Daily Readings & Thought for June 22nd. “YOU HAVE THE REPUTATION OF …”

Today’s readings.. (1 Samuel 1), (Isaiah 46,47), (Revelation 3,4)

 The messages that were sent to the 7 different communities of believers detailed in Ch. 2 & 3 of Revelation are remarkable.  We conclude that these are representative of the various types of communities of believers that have existed ever since that era.   One particular message caught our attention today, the words that were written to Sardis (Ch.3 v.1).  You “have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead” – what a message!   But, the message also includes, “you still have a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments (of righteousness), and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.” [v.5].  Of such, Jesus says, “I will confess his name before my father” [v.5].   What will Jesus “confess”?  What is a “name”?  We recall the promise God made to King David, “I will make for you a great name, like the names of the great ones of the earth” [2Sam.7 v.9].  This is “name” in the sense of reputation or fame, as many modern versions translate it.   Quite a number of Scriptures tell us how God made a name for himself, we will soon read an example of this in Isaiah – Ch. 63 v12,14.

In the light of these examples we conclude that when Jesus says of those few in Sardis that he will “confess” their “name before my father” – he means he will confess the reputation that such have made for themselves.  We meditate and imagine it will be names or reputations such as “patient endurance” [Rev. 2 v.2] “not grown weary” [v.3] “hold fast” [v.25] and many other particular qualities of a Christ-like character. Such, says Jesus, I will make a pillar in the temple of my God” [3 v.12,21] adding, “… and I will write on him the name of my God … and my own new name…. I will grant him to sit with me on my throne.” 

May we all, in true humility, so live that we make a worthy reputation for ourselves in the sight of our Saviour that he will  lovingly confess before his Father when he returns to this earth.  At that time with what overwhelming emotion will we join in the proclamation we read of this morning, “’Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’”  [Ch.4 v.8]

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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