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IN THE ENDING OF SUMMER OF LIFE ARE YOU SAVED?


William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person

Jeremiah is renowned as “the weeping prophet.” In tears he preached to the hardened inhabitants of Judah, and Jerusalem in particular. Did they love and appreciate him for warning them of looming disaster? Quite the contrary. They cast him in a dungeon, and treated him shamefully in other ways. Still, he preached on. Why did he do this? Because he knew, and knew that he knew, that the forces of Babylon would soon descend upon his beloved city and people unless repentance was imminent. God had both informed the prophet of this doom and commissioned him to preach to his hardened, backslidden people.
Some who dared to believe the prophet had fled to Egypt for supposed safety rather than repent. As time raced toward a deadline for the people of Judah to repent, their condition was thus summarized, “The harvest is past , the summer is ended , and we are not saved” Jeremiah 8:20
Is this actually a page from the annals of ancient history or a present commentary on our people today? Truly, and doubtless the clock of human history is wound down to very near the stopping point. Jesus is coming again! Judgment is coming! A new world order of Heaven’s rule is coming! Life is fleeting! The window of change narrows to a tiny crack! This is not just good preaching, it is God ordained, Biblically established fact about to happen, just as doom came upon an un-repentant people of Judah so long ago.
The summer is gone, and fall races toward us. How easily that is seen. But the same is true of life. So many have passed the summer and are already into the late fall of life, and they are not saved. God help us to not grow cold and hardened as the ancient people of Judah, but to be as the prophet who though not seeing a spirit of repentance in his people continued to cry out and to warn of imminent judgment. People are precious. They are made in the image of Almighty God, and there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun! In this late summer of life, are you saved, is your hope in your works or in the grace of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus????

