Baroda Bible Club
“As you know the truth the truth will set you free” - John.8:32

 

Today's Rhema – 7th January 2007

 

Bible Reading

Old Testament

Psalms

Proverbs

Gospel

Epistals

Gen 13:1-15:11

Psa 8

Prov 4:1-9

Mat 5:38-48

Acts 5:1-16

Today's Rhema

Gen 14:14, “When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.”

Dear brothers and sisters,

Loving greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today let us meditate about the importance of helping one another in the time of their need.  Here we read about a good example of love, concern and care. We know earlier Abraham and Lot were living together and later because of the constant frictions among their servants as in Gen 13:6 & 7, “But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot.  So, they have to separate in peace as Abraham advised in different directions in search of good water for their cattle as in Gen 13:8, “So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers.”

 

Departing from good spiritual people for some earthly benefit is not good.  After Lot departed from Abraham there came a big crisis in his life. The four different kings together came against the Sodom Gomorrah, where Lot was living and taken all the inhabitants as their captive along with their things as in Gen 14:11 & 12, “The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away.  They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot, family and all his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.”  Some how one of the servants escaped from there and conveyed the news to Abraham.  That is the grace of God.

 

The bible says in Prov 17:17, “A friend loves you all the time, and a brother helps in time of trouble.” Immediately without wasting any time Abraham gathered all the men servants who worked in his house, around 318 of them, and went against the four kings and their army. Usually, no one will dare to do such a thing, by going against the kings and their armies.  If Lot is living along with Abraham, he was bound to help him in such a situation.  But here, Lot has left him long back and living in another place, so Abraham could have easily given an excuse for not protecting or rescuing his relative. But he had a genuine love and concern for his relative, though he had left him on his own free will and gone away Abraham could not ignore him when he was in real trouble.  He really risked his own life to free Lot and his family. Because of that God helped him to free Lot and all his household things as in Gen 14:16, “He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.”  There is a saying in English we use to say “a friend in need is a friend indeed” thus we have to help one another to build the kingdom of God. 

 

May the lord help each one of us today to have some similar concern for our brothers and that we may help those who are in danger of their life by praying for them and helping them in the real time of their need.  Amen.

 

Your Web-Site Pastor,
Rev. Dr. T. Marcus Devasahayam

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Further Bible Study

Mat 5:40 to 48; “And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

Decision To Make

Mat 5:46 & 47, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

 

 

Things To Thank God

Psa 8:2, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”

 

 

Today's Prayer

1 The unprecedented harvest being won in Africa, Asia and Latin America

·          A Church for every people — how far was the goal achieved

·          The gospel for every person. The Mark 16:15 version of the Great Commission exhorts preaching the gospel to every person 

Special Note: Month of January is a month to celebrate & intercede for the revival of our City where we live. So kindly daily pray for one hour that the Lord of the Harvest may grant us a revival.

 

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