- Hannah prayed, praised the Lord, and prophesied of Jesus' coming
- Samuel served the Lord
- Eli's sons wickedly despised the offering of the Lord
- Samuel's mother visited him when she came
- Eli blessed Elkanah, and Hannah had more children
- Eli tried to talk to his sons about their sin some, but they didn't listen to him
- Samuel grew
- a man of God came and warned Eli about honoring his sons above the Lord (v29)
But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
Joseph was made ruler of Egypt after being sold into slavery. When we have trouble and difficulty, we should look to the Lord for strength, and take strength in Him.
[Even] by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee...
When I meet with adversity, I'll strengthen myself in the Lord. Then I can find help and blessing in the Lord, like the Lord helped Joseph and abundantly blessed him.
Then saith he unto me, See [thou do it] not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
The part of this verse that says
worship God, is inspiring to me. It reminds me of how we ought to be bowing down to the Lord and worshiping Him.
Throughout the Bible, kneeling down, or even "falling down" in front of Lord, is associated with worshiping the Lord. I'll make sure that my heart is bowing down to the Lord when I worship Him, and, sometimes, I'll physically kneel down to Him too.
- gather to hear your father
- Reuben: his sin was found out
- Simeon and Levi: cruel and angry
- Judah: Christ would come through him
- Zebulun would dwell by the sea
- Issachar would become a servant
- Dan would judge
- Gad would overcome at last
- Asher would produce good grain
- Naphtali is like a wild deer
- the blessings of Joseph were the greatest
- Benjamin is like a wolf
- Jacob gave instructions about his burial, and then he died
- the water of life and the tree of life
- nearness to God and no more curse
- God gives them light
these words are faithful
- worship God alone
- the time is coming soon when people won't be able to repent or change any more
- Jesus is Alpha and Omega
- those who do His commandments may enter, but not those who do evil
- the free invitation to the water of life
- the warning to not add or remove anything from the Bible
- John agreed and said for the Lord to come
- final blessing
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Instead of being full of care about things, we should pray and let God know our requests about everything, remembering to give Him thanks. We shouldn't be worried and upset so that we murmur and dispute, but we should rejoice in the Lord and think about good things.v8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
We shouldn't have confidence in the flesh, thinking we're righteous because we've kept the law. We shouldn't think we've already gotten to where we need to be, but we should continually press on.v1a
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord...
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Do we realize that there's actually this verse in the Bible that teaches that we should do everything that we do, without disputing?v3
[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
If we were of one accord and one mind like this, we wouldn't be disputing about things.
And [one] told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
I saw that even if we're weary and tired, we should strengthen ourselves to do what the Lord wants us to do, and bless other people.
When I'm tempted to be lazy because I'm tired, I'll wake myself up and work hard, anyway, on the work that the Lord wants me to do.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
It is striking that one category of these sinners is
the fearful. We should make sure to not be fearful. I think that being fearful comes from being unbelieving.
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
I've been going through Philippians in my personal time with the Lord. Here is my paraphrase of this verse (not what the verse said, by what I think about it:)
Don't be terrified about anything by your enemies. If you are not, then that is an obvious sign to them that they are headed for destruction; but to you it is an obvious sign that you are headed for salvation--and that is salvation of God.
When I encounter troubles and spiritual enemies, instead of being fearful, I'll remember and trust in the Lord.
- Jacob got ready to bless Joseph's sons before he died
- Jacob passed on the vision to Joseph
- Joseph's sons would be like Jacob's sons
- Jacob told Joseph about Rachel's death
- Jacob was sure to make a positive identification of who he blessed
- God did even more for Jacob than he asked or thought
- Jacob put his younger grandson before the older
- Jacob blessed Joseph
- Joseph wanted to correct his father, but Jacob knew what he was doing
- Jacob blessed Joseph's sons
- Jacob told Joseph what would happen in the future
- Jacob gave Joseph a double portion
- the greatness and pleasure that John saw of New Jerusalem
- the assurance, invitation, and promised inheritance of God
- the sinful people who would all have part in the lake of fire
- the angel showed John the holy Jerusalem, with the wall, the gates, and the foundation
- the angel measured the city
- the wall, foundations, gates, and street of the city were made of jasper, gold, all kinds of jewels, and pearls
- there was God and the Lamb, instead of a temple and a sun and a moon
- they will bring the glory and honor of the nations into the city
- there is no way that anything bad will enter into the city, but only those people who are written in the Lamb's book of life
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
We should be so brave to preach the gospel, that we don't fear suffering or even death.
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
In this passage, I see that men (like elders and overseers), should be apt to teach and preach the truth (v3). We should preach because there's a need for it, even because of evil men (v10-16), even evil men who seduce others (v11).
