Knowing God prepared by Rev. E. Anderson

                                           

                                       Rev. E. Anderson

A FULL-ORBED REVELATION

 

Isaiah 6

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Following later on, in the wake of Samuel, came a line of distinguished prophets who played a significant role for God in the history and experience of His people, Israel. Four are referred to as Major Prophets mainly because of the length of their books and twelve Minor Prophets. For them to perform their task they certainly needed to know God.

 

Isaiah heads the list with an astonishing ministry of revelation that went beyond his day and generation.

 

HE WAS A UNIQUE SEER: A prophet was called a seer, one that had unusual, true and powerful revelation from God into situations immediate and ultimate. In reviewing his work for Jehovah it is possible to note the amazing knowledge that was communicated to him. He saw and foresaw much that was relevant to the elect household of God and even more that was to embrace the gentile world. As history unfolded over the centuries it is evident he was the possessor of divine vision. He appears to possess a ‘full-orbed revelation.’ As a consequence of His ministry no one need be in ignorance of God.

 

AN UNCTIONISED SPOKESMAN: He had the capacity in God to speak out on things that God’s people needed to be informed about. There was a divine, dynamic inspiration about him and the messages to be released to the Israel of God, to other nations and with respect to the salvation and blessedness of the world. He was not afraid to declare and affirm God’s mind on matters present and on what was going to be of immense worth to all men.

 

There are at least four foremost factors that are apparent in His knowledge of God:

 

1/.  HE KNEW AN UNVEILING OF HIS HOLINESS

 

       In Isaiah 6 is the record of his call to the work of the Lord and how the He was made known to him. It took place at an important time when the throne of Israel was unoccupied because of Uzziah’s decease. Heaven’s throne, however, did not suffer from such because the Lord sits on an eternal seat of power over all. In this event and experience he is to have a full-orbed revelation of the supreme holiness of God which is recognised and pronounced by the seraphim – v2. The prophet senses his own uncleanness and unworthiness before the Lord but is wonderfully sanctified by the Lord and commissioned.

 

“That he was most eminently and unquestionably holy in his present work of judgment, and in all his ways; such repetitions being very frequent in Scripture, for the greater assurance of the thing, as Jeremiah 7:4; Ezekiel 21:9. – Matthew Poole

 

 

        All who would be called and employed by the Lord must realise they are summoned by one who is His Holiness and He requires the same in those who would represent Him.

 

2/.  HE KNEW AN UNFOLDING OF HIS GREATNESS

 

       One of the most inspiring chapters of his prophecy and the Bible is Isaiah 40. The Lord realised that this man of God and His messenger must know and possess an increased sense of His sovereign place and power and such must be passed on to His people. He states in v9 “Behold your God!” and he unfolds His in His glory and greatness. He shows that Israel’s God in no way can be compared with the idolatrous gods of other nations – vv18-21; 44: 8-21. Renewer of all Creation. He carries everyone and everything and requires no support from any source. The seer reveals the full orbed revelation of Jehovah as to His unique supremacy in and over all.

 

“It is impossible to read this description of God, the most sublime that ever was penned, without being struck with inexpressible reverence and self-abasement. The contrast between the great Jehovah and every thing reputed great in this world, how admirably imagined, how exquisitely finished! What atoms and  inanities are they all before HIM who sitteth on the circle of the immense heavens, and views the potentates of the earth in the light of grasshoppers,-those poor insects that wander over the barren heath for sustenance, spend the day in continual chirpings, and take up their humble lodging at night on a blade of grass! 12-26” – Adam Clarke

 

3/.  HE KNEW AN UNCOVERING OF HIS PURPOSEFULNESS

 

What is uncovered and expressed by Isaiah is the fullness of purpose with regard to God Israel and the world. There was no lack of plan and purpose with the Lord. Whilst speak into prevalent situations of his day to monarch and people, as the evangelical prophet speaks of the One who was to come to be not only Israel’s but the world’s Messiah, thus revealing a full-orbed revelation of Christ re-His birth, ministry, death, kingdom and ultimate triumph and rule – Isaiah 7: 14; 9: 6, 7; 50: 4-5; 53; 61 etc. God was not without a plan of the chosen race or for mankind as a whole and Isaiah was privileged to forecast it.

 

4/.  HE KNEW AN UNWRAPPING OF HIS FAITHFULNESS

 

       The fact and truth that stands out in the life and ministry of this servant was the faithfulness of God. In and though all, there had been the steadfastness and fidelity of the Lord. There had not been was there any likelihood of there be any failure on the Lord’s part to anyone. There comes a full-orbed disclosure of the unwrapping of God’s faithfulness to all. God will not fail creation or any of His creatures.

 

·          This was so with regard to Israel, the elect household of God.

·          It was also true with regard to himself; the Lord had preserved him.

·          There was the fidelity of God to His prophetic word immediately and ultimately.

·          To the world of society as a whole God had remained utterly loyal.

 

CONCLUSION

 

It is essential to come to know and understand God in these four quality dimensions so that life is enriched.

 

In consequence , there must be an admission of Him and a total worship of Him alone.

 

                                            

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Great Stories assembled by Rev. E. Anderson

                                        

                                    Rev. E. Anderson

A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES: REALIZING AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

By Saralee Perel

 

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and

then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Christopher Reeve

 

Recently, for the first time in 5 years I simply went out back, put my cane down,

and started walking. I made it 42 yards.

