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October 19 - Morning

"I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to
you the whole will of God.
 Keep watch over yourselves and
all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.

- Acts 20:26-30

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The Savage Wolves    

Paul warns the Ephesian elders that there will be elders and leaders within the Ephesian church who will distort the truth and its application. They will do this in order to cause division and separate a portion of the believers from the flock and, in so doing, gain a following. This following of people will then provide these “savage wolves” with power and access to financial gain.

Jeremiah and Ezekiel dealt with the same problem in their day. There were prophets who exploited their position or spiritual gift for their own gain. They use people like sheep, fleecing and butchering them for their own gain, while they use phrases like,  “We love people,” and, “We are a church that cares,” to conceal the intentions of the savage wolf that lurks within.

Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel all wrote about the problem of spiritual leadership prospering while misleading, deceiving and not teaching the people of God:

His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge; they are all silent dogs; they cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.” – Isaiah 56:10-11

“Her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, ‘Is not the Lord among us?’ ” – Micah 3:11

“From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.” – Jeremiah 14:18

“‘I want you to condemn these leaders and tell them: I, the Lord God, say you shepherds of Israel are doomed! You take care of yourselves while ignoring my sheep. You drink their milk and use their wool to make your clothes. Then you butcher the best ones for food. But you don’t take care of the flock!” – Ezekiel 34:2, 3

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence.
We fail in our duty to study God's Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work.
Our problem is not a lack
of intelligence or a lack
of passion. Our problem
is that we are lazy.
R. C. Sproul



Something to Ponder??
One olive tree could provide
a family with all the oil they needed for food and lamps
(1.5 tons of oil/year).
Plus, it provided a year
round supply of edible olives (both ripe and unripen).
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Sabba'ot (Hb) - Hosts (Eng) - the Hebrew sabba'ot is translated "hosts" in the KJ and
"Lord Almighty" 290 times in the NIV. Sabba'ot comes from the verb saba' which means
"to wage war." The singular noun refers to "army," "war," or "warfare."


Ezra 4:5-7 is written around 440 BC and says:

"... during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia... At the beginning of the reign of Xerxes... in the days of Artaxerxes king of Persia..."

The Greek historian Herodotus who lived between 484-425 BC records the same information:

"...about Cyrus and the Persians...Darius summoned into his presence...having appointed Xerxes as King of the Persians...during the reigns of...Xerxes, son of Dariuis, and Artaxerxes, son of Xerxes..."
(The Histories 1.95; 5.106; 7.4; 6.98)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I have habits such as "a hot temper" or laziness that other people have to help cover up?
Have I been excused for my poor behavior instead of having to deal with consequences?
I will confront these weaknesses, and not seek excuses or avoid the consequences.
  "A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again." - Proverbs 19:19
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