Yesterday was a special day. My Wife and I celebrated our first anniversary as a married couple and were blessed to spend the weekend in a lovely caravan near Aberystwyth in Wales.
This meant that we also enjoyed the rare pleasure of fellowship with a different Church Fam from ours! We attended the morning service at Alfred’s Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth and were massively blessed by the hospitality amongst other things. Even before the service began, we had people coming to chat with us! We could see that they were excited to have us with them.
Here are words from the first song we sang:
At Your feet we fallAt Your Feet We Fall By David Fellingham
As we come before Your throne to worship You
By Your Spirit’s power You now draw our hearts
And we hear Your voice in triumph ringing clear
I am He that liveth,
that liveth and was dead
Behold I am alive forever more
The sermon was incredible. God really spoke to me. We read from Jeremiah 35:
12 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying: 13 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. 14 ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. 15 Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me. 16 The descendants of Jehonadab son of Rekab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.’
17 “Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster I pronounced against them. I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.’”
18 Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Rekabites, “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jehonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.’ 19 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.’”
Here are the notes I took:
- God was pleased with the radical obedience of the Rekabites to their forefather. Am I radical or casual when it comes to obeying God?
- The Rekabites obeyed despite how difficult it was for them. Even when tested, their resolve to obey was so great that they did not compromise.
- We currently live in a culture which downplays obedience, conformance, submission, compliance and agreeableness. There is a rebellious stance which seeks to be free to decide what is right or wrong. We as Christians, must seek to be radical in our obedience to God no matter how strange such obedience may look in our culture.
- Am I a radically obedient Christian? Do I earnestly strive to live out God’s commands in scripture? I need to have a rekabite-like obedience to God in everything.