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Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Ezra 4:1 “When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, 2 they came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of the families and said, “Let us help you build because, like you, we seek your God and have been sacrificing to him since the time of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.” 3 But Zerubbabel, Joshua and the rest of the heads of the families of Israel answered, “You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone will build it for the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, commanded us.” 4 Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. 5 They bribed officials to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia.”
23 “As soon as the copy of the letter of King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum and Shimshai the secretary and their associates, they went immediately to the Jews in Jerusalem and compelled them by force to stop. 24 Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstilluntil the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.”
Psalms 113:7 “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; 8 he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.
Psalms 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”
Luke 9:18 “Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” 20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
57 “As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said toanother man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
It’s amazing how much opposition there was to rebuilding the temple.
Peter’s confession as to who Jesus was is incredible. “God’s Messiah.” Another of the Gospels stated it this way, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Following Jesus is an immediate and bold decision with huge repercussions. Do it… Do it now… Don’t look back…
I accepted Christ when I was 12 years old. (As much as any 12-year-old can understand the need for forgiveness and what that meant.) I decided to follow Jesus when I right out of college. I had no idea what it meant to actually “follow” Jesus, but I figured it out along the way. I faced a lot of opposition from family and friends… But more than three decades later, I am still following Him.
Lord, help me to stay on the path you have for me… You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.