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Reading 1 - 2Ki 19:14
"Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it.
Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD"
Here is an example of a person who made a special effort to
bring his problem to God. He didn't just stop and pray where he was. He went up
to the House of the Lord, and he took the letter with him and presented it
before God. He made a special effort to arrange circumstances that he felt God
would accept. God is there for those who arrange their hearts in humility, and
make the effort to present themselves a living sacrifice before Him. Our 'House
of the Lord' is embodied in Jesus. This is where we must meet with
Reading 2 - Eze 9:4
"Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the
foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are
done in it" (Eze 9:4).
All those who had remained faithful in opposition to the
detestable idolatries of their countrymen were to be symbolically "marked out"
in their foreheads; they would be saved from the coming destructions. The
similarity with the original Passover, and the exodus from Egypt, is obvious.
The mark was to be placed on the forehead as a statement that their
differentiation from the other Jews was to be found, firstly and importantly, in
This procedure is echoed also in Rev 7:3, where the faithful
144,000 are sealed in their foreheads... because the Father's name was written
there (Rev 14:1; Mal 3:16).
Reading 3 - Luk 5:27
"After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the
name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. 'Follow me,'
Jesus said to him" (Luk 5:27).
This calling of a new type of disciple -- a publican, not a
fisherman -- emphasizes the broadening appeal of Christ's call -- and also that
aspect of his ministry that brings him into conflict with the Pharisees: "When
the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat
with tax collectors and "sinners"?' " (Mat 9:11; Mar 2:16; Luk 5:30).