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Second Chance


It was Sunday, March 13, 1977, and a group of people from our church, including my wife and I, were preparing to leave for a ten day tour of Israel and the cities of Rome and Amsterdam. I don’t remember if I hugged my mother as I said goodbye to her, but I probably did. However, at almost twenty-six years old, I was too old to hug my father. I’m not even sure if I said, “I love you,” before we boarded the motorhome that would take us to Little Rock. From there we would fly to New York City and then on to Amsterdam. The trip was enjoyable and uneventful, that is, until the following Sunday, March 20, 1977.
I remember that day as if it had just happened. We were getting ready for a day of touring and worship services when, shortly after seven o’clock, our pastor called and asked if he could come to our room to talk with me. I agreed but told my wife, “I hope he’s not wanting me to read a verse of Scripture or lead in prayer somewhere with all these preachers here.” (I was dealing with God’s call to preach at the time.) When our pastor and his wife arrived at our room, he informed me that my dad had been in an accident. He said he had fallen off a ladder and broken his leg and was in the hospital. This both concerned and confused me. I wondered, “How tall was the ladder? From what height did Dad fall?” That’s because my dad was always pretty tough, and what might cause a major injury for some would hardly phase him. Also, I could not understand why Dad was in the hospital with a broken leg. I had a broken leg once, and, yes, I was taken to the hospital to have it x-rayed and have a cast put on it, but I was not admitted as a patient.
Our tour continued, and finally we left Israel and flew to Rome. I think it was there that I first talked to my mother about the accident, although I did not get a lot of additional information. Our next stop would be Amsterdam again, and then home, and I was anxious to get back and check on my dad.
The day finally came to leave Holland and fly back to the United States. I remember the excitement I felt when the pilot announced that we had just entered U.S. air space. Just about every passenger on that KLM 747 began to sing “God Bless America.”
After a layover in New York City and a late flight toward home, we finally arrived at Adams’ Field in Little Rock. It was late when we started back to Texarkana. On the van ride home I learned a little more about my dad’s injuries. Not only did he have a broken leg, but he had lost the end of his right thumb. My wife and I arrived at our house around two in the morning, and after a restless night I was ready to go to the hospital to see my dad.
The next morning I met my mom at the hospital where she had spent every night since the accident in the ICU waiting room. My dad was in ICU! Upon arriving at the hospital, I learned the full extent of my dad’s injuries. He had fallen around thirty feet, not from a ladder, but from an electric pole. Yes, his leg was broken — into about a hundred pieces. He had lost the end of his right thumb. It was literally ground off by the asphalt when he landed with his right hand under him. His right hand was broken. His hip was out of joint. His pelvis was broken, and his scalp had been torn off. He had been give eight and a half pints of blood on the day of his accident as he spent from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in surgery. Two weeks after his accident, when the doctors were finally able to get good x-rays, they found that he had a hangman’s break in his neck. He spent eight weeks in the hospital and many more weeks recovering at home. Dad made as full a recovery as one could from such a horrible accident, but, with his right leg about one inch shorter than the left, he walked with a limp for the rest of his life.
In March of 1978, we went to Israel again. This time, as we prepared to leave for Little Rock and our flight to New York City, I was not too old or too much of a “man” to hug my father goodbye and tell him that I loved him. I had been given a second chance to show my dad how much I truly loved him, and i was not going to take it for granted.
I did, eventually, start preaching and pastoring churches, and until just a few years ago none of them were near where my dad lived. But, when we would come back to Dad’s for a visit, before we left to go back to our home, I would hug Dad and say, “I love you.”
Dad died on October 13, 2008. I had talked to him at 6:25 a.m. as I did every morning. Other than his saying that he didn’t feel well, things seemed normal. Less than three hours later I received the phone call that no one wants to get. It was my brother tell me that Dad was gone. The last thing I said to my father was, “I’ll talk to you later.” (I had told him “I love you” when we had talked the night before.)
I was given a second chance to publicly demonstrate my love for my father. It is neither childish nor unmanly to do so. We do not know how long we will have our parents with us. (My mother died in 1995.) I am thankful that I told my dad (and my mom) how much I loved him while he was living and could hear it. It makes being without him a little easier to bear.
If you are young, or if you are older, and you still have your parents (or a parent) living, take time today to say, “I love you, Mom, Dad.” As one who is now a parent of two almost grown children, I can tell you, it will mean more to them than any gift you could give them.

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Meet Mephibosheth


2 Samuel 4:4
“So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet,” 2 Samuel 9:13.
When news of Saul’s and Jonathan’s deaths reached the remaining family members, panic struck. Members of the family began fleeing, not knowing their outcome once David began reigning. Mephibosheth—Jonathan’s 5-year-old son—was under the care of a nurse when she received word of his family’s demise. Stricken with fear, she fled with him, and in the process of fleeing, fell with him so that he became permanently lame.
Later, as David was enjoying the peace that God brought him because of his faithfulness, he remembered the covenant friendship he held with Jonathan. When he and Jonathan struck up their friendship, he promised he would not destroy Jonathan’s descendants, so David sought to honor that promise. As he looked for members of Saul’s household, it was brought to his attention that Jonathan still had a living son, Mephibosheth. How did David treat the descendant of his former enemy? He showed him mercy and honor, treating him like royalty.
It is the height of Christlikeness to show unconditional love and honor to those who, by the world’s definition, are the least deserving of that treatment. While we were rejecting God as sinners, God demonstrated His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. It is that kind of self-sacrificing love that brings God honor. How can we show the same selfless love to others today?
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you serve others today?
Mark ClementsATT00009

 

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HEBREW – LORD Is There [Jehovah-Shammah]


 

Yāhweh Shāmmāh

 

The last verse of Ezekiel reveals one more “Jehovah-compound” (Eze_48:35). The Hebrew shāmmāh (H8033) indicates a place “there” (Job_39:30; Gen_2:8). Where is God? He is there in Jerusalem.

