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29/08/2022 03:00 - 30/08/2022 02:00

"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" - Hebrews 4:16 (NIV). 

The case is familiar. A woman is caught red handed in an act of prostitution by a mob of men. She is hurried to a teacher of religious law called Jesus. The mob knows it has an iron clad case and if this is a true prophet from God once her indiscretions are bared open he will shriek and order her right to the gallows. But then something else happens.

"In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (John 8:5), the crowd incites Jesus to finish her off.

To their astonishment Jesus already aware of their intentions, simply, "straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her" (vv 8). Much as they were enraged the accusers were not blameless either. One by one they picked up and elbowed themselves out, until Jesus was left with only the woman. All scattered, "Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin" (vv 11).

Something had happened. The woman's accusers had stormed Jesus with self righteous indignation expecting condemnation. Yet from the Lord Jesus this sinful woman met mercy! Oh boy, they must have been dissapointed.

So, here is the point. Before men we all can stand accused; the crowds ready and eager to execute us. But before Lord Jesus we find the throne of mercy. For "The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love" (Psalm 103:8).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, to you who is merciful I come to you assured of the love of God which surpasses human understanding, this I pray in Jesus's name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!