Audible praise is not enough.

We are often too busy to consider the amazing creation in which we live. See Psa. 111:2–6 for why God’s marvelous works should be studied. When we ponder the clouds, the stars, the birds, the trees, the flowers, the animals, the vast array of foods, the marvels of the human body, etc., all in light of God’s creative hand, audible praise is not enough to express the incredible greatness of our God. We instead bow our heads and remain still in worshipful adoration of this Creator who gave us life and redeemed us by His blood.

Job 37:14 “Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.

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Save this dying world!

We are in a battle for the lost. There is no higher calling than to (with God’s help) seek to save this dying world. Today, pray for divine encounters and be ready to share the gospel when the opportunity comes. Have your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (see Eph. 6:13–17).

Isaiah 18:3 All inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth: When he lifts up a banner on the mountains, you see it; And when he blows a trumpet, you hear it.

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Pronouncing sinners as unclean.

As priests of the Lord (see 1 Pet. 2:5; Rev. 1:6) we are to pronounce the sinner as unclean. How can we do that without appearing judgmental? Simply by doing what Jesus did and pointing to the Ten Commandments (see Mark 10:17–22). Consider how Paul did this in Rom. 2:21–23: “You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law?” Notice that he asks questions of his hearers. Do the same. Ask, “Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen something, used God’s name in vain (etc.)?”

Leviticus 13:9 “When the leprous sore is on a person, then he shall be brought to the priest.10 And the priest shall examine him; and indeed if the swelling on the skin is white, and it has turned the hair white, and there is a spot of raw flesh in the swelling,11 it is an old leprosy on the skin of his body. The priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not isolate him, for he is unclean.12 “And if leprosy breaks out all over the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of the one who has the sore, from his head to his foot, wherever the priest looks,13 then the priest shall consider; and indeed if the leprosy has covered all his body, he shall pronounce him clean who has the sore. It has all turned white. He is clean.14 But when raw flesh appears on him, he shall be unclean.15 And the priest shall examine the raw flesh and pronounce him to be unclean; for the raw flesh is unclean. It is leprosy.

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The greatest advice for young people.

Ecclesiastes 12:1. This is the greatest advice you can give to young people. Warn them that as they grow old, their hearts will become hard and self-righteous. Strongly exhort them to live their lives soaked in the truth of vv. 13,14.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”

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Ten biting serpents!

When fiery serpents were sent among Israel, their deadly bite caused the Israelites to admit that they had sinned. However, God also sent a cure for the serpent bite; He told Moses to make a bronze serpent and place it on a pole. Those who had been bitten and were doomed to die could look at the bronze serpent and be saved from death. Jesus later cited this passage in reference to salvation from sin (see John 3:14,15).

The Ten Commandments are like ten biting serpents that carry with them the venomous curse of God’s Law. This Law convicts us of our sin and drives us to look up to the One lifted up on a cross, the Messiah, who saves us from death due to judgment under God’s Law. It was the Law of Moses that put Jesus on the cross. The Messiah became a curse for us, and redeemed us from the curse of the Law (see Gal. 3:13).

Numbers 21:6 So tthe Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. 7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent,and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

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The LORD of Hosts.

The title “LORD of Hosts” (used 46 times in the book of Zecharaiah) means that all created agencies and forces are under the leadership or dominion of God, who not only made them, but maintains them (see Gen. 2:1; Isa. 45:12). Notice that God tells sinners that if they will forsake their evil ways and deeds and turn to Him, He will turn to them. This was the case with the prodigal son. After leaving the pigsty, he found that his father was waiting for him to return (see Luke 15:20).

Zecheriah 1:3 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return tto Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.

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A misquoted verse.

This verse, in Mat 5:38, is so often misquoted by the world. Many believe it is giving a license to take matters into our own hands and render evil for evil. However, these are judgments for civil law and not revenge for personal grievances. The spirit of what Jesus is saying here is radically different from the “sue the shirt off the back of your neighbor” society in which we live.

God’s Word is practical. It makes sense that if someone destroys another’s property, he should make restitution. Nowadays, criminals often destroy property and go to jail without paying any restitution. The victims remain uncompensated for their losses. So if someone steals your ox, he is to restore the ox. If someone steals and wrecks your car, he is to buy you another one…a car for a car, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’

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