5/27 Sealed By The Blood

King James Daily Bible Study Devotional
Message Title: Sealed By The Blood
Date: Sunday May 27, 2012Today's Chapters: Nehemiah 9-10

Hello My Friend,

A seal is
a mark of authenticity, to mark with a stamp, as an evidence of standard exactness, to mark as ones property, and secure from danger. Every person who calls on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior is marked with a stamp of His blood upon their souls. That mark says that we belong to Jesus and He secures us from the dangers of death, hell, and Satan. While we cannot control some of the circumstances we encounter we can control most of them by reminding ourselves that the only reason we are sealed by the blood is because Jesus gave His life for us.

He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” - John 3:33-36.
The wall surrounding Jerusalem was complete and a revival had just begun, people were eager to know about this God that they have only heard about. There was this book to help them learn about this God, but they could not understand it because it was written in the Hebrew language (which is why the New Testament was written in the Aramaic language). Ezra and several others gathered all who wanted to know about this awesome God and attentively listened to the Book of the Law spoken to them.

Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.” - Nehemiah 9:1-3.

Those who allow Christ to live in and through them will feel conviction from past or present sins, most immediately begin to seek forgiveness from God. It is an amazing feeling to go to God and ask Him for forgiveness and receive it, knowing that by His grace we are forgiven. When we confess our sins to God we are just getting the weight of the sin off our shoulders and one cannot help, but cry, thank God and praise Him for being such a merciful God. We must make it a point to read and learn all of God's Word, Old and New Testaments, while we are no longer subject to the Laws of Moses the principles of being godly and separated from the world still apply.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” - 2 Timothy 3:16,17.

As Ezra read to the people they were reminded of how much God had done for them over the centuries, even millenniums, from the start of their people with Abraham to their Exodus in Egypt, to their journey in the wilderness, God was with them through it all, even when they did not live by the Law.

Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands. Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God. Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day. And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.” - Nehemiah 9:30-32,38.

Today, it is the seal of the blood of Jesus Christ that God's great mercy and grace is upon all who believe in Him. God makes a covenant with all who believe that Jesus, the sinless Son of God, died on the cross, was buried, and arose from the dead to pay the price of eternal death for their sins. That covenant is eternal life with God, never to be forsaken, always merciful and gracious, no matter how many times they sin after they are saved. God never said that He would not chasten His people for living in sin, but He did say that He would never forget those who have the seal of the blood upon them.
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.” - 2 Timothy 2:19-21.
The completion of the wall provided them with protection from surrounding enemies and provided them with peace of mind to hear what God had to say. Those that were sealed wanted to know all of God's Word and little by little they learned about the generations before them and how they came to be where they were at present.

Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah, And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding; They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;” - Nehemiah 10:1,28,29.
"Entered into a curse", means that the people vowed to be connected to the temple as one, meaning that together they were one body of God and if they were to separate from the temple they would not know how to face affliction, placing a curse upon themselves. All who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior are One Body of Christ, we cannot be separated from God, but it can feel like it to those who are living in sin or facing affliction. Affliction comes to all, but those who separate themselves from God in a sense are cursed because they are trying to figure it out on their own, but all who come to God will find glory through them.

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” - 2 Corinthians 4:14-17.
Today's Psalm: 72:14 - “He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
Today's Proverb: 28:13 - “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Today's Prayer: Jesus, Thank You for the sacrifice You made by giving Your life so that I can have eternal life. You shed Your blood so that I did not have to spend eternity in hell, I believe in all that You are and that You alone are the only one who can save me. I am sealed by Your blood and am forever grateful for what You have done for me. Forgive me for the times I become forgetful of what You have done for me and continue to do in my life. Help me to keep stay in Your Word and follow it so that I will not become separated from Your will upon my life. I love You and pray in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
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