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THE LAST WORD SERIES

Everyone seems to want to get in the last word.  But, ultimately who gets the last word in each of our lives.  I know it is God.  God gets the last word and we can see that in His Word, the Bible.  So, each week click this article link to see the latest LAST WORD for each book of the Bible.  We start in Genesis.

The LAST WORD IN GENESIS

By Mike Chaffin

24 And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. Genesis 50:24-26.

The last word, who will get it. The Bible says God will have the last word. Romans 3:19 states,

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

So, considering God’s Word, what is the last word in each book of the Bible?  In Genesis, the last words are Joseph telling his kin that he is going to die.  But that is not really the last word.  His last words contain a prophecy. Prophecy has a future.  This prophecy was one day God will visit them and take them to the promised land.  When they go, Joseph wants to accompany them, literally and figuratively, and asks them to carry his bones to the promised land.  Joseph knows God is faithful and true and will fulfill his promise to his children.

The first book of the Bible ends with a promise that God will deliver. If you read the Bible you will find time after time, God comes through for his people.  He did bring the Israelites out of Egypt.  He delivered them from Balaam.  He delivered them from harm when they conquered the land. He delivered them from invaders.  He delivered David from King Saul, Elijah from King Ahab, Jonah from the belly of a whale, Daniel from the lions’ den, and Jesus from the grave. The list could have a million more examples because God still does that today.  He delivers.

Jesus told us to ask and receive so that our joy may be full.  Did he mean that we should ask for cars and jewelry? No, he was talking about our needs, not our wants.  What do we need most?  We first need to be delivered from sin. If you have never asked Jesus to deliver you from sin you are not a child of God.  Only God’s children get into heaven so those who don’t ask for deliverance spend eternity in hell. Jesus came to earth to live a sinless life and provide a perfect sacrifice for our sins.  His sacrifice, when we accept Him as our savior, washes away the sins in our life.  We ask him to live in us and he comes in and cleanses us, making us new, born again.  He delivers us from death to life. Then, as a child of God, we serve Him rather than sin.

            Prayer: To accept Jesus’ deliverance from death, sin, and the grave pray this prayer; Dear Jesus, I am a sinner.  I know you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins.  I accept your sacrifice and ask you deliver me from my sins.  Cleanse me and make me new.  I accept you as savior.  Live in me, lead and guide me.  I want to be yours.  In Jesus name, Amen. 

 

THE LAST WORD – EXODUS

 

THE LAST WORD – LEVITICUS

 

THE LAST WORD – NUMBERS

 

THE LAST WORD – DEUTERONOMY

THE LAST WORD – JOSHUA

 

THE LAST WORD – JUDGES

 

THE LAST WORD – RUTH

THE LAST WORD – 1 SAMUEL

THE LAST WORD – 2 SAMUEL

 

THE LAST WORD – 1 KINGS

THE LAST WORD – 2 KINGS

THE LAST WORD – 1 CHRONICLES

THE LAST WORD – 2 CHRONICLES

THE LAST WORD – EZRA

THE LAST WORD – NEHEMIAH

THE LAST WORD – ESTHER

THE LAST WORD – JOB

 

THE LAST WORD – PSALMS

THE LAST WORD – PROVERBS

 

THE LAST WORD – ECCLESIASTES

By Mike Chaffin

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.  For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

The last words in Ecclesiastes are reminiscent of those given in Proverbs.  Instructions given in the Bible are important.  When it gets repeated attention, it is very important.  There are over 100 references in the Bible that instruct us to fear God.

Wouldn’t it be great if every book in the Bible summed up its teaching in such an insightful, easy to understand way?  The conclusion on how to live your life is this:  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. Then, he slips in the zinger that seals the deal; God brings every work into judgement, including every secret thing.  God knows everything we do.  There is nothing hidden from Him.

Paul added to the subject when he wrote 2 Corinthians 7:11,

                  “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

The fear of God and the keeping of the commandments leads to several advantages in life.

  1. It helps us prioritize our life’s actions.
  2. It helps us live gloriously and resist sin.
  3. It helps us exhibit the fruits of the spirit.
  4. It helps us live a holy life.
  5. It gives us the proper perspective in dealing with others.
  6. It brings wisdom into our lives.
  7. Eternal life.
  8. A healthy relationship with God and others.
  9. It opens our lives up to God’s blessings.

The writer of Hebrews sums up our last words in Hebrews 12:28,

                  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

        The last word for our entire life is Fear God; and keep His commandments.  Let’s go.

        Prayer:  Lord, thank you for such a clear message on how to live our lives.  Jesus summed up the commandments to make them easier to understand.  Love you with my whole heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love my neighbor as myself.  I praise you and thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to live in me to help in my walk with you.  You make all things possible.  In Jesus name, amen. 

THE LAST WORD – SONG OF SOLOMON

By Mike Chaffin

The Beloved
13 You who dwell in the gardens, the companions listen for your voice—
Let me hear it!

The Shulamite
14 Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag
On the mountains of spices.

The Song of Solomon, also called the Song of Songs, authorship is attributed to Solomon as one of the 1005 songs he wrote during his life. When he asked for wisdom, God not only granted that gift, but added many more skills.  Its placement in the Bible as wisdom literature makes it an important book to read and study.

Different teachers have come away from the book with different thoughts as to how to interpret it.

  1. Allegory – the book expresses God’s love for his people. Each part expresses some symbolic meaning.
  2. Dramatic Narrative – The book tells the story of the love affair between Solomon and a Shulamite woman and their upcoming wedding.
  3. Extended Parable – Not every section has a particular meaning but the whole teaches the love Jesus has for the church.
  4. Literal – Solomon is simply celebrating the virtues of human love.

No matter how one interprets the book the last word is still the same – love.  The book celebrates love using the narrative of a no holds barred romance between a bride and groom to be.

If you are married remember back to those days of courting when you couldn’t stand to be apart.  That is what they are saying in the last words today.  Let’s be together as soon as possible.  Don’t let anything delay your arrival.

God’s love is like that too.  He loves you and he wants a relationship with you.  He wants you to talk to Him, listen to Him, be comforted, and directed. The Apostle John said, by our love others will know we are Christians.  Now more than ever, the world needs our love. The world needs Jesus and the love He gave on the cross.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for these words on love.  Our love for you should be like a newlywed yearning for your voice.  You compare your love for the church to a marriage between a man and a woman.  Awaken love in us, restore lost love, lead us into a deeper relationship with you.  In Jesus name, amen. 

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