"Listening to and hearing God’s Word…” (Hebrews 12: 18-29)
Thank you to all those who joined our Marathon Read this week!
This week 1 SPONSORED BIBLE READING (for Open Doors); 6 DAYS & 18 HOURS; 5 PROPHETS; 197 CHAPTERS; 6 COUNTRIES prayed-for; more than a few hard-to-pronounce-ancient-names (!); a DOZEN or so PARTICIPANTS; some tears & eye-strain; & at least 2/3 QUESTIONS:
“WHY do this? Why read the Bible publically?” It’s a good thing to do, and God commands us to do so – “devote yourself to the public reading of scripture…”
The main answer: The people for whom we were praying and the cause for which we were raising awareness and funds (PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS) – simply could not (cannot) do this. Own a Bible or read one out loud? You could end up imprisoned and/or dead!
Why would oppressive (persecuting) people ban the owning or reading of God’s Word? A big question – but it did occur to me as we read through the prophets – that the OT was Jesus’ own Bible. He quoted from it, relied on it; he taught from it. We should.
It also occurred to me as we read about Assyrians and Babylonians that kingdoms come and kingdoms go; that here we are, millennia later, part of/speaking of, God’s kingdom which is eternal, ultimately powerful over all earthly empires which turn to dust and rust.
When all else in heaven and earth is no more, there is a “kingdom that will outlast the years”; “THE Voice that will span the years, speaking life, stirring hope – bringing peace to us – a Voice that sounds until he appears – for He lives…”