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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Memory Verse: Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever.
--Isaiah 40:8 WEB
    
To fully understand verse eight, we must begin with verse six.
    
The voice of one saying, “Cry!”
One said, “What shall I cry?”
“All flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because Yahweh’s breath blows on it. Surely the people are like grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever.”
--Isaiah 40:6-8 WEB
    
In this passage the prophet Isaiah is called upon to proclaim some important truths. First, all of mankind is like the grass, which is here for a short time and then is gone. It does not matter whether the people are rich or poor, good or bad, famous or unknown. All are temporary.
  
Second, all of the “glory” of mankind, all of its achievements, all that it has ever made or ever will make, is like the beautiful flowers of the field, which are also temporary. Every concept, every document, every song, every book, every sculpture, every building, every monument, every nation, everything.
  
Finally, while mankind and its achievements are temporary, the Word of God is eternal.
  
Father, I thank You for Your Word. I humbly acknowledge that all I am and all I do are only temporary. Your Word is forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.
  
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Memory Verse: Matthew 4:4

Welcome to the first in a series of Bible memory verses. In the Bible, God has instructed us to meditate upon His Word, but we cannot do this unless we first know His word. The words in our Bibles are useless unless we internalize them--make them a part of us. Only then can we meditate upon God’s Word. And only then can God call them to our remembrance. Through the memorization of Scripture God not only teaches us, but He can may use us to teach and help others.
    
One longstanding method of Scripture memorization is to state the Scripture reference, recite the Scripture passage, and then restate the Scripture reference. This process is repeated a number of times until the reciter becomes comfortable with the passage and the reference. The purpose of this method is to remember not only the passage, but its location in the Bible. This would allows the reciter to find the passage in the Bible, both for themselves and for others.
    
These Scripture verses are presented using the World English Bible (WEB), a modernization of the American Standard Version of 1901. Created and maintained by Rainbow Missions, Inc., the translation is intended for use in the Public Domain. The New Testament, Book of Psalms and Book of Proverbs were first published together in 2008. The Old Testament books are still under review. All of the text may be seen at any time at the WEB website. URL: http://ebible.org
    
Memory Verse: Matthew 4:4
    
“But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ ”
--Matthew 4:4 WEB
    
After His baptism, Jesus went away for forty days in order to fast and to pray before beginning his earthly ministry. At the end of this time, when Jesus was at his weakest physically, Satan tried to destroy God’s plan of salvation by turning Jesus from His mission. Satan tempted Jesus three times, but Jesus withstood them all. This Scripture comes from the first attempt, when Satan suggested that Jesus use his divine power to make food for Himself and satisfy His hunger. In reply, Jesus recalled a time when God taught the Israelites that there was more to life than satisfying physical hunger. After freeing them from Egypt, God led the people into the wilderness and removed their ability to provide for themselves so that they would realize that God was, is, and always would be, their sole provider. Moses reminded the people of this in the Book of Deuteronomy.
    
He humbled you, and allowed you to be hungry, and fed you with manna, which you didn’t know, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh.
--Deuteronomy 8:3 WEB
      
Father, though I may think I provide for myself, remind me that You are my sole provider for everything. In Jesus’ name, amen.
  
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