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Thought for November 15th. “THEN I WAS VERY MUCH AFRAID”

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Todays readings.. Nehemiah 1&2, Hosea 12, Colossians 3&4

            Today we started to read the book of Nehemiah who was in exile in Susa, the capital of the empire of the Medes and  Persians. He is obviously a very special personality for he had become cupbearer to King Artaxerxes – a very responsible and trusted position to ensure the king was not poisoned.

             Nehemiah records that “… my brothers came … from Judah.  And I asked them … concerning Jerusalem.  And they said to me, ‘The remnant there in the province that survived the exile is in great trouble and shame.  The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed …” [Ch. 1 v.2,3]  The Temple had been rebuilt, as we have just read in Ezra, but nothing else.

            In reacting to this news, “I sat down and mourned and wept for days …” [v.4].  He is then “praying before the God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments.” [v.4,5]    We prove we mean what we say, especially in loving God, by what we then do.

            The climax of his prayer is in v.11, “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayers of your servants who delight to fear your name.”  Do we “delight” in fearing God?  By “name,” we primarily mean – his ‘reputation’ toward those who love and therefore serve him truly.  We need to get our minds around this.

            Chapter 2 tells us that “in the month of Nisan” (4 months later) in serving the king as his cupbearer, but having continuing great sadness about the plight of Jerusalem that “the king said to me, ‘Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick?  This is nothing but sadness of the heart.’  I was then very much afraid” [v.2]

            What should we do when we are “very much afraid”?   If we are truly godly, as Nehemiah was, we should instantly pray.  Nehemiah tells the king the cause of his sadness, saying, “Why should not my face be sad when the city, the place of my father’s graves, lies in ruins …” [v.3]

            Then the king said to me, ‘what are you requesting?’ So I prayed to the God of heaven …” [v.4]  What instant and urgent prayer was involved here!   Imagine it!  Nehemiah then asks, “If it please the king, and if your servant has found favour in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my father’s graves that I may rebuild it” [v.5]  The request is granted – because he responded in a godly way although in great fear –– there arose a challenging and wondrous opportunity.  The account that unfolds in this book from hereon is an inspiration to all who are fully committed to serve God at every opportunity.  Do you have that sense of commitment?

            How much will such be needed as life in this world becomes ever more uncertain – so let us all set our minds on developing that commitment more and more – and the foundation for this is to ‘feed’ on God’s word every day. 

 

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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Thought for November 14th.”THE RICHES OF FULL ASSURANCE’”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 10, Hosea 11, Colossians 2

    Today we completed reading the book of Ezra.  Only the last 4 chapters were written by or for him, the first 6 are to be seen as a continuation of 2 Chronicles.   Before Ezra came, the people – led by Zerubbabel, and encouraged by the prophets Haggai and Zechariah (ch.5 v.1,2)  had rebuilt the Temple. When Ezra arrived it became plain many had not, however, regained the spiritual vision of a true relationship with their God.  

    We can see some comparisons with today’s Christianity – and also with the nation of Israel.  Churches continue to exist and be built and a few  flourish – but mainly in an emotional way.  The nation of Israel has now sustained its existence for more than 70 years, but these achievements are physical, they are not an end in themselves.  

     The nation to which Ezra came had compromised their separation from unbelievers.  They lived among people who had some knowledge of God, especially those who came to be known as Samaritans (Ch. 4 v.2) but also among idol worshipers. When Ezra realized many had taken wives from among them, including some of the priests; Ezra proved himself to be the strong minded God fearing man needed to inspire them to correct this situation.

    We read Ezra’s confession of great concern in yesterday’s chapter 9.  “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up …” [v.6].  Today’s chapter starts, “ … Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly.”

     Shecaniah, one of the leaders, addressed Ezra, “we have broken faith with our God … but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this. Therefore let us make a covenant with our God and put away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God.”[v.2,3]  How many “tremble” today?  Do we need to?

    His final words to Ezra are an inspiration to all who have fallen away – or who are in the process of doing so – to turn back and serve God and his Son in the way that was established in the First Century as we read today in Colossians: many verses illustrate this point. Paul encourages them that “being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding …” [2 v.2]  Truly, God is a “mystery” to those who do not search the Scriptures he inspired to be written. let us not be guilty of that.  Paul feared that some “may delude you with plausible arguments” [v.4]. and so it has happened more and more through the centuries.  Let us gain and maintain a “full assurance” – and what “riches” will be seen and experienced when Christ returns!  And how soon now!

