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Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:43 AM

First Portion

1 Chronicles 17


17:1 It happened, when David lived in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of Yahweh is under curtains.”

17:2 Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart; for God is with you.”

17:3 It happened the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 17:4 “Go and tell David my servant, ‘Thus says Yahweh, “You shall not build me a house to dwell in; 17:5 for I have not lived in a house since the day that I brought up Israel, to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tent to another. 17:6 In all places in which I have walked with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to be shepherd of my people, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’”’

17:7 “Now therefore, you shall tell my servant David, ‘Thus says Yahweh of Armies, “I took you from the sheep pen, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 17:8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make you a name, like the name of the great ones who are in the earth. 17:9 I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the first, 17:10 and from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel; and I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover I tell you that Yahweh will build you a house. 17:11 It shall happen, when your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who shall be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 17:12 He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 17:13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. I will not take my loving kindness away from him, as I took it from him that was before you; 17:14 but I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom forever. His throne shall be established forever.”’” 17:15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

17:16 Then David the king went in, and sat before Yahweh; and he said, “Who am I, Yahweh God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 17:17 This was a small thing in your eyes, God; but you have spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have respected me according to the estate of a man of high degree, Yahweh God. 17:18 What can David say yet more to you concerning the honor which is done to your servant? For you know your servant. 17:19 Yahweh, for your servant’s sake, and according to your own heart, you have worked all this greatness, to make known all these great things. 17:20 Yahweh, there is none like you, neither is there any God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 17:21 What one nation in the earth is like your people Israel, whom God went to redeem to himself for a people, to make you a name by great and awesome things, in driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeem out of Egypt? 17:22 For your people Israel you made your own people forever; and you, Yahweh, became their God. 17:23 Now, Yahweh, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, be established forever, and do as you have spoken. 17:24 Let your name be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘Yahweh of Armies is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel. The house of David your servant is established before you.’ 17:25 For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build him a house. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you. 17:26 Now, Yahweh, you are God, and have promised this good thing to your servant. 17:27 Now it has pleased you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you; for you, Yahweh, have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:45 AM

Second Portion

Ezekiel 29


29:1 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 29:2 “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt. 29:3 Speak and say, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, that has said, ‘My river is my own, and I have made it for myself.’ 29:4 I will put hooks in your jaws, and I will make the fish of your rivers stick to your scales; and I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, with all the fish of your rivers which stick to your scales. 29:5 I’ll cast you forth into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers. You’ll fall on the open field. You won’t be brought together, nor gathered. I have given you for food to the animals of the earth and to the birds of the sky. 29:6 All the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am Yahweh, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel. 29:7 When they took hold of you by your hand, you broke, and tore all their shoulders; and when they leaned on you, you broke, and paralyzed all of their thighs.” 29:8 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: “Behold, I will bring a sword on you, and will cut off man and animal from you. 29:9 The land of Egypt shall be a desolation and a waste; and they shall know that I am Yahweh. Because he has said, ‘The river is mine, and I have made it;’ 29:10 therefore, behold, I am against you, and against your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from the tower of Seveneh even to the border of Ethiopia. 29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of animal shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years. 29:12 I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the midst of the countries that are desolate; and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be a desolation forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.” 29:13 For thus says the Lord Yahweh: “At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the peoples where they were scattered; 29:14 and I will bring back the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their birth; and they shall be there a base kingdom. 29:15 It shall be the base of the kingdoms; neither shall it any more lift itself up above the nations: and I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations. 29:16 It shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing iniquity to memory, when they turn to look after them: and they shall know that I am the Lord Yahweh.”’” 29:17 It came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyre: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was worn; yet had he no wages, nor his army, from Tyre, for the service that he had served against it. 29:19 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and he shall carry off her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army. 29:20 I have given him the land of Egypt as his recompense for which he served, because they worked for me, says the Lord Yahweh. 29:21 In that day will I cause a horn to bud forth to the house of Israel, and I will give you the opening of the mouth in their midst; and they shall know that I am Yahweh.

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:46 AM

Third Portion

Galatians 3; 4


3:1 Foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you not to obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly set forth among you as crucified? 3:2 I just want to learn this from you. Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by hearing of faith? 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now completed in the flesh? 3:4 Did you suffer so many things in vain, if it is indeed in vain? 3:5 He therefore who supplies the Spirit to you, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by hearing of faith? 3:6 Even as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.” 3:7 Know therefore that those who are of faith, the same are children of Abraham. 3:8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Good News beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you all the nations will be blessed.” 3:9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham. 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 3:11 Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.” 3:12 The law is not of faith, but, “The man who does them will live by them.”