 

Scripture actually speaks of three “Jerusalems”: First, of course, was (and is) historic Jerusalem. It (not the city of Rome) is the Holy City (Neh_11:1; Isa_52:1; Dan_9:24; Mat_4:5; Mat_27:53; Rev_11:2).

 

Second, the Millennial Jerusalem, the restored city where Jesus will rule for 1,000 years. It will have twelve gates, three on each side, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, and a circumference of “eighteen thousand measures” (Eze_48:28-35), almost thirty-seven miles (in contrast to about four miles in the first century AD, according to Josephus, the leading Jewish historian of that day). What will its greatest feature be? “The name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there” (Eze_48:35). So holy will the city be that even its name will be changed to reflect it.

 

This foreshadows the third and final Jerusalem, the New (or Holy) Jerusalem, the capital city of the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21), the dwelling place of God’s people forever. While some teachers spiritualize much of the Bible’s prophetic passages, ending up with arbitrary speculation, the plain language of Scripture should be our authority. This city will descend out of heaven, its captivating beauty likened to a bride in the eyes the groom (Rev_21:2). This is not some ethereal, mystical city, rather a real one with foundations, walls, gates, and dimensions. It is a massive cube, in fact (Rev_21:16), not a pyramid, as some speculate—pyramids have been associated with paganism since the days of Babylon. With a “furlong” (Greek stadion, G4712) being about 607 feet, the walls are 1,380 miles in each direction, roughly the area from the West Coast to the middle of Kansas and from Canada to Mexico. With foundation stones made of precious gems (Rev_21:18-20) and 1,200-mile high gates, each made of a single flat pearl (Rev_21:21), human language still falls short in describing that city.

 

Greatest of all, God’s glory will emanate from that city, illuminating the entire recreated universe (Rev_21:23; Rev_22:5) in unfathomable colors from the transparent gold and gems of the city’s structure. Further, we will actually be enabled to see that blazing glory of God’s face (Rev_22:4). Oh, the Lord will, indeed, be there and so shall we!

 

Scriptures for Study: Read Rev_21:1 to Rev_22:5 and rejoice in what is to come.

 

 

 

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Prophecy of the King


 

Zechariah 9:9

 

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass,” Zechariah 9:9.

 

Jesus came exactly as planned and prophesied. “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh [Prince of Peace] come; . . . binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes” (Gen. 49:10, 11).

 

On the fourth day of the month of Nisan, the people of Israel were to bring the Passover lamb to their houses. On the fourth day of Nisan, Jesus, our Passover Lamb, entered Jerusalem, riding a donkey, coming in peace (shalom). On the fourteenth day of Nisan, the Passover Lamb was to be killed. Jesus was killed on the fourteenth day of Nisan, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isa. 53:7). That evening He was buried with the rich. “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death” (verse 9). Three days and three nights later, on the day of the Feast of First Fruits, He arose from the grave, the first fruits from the dead, never to die again. “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psalm 16:10). Every prophetic prediction of Jesus’ sacrifice was fulfilled. If all the prophecies of His first coming that were made thousands of years ago and have come to pass, there’s no reason to doubt that the prophecies of his second coming will come to pass.

 

 

Just Saying

 

What a great inheritance! No matter what the world does, we have a more sure word of prophecy; the Day Star has arisen in our hearts.

 

 

Robert Brock

 

 

 

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Hebrew Words – Face


 

Face (Countenance) (2)

 

pāniym

 

Your face . . . is as a book, where men may read strange matters,” said Lady Macbeth to her husband. How true it is that people can often read our faces like a book. As noted yesterday, what the heartfeels, the facereveals. Let us each ask ourselves, then, what does my countenance tell others?

 

First, a “hard face” is the face of rebellion. As God sent Jeremiah through Jerusalem seeking a single person who “executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth” (Jer_5:1, July 30), we also read that “they [had] made their faces harder than a rock” and “refused to return” (Jer_5:3). Every parent has seen this face on their child, the face of defiance and revolt.

