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Hard as flint or pierced by the Holy Spirit?

‘They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry.’ (Zechariah 7v12)
Okay, after a computer glitch on my websites which made it impossible to send out posts to people, we will in the next few weeks complete our study of understanding the term ‘spirit’ as it occurs in the Old and New Testaments in the Bible.
As you remember- but then maybe not – there are three distinctions made in regard to how the term ‘Spirit’ is understood and used in the Bible.
1. Spirit – God’s Holy Spirit  – part of Godhead, hovering over creation and (since Pentecost) living within believers to assist and enable them in their life as they people about God.
2. Spirit – before  the birth of Christ – God’s Spirit is understood to rest on a person (though not enter within them) to guide and direct them in a specific task they have been singles out to do for God.
3. spirit – note the lack of a capital letter – which relates to the human experience  and emotions in which a person describes how their ‘spirit was crushed.’ In other words, not from God but themselves as they detail the high or low they are experiencing as a result of actions happening to them.
In Zechariah 7v12 we see immediately that Zechariah is referencing the distinction between the early prophets who were responsive to God’s Holy Spirit and the state of those  who refused to listen and rejected Him (God).
All of which means we need to be always mindful as to whether we are being obedient to God or doing are own thing. God bless you (and me) as we attempt to walk in that path.
Til next time.

 


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A lesson from Babylonia?

‘Come near me and listen to this: “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there.” And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me, endowed with his Spirit.’ (Isaiah 48v16).
Okay, this verse is one of many in a tongue-lashing that the people of Israel receive in regard to their duplicity and disobedience to God. Again, for the full story, click here. The chapter can be summarised something like this:
  1. First off recognise and accept that you are a stubborn people who disobey. (v4)
  2. Understand that this is your nature as you are easily led astray (v8)
  3. You have settled in a land that God has not ordained for you as His People (v20)

In other words, recognise that although you have defiled yourself by seeking out a life with people who worship idols and do not worship the One True Living God, it is still within your power to return to God. To choose the Lord Almighty! And why should God’s people do this?

Well, the Sovereign Lord in union with the Holy Spirit speaks into the lives of those who know they have transgressed and gone their own way. (v16) People who are without a teacher  and need the reassurance of a God who is both the Holy One of Israel but also their Redeemer as well. The same God who travelled with their ancestors as they left Israel and spent 40 years in the desert but did not let them thirst or go hungry (v21-22). A God who heard their cries, knew their weakness but was still ready and able to restore.


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