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Written by Elder Terry Miller  /  Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2016

“Harvest is past, summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8:20 Jeremiah is the lamenting prophet. He laments that he has been given a duty to speak to a people who would not listen to God’s words spoken by the prophet. “But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I commend you, that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward. Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them. Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck; they did evil more than their fathers. And you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you; and you shall call to them, but they will not answer you.” Jeremiah 7:23-27 Time is rolling on. Markers of the seasons remind Jeremiah that the people given to his charge will not take the medicine offered by the physician and be saved from their perilous consequences of unbelief. “Is there no balm in Gilead ? Is there no physician there? Why has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored ?” Jeremiah 8:22 Time is the witness of our perils. It reminds us that we have not kept promises or performed duties when a new time marker arrives. It reminds us that we are being moved to some end. That end is death, physical and eternal death. “Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.” Our God our Help in Ages Past Today is the last day of 2016. It is a time marker. Year 2017 will begin tomorrow. The year 2016 will be gone. “Year 2016 is past, and I am not saved.” Will this be your declaration for a new year? God stepped into time to remedy this. In the fullness of time (Gal. 4:4) God satisfied His own wrath in sending His son, Christ Jesus, as a surety to man, to keep the law and the covenant with man perfectly. He died to pay the penalty for sinners who place their trust in Him and His merits. If a cure for a malady is given by a physician and the patient refuses to take it (much like Israel of Jeremiah’s day), his epithet should read “He died because he refused to take the medicine.” Christ Jesus is offered freely to sinners today, even as in Jeremiah’s time. The answer to Jeremiah’s rhetorical question - Is there no balm in Gilead ? - is Yes, there is a balm and a Physician in Gilead. Jesus Christ is His name. Lean upon Him by faith, so that it won’t be said by you … “Another year is past and I am not saved.” The pains and torments of hell are eternal. Take the medicine, my friend, and be saved from this peril. Don’t be stiff-necked like the Israelites in Jeremiah’s day. There is no other name given among men than that of Christ Jesus as the perfect physician. Note: The text and idea for this post was taken from C. H. Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" Devotional, named after Israel's Old Covenant morning and evening sacrifices which pointed to Christ (Colossians 2:17). The exposition of the text was revised to reflect my own thoughts. Terry Miller

   “In the fullness of time, God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law.”  (Galatians 4:4-5) A New Year has arrived.  It is no longer 2015, but rather 2016.  Time is marching on.  A new time marker is established.    Time is a product of God’s creation.   But God is eternal and does not need time.  So why did He create and step into time to create man?  And why did he step into time to redeem man? What is the central event in created time?  And what was the purpose of this event ? We see the answer in Gal. 4:4-5.  God stepped into time to send His only begotten Son, that whoever should believe in Him might be redeemed from his curse.   What was man’s curse?  He had broken God’s Law and was under it’s penalty - death, physical and eternal death. I read a cute comic strip on the internet where one Roman was speaking to another Roman saying, “I’ve got to quit writing BC on my checks.” This is a humorous comic strip, but it reminds us that there was a very significant event at this time.  The incarnation - emcompassing the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ - was the event of all time. We have the news media pick a man or woman of the year for the previous year at the end of each year.  We often reflect on the events of the previous year on what has transpired (even though we rarely learn from these events.)  What significant events happened this year?  What will be the significant events next year?   But this is paltry when compared to the most significant event in time, at the “fullness of time”.   We look back in time to this event.  Simeon, the priest and Anna the prophetess, look forward in time to this event and they beheld it with their own eyes (Luke 2:25-38).  They knew the significance of this event. Simeon, the priest was looking for the consolation of Israel (the Messiah), as he declared “Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.”  He looked with eyes of faith upon the Christ child, the long expected Messiah for the Jews. He further declared, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed —- and a sword will pierce even your own soul — to the end that thought from many hearts may be revealed.”  Anna gave thanks to God and and could not stop speaking about Him (Christ, the Messiah) to all who were looking for the ‘redemption of Israel’. Both of these - Simeon and Anna - were expecting the long-awaited Christ child.  They believed the promises of God in His word.  So did many other Jews of their time, but there were many who rejected the Messiah, and even put Him to death on a cross. Both groups were fulfilling the words of Simeon.  Some of the Jews fell over Christ and some did rise with the Christ child. How about you, my friend?  At this “new time” and “New Year”, how will you deal with the One who stepped into time at the “fullness of time” and eternity? How you receive or don’t receive the One who came in the “fullness of time’ will determine how you will step “out of time” and into eternity. Will Christ be your savior and your redemption to grant you everlasting and eternal life or will He be you judge and condemn you to the pains of hell forever for your sins? Time is running out.  It is appointed for man to die and then be judged by this Christ.  How will you spend eternity? Christ Jesus is the sword that will pierce your soul and reveal your thoughts regarding Him.   Will your rest in His victorious merits or in your feeble and sinful self-righteous attempts for merit? Time will tell ….  And time is hastening on … “Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly forgotten, as a dream  Dies at the opening day.”    (Our God our Help in Ages Past)    Terry Miller

