Colossians 4. The Apostle Paul gave final instructions, final greetings and exhortations as he bade the Colossians (and the Laodiceans) God’s grace.
Jeremiah 11. The covenant God made with the Israelis was conditional; God promised to be with them as long as they obeyed the commands, but they did not, so the covenant was broken. The chapter also describes a plot against Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 12. Jeremiah poured out his complaint. The LORD gave His answer.
Jeremiah 13. Jeremiah bought a linen belt, it got ruined. Then God told about wineskins. Both were object lessons for what was to befall Jerusalem, for pride precedes captivity.
Colossians 3:18-25. The Apostle Paul listed the rules for holy living; proper relationships in the christian home and rules for the workplace.
Jeremiah 8 tells of the valley of slaughter, of sin and punishment and ends up with the question : “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?“
Jeremiah 9. “The weeping prophet” Jeremiah mourned for the people and the people mourned as they received judgment.
Jeremiah 10. The fight is spiritual: God versus idols. Yet, Jeremiah prophesied about the coming captivity of Judah, which led to Jeremiah’s prayer.
Colossians 3:1-17. The Apostle Paul listed the rules for holy living; not carnality but Christ, the character of the New Man and proper relationships in the christian home.
Jeremiah 6. Bad news. Jerusalem will be under siege.
Jeremiah 7. The prophet reminded the reader that false religion is worthless, and proclaimed judgment on perverted religion.
Psalm 84, of the Sons of Korah. The famous 19th century English preacher Charles Spurgeon said Psalm 84 was “to be called The Pearl of Psalms.” He once preached a whole sermon on verse 3: “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.”Jeremiah 6, Jeremiah 7
Colossians 2. It is all about Christ, not philosophy but Christ, not legalism but Christ.
Jeremiah 4. God made one final call for Israel to repent, but, and this was the prophecy, there would be an imminent invasion and the nation was to be doomed.
Jeremiah 5. Good men were hard to find when not one was upright. God’s judgement was coming.
Colossians 1. The Apostle Paul began with his customary greeting, continued with a prayer emphasizing faith in Christ and the preeminence of Christ. He told the Colossians to be reconciled in Christ, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” and to perform sacrificial service in Christ.
Jeremiah 1, the call of Jeremiah. The key word in Jeremiah’s call is “before“. Here God confirmed His call with two visions, the branch of an almond tree and a boiling pot tilting away from the north. These were promises of the fulfillment of God’s word and of an impending disaster. God finally assured Jeremiah He will be with him, so don’t worry.
Jeremiah 2. Israel had forsaken the LORD, and God presented His case against Israel.
Jeremiah 3. Israel was shamelessly unfaithful, yet God was merciful and called Israel to repent and return to the LORD.
The word for today is “in the heavenly realms”. What does that mean? the book of Ephesians has 5 references of it. They form quite a promise for us who believe.
Ephesians 1:3. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
1:20. Which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
2:6. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
2:7. In order in the coming ages he might show the in incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus
3:10. His intent was that now , through the church , the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.
6:12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The heavenly realms is not a physical location, rather it is spiritual. When we received the Holy Spirit we became partakers of the heavenly realms, Christ in us.There is an intense warfare for our souls, and it is spiritual. We are called to be partakers in this spiritual warfare. In the physical world it may look like we are losing with all the violence, sickness, deceit and falsehood, bur be of good Cheer<Christ has overcome the world, and so shall we.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of you sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ, he forgave all our sins.
2:14, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing to the cross.
2:15, AND HAVING DISARMED THE POWERS AND AUTHORITIES, HE MADE AN OPEN SPECTACLE OF THEM, TRIUMPHING OVER THEM by The CROSS.
The key for us Christians is the Cross, the stench of death to those who perish, but victory for us who believe.
Today we read the last chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians, two Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.
August 24: Colossians 4, Psalm 84, Psalm 85, Isaiah 39 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 4, Paul gave final instructions, final greetings and exhortations as he bade the Colossians (and the Laodiceans) God’s grace.
Psalm 84, of the Sons of Korah. The famous 19th century English preacher Charles Spurgeon said this Psalm was entitled “to be called The Pearl of Psalms.” He once preached a whole sermon on verse 3: “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.”
Psalm 85, of the Sons of Korah. A prayer of thankfulness.
Isaiah 39 tells of Hezekiah’s folly, how he showed all the riches of Jerusalem to the envoys from Babylon, and he said “There will be peace for our time”, like Neville Chamberlain did before WWII.
Today we read the third chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 23: Colossians 3, Isaiah 36, Isaiah 37, Isaiah 38 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 3. Paul listed the rules for holy living; not carnality but Christ, the character of the New Man and proper relationships in the christian home.
Isaiah 36. Isaiah broke from prophecy and gave a historical rendition, duplicated in 2 Kings. This is not plagiarism, Isaiah was the scribe during Hezekiah’s reign.
Isaiah 37. Jerusalem’s deliverance is foretold, Hezekiah’s prayer and the word of the LORD concerning Sennacherib is recorded, and Hezekiah’s final fall.
Isaiah 38 describes Hezekiah’s illness and how the LORD added 15 years to his life.