 

Today I walked 5 miles.

 

My medical team had said this would be impossible. My brain could no longer send the

signals for walking because those nerves in my spinal cord had been destroyed.

Though certainly unintentional, my doctors did take something very important away

from me: hope.

 

A while back, a psychologist pal of mine urged me to try to help myself. I was

angry. I said, “They’re four of Boston’s leading neurologists. They all said I’d

never get any better.”

 

“They could have all been wrong.”

 

“They said there’s nothing I can do! No rehabilitation. No physical therapy. I’m not

putting any effort into trying to walk and then be miserable when I fail.”

 

“Trying is never failure.”

 

I’d get steaming mad at people like her. What did they know? They came out in

droves. I heard various things I should try: a soy-based diet, massage, Yoga,

acupuncture, positive thinking. All of these well-meaning non-experts believed that

traditional medical doctors do not know everything about human potential.

 

However, there was a common denominator in my friends’ advice. And that was the

word, “Try.”

 

What made me finally try? The answer is simpler than I’d have ever imagined. That

day I tried walking on my own, I had simply said to myself, “Why not?”

 

When I walk I have a Frankenstein-style gait. I get embarrassed so I explain. I met

a gal who said, “Stop excusing yourself. Walk proud!” She’s just one of the many

who’ve taught me that if I open my heart to acceptance, the world is filled with

support teams.

 

I’ve also resolved to open my obstinate mind and really listen to others, experts or

not. This not only fosters my own sometimes-frail belief in my abilities; it fosters

faith in miracles.

 

One morning my husband, Bob, said there was a huge present for me in our driveway.

He had researched “bicycles for disabled people.” It was a 300 pound cycle for two.

The seats were side by side. He could pedal while I sat by him and enjoyed the

outdoors again.

 

Um  . . .  did I mention it came assembled with a set of pedals for me too?

 

Now, hundreds of miles later, after exhaustive hours of pedalling along beautiful

bike trails, I only wish that we owned stock in Ben-Gay.

 

Bob needs a tube a day to keep up with me.

 

Last week he repeated, “There’s a huge present in our driveway.” He led me outside.

“Voila!” he said. “Oh no,” I moaned. Bob dubbed it “The One-Woman Dynamo Power

Bike.”

 

“Sweetheart? You know I can’t bike on my own.”

 

He laughed sweetly. “I know. And you can’t walk either. Then why does the pedometer

I bought you have 74 miles on it?”

 

And so, I made a now often repeated declaration that I am praying others will say to

themselves as well. “Yes. I can.”

 

Think I love my bike? You bet. Think I love Bob? Of course. Think I love life again

after cloistering myself in a self imposed no-can-do closet? Goodness! You have to

ask?

 

How do we find hope when hope seems impossible? Do we simply believe in our hearts,

our minds and our very souls that we can beat the odds?

 

Yes.

 

Christopher Reeve said, “When we have hope, we discover powers within ourselves we

may have never known. Once we choose hope, everything is possible.”

 

His immutable words still ring in my heart and I so hope they will in everyone

else’s: “And you don’t have to be a ‘Superman’ to do it.”

 

Award-winning columnist, Saralee Perel, welcomes e-mails at sperel@saraleeperel.com.

Enjoy her website: http://www.saraleeperel.com.

 

GOOD THOUGHT

 

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the

rain.

 

                                           

Word Studies presented by Rev. K.Munday

                                        

                                      Rev. K. Munday

WORD STUDIES

 

Word Studies is presented by Rev. K. Munday, retired minister and former General Secretary of Assemblies of God for many years. He has served the body of Christ with grace and distinction, is an excellent, quality preacher and speaker, broadcaster, writer of books and still active in Christian service. His contributions here on Word Studies should prove a great means of blessing, inspiration and instruction.

 

x

 

X is not quite a word, but as a letter or symbol it carries various meanings. On a love-letter is represents a kiss. On an election paper it indicates support, and on our school arithmetic sums it showed our errors!

 

THE UNKNOWN

 

In algebra x stands for the unknown quantity, and in fiction stories the mysterious person is known as ‘Mr. X’.

 

When Paul, the Christian missionary visited Athens he talked to the people about the unknown God. Obviously they did not believe or think that anyone could really come to know Him. That philosophy is known today as agnosticism Paul showed that the equation could be solved through Jesus Christ Who is the way to God, and in His prayer recorded in John’s gospel chapter 17 Jesus prayed that we might come to know Him, Who to know is life eternal.

 

THE CANCELLATION MARK

 

Anything unwanted or unacceptable is often crossed out with a large X as a protest, and we are living in days when our society seems bent on crossing out some of the values that have been our moral foundations; particularly the Christian heritage, and we are none the better for it. G.K. Chesterton wrote that “When a nation ceases to believe in God, it does not believe in nothing, it believes in anything”.

 

AN IMPORTANT ABBREVIATION

 

Some people do not like to see the word Christmas abbreviated to Xmas. They think it lacks respect, but in one sense it can still be relevant because the Greek word for Christ is Christos and the first letter is Chi written as an x, so in such usage the X reaches its highest meaning because Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords.