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 8:11 (NIVUK):”‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.‘”
One of the important outcomes from Jesus’ death on the cross is our access to our Lord’s throne (Mark 15:38 – The curtain, which block the entry of sinners to God, of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.), which also provides us with free access to His amazing Word.
In Acts 19:8-10, we read: “Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way.
So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.”
However we must be careful that we don’t sin in the same way as the Israelites in Amos’ day.
As Selwyn says: “How we must pray that God will help us to keep faithful to His Word and His commands lest the day comes we look for a word from Him and the heavens remain silent. Be assured of this: Jesus does not communicate with those who do not take Him seriously.”
We demonstrate our love for God, by obeying His teaching and commands; there’s no avoiding this truth.
Can we say that we (in the Western church) obey the teaching of Jesus as faithfully recorded in the Bible? Something to think about!