Scriptures are the home of truth, truth is the path to freedom, and freedom is Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and the only way to the Father.
We are sanctified by the truth; God’s word is truth. Even Jesus, the Word made flesh, sanctified Himself in the word. When we read scriptures, we are being sanctified to God and freed from the corruption that is in the world.
We are in our Lord’s Passion week. His testing by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and lawyers. Jesus, gives His parables for the last days, is anointed by Mary, betrayed by Judas, judged by Pilate, crucified, buried, and raised on the third day! The week of all weeks!
1 Corinthians 6 – 12
We begin with Paul calling forth kingdom values of forgiveness and releasing wrongs. The temple of the Holy Spirit is to be kept pure not given to formication. Principles of marriage, weak and strong consciences and food offered to an idol, follow in Chapter eight. A pattern of self-denial and care for those who serve in the gospel, and Paul’s consecration, are in Chapter nine. Ten is the recount of Israel’s sins in the wilderness that kept them out of the promised land, and our charge not to follow their example. Chapter eleven closes with instructions in the Lord’s supper, and twelve is the gifts of the Spirit and the many member body of Christ of which we are members.
Genesis 22 – 28
This begins with Abraham’s faith being tested in God’s command to offer up Isaac, as a brunt offering. God’s oath to Abraham and His seed (Jesus) in blessing, multiplication, and passing the gates of our enemies. Messiah is coming! Sarah’s death and burial, Rebecca is brought to Isaac for a bride and bears two sons, Esau, and Jacob. Isaac is charged not to go to Egypt and re-digs His father’s wells. Isaac blesses Jacob and Esau, comforts himself with plans to murder his brother. Jacob is sent to Rebecca’s family and is met at Bethel by God and given promises, He worships and promises to tithe on all that God gives. It will be twenty years before he returns.
Job 22 – 28
Job continues to be accused by his friends, who under satanic religious spirit say over and over, to Job that the righteous prosper and the wicked perish, so Job must be wicked. Job intensifies his defense until all he is doing is justifying himself. Next week, it really gets intense.
Note February 5th through the 12th will be “Double Portion Blessing Week”. We will gather on Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday to submit our loses, encounter God, pray for our friends and receive the double portion blessing.
Isaiah 22 – 28
Chapters 22 through 24, conclude God’s judgement to nations. Chapters 25 through 28 are filled with prophetic promise of Messianic salvation and God blessing. Instructions, promises, and the ways of the coming Holy Spirit fill the pages. Freedom, peace, rest, Leviathan judged, and humility rewarded. Isaiah is aiming at our hearts and kingdom rule.