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June 6th

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

It says prophetically of Him who Him who is your inspiration and example, Jesus Christ, ‘that zeal of thine house hath eaten Me up,’ – Psalm 69:9; John 2:17. He did not leave anyone i n doubt as to where His first love and loyalties were. He was consumed with a fiery passion for His father and the things that related to Him. If there is one thing that the devil seeks to do is to extinguish the flame of true, divine passion in the heart for God and His kingdom. Charles Wesley was aware of this and so many hymns were inspiringly written in order to kindle and increase this holy flame and ardour in the Christians of his day. “O Thou who camest from above, The pure celestial fire to impart; Kindle a flame of sacred love On the mean altar of my heart”.

REMINISCENCES 

HELPS – these people are the most precious people that belong to the Christian community. When we moved to Louth in 1959, Robert Lenton became such. He was a roving reporter for the Louth Standard; a Christian that really required someone to help him. As we did this for him he responded to Christ and became very committed and useful. He placed a pleasant photo of me in the paper with a healthy write-up that caused one good, keen family to join the fellowship. He used his position well in promoting Christ and His cause and became a loyal and faithful member. The moment came when he brought a young lady to have an evening meal with us and asked me to talk to her about becoming a Christian. Her name was Marjory. When I asked afterwards, she said had already done so the night before at her bedside. She was a beautiful pianist and so another help was added to the fellowship. They initially came to live with us for a short while after marriage and went on to wholly follow the Lord. Robert has since been promoted to glory but his dear wife presses joyfully on in good deeds.

MEDITATIONS

SPEAK THE TRUTH – Acts 17: 16-34

Paul was deeply troubled in spirit as he went around the famous historic city of Athens and saw the inhabitants committed to idolatry. Wherever he went and turned, he saw idols. He sensed how much in the dark they were and how needful it was that they could hear him preach the message of the reality of the Christian Faith. Whenever opportunity arose he seized it to proclaim the Good News, whether it was in the synagogue, the public square or in debate with Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. He knew he had what all these people needed to hear.

The opportunity came for him to speak to a much wider audience. He wisely introduced his theme to gain the attention of his listeners, showing them the vanity of worshipping and trusting idols! He gave them a sense of dignity and respect and spoke of God’s greatness and His interest in them. There was a call for repentance and the revelation of Christ and His work and of His resurrection. Of course, there were those disowned it, others were prepared to listen to him again whilst others believed. It is apparent their was a mixed audience and reception.

There is an obligation placed upon every Christian to share the Gospel witness with others on a regular basis. Opportunities must be sought to bring the message of Christ truly and simply to those whose mind and heart is overtaken with wrong ideas, philosophies and beliefs. There has to be a readiness to speak the truth of God as revealed in Christ and what He has done by means of His life, death and resurrection. Seek to share your testimony with people who know nothing of the grace that has met and been ministered to you. It will be an exercise of real value.

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE DAY TO BE

Zechariah 12 & 13

There is this repeated phrase that is mentioned often – “on that day.” This indicates prophecy and makes known that specific things of a divine order are going to be introduced and wrought. It signifies by the content of what is said that some choice things are in hand and are going to be outworked and fulfilled in God’s good time and in accordance with His grace and power. What is said may be a long time in coming as far as Israel is concerned but the people need not worry; it shall be so. Looking at each one it is possible to detect what is actually going to occur in the end times.

1/. ISRAEL IS TO BE A BURDEN TO THE WORLD – 12: 1-3

Attention will be focused on God’s people in the closing days and become like a burdensome stone around the neck of the nations. This people will be the centre of the world’s thought and action. This prophetic people will on centre stage so that all people will know there is something uniquely happening. It will be apparent that a major issue is being worked out by God and all should note. This appears to be the case today.

2/. ISRAEL WILL KNOW A UNIQUENESS OF DIVINE STRENGTH – 12: 4, 5

Though beset with people that wish and plan her downfall yet she will not only survive, she will be strong in the midst of this situation. The Lord Almighty will be her strength and defence and secure her welfare amidst the hatred and animosity. Though like a flock of sheep surrounded by evil factors there will be an impartation of divine power and ability that will nerve her.

3/. ISRAEL WILL BE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH – 12:6-9

Because made strong she will be able to stand and fight. The same spirit that was in the forefather David will be manifest once again and they will rise to contend with the enemies no matter how many they be. The Lord will be safeguarding their interests and make sure that they will not be defeated but overcome impossible odds.

4/. ISRAEL WILL HAVE A REVELATION OF THEIR TRUE MESSIAH – 12: 10-14

It is evident it is the wind up of things because of the appearance of their Messiah and it will be disclosed to them that it is none other than Jesus Christ, the one that was put on the Cross. The tragic mistake of previous centuries will dawn upon the people and their will be a genuine state of repentance.

5/. ISRAEL WILL KNOW A DEEP CLEANSING AND FORGIVENESS – 13: 1-6

A divine act of grace ensures a glorious cleansing and renewal that brings about the removal of all evil from their hearts and the land.