Monday, November 05, 2007

Dial Daily Bread

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread":

Have you ever wondered how the Eleven disciples felt when one of their number, Judas Iscariot, betrayed Jesus? They also felt betrayed.

They had never suspected that one of their number, the most talented of them all, the one who everybody felt would surely become the prime minister of the new “kingdom” Jesus was setting up, went over to the side of the scribes and Pharisees.

And think how elated the scribes and Pharisees were that they had captured Judas Iscariot!

We have long known that into the seasons of all who remain faithful and true to the end there will come times of trial and keen disappointment, like Elijah running away from Queen Jezebel who threatened to kill him. The final issue that comes into the open just before the very last days will be that of the seal of God versus the mark of the beast.

Congregations that have always ostensibly been loyal to “the seal of God” (cf. Rev. 7:1-4) will be tried severely when the popular mark of the beast is enforced; some, in fact we understand many, formerly loyal congregants, will become turncoats and will engage in persecuting their former brethren.

Those loyal to the “seal of God” will sense what it means to be “betrayed”!

Jesus was betrayed, and those closest to Him will share His experience.

In mercy to His disciples, the Lord Jesus had permitted them to go through a preview experience in John 6 when He had preached about the bread of life. “Many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more,” and Jesus sorrowfully turned to the Twelve and asked, “Do you also want to go away?” They responded, “Lord, to whom shall we go? ... We have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (vss. 66-69); but even then Jesus knew who Judas Iscariot was! (vss. 70, 71).

It’s in similar mercy to our souls that Jesus permits us to go through the sad experiences of “betrayals,” in preparation for the final issue when it comes (and it may be very near). It will be like a great dam bursting when the water gushes down sweeping everything (almost!) in its path; but none need be swept along if we have prepared. Our roots now can be sunk deep down into the truth and by the grace of Christ we can stand.

But we must study, we must know the truth for ourselves. Hours spent in pleasure and TV watching must become hours spent in pursuing the truth so we know it for ourselves first hand, not because some guru has told it to us. “Happy” are those who are hungry and thirsty to learn, to know, to understand (Matt. 5:6, GNB).

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