Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Thursday, 8 December 2022:
1 Chronicles 3:1-3 – These are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn, Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second, Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite, the third, Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah….
The Bible does not give details about the lives of many people like Daniel, Shephatiah, or Ithream. The Bible does not tell us everything, only what we need to know. Everything that is revealed in the Bible is there for a reason. What isn’t in the Bible is not there for a reason. The many descendants listed in the Bible are listed for a reason, but everyone of God’s children is known intimately by Him by name, and they are all precious to Him –
- Psalm 139:1-24 — To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me….
- Isaiah 43:1 — But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
- Luke 12:7 — Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
- Psalm 56:8 — You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?
- John 10:3 — To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
Revelation 6:9-11 — “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
Final Judgment will occur when martyrdom is complete, confirming that after the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:16-17), some will come to faith during the Tribulation. Only the Father knows when their mission will be complete. These martyrs are further spoken of in the next chapter – “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14)
In this world, faithful servants of Christ will go through many persecutions. God does not always protect His faithful servants from persecution, but He holds a special place of honor for them in the Kingdom. Persecution will continue until the End.
Revelation 6:15-17 – Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
On the Day of Judgment, No one escapes the wrath of God except those who have been covered over by the Blood of Jesus and His righteousness, through faith in Him and salvation.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 8 December 2022: Listen carefully to the Holy Spirit’s counsel today. The Holy Spirit convicts you of your sins (where you are missing the mark, doing things other than what God would have you do). Ask for forgiveness for the shortcomings the Holy Spirit reveals to you, repent of your sins (turn 180-out; 1 John 1:9), receive and accept God’s forgiveness, and move forward, walking closer to Jesus with your eyes affixed on Him, never looking backwards. (Proverbs 1:23-25) “Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’” (Luke 9:62)