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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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In the past I've done a lot of studies on Job, Ezekiel, Daniel and Hosea. But, I was recently doing one on Abraham and it really was something that resonated with me for some reason. I'm still in the midst of this study, expanding more and more on it. What are some of the favorite studies you've done, and why are they your favorites? What have you learned from these studies? 

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A series of studies I did (and preached on Jacob) - especially on his wrestling with the Lord. Hebrews comments on that encounter:

Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

Jacob’s encounter with God changed him forever - and affected him for the rest of his life (he was leaning on his staff because of his limp due to his damaged thigh).

Genesis 32:32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.

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57 minutes ago, Jerry said:

A series of studies I did (and preached on Jacob) - especially on his wrestling with the Lord. Hebrews comments on that encounter:

Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

Jacob’s encounter with God changed him forever - and affected him for the rest of his life (he was leaning on his staff because of his limp due to his damaged thigh).

Genesis 32:32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.

That sounds like a great study. I've done a paper on Jacob and his wrestling with the angel, and even preached a series of sermons on his life...but I can always use a refresher! Thanks for the input! 🙂 

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I love how after Jacob wrestled with the Lord and realized he could not prevail by his own cunningness and manipulation, he just clung to the Lord until God blessed him and changed his name. For the rest of the book of Genesis, we see the name Israel used whenever he was walking by faith and trusting in the Lord, and the name Jacob used when he was looking at the situations around him and doubting.

https://realmccoy.earnestlycontending.com/the-seasons-of-your-pilgrimage-poem/

Look up the section Jacob Wrestling With The Lord. F.B.Meyer’s devotional added to what the Lord was teaching me about Jacob (and myself).

In Malachi, this is definitely an encouraging passage:

Malachi 3:16-17 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:
and the LORD hearkened, and heard it,
and a book of remembrance was written before him
for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts,
in that day when I make up my jewels;
and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

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On 9/21/2021 at 9:05 PM, SureWord said:

The Questions of Job.

I wrote down every question from the book of Job and tried to answer each one with scripture.

That sounds like a very interesting study. I've done some studies in Job, but nothing like what you've described. I might try that in the next year or so. 🙂

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