Daily Topic for December 03, 2007
The Old Testament repeatedly records that kings of Israel acknowledged God’s power. But what a surprise to read the words of Cyrus (a Gentile), the most powerful world ruler of his day, telling his people that the Lord had given him all the kingdoms of the earth and had appointed him to build Him a temple! What’s more, the king expected the Jews who did not wish to return to Jerusalem to support the venture. God certainly does not act according to our expectations! The Scriptures declare, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases” (Proverbs 21:1).
Father, direct the hearts of today’s world leaders to accomplish Your purposes among the nations. Remind them that You are the King of the earth.
(Continued from yesterday)
“I also read more about that boy, who as a man entered the synagogue at Nazareth and was called to read the Scripture of the day. He opened to the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah and read from chapter 61. ‘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 broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. . .’”(61:1-2 NIV).
After Bob Mendelsohn, a young Jew, read about Jesus when he visited Nazareth, he told of his reaction: “He (Y’shua) closed the scroll and sat down. Then he taught those assembled concerning that passage of messianic hope, saying, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’ (Luke 4:21, NIV). By this, he identified himself to them as God’s Anointed One.
“Through my faith in Jesus, I have been initiated into the greater religious community of God that includes all people of faith, both Jews and Gentiles. Because of this, I know that all those good wishes showered upon me at my bar mitzvah for a happy future have come to fruition.”-AL This story is printed, courtesy of Jews for Jesus.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will raise up many peoples in the Middle East, be they Jewish or Gentile, who will be in awe of His Word the Word made flesh.