Genesis 7, Matthew 7, Ezra 7, Acts 7

Matthew 7:1-2

The principle of "the measure you use" is very important in the Kingdom of God.  Matthew 7:1-2 says, "with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you".  Matthew 6:14-15 says, "if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses".  Mark 4:24-25 says, "Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to the one who has, more will be given".  Luke 6:38 tells us, "give and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you". 

So in the Gospels, Jesus tells us the measure we use in judging, forgiving, hearing and giving will be the measure God uses with us.  In James 2:13, one who shows no mercy will receive no mercy.  This principle is also stated in the OT.  In Deuteronomy 19:16-19 when a person accuses another of wrong and is lying, the judge is to inflict the punishment intended on the individual who lied.  In Esther 7:10, 9:25 what Haman planned for Mordecai and the Jews was inflicted upon himself and his family.  Obadiah 15 says "As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head".  This is an eternal principle of life.  Therefore, I must consider carefully what I hear and do, because the measure I use, God will use with me.

Ezra 7:1-6

Of course the "hand of the LORD his God was on Ezra"!  Look at the promise God made to Phinehas, Ezra's forefather, in Numbers 25:7-13.  "Behold, I will give him My covenant of peace, and it shall be to him and his descendants after him the covenant of a perpetual priesthood". Please go read the whole story of Phinehas.

LORD God, may I be a man whose passion for You benefits my descendants as Phinehas'.

Acts 7:51-56

The comparison of the actions and words of those who "resist the Holy Spirit" and the one "full of the Holy Spirit" is very revealing.  Those who "resist the Holy Spirit" become enraged, grind their teeth, cover their ears, yell with a loud voice, and drag Stephen from the city to stone him.  The one "full of the Holy Spirit" spoke the truth in love, saw the glory of God in heaven, saw Jesus standing at His right hand and asked that this sin not be held against those who hated and killed him. Now this is true forgiveness. 

Oh Righteous One, thank you for doing everything necessary for Your Holy Spirit to dwell in those who believe.  I can read about what it cost You, but I know I do not truly understand the cost.  My desire is to live my life under Your authority and the direction of Your Spirit.  I do not want to lie to, test, resist, quench or grieve Your Spirit.  Quickly convict me when I do.