Today we come to the Second part of the New Year series focusing on Biblical events occurring on “First day of the First month”…
“They began the consecration on the first day of the first month, and by the eighth day of the month they reached the portico of the LORD. For eight more days they consecrated the temple of the LORD itself, finishing on the sixteenth day of the first month.” (2 Chronicles 29:17 NIV)
Hey, why do we need to reflect so often on the History of the Nation of Israel in our spiritual walk with our Lord? Let the Scripture itself give the answer:
“All these things happened to them as examples–as object lessons to us–to warn us against doing the same things; they were written down so that we could read about them and learn from them in these last days as the world nears its end.” (1 Cor 10:11 TLB)
In the captioned Scripture portion, we have (at this time of the year) Good News with Capital G for backsliders. When I say backsliders, I mean not only those who have flagrantly, willfully disobeyed God, but even those who have secretly comprised (maybe even unwittingly) with some hidden sins like laziness, gluttony, envy, anger, unwillingness to forgive and of course, pride.
Hezekiah the King, a devout son of idolatrous King Ahaz, was serious about setting right the covenant relationship of his Nation with the Lord, which had reached its nadir during the reign of wicked King Ahaz. So he first began cleaning the neglected Temple, which in shambles resembled the God/Judah relationship for the sixteen years the wicked predecessor of Hezekiah ruled. Once the Temple had been cleaned of all is filth, a mighty revival ensued, evidenced in 2 Chron 30-31. Talk of “Prodigal Progeny” (read Judah) of Old Testament times once again turning back to its “Father,” who was waiting all the time for it to come to its senses…
Dear Friends, make no mistake, the Christian life, too, begins with repentance, and is sustained by repentance. Say Brother/Sister, have you defiled His temple (your body — 1 Cor 3:16) and are reaping “bitter fruits thereof of your wayward actions?” In your painful situation, be encouraged, get out of the mire…repent and set right your relationship with the One who has purchased every cell in your body with His precious blood. There have been many who have traversed your path before and bounced back after a fall…make Psalm 130 your own…(Not sure what you wanted to go here, Brother Suresh!)
“O Lord, from the depths of despair I cry for your help: ‘Hear me! Answer! Help me!’
Lord, if you keep in mind our sins, then who can ever get an answer to his prayers? But you forgive! What an awesome thing this is! ! That is why I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised. I long for him more than sentinels long for the dawn.
O Israel, hope in the Lord; for he is loving and kind and comes to us with armloads of salvation. He himself shall ransom Israel from her slavery to sin. (Psalm 130)
Claim this promise, too, reverentially…
“…if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.” (1 John 1:9)
A note of warning here…never take his love for granted as though it were a license for licentious living…be resolute in staying far away from “all that” which caused you so much pain.
Prayer: Father, we sometimes learn our lessons the hard way however we extremely grateful for the forgiveness You extend to us whenever we repent of our sins. We glorify Thee with all our hearts for Your awesome trait of forgiveness. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
To access the entire “The First Day of the First Month” mini-series, please click here.)