Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Slaves in the Promised Land


"So here we are today, slaves.  Yes, in the land you gave our ancestors, so that they could eat what it produces, and enjoy its good -- here we are in it, slaves!  (Nehemiah 9:36 CJB)




"Yes, forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing -- their clothes did not wear out ; their feet did not swell up. (v.21) Then you brought them into the land about which you had said to their fathers that they should go in and take possession of it.  So the children went in and possessed the land, as you subdued ahead of them the Kena'ani living in the lands, and handed them over to them..(v.23-24)

They took fortified cities and fertile land , possessed houses full of all kinds of good things......so they ate their fill and grew robust, luxuriating in your great goodness. (v. 25)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dig It Back UP!!!!

"For it will be like a man about to leave home for awhile, who entrusted his possession to his servants.  To one he gave five talents [equivalent to a hundred year's wages]; to another, two talents; and to another, one talent -- TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY." Then he left.  ~  Matthew 25:14-15 CJB  (emphasis added)


The spiritual gifts and talents that we possess are NOT ours but His possessions.  He has entrusted them to us for His purposes here on earth - to bring increase of His Glory.  Unfortunately, like the servant given one talent, we hide them.  There are many factors as to why we do. FEAR being the root of them all.  Yet it does not justify the disobedience.

"The one he gave five talents immediately went out, invested it and earned another five.  Similarly, the one given two earned two.  But the one given one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money." ~ verses 16-18  CJB

Fear as I mentioned, causes us to dig a hole and bury the Master's gifts and talents instead of investing them.

The disobedient servant knew his master and his purpose of entrusting him with the one talent.  He said "I knew you were a hard man.  You harvest where you didn't plant and gather where you didn't sow seed.  I WAS AFRAID, so I hid your talent in the ground. Here!  Take what belongs to you!" (verses 24-25 CJB - emphasis added)