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Dec 20th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Another prophetic name ascribed to Jesus Christ is that of ‘Counsellor’ – Isaiah 9:6. What you need at all times is one alongside and inside of you that will be your perfect Guide and Instructor. There is no better than He because He is and possesses all the answers. You may be in ignorance and without a clue as to how to deal with your immediate circumstances today. Well, be assured, He has His eyes on you and waits for you to seek Him for the solutions to every problem. A song used to be sung years ago: “The Saviour can solve every problem, There is nothing that he cannot do”. He has a lasting reputation of performing miracles for those who hand themselves and their dilemmas over to him. He untangles every knot and tangle. You have the present opportunity of proving and tasting His worth and power now and have testimony to His action, love and intervention,

SACRED SONGS

I Cannot Tell why He whom Angels Worship

A great hymn that presents a full knowledge of who Christ is and what He has done for all men and One that deserves our pure, true and loving worship.

Author: William Young Fullerton (1857-1932)

Scripture Reference: Philippians 2 : 7 & 8 “Made himself of no reputation taking the form of a bond servant and coming in the likeness of men…… He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on the Cross”.

This is a Hymn that traces the Christian journey from the Birth of Christ to the commission given to all men and even entreats us to go and concretise that commission.

The Author of this Hymn, William Young Fullerton was born in Belfast Ireland on 8th March 1857. Fullerton heard Charles Spurgeon preaching the name of Jesus when he was a young man and offered his life to God. Spurgeon became his friend and mentor and Fullerton eventually wrote Spurgeon’s biography.

“I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship, should set His love upon the sons of men”, ponders William Fullerton. The sacrificial love of Jesus Christ who left his heavenly abode to take up residence in a manger in Bethlehem, who suffered humiliation on the Cross where a Crown of thorns was placed on his head and spear thrust through his heart because of you and I (sons of men).

Fullerton however concludes that although he couldn’t tell why Jesus had to go through all these pains to win nations back and claim his earthly heritage, however, he was convinced that “……the skies will thrill with rapture and myriad, myriad human voices will sing, and earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer: At last the Saviour, Saviour of the World is King!

1/ I cannot tell why He, the King of Heaven, Should set His love upon the sons of men,,
Or why, as Shepherd he should seek the wanderers, To bring them back they know not how or when.
But this I know, that he was born of mary, When Bethlehem’s manger was His only home,And that He lived at Nazareth and laboured, And so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come. our silence filled with singing,

2/. I cannot tell how silently He suffered, As with His peace He graced this place of tears,
Or how His heart upon the cross was broken, The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, He heals the broken-hearted, And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden, For yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.

3/. I cannot tell how He will win the nations, How He will claim His earthly heritage,
How satisfy the needs and aspirations Of East and West, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see His glory, And He shall reap the harvest He has sown,
And some glad day His sun shall shine in splendour When He the Saviour, Saviour of the world is known.

4/. I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship, When, at His bidding, every storm is stilled,
Or who can say how great the jubilation When all the hearts of men with love are filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture, And myriad, myriad human voices sing,
And earth to Heaven, and Heaven to earth, will answer: At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world is King!

QUOTES TO NOTE – CHRIST

“The world takes us to a silver screen on which flickering images of passion and romance play, and as we watch, the world says, “This is love.” God takes us to the foot of a tree on which a naked and bloodied man hangs and says, “This is love.” ―  Joshua Harris

DAILY MEDITATIONS

SPIRITUAL DETERMINATION – 2 Kings 2: 1-9

What is reflected in the prophet Elisha at this point in his life is spiritual determination. He knows that his master is soon to leave him and he is of a mind and heart to stick close to him until the end. There was that within him that made him committed to his role of assistant to the final moment. It is obvious from what is written that he was not going to let this servant of God out of his sight. Elisha had been called to be Elijah’s successor, so there was no way that he would fail him at the last. Heaven was watching and he knew it.

Elisha was certainly put under pressure to back off even by his master. Elijah said on three occasions “stay here” but there was no way he was going to do that when he knew what was in the offing. Even the young prophets appear in negative mind and mood but he would not allow such to dictate his will or movements. There was divine revelation in him and he knew he was being set up by for something more in his life and work. This being so, he must of necessity move forward. Elisha was of resolute spirit and an unwavering, indomitable mind.

One of the things that the Lord does seek to create and cultivate in those who are His people is a similar attitude. It is a grace of utmost worth and requires expression. It was manifested in Christ. He made up His mind to go to the Cross and overcome. In Luke 9:51 it states, “He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Do not be weak-willed in essential matters. Follow the pattern of others who would not yield but were single-minded to see things through to a right outcome.

 

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THREE OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS  

Jonah 3

There are things that stand out further in the commission of Jonah by Jehovah in the accomplishing of the divine purpose and each are related one to the other. When examined and properly considered they reveal the true method by which the grace and salvation of the Lord is brought into effect. The things show how vital it is to be conversant with the way in which God does seek to intervene in crisis conditions. This was so with regard to both Jonah and the inhabitants of Nineveh. It is possible to learn something here of major note and worth that can aid in present work and service.

1/. THE OBEDIENCE OF THE PROPHET – vv1-4

The first thing that occurred was the Lord speaking again to Jonah. This indicates that He had not altered His mind or changed the commission. It also makes the point that He was giving him a further realisation that he was being gracious to him. He is immediately prompted to obey and goes without questioning to fulfil the command. Any previous reluctance has been dealt with and there appears to have been a good empowering upon his life and word. As he enters the city he lifts up his voice boldly and powerfully to declare what was to happen in the way of judgment because of the wickedness of the people. The prophetic word was sounded with authority and certainty and it hit home.

2/. THE REPENTANCE OF THE PEOPLE – vv5-9

It seems as if the whole city of people was suddenly awakened in spirit and felt the thrust of the prophetic word. They felt the cutting edge of truth and sensed they were in real jeopardy and the need to do something to show their sorrow. Maybe before the prophet’s arrival they were aware of the decline and degeneration but did not know how to call it to a halt but the intervention of the prophet and the divine word became a catalyst for genuine action. The need for them was to get right and get right with God hence the humbling of themselves.

3/. THE BENEVOLENCE OF THE LORD – v10

Because of the recognition of the fact they were sinners and because there was a readiness to make a definite change, the Lord was immediate in expressing His love, forgiveness and grace. The judgment that was due is halted and the people are relieved to know that God’s favour has been extended to them. It is still true today: God ever wills to express His mercy and grace, hence the Gospel of Christ.

CONCLUSION

The benevolence of the Lord that had been exercised towards the prophet and people and is the great characteristic of  God at all times. He wills to be gracious.

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