Daily Readings & Thought for January 21st. “FILL UP, THEN THE …”

(Today’s readings.. (Genesis 36), (Psalm 38), (Matthew 23)

As his ministry was reaching its climax, our Lord most bluntly confronted the religious leaders in Jerusalem.  In today’s reading [Matt.23] he calls them “hypocrites”  “blind guides” and “children of hell”.  He says they concentrate on outward appearances “but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence” [23 v.25]  His words stirred up their hatred of him, which had increased when they saw the adulation he received as he entered Jerusalem on the donkey. As a result they are now even more determined to destroy him.  What is most interesting is that seven times in this chapter Jesus says “Woe to you” [v.13,15,16,23,25,27,29] The hidden sevens in the Bible are interesting, as we have noted in Revelation.  It seems especially significant when he says, “Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.  You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape … all these things shall come on this generation.” [v.32,33,36]  

The same Gk word is used in Ch. 13 v.47-50 when Jesus told the parable of the net being “thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.  When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.  So it will be at the close of the age …” – the age in which we live.

Jesus is using a way of speaking that God used through the prophet Joel; speaking then of gathering in a grape harvest, to indicate the overflow of his anger on the nations “ … the harvest is ripe.  Go in, tread for the winepress is full.  The vats overflow, for their evil is great … for the day of the LORD is near … and the heavens and the earth quake … so you shall know that I am the LORD your God.” [Joel 3 v.13,14,16.17] 

The main application of Joel’s prophecy is to our world today!  How close is our world to being “full”?  The amount of godlessness is starting to overflow! A fearful repetition of God’s punishment on the ‘Jewish world’ that rejected Jesus is nearly upon us – but this time it is a godless world that has turned away from any belief in God and his word.!  Remember the final message of Jesus we read last month,, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth … they (the angels) were told not to harm  (true believers)… only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.” [Rev.8 v.13; 9 v.4] How can those who do not read the Bible and fear God have any hope of having the seal of God on them Let us make sure we have that seal.

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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