Search word: Retrieve verses, illustrations, etc
MESSAGE - THE BIBLE
To see the
latest new posts and revisions follow us on...
Facebook - Preceptaustin
Twitter - Preceptaustin
Blog - Preceptaustin
Word Studies, Devotionals, Sermons, Illustrations
Old and New Testament.
We have come
to know and have believed the love which God has for us.
GOD, being rich in
mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with
Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated
us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the
ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness
toward us in Christ Jesus.
God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but
have eternal life.--He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up
for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?--The
LORD is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.
We love, because He first loved us. Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what
had been spoken to her by the Lord.
1Jn 4.16. Ep. 2.4, 5, 6, 7. Jn 3.16.--
Ro. 8.32.--Ps. 145.9. 1Jn 4.19.
Do not be
haughty in mind,
but associate with the lowly.
MY brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an
attitude of personal favoritism.-- Did not God choose the poor of this world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who
Let no one seek his own good, but
that of his neighbor --I we have food and covering, with these we
shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a
snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and
God hath chosen chosen the foolish
things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of
the world to shame the things which are strong,
and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the
things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, that no man
should boast before God.
O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor
my eyes haughty
Ro 12.16. Jas 2.1, 5 1Co.10.24.--
1Ti 6.8, 9. 1Co 1.27-29. Ps. 131.1.
See new posts...
by F. B. Meyer
GOD'S BOUNTIFUL PROVISION
"They did all eat, and were
filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve
WHEN GOD is Host, there is
enough for all! Probably the disciples at first doled out the
supplies with great care, but as they discovered that group after
group were provided for, their faith increased, and they became
lavish in their distribution. Every appetite could enjoy bread and
fish, and there was plenty of it. God's supplies are as great as
the demand; nay, greater, for He is able to make all grace abound
toward each soul of man.
But though there was
prolific provision, there was wise administration, and prudent
husbanding of what was left. "Gather up the fragments," said the
Master (Joh 6:12).
It is marvellous to notice in the world of nature, how careful the
Creator is that what might seem to be refuse should be wrought
into new texture. Even the body, when it has fulfilled its
functions, returns to mother earth, so that its particles may pass
into the harvests of coming years. There is no waste in God's
great world. Let there be no waste in our lives!
There are other lessons to
be learned from this wonderful story. All things are to be done
decently and in order. The multitude was made to sit down in
companies of fifty. There was to be no crowding or pushing; the
strong must wait for the weak.
Each meal should begin with
the giving of thanks. "Looking up to Heaven, He blessed, and
brake, and gave to the disciples." The holy custom of giving
thanks appears to be fading away, from even Christian homes, to
our great loss, for "He was made known to them in the breaking of
bread" (Luk 24:30-31).
We may expect more than the
bare necessaries of life at the hands of our gracious God, who "giveth
us richly all things to enjoy." He gives not bread only, but fish;
luxuries, as well as necessaries. How much there is in life which
we enjoy, but which is not absolutely necessary--music and art,
flowers and fruit, sunrise and sunset, as well as ordinary
daylight. "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts
unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give
the Holy spirit to them that ask Him."
Teach us, O Lord, the art of
so living in fellowship with Thyself that every act may be a
Psalm, every meal a sacrament, every room a sanctuary, every
thought a prayer. AMEN.
Click for Daily Devotional
from the VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD; and thou shalt not be given
into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid" (Jeremiah 39:17).
When the LORD's faithful ones are suffering for Him, they shall have sweet
messages of love from Himself, and sometimes they shall have glad tidings
for those who sympathize with them and help them. Ebed-melech was only a
despised Ethiopian, but he was kind to Jeremiah, and so the LORD sent him
this special promise by the mouth of His prophet. Let us be ever mindful
of God's persecuted servants, and He will reward us. Ebed-melech was to be
delivered from the men whose vengeance he feared. He was a humble... man,
but Jehovah would take care of him. Thousands were slain by the Chaldeans,
but [he] could not be hurt. We, too, may be fearful of some great ones who
are bitter against us; but if we have been faithful to the LORD's cause in
the hour of persecution, He will be faithful to us. After all, what can a
man do without the LORD's permission? He puts a bit into the mouth of rage
and a bridle upon the head of power. Let us fear the LORD, and we shall
have no one else to fear. No cup of cold water given to a despised prophet
of God shall be without its reward; and if we stand up for Jesus, Jesus
will stand up for us.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, July 5
“Called to be saints.”
