Though the fig does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation! The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk and make progress upon my high places (Habakkuk 3: 17-19).
YAHSHUA called the attention of the seventy disciples when they returned from a mission trip with the report of the success they had over the demons in YAHSHUA’S name. He called their attention to a subject of great importance not known or perceived before when they said, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name! That was the result of the authority and power YAHSHUA had given them over demons and Satan when He sent them out.
The righteousness that God ascribes makes one acceptable to Him in word, thought and deed. Men’s righteousness according to the Word of God is like a filthy rag; in sin man was conceived. The root of man’s being is ingrained in sin. There is nothing good in men, even his good deeds are not considered by God to be so apart from His righteousness being imputed to him.
God’s commandments for the nation of Israel were established in the wilderness of Sinai on the third month after they had left Egypt on their way to the Promised Land. They constituted a covenant of spiritual and moral dimensions between God and Israel. This was a very significant period in their journey, for the commandments were to connect the people to God, and to distinguish them from the rest of the other nations.
(Romans 8: 19-23; I Chronicles 16:32-34; Jeremiah 12:4)
…And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory, for I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us! …
Yes, why? Solomon puts in perspective the consequences of being foolish with a question: Why should you die before your time? He said, Be not wicked overmuch or willfully, neither be foolish- why should you die before your time? The things in question here are foolishness and wickedness.