December 22 – Daily Notes – Amanda

chaos

Like the three days Jesus was in the grave, in Revelation, there is a time when evil is winning. We know that it doesn’t win ultimately, but take a minute to think about the chaos, pain, and sorrow that would be associated with evil winning. Now take a minute to praise God that he wins.

Zechariah 2:1-3:10:

  • 6-12 – God declares to those who were taken into exile and have been in Babylon, that he will restore Jerusalem and that even others will turn to God because of God’s restoration of Israel.
  • 1-10 – Part of restoring Jerusalem and the temple was restoring the priests. Joshua’s clean garments are symbolic of his return to God.

Revelation 13:1-18:

  • 1-4 – The people should not be worshipping the beast or the dragon. They are not God. They are some of the many other entities that the world chooses to follow other than God.
  • 5-10 – For a time, evil is allowed to prevail. Those who were not already saved began to follow the evil ruler. Because the saints were temporarily defeated, this was a test of their faithfulness and patient endurance.
  • 11-18 – Like the people of the Lord were marked and sealed for Christ, now those who follow the beast are marked for him.

Psalm 141:1-10:

  • 1-4 – So often our requests of God are to benefit just us. David’s request asks for God’s help to remain faithful.
  • 8-10 – David also asks for safety from his enemies.

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