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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Thought for November 13th.“INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 9, Hosea 10, Colossians 1

What a powerful and positive letter Paul wrote to the Colossians – let us take it as a letter to us in these last days.  May we “ be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  [1 v.9.10]

Reading God’s word every day is the essential foundation for us to do this.  Paul told them that God “has delivered us from the domain of darkness …” [v.13]  Let us recognise more and more how we live in “the domain of darkness” and it is only by reading – and then absorbing into our hearts and minds – the inspiring words God’s message to us contains that we can be delivered from  “the domain of darkness …”that surrounds us on nearly every hand. Let us not neglect to do this every day – and do it with all our hearts.

Let us remember what we read 3 days ago in acts, the words that Paul said Jesus spoke to him on the road to Damascus: that he was sending Paul to the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light “ [Acts 26 v.18]

As we read God’s word more and more, the eyes of our hearts (see ) are seeing more clearly, we are “increasing in the knowledge of God.  How tragic is the kind of “knowledge” that surrounds us!   It is full of unbelievers – those who imagine that all the marvels and beauty that surround us – all developed by pure chance!   They ‘worship’ a god of their own imagination and this reminds us of Paul’s words in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians. “…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. “[4 v.4]  Let us make sure our minds are not “blinded.”

 

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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Thought for November 12th. “THEY HAVE DEEPLY CORRUPTED THEMSELVES”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 8, Hosea 9, Acts 28

     We are naturally inclined toward the positive and encouraging matters we read in God’s word – and so it has been encouraging today to read of the faith and commitment of Ezra in leading many of God’s people back from captivity to Jerusalem.  We also read of Paul’s arrival in Rome and how “he lived there two whole years … and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.”

     This is how Luke’s account of the Acts of the Apostles ends and we have no certain information from other sources as to what happened after that. We see, however, the essential thrust of his teaching – “proclaiming the kingdom of God” and lament that such a message is just about totally absent among ‘Christians’ today.

       This brings us to see how the chapter (9) we read in Hosea today records many things that are equally appropriate to today’s situation.  The chapter starts, “Rejoice not, O Israel!  Exult not like the peoples.”  We are approaching the silly season of Christmas, how spiritually meaningless it is!  God’s son was certainly not born on Christmas Day!  That is not a day to particularly remember, the early church didn’t!. The one thing we should remember about Christ is his death and resurrection – a weekly inspiration for genuine believers.

      The prophet challenges the people, “What will you do on the day of the appointed festival?” [v.5]  Then he tells them, “the days of punishment have come.” [v.7]  Hosea as the true “prophet – is the watchman of Ephraim (the northern kingdom)  with my God” [v.8]

     What is a “watchman” ?  One who sees the situation from God’s perspective – and warns when there is a need, as God guides him.  Hosea is aware “they have deeply corrupted themselves” and God “will remember their iniquity, he will punish their sins” [v.9]   God then says, through Hosea, “Woe to them when I depart from them.” [v.12]  They will wake up too late, just like our world will – maybe very soon!

     In his final verse Hosea writes, “My God will reject them because they have not listened to him”.  Today, what would a true prophet say?  Would anyone listen?  Can you imagine what he would say?  More important – is to imagine what you would say?  Will you even try to say anything?

 

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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Thought for November 11th. “… FOR I HAVE FAITH”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 7, Hosea 8, Acts 27

We read today of two outstanding characters, believers who had an active faith with whom God could work to perform his will, they are great examples for us  First we have Ezra who is a direct descendent of Aaron [ch.7 v.5] “who had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach …” [v.10]  The “king of Persia … granted him all that he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him. ” [v.1,6]

May that be true of you and I because of our commitment to serve our king, and, as we develop our faith, to see him ever more clearly as we gain “a true heart in full assurance of faith” [Heb.10 v.22].  The attitude of Ezra convinced the Persian king and sosays Ezra, “I took courage, for the hand of the LORD my God was on me” [v.28]

God’s message through Hosea is one that applies to our world today and its total lack of faith and ignorance of God. He tells his prophet, “My anger burns against them … they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” [8 v.5,7] And they, the northern nation of Israel to whom he was a prophet, were soon no more.  The whirlwind for our world is developing more and more – and is looking increasingly fearsome, especially in the long term, as the people of the world convince themselves there is no Creator who watches over them and sees all that they do..

