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Today's Step in the Word

There is no getting away from the fact that God was from the beginning and is from everlasting to everlasting. God is the Word, the Word is God and there is no separating of the two. When we read the Holy Scriptures we come in close and personal contact with God. We know who He is and what He desires of us. So read God’s Word today.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). "Thy Words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart . . ."(Jeremiah 15:16)

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“Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel” (Jeremiah 3:23).

God is reinforcing that salvation comes only through Him and none other. We cannot seek this indescribable blessing from any medium, force or creation. (See also Isaiah 43:11; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:9).


“O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest Thou bring me to nothing” (Jeremiah 10:24).

We are not to hesitate to ask God to correct us. He chastises and corrects those whom He loves. (See also Psalm 6:1; Hebrews 12:5-8).


“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

This verse is popularly misrepresented to advocate that all we need to do is call upon the Lord and we will be saved. However, in comparing spiritual with spiritual we find that no one can call on God unless God draws or inclines him/her to do so. Anything that we do without God to earn or accelerate our salvation invalidates the result. Salvation is all God’s work and we call on Him as He inclines us to understand and acknowledge our deep need for Him and not apply a man-made effort to obtain salvation (See also Isaiah 56:11; John 6:44; Ephesians 1:4; Philippians 2:21; Acts 2:39, 13:48).


“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:6).

True believers are not sleeping and ignoring the fact of Christ’s return as seen in the Scriptures. They are watching in His Word, are responsible and diligently serving Him to the end. (See also Luke 19:13).


“But ye brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4).

True believers are living in the light of Christ. They are not in darkness. They are not denying His return but are eagerly and prayerfully awaiting it according to God’s plan. (See also Ephesians 5:8).


“Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord” (Lamentations 3:40).

As God searches us, so are we to search and examine ourselves and deliberately turn from what we know is wrong and wicked and serve Him with our whole heart. (See also Psalm 119:49; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Peter 1:10).


“For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:7).

God is specific in what He wants from us and that is obedience to Him through the reading and understanding of His Word. We are not to bring any of our own offerings to God but only what He desires. (See also Deuteronomy 10:12, 13; Psalm 51:16, 17; Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:7-8).

BIBLE ALERT - This feature takes a look at a Book of the Bible and highlights its spiritual application, meaning and other related facts.

This week’s alert features The Book of Ezra

The Book of Ezra recounts how the Jews move from their exile in Babylon back into Jerusalem by the mighty hand and power of God and records their genealogy. Ezra, a scribe and priest who himself was in exile returns to Jerusalem in the second batch of returnees and commissions the rebuilding of the temple as God has already purposed aforetime through the heart of Cyrus, king of Persia. The Book of Ezra continues where the Book of Second Chronicles leaves off with the fulfillment of God’s Word through His prophet Jeremiah which stirs up the spirit of Cyrus to make a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom that the house of God is to be rebuilt. Ezra and many returning Jews including priests and Levites and all whose spirit God touches undertake this special task with the king’s support and the return of the vessels of the house of the Lord which were taken away by king Nebuchadnezzer who had led them into captivity. Although they encounter protests from their adversaries, the work continues and the temple is completed. “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments” (7:10). There are three lists of genealogies mentioned in this Book.

“This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord upon him” (Ezra 7:6).

The first lists those who return from exile some 70 years before Ezra (Chapter 2). The second is Ezra’s record of all those who went up with him from Babylon to Jerusalem during the reign of king Artaxerxes (Chapter 7). After the temple is rebuilt and the treasure is delivered, Ezra dedicates it with great prayer, fasting and a solemn covenant that those who have taken strange wives are to separate themselves from them because this is a transgression of God’s commandment. The third genealogy lists all those who did so (Chapter 10). The reading of the Book of Ezra will greatly assist our understanding of the events which are recorded in the book of Nehemiah.



"Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are troubled. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer" (Psalm 6:2, 9).