Daily Topic for February 01, 2009
The book of Isaiah has been called “the Bible in miniature,” and rightfully so, for its 66 chapters present the person, work, and commission of Christ in a manner representative of the 66 books of the Bible. Isaiah here portrays the heavenly banquet in which men and women from every nation will rejoice in the goodness of God. Though Christ’s death has conquered the power of death for all who put their trust in Him, His return will banish the presence of death from the redeemed of every nation. How tenderly the Sovereign Lord will wipe away tears from faces upturned in joyful praise!
Pray that the Lord will guide us on until we see Him face to face.
When Peter Brashler was nine years old, an Irish evangelist held meetings in his hometown in the state of Washington. To stay awake, Peter doodled in the hymn books. The preacher’s voice thundered through the gospel hall, ringing out the wrath of God-and the sure doom of a nine-year-old who was watching the clock. “Never mind the clock!” roared the preacher, “there’ll be no clocks in hell!”
More out of fear than a real desire to become a believer, Peter received the Lord and asked to be baptized. “You are too young,” he was told. Not too young to go to hell for stealing a glimpse at the clock, but too young to be baptized! These were stern Brethren churchmen, but they taught Peter lessons in discipline that would help him when he reached the mission field.
When the Brashler family moved to Everett, Washington some years later, they started attending the First Baptist Church. The pastor, another Irishman, preached the same gospel that the Brethren followers did. But this minister also had a choir and a daughter in that choir named Edythe. Peter joined the choir to be near her, though as Peter commented, the choir director must have thought he got his “musical dexterity at Sing Sing Prison: always behind a few bars and never quite able to get the right key.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will reveal His deep love for all nations through the missionaries of today.-AL