Monday, February 5, 2018

PERHAPS

Today’s┬áReading: Jeremiah 26-28

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A menorah stands atop a table at the altar of Christ Church in Jerusalem. This church is known as the Jewish Church and is the oldest Protestant church in Israel. It is located just inside the Jaffa (Joppa) Gate on the areal where Herod’s Palace once stood. Today’s reading mentions the vessels of the Temple several times. The menorah was one of these which was taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar and then returned by Cyrus. This happened exactly as was prophesied.

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Key Verse: Jeremiah 26:8

Now it happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You will surely die!…”

 

Jeremiah 26 tells us that while Jeremiah did not die, his fellow true prophet, Urijah, did die for repeating and confirming Jeremiah’s words. Urijah was one of the unsung heroes of faith spoken of in Hebrews 11:36-40. Jeremiah was well aware of the price he might pay for speaking what God had commanded him to speak. However, Jeremiah’s love for God and his commitment to obey God were greater than his desire to be accepted by his peers.

Chapter 27 begins with a repetition of 26:1. Obviously Zedekiah was now king (verse 3b). Scholars agree that here is an example of a mistake by the scribe who copied this passage. This verse is omitted in some other manuscripts. Remember that the original in Hebrew was inspired by God and is correct. God allows human error. In fact, some mistakes like this can be good. Why? Because if someone at a later date was trying to cover up a copying error, it would put in question the accuracy of the record in other places. The fact is that those who copied the scrolls got it right 99.999% of the time.

Chapter 28 features one of the false prophets, Hananiah. Jeremiah said “70” years in Babylon and Hananiah said “2” years. They could not both be right. Jeremiah said “Amen” to “2” years because he wished it could be so. We always hope for what is the most optimistic outcome. Jeremiah finally said, “Hear now, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, but you make this people trust a lie” (Jeremiah 28:15).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for a willingness to trust You completely, even when my limited mind cannot fully understand Your ways. I surrender myself to You that Your will may be done in my life. In the Name of the One who always did Your perfect will, Jesus Christ. Amen!!! (I’ve just prayed the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray: “Our Father, Who art in Heaven…”)

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Jeremiah was severely persecuted, and his fellow prophet who supported him was murdered by a corrupt government. The same thing is happening today over and over. I’ve done my best through the years to speak out against these evil acts of persecution around the world. A great guest who appeared on 100 Huntley Street television several times was Rev. Richard Wurmbrand of Romania, Founder of Voice of the Martyrs. The communist authorities imprisoned him and beat him severely in order to try to silence him. They did not succeed! My favourite part of his story was his description of how he would worship, making music with the clanging of the chains fastened to his wrists. He would demonstrate for us on TV and say to a beat, “Cling clang! Cling Clang!” A great sense of joy would fill the studio as he sang. I was always challenged to my very core by this man as to my level of commitment to Christ!

Here’s Pastor Wurmbrand on video, recorded in the 1960’s. He would have understood all that Jeremiah was going through (click here).

Yours for being faithful to God and His Word, whatever the cost!

David

12 thoughts on “Monday, February 5, 2018

  1. Deep scripture, message and prayer, today. Beware of false prophets; so many pastors, sadly fit into this category. Forever grateful to David Mainse, for being a true teacher of the Word and spreading the gospel, around the world. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord–may your day be as blessed as you are!

    For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NIV

    So Will I (100 Billion X) – Hillsong United //With Lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuYOnYL6G0Y

  2. Pastor Wormbrand spoke at Peoples Church in Toronto. He walked onto the platform barefooted. His feet were so damaged, he explained, that he could not wear shoes. What an amazing man he was. Amazing. And now amazingly blessed to be home with Jesus.

  3. Yes Doreen I am deeply touched as I listened to our Brother Wurmbrand’s testimony again. Have been to Bulgaria and heard some testimonies from there. Thank You Ron and Ann for your faithfulness and always appreciate Pastor David’s legacy of leading us through the Word. Thrice I got the word today to stand for the Word of God. God bless all fellow readers and bloggers.

  4. Both Brother Wurmbrand and his wife spoke in Emonton many years ago. I had been new in the Lord; and was truly amazed and deeply moved at what they had endured.
    Its hard to believe that such cruelty existed, and still does. And that a human is able to endure such cruelty and survive to testify.

    Yes, scripture warns us to beware of false prophets.

  5. Today I got to spend the afternoon with my mother at her apartment
    which is not very often. Mom, and I watched some videos of our family.
    Not many watch video’s anymore dad video taped them . Mom still has
    slides, and a projector he loved taking pictures. Dad passed on 2008, we still have them to remember him by. There are times we had dinners
    when everyone comes home for christmas. It was a nice day.
    Lianne Hogg

    • Praise God, Lianne, for the special day you spent with your mom, remembering your dad, together. Old photos and videos sure do bring back our memories, crystal clear.

  6. Irene thank you for your prayer support yesterday, the 4th….It means alot to me when others pray….I find it is very helpful for me to post a prayer as I see the need and someone else reads the post and they can see another piece that I did not see…I find that so wonderful and so supportive….thank you again precious pp!
    I pray the Heavens will open and pour down money for me to pay the loan and help others..in Jesus Name we Pray amen

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