Spiritual Rants: “Salvation Quiz” September 13 Daily Bible Readings in a year: Isaiah 12:1-14:32 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 Psalm 57:1-11 Proverbs 23:9-11

Old Testament:  Isaiah 12:1-14:32

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Isaiah 12:1-14:32  A Real Counterfeit

Chap. 12:  This concludes the section on Assyria (modern-day areas in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey).  It is a hymn of praise for sparing them after the Great Tribulation.  Note the use of the phrase, “in that day” (v. 4).

Chap. 13:  A new section begins with judgments on surrounding enemy nations.  “Burdens” are mentioned in chaps. 13-23.  You can substitute the word “judgment” for “burden.”  This chapter centers on Babylon, perhaps the greatest ancient kingdom.  It now lies in ruins and is a center of demonic activity.  It symbolizes all that rises against God.  It rebelled when the towers were built in Babel and it rebels to this day.  It lies in destruction until this day, fulfilling the prophecy of v. 20.

McGee says that the original center of the nation has been excavated but the shepherds won’t even go into that area (v. 20).  They are superstitious.  McGee takes the “satyrs” in v. 21 to be demons.  The NASB notes have “goat demons.”  So maybe they are dancing there.

Chap. 14:  The oracle against Babylon in chap. 13 continues here.  What is really interesting is the description of the ruler of Babylon.  Isaiah is also tipping us off as to the nature of Satan in vv. 12-16.  It is a double-referent to Satan and the king of Babylon.  Notice the use of “I will” five times.  Pride is willful and wants its own way.  Ever seen a bunch of babies playing together?  It’s a foreshadowing of Hell.  Everyone will want their own way in Hell but there won’t be anything to go around. Eeesch.  Satan wants what belongs to God.

“Star of the Morning” in v. 12 is translated Lucifer in the KJV, but is literally in Hebrew, “hinting one.”  “Star of the Morning” is the same title that is rightfully Jesus’.  He is called “Star of the Morning” in 2 Pet. 1:19 and Rev. 22:16.  Satan is the counterfeit.  The “stars” in v.13 are angels.  Angels are often referred to as “stars.”

New Testament:  2 Corinthians 13:1-14

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2 Corinthians 13:1-14   Salvation Quiz

A famous preacher was once asked, in an open-mic context, how often someone should “examine” oneself (v. 5).  The preacher replied, “Well, probably once a day.”  The follow-up question was, “Every day for how long?”  The famous preacher (really, really famous preacher, by the way), answered, “Everyday for the rest of your life.”  The questioner then asked, “how, then, can you have assurance of salvation?”  There was no answer from the famous preacher.  Just because someone is famous doesn’t mean his theology is correct.  The answer is that we have assurance of salvation when we trust Christ (1 John 5:13).  We examine ourselves to make sure that our “walk” is in line with the Lord.  If you examine yourself and you haven’t trusted Christ, today is the day to choose Him (2 Cor. 6:2, cf. Deut. 30:19).

Paul reminds the Corinthians of the Biblical principle that any accused person must have at least two or three witnesses against him (cf. Deut. 19:15; Matt. 18:16; 1 Tim. 5:19).  That is the approach he would use when he visited if he had to straighten things out.  He is hoping that he doesn’t have to be “severe” when he visits (v. 10).

Paul exhorts them to live together in peace (v. 11).  He tells them again to greet each with with a “holy kiss” (v. 12, cf. Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20; 1 Thess. 5:26).  You don’t have to do that today.  In fact, it’s not even recommended.  Just a handshake will do.

Paul began by wishing the Corinthians grace and peace (2 Cor. 1:2) and closes the same way (v. 11, 14).  In fact, both books to the Corinthiams have been about living in peace.

 


Psalm 57:1-11    A Day In The Life    A Lament Psalm by David


Proverbs 23:9-11   Don’t Let The Jerks Get The Best Of You

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Jesus said not to throw pearls to swine (cf. Matt. 7:6).  Solomon said not to talk words of wisdom, like from Scripture, to dolts (v. 9).

Again Solomon advises us not to move a boundary marker (v. 10, see commentary Boundaries).  Paul Meier wrote a good book you might find interesting but the title itself says a lot, Don’t Let Jerks Get The Best Of You.

Why are so many things repeated in Scripture like Matthew, Mark, and Luke for example?   The gospels have nuances that are worth studying after you’ve learned the basics.  Some things are repeated for emphasis.  God really wants you to be careful of people who want to steal from you.  In fact, that is the devil’s main goal (cf. John 10:10).  God’s goal is to bless you (also, cf. John 10:10).  Don’t destroy someone’s boundaries and don’t let someone else mess with your boundaries either.  Don’t let anymore violate your boundaries physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

If you focus on Christ and His work (cf. Matt. 6:33), He will take care of you (v. 11, cf. Zeph. 3:17; Job 19:25).

 

Choose Life: Scripture:  Isaiah 14:14   NASB   “Fall Time”

“‘‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’”  Isaiah 14:14   NASB

 

Verse 14 is usually taken as of referring to Satan.  It doesn’t seem to just be describing a human being.  He is the one who has thought of himself as being an equal to God. That is why we think of him as being prideful.  That would be the definition of pride, wouldn’t it?  Thinking of yourself as being the equal of God?

Do you realize that all unbelievers think that way?  They believe they are their own god?  That is also the definition of sin.

But before you get uppity, are you acting like your own god?  Are you a disciple of Christ?  Are you following Him in all your ways?

Or are you acting like the supreme rebel?

Pride precedes a huge fall . . .   (cf. Prov. 16:18)

 

If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application: 

How can you know if you are truly a disciple?  Here is a checklist.

  1.  A disciple is literally a “learner” or a “student.”  Are you learning about Him?  Are you learning from Him?
  2. John 8:31 says that you are truly a disciple only if you are learning His Word.  Are you studying His Word every day?
  3. It does no good if you just study His word.  That is called “head knowledge.”  You also have to put that knowledge into effect.  That is referred to as “heart knowledge” (cf. Luke 8:21; John 7:17).  You must apply His Word to your heart and actually change.  Are you actually changing (cf. 2 Cor. 3:18)?
  4. Are you worshipping Jesus?  Peter did (Luke 5:8)?
  5. If you are emulating Satan in any way, you are not acting like a disciple (cf. Matt. 16:23).
  6. You must worship God with all your heart, mind, and soul (cf. Matt. 22:37).
  7. You should be led by the Spirit (cf. Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18, see commentary Get The “Led” Out, Learning From The Spirit).

If you are doing all those seven things, you are probably acting like a disciple.

If you aren’t acting like a disciple, there’s a good chance you are acting like Satan.

You don’t want to act like Satan do you?

It is autumn.  Don’t let it be “fall time.”

Learning from Jesus leads to prosperity (cf. Joshua 1:8).

 

 

The purpose of the Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day.  There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  A Real Counterfeit

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