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Lydia, whose heart the Lord opened

Monday, 6th May 2019

Reading: Acts 16

Few men in the history of the world have experienced quite so much variety, and faced quite so many challenges, dangers and opportunities, as the Apostle Paul. He knew life as one of the most senior Pharisees, and then, (more importantly) as the beloved “apostle to the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13). And throughout his life he met great multitudes of people. Some were friends; some were enemies. Some were enemies pretending to be friends. Some, such as Demas, embraced the Truth, then rejected it (2 Timothy 4:10). Others were faithful and true. They learned of God and His Son, and went on to become great stalwarts in the first century ecclesia, like one great woman, who he met in the city of Philippi. She was a seller of purple, and known as Lydia.

Hearing and Listening

Sunday, 5th May 2019

Readings: Deuteronomy 22, Song of Songs 2, Acts 14 & 15

In the middle portion of the daily readings we have the beautiful poem depicting the loving relationship between the groom and his bride to be. In Song of Solomon 2:14 (NKJV), the bride says of her beloved,

Let me see your countenance, Let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your countenance is lovely”.

In the middle of the above phrase we find the Hebrew word ‘shama, which literally means to hear or obey. This is a common word throughout the Old Testament and the same word that gives its name to the very important Jewish morning and evening prayer, “Shema Yisrael”, (better known as The Shema).

Believe and Obey

Sunday, 5th May 2019

Readings: Deuteronomy 29, Isaiah 1, Acts 27

The Lord God gives a choice, first to Israel and later to us, to either believe and obey Him or not to. In our readings at this time we are coming towards the end of Deuteronomy and also starting the prophecy of Isaiah, today chapter 1 and tomorrow chapter2.

How Reading the Bible Can Help Us

Wednesday, 1st May 2019

Reading: 1 Timothy 4

Paul reminded Timothy to ‘give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine’ (1 Timothy 4:13). Regular reading of the Bible can help us grow in our faith and become closer to God and His son Jesus, for reading the Bible is not just about learning facts and doctrine.

 

THE FIRE OF GOD – Sinai and ourselves (Part 3 of 3)

Monday, 29th April 2019

Our studies have reached the point where Israel in the Wilderness of Sinai have learned obedience – at least for a time. They have carefully followed the instructions that Moses delivered to them. The Tabernacle has been constructed exactly “according to the pattern shown [him] on the Mount” (Hebrews 8:5), and God publicly adopted them as His people when He moved His pillar of cloud and fire from Moses’ tent outside the camp into the centre of the camp and placed it above the Most Holy Place (Exodus 40:34-38). Beneath it, in the Tabernacle, shone forth the Divine Glory (v35). Then when the specified sacrifices had been prepared correctly, “fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces” (Leviticus 9:24).

God Knows

Sunday, 28th April 2019

There are many lessons for us to think about and learn from in Deuteronomy even though not all of them apply to us because we are not living in Israel. But we are God’s people, even as we live in countries that are not set up to follow God’s law, so it is right that we apply the principles of God’s commands to our everyday lives.

THE FIRE OF GOD – Moriah to Sinai (Part 2 of 3)

Monday, 22nd April 2019

We have seen that in the early days God used fire to show His reaction to people and events – to indicate either His pleasure or His anger. On Mount Moriah, the Divinely-provided ram was offered by fire and accepted “in the place of” Abraham’s son Isaac (Genesis 22). This fire, however, had been provided by Abraham himself. Earlier but with the opposite significance, Sodom and the other Cities of the Plain had been consumed by the Fire of God; “the vengeance of eternal fire” (see Genesis 19 and Jude v7). Scripture says only a little more about the rituals of worship in the days of the Patriarchs (see Genesis 28:18; 31:54; 35:14; Exodus 10:25) but the principles can be traced within the narratives.

THE FIRE OF GOD – Eden to Sodom (Part 1 of 3)

Sunday, 14th April 2019

We use fire for cooking and warming our buildings and in manufacturing the things we need. Fire can be useful but also destructive. It has been feared and valued, used and even worshipped through most of human history. In fact, there was no agreed understanding of what fire is until Antoine Levoisier’s work in the 18th century. In these three studies we hope to think about the miraculous Fire of God.

Developing Obedience

Sunday, 14th April 2019

Obedience does not come naturally to us. From a very early age, we understand that we are independent beings and that the things we want to do are not always the same as what our parents or teachers would like us to do. Our natural inclination is to do the things we want, not the things that we are told to do. Obedience is something we had to learn when we were children.

But learning obedience is not something that stops when we become adults. As adults, we should continue to learn obedience, not now learning to obey natural parents, but more importantly learning to submit to the will of our Father in heaven. Even Jesus had to learn obedience. As the writer to the Hebrew Christians says, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8) KJV. We too should follow Jesus’ example and make it our ambition to learn obedience, if we want to grow in Christ and be more like Him.