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Thoughts for September 21st. “SALT IS GOOD”

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Todays readings.. 1 Chronicles 4, Ezekiel 17, Luke 13&14 

    There are many parables and challenging sayings in today’s 2 chapters in Luke’s gospel. Jesus’ utterance of just 3 words are very thought provoking: “Salt is good” [14 v34] 

      This immediately reminds us of what Jesus said in his ‘Sermon on the Mount’ after what we call the ‘Beatitudes’ Look at Matt. 5 v.13, – he said “You are the salt of the earth” to illustrate the role his genuine followers; were to have, to talk and live and act so as to become a good influence on those around them. How successful are we in doing that?

     In the passage in Luke, Jesus then adds, “but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away.”   So if we are not having an influence in adding a beneficial flavour to the lives around us how can we expect to have a place in God’s kingdom and serve him there as the world as a whole at last learns righteousness, (see Isaiah 26 v.9)

      How many are there today that Jesus would see as “salt”?  In Luke 13 we saw the response when someone asked Jesus, “Lord, will those who are saved be few? [v.23]  This question caused him to tell a parable about “the narrow door” and how vital it is to “strive to enter” through it.  The Master bluntly says, “For many I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”  He then adds many will “begin to stand outside and to knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer them, ‘I do not know where you come from.” [v.25]  

      Jesus would be aware of the lesson of Noah in the ark, and how “the LORD shut him in” [Gen 7 v.16] Noah did not close the door!  We can imagine the scene as the rain poured down and the floods grew – what would be the mood among the scoffers then!

     His parable continues – those knocking at the door will say to him,  “We ate and drank in your presence and you taught in our streets” [v.26] and some/many of later generations may well say, ‘we owned a Bible and read it sometimes’  But he will say, “I do not know where you come from” – he cannot see any “salt” in them!

 

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


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Video Description: So much is happening in the world to excite those who are Bible students. This set of two videos looks in detail at current events in light of Bible Prophecy. Don Pearce (Rugby) is an international speaker and avid Bible student. Each year he produces the Milestones magazine – you can order here…

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Thought for September 20th. “I WILL ESTABLISH FOR YOU AN EVERLASTING COVENANT”

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Todays readings… 1 Chronicles 3, Ezekiel 16, Luke 12

Our ch. 16 in Ezekiel today finishes with this wonderfully positive declaration.  After all the negative messages Ezekiel had been caused to send back to the remnant of his people in and around Jerusalem – in v,60 we read, “yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish for you an everlasting covenant.”   And so we ponder the wonder of the return and re-establishment of Israel in their homeland that began nearly 100 years ago. 

Our chapter ends with the declaration, “I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the LORD, that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord GOD.” We cannot resist the feeling that their time to “remember and be confounded” will very soon happen!  Alongside this,  let us be mindful of the atoning work of Jesus for us – have we genuinely accepted it – and been baptised?

The nation of Israel was scattered from their land and Jerusalem destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago.  Jesus said, as we will read next week, “Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles, are fulfilled.” [Luke 21 v.24] The return of several million Jews to their homeland over the past 100 years – and becoming a recognised nation 70 years ago – is obviously a miracle. 

Paul, in writing his letter to the believers in Rome , where many of the Jews had begun to live (also think of how many Roman Centurions showed their belief in Jesus) was inspired to make this prophecy, “Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” [11 v.25]  It is very enlightening to read the rest of that chapter!  How long now before the world witnesses the fulfilment of God’s “everlasting covenant.”?  Those who really know, have faith in and obey God’s word will be there to see it.  How utterly wonderful.   

 

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


Christadelphianvideo.org exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God given time and resources to this cause.

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Video Description: So much is happening in the world to excite those who are Bible students. This set of two videos looks in detail at current events in light of Bible Prophecy. Don Pearce (Rugby) is an international speaker and avid Bible student. Each year he produces the Milestones magazine – you can order here…

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Thought for September 19th. “BUT INSIDE YOU ARE FULL OF …”

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Todays readings.. 1 Chronicles 2, Ezekiel 15, Luke 11. 

           Our Luke reading today features Jesus’ criticism of the religious leaders. They were obsessed with unimportant ritual.  They had elaborated on the straightforward commandments of Moses about washing hands and making sure cups and vessels were clean. What really motivated them to do this?

         The ritual they had created was more important to them than the reason for the commandment.  The lesson Jesus draws from this failure is one we must value.  He says, “You Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness” (11 v.39). 

The outward appearance, what other people saw, was most important to them. They did things which would be seen by others, creating the image that they were righteous, good living people.   The way politics is often played out today for the media, provides us with a 21st Century parallel.

Jesus went on to comment that they gave a tithe (a tenth of the value) of all the little things (v.42) but “neglect justice and the love of God.”    Let us beware; spirituality can so easily be just a façade.  Some churches are a bad odour today when the façade collapses.