We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were
“saints” in a more especial manner than the other children of God.
All are “saints” whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified
by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as
extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weaknesses and
temptations as ourselves. Yet in so doing we are forgetful of this
truth, that the nearer a man lives to God the more intensely has
he to mourn over his own evil heart; and the more his Master
honours him in his service, the more also doth the evil of the
flesh vex and tease him day by day. The fact is, if we had seen
the apostle Paul, we should have thought him remarkably like the
rest of the chosen family: and if we had talked with him, we
should have said, “We find that his experience and ours are much
the same. He is more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught
than we are, but he has the selfsame trials to endure. Nay, in
some respects he is more sorely tried than ourselves.” Do not,
then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from
infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic
reverence which will almost make us idolaters. Their holiness is
attainable even by us. We are “called to be saints” by that same
voice which constrained them to their high vocation. It is a
Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of
saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their
attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us
emulate their ardour and holiness. We have the same light that
they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we
rest satisfied until we have equalled them in heavenly character?
They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew
like Jesus. Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, “looking
unto Jesus,” and our saintship will soon be apparent.
Evening, July 5
“Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is
Seeing that we have such a God to trust to, let us rest upon him
with all our weight; let us resolutely drive out all unbelief, and
endeavour to get rid of doubts and fears, which so much mar our
comfort; since there is no excuse for fear where God is the
foundation of our trust. A loving parent would be sorely grieved
if his child could not trust him; and how ungenerous, how unkind
is our conduct when we put so little confidence in our heavenly
Father who has never failed us, and who never will. It were well
if doubting were banished from the household of God; but it is to
be feared that old Unbelief is as nimble nowadays as when the
psalmist asked, “Is his mercy clean gone forever? Will he be
favourable no more?” David had not made any very lengthy trial of
the mighty sword of the giant Goliath, and yet he said, “There is
none like it.” He had tried it once in the hour of his youthful
victory, and it had proved itself to be of the right metal, and
therefore he praised it ever afterwards; even so should we speak
well of our God, there is none like unto him in the heaven above
or the earth beneath; “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I
be equal? saith the Holy One.” There is no rock like unto the rock
of Jacob, our enemies themselves being judges. So far from
suffering doubts to live in our hearts, we will take the whole
detestable crew, as Elijah did the prophets of Baal, and slay them
over the brook; and for a stream to kill them at, we will select
the sacred torrent which wells forth from our Saviour’s wounded
side. We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been cast
where we could not find in our God all that we needed. Let us then
be encouraged to trust in the Lord forever, assured that his ever
lasting strength will be, as it has been, our succour and stay.
J H JOWETT
JULY The Fifth
THE DISCIPLESHIP THAT TELLS
“He that followeth Me.”
—John 8.12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
YES, but I must make sure that I follow Him in Spirit and in truth (Jn
4:24). It is
so easy to be self-deceived. I may follow a pleasant emotion, while all
the time a bit of grim cross-bearing is being ignored. I may be satisfied
to be “out on the ocean sailing,” singing of “a home beyond the tide,”
while all the time there is a piece of perilous salvage work to be done
beneath the waves. To “follow Jesus” is to face the hostility of scribes
and Pharisees, to offer restoring friendship to publicans and sinners, to
pray in blood-shedding in Gethsemane, to brave the derision of the brutal
mob, and to be “ready” for the appalling happenings on Calvary! Therefore,
following is not a light picnic; it is a possible martyrdom!
But if I set my face “to go,” the Lord Himself will visit me with “the
light of life.” And the resource shall not be broken and spasmodic: it
shall be mine without ceasing. “Be thou faithful ... and I will give thee
... life.” That life will flow into my soul, just as the oxygenating air
flows down to the diver who is faithfully busy recovering wreckage from
the wealth-strewn bed of the mighty sea. Let me be faithful, and every
moment the Lord will crown me with His own vitalizing life!
