Southern Oaks

 Pentecostal Church

VERSE OF THE WEEK

March 17,  2019


Isaiah 44:6 


6  Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel,

And his redeemer the Lord of hosts;

I am the first, and I am the last;

And beside me there is no God.



CHILDREN UNDER TEN

"I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."

F.  Doctrine.  FIRST.  Isaiah 44:6.

In this 44th chapter of Isaiah, God is showing the absurdity of idolatry to the people of Israel. Idols are man made, using earthly materials, the same materials that are used for fuel to warm oneself with fire or to bake bread. The idea that a piece of wood carved into a figure is worshipped as a god (Is. 44:17) is shown to be ridiculous. The only reasonable one to worship is the one who declares, “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (44:6). He, unlike idols, is not a product of the earth rather the one true God made the earth all by Himself (44:24) and created the very people who have turned to the worship of idols. He was “before all things” therefore no idol was possible until God created the very substance from which man forms idols. Worship the one who is FIRST!

CHILDREN'S BIBLE READING
(10 and under)
See the chart at the bottom of the page.

APOSTOLIC DOCTRINE AND LIFESTYLE FROM A TO Z

Letter
 Key Word
 Doctrinal Verse
 Lifestyle Verse
 Key Word
A
  Ashamed
  Romans 1:16
  Hebrews 10:26
  Assembling
 B
 Beginning
 John 1:1
 Romans 12:1
 Beseech
 C
 Controversy
 1 Timothy 3:16
 James 5:16
 Confess
 D
 Deceitful
 Jeremiah 17:9
 Psalm 66:16
 Declare
 E
 Eternal
 Romans 6:23
 Psalm 101:3
 Eyes
 F
 First
 Isaiah 44:6
 Galatians 5:22,23
 Fruit
 G
 Gold
 Psalm 19:10
 2 Peter 3:18
 Grow
 H
 Heaven
 Luke 21:33
 2 Corinthians 7:1
 Holiness
 I
Inspiration 
 2 Timothy 3:16
 2 Corinthians 4:16
 Inward
 J
 Jesus
 Matthew 1:21
 1 Corinthians 11:13-15
 Judge
 K
 King
 Zechariah 14:9
 Hosea 4:6
 Knowledge
 L
 Liberty
 James 1:25
 Hebrews 13:15
 Lips
 M
 Moses
 John 3:14
 1 Corinthians 12:7
 Manifestation
 N
 None
 Deuteronomy 4:35
 James 4:8
 Nigh
 O
 One
 Deuteronomy 6:4
 Psalm 105:1
 O
 P
 Prophecy
 2 Peter 1:20
 1 Thessalonians 5:17
 Pray
 Q
 Quick
 Hebrews 4:12
 Ephesians 6:16
 Quench
 R
 Remember
 Isaiah 46:9
 Philippians 1:11
 Rigtheousness
 S
 Spirit
 John 4:24
 Joel 1:14
 Sanctify
 U
 Uttermost
 Acts 1:8
 2 Corinthians 6:14
 Unequally
  V
  Verily
  John 3:5
  Ephesians 4:1
  Vocation
  W
  Witness
  Romans 8:16
  2 Timothy 2:15
  Workman
  X
  eXcept
  Luke 13:3
  1 Timothy 4:8
  eXercise
 Y
 Yea
 Psalm 40:8
 Romans 6:16
 Yield
 Z
 Zerubbabel
 Zechariah 4:6
 Luke 19:8
 Zacchaeus

Weekly Devotions Based on Apostolic Doctrine and Living in the GRASP the Word Personal Growth Program.


F.  Doctrine.  FIRST.  Isaiah 44:6. 

In this 44th chapter of Isaiah, God is showing the absurdity of idolatry to the people of Israel. Idols are man made, using earthly materials, the same materials that are used for fuel to warm oneself with fire or to bake bread. The idea that a piece of wood carved into a figure is worshipped as a god (Is. 44:17) is shown to be ridiculous. The only reasonable one to worship is the one who declares, “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (44:6). He, unlike idols, is not a product of the earth rather the one true God made the earth all by Himself (44:24) and created the very people who have turned to the worship of idols. He was “before all things” therefore no idol was possible until God created the very substance from which man forms idols. Worship the one who is FIRST.


E.

Doctrine ETERNAL.  Romans 6:23.  There is a distinction between wages (what we earn) and a gift (what we receive).   If all we received was what we deserve or have earned the end would be the same for everyone, DEATH.  That is the wages of sin.  This same letter to the Romans quotes from the Old Testament and declares, "there is none righteous, no not one."  Also, that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  The Gift of God has a totally different outcome, ETERNAL LIFE! It is baffling why more do not "lay hold on eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12).


Lifestyle: EYES.  Psalm 101:3.  In the verse immediately preceding the Psalmist vows, “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” As protection to his family he continues by vowing to guard against the influence of wickedness by keeping the plan and purpose of Belial out of their vision (Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible). Since the garden of Eden wickedness appeals to humanity though mediums that attract the eye. In this age of TV, video and computer technology it would do well that every father and mother declare, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” regarding your home and family. In verse 6, the same writer declared, “Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land.” We should consciously expose our families to Godliness and the goodness of God.


D.

Doctrine: DECEITFUL  Jeremiah 17:9  It is true that the deception of Satan will lead many to the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10) therefore one must not give “place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27) and must put on the whole armor of God in order to stand against his schemes (Ephesians 6:11).  Yet, Jeremiah declares the heart is deceitful above all things and incurably wicked.  Therefore every precaution one should take against the devil must be taken in respect to the thoughts and ambitions of one’s own heart.  Proverbs 4:23 instructs, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (NLT).  What can you trust?  God’s Word!  The Word of God is proven to be perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true and righteous (Psalm 19:7-9).


Lifestyle: DECLARE.  Psalm 66:16.  The section of this Psalm beginning at verse 13 indicates personal resolve to take action by the use of the words, “I will.”  The first four, are all directed toward God included, going to God’s house, paying vows to God and offering voluntary sacrifices to God.  The fifth “I will” comes following the pause, indicated by the word “Selah.”  The “I will” of verse 16 is not directed only to God as those proceeding it were but this is a resolve to declare what God has done to those who would come and hear.  In addition, to those acts of devotion directed to God, the Psalmist indicates determination to tell others about the goodness of God experienced by himself.  To share a testimony with others takes worship to another level.  It is boasting about the Lord to others. See Psalm 34:2.


CHILDREN'S BIBLE READING BEGINNING IN MARCH