Monday, October 26, 2015

OT DAY 357 - Rise Up, Women! Rise Up, Men! (Please click here for English podcast)

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Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

      The Lord will keep you from all evil;
             he will keep your life.
         The Lord will keep
            your going out and your coming in
            from this time forth and forevermore.

                       Psalm 121:7-8

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (Judges 5:1-31)

English(ESV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+5&version=ESV


Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:
“That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
    that the people offered themselves willingly,
    bless the Lord!
“Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;
    to the Lord I will sing;
    I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel.

“In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
    in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned,
    and travelers kept to the byways.
The villagers ceased in Israel;
    they ceased to be until I arose;
    I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
When new gods were chosen,
    then war was in the gates.
Was shield or spear to be seen
    among forty thousand in Israel?
My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
    who offered themselves willingly among the people.
    Bless the Lord.

12 “Awake, awake, Deborah!
    Awake, awake, break out in a song!
Arise, Barak, lead away your captives,
    O son of Abinoam.
13 Then down marched the remnant of the noble;
    the people of the Lord marched down for me against the mighty.


                      Judges 5:1-3, 6-9, 12-13


Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"


My Listening
     We have moments in the Bible like Moses crossing the Red Sea and Joshua crossing the River of Jordan and the destruction of the city of Jericho that God's people did not need to use any military force or even human effort to win those warfares. Just listen and obey and to do the warfare in a spiritual realm.

     Here in today's passage in the Song of Deborah, we find a new understanding of our role in God's Kingdom. Men and women need to rise up building up God's Kingdom. Men and women need to follow God's appointed leaders, generals, captains in a Godly formation so that we can fight a good fight for God, just as St. Paul's says.



Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
    
      The poem also gives distinctive testimony to the importance of the human beings' actions. This victory was not like that at the Red Sea or at Jericho, when people just watched God act. Paradoxically, despite the fact that the situation seems hopeless and there seemed no way the Israelites could do anything about their oppression, Bee had summoned them to take action, because God was going to give them an impossible victory. While God did so, the victory depended on the clans offering themselves and God working through and with them to do something supernaturally extraordinary. 

John Goldingay. Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.105.




       



      Rise up, women! Rise up, men!

      God needs you to join His faithful people to become part of God's vast army to bring light, freedom and hope to this world!

      This morning at 7a.m. we had 37 men and women came to our church to pray. Today we submitted an offer to purchase a piece of land to build our new church and today we started our 40 days prayer meeting. Please join us if you are in Vancouver area, Monday to Friday 7a.m. to 7:30a.m., Saturday 9a.m. to 9:45a.m. and Sunday 8a.m. to 8:20a.m. (Richmond Emmanuel Church, 7451 Elmbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 1B8) If you can't join us, please pray for us daily in this coming 40 days so that our eyes can be opened to see God's provision and enter into His preparation! Please see below three photos I took this morning for your prayers:






Dear Lord Jesus,

Lead us to rise up so that we can follow you, our Lord and King to fight a good fight for your Kingdom's sake.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen.



Reflect on these questions:
1. How do you feel when you heard "Rise Up, Women! Rise Up, Men!"? Do you know this is a call from our Lord Jesus Christ to command you to "fall in" in the division God appointed you, just like what today's passage describes to follow the lead of God's appointed leaders or commanders? 


2. Are you willing to listen to the call or do you choose rather to be lazy doing nothing?


3. What have you got from Jesus today?


Today's Time with Abba daily reading that I recited loudly and copy the Bible is:
Psalm 119:33-40
Jeremiah 49:23 -50:46
Titus 1:1-16
Proverbs 26:13-16



Photos of my copying the Bible using Time with Abba passages

 Golden Verse 




Other passages






Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons


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