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May 20, 2017
19 and 20
YOUR PRECIOUS POSSESSIONS
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth,
where moths eat them and rust destroys
them, and where thieves break in and steal
20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths
and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not
break in and steal. [ there is where your heart should be ]
Genesis 28 12 and 16
12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that
reached from the earth up to heaven. And he
saw the angels of God going up and down the
stairway.13 At the top of the stairway stood the
Lord. “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I
wasn’t even aware of it!” 17 But he was also
afraid and said, “What an awesome place this
is! It is none other than the house of God, the
gateway to heaven!”
“From the dew of heaven and the richness of
the earth, may God always give you abundant
harvests of grain and bountiful new wine.
May the God of your father help you; may the Almighty
bless you with the blessings of the heavens above, and blessings of the watery depths below, and blessings of
the breasts and womb.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out
and pick up as much food as they need for that day.
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.’”
[ There Is Only One God ] “Now search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now, and search from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything as great as this ever been seen or heard before?
“So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other.
“Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.
The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.
The Lord will never pardon such people. Instead his anger and jealousy will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will come down on them, and the Lord will erase their names from under heaven.
A Call to Return to the Lord
30 “In the future, when you experience all these blessings
and curses I have listed for you, and when you are living among the nations to which the Lord your God has exiled
you, take to heart all these instructions. 2 If at that time you and your children return to the Lord your God, and if you
obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands
I have given you today, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you back from all the nations where he has scattered you. 4 Even though you are banished to the ends of the earth,[a] the Lord your God will gather you from there and bring
you back again. 5 The Lord your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. Then he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors!
6 “The Lord your God will change your heart[b] and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live! 7 The Lord your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate and persecute you. 8 Then you will again obey the Lord and keep all his commands that I am giving you today.
9 “The Lord your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors. 10 The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.
The Choice of Life or Death
11 “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. 12 It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ 13 It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ 14 No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.
15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.
17 “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, 18 then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.
19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This[c] is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
“Rejoice with him, you heavens, and let all of God’s angels worship him. Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles, and let all the angels be strengthened in him. For he will avenge the blood of his children; he will take revenge against his enemies. He will repay those who hate him and cleanse his people’s land.”
BLESSINGS FOR EVER
Moses said this about the tribes of Joseph: “May their land
be blessed by the Lord with the precious gift of dew from the heavens and water from beneath the earth;
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“There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor.
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So Israel will live in safety, prosperous Jacob in security, in a land of grain and new wine, while the heavens drop down dew.
1 Chronicles 16:31
Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
2 Chronicles 6:14
He prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.
2 Chronicles 6:18
“But will God really live on earth among people? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!
2 Chronicles 20:6
He prayed, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!
“God is so great—higher than the heavens, higher than the farthest stars.
Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine.
Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
ALL IS THE LORD'S
The heavens belong to the Lord, but he has given the earth to all humanity.
They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”
Isaiah 42 12-
God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. And it is he who says,
Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.’
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The traditional fasts and times of mourning you have kept in early summer, midsummer, autumn, and winter are now ended. They will become festivals of joy and celebration for the people of Judah. So love truth and peace.
For I am planting seeds of peace and prosperity among you. The grapevines will be heavy with fruit. The earth will produce its crops, and the heavens will release the dew. Once more I will cause the remnant in Judah and Israel to inherit these blessings.
“But now I will not treat the remnant of my people as I treated them before, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for me ? says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
. . . as Jesus is so are we ,
in this world
1 John 1:17
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.