A Tale of Two Ezrahites: theunfetteredpreacher

In my Bible studies this week I have read Psalms 87-89, I saw a post about Psalms 88, and how it is a hopeless call for Grace Grace and Salvation.

In my studies, I discovered two brothers, (Ezrahites), who react differently to the troubles they see and experience.

The first Ezrahite mentioned is Ethan, a man that was so wise that it is said only Soloman was wiser. (1 Kings 4:29-31)

We next see Heman the Ezrahite. He wrote Psalms 88, which the Amplified Bible Explains is: [ A Petition to Be Saved from Death. ] [ A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. To the Chief Musician; set to chant mournfully. A didactic or reflective poem of Heman the Ezrahite. ]

This Psalm has only 18 verses, most describing his life’s conditions. (My prayers are often along these lines).

“For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.” (Psalms 88:3)

He blames the Lord for his condition:

“Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.” (Verse 7)

His friends have deserted him:

“Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.” (Verse 8)

He wonders why the Lord doesn’t seem to hear his cry.

“Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee. Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.” (Verses 9-10)

He has lost all Hope.

“LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me? I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off. They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together. Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.” (Palms 88:14-18)

There are three verses that show him reaching out for help.

“O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.” (Psalms 88:1,2,13)

Here was a man full of woe, he was losing hope, almost ready to give up life as he knew it.

Then in the next Psalm (89), we find Ethen the Ezrahite. The Ezrahite with Wisdom. Again from the Amplified Bible.
[ The Lord’s Covenant with David, and Israel’s Afflictions. ] [ A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of Ethan the Ezrahite. ]

Ethan experiences some of the same troubles but realizes it is because of the sins of himself and the people.

“How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.” (Psalms 89:46-48)

He had discussed the sins of the people and the promises of God. The Psalm started and ended looking up to God.

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.” (Psalms 89:1,54)

Verse 1 is a song I sang in Bible School many years ago. If you allow the words to work within, your troubles become less with Joy unspeakable and full of Glory (1 Peter 1:8) become bigger in your life.

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Some believed and some is disbelieved: theunfetteredpreacher

As a Christian, it troubles me that some believe and others disbelieve. Not just when I share, but when Paul, Peter and even Jesus spoke. Only those for ordained believe.

“The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah, the prophet, to our fathers, saying, ‘Go to this people, and say, in hearing, you will hear, but will in no way understand. In seeing, you will see, but will in no way perceive. For this people’s heart has grown callous. Their ears are dull of hearing. Their eyes they have closed. Lest they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and would turn again, and I would heal them.’ “Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to the nations. They will also listen.” (Acts 28:25-28)

All we can do is share, to those who will accept, and be healed. Both physically and spiritually. It is the Holy Spirits job to prepare and change the hearts. Some are hardhearted, and will never accept.

Others we can pull from the fire. We can not tell, without the Holy Spirits direction which is which.

Just be faithful to our calling.

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Hear, Yahweh, and answer me: theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm 86:1-7

“Hear, Yahweh, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul, for I am godly. You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to the soul of your servant, for to you, Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you. Hear, Yahweh, my prayer. Listen to the voice of my petitions. In the day of my trouble, I will call on you, for you will answer me.”

Lord, daily I fail and fall short, I cannot be the man you have called me to be. I sin, I repent, You forgive, I rejoice, I sin…

It is a never-ending story, I fall short of the Glory of God. I am not worthy of Your love and grace. Yet, You are ever faithful.

Lord, our needs are great today, please forgive my stupidity, and supply our needs by Your riches in glory. Give Your angels charge over us, protect and draw us under Your wings.

I love and need You Lord. Help me, answer our prayer, You are our Shepard, we Shall Not Want. You said it, I believe it, now I need to experience it. (Sadly, once again).

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Destitute of the Truth: theunfetteredpreacher

In Virginia since the election, excitement is in the air. Now that the Democrats are in control, they can try to erase our history once again.

Confederate History MUST BE REMOVED!

It is more important to believe the lie than to obey the law.

If you do not accept more than 2 Genders, if you believe in biblical truth, if you stand up for Truth, Justice and the American way. YOU ARE A THREAT TO THE LEFT.

I know I have allowed the left too much leeway, they have taken over main street, education, politics and even the Church. (How about you?)

Saints, we must Stand and Fight for the Faith. The Bible is the Word of God, if our ‘Christian Leaders,’ are ignoring the Truth and teaching a lie, we must STAND FOR THE TRUTH.

Walk away from the lies and towards the Lord.

1 Timothy 6:3-6

“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

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To Repair a Flank: theunfetteredpreacher

Anyone who has seen me since I had a kidney removed in 2008, has noticed the hernia on my left side. It started out about the size of a half a football, only sticking out 3 or 4 inches.

Over the years it has grown, considerably. The Dr calls it a Flank repair.

A couple of months ago I had an umbilical hernia removed, and am scheduled to have this soccer ball on my side removed December 9th.

I ask for your prayers and wisdom. I can continue to live with this hump, but I would rather not.

Is my problem just vanity?

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Not Out of the Woods: theunfetteredpreacher

My sister-in-law law, (Janet), is having a time of it. She walks towards daylight, when the woods close in around her.

It is a time of great concern. She was successfully operated on, for the brain aneurysm, and things looked good.

Then the little foxes began to spoil the vine. They keep running tests and changing meds, in an attempt to keep her on a path to recovery.

I ask you to pray with us for Wisdom and Knowledge for those who are treating her. For Grace, Peace, and Comfort for the families.

As I have mentioned, they are all committed Christians and believe all is possible with God.

Thanks for your continued prayer.

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