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Ancient Landmarks

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless, for their Redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you. Proverbs 23:10-11

Israel's flag.

This weekend Palestinian and Arab peoples are throwing themselves against the fences of Israel to take its land which they claim as theirs. Year after year passes and it seems there will never be peace in the Mideast. And in fact there will not, as long as men refuse to acknowledge in practical terms that there is a God who intervenes in human affairs—who sets the boundaries of nations and demands allegiance to his Christ.

In Deuteronomy 32:8 we are told that “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.” In Psalm 74:17 we are told “You [God] have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.” The land of Israel was given to Abraham in promise and to his progeny in acreage. Under Joshua theirs was a supernaturally-aided conquest but, as foretold by Moses, they were twice cast from the land and twice restored to it (many of them orphans this second time, after the holocaust). The problem of the Mideast, then, is a matter of men rejecting the word of God.

Those who stand against Israel must ultimately fail, because God remembers the ancient landmark, will plead their cause—and has a mighty arm. Let the nations be warned—God will laugh to scorn those who defy him and will ultimately deliver his people. (Psalm 2)

This glorious redemption cannot come however until conditions have forced Israel also to accept the teaching of God’s word. To this day the people of Israel have refused to accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah, and until they do, peace cannot come, for He is their peace and ours. (Ephesians 2:11-22)

19:14 Prudent Wife

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Anne H. Judson, prudent wife.

Houses and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14.

When Adoniram Judson became a Christian, his father, a minister, immediately had visions of him becoming a notable pastor in the United States. Adoniram grievously disappointed him. He told his father he was leaving it all to go to India.

Shortly before sailing in 1812, Adoniram married Anne Hasseltine, a young woman who had been a socialite before her conversion. They wound up in Burma, where Adoniram was imprisoned and tortured. Although a new mother, Anne exhausted herself to preserve his life and succor him. She died soon after his release.

Adoniram could have taken the course his father wanted. Instead he took a harder path, on which he was accompanied by a wife from the Lord. The pair became household names in America.

Everything of the Father belongs to Christ. He also is preparing himself a bride without spot or wrinkle, a prudent wife.