The Archers, a poem and devotional
The archers have bitterly grieved you,
Shot at you and hated you.
But your bow remained in strength,
And the arms of your hands were made strong
By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob
(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
By the God of your father who will help you,
And by the Almighty who will bless you
With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb
Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:31-58 http://www.biblestudytools.com/search/?t=nkjv&q=gen+49-50;matt+13:31-58
Controversial parables in today’s reading. The church as a plant that grows so big the birds of the air can nest in its branches: but aren’t the birds of the air a Biblical representation of demonic forces? The church grows, but the enemy nests in our very sanctuaries. The bread grows as yeast permeates it, but yeast is a type of sin? The church grows, but sin threatens to permeate every nook and cranny.
Not everyone sees the parables that way. But, it is a prophetic interpretation.
And then the parables of the kingdom: the castnet that draws in all the varieties of fish, it is Christ who casts the net, we are the fish. And yet, what if we say that Christ is the man who found the treasure in the field and gave all to buy the field that He might have the treasure–His true church?
Do you think you are the man? Have you given all that you might buy Christ? I don’t think so.
Christ has given all for us, but He has warned us about His church.
The great lie of all those Hollywood monster movies was the idea that Satan’s forces could not step foot on holy ground.
Exodus 1-3; Matthew 14:1-21 http://www.biblestudytools.com/search/?t=nkjv&q=ex+1-3;matt+14:1-21
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