3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” 3:14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 3:15 Brothers, speaking of human terms, though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been confirmed, no one makes it void, or adds to it. 3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He doesn’t say, “To seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “To your seed,” which is Christ. 3:17 Now I say this. A covenant confirmed beforehand by God in Christ, the law, which came four hundred thirty years after, does not annul, so as to make the promise of no effect. 3:18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by promise.

3:19 What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator. 3:20 Now a mediator is not between one, but God is one. 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could make alive, most certainly righteousness would have been of the law. 3:22 But the Scriptures imprisoned all things under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, confined for the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 3:24 So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 3:25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 3:26 For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to promise.

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:48 AM

4:1 But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a bondservant, though he is lord of all; 4:2 but is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed by the father. 4:3 So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental principles of the world. 4:4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent out his Son, born to a woman, born under the law, 4:5 that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of children. 4:6 And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” 4:7 So you are no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 4:8 However at that time, not knowing God, you were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods. 4:9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, why do you turn back again to the weak and miserable elemental principles, to which you desire to be in bondage all over again? 4:10 You observe days, months, seasons, and years. 4:11 I am afraid for you, that I might have wasted my labor for you. 4:12 I beg you, brothers, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong, 4:13 but you know that because of weakness of the flesh I preached the Good News to you the first time. 4:14 That which was a temptation to you in my flesh, you didn’t despise nor reject; but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

4:15 What was the blessing you enjoyed? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. 4:16 So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? 4:17 They zealously seek you in no good way. No, they desire to alienate you, that you may seek them. 4:18 But it is always good to be zealous in a good cause, and not only when I am present with you.

4:19 My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ is formed in you— 4:20 but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you. 4:21 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, don’t you listen to the law? 4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the free woman. 4:23 However, the son by the handmaid was born according to the flesh, but the son by the free woman was born through promise. 4:24 These things contain an allegory, for these are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children to bondage, which is Hagar. 4:25 For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to the Jerusalem that exists now, for she is in bondage with her children. 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 4:27 For it is written,

“Rejoice, you barren who don’t bear.
Break forth and shout, you that don’t travail.
For more are the children of the desolate than of her who has a husband.”

4:28 Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 4:29 But as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 4:30 However what does the Scripture say? “Throw out the handmaid and her son, for the son of the handmaid will not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 4:31 So then, brothers, we are not children of a handmaid, but of the free woman.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:21 AM

03 October 2008

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 02:40 AM

03 October 2009

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 04:58 AM

03 October 2010

1 Chronicles 17
Ezekiel 29
Galatians 3; 4

“WHO AM I LORD GOD?”

As a lad David was a shepherd, he sought to do his job properly, and he did, he protected the sheep. His father sent him with provisions for his brothers in the army, he knew nothing about the Philistine champion Goliath until he got there.

The act which was to give him fame and causes us to think of him as “Great David” was caused by a situation thrust upon him. His faith in God, developed from his youth, his assurance that God was a “living God” was the foundation upon which his thinking and attitudes were built.

This is turn led to further situations that went together with a conviction of God and a day to day relationship with Him. It was a wonderful state of mind, it gave him the strength to triumph over God’s enemies – they were not his enemies – they only became so because they were jealous of the successes he gained through his faith and trust in God.

Saul is a particular example of this - both of jealousy caused by his popularity – and the result of failing to develop a daily relationship with God. A vital factor for us in our endeavours to developing this relationship ourselves is the daily reading of God’s word. How we read is a vital factor in this? Are we as “hungry” for food for our minds as we are of food for our bodies?

In our reading today in 1 Chronicles 17 David is astonished at the promises God makes to him! God speaks of his servant David’s house, a spiritual house, revealing the blueprint of what will unfold in the future.

David realizes God has spoken of “a great while to come and have shown me future generations” [1 Chronicles 17:17] David had said, in his humility, “Who am I LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?”[1 Chronicles 17:16]

Reflect on your life – are your attitudes of faith, aims and ambitions such that God can use you in some part of his purpose? This is the lesson we learn from David’s life. Note what he says in his Psalm (a prayer really) to God “You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great” [Psalm 18:35] God is “gentle” with those who seek to serve him with a humble and awed attitude of mind. What an example to us – much food for our thoughts and our contemplation of our own relationship with God. Are you read to digest this find of food?
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:32 AM

03 October 2011

1 Chronicles 17
Ezekiel 29
Galatians 3; 4

“WHAT IS MY HOUSE” - DID DAVID SEEK GREATNESS?

