Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 21, 2015

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezra chapter 5.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezra+5&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 When the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them, 2 then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them supporting them.

3 At that time Tattenai, the governor of the province beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues came to them and spoke to them thus, “Who issued you a decree to rebuild this temple and to finish this structure?”  4 Then we told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building.  5 But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until a report could come to Darius, and then a written reply be returned concerning it.”  Ezra 5:1-5.

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“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.”  Psalm 34:15.

In verse 5 of today’s Scripture, we read that eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, meaning that His favor was upon them helping them to continue the rebuilding of the house of God in spite of the questioning.

We know that this does not mean that God only sees the righteous.  God sees everyone as clearly stated in the following Scripture.

“13 The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
14 From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.”  Psalm 33:13-15.

Rather, “the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews” means that God favored them.

“18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.”  Psalm 33:18-22.

Other doctrine teaches that the eye of the Lord is on those who exercise their alleged free-will and favors those who prove themselves by their works or their will that they show the Lord.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that the eye of the Lord is on His chosen people, “on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness”.

“It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”  Psalm 127:2.

“9 “For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 “He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
12 “The Lord alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
13 “He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock,
14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat—
And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.”  Deuteronomy 32:9-14.

So, go forth to work, You chosen ones, this Monday and every day knowing that your God’s eyes and favor are upon you!

So, sleep in peace, You beloved of God, this night and every night knowing that your God gives to you even in your sleep!

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”  1 Peter 2:9.

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