Morning Reads & Reflection: (Is 4:2-5:7; Gen 3:21-4:7; & Prov 3:34-4:22) “The Lord knows the Heart”
Good morning. Great is His faithfulness.
NOTE: see both my video and the write up, today the video is different than my write up. My video was geared more towards teaching while my write up is geared towards my thoughts after my video. I also stumbled over this sentence when I was in Genesis when I was going over Genesis 4:1-2, here is the sentence I stumbled on "His creativity activity is simultaneous with conception." I was referring to the conception of Cain and Abel the sentence was out of the Orthodox study Bible.
"God desires forgiveness in us all because it's an act of humility and shows compassion, mercy and agape love. To make right to others what you have done wrong should not be based on expectations but based off humility. There can be no spiritual growth and closeness to God if we are not dividing it properly among our peers. We can't expect if that is the expectation for God to forgive us if we are like Cain and do not get ahold of our sinful passions and if we cannot drop our own pride and work the process of reconciliation to our peers but most importantly reconciliation to God. The Bible teaches us automatic forgiveness especially if we follow Christ, because if forgiveness was based off expectations Jesus would have never said first make right with your brother than come to me. So without this act of humility there can be no spiritual growth and that makes some relationships are to move forward if only one party is seeking the reconciliation process."
Jared W Campbell
The Renewal of Zion
2 In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious;And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealingFor those of Israel who have escaped.
3 And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the [a]blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a [b]covering. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
God’s Disappointing Vineyard
5 Now let me sing to my Well-belovedA song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard:
My Well-beloved has a vineyard[c]On a very fruitful hill.2 He dug it up and cleared out its stones,And planted it with the choicest vine.He built a tower in its midst,And also [d]made a winepress in it;So He expected it to bring forth good grapes,But it brought forth wild grapes.
3 “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,Judge, please, between Me and My vineyard.4 What more could have been done to My vineyardThat I have not done in it?Why then, when I expected it to bring forth goodgrapes,Did it bring forth wild grapes?5 And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard:I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned;And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.6 I will lay it waste;It shall not be pruned or [e]dug,But there shall come up briers and thorns.I will also command the cloudsThat they rain no rain on it.”
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.He looked for justice, but behold, oppression;For righteousness, but behold, [f]a cry for help.
THE SPIRIT JUDGEMENT: God will send a flood of afflictions on the people in order to WASH AWAY their sin, and THE SPIRIT OF BURNING will be the purifying fire to PURGE them of their guilt. The two images of WATER AND FIRE also prefigures the washing of the regeneration in baptism.
In Isaiah 5:1- THE SONG OF THE VINEYARD is seen as similar to the Jewish harvest songs used on feast days. We see in John 15:1-6, Christ calls Himself, "the true vine"; His Father, "The Vinedresser"; and those who are grafted, "The branches."
"Blessed are You Lord our God King of the universe Who brings forth the fruit of the vine, Who are the True vine and we are the branches."
21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
4 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore [a]Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother [b]Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And [c]in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is [d]for you, but you should rule over it.”
Cain is an example of all who go through the motions with God. Like Cain they are hypocrites they expect and even demand forgiveness from God, but do not divide it rightly because Cain and the ones who go through the motions theirhearts aren't right. Because Cain refused to deal with his passions through the process of repentance and eventually his anger led to hate that led to the death of his brother Abel. The Lord loved Cain showing us that the right worship He does rebuke but He will not grant forgiveness to those who do not work the process of reconciliation through repentance.
Abel is the example as the good shepherd great faith and purity of heart. Abel understood the process of dividing properly where Cain struggled getting ahold of his sinful passions. Abel is strong where Cain was weak. Cain wanted entitlement where Abel understood that by hard work and love with a pure heart is in alignment with the Will of God.
Proverbs 3:34-4:22 - read from Orthodox study Bible - see my video for the reading and teaching.
The cure for carelessness, obedient thinking, paths of wisdom and a wise heart.
Psalm 85 (86):4-7
"Gladen the soul of Your servant, O Lord, for You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, O Lord, are kind and good very merciful to all who call upon You. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer and heed the voice of my supplication. In the day of my affliction I cried to You, for You heard me."
Here the Lord will always gladen our souls and hearts when we lift up our soul to Him. This is an act of humility done with a contrite heart. The Lord is kind and always ready to give forgiveness to our sins when we come to Him with the purity of heart and not the heart as of Cain. In the days of our afflictions He hears our cries and He acts on His promises. So today come to the Lord with a pure heart and drop all malice and hate from your hearts because the Lord knows the hearts and this is what He truly measures is the purity of our hearts, our faith is one of action not going through the motions like Cain did so long ago.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell