Wednesday Night Church
The Wednesday night service at the church where I’m a member is largely ignored, but
is a Bible study that could benefit anyone. The Pastor’s sermon is actually a discussion.
in the week of this writing, we talked about the growing up of Jesus; not of His birth, but what little is given about Him
from the time of Mary’s purification…which by law involved the 40 days following His birth. The law required
the sacrifice of a lamb, or a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons, and our discussion gave thought that Joseph and Mary’s
offering of the doves and pigeons, might indicate that they were rather poor.
We wondered whether there were laws
concerning girl babies as there were with males, and didn’t come up with an answer.
And that God arranged
that Joseph and Mary came to Jerusalem for this act instead of in their home town, so that Simean would fulfill prophecy that
he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
We talked about Jesus at age 12, staying in
Jerusalem after the Passover festival instead of being in the group heading back home, and after a three day search, found
Him talking with religious leaders. And that he “was subject unto them” as any child would do.
we discussed Luke 4:11, which noted that satan tempted Jesus to jump off a pinnacle “for it is written, He shall give
his angels charge over thee, to keep thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone.” So we wondered whether Jesus didn’t stub his toe as a youth.
And wine got
into the session, concerning the first miracle by Jesus as he turned water into the best wine at a wedding. We saw that
wine in strict moderation is not necessarily sinful, but can be a bad influence on unbelievers and that even the first drink
can lead to addiction. Yes, Wednesdays can be interesting!
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.