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Feb 10, 2019 - “Hezekiah went up into the House of the LORD”
Feb 03, 2019 - “Take Your Burden to the Lord”
Jan 27, 2019 - “I will not Fear”
Jan 20, 2019 - “Euroclydon”
Jan 12, 2019 - Repentance | Refreshing | Restitution
Jan 06, 2019 - The Wasteful Son


“Hezekiah went up into the House of the LORD”

II Kings 19:14
Feb 10, 2019

“And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD” (II Kings 19:14).

This article considers another event in the life of Hezekiah: his going into the house of the LORD to seek the LORD’s help. The prayer could have been offered in the palace of the king, or it could have been offered in the fields outside of Jerusalem. The temple in Jerusalem was a fitting place for prayer. The house of the LORD in Jerusalem was a reminder to God’s people that the LORD had established a special covenant with Israel, had given unique responsibilities to the nation, and had made promises regarding prayer in that special house.

Solomon was chosen by the LORD to build the temple, and it was constructed according to the blueprint given by the LORD. God’s approval of the finished temple is shown in II Chronicles 7:1-2, “Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house.” Promises concerning the prayers made in the temple are detailed in II Chronicles 7:12, 15 (and 16). “And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.” “Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

We can consider these promises and connect them to the message of Jesus when he drove the money changers from the temple. “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieve” (Matthew 21:12-13).

We can still go to the LORD’s house today even though the temple in Jerusalem has been destroyed. Jesus foretold the destruction in Matthew 24:1-2. Paul teaches us how God now describes His house, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (I Timothy 3:15). From this verse and others, we can understand that a body of Christian disciples, joined together according to the qualifications of the New Testament, is now the house of God. (1) Same gospel message of salvation by grace through faith, (2) Same ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and (3) Same system of true doctrines which we are admonished to keep in Jude 3, “That ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

You can be working on your job, driving your car, or resting in your bed and go to the LORD in prayer. But do not forget the blessings of joining in prayer with other church members. When you assemble with the church body in a service and join together in prayer, it is a reminder of the examples in the New Testament: “They were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1) and “when ye come together in the church” (I Corinthians 11:18). The examples show a very good reason to give heed to Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

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“Take Your Burden to the Lord”

I Peter 5:7 and II Kings 19:16
Feb 03, 2019

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:7). “LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God” (II Kings 19:16).

The prayer in II Kings 19 was offered by Hezekiah, the king of Judah. “Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them” (II Kings 18:13).

A very sad picture is described in II Kings 18:16, “At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria” Rabshakeh challenged Hezekiah and the people in Jerusalem, “Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand: Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria” (II Kings 18:29-30).

The news received by Hezekiah was devastating, “And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD” (II Kings 19:1). Isaiah, the true prophet of the LORD, had good news for the servants of Hezekiah, “And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me” (II Kings 19:6).

“And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD” (II Kings 19:14). The LORD sent a message by Isaiah of victory over the Assyrians.

When we have nowhere else to turn, we can turn to the Lord. This message is in “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there” by Charles A. Tindley. Following is the third stanza.

When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
Don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;
He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through --
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

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“I will not Fear”

Hebrews 13:6, Acts 28:15
Jan 27, 2019

“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6). “And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage” (Acts 28:15).

In the KJV New Testament, the word “courage” is only used in Acts 28:15. The word “boldly” in Hebrews 13:6 and the word “confidence” in Acts 28:31 has the same meaning as the word “courage” in Acts 28:15. The word “bold” is often used to describe the courage that was shown by the servants of the Lord. “Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46).

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). These who saw the boldness of Peter and John were “the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees” (Acts 4:1). It was not God’s view that Peter and John were unlearned and ignorant men. They had a wonderful spiritual understanding that came from being taught by Jesus Christ. Their courage was rooted in their fellowship with Jesus Christ.

In Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses delivered this message from the LORD, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” A similar promise was given to Joshua, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9).

In the Old Testament and the New Testament, God’s people did not have to depend on their own strength for courage. Joshua was told, “the LORD thy God is with thee.” Jesus promised his disciples, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).

P.S.: As this article was being prepared, a report was received from Brother Jim Black, Missionary in Bulgaria. In a previous report, Brother Black had asked for prayer regarding a change in the Bulgaria Constitution that would have hurt or have closed down their mission work. Brother Black reported, “The Bulgaria Denominations Act was approved in December, but not before striking sections that would have negatively impacted our work as missionaries. Thank you for praying.”

