Sunday, February 9, 2020

GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 33-34

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In the lower parts of what was the High Priest Caiaphas’ house is a dungeon. This is the area where Jesus would have spent the night after He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. In today’s reading, we find Jeremiah is “still shut up in the court of the prison” here in Jerusalem. Above the dungeon, the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu (“the cock crowing”) now sits.

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Key Verses: Jeremiah 33:3

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

God spoke the words of our key verse to Jeremiah while he was in prison. Whatever our circumstances, we just need to “call,” then listen and watch! God hears and answers pivotal prayers. The pivotal word, “behold” (33:6), turns our eyes from the judgment we bring upon ourselves to God’s promises of healing, abundance of peace and truth, return, rebuilding, cleansing from sin, joy, praise, honour, goodness and prosperity. It’s no wonder that Jeremiah quotes the often-repeated words of King David, “His mercy endures forever!” The fact is that King Zedekiah is the last of the line of Kings descended from David to reign in Jerusalem until the Roman authority, Governor Pilate, places these words over the head of Jesus as He hung on the cross, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:27-37). Jesus said to Pilate, “My Kingdom is not of this world; if My Kingdom was of this world then would My servants fight” (John 18:36-38). It is estimated that by the time of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D., at least half of the people of Jerusalem, and many of the priests, had made Jesus, the Messiah King, their Lord and Saviour.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for grace sufficient to truly repent, so that I consistently do the right thing, not as the leaders of Jerusalem who seemed to repent but then reneged on their decision to free the slaves (Jeremiah 34:8-16). Lord, I sing the chorus, “Keep me true, Lord Jesus. Keep me true. There’s a race that I must run, there are victories to be won. Give me power every hour to be true.” I pray this in and through the Name of the only 100% consistent One, the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Jeremiah 34:22 tells me that, “The host of Heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured.” The inspired-by-God Scriptures, while not a scientific document, when it contains a statement concerning natural science, does not contradict truth. Around 200 B.C. the first textbook on astronomy was written by Hyparchus, a Greek. He claimed that he had counted the stars and there were 850 in total. Some claim that Hyparchus counted 1,022 stars. Of course, 1600 years later, Galileo discovered the stars were numberless. At any rate, when even modern texts are different than the clear statement of fact in the Bible, I take my father’s advice on this. When I came home from a grade seven class and reported that I had been embarrassed in front of my science class by a teacher who mocked me for believing that God created all there is, Dad said, “Just wait, David, you’ll find out that the Bible is right when all the facts are in.” I’m pointing this out with several examples during this two-year journey through the Bible. For example, the Babylonian wise men, advisers to Nebuchadnezzar, believed, according to their records, that we humans, animals, etc., were vermin on the hide of a great giant. In spite of 70 years in captivity in Babylon, the Jewish writers of the Bible never wrote such nonsense. They had God’s revelation of Himself, the Holy Scriptures.

Yours for a wait-and-see approach to current “scientific” texts, which are always changing and in many cases the scientists are at odds with each other,

David

22 thoughts on “Sunday, February 9, 2020

  1. We call on You Lord, our great Jehovah Jireh, Adonai, Jehovah Rapha, Elohim, our Prince of Peace, our King of Kings. By Your grace, we are saved. We worship You and give You thanks and praise for all You have done in our lives. It is all for Your glory, God. Wishing fellow saints a blessed day in the House of the Lord.

    Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV

    Jabu Hlongwane – Keep Me True
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqaLuchjXj8

  2. Jeremiah suffered all kinds of abuse and trials although he was a faithful prophet of God. Although it sounds gloomy, Jeremiah’s story can strengthen and encourage us.
    Jeremiah was not only ignored. He was also mistreated by those to whom he brought God’s message —persecuted by those he was trying to guide and save. Sound familiar? Yes, Jesus Christ was mistreated likewise.

    Thank you Reynold for the revealing photo of where Jesus would have been imprisoned before his morbid persecution. Hardly seems just, but God’s ways are not our ways.

    https://youtu.be/wkib_jDEfnU When He Cometh

    Praying for a safe and fruitful day for all dear saints.

  3. We must remember that ‘they’ did not have the holy Spirit in those days so did not have the benefit of instantly knowing right from wrong nor was the holy Spirit working in them ( 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NIV )

    A Mighty Cloud

    The eyes of the blind become crystal clear,
    The mute shall be heard to speak,
    While he who was deaf will then hear,
    And the lame shall no longer be weak.

    Living streams in the wilds and desert flow
    And leprosy is cleansed from flesh,
    As the poor will then come to know
    The good news that comes afresh.

    Now when the dead again are given back
    And knowledge is found world wide,
    While the sun and moon turn black,
    Will be the time for evil to hide.

    It is near the time that the sky rolls open,
    When trumpets will sound aloud,
    For then the Word we had hope in,
    Will come forth with a mighty cloud.
    G W (Bill) Marshall / 19 July, 2013

  4. Thank You, Lord God, for all Your people. Please help each one to be true and faithful to You and to each other. We ask for healing in all families, and for Truth to reign. In Jesus’s name, amen

  5. Amen to all the posts. Jesus must suffer to be ignored by so many in this world. Want to give Him all the glory He deserves. Amen? Jeremiah also suffered to the end when He saw the prophesies God gave him come true. He had a strong faith in God. Trust all had a great day in the Lord today!

  6. Yes, Amen Ger!!

    This morning the sermon message we received, was; “taking our thoughts captive; “garbage in , garbage out” “as a man thinks, so is he”

    Thank You Lord, for this Day you have made: Help us to rejoice and be glad in it

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