• Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 25th, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 18-19

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 18-19

    The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

    As we mentioned most of the time when Jeremiah was commissioned to go someplace, he was commissioned to go and preach the word of the LORD. Go to the gate of the temple and the LORD said, “Speak My word to the people.” But here he was told to go and to hear the word of the LORD. He was not to go and preach a sermon he was to go and receive a sermon as he watched the potter working there in the potter’s house. Go to the potter’s house and I will cause you to hear My words.

    And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

    Jeremiah in obedience to the LORD went down to the potter’s house to watch him as he was working and the fellow was busy, the wheel was spinning and the clay was there and he watched him as he was making this vessel, watched him as he worked there with this clay on the wheel. And as the potter was working the vessel was marred. Somehow, some way in the potter’s hand so the potter started all over again, he re made it into a vessel that pleased him or seemed good to the potter.

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    Posted on November 25th, 2013

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    Devotional: November 25

    Devotional: November 25

    Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

    We cannot prevent God from accomplishing His work in the world around us, but we can quench His Spirit in our lives. God has given us the freedom to withstand the Holy Spirit’s activity in our lives. When we ignore, disobey, or reject what the Spirit is telling us, we quench His activity in us. The prophet Isaiah described the result: Hearing you will hear and not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them (Isa. 6:9; Matt. 13:14-15).

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    Posted on November 24th, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 16-17

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 16-17

    Now, again we have that phrase, “The word of the LORD came also unto me saying,” And all the way through the book of Jeremiah, the word of the LORD came unto me saying. We are going to read over and over again. It brings up again the issue of how did God speak to Jeremiah. Now, I would imagine that it had to be pretty clear for him to remain unmarried. You have to pretty well know that this is God speaking to me when he says don’t take a wife and don’t have children in this place. Did God speak audibly to Jeremiah? How did God speak to him? It is an interesting, thought provoking idea and something to consider. And we are to get to that as we get down the road in Jeremiah. We are going to discover a little bit of how the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah

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    Posted on November 24th, 2013

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    Devotional: November 24

    Devotional: November 24

    For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)

    Christianity is not moral platitudes, lofty intentions, and noble thoughts. The fundamental characteristic of God’s kingdom is power. Paul faced constant criticism about his work among the early churches. Some of his detractors would travel to cities such as Corinth and speak extensively about all that Paul was doing incorrectly. At times, people in the churches were enticed to believe the slanderous criticisms against the apostle.

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    Posted on November 23rd, 2013

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    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Dwelling Place

    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Dwelling Place

    It is well known in the study of antiquity that the Jews kept impeccable records for the genealogies of their citizens. Unless a man could prove by his lineage that he was of pure Jewish descent, he forfeited his right to be called a Jew and a member of God’s chosen people. We see an indication of this importance in the autobiography of Flavius Josephus, the most famous of all Jewish historians. In establishing himself as an authority in the history of the Jews, Josephus first confirms his genealogy.

    “Thus have I set down the genealogy of my family as I have found in the public records.”1

    In matters of the priesthood, before any man could be approved to serve in the Temple, he had to provide proof of his genealogy all the way back to Aaron. If he was married, his wife would also have to prove that she was a Jew by genealogy, back five generations.

    When the Jews were released from Babylon to return to Jerusalem, Ezra records that upon a search of the genealogies of the Jews, there were certain men who were unable to prove their descendancy from Aaron and were therefore, excluded from serving as priests in the Temple

    Ezra 2:1 Now these are the people of the province who came back from the captivity, of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his own city.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 23rd, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 14-15

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 14-15

    Now, going back into Leviticus 26 the LORD is talking when He gave the Law to the people of the blessings if they would obey the Law of God. But then He speaks of their disobedience and the curses that would come. There are certain inevitable consequences of certain behavior and we need to know that. If you stick your finger in an open socket and the juice is on you are going to get shocked. Now, in training your child, and there is a socket there, you say, “Don’t put your finger in there because it will shock you.” And that is just basic laws of electricity. You can say that with certainty. That kind of action is going to provoke that kind of response. What is true in the natural physical laws is also true in the spiritual laws. There are certain actions that will provoke a certain response. And God knows what actions will provoke what responses.

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    Posted on November 23rd, 2013

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    Devotional: November 23

    Devotional: November 23

    If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. (Genesis 4:7)

    When temptation enters our hearts and minds, we either deal with it and gain mastery over it, or it eventually leads us to sinful actions. The time between the initial temptation and the chosen response is critical. Much hangs in the balance.

    Cain knew that God was displeased with him but pleased with Abel. Feelings of jealous anger crept into Cain’s heart, and thoughts of murder pervaded his mind. As Cain considered what to do, God’s word came to him. God warned him that sin was waiting at the door of his life, looking for an opportunity to enter. Now was not the time to treat temptation lightly, not the time to assume sin would never cause any harm. Now was the time to master the sin and renounce it before it overcame him. Tragically, Cain did not master his sin; instead, sin overtook him and destroyed his life.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 22nd, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 13

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 13

    Jesus often used parables in teaching to illustrate a point with a story. This is an excellent way of teaching. Telling a story that gets the point across. In the Old Testament the prophets used parables but they also used actual experiences to illustrate truth to get people’s attention. They caused the people to wonder what he is doing, what is going on? Then they make their point. In chapter 13 is one of these cases where the LORD is directing Jeremiah to rather odd kind of behavior. Through it all God is going to speak His message to the nation. When the point comes across it will be very powerful.

    Thus saith the LORD unto me,

    This is interesting, I bring it up now and I want you to observe how many times Jeremiah says, “Thus saith the LORD unto me.” And how the LORD was speaking to Jeremiah. Verse 9, “Thus saith the LORD.” In verse 15, “Hear ye, give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.” And all the way through Jeremiah is talking about the word of the LORD that came to me. Verse 3, “And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,” Verse 5, “So I went, and hit it by the Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.”

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Daily Devotional

    Posted on November 22nd, 2013

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    Devotional: November 22

    Devotional: November 22

    Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

    From the beginning of time, God made it clear that it is not good for His people to be alone (Gen. 2:18). God designed us to cooperate. Throughout the Scriptures He speaks of His people as a community that accomplishes more together than separately. God did not create us as isolated individuals, each seeking to achieve our own goals. Rather, the success of our endeavors depends upon our interdependence. This is why He established the Church and released His Holy Spirit to empower the community of believers to spread the gospel. We are to be a kingdom of priests (1 Pet. 2:9).

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 21st, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 11-12

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 11-12

    We now enter another section of the book of Jeremiah. The message at the gate of the temple has been completed. Now Josiah, the good king, has died. He, in disobedience, took the army to fight against the Egyptians and he was killed in battle. His son, Jehoiachin, took over the throne and was an evil man. All of the good that his father had done was undone by the son or begun to be undone. He only reigned for a couple of months and then he was replaced by Jehoiachin. He was an evil king and thus that nation has now begun its final plunge into sin, into moral decay and ultimately into defeat before their enemies.

    Jeremiah is called now to preach to the people in the next two chapters on the broken covenant. Now when God called the nation of Israel out of Egypt He established the basis upon which they would have fellowship with Him and enjoy all of the benefits that fellowship entails. He would be their God. He would watch over them. He would defend them. He would bless them. He would defeat their enemies. He would establish them and they could enjoy all of the blessings of God reigning and ruling over them. Provided, they would keep the rules that God established. Now the rules are not odious. And as you read the rules you find that they are very fair for God is very fair.

    Now, God said if you keep these rules than this is what I will do for you. But if you break these rules than this is what is going to happen to you. They broke the rules and thus the things that God declared what would happen with the broken covenant are about to happen to them. In the thirtieth chapter of Deuteronomy:

  • Daily Devotional

    Posted on November 21st, 2013

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    Devotional: November 21

    Devotional: November 21

    Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him. (1 Samuel 18:15)

    Jealousy is a destructive attitude that poisons the way you view life. It is so harmful that God condemned coveting in two of the Ten Commandments. King Saul was a jealous and insecure man. He had been elevated to the highest position in Israel. He had been blessed in numerous ways. But Saul saw that David was gaining the attention and praise of the Israelites. The Israelites recognized Saul’s accomplishments, but they also praised David, whom God was using to accomplish even more (1 Sam. 18:7). Rather than rejoicing that God had empowered another to defeat their enemies, Saul became murderously jealous and sought to destroy David.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 20th, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 10

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 10

    Turn to Jeremiah 10 as we continue our journey through the whole Bible. In chapter 7 the word that came from Jeremiah from the LORD saying, “Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house and proclaim there this word.” And so chapter 7-10 are the words that the LORD gave to Jeremiah to speak to the people as they were going into the temple to worship. As we have noted before, Josiah, who was the king of Israel at this time, had initiated wonderful spiritual reforms. But from the context they were only surface reforms. They really did not get down into the heart of the national life. People were going to church or to the temple because it was sort of the in thing or the popular thing to do. It had been become popularized by the king. And in order to curry the favor of the king there was just movement back to the temple.

