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But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble, and the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.
Jeremiah 10:10

In Jeremiah 10:10, the prophet refers to God (Adonai) as:
The True God
The Living God
The Everlasting King

True God
God is the true God. This means He is genuine. He should not be confused with or lumped in with the myriad of other false gods. As the true God–there is no other God beside Him. (See Isaiah 44:6). Accept no substitute or counterfeit!

If God is the true God, it means that He is absolutely trustworthy. He keeps His promises. He can be trusted and relied upon. He is our Rock (See Psalm 18:2), a firm foundation.

Living God
Adonai is a living God and the God of the living. He is active now–in this moment in time. In the here and now with us, God is able to respond to us and our circumstances. He is not a dead religion, a set of rules and regulations to follow, He is alive and in relationship with us. He is our living hope. (See 1 Peter 1:13)

Everlasting King
God is the everlasting King. This description has two parts: “everlasting” and “King.” To say that He is a King speaks of His royalty, majesty, and authority. He is the Sovereign over all. He takes care and has the responsibility for all of His subjects. He is the one to whom we direct all our worship and praise.

To say His reign is everlasting is to say that it is enduring, surpassing and without beginning or end. He has no predecessor and no successor. Because He is everlasting, I need only concern myself with Him, what pleases and displeases Him, and His plans and purposes.

Truly He is worthy of all of our praise as the one true, living God and everlasting King!

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1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3 (NKJV)

The Lord is my strength is the theme of this psalm. Each line tells us something about how this is true. For example, in verse 2, we are told “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.” Separating out the ideas within the verse, we find that three separate descriptive images:
1. Rock
2. Fortress
3. Deliverer

Each of these taken alone would be a great promise–a great character trait for God. But we see the three-fold majesty of Adonai in these verses. God is my Rock–that is to say, the foundation under me–that on which I am built. He is not shifting sand underneath me, but pure bedrock–immovable, unshakable, and unbreakable. He is eternal and unchanging.

Then I read that God is my Fortress–I understand that Adonai is my castle, the thick walls of protection around me. He is not merely in front as my shield (See Psalm 18:2b, 2 Samuel 22:3, Psalm 3:3) or behind as my rear guard (See Isaiah 52:12 and 58:5)–for He is both, but He is also all around me–a protection that encircles me.

Deliverer speaks of my escape. Fortresses can be taken or overrun, but God will be there to be my way of escape, my hiding place. (See Psalm 32:7)

These verses not only give this great insight into the character of God, but they also suggest the appropriate responses for us:
1. Love
2. Trust
2. Call

I will love You, O Lord, my strength. For God love is an action word. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 reminds us that love suffers long, rejoices in truth, bears all things, believes all things, and so on. This is the love that instructs our love. As He gives us strength, we respond in love. In the economy of God, love is manifest through obedience. (See Deuteronomy 7:9, John 14:15)

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. A castle is only as good as the confidence its inhabitants have in it. If I don’t believe the fortress will hold, I will run out of it, into the open field and be destroyed. If I don’t believe the deliverer will come, I will try to save myself.

Shield suggests that one might be a way from the fortress–in the throws of battle. In battle, the shield is the miniature fortress–it may be all that separates me from the blows of the enemy, blows intended to kill or maim me.

Horn speaks of strength. It is used in the Hebrew Bible many times as a metaphoric expression of physical and spiritual power.

Stronghold is a synonym for fortress or castle. It speaks as those words do of defense, protection, and safety.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. In this verse, I am reminded that because of all that God is to me and does/has done for me, I will call upon God (who is worthy) and through Him I will be saved from my enemies. Again, God is the answer to the dilemma–His is the One who will save. He is faithful and He will be there to answer when I call.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Good Morning, Abba

I rise to greet You
I rub the sleep from my eyes
dew still soaks the spring flowers
the lush forest of Your presence awaits me
in the book of remembrance

I approach
arms open wide
anticipating Your embrace
Abba!
Abba!
Good Morning!

Copyright MaryBeth 2021

Esther (Chapter 3)

Read Esther Chapter 3
1. Who is Haman? What is his lineage?

2. What favor is Haman shown by the King?

3. What was Mordecai’s reaction to Haman? Why?

4. How did Haman react to Mordecai?

5. What does Haman plan to do to retaliate against Mordecai? Why? How as it to be accomplished?

6. What other enemies of the Jews (those who sought to destroy them completely? Have there been over their 4000 year history? Name as many as you can.

7. What does God promise regarding the enemies of His people in the following verses?
□ Deuteronomy 28:7

□ 1 Samuel 17:47

□ Psalm 18:3; 47-48

□ Psalm 41:2, 11

□ Psalm 61:3

□ Psalm 119:98

□ Proverbs 16:7

□ Isaiah 59:19

8. What does the New Testament teach about how to deal with our enemies? The enemies of God?
□ Matthew 5:44

□ Romans 12:14

□ Ephesians 6:10-18

 

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You have arrived to the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Holy City, Jerusalem, after a long journey from your home in Capernaum or maybe Migdol or even from as far away as Cyrene, in Northern Africa. You are mesmerized by the mid-day sun reflecting off of the top of the Sanctuary. You wonder if the gleaming white you see could possibly be snow on the Temple, but you know it cannot be. Your heart swells with the knowledge that HaShem, blessed be He, is near. 