   God’s anger built up against that generation; they had seen all the wonders of His Son’s miracles.  Our generation has learnt far more than any other about the intricate miracles of what God did at the creation of the world; things that had previously been beyond human sight. 

Yet, more and more people have locked their minds into believing there is no God!!    However, those who are fully convinced there is One God and that the Bible is his message must make sure that this conviction is on the inside! This is where God looks!  What Peter wrote is so meaningful; “let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” [1 Pet.3 v.4].  This surely applies to both men and women, make sure it applies to you

 

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


Christadelphianvideo.org exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God given time and resources to this cause.

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Video Description: So much is happening in the world to excite those who are Bible students. This set of two videos looks in detail at current events in light of Bible Prophecy. Don Pearce (Rugby) is an international speaker and avid Bible student. Each year he produces the Milestones magazine – you can order here…

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Thought for September 18th. “TURN AWAY FROM YOUR IDOLS

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Todays readings.. 1 Chronicles 1, Ezekiel 14, Luke 10                                                                                                                      

           There are many idols in the world today.  Modern means of instant communication have made it possible to promote news about all kinds of things, especially what people are doing and achieving in sports and entertainment. 

            The best achievers are put on a pedestal – and many admire and idolize them. These people make enormous amounts of money, especially entertainers and sports stars.  All the best footballers in the AFL become millionaires.  Pop stars become multi-millionaires, even billionaires!   They are adored (worshipped?) by idolizing fans.

            Our Ezekiel reading (Ch. 14) is all about idols.  Long ago all the nations, apart from Israel, worshipped idols instead of the one true God.  Why?  The way they worshipped idols appealed to human nature.  There were temple prostitutes in attendance in the temples of these idols, other orgies took place there; it appealed greatly to baser human instincts.

            God tells Ezekiel to “speak to them and say … anyone … who takes his idols into his heart and sets the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face and yet comes to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him …Thus says the Lord GOD: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations” [v.4,6] He adds, “anyone … who separates himself from me … I will set my face against that person” [v.7,8]

            Today, God surely takes the same attitude to those who turn from him and allow godless attitudes to thrive in their minds, but then on Sunday come to worship and sing hymns … we cannot expect God’s attitude to be any different to what it was in the days of Ezekiel.  

            Those who today have come out from this godless world can see this most clearly and fully appreciate the words of Paul, “You were slaves of sin … but what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed?  … become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” [Romans 6 v.20-22]  Turn away from your idols.”

 

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


Christadelphianvideo.org exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God given time and resources to this cause.

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Video Description: So much is happening in the world to excite those who are Bible students. This set of two videos looks in detail at current events in light of Bible Prophecy. Don Pearce (Rugby) is an international speaker and avid Bible student. Each year he produces the Milestones magazine – you can order here…

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Thought for September 17th. “WHEN THE LORD HAS NOT SENT THEM”

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Todays readings… 2 Kings 24&25, Ezekiel 13, Luke 9               

     There is a parallel between today’s readings which complete the 2nd book of Kings and what we read in Ezekiel: they are both about the same period, the end and destruction of the wonderful Kingdom David and Solomon had established; but it is written from two different aspects.

    The people of God’s kingdom had descended into spiritual depravity and we cannot help but see parallels with today.  Ezekiel was a Priest who went into captivity with King Jehoiachin in the year 597BC (2 Kings 24 v.14-16).   Eleven years later Jerusalem was destroyed. (25 v,2).  It was during this period that Ezekiel is sending messages back to those still in Jerusalem, and telling those who were with him in exile that their dreams of Jerusalem’s return to prosperity and of returning would not be fulfilled – and why!

    His messages are to counteract the misleading pronouncements of those who falsely claim to be prophets of the LORD. Yesterday’s reading (Ch. 12) finished with the message “say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: None of my words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak will be performed, declares the Lord GOD’.”

    Chapter 13 starts with Ezekiel being told to “say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the LORD’” [v.2], then, that the LORD says, “Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” [v.3].   The ‘punch line’ that follows is – “They say ‘declares the LORD, when the LORD has not sent them and yet they expect him to fulfil their word” [v.6]. 

We fear there is a parallel with preaching today – that God is totally loving and forgiving regardless of behaviour and their future in heaven is assured, yet such who preach this do so “from their own hearts”.

    We have one big advantage today, the whole world has God’s word in their own language and those who are not satisfied with the messages they hear (if they choose to hear them at all) can check up and read God’s words for themselves.  It is a gold mine of God’s messages that all can ‘dig’ and bring to the surface – providing nourishing daily food for human minds. Those who ‘dig’ with the aim of becoming teachers of others need to heed the warning of James, “Not many of you should become teachers … for … we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” [3 v.1]

 

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


Christadelphianvideo.org exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God given time and resources to this cause.

