Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday, November 8th: Ezra 3-5, 2 Timothy 2 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezra 3-5; 2 Timothy 2

The section that stood out to me in our Ezra passage was how the young people rejoiced in the rebuilding, but the older people wept because they saw the difference between the original, glorious temple, and the newer, rebuilt one.  It's true that the beauty of the building is not as important go God as the attitudes of the builders and worshipers, but my Life Application Bible has this insight as well....
The celebration after laying the temple foundation was marked by contrasts of emotion - shouts of joy and sounds of weeping. Both were appropriate. The Holy Spirit can stimulate us both to rejoice over the goodness of his grace and to grieve over the sins that required him to correct us. When we come into the presence of Almighty God, we may feel full of joy and thanksgiving, yet at the same time feel sobered by our shortcomings.

Just as the workers did, we can expect opposition when we do God's work.  There may be compromising alliances, discouragements, intimidation, or unjust accusations. When we go into it expecting opposition, it is easier to stay the course.  We must continue to move ahead, trusting that God will show us how to overcome any obstacles that may be thrown our way.  After all, the right thing is seldom the easy thing.

We also need to be leery of those who claim to be Christians, but whose actions clearly reveal that they are only using Christianity to serve their own interests and further their own agendas.  Saying you're a Christian doesn't make you one.  Which is why we too, must be sure that walk the talk, and prove our faith genuine by our deeds.

This verse stood out to me in our NT passage....

2 Timothy 2:13  if we are faithless, he remains faithful

So thankful for that truth!

 Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage:  Ezra 6-8; 2 Timothy 3


Conrad said...

"and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will." 2 Timothy 2:26

This verse reminded me that Satan has an agenda too. We need to be careful not to slip and give the devil something to hold onto us with, which will in turn allows him to have his will played out.

Pamela said...

I remember doing a musical in school about Zerubabbel and wish I could remember more about what it focused on... I did find the piece still available online:

16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene.

How quickly "irreverent babble" spreads...may be always guard our tongue.