24 BSF Matthew Week 24, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

To know with certainty that something is going to happen and to then live and act as if it is not going to happen is, by definition, foolishness.

In the short term, we are all going to die.  In the long term, we will all face judgment.  Even those who would deny God, know they will some day die and inherently believe in justice.  A belief in justice demands judgment.  If it did not, then why would they abide by laws or have any moral code?

We don’t like talking about it or thinking about it, but that does not change the reality.  So what does a wise person do?  Prepare in a way that lasts and keep watch.  In the parable of the servants, Jesus makes clear this isn’t simply the act of posting a look-out, someone to sound the alarm when the time is near.  Instead, this is a joyful anticipation.  This is a family waiting for a loved one to return from doing a tour of duty in another land.  This is a celebration of a life event such as graduation or wedding.  It is an event that calls forth longing and desire for the day to come.

The gospel will be preached to the whole world as testimony.  The end will come.  And although both heaven and earth will pass away, the Word, Jesus Christ, will never pass away.

My Answers:

Marrying, eating, drinking, i.e., living everyday life

Earth corrupt and full of violence, thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time, the people had corrupted their ways. But, the faithful “did everything just as Go commanded him”

The servant waited anxiously for the return of the master with joy

The servant was trusted and put in charge during the master’s absence, but the servant was wicked and bet the other servants and abused the master’s possessions, when the master unexpectedly returns the servant will be cut to pieces and there will be gnashing of teeth

You have been entrusted as a faithful servant, but stay true to the Master – He will return and just rewards will follow

Bring forth God’s treasure to others, stay connected to Christ through communion with Him and His church, care for and feed “his sheep”

Matt 22:42 – Keep watch, watch with joyful anticipation for the return of the loved and honored Master

flee, do not go out, do not be deceived, do not go back or turn, expect great distress, false prophets and false messiahs, vultures, wars, earthquakes, signs of heaven

14.  This gospel will be preached in the whole world as testimony, then the end will come. 35. Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away


BSF Genesis: Week 24, Day 2

Today’s Scriptures


That angel soldiers are camped on the earth .  Jacob met with them.  Those who would harm Elisha witnessed them

Trust in God, knowing he has set forces of heaven to the ready to battle those who would stand in opposition to Him and His plan

Angels of God met Jacob – “This is the camp of God”

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them

My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight

We are competent to judge earthly matters.  We will judge angels.  How much more the things of this life

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

The protection of the encampment of angels.  When I am apart from family I know that God’s army of angels encircles them and protects them from harm

My Daily Journal:

I believe in God.  I believe in the bible.  I believe in angels.

That may sound silly to say, but I’m amazed sometimes on the cafeteria approach that some christians take to the words in the bible.  Accepting this and that because it says so, but not believing other things because, well, just because those don’t choose to.  I don’t think that is how it works.  The bible is either true or not.  I understand some things are stories and parables and illustrations and some things are specifically relevant to specific people and times.  Angels don’t fall into either of these categories.

The fact that there is a supernatural spirit world going on all around us is clearly stated throughout scripture.  From the fall of man and an angel guarding the entrance to Eden through to the angels in revelation, they permeate the scriptures.  Christ reference angels repeatedly.

So, while we some may choose to ignore them or treat them like dolls or decorations, angels with the strength and power to fight God’s battles and protect his believers are a fact.  It is a fact that I love and appreciate.

I leave my family each day to go to work.  I drop my children off at school and I have a child away at college.  My mother lives alone, my sister lives in another town and I have many other friends and family across the country.  I am thankful to the police, firemen and soldiers who do their duty to protect not only me, but my loved ones from earthly harm.  I am even more grateful for the angelic protectors who stand guard protecting them from things I do not even see or know are present.  What a greater risk and duty they perform!