Prayer Psalm: 18
Prayer Point: Our God is a rock, a shield, a stronghold and our strength. He is the God who saves us as this psalm celebrates. How has God rescued you or someone close to you? Meditate on that and offer a prayer of thanks in response.
It is the Sadducees’ turn to attempt to discredit Jesus. The Sadducees were a powerful religious party in Israel whom the Romans placed in charge of the temple and the priesthood. They were favored because they downplayed “dangerous” ideas, such as the resurrection, which the Romans believed encouraged people to revolt. Notice that the Sadducees are attempting to discredit the idea of resurrection with their question.
Will marriage exist in heaven? How does Jesus demonstrate that even Moses believed in the resurrection?
1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
Paul deeply loves the church in Thessalonica as a father loves his children. It kills him that he can’t be with them, so he does the next best thing. He sends his assistant Timothy, whom he is training to be a missionary, to visit them. What was Timothy’s mission to this church?
What does Timothy report back to Paul that gives him great hope and encouragement? What does he pray that God will do for them until he can visit them?
“How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv’n! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heav’n. No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him still the dear Christ enters in.” So Phillips Brooks described the first coming of Christ. No ear may hear his coming. The reality is that at the second advent no ear will miss his coming. He will come with so much more than bells and whistles.
For whom, according to Isaiah, is this second advent? (“…for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted” (Isaiah 2:12 NIV) Isaiah uses the imagery of cedars of Lebanon, oaks of Bashan, mountains and high hills; lofty towers, fortified walls, and stately ships. All things which would symbolize pride and arrogance.)
Who will be the exalted one? (“…the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.” (Isaiah 2:17-18a NIV))
So what happens to the wealth of the people and where do they flee to? (“In that day men will throw away to the rodents and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty when he rises to shake the earth.” (Isaiah 2:20-21 NIV))
Pay close attention to these words: “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22 NIV)