Graham-Kamondo-Morris Family Bible Study – “He Knows Your Name”

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Opening Prayer

Emanuel opened the study with prayer.

Song of The Day

Watch and listen to “You Know My Name” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard ft. Jimi Cravity.

Introduction

Today’s lesson comes from the 365 Seeds of Promise devotional series that I have spent years writing.

He Knows Your Name!

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  Isaiah 43:1

Bible Basis

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Memory Verses

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  Isaiah 43:1

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. Isaiah 43:10

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19

2 Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.  3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: Isaiah 44:2-3

Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isaiah 44:8

I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: Isaiah 45:2

In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isaiah 45:25

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Hezekiah. The 8th-century BC Israelite prophet after whom the Book of Isaiah is named.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Isaiah 43 – 46

Isaiah 43 Amplified Version (AMP)
Isaiah 44 Amplified Version (AMP)
Isaiah 45 Amplified Version (AMP)
Isaiah 46 Amplified Version (AMP)

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary

The contents of this chapter are much the same with those of the foregoing chapter, looking at the release of the Jews out of their captivity, but looking through that, and beyond that, to the great work of man’s redemption by Jesus Christ, and the grace of the gospel, which through him believers partake of. Here are, I. Precious promises made to God’s people in their affliction, of his presence with them, for their support under it, and their deliverance out of it, Isa. 43:1-7. II. A challenge to idols to vie with the omniscience and omnipotence of God, Isa. 43:8-13. III. Encouragement given to the people of God to hope for their deliverance out of Babylon, from the consideration of what God did for their fathers when he brought them out of Egypt, Isa. 43:14-21. IV. A method taken to prepare the people for their deliverance, by putting them in mind of their sins, by which they had provoked God to send them into captivity and continue them there, that they might repent and seek to God for pardoning mercy, Isa. 43:22-28.  (Chapter 43)

God, by the prophet, goes on in this chapter, as before, I. To encourage his people with the assurance of great blessings he had in store for them at their return out of captivity, and those typical of much greater which the gospel church, his spiritual Israel, should partake of in the days of the Messiah; and hereby he proves himself to be God alone against all pretenders, Isa. 44:1-8. II. To expose the sottishness and amazing folly of idol-makers and idol-worshippers, Isa. 44:9-20. III. To ratify and confirm the assurances he had given to his people of those great blessings, and to raise their joyful and believing expectations of them, Isa. 44:21-28. (Chapter 44)

Cyrus was nominated, in the foregoing chapter, to be God’s shepherd; more is said to him and more of him in this chapter, not only because he was to be instrumental in the release of the Jews out of their captivity, but because he was to be therein a type of the great Redeemer, and that release was to be typical of the great redemption from sin and death; for that was the salvation of which all the prophets witnessed. We have here, I. The great things which God would do for Cyrus, that he might be put into a capacity to release God’s people, Isa. 45:1-4. II. The proof God would hereby give of his eternal power and godhead, and his universal, incontestable, sovereignty, Isa. 45:5-7. III. A prayer for the hastening of this deliverance, Isa. 45:8. IV. A check to the unbelieving Jews, who quarrelled with God for the lengthening out of their captivity, Isa. 45:9, 10. V. Encouragement given to the believing Jews, who trusted in God and continued instant in prayer, assuring them that God would in due time accomplish this work by the hand of Cyrus, Isa. 45:11-15. VI. A challenge given to the worshippers of idols and their doom read, and satisfaction given to the worshippers of the true God and their comfort secured, with an eye to the Mediator, who is made of God to us both righteousness and sanctification, Isa. 45:16-25. And here, as in many other parts of this prophecy, there is much of Christ and of gospel grace. (Chapter 45)

God, by the prophet here, designing shortly to deliver them out of their captivity, prepared them for that deliverance by possessing them with a detestation of idols and with a believing confidence in God, even their own God. I. Let them not be afraid of the idols of Babylon, as if they could in any way obstruct their deliverance, for they should be defaced (Isa. 46:1, 2); but let them trust in that God who had often delivered them to do it still, to do it now, Isa. 46:3, 4. II. Let them not think to make idols of their own, images of the God of Israel, by them to worship him, as the Babylonians worship their gods, Isa. 46:5-7. Let them not be so sottish (Isa. 46:8), but have an eye to God in his word, not in an image; let them depend upon that, and upon the promises and predictions of it, and God’s power to accomplish them all, Isa. 46:9-11. And let them know that the unbelief of man shall not make the word of God of no effect, Isa. 46:12, 13. (Chapter 46)


Reflection

Vision from God is not illness. It is illumination.