In our Acts chapter (27) the ship sailing to Rome reaped “the whirlwind,” but wonderfully ‘Christ’ was watching over Paul and he was able to tell those with him that “this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship,  and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’   So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.” [v.23-25]

Paul’s faith was supreme in the crisis – and our faith? How have we “set” our heart? Ezra is an example.  God’s word reveals to us the extremity of the crisis that faces our world – and which it deserves.  But, as Paul wrote, let us make sure “we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” [Hebrews 10 v.39]   

 

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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Thought for November 10th.”THE HELP THAT COMES FROM GOD”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 5&6, Hosea 7, Acts 25&26

    It is Luke “the beloved physician” (Col. 4 v.14) who travelled with Paul in the later years of his preaching – for it is evident he was with him when he returned to Jerusalem (Acts 21 v.17) and Paul was arrested. The detailed account we are reading is therefore an eye witness account, and Luke shows himself in many ways to be a diligent historian as sceptics trying to prove otherwise have had to admit..

    We read the 3 fascinating speeches Paul gave in his defence in which he stresses how his life was turned around on the road to Damascus to cause him to preach the message of Jesus “to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light … that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” [26 v.18]   Genuine faith brings us into a position of ‘holiness.’ Read Heb. 12 v.14

    The “darkness” in the world was dramatically pierced by that light, indeed only 300 years later Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.  However – history shows how the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles had become seriously corrupted by that time. 

Nevertheless God’s word endures in written form, and now brings “light” into the minds of those who will take its message seriously and respond to what they read.   Paul is one of the outstanding examples for them to follow.   We noted today how Paul said to King Agrippa, “to this day I have had the help that comes from God” [v.22] and his letters and what Luke has written illustrate this.

    Paul is ready to appeal and challenge everyone, great or small, as to what they believe about the meaning and purpose of their lives. He says to the king, “Do you believe the prophets?  I know that you believe.” [v.27] to which the king responds, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” 

     Maybe some have too much time!  Many are not sufficiently conscious of “the help that comes from God” and fail to read the scriptures daily and allow God’s word to live in their hearts and minds.  For ourselves, and we know it is the case with others, it is only when we look back on the varied pathways of life one fully realizes the help that has come from God.

 

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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Thought for November 9th. “WITH RESPECT TO THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION …”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 3&4, Hosea 6, Acts 23&24

    Today we read of Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem and the drama that followed with an attempt by factions of the Jewish leaders to kill him.  But the Jewish leadership was not united and Paul caused a dispute among them by crying out, when brought before their council, “It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” [Acts 23 v.6]

    This statement caused friction between the Sadducees and the Pharisees, the former did not believe in the resurrection and we recall how Jesus confronted them on this issue (see Matthew 22 v.23-33).  Taken to Caesarea because some were plotting to kill him, Paul before Felix the governor, makes the same point in his defence when his accusers come there, “let these men themselves say what wrong doing they found when I stood before the council, other than this one thing that I cried out …‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial’ ”. [Ch.24 v.20,21]   

    This very same hope is a sensitive one in most churches today, it is rarely talked about. Why?  Church history shows that as Christianity spread in the early centuries and especially when it became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the 4th Century when the masses were obliged or even forced to convert; but they still held on to the pagan belief of having a soul or spirit that continued to exist after death – and the church adapted that into its teaching.

    Paul had declared, when Christ comes “there will be a resurrection of the just and unjust” [24 v.15] and wrote that “we all must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” [2 Cor. 5 v.10]. 

The church teaching that developed about going to heaven or some place of torment at death is impossible to reconcile with what Paul, Jesus and all the apostles taught.  The Pagan teaching means judgement take place at death!  But this is a “different gospel” to what Paul taught (see Galatians 1 v.6-9), let us believe and live a life that reflects our belief and embrace the hope of the resurrection.”   

 

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Thought for November 8th. “RISE AND BE BAPTISED”

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Todays readings.. Ezra 1&2, Hosea 5, Acts 21&22

    The circumstances vary greatly, that lead to decisions to be baptised and take on the name of Jesus Christ so that he is our spiritual elder brother and God is truly our Father.   In a very real sense we must feel we have become or are becoming part of a new family, a spiritual family.

