Daily Encouragement

February 8 – Beauty and the Judgment of the Nations

Exodus 28:1-43
Matthew 25:31-26:13
Psalm 31:9-18
Proverbs 8:12-13

Exodus 28:1 — In a few days we’ll hear more about Nadab and Abihu, but interestingly God has called unregenerate people throughout the Bible to serve Him. Jesus called Judas (Matthew 10:4) to be His disciple.

Exodus 28:40 — What were the two purposes for the clothing? Glory and beauty. God encourages us to think on lovely things (Philippians 4:8). Answers in Genesis (AiG) has an interesting point – only a Designer can add beauty for the sake of beauty.

Matthew 25:31 — We are two thousand years closer to this date than the disciples were. At the Second Coming, at the start of the Millennium, our King will come in His glory! Jesus is still on the Mount of Olives, telling His disciples about when He returns to the Mount of Olives in glory (Acts 1:11)!

Matthew 25:40 — Is Jesus teaching a works salvation? Here’s what John MacArthur says:

“People who get confused here and somehow miss verse 34 because verse 34 makes it very clear the basis of their entrance into the Kingdom.  It’s extremely clear.  First of all, “Come … here comes number one point … ye blessed of My Father.”  That emphasizes the source of their salvation.  You are blessed of My Father.  You are entering into the Kingdom because My Father has determined to bless you … And then it says, “Come you who are the blessed who belong to My Father, inherit … inherit,” which implies something very important.  You inherit something because you are born into a family, right?  It implies again that they belong to the family of God, to which you belong by faith.  You inherit what is yours because by faith you have become a joint heir with Christ if we can sort of borrow Paul’s thought in Romans 8.”


Matthew 25:41 — ”Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Hell is real!

Matson Photo Service, Ruins of House of Simon the Leper in Bethany

Psalm 31:18 — Take a second and enjoy the beautiful phrasing of the first phrase: the alliteration and the contrast as the Psalmist calls for silence from the liars.

Proverbs 8:13 — What is your relationship with evil, pride, arrogancy, the evil way, and the froward mouth?

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