You feel the tug of your lamb on the rope you’re holding. Will it be acceptable? It is without blemish as the law requires, but you have heard of even the most perfect lamb not being accepted by the Temple Priests and Levites. Like the day before you brought home your bride from her father’s house to consummate your marriage, you feel worry creeping into your belly. Your budget is small–you can’t afford another lamb.

Before you know it, you are being pulled forward with the crowd down the side of the Mount of Olives. Olive trees are swaying in the light wind. You begin to sing along with the other pilgrims  making their way in a serpentine formation down the steep path into the Valley Kidron and then back up again to the Sanctuary. “Hoshiana! Hoshiana! The worry slowly dissolves into joy. Adonai has delivered you once again. You will remember Him at the appointed time. You will never forget the love of your God–your Redeemer.

Olives Trees (Mt of Olives, Jerusalem)

The Lamb

At the cross, I was bought and sold,
And there my redemption paid.

The currency was blood
the debt was sin
a debt I couldn’t pay.

He gave His body, lifted up
His blood the altar soaked
He’s the lamb t’was slain
is being slain today

and “Why,” you ask, “Would God
who made the universe agree
to shed one drop of royal blood
to save a lost child like me?

He saw not what I was
awash in sin and death
the mud caked in my coat
the tench of death, my breath

No, my Savior came
God’s plan to file
He saw me as I’d be
once justified
and sanctified
without blame before my King

The gifts He give, both great and small
the blood is still the best
for my Savior’s blood my soul redeemed
from Satan’s bony grasp

You may wonder why choose me
the beauty of God’s plan
is not just this lost sheep t’was saved
but all that come–each man

The door’s wide open, my sweet friend
eternity to gain
He’s the One who bears the marks
He’s the lamb t’was slain

Christ Arose

by Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

Low in the grave He lay,
Jesus my Savior!
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus my Lord!

Up from the gave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His fores;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign,
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch His bed,
Jesus my Savior!
Vainly they seal the dead,
Jesus my Lord!

Death cannot keep his prey,
Jesus my Savior!
He tore the bars away,
Jesus my Lord!

Esther (Chapter 2)

Read Esther Chapter 2

  1. When King Ahasuerus became lonely for his queen, what solution was proposed?
  2. Who is Mordecai? Of what tribe is he? What other famous person in Jewish history is from that same tribe?
  3. Who is Hadassah? Esther? Why is she in Shushan? Where is her family? Where is she from?
  4. What happens to Esther in Chapter 2?
  5. Describe Esther’s beauty treatments. How long did they last?
  6. What was the king’s reaction to Esther?
  7. What did Mordecai discover while sitting in the King’s gate? What happened as a result?
  8. What references to dates and/or time is given in this chapter? Note all that you find.
  9. What does God say about a woman’s beauty?
    □ Proverbs 31:30 □ 1 Peter 3:3-6

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Unseen forces round us move
battles rage above
enemies threaten harm
babies cry and will not soothe

worries clog our thoughts, our minds
What’s tomorrow hold?
Will I lose my job today
and land in a money bind?

Pandemic lies outside the door
Do we hide inside?
Will we lose our loved ones?
the fear we can’t abide

Some face a wasting away
each day brings with it pain
another limit to be faced
What more can anyone say?

These fears we face and many more
they were never ours to bear
release them, let them go
Quieter of the restless is at the door

Shhhh, He softly speaks to you
“Fear not, You’re safe with me.
Rest for now, I’m near to Ye’.”
your courage He’ll renew.

As you face the way ahead
remember who draws you near
the Quieter of the restless
the Savior who for you bled.

Copyright 2020 M.B. Mulln

Esther (Chapter 1)

Read Esther Chapter 1

  1. Who is Ahasuerus?
  2. Where do the events of Chapter 1 of Esther take place? What country is this today?
  3. Describe the scene in your own words.
  4. Who is Queen Vashti?
  5. What happened between Queen Vashti and King Ahasuerus in the opening chapter? Why?
  6. From whom does the King seek advice? Who are they? What is their advice? Why?
  7. What do the following verses teach about counselors?
    ▸ Psalm 1:1 ▸ Proverbs 1:5
  8. What happens to Queen Vashti?
  9. What references to dates and/or time is given in this chapter? Note all that you find.
  10. What do you observe about the marriage between the King and Queen Vashti? Contrast that to the Bible’s teachings on marriage.
  11. What do the following verses teach?□ Proverbs 14:12 □ Proverbs 14:17 □ Proverbs 14:29 □ Proverbs 16:32

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