October 5, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 5

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SAA Notes

Naaman exhibits the faith of Abraham. He is an excellent example of the truth that we are justified by faith! Naaman had to humble himself first before he was healed. He had to bathe in a filthy, stinking river (not his own clear mountain streams) and listen to the advice of servants. The miracle is – he did!

SJA Notes

“Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.”

From the mouth of a little Israelites girl comes salvation to Naaman, a Syrian warlord. How gracious is our Lord God, and how important to know, that wisdom can be found at any age!

Too, it’s wonderful to see that after a furious rage, he calmed down and did listen to his servants – Naaman humbled himself and went to the Jordan, dipped seven times, and was healed.

Even better is that this leads to repentance!

“Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel;”

Here is a man, healed of a terrible disease, and his response is belief!

So for us, we can be encouraged in the story of Naaman, exhorted to humility before our Lord God and submitting under His purposes for us.

And often when we are storm-tossed and windy-beaten, to cast our cares on the Lord as the man cried out to King Jesus,

“I believe; help my unbelief!”

* God of all truth and mercy,

Lord there is none like You, You alone are God.

Thank You for the witness of Naaman, that he points us to You.

Please help us to submit under Your will for us, as You humble our stubborn hearts and foolish pride.

Amen.

October 5, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 38

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God grant every one of His servants an Ebed-Melech as a friend. Pray for those who preach and teach God’s Word.

SJA Notes

* God of joy and peace, please teach us from Your word today.

“If you will surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then your life shall be spared, …”

It must have been hard for Zedekiah the king at this time. Managing a kingdom besieged, dealing with nobles playing politics, maybe even trying to do what was right for the people.

God’s word to Zedekiah at this time was a hard word.

SURRENDER!

There was wisdom in that path for the king, it would go better for him if he surrendered.

We can make the same mistake as the king, who ignored God’s word (as we shall see).

God calls us to be meek, humble, other-centred, kind, patient. He calls on us to be faithful and true as He is, steadfast in our love as His love shows, to be gentle and self-controlled as we see Jesus was.

He calls us to WISDOM.

Are we choosing God’s call to wisdom today and not that of the world?

Choose wisdom!

* Father God,

Please show us Your word today, the wisdom You would have us heed.

Mark us as a faithful people Lord, showing Your faithfulness in our lives to those around us.

Amen.

October 5, Reading 3 – Hebrews 9:15-28

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The Law of Moses teaches us about the ministry of Jesus as our Messiah; about what He was to do. It helps us understand why it had to be that way. Reflect on verses 27,28.

SJA Notes

“… So that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance,”

The promised eternal inheritance is ours by way of our Lord Jesus’ death. His sacrifice redeems us from our wrongdoing.

“… And without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

But why is blood necessary, why death?

Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death,”

We could not and cannot pay the penalty for our transgressions.

So Jesus took it Himself, He paid the price. He bore our sins at Calvary. Again we see, layered over and over – That Jesus is the key, the crux to understanding this life and the one to come.

And how wonderful that God’s word is clear what the eternal inheritance is, following on in Romans 6,

“… But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Eternal life! And life to the full!

* Father God,

You are the mighty God who created all that we see, and all that we don’t see.

May Your Name be praised.

Please help us to bear Your Name well in our lives. As we are at home and away from home, together with family and apart, as individuals and as the groups of Your people that You place us together in.

And thank You for Jesus, whose blood was shed so that we could be forgiven!

Amen.