Devotion: Enemies encountered

Posted Yesterday, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
Devotion 10 of 33
"For who hath despised THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS?" (Verse 10, Zechariah 4:8-10)
ENEMIES ENCOUNTERED
As soon as it became obvious that the Temple was going to be restored, the enemies of the people surfaced. It is written, "Now when THE ENEMIES of Judah and Benjamin heard that the people of the exile were building a temple to the LORD God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers' households, and said to them, 'Let us build...

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Devotion: The foundation

Posted May 24th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
"The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you." (Verse 9, Zechariah 4:8-10
Devotion 9 of 33
THE FOUNDATION
God honoring work is always recognized by Him. This is work He has ordained, and He will encourage and sustain it! Such an activity is referred to as "working good" (Rom 2:10). While salvation is "not of works" (Eph 2:9), it is...

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Devotion: The Word is needed

Posted May 23rd, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
Devotion 8 of 33
THE WORD IS NEEDED!
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me . . ." (Verse 8, Zechariah 4:8-10
Wherever there is a work for God, there must be a word from God! God sustains His work and the workers through His Word. That is not only how the saved themselves live (Matt 4:4; Lk 4:4), it is how the work of the Lord is maintained. No work of God will flourish in the eyes of the Lord...

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Devotion: The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation

Posted May 20th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
Devotion 7 of 33
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house. . ." (Verse 4, Zechariah 4:8-10
THE HANDS OF ZERUBBABEL HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION
Our text is an example of Divine intervention in the midst of discouragement. It was the kind of discouragement, or being disheartened, when the intended work has not yet been finished. In this case, it was the building of the house of God –...

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Devotion: A mountainous obstacle

Posted May 19th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
Devotion 6 of 33
A MOUNTAINOUS OBSTACLE
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which...

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Devotion: Restructure initiated

Posted May 18th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through...

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Devotion: The ravages of the Babylonian captivity

Posted May 17th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through...

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Devotion: Background to the text

Posted May 16th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through...

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Devotion: The Renewing of the Holy Spirit

Posted May 15th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through...

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Devotion: Introduction to New series

Posted May 13th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


BEGINNINGS
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS [small beginnings," NLT]? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to...

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Devotion: Conclusion of series

Posted May 12th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


A FAILED BUILDING PROGRAM
"And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and...

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Devotion: In Babylon the great they speak with deceptive unity

Posted May 11th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


A FAILED BUILDING PROGRAM
Devotion 38 of 39
IN BABYLON THE GREAT THEY SPEAK WITH DECEPTIVE UNITY
"And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they...

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Devotion: The parallel to spiritual Babylon, #2

Posted May 10th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


A FAILED BUILDING PROGRAM
"Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now...

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Devotion: The parallel to spiritual Babylon

Posted May 9th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


A FAILED BUILDING PROGRAM
"So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."  (Gen 11:1-9)
Devotion 36 of 39
THE PARALLEL TO SPIRITUAL BABYLON, #1 
This account will give us some understanding of the...

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Devotion: The name of the city

Posted May 8th, 12:00 by A Thought for the Day on Teaching/Education


A FAILED BUILDING PROGRAM
Devotion 35 of 39
THE NAME OF THE CITY  
"Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."  (Verse 9, Gen 11:1-9)
Here, then, is a work of God – a response to a work of men. It is a work that involved changing the way people spoke, causing confusion, mandating dispersion, and...

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