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PSALMS CHAPTER 78

God's Guidance of his People in spite of their Unfaithfulness Maschil of Asaph Synopsis Instructions to young people so that they may understand why their parents raise them in the Godly fashion they do. Asaph the poet, musician, and prophet is the author of this Psalm. Matthew quotes from this Psalm identifying the author as a "prophet" (see Matthew 13:35). Psalm 78 is also one of thirteen poetic Psalms identified as a "maschil." A Maschil is a didactic song sung with the intention of instructing the individual singing as well as praising God. Asaph's objective is to instill faith and conviction in the new generation of his day. The prophet of God sets out to achieve his objective by examining the faith failures of the people's forefathers. God had been patient, loving, caring, and he performed marvelous wonders before their eyes yet they rejected him. Eventually, God's patience ran out...
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3 John

A Synopsis of the Book Most of the New Testament deals with problem brethren and problems in the churches. Paul exposed troubling false teachers in the book of Galatians. Paul dealt with the lack of unity and contention among brethren at Corinth (see 1 and 2 Corinthians). The apostle Paul spoke of the "enemies of the cross" at Philippians 3:18, the vain and church troubling doctrines of men at Colossians 2:8, and sons of perdition at 2 Thessalonians 2. Peter exposed false teachers at 2 Peter 2 and John exposed the spirit of antichrist at 1 and 2 John. The apostle Paul even named the troubling brethren by name when addressing Timothy (see 2 Timothy 2:17-18). The book of 3 John reveals another trouble maker in the church by the name Diotrephes. Diotrephes goes down in history as one whose priorities were confused and consequentially a nuisance in the Lord's...
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The Book of Second John An Overview

The book of 2 John places great importance on the saint's unity, fellowship, and love among each other. These relationships are only fully realized through a united knowledge, understanding, and common abiding in truth. The truth is the "gospel of our salvation" (Ephesians 1:13). The results of walking in truth is joy and peace. This joy and peace exist between the faithful and God and the faithful and others who strive to please God in this life (2 John 1:3-4). The apostle John brought these points out to the "elect lady/' to whom this epistle is addressed. John issues a warning to the elect lady and all of us today saying, "Look to yourselves, that ye loose not the things which we have wrought but that ye receive a full reward" (2 John 8). Love and abiding in truth will bring great spiritual success now and forevermore. John warns the...
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The Book of First John

An Overview First John reveals unrest in the early church. False teachers were leading many saints astray from the truth (see 1 John 2:26; 1 John 37). The erring caused such stirs in the churches of Christ that splits occurred and they eventually left the faithful (see 1 John 2:18-19). Whether these erring brethren were Gnostics, opinion driven people, or those who invented religious ideas that became their personal convicted truths matters not. What mattered to John, as he wrote by divine inspiration, was that the true child of God let the anointing from the Holy One abide in their hearts (i.e., absolute divine revelation or truth) (see 1 John 2:20). John wrote, "And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is...
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Signs Given for Faith and Salvation

God told Ezekiel that he would "take away from you the desire of your eyes with a stroke" (Ezekiel 24:16). The "desire" of the prophet's eyes was his wife. The Lord further instructed his prophet not to cry or mourn the death of her. God stroked Ezekiel's wife the next evening and she died. Ezekiel did not cry and neither did he mourn her death. Ez...
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