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Daily Devotional

    Posted on November 20th, 2013

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    Devotional: November 20

    Devotional: November 20

    And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 28:2)

    When you walk in fellowship with God, you do not have to ask Him to bless you. He wants to bless you! Just as you enjoy surprising someone you love with unexpected gifts, God delights in giving you His gifts in times and ways that you might never expect. God’s blessings often come in the midst of your everyday life, an encouraging telephone call in the middle of a busy morning or a letter you receive at the end of a hard day. A friend may drop by to help when you are overwhelmed, or you may receive unexpected financial help at a time of need. Often, God’s blessings do not come in spectacular ways but in the ordinary busyness of your life. They come just when you most need an expression of God’s love.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 19th, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 9

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 9

    Turn to Jeremiah 9 as we continue our study through the Bible. Chapter 9 is a continuation of the message of Jeremiah that was given at the gate of the temple as the Lord told him to go down to the gate and cry out to those people who were coming into the temple to not trust in the lying vanities or lying words saying, “the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.” That the fact that they were observing worship again was not sufficient for national salvation. Religious observances will not save, it takes true repentance and a true turning to God. And God was requiring that they thoroughly amend their ways and to be fair in their dealings with their neighbors. The society had broken down. The morals were almost nonexistent. Ethics were a thing that was unknown. There was lying, cheating, deception in all of there practices as we will find in the text tonight.

    When a society breaks down morally, has a total moral breakdown where you have preying on everyone else, no one’s word can be trusted, there is lying, stealing and cheating; those kind of things will destroy any society. And it is hard to see a society that is turned over, become reprobate and is on its way out. It is being eroded within and the society is collapsing. These things bring natural inevitable results. We call them judgments but they are just the result of the total moral breakdown. It always leads to the total collapse of that society and that leads next to tyranny and dictatorship and you start all over again.

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    Posted on November 19th, 2013

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    Devotional: November 19

    Devotional: November 19

    And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. (Luke 17:15-16)

    Thankfulness is foundational to the Christian life. Thankfulness is a conscious response that comes from looking beyond our blessings to their source. As Christians, we have been forgiven, saved from death, and adopted as God’s children. There could be no better reason for a grateful heart!

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 18th, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 8

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 8

    As we remember this message of Jeremiah began in chapter 7. The background for it is the reinstituting of the temple worship. Under the reign of Manasseh the temple had been neglected, it had come into a state of disrepair. It was really just filled with rubble and trash and they had stopped having the prayers and sacrifices. So when Josiah came to the throne in his eighth year of his reign he began a spiritual reformation. It began with ridding the land of its idols and the places of worship of the pagan gods. He then collected money and ordered that the temple should be refurbished, it should be cleaned up and remodeled and just spiffed up again. So they hired the workman to do this job of remodeling the temple.

    During this remodeling project Hilkiah the high priest found a copy of the Law. So he sent it by Shaphan the scribe to king Josiah, who when Shaphan was reading in the Law of God he saw in the Law how that God had promised a blessing if the people would worship Him and keep His commandments but the curse that would come upon them if they turned to other gods and worshipped other gods. So he realized that the trespass of Judah the nation was much greater than what he originally thought it to be. He ordered even further spiritual reforms.

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    Posted on November 18th, 2013

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    Devotional: November 18

    Devotional: November 18

    But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” (Luke 10:40)

    Martha loved Jesus dearly and would have done anything for Him. Her struggle came in being still! Martha spent so much time serving Jesus that she had no time to enjoy His company or to get to know Him better. The harder Martha worked, the more frustrated she became with her sister Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus feet while Martha scurried around the house to make sure everything was in perfect order for Jesus. Martha’s service, though it started out with gladness, deteriorated into resentment and envy.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on November 17th, 2013

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    Bible Study: Jeremiah 7

    Bible Study: Jeremiah 7

    The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD (7:1–2).

    So this is the message that Jeremiah was to give while he was standing in the gates of the Lord’s house. He was to preach this message to those people that were gathering to worship the Lord. Now in the Jeremiah 26 we have again Jeremiah during the reign of King Jehoiakim and he does date this for us. At the beginning of the reign of King Jehoiakim the Lord said, “Go and stand in the court of the Lord’s house and speak to all the cities of Judah.” Again later on he was commanded to go to the Lord’s house and this time they wanted to kill him. They rebelled against what he was saying. The priests and the prophets that were there said, “This fellow deserves to die,” They were determined to put him to death but he was saved by the intervention of some of the princes of the land.

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