Sunday, January 28, 2018

MY PEOPLE

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 11-13

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Here in Nazareth Village an actor holds up a scroll in the synagogue. During Jeremiah’s time, a lost scroll, probably the book of Deuteronomy, the Covenant, was discovered and read to the people on the instructions of good King Josiah. A short-lived spiritual revival resulted.

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Key Verses: Jeremiah 11:3-5

“…Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God, that I may establish the oath which I have sworn to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day.’ Then I answered and said, ‘So be it Lord [Amen].'”

 

The discovery of the lost book of the Law (probably Deuteronomy) happened on Jeremiah’s watch (read 2 Kings 22:8-13). It taught about the curses for disobedience and the blessings for obedience to the words of the covenant. Many times Israel had said “Amen,” or “So be it Lord!” They would be blessed for a time and then break the covenant and suffer the curses they would bring upon themselves. The Lord’s “green olive tree” (spiritual Israel), which He had planted and which, from time to time, had produced “lovely and good fruit,” would now be broken down and burned. How sad and how unnecessary!

The first 6 verses of Jeremiah 12 are addressed to Anathoth, Jeremiah’s hometown. Jeremiah proclaimed his message from God with a broken heart. In today’s reading, Jeremiah asks 12 questions. Four question words are used: “What,” “Why,” “How,” and “Where.” The “When” question is conditional upon the response of the people. The final words of Jeremiah 13 are, “O Jerusalem! Will you still not be made clean?”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Yes, yes Lord God, I ask to be made clean and to be kept clean through the washing of the blood which Your Son and my Saviour shed on the Cross. I pray for grace to “walk in the light as He is in the light,” and then I experience 24/7 that “the blood of Jesus Christ [Messiah] cleanses us…” (1 John 1:5-10). With my faith in Jesus Christ, the final Sacrifice for sin, I trust You, Lord! AMEN!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

It was a great comfort to me to hear my Father, Rev. Dr. Roy Mainse, preach a message from 1st John on “cleansing.” My father had returned from his mission in Egypt and had taken on the responsibility of pastoring two churches. I moved back home with Dad and attended both churches, where I heard the same message twice. That particular message has stuck with me ever since. He said that the word “cleanseth” (he used old King James english) is in the present perfect tense in the original Greek language. I learned that as I asked God for cleansing (Jeremiah’s question, “Will you still not be made clean?”), I have been made clean and I am being made clean constantly in God’s sight. The Greek verb “cleanseth” means that it has happened and that it continues to happen. I had been struggling with this issue during that first year after I had made my lifetime decision to serve Christ fully. I know that in my eyes and experience I am a sinner, but God sees me through the cleansing blood of Jesus and only in Jesus am I made pure and holy.

Yours for daily shining the light of God’s Word into our personal lives!

David

P.S. I gained so much under my Dad’s ministry that year. Here’s a picture of my Father, a truly great man in my eyes.

My father, Rev. Dr. Roy Lake Mainse (1896-1972).

15 thoughts on “Sunday, January 28, 2018

  1. Am sure David was happy to be reunited with his father (and mother), in spirit, when he left this earth and returned home to heaven. Such strong scripture, this morning. Our covenant with You, we shall not break, dear Lord. We give thanks for Your sacrifice and cleansing Blood, for us. You are the Light of our world. Wishing all saints a blessed day, as we worship Him, together.

    Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV

    Lauren Daigle – Light Of The World with lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDSuYXdW63g

    • I was thinking about the word clean! That is a working word all our lives! be clean, speak clean, read clean, walk clean, live clean!
      I remember living on the end of a dirt road! It was always dusty except after the rain!
      In between the rains I would take a broom and try and sweep some of the dust to the side; off the leaves of the bushes! Only God saw me do this but it looked clean for a time…..
      I grew up on the farm where we had to haul our water for drinking and washing! Bath time was a big tub filled with water and dad, mom and then the kids would bath…
      we were all clean, I thank God for those memories….
      my mother raised babies with no disposable diapers, they got washed in HOT water, rinsed and put out on the clothes line! I liked doing that job!
      PRAISE THE LORD! THANK HIM FOR ALL OUR BLESSINGS OF THIS DAY AMEN

  2. Praise God He has cleansed and forgiven us and we are “Whiter than Snow”
    Glory be to our God Almighty!!! Jesus King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!

  3. Appreciate all the input. Thank you all. Each of us have our own battles, strengths and weaknesses. Please help us all, dear Father, to do what’s good and right. In the name of Jesus, amen

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