Bible In One Year-Day 155 (Wednesday, June 4, 2014)
Commentary: 1Chronicles1-3. The books of 1&2Kings are more of the political history while those of Chronicles are religious. The chapters list the royal line of David. One may think of why the names are necessary. The sense is that every name is important in history; more important is the role the name played in making history. Not all the names of David’s children were mentioned, only 9 sons and a daughter. Others were referred to as the sons of the concubines. What you do in life will make you to be outstanding and remarkable. God only identifies with positive contributions. Positive in the sense that God is glorified just as Christ says in John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me.”
I will like you to know that lifting Jesus up is not just carrying the Bible about, but it is about your relationship with God and others which is measured in terms of faith (with God), hope (in your destiny) and charity (expression of God’s love through you to others). God desires more of better relationship with others because this connects you faster and concisely with your destiny and God; 1 Corinthians 13:13
1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Your charity work for the needy is an act of lifting Christ up. A farmer is always looking for a fertile land to plant seeds. If he plants where the seed will not grow, he will reap nothing at harvest;
Luke 6:34 “And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.”
The fertile grounds for us as Christians are the poor and the needy (the disabled, those who lack something to eat, the aged and the sick);
Matthew 10:42 “And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily, I say to you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”
The best way to building a perfect relationship with God is to build a loving relationship with those around us.
Romans 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Jesus used the parable of the Good Samaritan to illustrate who the needy in our surrounding are, and how charity work could single us out remarkably. There were many Samaritans but the expression of love and passion for a dying man tagged this particular Samaritan as “Good”. Another example is the manner the widow gave her offering in the Synagogue. What you receive from God is not as important to Him as the manner you give it out or share it with people. Let us look beyond our relatives and bless the Lord by giving to those who are not able to return what we have given them.
Luke 14:12-14 “Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”
God gave us His Son, they called Him JESUS, He came to heal, restore and to save. He must be lifted up on the earth, Halleluiah! Amen.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is 1Chron4-6. Keep the fire burning and alive. GIVE LOVE GENUINELY.