Monday, 7 July 2014

TFTD - 07 July 2014 - Thoughts from Today's Bible Readings

07 July 2014

1 Samuel 19
Isaiah 63
Matthew 8

“A GLORIOUS NAME”

We are reading in Samuel of David’s great successes. 2 Samuel 8:13 tells us “David made a name for himself”  - that is, developed a reputation, and our chapters now tell us of Saul’s jealousy over this and his efforts to kill him despite the intercessions of his son Jonathan.

Our chapter in Isaiah [63] has the prophet stating, “I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted to us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. For he said, ‘surely they are my people …” [Isaiah 63:7-8].

But this compassion and love was not appreciated, in later generations “they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit; therefore he turned to be their enemy…” [Isaiah 63:10]  However, then we read that the LORD, “ remembered the days of old, of Moses and his people.  Where he brought them up out of the sea … to make for himself an everlasting name… So you led your people to make your yourself a glorious name”  [Isaiah 63:11,12,14]  It was a great reputation for Moses, and a glorious name for the LORD.

However, Isaiah ends the chapter on a sad note, “We have become like those over whom you have never ruled ….”  But ignore the chapter break, Isaiah 64 starts with an impassioned prayer that we could utter today, “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down … to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! [Isaiah 64:1-2]  And then Isaiah 64:4-5 “… no ear has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.  You meet him who joyfully works righteousness”

Are we waiting for him?  Do we really believe with all our heart in his “glorious name” and “joyfully” live righteously as we wait for him to act?   Finally turn the page to verse 2 of Isaiah 66, “ … this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” May we all live more and more so that he will “look” upon us - having fully in mind the words of Jesus, “I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” [John 16:22]
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- DC


Thought for the Day

07 July 2014

"True wisdom is bringing the human spirit into conformity with the Spirit of Christ, who is the Wisdom of God. The Wisdom of God is realised in righteousness, sanctification and redemption, each perfectly revealed in the King and Saviour. The foundation is righteousness, the method is sanctification, the outcome is redemption. The Wisdom of God fastens upon the broken and the bruised and the spoiled and remakes them for His high purpose."

- Dennis Gillett
The Genius of Discipleship