Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Post from Maine

God's Whole Council

Pssst....if someone were to sneak in your house during the night and cut one of the minor prophets out of your Bible, how long would it be before you noticed?

............Micah? Zephaniah?

I was thinking on this just the other day. The LORD convicted me that there had been some books of the Bible I had not read for about year when I last read through the Bible.

The Bible tells us something about the words of God.

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (Proverbs 30:5)

But he [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

It is easy to focus our attention on the Gospels and the New Testament isn't it? Then time gets away from us. But even the small books are so important! Let's get back to Zephaniah.

Here we read about God searching His nation. Think about our nation as you read it:

And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil. (Zephaniah 1:12)

Men that are "settled on their lees" means men that are complacient, spiritually stagnent, they are spiritually settled on their blessed assurance! These men say in their
heart that God will not do good or evil. Isn't that so predominent now? I hear it all the time - people that believe in a "divine power" but quote, "He does not interact with His creation". This verse speaks to that. It's a jewel. Couldn't you just hear a sermon on it? :)

Later in the book, it is penned:

Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. (Zephaniah 3:1-4)

Woah! Does that remind you of the United States? Her officials are roaring lions, her judges are wolves, her prophets are arrogant and treacherous. Haven't many of our priests (preachers) polluted the sanctuary? God pronouces doom on them.

Zechariah doesn't leave us in destruction. It promises restoration at the Lord's return, but in the meantime gives us an important piece of advice:

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger. (Zephaniah 2:3)

God is good. Amen! Let us not neglect to study the whole council of His Word, lest we miss out on His instruction, blessings and promises. God bless ya'll!
--Beth Montgomery