April 15th, 2020

Good morning people for whom Christ died and rose again. Psalm 81 starts with praise to God in verses 1-5 then God Himself speaks and reminds them of His care for them. Then He warns them, “Hear, O my people, and I will warn you—if you would but listen to me, O Israel! You shall have no foreign god among you…” Then He says in verse 11. “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.” Whenever people say “Why would a loving God let bad things happen.”Here is the answer just like in Romans 1. God warns but He does not force you to love Him. Ezekiel’s call is to this same stubborn people in Ezekiel 3 we have God’s call to Ezekiel. God says, “The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, “This is what the sovereign Lord says.’ And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.” Will we listen? In Matthew 4 we have the temptation of Jesus by Satan. Satan attacks our weak points and manipulates our perceived strengths. He attacks Christ’s physical hunger in an almost caring manner. Feigned concern. When Jesus uses scripture to counter Satan the the Devil uses scripture to try and manipulate Jesus and God the Father. Jesus uses scripture properly to refute him. Finally Satan blatantly asks for worship and Jesus uses scripture again to counter. Let’s be aware of Satan’s methods. God bless you all.