GENESIS 18, MATTHEW 17, NEHEMIAH 7, ACTS 17
 
 

Genesis 18:22-33
Abraham recognized the LORD as "Judge of all the earth."  Notice the request/prayer Abraham makes.  His request is a prayer of intercession.  Abraham asks the LORD to spare the wicked for the sake of the righteous.  Abraham knew these people since he had delivered some of them from captivity in Genesis 14.  It seems Abraham also recognized the limited number of righteous in Sodom.  He did not just ask just for Lot and his families deliverance, but for the entire city.  What a gracious and kind neighbor!  Isn't it interesting that Abraham loved his neighbor as himself? 

Judge of all the earth, forgive me for acting as if I am the judge.  May I be as gracious as Abraham in my care and love for my neighbors.

Matthew 17:17-20
“O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you?"

Wow, Jesus was frustrated with His follower's unbelief!  He later responds to their question of why they couldn't drive out the demon with, "because you have so little faith."  Amazingly, then Jesus says, "For truly...if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed."  They could move mountains with such small faith.  Faith is always the issue in the kingdom of God.  In Hebrews 11:6, we are told: "without faith it is impossible to please him."  The disciples knew who Jesus was and in general believed Him.  But in this specific situation, Jesus tells them they did not even show faith as small as a mustard seed.  How often do I do the same thing?  I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, but what about in those stressful situations, do I exhibit faith smaller than a mustard seed?

Nehemiah 7:5
"Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy."

After Nehemiah finished the wall and gates of the city, he realized there were very few people there.  So he took a census.  As I read "Then my God put into my heart," I realized that is what I want for all of my life.  I desire the things "my God" would want me to be and do.  It is so easy for the things in my heart to be placed there by me, or the people around me or even the culture in which I live. 

Father, this morning, I open my heart to what You would place in it.  I commit to protect my heart from anything else.  Holy Spirit, please protect my heart from any influence except Yours.  Jesus, thank You for my new heart.  I desire that it would be a heart for You.

Acts 17:30-31
"The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” 

Why would God command everyone everywhere to repent and turn to Him?  The reason He would make such a command is that He has fixed the day on which everyone will be judged.  He has proven Jesus to be the Judge by raising Him from the dead.  The world is to recognize the LORD Jesus as the "judge of all the earth" just as Abraham did.

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