"Year Book" 1895
"Praise be to the Lord! Not one word has failed, of all the
wonderful promises He gave!" 1 Kings 8:56
It is nearly three thousand years since Solomon uttered this
testimony; but we can say now, just as confidently as the king did
that day, that in all these centuries since not one word of all
God's good promise has failed any one of his people. No one has
ever trusted a promise of God—and had that word fail of
The most real and sure things in this world—are the words of God.
In every one of them, God's own almighty hand is gloved. We clutch
them—and find ourselves clutched in turn by divinity, out of whose
clasp we never can fall, nor be torn away. We lean upon these
words—and find ourselves encircled and upborne by the everlasting
arms. We pillow our head in weariness or sorrow upon God's words
of love and comfort—and find ourselves drawn close to our Father's
heart, held in his warm bosom, and soothed by his tenderness,
which is gentler than a mother's.
So all through life, in every experience, we may trust the
promises of God, and commit all our interests to them, and be
assured in our heart that not one of them will ever fail us. We
may trust them, too, in death, and we shall find everything just
as God has said: the divine presence with us in the valley, dying
but a going to be at home, absent from the body at home with the
Lord, in eternal blessedness. Not one Word of God can fail.
Click for Daily Devotional
from the VALLEY OF VISION
See these other
= command to make this privilege our practice!) for
yourselves treasure in heaven (cp Mt 6:20-note,
1Th 2:19, 20-note,
Lk 10:2, Col 4:2,3-note,
2Th 3:1, Rev 7:9-note)
We will do much of what we do on earth in heaven, but
one thing we cannot do is share the Gospel and intercede
for souls to be saved. Beloved, let this sobering truth
cause us to
redeem the time,
making the most of the opportunities we have today to
intercede for these innumerable souls who have never
heard the Gospel or the Name of Jesus.
Pray for the unreached people groups.
Global Prayer Digest
Unreached People Group of the Day.
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
-The God’s Story Project (TGSP)
Though Dorothy Miller’s earthly flame has now been extinguished,
the brightness of The God’s Story Project (TGSP) burns on. The
God’s Story video is now available in more than 300 languages and
has been played on solar-powered audio players in 80 different
countries around the world. TGSP is also branching out in hopes of
reaching modern, urban audiences by offering the Hip Hop God’s
Story, which integrates a rhyming style with the spoken Word.
The home page of The God’s Story website tells of a Burmese man
and his wife who received Christ after watching The God’s Story
video in their own language. Both accepted Christ as a result of
watching the video. The man was 116 years old!
A national who ministers to 18 Muslim students in the Philippines
testified to introducing her students to the STS program, and all
18 of them are now preparing themselves to do cross cultural work
within the 10/40 Window.
Using the STS method, a woman ministering in India taught a young
crippled girl the story of the woman who was sick for 12 years and
was healed by Jesus. She emphasized the healing touch of Jesus
until the girl understood. Shortly thereafter, the girl was
healed. Dorothy Miller’s vision marches on!
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the work of TGSP translators, narrators, production
teams, missionaries, and national believers will continue, and
that many will come to know and love Jesus Christ for decades to
Luke 15:20, NET
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long
way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him;
he ran and hugged his son and kissed him.
Chinese culture places a high value on not being shamed. Elders
and family leaders are especially vigilant about making sure they
live in honor. This father, who represents our Heavenly Father, is
willing to run to His wayward son and publically show affection to
him. What an over-the-top way to describe how much our Heavenly
Father wants us to turn to Him!
Pray that worldwide the people will soon have skits presented to
them that will demonstrate the intense love that God has for all
FOR DAILY JOSHUA PROJECT UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP
OUR DAILY BREAD
centered daily devotionals -- use it to prompt
replace your time in the pure milk of the Word -- for that
is the primary source for spiritual growth -- Never read
the devotionals and fail to read the living and active
Word of Truth and Life (1Peter 2:2, Mt 4:4, Jer 15:16)
Click the picture of the man reading the Scriptures on
the left side
preceptaustin page to check for the newest
additions/revisions which are added almost daily. You
will find revisions, additions, etc that are not on
this page (eg, click to see the new material added
since 8/16/10 - new material will no longer be posted
on this page).
