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King David: Putting His Money where His Mouth and Heart Are

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament lately, and I’m nearing the end of 1 Chronicles. Now, I’ll admit, this is a hard book. Among those who have tried such things, it is ranked right up there with Leviticus and Numbers as one of the prime killers of the “Read the Bible in a Year” plan. There are tons of geneaologies in this book, which, I’m sure I’ll appreciate one day when I’ve actually gotten a better grasp on biblical history, but for now, it just kind of runs into a blurry list of names I can’t confidently pronounce.

Before I accidently say something stupid against the Holy Writ, let me clarify: The reason I said the above is to say, don’t count out the hard books. Yes, 1 Chronicles is not an easy read, but there are little gems sprinkled all throughout it. And I’m sure the more I grow in the Lord, the more of them I will spot and appreciate.

The one that’s particularly grabbed my attention is towards the very end of the book, where King David puts his money where his mouth is. Or, more accurately, where his heart is, as we shall see. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 30, 2009 in Bible, Heart Stuff

 

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Zechariah 9:9 – A King Worth Rejoicing For

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)

You’ll probably recognize this as the prophecy fulfilled in Jesus’ Triumphal Entry. The tepmtation that sits before us, the highly educated Greek-thinkers, is to look at this verse and file it away under “A” for apologetics. We might note that it’s cool that Jesus fulfilled the whole riding on a donkey thing, and then just keep going. I think that’s generally what I’ve done with it in the past. But this is a tremendously rich verse that has been tugging on my heart for several days now. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2008 in Bible, Christology, Zechariah

 

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Zechariah 8:6 – A Quick Thought

I hope to write the overdue Word of Life update tomorrow (today?) but for now, I will leave you with my latest favorite verse out of Zechariah:

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zech 8:6).

God says this while in the middle of unpacking the glorious Millennial future of Jerusalem. In other words, “If this is mind-blowing and astonishing to you, do you really think that I am surprised by it, too?” Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Current Gleanings from Zechariah

I’ve been studying Zechariah lately and really enjoying it.  Although at first glance, all the prophetic imagery can look kind of intimidating, it’s a wonderful book that gives us some amazing glances into the heart of God. (By the way, if you want to study Zechariah some time, I would definitely recommend this commentary.)

I’m in chapter four right now, and tonight I read a verse that I am very familiar with, but have obviously not given sufficient time to it yet. “For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth” (Zechariah 4:10).

Now, I’ve heard the first part of that verse a lot. Correction: I’ve heard something similar to the first part of that verse a lot. Generally it takes the form of, “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” That’s a great application, and ultimately, I believe it’s the point God is making. But rarely is it ever paired with the rest of the verse — and that makes all the difference. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Happy IDPPJ, everyone…

…that is, the International Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. IDPPJ fits better in the title, though.

You can read a little bit about the Day of Prayer here. It’s today, October 7th, with millions (literally) of Christians around the world joining together to ask God for the peace of Jerusalem (see Psalm 122:6).

Something to remember is that the peace we’re praying for is more than just a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2007 in Bible, Intercession, Revival, Theology

 

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