Devotions from Pastor Mike

April 30th, 2020

Good blustery morning. The psalmist declares “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” This 96th psalm says to declare God’s marvelous deeds among all people’s. “For all the gods of the nations are idols.” There is no other God and no other savior than Jesus Christ. So even in the Old Testament the people of God were to be evangelists. God will judge all with equity. In Ezekiel 15 God tells the prophet that Jerusalem is a useless vine that is good only as kindling for the fire of judgment. This as opposed to John 15 where Jesus is called the vine and we are the branches. In Matthew 17 we see the transfiguration of Jesus before the disciples and a change in the emphasis of His ministry to openly declaring His impending crucifixion and resurrection. We see that Jesus paid the tax, the temple tax every Jewish male over 20 had to pay (about two days wages) for the maintenance of the worship center. He points out that the princes don’t pay the tax only the subjects. So even though the temple was His Father’s house, He paid the tax. Let us all stay connected to the vine, my friends, the vine of John 15. God bless you all.

April 29th, 2020

Good morning everyone. In Psalm 95 the psalmist tells us to sing for joy to the God of creation. To “bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” He tells his fellow Israelites not to harden their hearts like their forefathers who because of their unbelief would never enter God’s rest. Hebrews 4:3. Then in Ezekiel 14 we see the elders coming to Ezekiel for counsel. But God sees the idols they have in their hearts. He says the only message He has for them is to “repent”. God mentions Job with Daniel and Noah. Three real people who’s righteous would only save them and no one else. When God destroys Jerusalem and the survivors come to Babylon, the exiles there will see their conduct and be “consoled” about the necessity of the destruction of the city. Sometimes we have to see actions before our eyes and not just hear of it to understand. In Matthew 16 the Pharisees and Sadducees asked for a sign and Jesus told them His crucifixion would be the only sign they would see. Jesus warned the disciples about the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees and then asked them who the people thought He was: Then Jesus asked them who the disciples thought He was. Peter said, “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.” I hope all who read this believe the same thing Peter did. God bless you all.


April 28th, 2020

Good morning dear people. In Psalm 94 the psalmist praises “the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shone forth.” “Rise up O judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.” The psalmist wants those judged who harm the righteous. However, “blessed is the man You discipline O Lord, the man you teach from your Law.” In Ezekiel 13 God had Ezekiel speak out against the false prophets who say peace when there is no peace. God also condemns the “daughters of Ezekiel’s people,” (God does not refer to them as daughters of Jerusalem), who practice divination to the harm of the righteous. Then we come to Matthew 15. Here we have the controversy over clean and unclean foods. Jesus says it is not what you eat that makes one unclean but what comes out of your mouth that shows where your heart is. Then we have Jesus explaining this to Peter which with the story of the Canaanite woman, we see a parallel in Acts 10. After Jesus explains to Peter about foods Jesus goes outside Israel and a Canaanite woman approaches asking Him to heal here daughter. Jesus tells her He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel and in response she kneels before Him and calls Him, Lord. He compares gentiles to dogs not deserving the children’s bread. Her wise response is that even the dogs get the crumbs from the master’s table. Her daughter is healed because of her faith. All must come in faith on Jesus’ terms only. God bless you all.

April 27th, 2020

Good morning everyone. The Psalmist in Psalm 93 speaks of God’s majesty and strength. In verse 2 he tells us God’s throne “was established long ago; you are from all eternity.” This is a verse that points to God’s eternal existence. Then we come to Ezekiel 12 where God tells Ezekiel (back in Babylon) to pack his things like he is going into exile. Then at night dig through an earthen wall. God uses visual symbols to make his point at times. This was to show the exiles in Babylon that the final destruction of Jerusalem was very near and not far off. In Matthew 14 we have the brief account of how Herodias, Herod’s brother’s wife wanted John the Baptist put to death and used her daughter to get it. After Jesus fed the 5,000 he comes latter that night to the disciples walking on water. Peter boldly asks to be able to walk and meet Jesus but sinks when he observed the wind and the waves. He had taken courage but soon became afraid. Let us not be afraid in this difficult time but keep our eyes on Jesus the eternal God. God bless you all dear people.

April 26th, 2020

Today we look at Psalm 92. A psalm for the Sabbath day. The Sabbath day is Saturday but most Christians call Sunday our Sabbath day. The Psalmist gives praise to God with the declaration to “make music to Your Name, O Most High”. He speaks of Gods works and thoughts which “the senseless man does not know, fools do not understand.” He speaks of the temporary success of the wicked but how God is exalted forever. Have a blessed Sabbath rest dear friends. And if you can, please watch or listen to our service on the Faith Bible Church Facebook page today. Church starts at 9:00.