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 52:24-26.
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 prophesy. Prophecy has a future. This prophesy 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.
By Mike Chaffin
27 Now it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-Merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. 28 He spoke kindly to him, and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who were with him in Babylon. So Jehoiachin changed from his prison garments, and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life. 30 And as for his provisions, there was a regular ration given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life. 2 Kings 25:27-30
Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he became King of Judah. He reigned three months before Babylon captured Jerusalem and carried him away with a multitude of prominent citizens. Some into captivity, some into slavery, and some of the younger ones, into a Babylonian educational system designed to wipe away their Judaism. I imagine Jehoiachin gave up hope to hear these last words of release from prison.
Living in bondage is no fun. In Jehoiachin’s case this bondage was literal prison. But by the grace of the new King of Babylon, he was set free, given fresh linens to wear and got to eat at the royal table.
The Bible equates living in bondage to sin as being a prisoner of the flesh. Jesus told us we can’t serve two masters. We are either a slave to sin, or a Son of God. Born into sin, we are a prisoner of our own devices, be it lust, drugs, greed, or a host of other sins that keep us from life. It takes King Jesus to come to us, and free us from sin, free us from the desire to sin and truly live like a free person. When we accept Jesus as our savior, repent and turn away from our sins to live like a Son of God, we are lifted out of the old life and we get a seat at King Jesus’s table.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
Prayer; Dear Lord, thank you that you offer me freedom from slavery. Freedom from this prison of addiction, or (insert your sin here). Lord, I ask for forgiveness from these sins and ask you to release me from them. Heal me and lift me up. Fill me with your Holy Spirit so I can live in you. In Jesus name, Amen.
By Mike Chaffin
Now the acts of King David, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer, 30 with all his reign and his might, and the events that happened to him, to Israel, and to all the kingdoms of the lands. 1 Chronicles 29:29-30
Ever wonder how your obituary will read? These last words are once again part of an obituary of a great man of God, David. They are are a listing of the history books and biographies written about David during his lifetime. He and his accomplishments have been spoken about and taught for centuries.
David, called a ‘man after God’s own heart’ left a legacy that continues to this day. He was not perfect in any way. He committed several sins listed in the history of the Old Testament. However, David confessed his sin to God and asked for forgiveness. God was glad to forgive David and blessed him. His life is an example of what to do and what not to do. His life experiences are used as examples of how to succeed, and how easy it is to fall into sin.
Recurring repentance was key to David’s success. He quickly repented, turned from that sin, and stopped. God anointed David for kingship because he knew David’s heart. David consecrated his life to serve God. The key to leaving a legacy begins with repentance. The last word here is legacy.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for forgiving my sins. Help me to live a life of service to you, my family and to others. Let my legacy be such that people have no doubt I am a Christian. In Jesus name, Amen.