8/19


Aug. 19
Job 13-16

Job 13:1 "Behold, my eye has seen all this. My ear has heard and understood it.
Job 13:2 What you know, I know also. I am not inferior to you.
Job 13:3 "Surely I would speak to the Almighty. I desire to reason with God.
Job 13:4 But you are forgers of lies. You are all physicians of no value.
Job 13:5 Oh that you would be completely silent! Then you would be wise.
Job 13:6 Hear now my reasoning. Listen to the pleadings of my lips.
Job 13:7 Will you speak unrighteously for God, and talk deceitfully for him?
Job 13:8 Will you show partiality to him? Will you contend for God?
Job 13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?
Job 13:10 He will surely reprove you if you secretly show partiality.
Job 13:11 Shall not his majesty make you afraid, And his dread fall on you?
Job 13:12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.
Job 13:13 "Be silent, leave me alone, that I may speak. Let come on me what will.
Job 13:14 Why should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?
Job 13:15 Behold, he will kill me. I have no hope. Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before him.
Job 13:16 This also shall be my salvation, that a godless man shall not come before him.
Job 13:17 Hear diligently my speech. Let my declaration be in your ears.
Job 13:18 See now, I have set my cause in order. I know that I am righteous.
Job 13:19 Who is he who will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit.
Job 13:20 "Only don't do two things to me; then I will not hide myself from your face:
Job 13:21 withdraw your hand far from me; and don't let your terror make me afraid.
Job 13:22 Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and you answer me.
Job 13:23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my disobedience and my sin.
Job 13:24 Why hide you your face, and hold me for your enemy?
Job 13:25 Will you harass a driven leaf? Will you pursue the dry stubble?
Job 13:26 For you write bitter things against me, and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:
Job 13:27 You also put my feet in the stocks, and mark all my paths. You set a bound to the soles of my feet,
Job 13:28 though I am decaying like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.
Job 14:1 "Man, who is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble.
Job 14:2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down. He also flees like a shadow, and doesn't continue.
Job 14:3 Do you open your eyes on such a one, and bring me into judgment with you?
Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one.
Job 14:5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his bounds that he can't pass;
Job 14:6 Look away from him, that he may rest, until he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
Job 14:7 "For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, that the tender branch of it will not cease.
Job 14:8 Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stock dies in the ground,
Job 14:9 yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a plant.
Job 14:10 But man dies, and is laid low. Yes, man gives up the spirit, and where is he?
Job 14:11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the river wastes and dries up,
Job 14:12 so man lies down and doesn't rise. Until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, nor be roused out of their sleep.
Job 14:13 "Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
Job 14:14 If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my warfare would I wait, until my release should come.
Job 14:15 You would call, and I would answer you. You would have a desire to the work of your hands.
Job 14:16 But now you number my steps. Don't you watch over my sin?
Job 14:17 My disobedience is sealed up in a bag. You fasten up my iniquity.
Job 14:18 "But the mountain falling comes to nothing. The rock is removed out of its place;
Job 14:19 The waters wear the stones. The torrents of it wash away the dust of the earth. So you destroy the hope of man.
Job 14:20 You forever prevail against him, and he departs. You change his face, and send him away.
Job 14:21 His sons come to honor, and he doesn't know it. They are brought low, but he doesn't perceive it of them.
Job 14:22 But his flesh on him has pain, and his soul within him mourns."
Job 15:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
Job 15:2 "Should a wise man answer with vain knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind?
Job 15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, or with speeches with which he can do no good?
Job 15:4 Yes, you do away with fear, and hinder devotion before God.
Job 15:5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty.
Job 15:6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I. Yes, your own lips testify against you.
Job 15:7 "Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?
Job 15:8 Have you heard the secret counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
Job 15:9 What do you know, that we don't know? What do you understand, which is not in us?
Job 15:10 With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, much elder than your father.
Job 15:11 Are the consolations of God too small for you, even the word that is gentle toward you?
Job 15:12 Why does your heart carry you away? Why do your eyes flash,
Job 15:13 That you turn your spirit against God, and let such words go out of your mouth?
Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? What is he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Job 15:15 Behold, he puts no trust in his holy ones. Yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight;
Job 15:16 how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water!
Job 15:17 "I will show you, listen to me; that which I have seen I will declare:
Job 15:18 (Which wise men have told by their fathers, and have not hidden it;
Job 15:19 to whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed among them):
Job 15:20 the wicked man writhes in pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
Job 15:21 A sound of terrors is in his ears. In prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.
Job 15:22 He doesn't believe that he shall return out of darkness. He is waited for by the sword.
Job 15:23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Job 15:24 Distress and anguish make him afraid. They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
Job 15:25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God, and behaves himself proudly against the Almighty;
Job 15:26 he runs at him with a stiff neck, with the thick shields of his bucklers;
Job 15:27 because he has covered his face with his fatness, and gathered fat on his thighs.
Job 15:28 He has lived in desolate cities, in houses which no one inhabited, which were ready to become heaps.
Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth.
Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness. The flame shall dry up his branches. By the breath of God's mouth shall he go away.
Job 15:31 Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; for emptiness shall be his reward.
Job 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time. His branch shall not be green.
Job 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive tree.
Job 15:34 For the company of the godless shall be barren, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. Their heart prepares deceit."
Job 16:1 Then Job answered,
Job 16:2 "I have heard many such things. You are all miserable comforters!
Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
Job 16:4 I also could speak as you do. If your soul were in my soul's place, I could join words together against you, and shake my head at you,
Job 16:5 but I would strengthen you with my mouth. The solace of my lips would relieve you.
Job 16:6 "Though I speak, my grief is not subsided. Though I forbear, what am I eased?
Job 16:7 But now, God, you have surely worn me out. You have made desolate all my company.
Job 16:8 You have shriveled me up. This is a witness against me. My leanness rises up against me. It testifies to my face.
Job 16:9 He has torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me. He has gnashed on me with his teeth. My adversary sharpens his eyes on me.
Job 16:10 They have gaped on me with their mouth. They have struck me on the cheek reproachfully. They gather themselves together against me.
Job 16:11 God delivers me to the ungodly, and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
Job 16:12 I was at ease, and he broke me apart. Yes, he has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces. He has also set me up for his target.
Job 16:13 His archers surround me. He splits my kidneys apart, and does not spare. He pours out my gall on the ground.
Job 16:14 He breaks me with breach on breach. He runs on me like a giant.
Job 16:15 I have sewed sackcloth on my skin, and have thrust my horn in the dust.
Job 16:16 My face is red with weeping. Deep darkness is on my eyelids.
Job 16:17 Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.
Job 16:18 "Earth, don't cover my blood. Let my cry have no place to rest.
Job 16:19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven. He who vouches for me is on high.
Job 16:20 My friends scoff at me. My eyes pour out tears to God,
Job 16:21 that he would maintain the right of a man with God, of a son of man with his neighbor!
Job 16:22 For when a few years are come, I shall go the way from whence I shall not return.

