DAY 106: Thursday 2 July
Good morning all
The subject of slavery has been much in the news over recent weeks – reminders of some of the darker parts of history of our nation and former empire. In the 21st century the world has become more aware of the wrongs of all types of slavery and many companies, charities and organisations now include a Modern Day Slavery Policy Statement in their company and legal information.
Numbers 1:1 - The Lord spoke to Moses . . . in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt.
The book of Numbers begins with a reference to the Israelites’ coming out of Egypt, where they had been slaves for many years (see Exodus 1-14). Thirteen months had passed since then, and many miles of wilderness lay ahead before they would enter the land God had promised to their ancestor Abraham (Genesis 13:14-18). The people had been camped at Sinai for more than a year. And soon God would get them moving again toward the promised land. How would they survive in the wilderness journey ahead? They needed to remember that God had delivered them out of slavery, and that they were God’s people. God had rescued them, and he would not abandon them in the wilderness. God had delivered them and would bring them to the land he had promised.
Slavery is not just something that affects people from poorer backgrounds, it is the key tactic of Satan to impose slavery on all of mankind. We all know of individuals who through their own bad choices have found themselves enslaved to alcohol or drugs, sex and pornography, gambling, violence and anger.
Other people can find themselves enslaved by seemingly harmless habits – shopping, partying, computer gaming, TV series binging and sometimes what started as an interest or hobby has developed into a habit and then to an obsession – the medical profession may describe it as OCD. Through becoming blind to the obsession, we allow ourselves to become captives – enslaved. But Jesus has good news for those in that situation -
Luke 4:18 - The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
When life is difficult, we must remember that God has delivered us. By sending his Son, Jesus Christ, God has freed us from our slavery to sin and death. Jesus died to pay the price for our sin. Through him, we are saved and given new life to enjoy with God forever.
We may experience troubles in life. At times, life can even seem like a desert, but God reminds us that we belong to him because of his salvation in Christ. He has delivered us from sin and death; he will not abandon us in the wilderness. If you find yourself in the wilderness, put your hope in God, who will carry you through. But that takes faith and when we are suffering or have been through tough times, our faith can falter because we are human and still subject to mortal frailty. That’s been a problem for man for centuries and back around 2800 years ago, the prophet Isaiah was given this message of hope.
Isaiah 35:3 - Here is a message for all who are weak, trembling, and worried: “Cheer up! Don’t be afraid.
2 Thessalonians3:3 - The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
Here’s a Hymnalong for today >>> HE WILL HOLD ME FAST
Vera continues to slowly improve and the antibiotics seem to be working. She is eating more and able to take more exercise each day. She is being moved from Ward 17 to the Sheldon Unit at Good Hope with the hope that she may soon be fit enough for discharge when she will go to stay with her elder son Michael.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? = Ruthless
Who was the shortest person in the Bible? = Knee-high Mia
The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose. = Mosquitoes must come close, though.
Why do we say ‘Amen’ at the end of a prayer instead of ‘Awomen’? - Same reason we sing Hymns instead of Hers.
What time are you due at your Chinese dentist? - Tooth-hurtie.