     Our thoughts on this were prompted by today’s reading of Acts 22 in which describes Paul’s experiences in returning to Jerusalem. There is uproar in the Temple and a Roman tribune sends soldiers to rescue him. Paul obtains permission to speak to the crowd and he says, “… hear the defence that I now make before you” [v.1].  He states how he was “zealous for God as all of you are this day” [v.3]. But it was a zeal for the old law that came to an end when Christ was crucified as the “sacrifice” (see  1 Cor. 5 v.7)) that fulfilled the old law.

     In his zeal for the old law Paul (then called Saul) says how he persecuted the followers of Christ until he was humbled on the road to Damascus and led into the city – blind (v.6-12). Ananias, a devout believer and convert in Damascus comes to him with a divine message, “The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will …” [v.14]  Today, if we are motivated to seek the real meaning of life , we too can “know his will” – and should know it – if we have been baptised as Paul then was.

    Paul describes how he was told by Ananias “…why do you wait? Rise and be baptised and wash away your sins, calling on his name” [22 v.16].   Baptism washes away the past and gives us a wonderful new start in life, to real life!  Until we made (or make) that decision we were (or are)   “dead in trespasses and sins” (see Ephes. 2 v.2,5 ). 

For each one of us the circumstances at the point of that decision were (or will be) different – but the result is the same!  Paul told the Galatians that “God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts” and they had become “an heir through God” [Ch.4 v.6, 7] and “a new creation.” [6 v.15] 

Let us be faithful so that we may receive “the inheritance” we are now heir to – remembering Paul’s words to the Ephesian elders, we read 2 days ago in Acts 20 v.32 , making them personal to ourselves, “I commend you to God and the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance …” [Acts 20 v.32]  That is why we must read God’s word every day.

 

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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Thought for NOVEMBER 7TH.“THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD”

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Todays readings… 2 Chronicles 36, Hosea 4, Acts 20

In these days when “knowledge has been increased” and many “run (travel) to and fro” [as we read in Daniel 12 v.4] we think of the dedication of the Apostle Paul, as we read today in Acts 20, who “did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. “ [Acts 20 v.27]  Paul was speaking to the elders from Ephesus who were then “sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.´[v.38] to set him on his way to return to Jerusalem.

It is Paul’s words to them, we read in v.32 that we should also take to ourselves.  “I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”  What an example Paul had set them – and everyone else, “I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable … of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” [v.21]

            Let us fill our minds with “the whole counsel of God” and “things” that are “profitable.”  All around us people only think of profit in monetary terms, we must think of it in spiritual terms and of the “inheritance” which those who embrace in their minds, “the whole counsel of God” will receive – and how soon now!?

            In contrast to our Acts reading the final chapter of 2nd Chronicles tells us of the dismal end of the Jewish nation and of Jerusalem when “all the officers of the priests and the people likewise wereexceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations” [v.14]

            Our Hosea reading paints a similarly distressing picture – and without any difficulty at all we can see the parallel to life today.  He declares, “the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants …. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God …there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds …” [v.1,2]  What a privilege to know “the whole counsel of God” – let us embrace it with all our heart, especially as the promised “inheritance” now appears to be so near.

 

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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Thought for November 6th. “I AM INNOCENT. FROM NOW ON …”

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Todays readings.. 2 Chronicles 35, Hosea 3, Acts 18&19   

Today we read two very stirring chapters about the total commitment of the Apostle Paul to preach – to witness to as many as possible about the eternal life giving message of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the only message that matters (eternally).

     These chapters give some indication of the dangers that surrounded the Apostle.  At Corinth “the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent …” [Acts 18 v.9].  In his 2nd letter to the Corinthians Paul commented on “the affliction we experienced in Asia.  For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.  But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.  On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks …” [1 v.8-11]

    Returning to Acts we notice how Paul “when they (the Jews) opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent.  From now onI will go to the Gentiles. [v.6}  Letour understanding be clear as to his meaning – I am innocent”?  He means he has fulfilled his responsibility before God to witness to his own countrymen!

    These words have a lesson for us: first to witness to those among whom we live – and then – after we have done that and become innocent”–  we have a clear conscience in having carried out our responsibility in this situation in the service of God, we should seek to make opportunities to go further afield seeking places where people are prepared to listen – as Paul did. And there are certainly countries today where people are prepared to listen.  If it is physically impossible for us to do this then the next best thing is to support those who can and so be “innocent” in the sight of God and our Saviour.   

 

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts


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