NT Bible Reading 8/19


Aug. 19
Acts 28

Act 28:1 When we had escaped, then they learned that the island was called Malta.
Act 28:2 The natives showed us uncommon kindness; for they kindled a fire, and received us all, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
Act 28:3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
Act 28:4 When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said one to another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped from the sea, yet Justice has not allowed to live."
Act 28:5 However he shook off the creature into the fire, and wasn't harmed.
Act 28:6 But they expected that he would have swollen or fallen down dead suddenly, but when they watched for a long time and saw nothing bad happen to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
Act 28:7 Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us, and courteously entertained us for three days.
Act 28:8 It happened that the father of Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery. Paul entered in to him, prayed, and laying his hands on him, healed him.
Act 28:9 Then when this was done, the rest also who had diseases in the island came, and were cured.
Act 28:10 They also honored us with many honors, and when we sailed, they put on board the things that we needed.
Act 28:11 After three months, we set sail in a ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the island, whose sign was "The Twin Brothers."
Act 28:12 Touching at Syracuse, we stayed there three days.
Act 28:13 From there we circled around and arrived at Rhegium. After one day, a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli,
Act 28:14 where we found brothers, and were entreated to stay with them for seven days. So we came to Rome.
Act 28:15 From there the brothers, when they heard of us, came to meet us as far as The Market of Appius and The Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God, and took courage.
Act 28:16 When we entered into Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
Act 28:17 It happened that after three days Paul called together those who were the leaders of the Jews. When they had come together, he said to them, "I, brothers, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, still was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,
Act 28:18 who, when they had examined me, desired to set me free, because there was no cause of death in me.
Act 28:19 But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything about which to accuse my nation.
Act 28:20 For this cause therefore I asked to see you and to speak with you. For because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain."
Act 28:21 They said to him, "We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor did any of the brothers come here and report or speak any evil of you.
Act 28:22 But we desire to hear from you what you think. For, as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against."
Act 28:23 When they had appointed him a day, many people came to him at his lodging. He explained to them, testifying about the Kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning until evening.
Act 28:24 Some believed the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.
Act 28:25 When they didn't agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had spoken one word, "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah, the prophet, to our fathers,
Act 28:26 saying, 'Go to this people, and say, in hearing, you will hear, but will in no way understand. In seeing, you will see, but will in no way perceive.
Act 28:27 For this people's heart has grown callous. Their ears are dull of hearing. Their eyes they have closed. Lest they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and would turn again, and I would heal them.'
Act 28:28 "Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to the nations. They will also listen."
Act 28:29 When he had said these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.
Act 28:30 Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who were coming to him,
Act 28:31 preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hindrance.