Lesson 3 From the Old Testament

When does the favor of God rest on you?

Ezra 7:6 says, “Ezra came up from Babylon; and he was a skilled scribe in the scripture, which the Lord God of Israel had given. The king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him.”

Ezra 7:9 says, “…according to the good hand of his God upon him.”

Ezra 7:10 says, “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the scripture, and to do it, and to teach the word in Israel.”

It seems that the favor of God comes to a person as they:

  1. Seek God through the study of His word
  2. Live out what you have studied
  3. Teach it by demonstration.

Lesson 2 From the Old Testament

Judges 6 and 7 tell the story of Gideon, the might man of valor.  The Midianites had raided Israel for 7 years in a row coming right at harvest time.  They stole everything.  In fact in Judges 6:6, it says that Israel was impoverished…it means that they were emptied.  Because of this, they cried out to the Lord.

How did they get in this mess?  Judges 6:1 says that Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.  So this 7 years is simply the consequences of bad living.  Does God ever deliver us if we are at fault?  Yes!

God let the consequences go until it had made an impression on Israel.  But in His mercy, He heard the cry of His people.  He raised up Gideon to lead them.  God asked Gideon to do the illogical…reduce your army from 32,000 to 300.  It was going to be bad enough with 32,000 going against 135,000 Midianites…but now its only 300 up against 135,000.

God fought this battle for them.  The 300 were there as observers to the power of Almighty God and to give testimony after the battle!

What a comfort to know that even if my situation was caused by my deliberate sin or my stupidity or my foolishness, God is still my Father and thus He is my deliverer!

Lesson 1 From the Old Testament

2 Chronicles 32: 7-8: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
Do you really need any commentary with this?  This is a no-brainer!  With us is the Sovereign Lord of the Universe!  No wonder the people were encouraged!