Daily Readings & Thought for September 9th. “HIS MERCY IS FOR THOSE WHO …”

What a depressing account we have today in 2 Kings 15!  It lists a succession of godless kings in the northern kingdom of Israel and makes us think of the world in which we live!  If we listen to or watch the news – there is a complete lack of good news on every hand – so it seems that people ‘bury’ their minds in the sports news. 

Similarly, in Ezekiel 5, we read the acted parables the prophet has to perform to indicate how “fire will come out into all the house of Israel” [v.4] and the LORD’s comment in v.13, “Thus shall my anger spend itself, and I will vent my fury upon them …”  And we meditate with awe and fear in our minds on the ways the Creator will vent his fury more and more on the utterly godless world of the 21st Century.

In contrast, it is uplifting to read the 80 verses of the first chapter of Luke.  The author says that “it seemed good to me … having followed all things closely for some time past to write an orderly account … that you may have certainty …” [v.3,4]   Through Luke’s writings, we, in these last days, “may have certainty” too!  

After compiling his gospel Luke put together an orderly account of the Acts of the Apostles after their Lord ascended to heaven. This contained so many historical references that the sceptics of the 19th and 20th Centuries were sure they would uncover flaws in Luke’s records as more and more ancient details came to light through archaeological and other discoveries – but none have come to light!  What Luke has recorded includes major planks for the foundations of our faith.

Today’s chapter includes the testimony of Mary before Jesus was born, she was inspired to say how her “spirit rejoices in God my Saviour” and that “his mercy is for those who fear him” [v.47,50].  May we truly rejoice and “fear him” – that is – be in awe of him.  

We especially pray that we may experience his mercy and gain strength from him as our godless world disintegrates more and more in coming days, months and years – if years yet remain?  We are going to have a need to even more earnestly take to heart the words of the Master, “and when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place …” [Luke 21 v.9]     May we all fully realise and know in our hearts that “his mercy is for those who fear him – but who learn – not to fear the world!

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