David was a shepherd, he sought to do his job properly, and he did, he protected his father’s sheep against the wild animals. He learnt God was with him. He slept under the stars and meditated on all that God had created. His father sent him with provisions for his brothers in the army, he knew nothing about the Philistine champion Goliath until he got there. The acts which made him great were caused by situations thrust upon him. The faith in God, developed from his youth, was the foundation upon which his thinking and attitudes were built. It was this state of mind that gave him the strength to triumph over God’s enemies – they were not his enemies – they only became so because they were jealous of the successes he gained through his faith and trust in God. Saul is a particular example of this.

In our reading today in 1 Chronicles 17 David is astonished at the promises God makes to him when God speaks of his servant David’s house “for a great while to come and have shown me future generations” [1 Chronicles 17:17]. David had said, in his humility, “Who am I LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?” [1 Chronicles 17:16] House means – in this contest – the line of descent – like the Queen of England is of the “house of Windsor.”

When Peter wrote his first letter to the early converts, he told them they were “being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God” [1 Peter 2:5] In Hebrews we read “let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God” [Hebrews 13:15] as David did for God’s guiding care in his life.

Reflect on your life – are your attitudes of faith, aims and ambitions such that God can use you in some part of his purposes? This is the lesson we learn from David’s life. Note what he says in his Psalm (prayer really) to God “You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great” [Psalm 18:35] What an example to us – much food for thought.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:34 AM

03 October 2012

1 Chronicles 17
Ezekiel 29
Galatians 3; 4

"WHO AM I?"

Today we read King David’s reaction to the special message from God that Nathan the prophet brought to him. Originally Nathan, on hearing of David’s desire to build a house (Temple) for God to ‘dwell’ in so that God’s ‘presence’ would be there as it had been in the ‘Ark’ – told him, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you” [1 Chronicles 17:2] But God sends Nathan back to David with a new and remarkable message. David is not to build God a Temple, but “the LORD will build you a house” [1 Chronicles 17:10] meaning a ‘house’ in the sense of a line of descent, like the present Queen of England is of ‘the house of Windsor.’

God’s message is about both David’s immediate chosen son – Solomon – but also, wonderfully beyond that to a much greater son “ … I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father and he shall be to me a son, I will not take my steadfast love from him … I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever …” [1 Chronicles 17:12-14]

David’s reaction to this is the exclamation, “Who am I?” He is totally humbled and overwhelmed by this revelation of the ultimate future God had revealed. David, in humility says, “What is my house” you have “spoken of your servants house for a great while to come …” [1 Chronicles 17:17]; he prayerfully says, “and now, O LORD, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as you have spoken, that your name (reputation) will be established and magnified forever …” [1 Chronicles 17:23-24].

Jesus is constantly referred to as “the son of David” and will one day sit on David’s throne: the angel said this to Mary [Luke 1:32]. Should we not ourselves reflect on David’s exclamation “Who am I!”? As David was overwhelmed by the vision God revealed, should not we, if we are committed baptised followers of Christ, also say “Who am I?” to have such a prospect as Jesus reveals, for he said, “The one who conquers and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations …” [Revelation 2:26]

What an awesome challenge when Christ is reigning and “he shall judge between the nations, and decide disputes for many peoples.” [Isaiah 2:4] ‘Who am I’ we ask ourselves - to be part of the task of bringing order to this utterly chaotic world – made even more so by events at Christ’s return!
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Posted 03 October 2013 - 06:52 AM

03 October 2013

1 Chronicles 17
Ezekiel 29
Galatians 3; 4

“WHO AM I LORD?”

David was a shepherd, he sought to do his job properly, and he did, he protected the sheep. His father sent him with provisions for his brothers in the army, he knew nothing about the Philistine champion Goliath until he got there. The acts which made him great were caused by situations thrust upon him.

His faith in God, developed from his youth, it was the foundation on which his thinking and attitudes were built. It was this state of mind that gave him the strength to triumph over God’s enemies – they were not his enemies – they only became so because they were jealous of the successes he gained through his faith and trust in God. Saul is a particular example of this.

In our reading today in 1 Chronicles 17 David is astonished at the promises God makes to him: David says, “O God. You have also spoken of your servant David’s house for a great while to come and have shown me future generations” [1 Chronicles 17:17] David had said, in his humility, “Who am I LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?” [1 Chronicles 17:16]

Reflect on your own life – are your attitudes of faith, aims and ambitions such that God can use you in some part of his purposes? This is the lesson that jumps out at us from David’s life, up to this point in his history..

