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Psalm 103

January 27, 2020 Leave a comment

This is a psalm “of David.”

Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me (verse 1)

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Faithfulness Psalter

January 24, 2020 Leave a comment

39 out of 79 “faithfulness” references, 49%, appear in the Psalms.

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The Advantage of Being Jewish

January 23, 2020 Leave a comment

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true, as it is written,

“So that you may be justified in your words,
and prevail in your judging.”

Romans 3:1-4

Paul explains that there is value in being Jewish in the era of Jesus’s sacrifice.

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God’s Faithfulness To The Israelites

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment

Thus says the Lord of hosts: Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the Lord of hosts? Thus says the Lord of hosts: I will save my people from the east country and from the west country; and I will bring them to live in Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.

Zechariah 8:6-8

Despite the challenging circumstances, in which the Israelites see no escape, the prophet reassures the people that God has not forgotten them.

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God Is Faithful Despite The People’s Unfaithfulness

January 17, 2020 Leave a comment

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in showing clemency.
He will again have compassion upon us;
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and unswerving loyalty to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our ancestors
from the days of old.

Hosea 7:18-20

The prophet Hosea focuses on human faithlessness and God’s continued faithfulness. God even commands the prophet to marry an adulterous wife to illustrate this point.

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Israel’s Faithlessness

January 15, 2020 Leave a comment

I will take you for my wife forever; I will take you for my wife in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. I will take you for my wife in faithfulness; and you shall know the Lord.

Hosea 2:19-20

After a chapter-long rant describing Israel’s worship of Baal, we learn that Israel will be brought back to the Lord in faithfulness.

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Faithful Jesus Prophesied

January 11, 2020 Leave a comment

When the oppressor is no more,
and destruction has ceased,
and marauders have vanished from the land,

then a throne shall be established in steadfast love
in the tent of David,
and on it shall sit in faithfulness
a ruler who seeks justice
and is swift to do what is right.

Isaiah 16:4b-5

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