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.
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 – LAMENTATIONS
By Mike Chaffin
He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea. You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old. Micah 7:19-20
Micah’s last words are comforting. They speak of compassion, forgiveness of sins, truth, and mercy. These are some of God’s natural attributes. Attributes are characteristics that help us understand who God is, and His love for us.
God has told us repeatedly throughout the Bible who He is. Depending on the author, several list varying numbers of attributes. I like Bill Bright’s list of thirteen. It seems to capture them all.
- God is a Personal Spirit
- God is All Powerful (omnipotent)
- God is Present Everywhere (omnipresent)
- God Knows Everything (omniscient)
- God is Sovereign.
- God is Holy.
- God is Absolute Truth
- God is Righteous.
- Got is Just.
- God is Love.
- God is Merciful.
- God is Faithful.
- God never changes (immutable)
If we take a minute to let this list soak in, we are awed by the majesty of our God. God has given us His Holy Spirit and invited us into a relationship with Him. If we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us. As a Christian, when we shine Christ’s light, we shine some of these attributes since they are supposed to rub off on us. Of course, we will never by all powerful, present everywhere, know everything, or be sovereign. But we are called to know the truth so it will set us free. We are called to be Holy, for He is Holy. We are imbued with the righteousness of Christ. We are to seek justice and show love and mercy. We are his faithful flock.
Perhaps the most comforting to know is that God never changes. The rules don’t change. We can say with certainty that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him. We can say this because Jesus first said it to us. Comforting last words to think on.
Prayer: Lord, I praise you for who you are. You are the mighty God, creator, redeemer, healer and much more. You work miracles. The greatest thing I praise is that you sent Jesus to die for my sins. Refill me with your Holy Spirit so I can better shine your light. In Jesus name, amen.
By Mike Chaffin
King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber; your nobles lie down to rest. Your people are scattered on the mountains with no one to gather them.
Nothing can heal you; your wound is fatal. All who hear the news about you clap their hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty? Nahum 3:18-19
A word of judgement. Jonah had preached to the Assyrians roughly one hundred years before Nahum’s prophesy. They repented, and God spared them. But since that generation passed the Assyrians returned to their cruel ways. Final judgement was coming.
Forty or so years after this prophesy Assyria is destroyed. Nineveh was so thoroughly wiped from the face of the earth that its ruins weren’t found until the 19th century.
What we have learned is God loves us and has no desire that anyone should die. His desire is that all will repent and turn and follow His Son, Jesus Christ. That is His mercy.
Furthermore, God is patient, but eventually, His judgement falls on the unrepentant. That is His justice.
Lastly, as we have learned, God never changes. Unrepentant people will not go unpunished. We have a choice to either follow God and His plan or reject the salvation He offers. Rejection leads to judgement. Acceptance gains His mercy.
Jesus taught us in the parable of the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13) that if we slumber and tarry in being prepared for His return, it is foolishness, and we too will face the judgment.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that you have provided a way to life everlasting. Lead me in the way I should go and help me to not depart from it. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of my unrighteousness. Lord, I praise you. In Jesus name, amen.