10th February 2018

Our Rising Sun

“That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Matthew 5:45 (NKJV)

Every day when the sun rises brightly in this country after dark winter days, I find it very refreshing and heart warming. As the earth rotates on its axis, we have sunrise and sunset. In reality, the sun has been shining all the time, ever since God created the solar system. Our sun is central in the solar system, surrounded by smaller planets circling around it, which are held in orbit by its gravity. The sun is a hot orb of glowing gases producing enormous energy. Our earth, which is at just the right distance from it, benefits from the heat and the light of the sun. Without the sun there would be no life on the earth. Let us give thanks to God, who makes the sun to shine on us.

But there is a dark side to it. Human beings are worshipping the sun as their god. My parents worshipped the sun, because it is one of many gods in Hinduism. And this sun-worship was very common in the time of Old Testament Israel, despite the nation being warned by God to shun the practice Notice Deuteronomy 4:19, “And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them…” Also in the vision of Ezekiel we see, “…inner court of the Lord’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east” (Ezekiel 8:16).

But God says to us, “to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves” (Malachi 4:2). It was the prophecy of the Messiah, that we find in Luke 1:78-79 “Through the tender mercy of God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” It reminds me of the countenance of Jesus shining as the sun in its full strength in Revelation 1:16 and Matthew 17:1-2.

When Christ returns in full glory, we shall see Him in His brilliance. That is a glorious promise to us as we read in 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” We have to ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten our eyes to see this truth more clearly. Praise God who makes the sun to rise on the just and the unjust.

Prayer
God of light, I do not have words to thank You for the glory which is reserved for us. I love You in Jesus name and praise You with all my heart as I stand before Your throne of grace and glory.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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