"And day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they did take their food with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people."-- Act_2:46-47 (R.V.).
IN EVERY life there should be the worship of the Temple and the service of the Home. Do we realize that God is directing and locating our life-plan? The Home is His arrangement for us equally with the Temple, and the daily meal may be an ordinance as the Lord's Supper. Do you take your food "with gladness and singleness of heart," or do you grumble over your meals? Do you perform common tasks gladly and gratefully? This is only possible when we come to understand that the greatness of life consists, not so much in doing so-called great things, but in doing small things greatly! "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."
We have been compared to the weavers of the Gobelin tapestry, who may have to work a number of apparently drab and sombre, uninteresting and common things into the pattern on the wrong side of the woof. It is only when the texture is completed that they can see and admire the design that is worthy of the palace of the king! So it is with your life and mine: "We work, we suffer, and see neither the end nor the fruit. But God sees it, and when He releases us from our task, He will disclose to our wondering gaze what He, the great Artist, has woven out of those toils that now seem so sterile."
There was great joy in the lives of these early Christians. They parted with their worldly possessions, but they were filled with gladness, and probably this gave them favor with the people. There was true helpfulness among them. Each went shares with the rest. The give and take of life is so important. We are all glad enough to take what we can get, but how about to give! We like to be waited on, but how about the serving? Yet true gladness and happiness depends, not on being ministered to, but in ministry. When we have learnt the secret of praising God in and for everything; when we refuse to shut ourselves up in our own griefs, but compel our dull spirits to enter into the joys of those around, then we shall have no difficulty in living joyfully and gladly.
O Lord, renew our spirits and draw our hearts unto Thyself that our work may not be to us a burden, but a delight; and give us such a mighty love to Thee as may sweeten all our obedience. AMEN.
Jer 18:15 For my people have forgotten me, they have burned incense to false gods; and they have been made to stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths, in a way not cast up;
Jer 18:16 to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.
Jer 18:17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.
Jer 18:18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.
Jer 18:19 Give heed to me, O Jehovah, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me.
Meyers word is separate from the text in Jer. It is like two words.
In Jer. We read, because he was giving a warning from the lord, and he was speaking truth of things to come the people said , :let us smite him with the tongue....
Webster says :
SMITE, v.t. pret. smote; pp. smitten, smil. [This verb is the L. mitto.]
- To strike; to throw, drive or force against, as the fist or hand, a stone or a weapon; to reach with a blow or a weapon; as, to smite one with the fist; to smite with a rod or with a stone. Whoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Mat 5.
- TO SMITE WITH THE TONGUE, to reproach or upbraid. Jer 18
(Jer_11:19). Let us bring a capital charge against him, as a false prophet; “for (whereas he foretells that this land shall be left without priests to teach the law, Mal_2:7; without scribes to explain its difficulties; and without prophets to reveal God’s will), the law shall not perish from the prophet,” etc.; since God has made these a lasting institution in His church, and the law declares they shall never perish (Lev_6:18; Lev_10:11; compare Jer_5:12) [Grotius].
the wise — scribes and elders joined to the priests. Perhaps they mean to say, we must have right on our side, in spite of Jeremiah’s words against us and our prophets (Jer_28:15, Jer_28:16; Jer_29:25, Jer_29:32; Jer_5:31); “for the law shall not perish,” etc. I prefer Grotius’ explanation.
with ... tongue — by a false accusation (Psa_57:4; Psa_64:3; Psa_12:4; Psa_50:19). “For the tongue” (Margin), that is, for his speaking against us. “In the tongue,” that is, let us kill him, that he may speak no more against us [Castalio].
When you speak a truth, even if in love, judgment is always out of love by the lord.
People will speak against you, try to stop you, leave you helpless when you need help, that goes with Meyers devotion. It is the day we live in. Ezek. Was told his forehead would be like flint, because he was being sent to a rebellious people.
Today most Christians are such, unteachable, they will not listen, heed, they want to do things their way and believe in anything they want. The post modern Church is the biggest movement today. Long ago many Churches, Pastors were stern, legalistic, dictatorial, today you will find the opposite, no bible, no doctrine, no truth.
How do you reach a people now days? Only the Holy Spirit can do it, words mean little, even if they are true. This turning from the lords ways, and turning to self ways is a crises, I see it everyday, and this is one key reason why Judgment begins in the house of God.
Has the lord been speaking to you about doing something and yet you keep disobeying for whatever reason? The Chapter starts out with the lord telling Jer. To go to the potters house and once he was there the lord spoke.
Jer 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying,
Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he was making a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4 And when the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Jer 18:5 Then the word of Jehovah came to me, saying,
Jer 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith Jehovah. Behold, as the clay in the potter's hand, so are ye in my hand, O house of Israel.
Jer 18:7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it;
Note the underlined portions.
- Arise and Go
- I went down
- The word of the lord came
Notice the process of hearing the word of the lord, it is the same today. Arise and GO, that is step one, arise and go, this is something that takes moving, walking, and lit. Going. Many are to lazy to take the first step, arise, and so the famine of the word is in such a life. The one that listens and goes will hear the true word of the lord.
In the N.T. In Acts, Evangelist Philip;
Act 8:26 But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert.
Act 8:27 And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship;
Act 8:28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.
Act 8:29 And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
The very same thing in the N.T. Arise Go, he went and once at the place he was told to go, more direction was given and the Eunuch became saved.
We do not always know the out come of the lord saying , “Go”.
If we are to understand the lords will, way, and word, we must arise, it may be we are told to arise and pray, it could be arise, go help a person, meet a need , it is different, the action the same, Arise, and Go.
Has the lord been speaking to you about going ? To Arise? If we obey no matter what it seems like, no matter how hopeless it will be the lords direction, his word and all we need to do is simply arise and go, we must put some effort in hearing the true word of the lord. It may seem not to be convenient , but if we do as the lord says the end result will be truth, in love, and people may just speak evil of you, so be it. The outcome in our obedience will not always be pleasant to our flesh, but if we simply obey, there still is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.