Sunday, December 30, 2012


(As an adverv, richly is also translated abundantly)

Mo. 12/31/12: Colossians 3:16                     Have you any room for Christ?

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Have you any room for Christ? Many a Christian neglects Bible study and suffers an impoverished heart.

Tu. 1/1/13: 1 Timothy 6:17a                        Are riches dependable?

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches

Are riches dependable? No. Riches are often spent on things that decay or devalue rapidly.

We. 1/2/13: 1 Timothy 6:17b                     Can the rich buy enjoyment?

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they … trust in … the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy

Can the rich buy enjoyment? No. Only God richly gives things to enjoy.

Th. 1/3/13: Titus 3:5-6                                What is the washing of regeneration?

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour

What is the washing of regeneration? Renewal by the Holy Spirit poured richly on us who believe.

Fr. 1/4/13: 2 Peter 1:10 -11                         What is a rich entrance?

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

What is a rich entrance? Instead of a fallen life, we could enter into a rich reward in heaven.

Monday, December 24, 2012


Mo. 12/24/12: Genesis 21:22 What did Abimelech see in Abraham?

And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech and Phichol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, “God is with you in all that you do.

What did Abimelech see in Abraham? He saw God prospering Abraham.

Mo. 12/25/12: Gen. 26:26, 28 – 29 What did Abimelech see in Isaac?

Then Abimelech came to (Isaac) from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army. But they said, “We have certainly seen that the Lord is with you … You are now the blessed of the Lord.’”

What did Abimelech see in Isaac? He saw that God blessed Isaac.

Mo. 12/26/12: Genesis 39:23 What did the Warden give Joseph?

The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

What did the Warden give Joseph? He gave Joseph ‘Carte Blanche,’ seeing that whatever he did, God prospered it.

Mo. 12/27/12: Proverbs 30:8b – 9 What is ideal for man?

Give me neither poverty nor riches—

Feed me with the food allotted to me;

Lest I be full and deny You,

And say, “Who is the Lord?”

Or lest I be poor and steal,

And profane the name of my God.

What is ideal for man? We seek neither riches nor poverty, but God.

Mo. 12/28/12: 1 Corinthians 16:2 What did Paul ask?

On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

What did Paul ask? Our giving to God should be in accordance to how He has prospered us, not by any rule such as 10%.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Fear of Isaac

Mo. 12/17/12: Genesis 22:11 – 12                  What did Isaac’s being bound mean?
But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
What did Isaac’s being bound mean? It meant that Isaac also feared God.
Tu. 12/18/12: Genesis 31:41 – 42                  Who was with Jacob?
Thus I have been in your house twenty years; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.”
Who was with Jacob? Facing Laban, Jacob calls God ‘the Fear of Isaac.’
We. 12/19/12: Genesis 31:52 – 53                  Who did Jacob swear by?
This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass beyond this heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their father judge between us.” And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.
Who did Jacob swear by? Jacob swore by the Fear of his father, Isaac.
Th. 12/20/12: Leviticus 19:14, 32                  What are some of God’s statutes?
You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord.
What are some of God’s statutes?
Fr. 12/21/12: Matthew 10:28 – 31                  What did the Lord say about fear?
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
What did the Lord say about fear? Fear Him and do not fear.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Jacob's Ladder

Mo. 12/10/12: Genesis 28:1 – 2                  What did Isaac charge Jacob with?
Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.
What did Isaac charge Jacob with? Take a wife from Laban’s family.
Tu. 12/11/12: Genesis 28:10 – 12                  What was Jacob’s dream?
Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
What was Jacob’s dream? A ladder with angels reached heaven.
We. 12/12/12: Genesis 28:13                  What did the Lord God promise?
And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.
What did the Lord God promise? Like Abraham, the land and children.
Th. 12/13/12: Genesis 28:16 – 17                  What was Jacob’s reaction?
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”
What was Jacob’s reaction? He realized that it was not just a dream.
Fr. 12/14/12: Genesis 28:20 – 22                  What did Jacob do?
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.
What did Jacob do? Jacob made a vow of tithing.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

In the Way of Truth

Mo. 12/3/12: Genesis 24:33, 48                  What was important to the servant?
Food was set before him to eat, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told about my errand.” And (Laban, Rebekah’s brother) said, “Speak on.”
And I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the way of truth to take the daughter of my master’s brother for his son.
What was important to the servant? The servant’s mission given by the master was more important than food. He walked in the way of truth.
Tu. 12/4/12: Genesis 24:57 – 58, 61                  What choice did Rebekah make?
So they said, “We will call the young woman and ask her personally.” Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?”
And she said, “I will go.” Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.
What choice did Rebekah make? Rebekah said ‘yes.’ Her maids did not fetch water for the camels; she did.
We. 12/5/12: Genesis 24:64 – 66                  What did Rebekah show?                 
Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel; for she had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?”
The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
What did Rebekah show? Rebekah showed respect and reverence.
Th. 12/6/12: Ephesians 1:12 – 13                  How can we emulate Rebekah?
… that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise
How can we emulate Rebekah? We have to hear and believe.
Fr. 12/7/12: Revelation 22:17                  Who calls the thirsty?
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Who calls the thirsty? The Spirit and the bride, both pictured in Genesis.

Monday, November 26, 2012

As for me, being on the way...

