Power of God

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.

Exodus 15:Your right hand, Lord,     was majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord,     shattered the enemy.

11 Who among the gods     is like you, Lord? Who is like you—     majestic in holiness, awesome in glory,     working wonders?

13 In your unfailing love you will lead     the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them     to your holy dwelling.

14 The nations will hear and tremble;     anguish will grip the people of Philistia. 15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,     the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people[c] of Canaan will melt away; 16     terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm     they will be as still as a stone— until your people pass by, Lord,     until the people you bought[d] pass by. 17 You will bring them in and plant them     on the mountain of your inheritance— the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,     the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

Philistia is Palestine

Edom means “stillness” or “Red Dawn”.

It is a response to something stupefying, physically motionless.

Refers to edge of a sword which was known as its mouth. Likewise, the greatness of the LORD’s arm makes people still as stones.

Moab means “my father.”

Canaan means “land of purple.” Purple is often related to royalty.

Micah 5:4 He will stand and shepherd his flock     in the strength of the Lord,     in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness     will reach to the ends of the earth.

Isaiah 63:1 Who is this coming from Edom,     from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor,     striding forward in the greatness of his strength?

“It is I, proclaiming victory,     mighty to save.”

Why are your garments red,     like those of one treading the winepress?

 

Bozrah means fortified city.

The root verb בצר (basar) describes the act of separating something from its maternal environment, with the purpose of letting that something mature in peace until the final result can be extracted. This act is usually achieved by building a strong wall around the something (some scholars suggest that our English word bazaar derives from this root).

Job 27:10-12New International Version (NIV)

10 Will they find delight in the Almighty?     Will they call on God at all times?

11 “I will teach you about the power of God;     the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal. 12 You have all seen this yourselves.     Why then this meaningless talk?

Psalm 68:33-35New International Version (NIV)

33 to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,     who thunders with mighty voice. 34 Proclaim the power of God,     whose majesty is over Israel,     whose power is in the heavens. 35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;     the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God!

Matthew 22:28-30New International Version (NIV)

28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

1 Corinthians 1:17-19New International Version (NIV)

17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;     the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]

1 Corinthians 1:23-25New International Version (NIV)

23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,     and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a]

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Paul’s Hardships

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

Warning Against Idolatry

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[b]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them     and walk among them, and I will be their God,     and they will be my people.”[c]

17 Therefore,

“Come out from them     and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing,     and I will receive you.”[d]

18 And,

“I will be a Father to you,     and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”[e]

 

2 Timothy 1:7-9New International Version (NIV)

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

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