“This what the Lord says—-the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, to give me orders about the work of my hands? It is I who made the earth, and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts. I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 45:11-13)
God surprises His people by choosing unexpected people to reveal and carry out His will. He used Cyrus, a foreign conqueror, to be His anointed agent (verse 1) to restore His people to the Promised Land. The Creator can use anyone from anywhere He chooses to bring about His historical purposes. In this case, Cyrus did all of God’s will, for no price or reward whatsoever.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You choose whom You like to bring about Your will being done, and give no recognition or debt is even incurred. You select the leader best to fulfill Your purposes, and provide proof of Your people’s faith in You, that You will always provide for Your people. It is for this reason, that we pray Your will is done, Abba. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“A nation is never more than one generation away from atheism. Maintain your focus.”
“I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother.” (Haggai 2:23)
Zerubbabel served as governor of the returned exiles in Jerusalem. All accounts of Zerubbabel picture him as a righteous man who sought to please. God. God uses faithful servants leaders to bless and guide His people. Such leaders do not assume leadership positions on their own. God chooses and calls His leaders.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2nd Timothy 2:2)
The words of truth are entrusted to steady teachers, who pass on the message and become instruments of God revealing His will to disciples. The priest/minister/pastor (the leader of the church) cannot monopolize all the teaching, but it remains their responsibility. Therefore, it is their responsibility to teach those who teach, so that their teaching is sound and scripturally based. Those who are gifted to teach, must also be aware of their need to continually study the Bible, so as to avoid false teaching.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:6-8)
Jesus sent His disciples to continue His ministry and thus be agents of God’s revelation. Preaching God’s kingdom brings revelation of God’s good news to people. Jesus described several actions which were ways to proclaim the kingdom. Jesus gave them special powers to heal the sick and raise the dead. This was special power for a special need at a particular time.. This was not power promised to all disciples as they go out to serve the Lord, but Christian compassion will cause disciples to minister to the sick and afflicted and to claim every blessing for the sick that God has promised. We must us all means possible o minister to the sick and hurting people, no matter their need. However, to all people we must deliver the gift of hope, by telling them just how much God loves them and wants them all to one day be in the kingdom for all eternity.