By the Rev. J.B. Rowe
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and the fulness thereof. Then God said to his Son, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
“Male and female created he them, and he said unto them, Replenish the earth and have dominion over it.”
Out of Adam’s seed God chose a people to become and be like himself. Things went well for a while. Then his chosen people began to go out from his presence and plan.
They ignored and rebelled against God’s plan for their life. They would not obey his plans and broke off their relationship with their Father. Even though his hand was stretched out to them, they would not obey God. God in his righteousness broke off his fellowship with Israel.
In about 400-399 B.C., God turned his people out unto the world — let them go their own way and rend for themselves. This was the worst thing that could happen unto them. They thought, “Man, this is good.” Many have the same attitude today: “Let us get rid of God and Jesus.”
For 400 years God did not speak to his people. Their neighbors were Syria on the north and Egypt on the south. Israel was captured and overrun by each of the nations from time to time. They were under tribute to one of these people all the time; robbed and maltreated continually.
Antiochus, the Syrian persecutor of the Jews, stopped their sacrifices for 3½ years — took all the sacred writings and burned them. He took a statue of Jupiter Olympus and placed it on the altar, defiling the temple in Jerusalem. Many bloody wars were fought and thousands of Jews were killed. The Jews had never suffered in this way before. History has a way of repeating itself.
I encourage you to read Daniel 8-9 and Revelation 12, and you will find like things happening to the Christian world just ahead of us. The end-time is now! May God open our eyes of understanding! God is going to bring his people back to himself in these days.
Galatians 4:4: “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5) “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6) “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
God broke the spirits of many of his Israelites while they were in tribulation. He saw their sorrows and opened The Door for them to return to him. Multitudes of Jews do not yet believe that their messiah has come. It will take the oncoming tribulation to open their eyes.
“He (Jesus) came unto his own, and his own received him not,
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power (right) to become the sons of God.”
His invitation is “whosoever will, let him come and drink of the water of life freely.” Jesus worked by the seashore and saw fishermen, and said unto them, “Follow me and I will ‘make’ you fishers of men.” Jesus chose 12 men and taught them all about the Kingdom of God. He sent them out with power to preach the kingdom, heal the sick, cast out demons. Jesus was laying the foundation “stone” (himself) among a people that was to become a nation of people like unto God the Father and himself, for he is the visible image of the invisible God. “Like father, like son.”
Any man who is a true Christian father wants his sons to be like himself. In John 17 Jesus is praying to the Father on our behalf:
21) “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22) “And the glory (nature) which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
There has to be a change — by faith in the shed blood of Jesus applied to our hearts. We began a new walk by the Spirit.
Saul of Tarsus was breaching out threats against the disciples; being a zealous man, he was carrying out his threats. Jesus struck him down on the road to Damascus — took him into Arabia and made a zealous disciple out of him, a 180-degree turn. Read Acts 9.
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them,” and become a vessel that the master is pleased with.
God sent Jesus Jeremiah down to the potter’s house — Jeremiah 18:3: “Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
4) “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter”:
Now let us take a look at ourselves. God the Master made us, man, out of clay/the earth. When we are grown (of age) we may decide how and what we want to be or to become, and we put forth great effort to accomplish that goal.
We probably took up some worldly habits God wasn’t pleased with and we found out that God would not accept our fleshly carnal habits, so, we go back to the Master Potter because our vessel was marred by our hands.
Verse 4b: “so he (the Master Potter) made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
5) “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
6 “O house of Israel, cannot I do with you (me and you) as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”
God is making a people again in his own image. In Romans 12:1 — “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” — so he can make you the vessel that pleases him! God will have a perfect people — like himself. He is calling out — can’t you hear him? “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues (Revelation 18:4).”
These will be the “second witness” (true witness). Isaiah 10:22 says, “For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed (destruction) shall overflow with righteousness.”
Romans 8:14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God.”
Revelation 5:10: “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
Praise God forever! Amen.
Bro. J.B. Rowe of Tomnolen may be contacted at 552-1234.