Meditation

07/21/2021

The word of the Lord came to me : ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ ‘I see the branch of an almond treed,’ I replied. The Lord said to me, ‘You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.’ The word of he Lord came to me again: ‘What do you see?’ ‘I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north.’ I answered. The Lord said to me, ‘From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdom,’ declares the Lord. ‘Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of e gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah. I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made.” (Jeremiah 1:11-16)

God used different means to reveal His will and word to prophets. Some prophetic visions included dialog with God about a common, everyday object. Through the visions God taught Jeremiah His word would happen in history. He summoned the people to hear a new interpretation of their history.. Saving acts would become judging, destroying, acts. Thus God prepared Judah for Babylon’s destruction of Jerusalem. In 586 B.C.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You still today, use every means to see forward to what is coming, from where, and why. Abba, we are under attack in the free world countries of Your creation. Dark forces are using everything possible to undo goodness in the world, or just outright ignore it. Let us not be afraid to see the good that still happens and know in our hearts and minds that this is Your doing. Dispel the dark forces, who would tear apart islands of freedom around the world, and help us to do what we can do expand the “Light” of the world, which is the love of Jesus Christ. For it is in His precious name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Count your blessings beloved, not your problems.”

KNOWING GOD:

In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose side were some buildings that looked like a city. He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand. The man said to me, ‘Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am doing to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.’ I saw a wall completely surrounding the temple area. The length of the measuring rod in the man’s hand was a six long cubits, each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth. He measured the wall; it was one measuring rod thick and one rod high.” (Ezekiel 40:2-5)

God transported His messenger through space in a vision which allowed Him to see and hear what God was revealing. The prophet was to tell Israel what he understood. He thus became a mediator of God’s revelation to the people. Prophets, like other messengers of God in the Old Testament, received and passed on manifestations of God in dreams, visions, and insights derived from religious meditations and reflection.

The vision as a whole reveals God’s sovereign control of the entire world, but the vision’s separate elements and interpretation serve only as a preface to the central symbol, the vision of God’s glory. Ezekiel could speak God’s inspired message because he had been permitted to catch a vision of God’s glory. Ezekiel’s vision revealed to the exiles that God was present with them even in a foreign land.

I AM:

I fell to the ground and hear a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.” ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.(Acts 22:7-11)

A vision serves as revelation to the recipient. When repeated in personal testimony, it becomes revelation to a wider audience. When written in a book through God’s inspiration, it becomes revelation for a still wider audience. Here, Jesus appeared in a personal vision to lead Saul (to become Paul) to salvation. Saul saw what others did not see and was blinded by it. Later, he receives his sight back.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” (Revelation 21:10)

The King of life took His messenger and revealed the future of life in the full reign and control of God. John was allowed to witness a new creation, made perfectly by God, designed and working as He intended life and community to be, redeemed from imperfection and sin, and subject to Him. God revealed to His prophet the quality of eternal life and its nature. What a sight this must have been! It will come and God’s will in its perfect manner will be brought down from out of heaven. Will you be there to see it? I pray so, beloved. Have you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not, what are you waiting for???

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