We are living in a day when the very presence of God walks among us in the person of the Holy Spirit, though some of us are behaving as if there is no open vision (I Samuel 3:1). The Word is still precious; but since the veil of the temple was rent (Mark 15:38), there is no more necessity of unapproachable abyss between the Spirit of God and the soul of mankind; only that it exists for some because we allow it to by lack of submission to God.

Some have been bamboozled by the enemy, who has stolen our confidence by means of false prophets and people on a money hunt, claiming to have a Word from the Lord. But through it all, the Lord of all has not changed. Stop doubting God. He is not the one who lied to you.

Wickedness is what clouds the Lord’s vision from the eyes of men (and women). We have been hurt by people, not by God, so we now refuse to believe every mouth that speaks the name of Jesus. Instead we look for a sign and a wonder from heaven.

Yes, though some doubt: the Spirit of God is still indwelling people who believe today. The Lord Himself is still making appearances in the world today – though you still want “proof that it is Him.” Yes, the Lord is still calling people by name, waking them from their slumber as He did in the days of Samuel. Before you mock the child, consider your limited vision. You do not know whether he (or she) has ministered unto the Lord. And they that speak to Him in word and deed of service will be spoken to (I Samuel 3).

I remember watching the trees, and road, and trees and road again, swing past my vision as my vehicle traveling seventy miles an hour, spun down the Interstate, then went backward into a tree off the side of the highway; and I saw an angel.

A woman told me once that my vision was because I have PTSD (she basically said that I was just hallucinating). Let me be clear: man gave me disorder. God gave me vision – it was there before man put his 2 cents in.

IT IS WRITTEN

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, – Ephesians 1:11 NIV

Have we not read? Have we not heard that we must try the spirit by the Spirit (I John 4:1) – not by the board of directors, not by the Chief of Staff, by the SPIRIT OF GOD. And if we don’t know Him, how do we purport to deny His presence? If you can’t tell the difference between darkness and light, that does not mean they are the same.

We have grown in a day of fear. The world has told us for centuries that they who speak to God are mad (crazy). So that even if Jean D’Arc (Joan of Arc) has the moxie to fight the revolution (because she got courage from God), the world wants to crucify her like they did Jesus. Yet when the famine and pestilence arise, they want to find somebody who can “get a prayer through.” The Lord is angry with a backbiting generation, who has killed the messenger whilst they pray for deliverance.

The vision is open today. If your eyes are wide shut, you will still not see it. Your blindness does not make anointing a lie.

IT IS WRITTEN (Acts 2:13-21)

13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

ISAIAH 45:1-4

1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; 2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: 3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. 4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.


Today’s Commentary

Emanuel and I studied this lesson today.

Emanuel’s Comments

“I really enjoyed what I learned today. I’m really thankful that you do this [write devotionals and have Bible study].” Emanuel talked about hearing God call his name like He called Samuel. He feels like God speaks to him and the enemy wants to cause confusion by also calling his name [then trying to give him orders to do something that will ultimately be or lead to sin. (I taught my son that if he hears his name called and he knows it was not me or someone else in the room, he should say as Samuel was instructed, “Speak LORD, your servant hears.” While he is learning to recognize God’s voice, he adds, “Satan, if you are talking to me, The LORD rebuke you in the name of Jesus.”).

My Comments

I am so grateful to be able to share a legacy of Bible love with my son. Explaining to him how God knows him personally and seeing his countenance fill will awe and joy knowing that someone so big is a personal friend he can count on, just makes me so happy. All of the years I spent building this devotional, I never knew how it would impact my own son. I am so glad for the calling to write the vision (Habakkuk 2:2).

We talked about a theme in today’s devotional reading: idol worship. My son understands how worshipping idols is offensive to God because He is your creator, the one who is worthy of worship, and there is no other God equal to Him. Idol worship actually makes God angry. Why would you want to fall into the hands of an angry God? What we should desire is to experience a relationship with God as a loving father, a friend who is closer than a brother.

We talked about how not being submitted to God can cause one to feel at distance from Him. That distance leads to lack of communication the same way things are sometimes “out of sight and out of mind.” If we do not interact with God regularly, we begin to feel that somehow He is not listening to us, and perhaps does not have our concerns at the forefront of His thoughts. This is a cloud of deception that the enemy wants to rain on us. Do not receive this tempestuous bad weather in your spirit. God always hears you; and He knows your name and your situation distinctly from everyone else in the entire world.

Closing Prayer

Emanuel closed the study with prayer.


References

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