Steven Long
Broken and healed; sinful and forgiven. His mercies are new every morning!
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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Good Chaos
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
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Published October 16th, 2016
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Key Passage Words
Some Passage Insights
Wisdom, Works, and Worship
About the 'Mine' Translation
Main point summary
Key Passage Words
Live, Know, Careful, Humble, Lord God (i.e., Covenant God)
Some Passage Insights
The passage begins with the exhortation to keep the entire Law of God. The Israelites are to be diligent in their covenant with God. This seems to be accomplished by Israel not forgetting their prior experiences in the wilderness, namely how God had miraculously delivered and sustained them time and time again. 8:3a & 8:3f-g seem to be the phrases/propositions that are the main theme of the entire text. As Moses recounts the brief highlights from the wilderness wanderings he zeros in on one thing: Israel's humbling through God's testing . The purpose, Moses tells them, was that God would teach them through the physical that the spiritual (i.e., their covenant with the eternal God) was the key to living. Moses connects the two portions of the passage together in 3a, declaring that not only did God intend to humble Israel, He accomplished this humbling by through one key aspect: • Hunger–The wilderness was scarce of food and water. Israel was in constant anxiety about what they would eat and drink. Hunger is a sincere physical need but when it snuffs out the spiritual it becomes an idol. Consider the parable of the soils and the seed that was sown on thorny ground (Mt 13:22). It was the cares (daily living) that proved the Word to be unfruitful. Israel was in the same condition and God needed to humble them in order for them to learn to fully rely on His provision. And provision is what God did as Moses recalls the manna (literally, "what is it?") for them to eat. After hungering and eating God-provided food it should have been the zenith of their humbling. It is interesting that Moses reminds them that their clothes and shoes never wore out during those forty years that God led them. In other words, even though material things were scarce God's provision never faltered. The closing verses is a reminder to the Israelites, as well as us, that when God's discipline comes it is for the benefit of teaching us that we live by the very word of God, not by mere physical means.
Wisdom, Works, and Worship
Being caught up in this physical realm produces an idol that is nearly impossible to topple. Most times we focus on that which are clear idols: lust, bitterness, our speech, etc. But we allow the mundane weariness of of day-to-day living to sap our trust of the Living God; bills need to be paid, children need to be cared for, bosses require our attention. It's easy to fall into the same trap that Israel did, by complaining to God about your situation rather than praying to God that you might become dependent on His strength for provision. When chaos seems to be the new "norm" in our lives it's time to stop, drop, and pray! For God Himself may be trying to humble us by "letting us hunger" so that we will stop focusing on the physical need by neglecting the spiritual need. It is His discipline that causes us to remember how He has led us thus far. When we enter into God's chaos we often find it to be good chaos, for we find our very sustenance to be the very God-breathed words from His loving care.
About the 'Mine' Translation
I've tried to keep the meaning of the text as close to the original as possible. I've strived to translate it in 'big picture' meaning as much as possible.
Main point summary
God causes chaos in our lives in order that we might become TOTALLY dependent upon Him rather than our own working. As we are humbled in our situations and recall to remembrance God's goodness, we will soon discover that He has been providing for us all along by the very word of His mouth.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
“The whole commandment that I command you today
Every word of the LORD that you have heard today
v you shall be careful to do,
you shall keep with all diligence
that you may live
in order that you may live
and multiply,
and increase in number
and go in and possess the land
and enter in and subdue the land, the inheritance,
that the Lord swore to give to your fathers.
which the LORD promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you w these forty years in the wilderness,
Therefore, you shall NEVER forget how the LORD your covenant God cared for you these forty years in the wilderness,
that he might humble you ,
so that He might humble you
x testing you
by testing you
y to know what was in your heart,
to be acquainted with all that was in your heart
z whether you would keep his commandments or not.
whether you would obey and guard His commandments or not.
And he humbled you
For He humbled you
and a let you hunger
by letting you go hungry
and b fed you with manna,
and then feeding you by His provision
which you did not know,
which you had never seen
nor did your fathers know,
nor did your fathers see
that he might make you know that c man does not live by bread alone,
in order that He might cause you to understand that man cannot live by physical sustenance only
but man lives by every word 1 that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
but man must live by the eternal Word of the Living God that comes straight from His mouth.
d Your clothing did not wear out on you
Here is the proof: your clothes never wore out
and your foot did not swell these forty years.
and your feet did not get sore these forty years.
Know then in your heart
Understand this fully:
that, e as a man disciplines his son,
Just like a father disciplines his own son
the Lord your God disciplines you .
the LORD God disciplines you for your own good.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
you shall be careful to do, “The whole commandment
that I command you today
that you may live
and multiply,
and go in
and possess the land
that the Lord swore to give
to your fathers.
And you shall remember the whole way
that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness,
that he might humble you,
testing you to know what was in your heart,
whether you would keep his commandments or not.
And he humbled you
and let you hunger
and fed you with manna,
which you did not know,
nor did your fathers know,
that he might make you know
that man does not live by bread alone,
but man lives by every word
that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Your clothing did not wear out on you
and your foot did not swell these forty years.
Know then in your heart
that, as a man disciplines his son,
the Lord your God disciplines you.
πάσας τὰς ἐντολάς ἃς ἐγὼ ἐντέλλομαι ὑμῖν σήμερον φυλάξεσθε ποιεῖν ἵνα ζῆτε καὶ πολυπλασιασθῆτε καὶ εἰσέλθητε καὶ κληρονομήσητε τὴν γῆν ἣν κύριος ὁ θεὸς ὑμῶν ὤμοσεν τοῖς πατράσιν ὑμῶν
καὶ μνησθήσῃ πᾶσαν τὴν ὁδόν ἣν ἤγαγέν σε κύριος ὁ θεός σου ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ ὅπως ἂν κακώσῃ σε καὶ ἐκπειράσῃ σε καὶ διαγνωσθῇ τὰ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου εἰ φυλάξῃ τὰς ἐντολὰς αὐτοῦ ἢ οὔ
καὶ ἐκάκωσέν σε καὶ ἐλιμαγχόνησέν σε καὶ ἐψώμισέν σε τὸ μαννα ὃ οὐκ εἴδησαν οἱ πατέρες σου ἵνα ἀναγγείλῃ σοι ὅτι οὐκ ἐπ’ ἄρτῳ μόνῳ ζήσεται ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἀλλ’ ἐπὶ παντὶ ῥήματι τῷ ἐκπορευομένῳ διὰ στόματος θεοῦ ζήσεται ὁ ἄνθρωπος
τὰ ἱμάτιά σου οὐ κατετρίβη ἀπὸ σοῦ οἱ πόδες σου οὐκ ἐτυλώθησαν ἰδοὺ τεσσαράκοντα ἔτη
καὶ γνώσῃ τῇ καρδίᾳ σου ὅτι ὡς εἴ τις παιδεύσαι ἄνθρωπος τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ οὕτως κύριος ὁ θεός σου παιδεύσει σε
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