Mo. 11/26/12: Genesis 24:2 – 4                  What was the mission?
So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that … you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
What was the mission? The oldest servant, Abraham’s steward, was to go find a wife for Isaac from Abraham’s people.
Tu. 11/27/12: Genesis 24:17 – 19                  What was the sign?
And the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.”
So she said, “Drink, my lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink. And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”
What was the sign? The sign was that the girl offer drink to the ten camels also.
We. 11/28/12: Genesis 24:21 – 22                  What were the tokens given?
And (the servant), wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not. So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that (the servant) took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold
What were the tokens given? A gold nose ring and two gold bracelets. Surprisingly, these were accepted.
Th. 11/29/12: Genesis 24:26 – 27                  As for me, being on the way?
Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord. And he said, “Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.”
As for me, being on the way? The statement is meek, simply fulfilling the master’s will.
Fr. 11/30/12: Revelation 21:9                  Who is the bride?
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
Who is the bride? The historic account could be prophetically pointing to the Church

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ever heard of Fickle?

Mo. 11/19/12: Genesis 21:22 – 24                  Ever heard of Fickle in the Bible?
And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech and Phichol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, “God is with you in all that you do. Now therefore, swear to me by God that you will not deal falsely with me, with my offspring, or with my posterity; but that according to the kindness that I have done to you, you will do to me and to the land in which you have dwelt.”
And Abraham said, “I will swear.”
Ever heard of Fickle in the Bible? Phichol, pronounced Fickle, was the commander of the army of Abimelich, King of the Philistines. Both recognized that God was with Abraham.
Tu. 11/20/12: Genesis 21:25 – 26                  What was the problem?
Then Abraham rebuked Abimelech because of a well of water which Abimelech’s servants had seized. And Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I heard of it until today.”
What was the problem? Fresh water, a precious commodity was disputed.
We. 11/21/12: Genesis 21:27 – 31                  How was it resolved?
So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
How was it resolved? In spite of knowing he was in the right, Abraham paid for the well that he had dug in the land of the Philistines.
Th. 11/22/12: Genesis 21:27 – 31                  What did the ‘yoõ’ lambs mean?
Then Abimelech asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?”
And he said, “You will take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that they may be my witness that I have dug this well.” Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because the two of them swore an oath there.
What did the seven  ‘yoõ’ lambs mean? A personal witness of payment.
Fr. 11/23/12: Genesis 21:32 – 34                  How is land of Canaan portrayed?
Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba. So Abimelech rose with Phichol, the commander of his army, and they returned to the land of the Philistines. Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God. And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines many days.
How is land of Canaan Biblically portrayed? From Beersheba to Dan.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sarah's death in faith

Mo. 11/12/12: Genesis 23:1 – 2                  How old was Isaac when Sarah died?
Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
How old was Isaac when Sarah died? He was 10 + 27 = 37 years old.
Tu. 11/13/12: Gen. 23:19 – 20                  What is unusual about Sarah’s burial?
And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. So the field and the cave that is in it were deeded to Abraham by the sons of Heth as property for a burial place.
What is unusual about Sarah’s burial? Twenty verses describe it.
We. 11/14/12: Hebrews 11:8 – 10                  What was a test of Abraham’s faith?
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
What was a test of Abraham’s faith? His promised land was a city built by God.
Th. 11/15/12: Hebrews 11:11, 13                  Who is also listed as a hero of faith?
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Who is also listed as a hero of faith? Sarah is, and died in faith!
Fr. 11/16/12: Philippians 3:18 – 20                  Where is our citizenship?
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ
Where is our citizenship? In heaven.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Three Men meet Abranham

Mo. 11/5/12: Genesis 18:1 – 2                    What did the three Men accept?
Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground
What did the three Men accept? All three accepted Abraham’s worship.
Tu. 11/6/12: Genesis 18:4 – 5                      How was the reply unusual?
Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant.” They said, “Do as you have said.”
How was the reply unusual? All three said the same words.
We. 11/7/12: Genesis 18:8 – 10                  How were the two questions different?
So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate. Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.”
And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”
How were the questions different? The 1st was ‘they said,’ the 2nd, ‘He said.’
Th. 11/8/12: Genesis 18:20 – 22                  What words preceded two Men leaving?
And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”
Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord.
What words preceded two Men leaving? The words, “I will go now.”
Fr. 11/9/12: Genesis 18:32 – 33                  What conclusion can we draw?
Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.”
So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
What conclusion can we draw? In a way that is beyond explanation, this is the Trinity, the Godhead.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Lion, the Lamb

Mo. 10/29/12: Genesis 49:1, 9 – 10                  What was Jacob’s prophetic blessing?
And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:
      Judah is a lion’s whelp;
      From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
      He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
      And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
      The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
      Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
      Until Shiloh comes;
      And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
What was Jacob’s prophetic blessing? Judah’s son would be a lion, a King.
Tu. 10/30/12: John 1:29                  What did John the Baptist proclaim?
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
What did John the Baptist proclaim? Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God.
We. 10/31/12: Mark 15:37, John 19:30                  What were Christ’s last words?
And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
What were Christ’s last words? The Lamb’s work was finished!
Th. 11/1/12: Revelation 5:4 – 5                  What was in John the Apostle’s vision?
So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
What was in John the Apostle’s vision? The Lion of Judah had prevailed.
Fr. 11/2/12: Revelation 5:6 – 7                  What else did John the Apostle see?
And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
What else did John the Apostle see? The Lion of Judah was the Lamb of God.
(This blog is a result of Jason Kestner's worship.)