Note David’s words in Psalm 18 - which is really a prayer to God. “You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great” [Psalm 18:35] Meditate on the nature of the one true God who invites us to serve him! His nature was more fully revealed in his Son – our Saviour. Remember how wonderfully gentle Jesus was with his disciples.

We must each ask ourselves Who am I LORD?” that I should have the prospect of what is promised for those for whom Christ is their Saviour. We read today in Galatians “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise”. This is the Divine perspective, the anticipation of eternity for those who “put on Christ.”

Have you become an heir? Are you living like an heir should?
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Posted 03 October 2014 - 11:50 AM

03 October 2014
 
1 Chronicles 17
Ezekiel 29
Galatians 3; 4  
 
“WHO AM I LORD?” 
            
We have 3 thought challenging readings today. Our thoughts primarily dwelt on David’s reaction to being told of a special son and that “the throne of his kingdom … I will establish forever.  I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son  … his throne shall be established forever” [1 Chronicles 17:12-14]  David is overwhelmed by God’s reaction to his desire to build a Temple, especially his reference to a “son” for God!  
            
The message Nathan the prophet conveyed to him – that God would “build a house” for David – meaning a royal line of descent – like those on the throne of England are of ‘the house of Windsor’-  and this house  “shall be established forever” - completely humbles David.   How many times Jesus is called, by those seeing his miracles, “Son of David” [Matthew 21:9,15; 22:42, &c] This in particular upset the religious leaders. 
            
It is the reaction of David that particularly attracts, nay, more than that, demands our attention!   “King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?   And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O LORD God!   And what more can David say to you for honouring your servant? For you know your servant." [1 Chronicles 17:16-18]    
            
We specially notice that final observation, “for you know your servant”  That is a special sense of “know” – of having an intimate relationship – and this is wonderfully illustrated in some of David’s Psalms, Psalm 139 being a heart-moving example. We parallel this with the primary point Paul is striving to make in writing to the Galatians.  He tells them, “in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith” [Galatians 3:26] and “heirs according to the promise” [Galatians 3:29]
            
Is our reaction to “the promise” in any way like Davids’ ? Do we “sit” or even kneel or lay down “before the Lord”?  If our faith is genuine there surely can be at least one or two special occasions when we will. Paul tells them, they “have come to know God, or rather to be known by God …” [Galatians 4:9] What sense of wonder and resultant commitment this should cause us! Does it?  Is it in any way parallel to David’s reaction, “Who am I LORD?”  
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Posted 03 October 2015 - 10:55 AM

03 October 2015
 
1 Chronicles 17
Ezekiel 29
Galatians 3; 4  
 
"GOD HAS SENT THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON INTO OUR HEARTS"
            
We have 3 fascinating readings today; we could write pages of thoughts! First, in 1 Chronicles 17 we see how " the word of the LORD came to Nathan" the prophet [1 Chronicles 17:3] to take to David a profound message that God "will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth." [1 Chronicles 17:8]  Then God added this further promise! "I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more." [1 Chronicles 17:9]  The nation did become great under David and Solomon!  But the promise is not yet completely fulfilled!
            
It obvious to us that the wondrous fulfilment of this promise needs an eternal king, far greater than these two! Clearly the promise points forward to our Lord Jesus who is constantly addressed as "The Son of David"  in Matthew's gospel.  The people were anticipating this "Son." One outcome of his wondrous healings was that "all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?"  [Matthew 12:23] 
            
The final words from the LORD that Nathan conveyed to David were, "I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son ... I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.'" [1 Chronicles 17:12-14]
            
Ezekiel brings to us the prophecy of God's judgements on Tyre whose king and people had played a prominent role in supporting Solomon in the building of the Temple – but then their faithfulness had faded – rather like the faithful and genuine worship of God and his Son faded after the death of the disciples.
            
Our Galatians chapters [Galatians 3; 4] provide us with Paul's message to 1st Century believers to maintain and remain faithful to the wonder of the relationship they have with Christ: to resist the influences of those who wanted them to seek salvation by keeping the Law of Moses.  Paul pours out his heart in writing; "I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!" [Galatians 4:19] It is vital, says Paul, that they recognise the wonder that, "because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"  [Galatians 4:6]   
            
Do we fully recognise the wonder - and the privilege – of being expected to address the Creator of all things as "Our Father"? In their language – this was “Abba.” Have we got to the stage of taking this privilege for granted? 
             
