Daily Topic for April 02, 2009
The Lord wept at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:35). He wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). He suffered distress of spirit over men’s hardness of heart (Mark 3:5). Do you think He is grieved today because “all the earth” does not fear Him, that “all the people of the world” do not yet revere Him? He bore sin’s penalty-death on a cross-for each one! Think of it-the only Son of God being brutally beaten and killed a merciless death so that God the Father can show mercy! But millions do not know this. How that must grieve Him! Does it grieve us as well?
Pray that the Holy Spirit will make you more sensitive to His yearning for the unreached. Pray that He will help us to respond to His command to go and tell the good news of His salvation.
One of the great Christian scholars of this era was Columba, an Irish monk who studied under St. Finnian at an Irish monastery. Finnian’s band of 12 was part of a group of perhaps 3,000 who studied and copied documents such as Scriptures. These copies were spread out far and wide. Many were never destroyed by raiders. Later scholars who have read these copies have found them to be identical to one another.
For 15 years, Columba preached and founded monasteries throughout Ireland. He loved books. He would go to great lengths to obtain and copy valuable manuscripts. One day Finnian showed Columba a copy of a Psalm book which he had just obtained in Rome. Against Finnian’s wishes, Columba copied this Psalm book. Finnian found out and laid claim to the copy. Finnian took the issue to King Diarmaid, the high king of Ireland. Diarmaid ruled in favor of Finnian. Partly because of this ruling, Columba began a battle between his clan and Diarmaid’s clan. Though Columba’s forces won the battle, there were between 1,000 and 3,000 who died unnecessarily.
Columba finally came to his senses. On the advice of an aged hermit, he resolved to pay for his offense by winning for Christ as many men as had died in the battle he caused. Columba was banished to Iona, a small island off the coast of Scotland. He would go preach to the Picts.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that those who commit sin today will repent, and serve the Lord again.-KC