2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Isaiah 10:2 – God has active concerns for how we act here on earth. How we deal with the needy, the poor, the widows, and the fatherless. Note that He is not advocating equality of outcome (redistribution), but equality of access (I do not have a right to a “Not Guilty” verdict, but I do have a right to a fair trial). Laws that hurt the poor and needy are bad laws. Heritage Foundation has an interesting report on Big Government Policies that Hurt the Poor and How to Address Them.
Isaiah 10:21 – What is the point of all this judgment? That the remnant of Israel shall return unto the mighty God. While this is Old Testament, we see parallels to the New Testament. Many Christian families have mourned their children going astray. But those children who experience not just the pleasures of sin for a season, but the chastening of the LORD – will return unto the Father.
Isaiah 11:1 – Who is this Branch? We read about the Branch in Isaiah 4:2 – the Branch is beautiful and glorious, and sanctifying Israel. Now we read that this is the descendant of David (Jesse’s son), who shall have a special spirit, judging the poor, smiting the earth, slaying the wicked.
Isaiah 11:6 – When has the wolf lied down with the lamb? Not in my lifetime – but in the Millennial Kingdom, we will see this era of peace (Isaiah 11:6-9). This is the time spoken of in Isaiah 2:4 as well. Obviously this time hasn’t come yet.
Isaiah 11:16 – A new Red Sea Highway? This will be interesting to see!
2 Corinthians 12:15 – The woes of many a pastor. The more love you show to people, sometimes the less you are loved.
2 Corinthians 12:17 – Paul has been emphasizing throughout this chapter – that he sought nothing from the people. He wasn’t a televangelist raising money for a new Gulfstream G650. He spended and was spent for them (2 Corinthians 12:15).
2 Corinthians 12:20-21 – How many of these things do we find in our lives? No Paul isn’t coming to house-search for envyings and strifes, but Jesus is with us. Let’s examine our lives and live for God!
Psalm 56:3 – Here’s an easy way to memorize from Mr. E!
Psalm 56:13 – The Psalmist thanks God for his soul’s salvation from spiritual death, but now asks for deliverance from physical death. If God has saved our soul, He can save our body!
Proverbs 26:7 – Guarding your thoughts is so important – because thoughts determine your actions, and your actions determine your character.
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