23rd November 2018

‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ 

“…how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Hebrews 9:14 (NKJV) 

‘Don’t shoot the messenger’ is a saying that has come down through the centuries. It refers to rulers of old who would kill those who brought bad news from their enemies or of defeat in battle.

Jeremiah must have felt a little like such a messenger. He was called by God as a very young man to bring dire warnings to the Kings of Judah that, unless their behaviour changed, captivity would be the consequence. In Jeremiah 7:1-11 he prophesies of God’s punishment on the nation if they did not treat the Temple – God’s house – with proper respect. They should use the building for the purpose for which it was originally intended—a place of prayer and worship, not a place of commerce and business; or, as the text says in verse 11, “a den of thieves.” The message was strong, but God’s hand was on the youthful Jeremiah.

We now leap some six hundred years to Matthew 21:12-13, when Jesus, whom some regarded as a second Jeremiah, comes to the Temple and is appalled at what he sees. He uses the same words as were used in Jeremiah 7 to describe the Temple as a “den of thieves” rather than a “house of prayer.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), cleanses us from “acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” They did not kill Jeremiah, but they did Jesus. He has risen and is seated as our High Priest at the right hand of the Father.

Prayer
Thank you for your messengers down through the ages, Father in Heaven. Help us to be faithful messengers as we share the gospel with those we meet, through Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by David Silcox

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About the Author:
David Silcox is an Elder of Grace Communion International, and serves on the Pastoral Council of our Watford/Garston Congregation.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Contact:
Email: david.silcox@gracecom.church

 

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