I'll put effort into preparing for preaching, and into sharing preaching and teaching with the Lord's people.
Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free.
If we're under the authority of someone who we think might not give us a completely fair reward for our work, we should still do the best work we can, for the Lord, anyway, because it is ultimately the Lord who will reward us.
Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
It would be a great blessing to be part of the first resurrection and the millennial reign. The martyrs who were killed for their witness and for not worshiping the beast, will receive this privilege.v4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Righteous living today can help us be ready to be faithful, in case we are martyrs one day.
The way I'll work on living faithfully and doing what's right today, looking forward to the millennial kingdom in that day, is by singing hymns of praise to the Lord when I have a chance.Ephesians 5:19
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
- an angel bound the devil in the bottomless pit for 1,000 years
- the first resurrection and the millennial reign
- the last battle
- the end of the devil
- the great white throne judgment
- the second death
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
One way we can
walk as children of light (From v8) is to sing hymns all the time. That's also a way to encourage ourselves and cheer ourselves up. So, let's remember to be doing that.
It doesn't always have to be out loud and in public. It says,
to yourselves and
in your heart to the Lord, so we could, for example, sing hymns when were by ourselves driving in a car, instead of listening to the radio or just letting our minds wander.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
We really need to be faithful to the services the Lord has given us to do, (preaching, for example,) because there's great reward in that, and we'll really miss out if we don't.v17
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
We shouldn't be like unbelievers, deluded by sinful pleasures and vain wastes of time, like too much of a focus on entertaining ourselves. Let's walk worthy of our calling, instead of walking in vanity.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Preparing a message to share with the Lord's people is one of the things I know the Lord wants me to do, but I haven't been making the time to get it done.
I'll make the time to prepare for preaching.
Preach the word
- people will turn to fables
do the work of an evangelist
I have fought a good fight
- stick with believers and help them
- beware of a person who did much evil
- all men forsook Paul, but the Lord stood with him
- salutations, greetings, and blessing
And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What [is] your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants [are] shepherds, both we, [and] also our fathers.
Being shepherds is kind of like being Christians. It was despised by the people around them. Like Joseph's brothers admitted that they were shepherds, even though it was an abomination to the Egyptians, we should be bold to admit that we're Christians and to preach the gospel. When Joseph’s brothers admitted they were shepherds, it worked out so they got a better place.
I'll be bold to preach the gospel at my university.
And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
All creatures must worship and praise the Lord. This verse calls for praise from
all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. We should fear the Lord and be His servants, and all of us should worship and praise Him like in these verses.
I'll work on praising the Lord on other days, besides just at worship on Sunday morning.
- praise and worship from many people in heaven, the beasts and elders, all God's servants, and all who fear Him
- the marriage supper of the Lamb
- Jesus, the Word of God, on a white horse
- an angel in the sun called all the birds to
the supper of the great God
- The Word of God obliterated the beast and the false prophet, and the kings of the earth and their armies
- Joseph's plan worked. Pharaoh accepted his family, and they got the best land, the land of Goshen, to take care of their livestock
- Jacob met Pharaoh and blessed him
- Joseph kept his promise to take care of his family
- Joseph gave the people food for their livestock
- Joseph gave them grain for their lands and themselves
- "tax-exempt religious organizations"
- Joseph instituted a 20% income tax because the government owned the people
- Jacob was about to die, and he had Joseph swear to carry him out of Egypt and bury him with his ancestors
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
The Lord has the power to do not just what we ask, but way, way more then we can even imagine. That promise should provoke us to ask for great things in righteousness, and to pray much more for the things we ask for.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
The first part of this verse says,
For men shall be lovers of their own selves. That really stuck out to me last time I read this.
What do we think about when we get up in the morning? Just how we'll get to work or school and enrich our lives? How we'll buy some nice product for ourselves, or enhance our car or computer?
How about when we pray? Now don't get me wrong, it's a perfectly good thing for us to pray for ourselves sometimes. But we should naturally be thinking about other people and their needs when we pray. It shouldn't be a weariness to think about and pray for anybody other than ourselves.
I've been noticing that too many of my prayers have become introverted. When I pray, I'll really think about other people, and also pray for them more.
I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up [again]: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
Like Israel into Egypt, the Lord has sent His people the Church into the world. We're not here to stay, because He's coming one day to take us out before he destroys the world. But while we're here, He promises to be with us and do great things for us.v3
And he said, I [am] God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
When trouble happens, I'll pray to the Lord for help, remember his promises, and trust that He is good.
- ungodly men in the last times:
- what the ungodly will be like, as
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God(v4b)
- they're sneaky and entice people to be led away,
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof(v5a)
- they'll be stopped and get revealed, like Jannes and Jambres were
- Paul's good example, enduring troubles
- what we should do, continuing in faith and the Scriptures