Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 May 2010 Malachi 2:11‏

Malachi 2:11     For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

Spah nah nah nah nah! The trumpet sounds! Battle stations all believers! It’s Monday morning! Another week of work warfare is about to commence, so be sure to put on your spiritual suit of armour before you join the fray. Ah Friends, what a mundane, same old, same old life most of us lead eh. Work five days, off two; work five, off two…ad infinitum. Somewhere in there, if we’re lucky, we get a couple weeks vacation. Then back to the daily task and common grind. But that’s the way of our enlightened, advanced civilization, so we’ve just got to grin and bear it, while piling up many rewards in heaven for the next life. But isn’t it grand though Friends, made all worthwhile, when we see the confident promises made by the Lord God Jehovah, centuries before, come to pass? It certainly reassures and emboldens us to realize that His words are not just mere talk or idle boasts, but that He is truly who He says He is, and can do exactly what He says He can do. Our Bit today bears that fact out very nicely. The prophet Malachi says in no uncertain terms: ‘For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the gentiles.’ Wow! And thousands of years later, it’s just like He predicted. Consequently, all God’s people shouted: ‘Glory Hallelujah! Bless His Holy Name! For His words and promises are forever faithful and true!’ Yes my brethren, the word of the Lord is steadfast and strong, able to stand the test of time. He also put similar words in the mouth of Isaiah: ‘So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard (banner) against him.’ (Isa.59:19) And that great repository of all human emotions and feelings, the Psalms, has this to say on the topic. ‘From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high?’ (Ps.113:3-5) NOBODY my Friends, NOBODY is like our God! Knowing the stubborn, rebellious, sinful nature of man, His choice creation, the Lord chose to start with a relatively small group, the Jews; descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to cultivate them to His way of thinking. It’s the same way we begin our projects small, then increase their size as they take solid root. But Friends, from the very beginning the Lord’s plan was to include all His creation. Isaiah implies it when talking of the future glory of Zion. ‘And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising…Then shalt thou see, and flow together (become radiant), and thine heart shall fear (swell with joy), and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces (wealth) of the Gentiles (nations) shall come unto thee.’ (Isa.60:3,5) Oh mih breddren, after reading the Good Book, how can we ever doubt it eh? Malachi continues to specify in our Bit: ‘and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering.’ Centuries later Bruh Paul began bringing the Gentiles to the Lord, through the redeeming, grace-filled, forgiving, merciful gospel of His Son Jesus, who, because of the Lord’s great LOVE for us, was sacrificed, so that we could have a chance to return to His righteous fold. In the process Bruh Paul exhorts us all to pray. In his message to Timothy, he solemnly declares: ‘I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.’ (I Tim.2:8) That means people all over the world ought to pray, with a pure life and without disputes and disagreements. Meanwhile John, in his revelation of what the last days would be like, says: ‘And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.. And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.’ (Rev.8:3-4)  Today, incense also plays a large part in our prayers and religious ceremonies, making Malachi’s words true. And without a doubt my people, the last part of the prophecy has been fulfilled: ‘for my name shall be great among the heathen (nations), saith the Lord of hosts.’ Oh my Friends, answer me this riddle I this: what is the greatest name in the world today; the most revered, the most talked about, causes the most controversy and arguments? None but the Holy Trinity; the Lord God Jehovah, His Son Jesus Christ and the guiding power of the Holy Spirit! Mention any of them and sparks fly, both good and bad. And it wasn’t Malachi alone who prophesied thus, but also Isaiah. ‘For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see my glory. And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations…to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.’ (Isa.66:18-19) There’s no more to say mih people, for this proves that it was no haphazard, by chance thing, but a well designed, thought out and orchestrated plan by our God. So please, don’t let anyone tell us otherwise, cause us to doubt or infer that our God is not a GREAT GOD, for He is. Let’s simply tell them thanks, but no thanks, that we’re quite happy and satisfied with our God, and we’ll be sticking with Him through thick and thin because He’s proven His LOVE for us in so many ways, that we’ll be stupid to do otherwise. Then let’s proceed to tell them all about it and live it before their very eyes. Oh Friends, if we’re to retake the world from Lucifer and his evil cronies, then right now our cause needs a mighty push to get it to the next level, so let’s try and pump it up some nuh. Just think about the sorry kind of lives our children will live if we lose this war. Oh mih people, that’s just an unthinkable proposition! Much LOVE!…stand up, stand up for Jesus…the trumpet call obey…till every foe is vanquished…and Christ is Lord indeed…

 

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