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Ezekiel 36 is an interesting place to look regarding the current situation in the mountains of Israel as it is a prophecy directed specifically to that area. It mentions how certain of Israel’s enemies will say, as they now do, that this land belongs to them.

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Thought for September 16th. “THERE WAS NO KING LIKE HIM WHO …”

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Todays readings… 2 Kings 22&23, Ezekiel 12, Luke 8

What a challenging – and inspiring – set of readings we have today!  In 2nd Kings 22 & 23 we see how Josiah, the last good and righteous king to reign in Jerusalem was inspired by the words that Moses had written when they were discoveredin the Temple as it was being restored and cleansed at his command.  As a result he instituted great reforms and the removal and destruction of everything that was ungodly. “Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.” [ch.23 v.25]

We can see how he was truly a type of the Messiah and ponder in awe, as we contemplate the future of our world, the laws that will be put in place when our Saviour, God’s Son, becomes king and the law goes forth from Jerusalem into all the world. Not for a few years either – but for a 1,00! See Rev. 20 v.4. 

Recall the words in Isaiah 2, “For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between the nations …”  Our imagination is overwhelmed as we try to visualise the reality of this – and the responsibilities the redeemed will have!.

In Ezekiel ch. 12 we read how the people were “saying, ‘The days grow long, and every vision comes to nothing’?” [v.22] These are visions on the judgements coming on Jerusalem! Ezekiel is to “tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD …. The days are near, and the fulfilment of every vision.” [v.23] There is some comparison here with our own anticipations in interpreting prophecy over the last 150 years. The chapter ends, “None of my words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak will beperformed, declares the Lord GOD.”

In our chapter 8 in Luke we read some familiar parables, but we must not let their very familiarity to us dull their impact on our consciences. The seed of God’s word is sown into all kinds of soil – let us keep tilling our minds so we always provide “good soil … For (we – they) are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” [v.15]

 

 

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


Christadelphianvideo.org exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God given time and resources to this cause.

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Jesus will return to the earth Jesus’ life began when he was born about 2,000 years ago. He willingly offered himself as a sacrifice for sin. Because he was sinless, God raised him from the dead and he is now in heaven with his Father. He will return from there as King of the world.

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Thought for September 15th. “BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO …”

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Todays readings.. 2 Kings 21, Ezekiel 11, Luke 7

As usual, all our chapters are full of meaningful lessons: first, Hezekiah after his life is extended 15 years is succeeded by a 12 yr old son, Manasseh who turns out to be a very bad king.  We wonder about the role of Hephzibah, his mother in this.  The spirituality of the person we marry is very important. Hephzibah’s name is apparently of Phoenician origin, meaning, ‘delight of Baal.’

Again the spirit takes Ezekiel to Jerusalem and gives him insight into God’s reaction; this arises from his awareness of the minds of those living there. God always has such knowledge! How awesome when we contemplate and meditate on this!  Ezekiel learns, “But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their deeds upon their own heads, declares the Lord GOD.” [Ch. 11 v.21]  What will soon happen in our days!?

In Luke (Ch. 7) we read how messengers come to Jesus from John the Baptist.  Our Lord has been doing many remarkable miracles, but when he brings to life again a young man who is being carried out to his burial, “fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying,  ‘A great prophet has arisen among us!’ and ‘God has visited his people!’  And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

John’s disciples reported these things to him. And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”  [v.16-19]

The way Jesus answers him is instructive – and challenging!  John evidently had certain expectations of the Messiah’s work – and what was happening did not fit these.  We look back at ch. 4 and see how Jesus quoted from a scroll of Isaiah when in the Synagogue, v.17-19.

How challenging to John (and others) is the way Jesus responds to these messengers, “”Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” [v.22-23]

He is telling John to check out and “believe all that the prophets have spoken”!  These are the words of Jesus we will read in ch. 24 v.25, when, after his resurrection he speaks to 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus.   This is a lesson for us as we anticipate the return of our Lord and our expectations are increasing! 

We must take a lesson from the quandary of John the Baptist and look to “all that the prophets” have written!  Are they not like pieces of a jigsaw!  We have more and more pieces that seem to fit, but there are still others we are not sure about: events yet to come, maybe very soon, will make the picture clearer and clearer.

 

 

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


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Thought for September 14th. “ … AND NOT DO WHAT I TELL YOU”

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Todays readings.. 2 Kings 20, Ezekiel 10, Luke 6

We read more of the challenging sayings of Jesus today – human nature is such that it tens to gloss over them, especially if they are too challenging.  So many came to Jesus to see his miracles – and if they were sick, or had someone who was – to be healed.  How few, it seems, came to hear and to learn and absorb his teachings into their hearts.  How few today – read with the same purpose!

