Meditation for 11/21/2019
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of he lord’s favor and he day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,.” (Isaiah61:1–2)
God instructed the prophet to preach to the people in the house of God when they came to worship. Proclamation of God’s Word is a part of genuine worship.
This aspect of worship is most clearly seen in the time of the prophets. It continued as a pattern in worship in the New Testament church.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, “The Spirit of he Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” There are times when we are so filled by God’s Spirit, that we think we might burst at our seams! The Lord places His Spirit in us, and we feel His Presence. The words to proclaim come forth in abundance and we can hardly contain them until we are able to share them with God’s people. Why is it, that some people we need to deadpan the good news of Salvation through Jesus Christ! We are called to proclaim it! We are called to express the Word of God, to share His message of salvation and it should be done in such a manner, that everyone within earshot, ought to jump for joy, at hearing God’s Word. We pray that all will listen to Your Word and respond with the same joy, that we, that deliver His Word, feel in our heart, mind, and soul. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If He brings to to it—He’ll bring you through it. Trust Him!”
This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard of the Lord’s house and speak to all the people o f the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the Lord. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from his evil way. Then I will relent and not bring on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done. Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: If you do not listen tome and follow my law, which I have set before you, and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened), then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city an object of cursing among all the nations of the earth.’ The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the Lord.(Jeremiah 26:2-7)
God told the prophets to preach to the people in he house of God, in God’s house, where proclamation of His Word is always a part of worship. This then became the model for preachers too use in their worship services and on into the New Testament churches as well. One of the prominent features seen in these passages is the reading of the Word of God, a vital aspect of proclamation.
God told the prophets to preach to the people in the
Beloved, if you attend church, but do not listen to God’s Word being proclaimed, then how can you know if you hear the truth or not? Going to church is not something you just check off and say, “Yep, I went to church.” If you aren’t listening, then you might just have spent better time going back to bed or reading the newspaper or drinking your coffee, etc., as You may have heard words being spoken, but you were not listening to what they mean or the context of how they were being used.
Second Thought of the Day:
“You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house, I have declared to both Jews and reeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts20:20–21)
Proclamation help the church to grow in Christ and invites the unsaved to believe in Christ. Paul did not shrink back from preaching (Greek – angelio) what was helpful to the Ephesians. He publicly invited people of all races to accept he gospel. God intends for unbelievers to be brought to repentance and faith through the preaching of he Gospel.
Proclamation closes with an appeal for repentance and faith, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promise of salvation. New Testament proclamation is primarily the authoritative declaration of the good news, inviting all people to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.