Daily Readings & Thought for June 10th. “ESTABLISH YOUR HEARTS”

Today’s readings.. (Judges 7,8), (Isaiah 34), (James 5)

Today we read the final chapter of James and his warning to the believers in Jerusalem, for some had “laid up treasure in the last days.” [v.3]  The “last days” facing Jerusalem, James knew, was the destruction that Jesus had foretold, the time when it would be surrounded by armies and “its desolation had come” and the Temple destroyed. [Luke 21 v.6, 20]  

The immediate “last days” at that time, James knew, was God’s vengeance on the people of Jerusalem for killing his Son – they saw their sense of glory as particularly relating to their possession of a most impressive Temple, even Jesus’ disciples boasted of this (Mark 13 v.1).

However, we perceive that many of the prophesied judgements by Jesus on Jerusalem also apply to God’s judgements on the Gentiles at the time when the Jews have  returned and Jerusalem is re-established, a time when all nations, especially those around them are in trouble, read Luke 21 v.24-28.  James’ vision clearly applies to our “last days” as well – so we should take his advice to “establish your hearts” [v.8] very much to heart. 

The chapter starts, “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.  Your riches have rotted …”  This reminds us of what we read last week in Isaiah 24 v.2,3.  Today the “riches” are very largely on paper, computer figures, with some having mountains of debt – it all seems ready to collapse, probably starting with Europe. 

So many, especially the apparently wealthy, live “in luxury and self-indulgence” [v.5]  Crime rates are mounting, so how relevant to us are James’ words, “Be patient therefore brothers (& sisters) until the coming of the Lord” [v.7] The only true way to “be patient” and to “establish your hearts” is in the meditative reading and, discussion together as much as we can, of the word of God. This is the foundation to remaining steadfast.  Verse 11 tells us, “Behold, we consider those blessed who remain steadfast”  Let us make sure we are among the “blessed.”  

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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