Revelation 1-3 10

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Revelation 1-3 – Day 10

Revelation 2:8

To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
These are the words of Him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.

The Thought

Our Bibles begin with In the beginning God…. Whole sermons have been preached on that simple phrase. Most of us as believers would consider that our God was the first: The first being. Because much of the Bible tells us that He is the everlasting and eternal one. He was never created, He just is! We don’t believe it because we have been told. But we believe it because we have the experience of Him always being there. We have experienced miraculous things, and answered prayers.

Many of us would also declare that He is the last because Jesus, who was the manifestation of God on the earth came back to life proving that death had no hold over Him, and because our Bibles tell us that He is coming back to reign on the earth.

The prophet Isaiah spoke of this during a time when Israel was stubbornly going after idols. Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am He; I am the first and I am the last. My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together (Isaiah 48:12-13).


Read Isaiah 48 today and feel God’s frustration with the Israelites who were going after idols instead of seeking Him. Ask yourself if today’s society is doing the same.

Who do you go to for advice when you have a problem, and whose opinion do you seek when you are concerned about the serious things of life?

Think today about an eternal God. What does it mean to you that He has always been and will always be?

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