26 Dec 2018

It’s Not a Pick and Mix

by Annie Brown

Start by reading…Zechariah 9:1-17Revelation 17:1-18Psalm 145:1-21Proverbs 30:32

Jewish children would have been brought up knowing the Torah 2,000 years ago, so they would have known the prophecies about the coming Messiah. Yet when He came as the babe in the manger they rejected mocked, derided and cruelly murdered the Son of the Living God. Why? Because He didn’t meet their expectations. He didn’t do what they thought He should. He wasn’t the warrior King their souls desired.

They had read the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9:

“Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious…” But they clung on to this part of the prophecy and completely ignored the rest: “…yet he is humble, riding on a donkey–riding on a donkey’s colt.”

What they wanted was to be freed from the bondage of Rome. They wanted their king to be victorious in what they thought was the best way. They missed the fact that Christ’s victory involved a kingdom that would last forever. It wasn’t about temporal release; it was about being set free for eternity.

This is a lesson we need to learn as we walk the path God has laid before us. It is a path to eternal life, and God determines which way it goes. Our reading from Revelation shows us that this path is often a tough one. We cannot pick and choose which parts of the Word of God to live by according to whether they fit with what we want to hear.

Pause and reflect: “God, Your Word is not a pick and mix where we can leave out the parts we don’t like. In Your Grace, open our hearts to all of Your Word: the not so palatable as well as the seemingly easier to accept. Amen.”

Annie Brown
Annie Brown

I’ve been part of the Victory Livestream congregation since April 2013 and visited Cwmbran twice in June 2013 when we were last in the UK. At home we fellowship with a small church in a village nearby. I was born in Wales and we emigrated to New Zealand 40 years ago. I’m married to Mike, a walking miracle, in 2009 God miraculously healed him and brought us back into a living and amazing walk with Him. We have 2 adult children, 7 grandchildren and a gorgeous new great grandson. I’m a Locum Chaplain at our local hospital and passionate about God’s ministry there, bringing the Presence of God onto the wards is such a privilege.

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