Sunday, April 27, 2014

Here Am I, Send Me

 Here am I, Send Me
Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.  So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." 


Isaiah Chapter 6 follows closely behind Chapter 5. In Chapter 5 the sad condition of things described existed in King Uzziah’s reign. In that Chapter, Jehovah God has given to Isaiah the Song of the Beloved. What happened to the beloved Vineyard is true both in the life of an individual and a Nation. God had given the beloved vineyard all the protection and advantages and chances it deserved and required for effective service but it had yielded unworthy and worthless fruit. When God looked for grapes it yielded wild fruits and when God looked for justice, it gave oppression and deprivation. So God had to give the desired and most appropriate reward: death.

That was the situation of Israel during the reign of King Uzziah. Now King Uzziah is dead and Israel is celebrating the fourteenth Jubilee since Israel occupied the land of Canaan. Isaiah, the prophet, a man who has maintained an unhindered relationship with God, was given a vision of the Lord’s glory in contrast to the nation’s shame.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wellington Defeated...

Napoleon Wars

There is this story about the Duke of Wellington, commander of the Anglo-allied army, and Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Army General. Once they were both locked up in battle. Napoleon had vowed to take over Britain. The citizens of Great Britain did not know how the battle would go; but their leader, the Duke of Wellington, promised to send them a smoke signal right after the battle. They had no radio nor walkie-talkie in those days.

Right after the battle, the smoke signal went up. It read: “Wellington defeated ...” and suddenly a cloud covered the surface of the area and so the only message they could get that night was ambiguous. 
Friday, April 18, 2014

New life from dry bones

new life from dry bones

Ezekiel 37:1-6
“The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”’” NKJV


In a time of death, desolation, smashed hopes, bitter defeats, and emotional and physical slavery and misery, God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel; “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”(Verses 5-6)
Sunday, April 13, 2014

How do we manage success?

managing success
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Genesis 9:20-29
“After the Flood, Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard. One day he became drunk on some wine he had made and lay naked in his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, walked backward into the tent, and covered their father's naked body. As they did this, they looked As they did this, they looked the other way so they wouldn't see him naked. When Noah woke up from his drunken stupor, learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. Then he cursed the descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham: "A curse on the Canaanites! May they be the lowest of servants to the descendants of Shem and Japheth." Then Noah said, "May Shem be blessed by the LORD my God; and may Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge the territory of Japheth, and may he share the prosperity of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant." Noah lived another 350 years after the Flood. He was 950 years old when he died.”(NLT)


Most often after a great event like a successful crusade, an outreach for the Lord or even a great battle against the devil – what most Christian often refer to as a Mountain Top Experience – there is usually a very low experience. 

Let us take the case of Noah

What Noah went through in the flood was an exceptional experience. When he came down to repopulate the world with his three sons, he must have been, to say the least, excited and elated. God blessed him and blessed his farm work. The Bible says “God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, "Multiply and fill the earth.” Genesis 9:1 
Sunday, April 06, 2014

God keeps His promises

Noah rainbow covenant

Last week we looked at the world in which Noah lived and how Noah refused to be sucked into the corruption, wickedness and evil that surrounded him. He lived a righteous life and God testified about him. This is the history of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on earth at the time. He consistently followed God's will and enjoyed a close relationship with him. This relationship made God talk to Noah about what He was about to do. God said to Noah "Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing. Everything on earth will die!" Noah believed God and “did everything exactly as God had commanded him.”  Did God bring the flood upon the whole world? Yes, He did and all people on earth perished except the family of Noah that was in the ark.