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During the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, Jeremiah is commanded to bring some of the Rechabites to the house of the Lord (Jeremiah 35). In one of the temple chambers Jeremiah sets vessels full of wine before them. They refuse to partake and give the reason as their forefathers command for them not to drink wine and live in cities. They are to live as shepherds and live in tents. Jeremiah is commanded to prophesy and compares the faithfulness of these people to their forefather’s command to the unfaithfulness of the Jews to God’s commands.
These sorts of scenes may appeal to the eastern mind more than ours yet it has something to say to us as well.
How many people barrack for the same football team all their lives? How many remain faithfully married to the same wife? Some people are faithful in some areas and fickle in others.
Some of us are faithful to God in some areas and less so in others. We may strain a gnat and swallow a camel.
Obedience in the Christian life for some is an optional extra. In America there was the so-called No-Lordship Gospel. You can have Jesus as Saviour but not as Lord.
This little action lesson in Jeremiah shows the high esteem God has for obedience.
Faith saves but obedience is the proof. Faithfulness is the true outgrowth of faith.

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W.H. Griffith Thomas in His’ book on The Apostle Peter points out that the Greek word Philadelphia does not mean “brotherly love”, but brother-love”.

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His’ advice to young preachers was this, “Think yourself empty, read yourself full, write yourself clear, pray yourself keen- then enter the pulpit and let yourself go”.

If nothing else this advice gives plenty to think about.

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I am a great fan of the “Poirot”series starring David Suchet. According to wiki although of Jewish descent he grew up without religion. He was converted to Christianity by reading Romans 8 in a hotel bible. Thank God for the Gideons. Thank God for the letter to the Romans .

David Suchet.jpg

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A daily portion is really all we need. We do not need tomorrow’s supply, for that day has not yet dawned, and its needs are still unborn.C.H. Spurgeon

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