Immanuel

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14 NIV).

The eternal question is, “Whom will you trust?” Will you trust your own plans or will you accept the sign that God has given you. … Read the rest

My Advocate Is on High

Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high . . . on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend (Job 16:19, 21 NIV).

Job longed for someone to plead his cause with God (Job 9:33). Like him we too might come to a … Read the rest

See What God Has Done!

There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, “See what God has done!” (Numbers 23:23 NIV).

There is a special grace given to God’s children. And you need to know it. No sorcery or divination can work against you as long as you … Read the rest

A Sudden End

Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth (Zephaniah 1:18 NIV).

A sudden end! How terrifying that would … Read the rest

I Will Punish Those Who Are Complacent

At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, “The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad” (Zephaniah 1:12 NIV).

After having said that the day of the Lord is near, the prophet talks about people who are … Read the rest

I Will Make a Distinction

But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will occur tomorrow (Exodus

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Saul Died Because

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death …. (1 Chronicles 10:13, 14a NIV).

Saul died. In his death, he leaves behind death-principles that … Read the rest

Jezebel!

Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she painted her eyes, arranged her hair and looked out of a window (2 Kings 9:30 NIV).

Look at Jezebel: She is painting her eyes and arranging her hair when Jehu, the one who is to destroy her, arrives. She knows that Jehu had murdered … Read the rest

I am the God of Bethel

I am the God of Bethel (Genesis 31:13a NIV).

God remembers His encounters with you. He also reminds you of them. Here, Jacob is reminded of Bethel. God goes one step further and says, “I am the God of Bethel.”

Thus God was owning that experience of Himself that Jacob had at Bethel in a … Read the rest

For He Has Not Despised

For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help (Psalm 22:24 NIV).

The feeling of being despised can affect believers too. It need not be taken as a sign of lack of faith. But it … Read the rest

How Beautiful Your Sandaled Feet!

How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! (Song of Songs 7:1a NIV).

At first look, a person might wonder why God has included Song of Songs in the Bible at all! It is a very genuine thought.

Why should such descriptions of physical beauty be described in such romantic, sexual and exciting language in … Read the rest

The Third Entrance

Then King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and had him brought to the third entrance to the temple of the Lord (Jeremiah 38:14a NIV).

The title of this piece, “The Third Entrance of the Temple” would have made you curious; isn’t it so? Possibly yes.

The Third Entrance stands for a secret meeting between Read the rest

The Lord Our Righteousness

In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6 NIV).

This is a clear reference to Jesus Christ. He will be called Our Righteousness.

But what does righteousness mean? It is not easy to explain. … Read the rest