Henry Alford's acclaimed
NT Commentary (Mt-Rev indexed by chapter, English and Greek
Need some encouragement to be an encourager? Study the great
Greek verb Parakaleo - call alongside to help!
Should professing Christians "Test themselves" to see if
they are in the faith? See commentary on 2Corinthians 13:5
Christians living with a sense of imminency and urgency
redeeming the time in the work
the Lord! Read, memorize, meditate on, and be
motivated by 1Corinthians 15:58 - see commentary
Isaiah 6 Commentary - I Saw the
After a year of teaching
& writing on Daniel the Commentary is finished! Hallelujah!
Daniel 11 Commentary(1)
-- Da 11:1-19
Daniel 11 Commentary(2)
-- Da 11:20-45
Daniel 12 Commentary
Daniel Commentary - links
to every chapter and verse
Daniel 10 Commentary - Preface for a Prophecy of the Last
Revisions on -
Daniel 9:24 Commentary
Daniel 9:25 Commentary
Daniel 9:26 Commentary
Daniel 9:27 Commentary
Daniel 9 Commentary (Part 1) - A Great
Pattern for Prayer for a Nation in Need of Deliverance!
A "sampling" of the fruit
one can glean from Inductive Bible Study
Daniel 8 Commentary
New Testament Resources Updated -
100's of new resources
Bengel's Gnomon of the NT, Joseph
Parker (>1000 pages on Matthew), et al.
What are you clinging to? See study of the picturesque
What does it mean to be a diakonos
in the NT?
Word Study on Greek Verb Kaleo = to call - and its
John 19:30 Commentary - some
overlap with discussion "It is Finished" below
is finished" (Jn 19:30)
of the incredible picture of our Savior's cry of Victory
which secured our Victory over
Revised study on
Gk for Grace - Why is it so "amazing?"
What is Sin? - A Short Study of the Greek Word Hamartia
2 Corinthians 5:17
Commentary - A New Creature in Christ
What Does It Mean to Be "In Christ"?
What Does the Bible say about the
"World" aka the "Kosmos"?
Proverbs 29:18 Comments on a Commonly Misinterpreted Verse -
"Where there is no vision the people perish"
Judges Commentaries - Updated with many additions
Topical Discussion: The Deceitfulness of
Sermons by Charles Simeon - Hebrews, 1Peter,
If you are not
familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr
John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to
read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click
Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3
The name of God is
Adonai - My Lord, My Master
Isaiah 5 Commentary -
"Parable" of the Vineyard
Integrity - A Few Thoughts
Daniel 1 Commentary
Daniel 2 Commentary
-- Daniel 2:1-23
Daniel 2 Commentary --
Daniel 3 Commentary
Daniel 4 Commentary
Daniel 5 Commentary
Daniel 6 Commentary
Daniel 7 Commentary
-- Daniel 7:1-6
Daniel 7 Commentary
Daniel 7 Commentary
Jesus Teaches on the Principle of Prophetic "Time Gaps"
The Judgment Seat of
Christ - How to live with a "Bema Seat" Mentality
(Commentary on 2Corinthians 5:10)
Goel - Our Kinsman
Redeemer - In Shadow (Type) & Substance
Avenger - Avenges Man's "Murder", Reclaims Title Deed of
Isaiah Devotionals - from
a friend of mine
John 3:30 Commentary "He
must increase, but I must decrease"
Memory Verses by Topic -
memorize so you can fight the good fight
(Mt 4:4, Job 23:12-note)
Sermons, Devotionals - completely revised 8/2/09
Beginning to see signs of
"spiritual burnout"? - Study the concept of "Rest" in the
Old Testament Passages in
#1 problem in churches in
bitterness - see
revisions of expositions on-Forgiveness
in Col 3:13,
Forgiveness in Mt 6:12;
Forgiveness" in Eph 4:32
Isaiah 4:2-6 The Branch of Jehovah
Galatians 6:14 In What Do You Boast?
