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The book of Joel - Assyria is coming

We add the short book of Joel to Nahum to finish off this week. The Assyrians would come against Israel. But the Assyrians would be dealt with. We also see how the Lord uses the historical setting of Israel to prophesy about future restoration and blessing for His people.Joel 1: 1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:An Invasi...
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Woe to Nineveh

Woe to Nineveh – as Jeremiah would later describe Jerusalem, Nineveh is a city that will be left naked and alone.Nahum 3: Woe to Nineveh1 Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder--- no end to the prey!2 The crack of the whip, and rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot!3 Horsemen charging, flashing sword and glittering...
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Nineveh - you reap what you sow

Nineveh – the destroyer, is described as being desolate. The pride of this city is finally brought down. Be blessed as you read and pray.Nahum 2:The Destruction of Nineveh1 The scatterer has come up against you. Man the ramparts; watch the road; dress for battle; collect all your strength.2 For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob as the maje...
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Nahum - Nineveh about to be judged

Nineveh was the great city that Jonah had preached to and that had repented of her sins. That was a long time in the past and now Nineveh was about to be judged. Praise God for the fact that Jesus has taken our judgement upon His shoulders at the cross. Be blessed everyone. Nahum 1: 1 An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of...
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Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith

Jesus the Author and Perfector of our faith has some instructions at times that are difficult to endure but necessary if we are to grow in grace.Hebrews 12:Jesus, Founder and Perfector of Our Faith1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us ru...
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The assurance of our faith

Our faith is not based on a vague, pipe-dream hope. It is based on the finished work of Christ, which was secured by the cross and confirmed by His resurrection. Be encouraged!Hebrews 11: By Faith1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.2 For by it the people of old received their commendation.3 By faith w...
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Christ's sacrifice is sufficient

Christ offers the only sacrifice that brings full assurance of salvation.Hebrews 10: Christ's Sacrifice Once for All1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.2 Otherwise, w...
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Jesus the best insurance

What do you know about Melchizedek? We hear a lot about him in today's reading. Christ has secured our way into heaven. Far above any earthly priest. We trust one day the Jews will see this for themselves. Hebrews 7:The Priestly Order of Melchizedek1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the sl...
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Move on from milk. Start eating theological meat

Jesus is the Word and is God. Worship Him.Hebrews 5: 1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his ow...
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Stay in His rest

Jesus must be sought after in order for us to enter His true rest. Let's not allow anyone or anything take His place. Here's how cont…Hebrews 4: 1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard d...
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Enter into His rest

Jesus is our true rest. Let's not allow anyone or anything take his place. Here's how…Hebrews 3: Jesus Greater Than Moses1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house.3 For ...
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A great salvation in Jesus

Jesus is the Author and Perfector of our faith. Why would anyone neglect such a great a salvation.Hebrews 2: Warning Against Neglecting Salvation1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience rec...
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The supremacy of the Son

We are in the book of Hebrews for the next two weeks. These first two chapters speak of the authority and deity of Christ. Good chapters to show Jehovah's Witnesses.Hebrews 1:The Supremacy of God's Son1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he...
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Mordecai second in charge over Persia

The humble will be exalted. This short chapter describes the final days of Mordecai in the Persian kingdom.Esther 10: The Greatness of Mordecai1 King Ahasuerus imposed tax on the land and on the coastlands of the sea.2 And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honour of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are t...
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Jewish enemies destroyed

Today we see the final conclusion to a wonderful testimony of the Lord's faithfulness to His people. May we know this same faithfulness as we draw near to Christ our Passover and Saviour.Esther 9:The Jews Destroy Their Enemies1 Now in the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's command and edict...
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Esther saves the Jews

Esther sees the deliverance that comes to her people by the Lord blesses her boldness, obedience and faith. We are no different of course when we choose to do the same. Esther 8:Esther Saves the Jews1 On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told wha...
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Haman falls - Be sure your sin will find you out

We see the ultimate end and downfall of Haman today. Be sure your sin will find you out. Esther 7: 1 So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther.2 And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, "What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to...
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Haman's fall begins

Haman's end is about to take place. Even though the Lord is not mentioned in this book, His presence is very evident. Be blessed as you read.Esther 6: The King Honours Mordecai1 On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king.2 And it was found writt...
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Queen Esther holds a feast

Well….The plot thickens as they say. Haman is being prepared for his own destruction. Be blessed as we continue through the book of Esther.Esther 5: Esther Prepares a Banquet1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal thr...
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Mordecai challenges Esther, "for such a time as this"

We all struggle with obedience sometimes. Esther was no different, 'for such a time as this'.Esther 4:Esther Agrees to Help the Jews1 When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry.2 He went up to the entranc...
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