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“Judah is my lawgiver; Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe” – Psalm 60:7b-8a

Throwing a shoe in middle Eastern culture was a sign of intense disrespect, and it is really bad when God says he will (figuratively) throw his shoe over a whole people group!

Fact is, God judges by people groups, even now.

Notice the term,”nations” in this verse and who said it:

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory … before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them [the nations] one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats” – Jesus (Matt. 25:31-32)

There is one exception!

“[P]ut on the new man … where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” – Colossians 3:9b-11

Those who put on Christ are his people group regardless of where they come from.

“[T]hou … hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” – Revelation 5:9b

Jesus’ redemption crosses all boundaries, people groups, and genders.

Thank God for Christ!

– fritz

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“And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability – Matthew 25:15

There’s a missing servant in Jesus’ parable of the talents!

Those familiar with the story will remember that a man divided some of his wealth to his servants to manage while he went away. When he returned each servant gave all the money back with additional amounts earned by investing. Everyone returned at least what he was given.

Where is the servant who had nothing to return – the bankrupt entrepreneur? Did they NOT have those? You know they did! Why is that one not in the story?

I think it is because in God’s economy using what one has always returns something positive. The only loser is the one who does nothing.

So don’t just sit there, do something good with what you have!

“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1st Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

– fritz

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Then the King will say … “Come … take your inheritance … the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” – Jesus (Matthew 25:34,41 NIV)

Manufactures go to sometimes ridiculous lengths to ensure people know to whom and for what their products are intended.

If a product is used in a way clearly not intended, the liability rests with the user not the manufacture.

Heaven and Hell have their intended purposes, too.

Hell was created for the devil and his angels not for humanity; Heaven was prepared for us. Choosing to ignore the manufacturer’s warnings places the product liability on us not the manufacture.

– fritz

Related Post – The Intended Target, August 29, 2010

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Our Returning Friend

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” – Jesus (Matthew 25:34)

The One to whom all the nations shall stand before shall not be some anonymous being out there, somewhere, but Jesus.

He is the one coming in glory with his angels. He will pronounce who is a “sheep” and who is a “goat”. He will open his kingdom for the blessed.

It is a good thing we have opportunity to become his friend first!

“What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer”
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–fritz@langgang.com

1 – Hymn:“What a Friend We have In Jesus”
Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886
Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918

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“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?”– Matthew 25:37-39

The “righteous” in Jesus’ parable were clueless, in a good way.

They didn’t think their actions were particularly noteworthy or good, they weren’t keeping score of deeds done and to whom, they weren’t even self aware; they were simply acting from a heart of Love, being who they were made to be.

The Apostle Paul put it this way,

“yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; … he that judgeth me is the Lord.” – 1st Corinthians 4:3b, 4a, 4c

It is time to put down the score card and just live for Christ.

– fritz

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>The Intended Target

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“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'” – Jesus (Matthew 25:41)

In all fairness, one should note the intended target of the supernatural eternal punishment was not mankind, but the devil and his angels.

The fact that people will go there points to the cruelty of the devil who, according to the Bible, tricked mankind into separation from the only source of life. This can’t, honestly, be blamed on God; there are things, on a cosmic level, going on that we are just not privy to.

The fact that God offers a way of restoration, at his great personal sacrifice, to ALL who will accept shows a profound love to our benefit, though we can’t fully comprehend it.

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able … to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge…” Ephesians 3:17-18a, 19

– fritz

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“[T]he kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them…” – Jesus (Matthew 25:1-3

Sadly, not every starter of the faith journey finishes. Why? The foolish virgins of this parable were just not prepared for the long haul.

Marathon runners don’t just show up on the event day, the successful ones prepare, taking advantage of early opportunities to get ready.

Daniel, of the Bible, didn’t start his prayer life in the Lion’s den, he was a man of prayer.

When the pressure is off and there is no major crisis is the time to learn to pray, build relationships with the faithful, read the Bible, learn how to hear from God.

Wise virgins act before the immediate need.

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