If we have then is "the Spirit of his Son still in our hearts?  Go back to our Chronicles chapter and see how David was completely overawed by God's promise of the future!  He says, ""Who am I, O LORD God ... that you have brought me thus far? ... You have also ... shown me future generations, O LORD God!" [1 Chronicles 17:16-17] 
            
What has he shown to us – through His word! Shouldn't we have a similar reaction and feel - in our hearts - completely overawed by the prospect before us!  Has the “spirit” of God’s Son … really penetrated “into our hearts”? Let us maintain our faith until the end – and how close are we now to when our faith is turned to sight!    
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Posted 03 October 2016 - 10:14 AM

03 October 2016
 
1 Chronicles 17
Ezekiel 29
Galatians 3; 4  
 
“UNTIL CHRIST IS FORMED IN YOU”
 
How meaningful and spiritually challenging are the words of Paul we read today in the 3rd and 4th chapters of his letter to the Galatians. At least some of the converts to the gospel of Christ there were being persuaded by Jews to observe and keep the Law of Moses: but Paul says that “the Law was our guardian until Christ came” [Galatians 3:24]. It was for the Jews – and for them, in particular, it pointed forward to the ultimate sacrifice for sins – one that would bring to an end the sacrifice of animals. Paul says, they “are no longer under a guardian.” [Galatians 3:25] Instead, “in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” [Galatians 3:26]
 
It is essential that faith is genuine. An essential foundation toward developing genuine faith today is our reading and meditation on the word of God, doing it in such a way that it comes ‘alive’ in our minds. Baptism is (was) the foundation for this, the major crossroads in the ‘highway’ of our lives; sadly so many now fail to see this.
 
We specially note the next point Paul makes! “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” [Galatians 3:27] We must realize that the physical act of baptism has to be so heart felt that it prompts a new way of thinking – and this is reflected in our lives – day after day – this is because we have “receive(d) adoption as sons (or daughters)” [Galatians 4:5] and we have become “an heir through God” [Galatians 4:7]
 
God’s “Spirit”, Paul told the Romans, “bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs …” [Romans 8:16]. Paul told the Galatians that “formerly (they) did not know God …. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God ...” [Galatians 4:9], he asks, “how can” they “turn back” to what they were before” [Galatians 4:9] How tragic to “turn back” – but some do – the ways of the world appeals too much to them – the reality of Christ no longer seems real to them.
 
He asks the Galatians, “What … has become of your blessedness?” [Galatians 4:15] We can sense the imploring tone in his ‘voice’ as we read “my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” [Galatians 4:19] Let us make doubly sure that “Christ is formed in” us – and we are “known by God” for then “is Christ in you, the hope of glory” [Colossians 1:27] and what a glorious hope that is!
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:51 PM

03 October 2017
 
1 Chronicles 17
Ezekiel 29
Galatians 3; 4  
 
"WHO AM I LORD GOD?"
 
As a lad David was a shepherd, he sought to do his job properly, and he did; he protected the sheep. His father sent him with provisions for his brothers in the army, he knew nothing about the Philistine champion Goliath until he got there. 
 
The act which was to give him fame and cause us to think of him as "Great David" was caused by a situation thrust upon him. His faith in God, developed from his youth, his assurance that God was a "living God" was the foundation upon which his thinking and attitudes were built.  
 
This in turn led to further situations that developed into a conviction of God and a day to day relationship with Him. It was a wonderful state of mind, it gave him the strength to triumph over God's enemies they were not his enemies ­ they only became so because they were jealous of the successes he gained through his faith and trust in God.  
 
Saul is a particular example of this happening - both of his jealousy caused by David's popularity ­ and the result of his failing to develop a daily relationship with God. A vital factor for us in our endeavours to develop this relationship ourselves - is our daily reading of God's word. How we read is a vital factor in this! Are we as "hungry" for food for our minds as we are of food for our bodies?
 
In our reading today in 1 Chronicles 17 David is astounded at the promises God makes to him! God speaks of his servant David's house, a spiritual house, revealing the blueprint of what will unfold in the future. David realizes God has spoken of "a great while to come and have shown me future generations" [1 Chronicles 17:17]. David says, in his humility, "Who am I LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?" [1 Chronicles 17:16]
 
Reflect on your life ­ are your attitudes of faith, aims and ambitions such that God will be able to use you in some part of his purpose? 
 
This is the lesson we learn from David's life. Note what he says in his Psalm (a prayer really) to God; "You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great" [Psalm 18:35] God is "gentle" with those who seek to serve him with a humble and awed attitude of mind. What an example to us ­ much food for our thoughts and our contemplation of our own relationship with God. Are you finding this food a remarkable stimulus to the health of your mind ­ day after day?
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