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With Pastor Dave Roussel

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Our Enemy – The Devil

July 4 – Today’s Readings – Isaiah 13-15 and Psalms 4

Please re-read the following passage from Isaiah Chapter 14:4-17;“You will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: How the oppressor has come to an end! How his fury has ended! The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers, which in anger struck down peoples with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued nations with relentless aggression. All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing. Even the pine trees and the cedars of Lebanon exult over you and say, ‘Now that you have been laid low, no woodsman comes to cut us down.’ The grave below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you – all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones – all those who were kings over the nations. They will all respond, they will say to you, ‘You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us.’ All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you. How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: ‘Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, the man who made the world a desert, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?”

Much of the prophecy in the Old Testament has double meaning. Here, in this passage, the Babylonian Kingdom is about to be disassembled by God. This “Kingdom of Babylon” and it’s king are also very symbolic of a spiritual kingdom of darkness – and the Prince of the Darkness – the Evil One himself. This becomes very evident in these verses as Isaiah begins to describe the Devil. He was once in heaven and was beautiful – he was cast down to the earth – and he had boasted; “I will be like the Most High” – he shook the earth – and he would not let his captives go home (death).

It would do you and I a lot of good if we were to highlight all the Old Testament prophecies that are repeated in the book of Revelation. It has been said that the whole book of Revelation can be found in Old Testament Scripture. Many scholars believe this to be true though I have not personally tried to prove it. This line of thinking would certainly help all of those thousands of people who are so perplexed by the book of Revelation. The great news of course is that the Devil has indeed been judged and will be destroyed in the near future when there will be a New Earth – where even the lands and trees will break into singing at the reign of Jesus Christ.

Questions:

1. Give a historical example of spiritual powers at work behind the scenes as worldly powers made evil decisions.
2. Give an example from the book of Revelations where Old Testament Scripture is repeated.

The Tower

January 4 – Today’s Readings – Genesis 10-12 and Psalms 4

Good morning all. I want to focus on 2 things from our readings today.

Genesis 11:4 refers to the tower that men began to build. They did it of course to make a name for themselves – to appear to be the most powerful – to be the “top dog”. “Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
God judged their activity as unacceptable and scattered all the people – altering their languages. This having been said, my mind turned to the fact that there was nothing inherantly wrong with a few things:
1. Building a tower. 2. Being in unity. 3. All speaking the same language.

What was “wrong” was the motive of people’s hearts. The Church of today would function with much more authority if we all spoke the same language, (the language of unity and holiness) and had one purpose. If we were united under a large vision to do big things for God and to function truly as one body. I believe that “nothing would be impossible” for the Church even in our day. We must guard our hearts as churches so that we are not building our own kingdoms – for our own glory but rather for His Kingdom and His Glory.

On another but related note – how can we ignore the call, the commission and the blessing of Abraham in our reading today? Genesis 12:2 reads; “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Please understand that the blessing and call of Abraham is for YOU and I TODAY! You too have been called to forsake the old and become part of a new nation for God. You too have been blessed and will continue to be blessed by God so that you too can be a blessing to people of all sorts. The purpose of all this of course is that the Father may be glorified through you and that many people may come to know Him through us. May God bless you today – you children of Abraham – you ambassadors of Christ!
Questions:

1. How do you suppose you and I and the rest of the Church can achieve the unity of the Spirit and become of “one of mind”?
2. How (specifically) does God want to make you a blessing so that people are blessed through you?

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