Out of the Clay Jars
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'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is sealed and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days." (Jeremiah 32:14 NKJV)
In the year 1947 a young shepherd threw a rock into a cave and heard pottery break. He went inside and discovered several jars with very old scrolls inside at least thatís the way itís usually told. World Book Encyclopedia tells of many more finds than those known as the Dead sea scrolls. But the first of the Qumran caves has parts of every book in the Old Testament. It started to teach the world at large that the words of the Lord have not changed one jot or tittle as mentioned in Matthew 5:18
Through the years people have had doubt about the Bible sure it had changed over time. They try to cast doubt on things like the virgin birth saying it couldnít have happen. The same goes for the Ark, the feeding of the five thousand, the various accounts of healing from both testaments. The answer is for us these things couldnít happen, but for God it is possible.
He was able to bring back the exiles from around the world to make the nation of Israel. How many people there have German, or Russian, or even Japanese as their mother tongue but now speak Hebrew which had been considered a dead language.
Jews for Jesus and other groups have begin to bridge the gap to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The most interesting part of these groups is many of their converts are not even Jewish. Some are simply unchurched, others are Moslems or some other non-Christian faith. But they are reaching unexpected people. They lead these people to Christ not synagogues.
On our mission trip to Crimea we met a whole synagogue of believers in Christ. Our group was even blessed to receive the Lordís supper with them. I would have never expected that in a portion of what was once called the, ďevil empire.Ē
There is a worldwide hunger which would never have believed possible just a few years ago. There is a minister out of Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Michel Youssef, an immigrant from Egypt, has a regular broadcast in Arabic and English aimed at the mid-east. This broadcast attracts people with no interest in the message who listen to learn English. They end up learning more than they bargained for.
Benny Hinn an internationally known healing evangelist and a native of Israel has gotten permission to do a healing service in Tel Aviv. Iím sure he will end his service as he always does with an altar call.
There are many smuggling Bibles into countries which would like nothing better than to be left alone. I know a woman who spent years smuggling Bibles into China. Brother Andrew did the same with the iron curtain before it fell, he now works in places like the Sudan. Both of these examples have stories they tell of God miraculously hiding Bibles from those trying to keep them out of the country.
Christian Radio and Television broadcasters are getting letters from places that are closed to the gospel. People in the Sudan and some other places are being martyred as surely as those thrown to the lions were in Roman times.
The news tells of the spread of Islam, they chose not to talk about the spread of Christianity. Islam has never had a million converts in a single meeting as Reinhard Bonnke did in Africa lastyear. That is not an estimate but a physical count of decision cards from those who accepted Christ at the meeting.
Those sealed jars with the evidence of the word have been opened. In this computer age borders blur and the word of God goes everywhere. Look at our own little e-community. We have people from over half of the continents. When I was on the mission trip one of the translators asked for my e-mail address. I didnít have one at the time but like most people have one now. The internet is an unstoppable source of information. People in places who may never have access to a paper Bible can read it on the world wide web. The clay jars have become satellite linkups. God will be heard, by any who have ears to hear or eyes to see.
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This is both enlightening and heartening. It is refreshing to know (and be reminded) that God's word is always moving forward.
encouraging piece. the media certainly doesn't want the world to know Jesus is on the throne.