Thursday, May 20, 2021

RELIGION AND TRUTH

Today’s┬áReading: 2 Kings 15-16

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In Rome stands a national monument known as the Altar of the Fatherland, honouring Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. It is a very impressive sight to see. As in today’s reading, the kings of history come and go, but not the King of Kings. He remains forever!

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Key Verse: 2 Kings 16:14

He also brought the bronze altar which was before the Lord, from the front of the temple–from between the new altar and the house of the Lord–and put it on the north side of the new altar.

King Ahaz of Judah made slight changes in the pattern of worship in the Temple of Solomon, as our key verse shows. He was impressed by an altar he saw in Damascus, and brought the design home with him to Jerusalem. Through the centuries, customs, patterns, and traditions have developed which may be useful in the worship of God, or may be distractions leading us away from God. Jesus, Himself, participated fully in the worship at the Jerusalem Temple, and while the Temple is no more, the customs, liturgies, etc., live on, after a fashion, in churches today. These traditions were brought into Christian practices by Jewish priests who became followers of Jesus (Acts 6:7). These priests were scattered over the world by the persecutions in Jerusalem and the destruction of Herod’s Temple in 70 A.D. They brought their robes and temple liturgies right into their Christian gatherings as we would expect, as the early Christians were almost all Jews.

Just as in the times of Ahaz, and much later in the times of the Apostle Peter, and in our day also, there are those who mess with the truth of God, turning people away from the true worship of God. Please, please let us not start another denomination or another congregation unaffiliated with an existing fellowship of churches. Let us seek the widest possible connection of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We may want to think about the words of 2 Peter 2:1-22. Don’t be discouraged. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I pray for a daily illumination of Truth from the Scriptures I am reading. Grant that I may always find Your Person revealed clearly to my understanding. Keep me true to You in my thoughts, words, and deeds. In Your Name I ask these mercies, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I mentioned yesterday that I would tell the story of what happened to my Arab son-in-law, Nizar Shaheen, in Gath Hepher, modern day Mishad, the ancestral home of the prophet Jonah. Today it is a Muslim village, located between Nazareth and Cana.

Nizar’s brothers are stone masons from Cana and are much in demand. Nizar was a student at the University of Haifa while his oldest brother had the contract to build a new mosque in Mishad. While helping his brother, Nizar fell from the top of the mosque and should’ve been killed. He said that he felt that he was being turned as he fell, by unseen hands. He landed on his hands and feet in the only place on the ground which was clear of stones and pieces of steel bars. His brothers loaded him in the back seat of their car and rushed him to the hospital in Nazareth. As he went he says that he heard a voice speaking to him saying, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are Mine.” He was unaware at the time that these were words from Isaiah 43:1. This was one of the major factors in Nizar’s decision to become a believer in Jesus Christ.

Check out the ministry of “Light for all Nations.” Nizar and his wife, my daughter Ellen, and their team are reaching the entire Arabic-speaking world with the message of Jesus (click here).

Yours for following Jesus more closely than ever,

David

Inside Rome’s Altar of the Fatherland is another altar that appears to be a small walk-by chapel.

 

10 thoughts on “Thursday, May 20, 2021

  1. Father, we are weak but You are strong. Please help all of us follow You today. Thank You, Lord, in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Our church prays Jesus prayer request for the Peace of Jerusalem regularly. The news is showing the rocket attacks going on right now. May we continue to pray for spiritual eyes to open & the witness of the Lord to be strong. Father, in Jesus Name, protect Your servants there and bring many to salvation. Amen. Blessings all today.

  3. Amen Rob & Doreen.
    I would like to also pray for the people that have come to Canada from Palestine and Israel. I pray that as they came to Canada to escape life in those countries, that they come to know Jesus as their saviour and not to continue their wars by protesting in our streets. We accept them all to our country and pray for them to have a better life here through faith. Praying for guidance in how to lead these people to the Lord.

    • I don’t think the intent of current protesters in Canada, whether they are immigrants or not, is for continuing the Israel-Gaza conflict but rather a cry for peace and end to the war. Unfortunately, things escalate. The real root of the problem is hatred of Jews, which remains to be seen here and has spilled out into our streets. Continued prayer for peace and safety of all people, everywhere. We pray for an end to the Israel-Hamas fighting and for peace to return, dear Lord. We cannot do it without You. Thank You Jesus, for Your love for everyone on earth, as in heaven. Amen.

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