The final word

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 9:15 (NIVUK):”’I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God.’

Selwyn tells us that – ‘what more can we do but as far as His words relate to us hear and obey wonder and worship?’

And his statement is relevant for all of Scripture; thankfully we have the Holy Spirit to help us discern the truth and too guide us in living according to the truth of Jesus’ love for us.

Any comments on this topic?

‘Come home’

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 9:14 (NIVUK):” … and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.

They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.”

Selwyn provides us with this excellent summary; “To return from exile is to come home to God, to be reconciled to His love and holiness and to be aligned to His sovereign will.

Such a time sees the rebuilding of the ruins of social life, the restoration of fruitfulness and a recovery of joy in relationships. And revival is the profound and life-changing experience of home-coming.”

I liked this bit: “Through God’s reconciling cross the way home from exile is open for sinners everywhere.”

We start our journey as strangers and separated from God; yet through Jesus’ call to follow Him, we can be confident to find our permanent and eternal ‘home’. How great is that?

[I’ve been in hospital and now back at home.]

 

A king and a priest

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live,  ‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 9:11 (NIVUK):”‘In that day ‘I will restore David’s fallen shelter – I will repair its broken wall and restore its ruins – and will rebuild it as it used to be, … “

Selwyn reminds us that Amos is letting the Israelites know – that one day God will be seen as a powerful and almighty king with the qualities of a merciful and compassionate high priest.

And in the following verses from the letter to the Hebrews, we read about the fulfilment of this prophecy:- Hebrews 4:15: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.”

Hebrews 7:26-27: “Such a high priest truly meets our need – one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.”

We have a truly amazing God!

Divine sieving

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 9:9-10 (NIVUK):”For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel among all the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground.

All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, “Disaster will not overtake or meet us.”’

Selwyn concludes : “It is better to be put through God’s sieve that final good may ensure than to be cast aside without hope or a future.”

Any thoughts on today’s study?

Nevertheless

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 9:8 (NIVUK):” … ‘Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord are on the sinful kingdom. I will destroy it from the face of the earth.

Yet I will not totally destroy the descendants of Jacob,’ declares the Lord.”

As Selwyn reminded us yesterday the only refuge to be found in our Holy God is His love and grace, and he repeats this message in today’s study; “There is no hiding place fro God’s wrath except in God’s own grace.”

We can never plead that we are good people and deserve forgiveness; no one is good except Jesus (as God) – the standard set by our holy God is perfection – and we have all failed to meet this requirement. (Luke 18:19 “‘Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good – except God alone.”)

Your view?

Lord of all the nations

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 9:7 (NIVUK):”Are not you Israelites the same to me as the Cushites?’ declares the Lord.

‘Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?”

Selwyn draws our attention to this important point – God may have chosen us for His glory but this is a sign not of our superiority to others but of His mercy.

It is a sin to feel superior to non-Christians because we have been chosen by Jesus and have heard His call to follow Him. Our faith is a result of God’s grace and we should never presume on His mercy, compassion and love.

Your thoughts?

The ‘creation hymn’

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 9:5-6 (NIVUK):”The Lord, the Lord Almighty – he touches the earth and it melts, and all who live in it mourn; the whole land rises like the Nile, then sinks like the river of Egypt; he builds his lofty palace in the heavens and sets its foundation on the earth; he calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land – the Lord is his name.”

As Selwyn tells us: “These vivid pictures of a fierce and irrepressible God can only serve to prevent us from trivialising God.”

Our God is Almighty, in His creative powers and He is also unequalled in His power to punish the wicked. In Hebrews 4:13, we read: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

It would be hard to trivialise God, who is going to determine the status of our eternal life based on our faith in Him and our faithfulness to His teaching and love.

Your views?