It is not at all difficult to possess a Bible – and there are 4 gospel accounts of his life and teachings The context of his challenging saying, with which we started these thoughts is – “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” [Luke 6 v.46]  It is a challenging chapter, it is Luke’s version of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ – beginning at v.20. 

“ will Those who “do what” Jesus “tells them” will “Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy” [v.23]  Jesus adds words which have been misunderstood! “For behold, your reward is great in heaven.”   This statement leads to the question – ‘when will they receive their reward? 

The answer to that is in the last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 22.  “”Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done… Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life” [v.12,14]  The first  chapters in the Bible tell us that human beings were locked out of the Garden of Eden and so they had no access to “the tree of life and eat and live for ever’ [Gen. 3 v.22]

  Let us live – each day – reading the Bible, especially the words of Jesus so that we “hear” them and so will “do what Jesus tells us”  Let us finish our thoughts with some appropriate words from Romans ch. 2.

Paul tells them (and us) “when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works:  to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, he will give eternal life” [v.5-7]

 

 

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


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Thought for September 13th. “YOU HAVE MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH”

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Todays readings.. 2 Kings 19, Ezekiel 9, Luke 5

We read today at the start of ch. 19 of the 2nd book of Kings the prayer of King Hezekiah.    He “went into the house of the LORD” and then “sent Eliakim, who was over the household … to the prophet Isaiah.” 

His message to the prophet was, “This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace …   It may be that the LORD your God heard … (the words) … the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God …therefore lift up your prayer …” [v.3,4]

Hezekiah’s prayer is inspiring, as our world is falling apart, as it most certainly will; it is a model for us!  We read more of his words.  “O LORD …   you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.  Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see…” [v.15,16]

“Then Isaiah … sent to him the LORD’s response to his prayer, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me … I have heard. This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning …” [v.20,21]  and then follows a message about the fate God has ordained for the Assyrians because they “havemocked the Lord” [v.23]

Today nearly all have “mocked” any belief that a God exists and despise the inspired words of the Bible.  Let’s take note those by Paul to the Colossians, “by (Gk. ‘because of’) him (Jesusall things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible “ [1 v.16] So much meaning here!

What a’ heart searching’ prayer of Jesus we will read on Monday; it makes clear the submission of Jesus to his Father, the creator of all things. , “I thank you, FatherLord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children …” [10 v.21]  Let us be “little children” – and despise the ‘pride’ in today’s world.

Finally, note the special message for us in that short but so meaningful 1st letter of John   “Little children, abide in himso that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” [2 v.28] Let us have full confidence in him who “made heaven and earth” and constantly offer him prayers of praise.

 

 

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


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Thought for September 12th. “DO NOT LET HEZEKIAH MAKE YOU …”

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Todays readings.. 2 Kings 18, Ezekiel8, Luke 4

     Our reading in 2 Kings (ch.18) illustrates how those who trust in God are sometimes fully tested to cause them to examine the basis of their trust.  It seems clear that deserters from among the defenders of Jerusalem had expressed their reasons for changing sides to the Assyrians. 

This followed the collapse of their faith in the LORD; their faith was not like that of King Hezekiah. They saw all the physical power of the Assyrians who now surrounded the city and the sight overwhelmed their faith. Maybe the deserters had helped the Assyrians perfect their Hebrew so that their Commander could speak in Hebrew to scoff about the weakness of YHWH, the LORD, to the defenders on the walls. 

The commander said ‘Do you think that mere words are a strategy and power for war?  In whom do you now trust that you have now rebelled against me?” [v.19-20]

It is evident that the deserters had voiced their complaints – for the Commander goes on to say, “if you say to me, ‘We trust in the LORD our God’, is it not he whose high places Hezekiah has removed , saying to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘you shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?’” [v.22]

The Temple had been built to create one place of worship but many people still preferred to go up to the high places: you can see in India many such ‘high places’ where people go to worship Hindu gods. 

There is a sort of parallel today with some believers in God creating formulas of words which are not in the Bible and indeed, contradict it – like saying ‘ God is one in three persons.’       

      The battle of words reached its highest point when the Assyrian “called out in a loud voice in the language of Judah, ‘Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! … ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you… Do not let Hezekiah make youtrust in the LORD by saying, ‘The LORD will surely deliver us’… do not listen to Hezekiah … he misleads you …” [v.28-32]

     Today we are surrounded by those who cast doubt on the foundations of our faith and the reality of the God of the Bible! Some advocate practices which God’s word plainly condemns, e.g. homosexuality – see for e.g. 1 Tim. 1 v.10. 

Is this undermining our faith?  Tomorrow we will read of the reaction of Hezekiah –how he strengthens his faith with the help of God’s great prophet Isaiah – a valuable lesson for us – to take God’s words fully into our hearts – and be strong in faith.

 

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


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