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“Euroclydon”

Acts 27:14-16
Jan 20, 2019

“But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat” (Acts 27:14-16).

Acts 27 is very descriptive of the sailing conditions in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship that was taking Paul as a prisoner to Rome had “two hundred threescore and sixteen souls” [276 people] (Acts 27:37). The word “Euroclydon” refers to a hurricane or typhoon. Severe storms are often used to describe the trials that Christians endure. “Stand By Me,” written by Charles Albert Tindley, is one example.

When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship upon the sea,
Thou Who rulest wind and water,
Stand by me (stand by me).

In the midst of tribulation,
Stand by me (stand by me);
In the midst of tribulation,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the hosts of hell assail,
And my strength begins to fail,
Thou Who never lost a battle,
Stand by me (stand by me).

In the midst of faults and failures,
Stand by me (stand by me);
In the midst of faults and failures,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When I do the best I can,
And my friends misunderstand,
Thou Who knowest all about me,
Stand by me (stand by me).

Paul tells of tribulations in II Corinthians 11:26-27. “In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren.”

We can note from Acts 20:29-30 that the false brethren and grievous wolves were a primary concern because those troubles could damage and even destroy the congregations where Paul had labored so sacrificially and faithfully. “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”

Acts 27:23-25, “For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”

The Lord will stand by us. In faith, we need to depend on Him.

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Repentance | Refreshing | Restitution

Acts 3:19
Jan 12, 2019

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

I. At the ninth hour, the time of prayer at the temple in Jerusalem, Peter and John went to the temple (Acts 3:1). A lame man was brought to the gate, which was called Beautiful, where he begged for alms (Acts 3:2-3). Peter said to him, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). Immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. The lame man was healed and began walking, leaping, and praising God, and he went into the temple with Peter and John. Peter did not take credit for this miracle but said, “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go” (Acts 3:13).

II. Peter used these events as an opportunity to preach the gospel message. Christ, the Prince of life was killed, but God had raised him from the dead. The people were reminded that the prophets had foretold that Christ should suffer.

III. Peter’s message gave the facts of the gospel, but Peter’s message went further. He called on the people to “Repent ye therefore, and be converted” (Acts 3:19). II Corinthians 7:10 shows the connection between “godly sorrow” and “repentance to salvation.” Some may be sorrowful but never make a change. The repentance that God desires is that which produces a change from a sinful life to trust and commitment to the Lord.

IV. “When the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). This word “refreshing” is connected in meaning to one who is weary, longing for the cool water of relief. Consider the similar picture given by Jesus, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Another picture is given in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”

V. The word “Restoration” has the exact meaning as “Restitution.” Consider the words of Acts 3:20 and 21, “And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” We can conclude that the fulfillment of these verses is yet in the future. These two verses are in harmony with the promise of the Lord in Revelation 21:1 and 5, “[1] And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. [5] And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

We can enjoy the blessings of God’s grace in this life, but there is so much more that we can enjoy when we are in our heavenly home with the Lord.

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The Wasteful Son

Luke 15:13
Jan 06, 2019

“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living” (Luke 15:13).

There are many good lessons in Luke 15. The three different sections teach us about the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. In this article, we will consider the word “wasted” in our text. The same word is also used in Luke 16:1, “And he [Jesus] said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.”

The meaning in Luke 15 and 16 is “to scatter, to throw away, to squander.” One example in the Old Testament with the meaning “squander” is Proverbs 18:9, “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.” A different Greek word is used in Galatians 1:13 where Paul writes, “I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it.” In this verse, the meaning is “to destroy, to overthrow, to make havoc.” The same meaning for the word “waste” is used throughout the Old Testament to speak of fields, cities, and nations being destroyed.

Jesus also taught another parable in Luke 12:42: “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?” Paul wrote in I Corinthians 4:2, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” A steward is one who manages and takes care of property and assets for the owner. A good steward must not be wasteful.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

We live in a wasteful society. Have you heard of “planned obsolescence”? Those who lived through the hard times of the 1930s had a saying, “Make do or do without, use it up and wear it out.” The wasteful son of Luke 15:13 should not have wasted his inheritance. Consider the greater sin of God’s own people who waste their time, their influence, their assets, even their lives in rebellious living. Luke 9:24 can apply to the subject of a wasted life, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”

Consider the lyrics of the song from many years ago, “Wasted Years.”

Wasted years, wasted years
Oh, how foolish
As you walk on in darkness and fear
Turn around, turn around
God is calling
He’s calling you
From a life of wasted years

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