Meditation

10/10/2022

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” (Judges 17:6- God Works Through God’s Leaders)

God’s people needed role models and spiritual leaders. Without them the past history of God’s acts and the future hope based on those acts can be easily forgotten. Lack of leadership and forgetting of history lead to self-centered life. Israel ignored God’s moral and religious demands when no one led them to remember His historical deliverance.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Dear Abba, we are bereft of true role models with moral values and many time our spiritual leaders do not teach the truth regarding living moral laws and have righteous characters. Our country lacks serious leaders who serve us instead of themselves. Their votes are up to the highest bidders, who do not have our best interests in mind. Abba, we need true honest men and women who want to serve our country as servants and not as self-centered tyrants. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Take the Word of God and take God at His Word.”

KNOWING GOD:

Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Did I not clearly reveal myself to your father’s house when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh? I chose your father out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear and ephod in my presence. I also gave your father’s house all the offerings made with fire by the Israelites. Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel? Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before me forever. But now the Lord declares: “Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that there will not be an old man in your family line and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, in your family line there will never be an old man. Every one of you that I do not cut off from my altar will be spared only to blind your eyes with tears and to grieve your heart, and all your descendant will die in the prime of live. And what happens to your sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you—-they will both die on the same day. I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his house, and he will minister before my anointed one always. Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a crust of bread and plead, ‘Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.’” (1st Samuel 2:27-36 – God Works Through God’s Leaders)

God’s revelation in history should be sufficient motivation for His chosen leaders to remain faithful to Him. Leaders cannot expect to retain positions when they ignore God and His expectations. God is not bound to honor unfaithful leaders. Those who have been called to serve God and choose their own needs over God’s commands, will suffer a heavy price for their choice.

I AM:

Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds numbered 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer.” (1st Chronicles 9:22 – God Works Through God’s Leaders)

History gives claim to inherited positions. Returning from the Exile, Israel’s religious leaders used genealogical lists reaching back to David to show their right to serve in the new Temple. God’s leaders need roots in the history and traditions of His people. The Chronicler used the genealogies of chapters 1-9 to give such identifying roots to his post Exilic audience before telling Israel’s story. The center of history for Chronicles is the reign of David, so the writer began with Saul’s death, introducing David’s reign.

SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the men and women singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a traditions in Israel and are written in the Laments.” (2nd Chronicles 35:25– God Works Through God’s Leaders)

Fallen faithful leaders should not be forgotten. Lament over their death helps God’s people learn the needed lessons of history. This is not a recommendation from God; rather, it was a decision with all future leaders and people to remember.

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