HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD

I've been reading the Chronological Bible. Brett gave it to me for my birthday in 2002.  I love books and treasure the inscriptions that people write. I'm glad to say that two of my children love to read; treasuring books and keeping one going at all times. 

So... the heading for today in the Chronological Bible is June 10th and clearly this is mid-January, but I wanted to read and be better informed about the events of 1st and 2nd Chronicles and 1st and 2nd Kings; reading these books simultaneously. I also choose to resist the legalism that structures my time with the Lord and saps it of intimacy, so I almost never keep up with prescribed readings that for me, inhibit the Holy Spirit. I'm not saying that this principal holds true for all my brothers and sisters, but if you feel defeated because you're not keeping up with certain readings on certain dates I suggest you find a system that draws your heart closer to Jesus. Just don't give up because there is no "too far behind," for God. 

Try leaving several copies of the Bible around the house; by your bed and favorite chair, in the glove compartment of the car. What is it they say? Quality and not quantity.

I just finished reading that the dynasty of Baaasha was utterly destroyed / wiped out in fact with out one male child left to carry on the family legacy. Scripture says: This happened because of the sins of Baasha and his son Elah and because of all the sins they led Israel to commit, arousing the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, with their idols (1st Kings 16: 13).

The operative concept: because of all the sins they led the people to commit. We live in a declining culture which tells us a correction is coming. Truth is an eternal, bed rock, foundational reality that is not at all impacted by personal and corporate rationalization, scape-goating, or lies. In other words we cannot have God on our terms. 

The mind rationalizes what the heart wants and when this dynamic is at play, without accountability from God's word and living a Christ-centered life, sin will eventually be justified. 

The book of Proverbs lists six practices that the Lord hates; Proverbs 6: 16-10. Among them: and hands that shed innocent blood... Reading this my mind goes to the abortion provisions in the House Health Care Bill. Understand this. Satan is about darkness and death. God is life and light. It is a lie of Satan that abortion belongs to any other realm of influence. It is for each individual to say which realm their choices will be aligned with.  When considering this one might consider the only two realms possible.  Paradise (referred to by Paul as the Third Heaven) and Hell.   In the next life there will be an eternal price to pay for how God's gift of choice is exercised in this life.   

Three of the four gospels quote Jesus in saying that for those who corrupt children, leading innocents into sin, there will be a heavy price to pay. ...but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depths of the sea (Matthew 18: 6). And about those who benefit from seeing destructive temptations indulged; whose habits or chosen profession facilitate sin: Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! (Matthew 18: 7).  This would include gambling professions, predatory professions, the sex trade industry, and many others.  People involved in such endeavors will someday face the destruction they've visited into peoples lives; including children. 

We notice that Jesus makes this very personal. He says, woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! We are in fact our brothers keeper.  For this reason political structures that tolerate and even legislate in favor of such businesses or in favor of whatever harms the masses will vomit up individuals who made it possible; including those called to speak out and don't.  God loves Justice and it is His character to exercise righteous judgment.  If children are hurt, if marriages fall apart (whatever) and eventually are led into addictive sin because of a steady stream of smut-laden television programing... well sorry.  God cares deeply and He won't smile at unrepentant sinners at the judgment seat.   

Many people today need to be delivered from the wounds they have suffered that were inflicted by others. They need healing, peace and deliverance. These wounds in turn may lead one to defend sinful practices and unhealthy strategies. If you have suffered in this way God desires to wrap you in His arms, sending ministering angels to bear you up as you journey toward the light. Angels continually see the face of God and it is these very angels that God sends to intercede in the unseen battle that wages around each person and especially for the destiny of each persons soul.  For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18: 11).

...that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 10: 9, 10).
The above verse guides us in a simple prayer. God loves simple. He desires to heal and restore. No wound delivered by Satan through human hands, words, or devices can persist in having its way where God is called upon to heal. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8: 28).


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