1 Corinthians 6:18;
1 Corinthians 6:19;
1 Corinthians 6:20
= Greek word for the World
- In Depth Word Study
- a difficult passage to interpret
- God gives grace to the humble
Commentary 2Corinthians 12:9,
12:10 His grace made perfect in our
Isaiah 40:31 - How to "Fly Like An Eagle"
Isaiah Verse by Verse Commentary - Isaiah 1-3 are
Jehovah Shammah - The LORD is There
A Brief Excursus on Idolatry and Immorality
Philippians 4:13 - completely revised - I
can do all things through Him...
David and Goliath -revised/updated
- Ecclesiastes Resources
Isaiah Commentary - Isaiah 1:1 - just beginning (long
James 1:1-25 Commentary
1Corinthians 10:13 No Temptation or Test Too Great -
Commentary on Proverbs 5:1-14; 5:15-23;
Proverbs 4:23 Commentary - Guard Your Heart
Daniel 9:24-27 Commentary on the Greatest
Timeline of Daniel's Seventieth Week Updated
1Corinthians 13:4-7 Commentary - Christian Love
2Corinthians 10:3-5 Commentary - Taking Every Thought
2Corinthians 7:1 Commentary Perfecting Holiness
James 2:14-26 Commentary - Faith and Works
Psalm 1 Commentary
Job 23:12 the "Secret" of his
Table comparing the Rapture and the
Ezra 7:10 Principle - "secret" of Spirit
empowered, God Glorifying Preaching
Romans 6:11 The Believer's Emancipation
Proclamation - Updated
Suffering and trials 1Peter 1:6;
Commentary on Proverbs 13:13
Galatians 5:16-26 - in depth commentary - What does it
means to Walk by the Spirit?
Do you know Him as your El Shaddai - God
Jehovah - I Am
Study of Types -
Typology - Overview, Guidelines, Warnings
The Fruit of the
illustrations on Proverbs 1-31...
Proverbs Sermon Illustrations 1
Proverbs Sermon Illustrations 2
Proverbs Sermon Illustrations 3
Acts 16 Commentary
Acts 17 Commentary
Ephesians Commentary - Verse by Verse Notes, Ephesians
In Depth Commentary on
Covenant of Marriage;
Covenant: Abrahamic vs
Old vs New;
Covenant: Why the New is
Covenant: New Covenant in the Old
Nothing from God
1 Timothy 4:7-11
Commentary on Ruth
(kinsman-redeemer) - updated & revised
Galatians 2:20 commentary
The Incredible Prophecy
of Isaiah 61:1-3
The Millennium 1-Why
did the Early Church drift from literal interpretation of
The Millennium 2-What
is the context? What events lead up to the Millennium?
The Millennium 3-How
does the OT describe the 1000 year Messianic Age?
Jehovah Jireh - God our Provider
The Power of God's Word -
A Simple Inductive Study for your class
"Israel of God" - Is God
"Finished" with Israel in His prophetic plan?
Psalms - over 400 Devotionals from Our Daily Bread
Indexed by Scripture
Jehovah Nissi the LORD our Banner
of Exodus 17:8-16)
What is Christian Hope? = A Blessed Hope
How to Handle Fear
Spiritual Gifts Chart
Day of the LORD - What? When?
How Do I Respond?
Covenant of Marriage
Jehovah 'Ezer = the LORD my Help
Inductive Bible Study
How to Do Greek Word Study on the Web
In Need of Help? Lift up your eyes. See
notes on Ps 121
Name of the LORD studies
of the LORD a strong tower
Studies - Call 1-800-763-8280
Click for schedule of Precept Training Workshops in
the United States
What is Salvation?
See what God says:
Hover pointer over
Why do I need
Take a walk down the...
(in both the Old and the New Testament)
Would you go to heaven if you died tonight?
Do you want to go to heaven?
Do you want to know the way?
Read the 2 short pamphlets below by D L Moody
The Way to God & How to Find It
Heaven: Where It Is, Its Inhabitants & How To Get
Are you skeptical?
I Really Trust The Bible?
Looking for the
Words Worth Hearing study on James? See
Looking for the
Words Worth Hearing study on Walking by the Spirit? See
Restore us, O God of our
salvation, and cause Your indignation toward us to cease. Will You
be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all
generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your
people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD,
and grant us Your salvation.
O God, restore us And cause
Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. O LORD God of
hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?
Bryon Paulus, director
of Life Action Ministries, has said our greatest obstacle for
revival is failure to pray, to plead, to intercede, to cry out.
Leonard Ravenhill summed it up...
doesn't need to pray. The self-sufficient doesn't want to
self-righteous cannot pray!
Paulus commented: "Those three
principles apply to revival: We are so self-satisfied that
we don't want revival, so
self-sufficient that we think we don't need revival, and so
self-righteous that we can't have revival." (Ouch!)
Consider joining with other
One Cry - A Nationwide Call for
Spiritual Awakening (Dearly beloved of God, watch the Video and
join Cry Out!)
May God Grant Us
While we still have time!
God addressed Israel
in the following famous passage but the timeless principle is
apropos to believers in America ...
If I shut up the heavens so
that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the
land, or if I send pestilence among My people,
and My people who are called by My name humble themselves
and pray, and seek My face and turn from
their wicked ways,
then I will hear
from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal
their land. (2Chr 7:13, 14)
J. Barton Payne writes that
"This great verse, the best known in all Chronicles, expresses as
does no other in Scripture God’s requirement for national
blessing, whether in Solomon’s land, in Ezra’s, or in our own.
Those who believe must forsake their sins, turn from the life that
is centered in self, and yield to God’s word and will. Then, and
only then, will heaven send revival."
May God grant His children
grace to plead for a Spirit driven, God glorifying, Word centered,
Christ exalting revival of the Body of Christ in America.
First of all, then, I urge that
entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on
behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in
order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness
and dignity. (1Ti 2:1,2)
Our Heavenly Father
desires to hear His children cry out with "fasting, sackcloth and
ashes" (Da 9:3), reflecting not the external appearance of our
bodies, but more accurately the internal condition of our hearts -
sinful (Da 9:5 - "we" not "they"!), rejecting His Holy Word
(Da 9:6-"we"), shameful (Da 9:8-"us"), contrite, and
broken (Ps 51:17), over our national rejection of God's righteous
and holy Name...
Daniel's prayer (Da 9:3,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) is an
excellent "template" for all saints to emulate as we begin to
intercede with a sense of urgency for
America and especially for God's Name and reputation considering
that the world thinks of us as a "Christian nation" and we once
called ourselves "One Nation Under God"!
Matthew Henry's comments
on Lev 26:40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 (directed first to Israel but
applicable to any nation that rejects Him)
Among the Israelites, persons
were not always prosperous or afflicted according to their
obedience or disobedience. But national prosperity was the
effect of national obedience, and national judgments
were brought on by national wickedness. Israel was under a
National wickedness will end
in the ruin of any people,
especially where the Word of God and the light of the Gospel are
Sooner or later, sin will be
the ruin, as well as the reproach, of every people.
Oh that, being humbled for
we might avert the rising storm before it bursts upon us!
(Note: Henry's comments
were published in 1706 and national revival, the
First Great Awakening,
occurred in the 1730's and 1740's! Brethren, there is hope because
there is a "God of hope"! Ro 15:13)
God grant that we may, in this
consider the things which belong to our eternal peace.
Righteousness exalts a
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust;
according to Thy word.
Preceptaustin is an independent website and is not affiliated with Precept
Ministries International. The resources on Preceptaustin are provided for
the purpose of edification of the body of Christ and should be consulted
only after examining the Scriptures inductively (see
Inductive Bible Study). The
resources on this site are neither specifically endorsed by nor
representative of the resources available at
Precept Ministries International.
Unless otherwise noted all "Scripture quotations taken from the
New American Standard Bible ,Copyright © 1960, 62,
63, 68, 71, 72, 73, 75, 77, 95 by Lockman Foundation Used by
Click Here for Other Bibles quoted &
"I came that they might have life