|A Book of Remembrance|
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name.
Pastor Jerry was ministering today from Matthew 2:13-23 and also asked one of the young men to read from - - Isaiah 63:7 (MSG) I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising –
As we pass from 2013 into the New Year 2014, it would be good to remember and count all the blessings that the Lord has done for us in the present and in the past.
Pastor illustrated with the last line from the original song written by Irving Berlin “Don’t Forget to Remember:” You promised that you'd forget me not - - But you forgot - -To remember
Religious remembering has a different quality for even in the difficult times, I will recount the goodness of the Lord.
Joseph was warned by an Angel to take Mary and the young baby Jesus and flee to Egypt, as King Herod was on another massacre rampage.
King Herod was a monster and master assassin, who had killed everyone he thought, might be a threat to him being King. He killed in mass the religious leaders, and even his own mother, his wife and their sons lest they take over his throne.
The news of a new baby King upset him and the slaughter began again with all the male Jewish babies two years old and under.A large Jewish population dwelled in many of the cities of Egypt, who no doubt escaped due to King Herod’s decree.
After about three years, the evil Herod died, and Joseph was again told by an angel to leave Egypt and return to Israel. Further in a dream he was again warned to settle in Nazareth for safety from the new ruler.
From a young child, Jesus learned the Holy Scriptures, and at age 12 he was found in the temple discussing the Old Testament prophesies with the scholars.
We want our Doctors, Lawyers and accounts to be up to date with the latest knowledge and technology. They must keep up with the times.
As Christians we too must keep in tune and seek to be fresh in our experience with our Lord.
Every time we read our Bible it is brand new to us.
The greatest challenge of the Church is to keep up with teaching. It is good to meet together regularly to study and remember the gracious works of our Lord.