Friday, June 29, 2012

Far from Home, There is danger- Sabbath Vespers

This Friday the 29th of June 2012, the Lord saw to it that this kind of message be told to His people in Musda Main, together with those who are able to read from this page. The Lord spoke so softly into our hearts by telling us how much being far from Home is a danger unto us. He tells us how much being away from the feet of Jesus Christ is bringing danger to our lives, by giving the enemy more chance to walk on us.

This message is seeded in a number of Biblical experiences that God uses to elaborate unto us how much we really need to stay by His side to stay safe from the wrath of this world.
In the book of Ruth, we are looking at the story of Elimelech, the husband of Naomi from Ruth 1: 1-6 -

Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law
Ruth 1
1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
Ruth Chapter 1: Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law
2And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

Going away from the Land of Bethel Judah, which means place of rest leads to the death of the sons 
of Naomi. Naomi and her daughters at last decide to go back to Judah, to get what the Lord has been preparing for them all along. They are convinced that they would still be accepted by the society at Judah. In the same way, God is always willing to take us back whenever we backslide. However the many steps we make away from Hime, he will be walking right behind us.

The next scenario is in the book of Hosea, the story of Hosea and the harlot to whom God had directed him to marry. Even after Hosea taking her to his home, she still wanders and goes back to her earlier life after which Hosea gets her being sold. We were  once lost in this manner and just as Hosea bid for her price, Jesus paid our sins with His blood that is much more precious than the 15 pieces of silver by which Hosea redeemed back his wife.

The story of the redemtion of human kind is based purely on God's grace and love to us. Song number 180 in the Adventist Hymnal explains it all, if you know it, sing it in your heart, here it is:

O Listen to Our Wondrous Story

Verse 1:
O listen to our wondrous story,
Counted once among the lost;
Yet One came down from heaven’s glory,
Saving us at awful cost!

Who saved us from eternal loss?
Who but God’s Son upon the cross?
What did He do?
He died for you!
Where is He now?
Believe it thou, in heaven interceding!

Verse 2:
No angel could His place have taken,
Highest of the high tho’ he;
The love One on the cross forsaken
Was One of the Godhead three!

Who saved us from eternal loss?
Who but God’s Son upon the cross?
What did He do?
He died for you!
Where is He now?
Believe it thou, in heaven interceding!

Verse 3:
Will you surrender to this Saviour?
To His scepter humbly bow?
You, too, shall come to know His favour,
He will save you, save you now.

Who saved us from eternal loss?
Who but God’s Son upon the cross?
What did He do?
He died for you!
Where is He now?
Believe it thou, in heaven interceding!

What a blessed song. In Luke 15 , Jesus explains what being away from home means by the parable of the prodigal son:
Luke Chapter 15: Return of the Prodigal Son
Return of the Prodigal Son
Luke 15:11-32
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Luke Chapter 15: Lost and Found
Lost and Found
Luke Chapter 15 : 8
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

Fare thee well this coming Sabbath servants of the Most high God.

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