Friday 8 August 2014

TFTD - 04 August 2014 - Thoughts from Today's Bible Readings

04 August 2014

2 Samuel 22
Jeremiah 25
Romans 13; 14


We have a most challenging selection of chapters today; the most challenging are the words the LORD to Jeremiah.  Suddenly, the LORD’s revelations to him about the future - extends far beyond the impending judgment on Jerusalem because of his people’s utter godlessness.    The LORD now looks further afield beginning with the nations nearby, Egypt, the Philistines, Edom, Moab …Tyre …” [Jeremiah 25:19-21], these are the Arab nations adjoining Israel today, and then, “all the; kings of the north, far and near, one after another, and all the kingdoms of the world …” [Jeremiah 25:26]

This message about “all the kingdoms of the earth” is repeated twice.  Solomon in his wisdom said, “a threefold cord is not quickly broken” [Ecclesiastes 4:12]  We must not avoid meditating on the climax to which Jeremiah’s message develops, “The LORD will roar from on high …. against all the inhabitants of the earth… for the LORD has an indictment against the nations, he is entering into judgement with all flesh.” [Jeremiah 25:30-31]

Fearsome!  God’s judgment to be upon all, whether they believe in him - or not!

 And those who believe in him?

Paul’s words today that we read in the 14th chapter of Romans should dominate their minds - surely that includes you and I!   More that our human anxiety about what we might face as our world suffers God’s judgements, is the way Paul quotes Isaiah 45:23, words that are totally challenging to each one of us.  Paul writes, “For we will all stand before the judgement seat of God; for it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue confess to God.’  So then each of us will give an account of him(her)self to God.” [Romans 14:10-12].
- DC

Thought for the Day

04 August 2014

"As Jesus himself confirmed, our Heavenly Father does not look upon even a sparrow with the impersonal eye of an ornithologist. The tiny bird fallen in the dust means much to Him. He feels its fall, and in His heart its woe is written. And if that be so with the sparrow, how much more with the children of men, in whom His handiwork is more richly displayed (Matthew 10:29-31). Through all the trials and anguish of a restless world, God’s practical help finds its way unerringly to those who trust Him."

- C. Lamb
Goodness and Mercy (1980)

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