 

Sadly, most pastors have also seen this face. When the Word of God is preached, people often rebel, preferring to continue in sin rather than submit to truth. This is precisely why God told Jeremiah earlier, “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD” (Jer_1:8). Some will frown, fuss, and fume, so God needs men who will not fear the people’s faces.

 

Second, a “fallen countenance” is the face of rage. Cain is our example here (Gen_4:5-6). Spewing forth from offended pride, Cain’s anger exploded, being intended for God, whom he could not hurt, but aimed at Abel, whom he could hurt. Likewise, rebellion and rage are always a reaction against God’s revealed truth, whether or not we are even aware of it.

 

Third, a “fierce countenance” is the face of ruthlessness. Babylon itself is the model here, “a nation of fierce countenance” (Deu_28:50) that swooped down on Israel because of her rebellion. How we need to realize that God will not long tolerate rebellion!

 

Fourth, in stark contrast, is not the face of rejoicing to be much preferred? As Solomon encourages, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance” (Pro_15:13) and, “God giveth to a man that is good in his sight [pāniym] wisdom, and knowledge, and joy” (Ecc_2:26), and still again, “A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed” (Ecc_8:1). And finally, the psalmist declares, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Psa_42:11).

 

Scriptures for Study: What does the hardened face indicate (Pro_21:29)? What can godly friends do for one another (Pro_27:17)?

 

 

 

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Rocket Hits Gush Etzion


by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

A rocket exploded in an open area near an Arab village in Gush Etzion around 2:15 p.m. as sirens wailed in Jerusalem during another barrage of rockets and missiles unleashed by Hamas.

The missile exploded in an open area, and no one was injured. Minutes before the sirens rang out, an AFP correspondent in Gaza City reported hearing the loud report of an outgoing rocket.

The attack was claimed by Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which said it had fired “an M75 rocket at the occupied city of Jerusalem.”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who spent the past two days in Egypt, had been scheduled to hold talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman shortly after noon.

At least one missile was aimed at Jerusalem last week and reportedly exploded in an open area next to an Arab village in Gush Etzion, located south of the capital.

Shortly earlier on Tuesday, three rockets hit a kibbutz, critically wounding at least one person. The early warning siren system did not operate, and there are fears that several young people, possibly children, are trapped in debris.

A Grad missile demolished a Be’er Sheva home. A woman in the house took cover in the reinforced shelter in the house and escaped injury.

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The Spade Reveals


WALL FROM KING SOLOMON PERIOD REVEALED IN JERUSALEM

Arutz Sheva – Feb. 22, 2010 — Hebrew University archaeologists have revealed an ancient path in Jerusalem believed to date back to the time of King Solomon, along with structures including a gateway and the foundation of a building. Dr. Eilat Mazar, the leader of the archaeological dig, said the findings match finds from the time of the First Temple.

The latest find includes a 70-meter long and six-meter-high stone wall, a small house adjacent to a gateway leading to what was once the royal courtyard, a building that served city officials, and a tower that overlooked the Kidron river.

According to Mazar, the wall is likely to be the wall built by King Solomon. “This is the first time a building has been found that matches descriptions of the building carried out by King Solomon in Jerusalem,” she said.

The third chapter of the Biblical book of Kings describes King Solomon building “his own house, and the house of the L-rd, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.” The wall testifies to relatively advanced engineering capabilities, archaeologists said. It runs through historic Jerusalem, between the City of David and the Temple Mount.

The remnants of a public building discovered along the wall contained shards of pottery that allowed researchers to estimate the date at which the building in use – approximately 10 B.C.E. One of the shards was engraved with Hebrew writing saying “For the chief…” Mazar believes the shard, part of a jug, belonged to the royal baker.

Other jugs bore a seal saying “For the king” in Hebrew. Dozens of seals were discovered using a water sifting technique. The building was ravaged by fire, researchers said, but the jugs that were found at the site were the largest discovered in Jerusalem to date.

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