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Psalm #83: The City of God

Psalm #83: The City of God We needs to uncover concepts from Israel’s background that most definitely relate to the working body ofChrist Ps #83, Psalm 87, Ps87
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Leisa Wilkins - posted on March 5, 2016 6:24 pm

I just finished reading today's lessons and the cross principles. The question is challenging because you have to first believe God’s prophetic promises to Israel as a nation and God’s present promises to the church of Jesus Christ don't apply across the board. Did God give prophetic promises that pertain just to Israel? If so why include them in the Bible if they are not for all His children? And did God's present promises to the church of Jesus Christ not apply to Israel?

I don't see it as important to differentiate between God's prophetic promises to Israel as a nation, and God’s present promises to the Church of Jesus Christ because I don’t believe part of the Bible was only written to one group of people to the exclusion of other groups of people. According to His Word He does not show favoritism.

Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth.” (Luke 20:21 NKJV)

“But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.” (Galatians 2:6 NKJV)

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” (Acts 10:34 NKJV)

The Word of God was written to, and for, all people. The principles and truths it contains is for all people. The Bible is not a segregated book, unlike the world we live in where different groups of people are targeted based on beliefs, color of skin, and so much more. The Bible unites. It does not divide. God does not change and He does not lie!

“For I am the Lord, I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6a NKJV)

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19 NKJV)

Because I believe the entire Bible was written for ALL people I do believe we can learn from both the Old and New Testaments. We’re given a roadmap to travel and blueprints to build according to God’s plan for our lives. Everything we need is found in the Word of God.

Be Encouraged! ❤

LouAnn Law - posted on March 6, 2016 1:26 am

I very seldom watch the video before answering the Reflection Question, but today's devotion is one of those times I did. After reading the Scripture passage (Psalm 87), about Jerusalem, the city of God, I just couldn't see the importance of differentiating between God's prophetic promises to Israel as a nation and God's present promises to the church of Jesus Christ, and, frankly, even after watching the video, I still can't see it. 🙁 From what I can see, when reading both the Old and New Testaments, every promise of God, whether made in the Old Testament or made in the New, has its 'yes' and 'amen' in Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 1:20), so every promise is for me, since I am in Christ and He is in me. All I know, after reading and meditating on Psalm 87, is that, one day, the new Jerusalem will be my new home, and that's exciting!

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