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What a fascinating (and thought challenging) set of chapters we have today!  In Deuteronomy we continue reading Moses’ final message to his people.  He reminds them that, as children and teenagers “it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh…” [ch.7 v.8]

We should see that, spiritually, we have been brought out of the world and its’ slavery in living self-centred godless lives and an attitude that this life is all there is!  And so it will be – for all such people!

We then came to Ecclesiastes ch. 2 and Solomon’s meditation on life – and he too, appears to be totally self-centred -as the parents of those now about to enter the promised land had been at the start of their wilderness journey.  Solomon reflects on all the things he had accomplished. He writes, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God … For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy ….” [v.24,26] 

But Solomon’s mind is so totally focussed on what he has done – which was a great many things more than any other man or woman – but this attitude ‘blinded’ his mind, so that this life is all he can think about.  A valuable lesson for us, who also seek “wisdom and knowledge and joy.” But is that our priority in life today, maybe our sole aim?  If it is, then from an eternal perspective our lives will end up being a disaster!

Our chapter 19 in John describes the trial and crucifixion of Christ- and the normal person would see this as a disaster!  But John observes that ” these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled” [v.36]  John, “who saw it”  has written this – and “his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe.” [v.35]  John’s testimony is detailed and convincing – as are the Scriptures that forecast this event, adding to our convictions of belief, Psalm 22, from which he quotes, being outstanding! “… they have pierced my hands and feet … they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” [v.16,18]

Our “wisdom and knowledge and joy” as to the meaning of life – and the wonders of the future – now so near , look to the time when v.28 will be fully realized, “the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you” for ” he rules over the nations.” [v.27,28] May we be there – let us show our Lord what our priorities are today, that we seek for the right kind of “wisdom and knowledge and joy”.

By Bro D.Caudery

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