Nehemiah Or History Repeats

Nehemiah Or History Repeats — The celebrations of praise and ceremonies of repentance occurring after the Jews rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem following the Babylonia Exile are recorded in Nehemiah.

So, what nation does this remind you of?

Then you helped them conquer great kingdoms and many nations, and you placed your people in every corner of the land; they completely took over the land of King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan. 23 You caused a population explosion among the Israelis and brought them into the land you had promised to their ancestors. 24 You subdued whole nations before them—even the kings and the people of the Canaanites were powerless! 25 Your people captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took over houses full of good things, with cisterns and vineyards and olive yards and many, many fruit trees; so they ate and were full and enjoyed themselves in all your blessings.

26 “But despite all this, they were disobedient and rebelled against you. They threw away your law, killed the prophets who told them to return to you, and they did many other terrible things

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Nehemiah Or History Repeats
Nehemiah Or History Repeats — The celebrations of praise and ceremonies of repentance occurring after the Jews rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem

Lessons From Jude

Lessons From Jude

Biblical illiteracy is our biggest threat.

It’s not the $30 trillion national debt, nor China nor Putin. It’s that we no longer know right from wrong.

Or, if we do, shrug our shoulders and go back to what’s streaming on whatever, and figure right and wrong are no big deal.

Debts don’t have to be paid and consequences are myths.

This indifference is encouraged by teachers and leaders and even preachers. They even defend things like this, or lack the courage to condemn it.

Lessons From Jude

A nation that doesn’t care is a nation that is going to die.

So here’s from things from the Book of Jude to ponder.

. . . but now I find I must write of something else instead, urging you to stoutly defend the truth that God gave once for all to his people to keep without change through the years. I say this because some godless teachers have wormed their way in among you, saying that after we become Christians we can do just as we like without fear of God’s punishment.

Yet these false teachers carelessly go right on living their evil, immoral lives, degrading their bodies and laughing at those in authority over them, even scoffing at the Glorious Ones. 

10 But these men mock and curse at anything they do not understand, and like animals, they do whatever they feel like, thereby ruining their souls.

1When these men join you at the love feasts of the church, they are evil smears among you, laughing and carrying on, gorging and stuffing themselves without a thought for others. They are like clouds blowing over dry land without giving rain, promising much, but producing nothing. They are like fruit trees without any fruit at picking time. They are not only dead, but doubly dead, for they have been pulled out, roots and all, to be burned.

16 These men are constant gripers, never satisfied, doing whatever evil they feel like; they are loudmouthed “show-offs,” and when they show respect for others, it is only to get something from them in return.

1Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you, 18 that in the last times there would come these scoffers whose whole purpose in life is to enjoy themselves in every evil way imaginable. 19 They stir up arguments; they love the evil things of the world; they do not have the Holy Spirit living in them.

Read Jude, in its entirety. It’s short. Read the Bible, for that matter. Ignorance is bad.

And if you find it hard to turn off a streaming show, or refrain from a mocha latte or speak out against a wrong, that’s when you know you must.

Lessons From Jude

Warped and Crooked Generation

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

Philippians 2:14-16

Warped and Crooked Generation.
Warped and Crooked Generation.

Neither Jew nor Gentile

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:26-29

Neither Jew nor Gentile
Neither Jew nor Gentile