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Issue #039, January 23, 2016
What's in this Issue:
1. How do you really feel about your calling?
2. Sermon "The Cities of Refuge" (at bottom of ezine)
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Mark Hollingsworth here. I hope you are looking forward to a great Lord's Day tomorrow! I'll be going to the prison church to worship with believers there!
John Henry Jowett wrote on being "Called to Preach." So I'm asking questions...Is our call based on man or God? ...What are the circumstances of your calling? How do you feel about your calling?
"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."
Theologian Huston Smith
Jowett said, "...this is the sort of music and song that we find unceasing, from the hour of his (Apostle Paul) conversion and calling to the hour of his death:"
"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." "For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward!"
"Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity!"
Jowett continues, "Do you not feel a sacred, burning wonder in these exclamations, a holy, exulting pride in his vocation, leagued with a marveling humility that the mystic hand of ordination had rested upon him? That abiding wonder was part of his apostolic equipment, and his sense of the glory of his calling enriched his proclamation of the glories of redeeming grace. If we lose the sense of the wonder of our commission we shall become like common traders in a common market, babbling about common wares."
How do you feel about your calling?
Are you still in wonder?
What do you think?
More on the subject next time!!
2 Tim. 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
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This is a sermon sent to me by Dr. Earl White (One of my heroes and pillars of the Faith!)
THE CITIES OF REFUGE
"The LORD also spake unto Joshua, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee
thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood."
We will be looking at this entire chapter. It takes all the cities of refuge to form a perfect type of “The Man” who is the hiding place from the storm and a covert from the tempest.
Let’s look first of all at—
I. THE NATURE OF THEIR APPOINTMENT
A. It was divine.
The Lord said, “Appoint out for you cities of refuge.” These cities then were sanctified, or set apart for their sakes, according to the will of God. They
undoubtedly point to Christ (Heb. 6:18), who for our sakes sanctified Himself, according to the will of God. It surely would be a consolation to the refugees when he entered the city to know that he was in God’s appointed shelter. So we may have strong consolation who have fled for refuge in God’s appointed place, i.e., In Christ.
B. It was merciful.
They had respect especially to the murderer. How gracious is the Lord to think of such, and make provision for all who truly felt their need of present mercy and righteous protection! These each city afforded, these each sinner sorely needs, and this is what we find in Jesus. In Christ we find mercy to pardon, grace to help, and the power of justice to protect. He is the Justifier of every one that believes in Jesus. As guilty sinners we need more than mere shelter, we need righteous justification, and Christ is all this.
II. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THEIR NAMES
In looking over the meaning of the
names of these cities one is struck with the distinctive characteristic of each, as showing forth some particular feature of he character of Christ.
A. Kadesh (holy place).
A Refuge for the Unclean. The holiness of Jesus and the sinfulness of man are at once suggested here. None of these truths can be denied, both are alike clearly taught in Scripture. The holiness of Jesus Christ becomes the hope of the unclean. Only that which is clean can cleanse. The unrighteous can only find refuge in the righteousness of
B. Shechem (Shoulder).
A Refuge for the Weary. The lost sheep found both safety and rest upon the Shepherd’s shoulders (Matt. 11:28; Luke 15:5). He is a Saviour, and a strong one. “The government shall rest on His shoulders.” We can find no rest in ruling ourselves, but the weary can find rest under His government. When we trust we lean not only on His merit, but also on His almightiness, or rather His almighty merit. When on
the shoulder the strength of the carrier is beneath us.
C. Hebron (fellowship).
A Refuge for the Homeless. Man is spiritually a homeless wanderer. The homeless Prodigal found a refuge in the father’s house and in the father’s fellowship. Jesus is the only Hebron for the soul. There is no fellowship with the Father but through Him (1 John 1:3). This is not the refuge of a lonely prison, but in the bosom of a loving Saviour. Jesus
is to the soul a refuge of love and communion.
D. Bezer (stronghold).
A refuge for the Helpless. Man is not only a sinner, he is also a helpless sinner. In the case of the manslayer there was no such thing as self protection. This is also true with us as sinners. Paul said we are “without strength.” The mercy of God in Christ is a stronghold that can never give way. No matter how helpless you are, here you are
E. Raymoth (exalted) A Refuge for the Hopeless.
By nature we are
not only without strength, but without hope in the world
(Eph. 2:12). Those who hope in the world have no hope. We must hope out of the world. He is our Hope, exalted at the Father’s right hand with a name above every name, high and lifted up. Jesus is our Ramoth.
F. Golan (separated).
A Refuge for the Tempted. Many Christians are tempted much in the world because they tamper much with the world; they have not fled to Jesus as their city of separation. They have not become exiles with Him, and for His sake. Although He says, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, and I will receive you,” yet they flee not, and the
tempter often overtakes them. He separated Himself for our sakes, that He might succor the tempted. Golan is the last city mentioned. Separation from the world unto God is about the last refuge that is sought after. Jesus must be our All in All if we
would be perfectly sheltered from the curse, the world, the flesh, and the devil.
From these names we may also learn that in Christ we have: (1) Holiness, (2) Rest, (3) Fellowship, (4) Safety, (5) Exaltation, (6) Separation.
Our refuge is in Jesus Christ our Lord!
We can Praise the Lord for that!