   “For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.” Psalm 51:16 NASB David confesses his grievous sin in this Psalm. He had been confronted by the prophet Nathan regarding his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and with shedding the blood of Uriah her husband. “Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.” Psalm 51:4 King David knew that he, like Paul, was the chief of sinners. And he also realized that he had sinned against the Holy One of Israel. He knew that he deserved to die. He was not worthy of the least of the mercies that he had received from God. However, David not only confesses his sin in this Psalm, but he also confesses his faith. “You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it” is a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ. How is this a confession of faith? He is quoting the words of Psalm 40 where Christ Jesus speaks of His fulfillment of this sacrificial system given to Israel. “Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O Lord, You know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.” Psalm 40:6-10 These are the words of Christ speaking of Himself. He would be the one who would come to fulfill the sacrificial system. His blood would speak louder than that of bulls and goats. David knew that he could not offer any sacrifice to pay for his sins. Only the blood of Jesus Christ would be sufficient to satisfy the wrath of God for such a sinner. Only the blood shedding of Jesus Christ would pay for David's heinous sins. David trusted in the Son of David to atone for his sins. As the type was set against the anti-type, so was the holiness of the type far separated from the holiness of the anti-type of sin. Christ Jesus is the Holy One of Israel. His life was a perfect satisfaction of the holiness demanded by God from mankind. David knew that the only sacrifice he could make was the sacrifice of God; a broken and contrite heart which rests in the only Savior for man, Jesus Christ. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 Terry Miller

   “ On 1 Kings 22:17: 17 So he [Micaiah] said: “I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, Like sheep which have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace.’” Israel would go out to battle, but would return without their leader. They would return home without winning or losing the battle with Ramoth-Gilead. However, they would go home leaderless. A man drew his bow at random and killed their king. Ahab was an evil king. He did not subject himself to God. Jeremiah and Ezekiel prophesized that their were no true shepherds to be found in Israel: Jeremiah 50:6 "My people have become lost sheep; Their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside on the mountains; They have gone along from mountain to hill And have forgotten their resting place. Ezekiel 34:4 "Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. Ezekiel 34:5 "They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. Zechariah 10:2 For the teraphim speak iniquity, And the diviners see lying visions And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep, They are afflicted, because there is no shepherd. All attempts to shepherd God's people short of a true shepherd would fail until the true shepherd would arrive on the scene. All attempts by kings to rule over God's people would fail until the true king would appear at the fullness of time (Gal. 4). No prophet would speak the truth absolutely until the true prophet would arrive. Matthew 9:35-37 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness. When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Matthew 14:14 When He stepped ashore and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matthew 11:4-5 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the one who does not fall away on account of Me.” Terry Miller

   “8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord, Micaiah the son of Imlah, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil.” 1 Kings 22:8. 13 And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 14 But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” 1 Kings 22:13 15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him". Deuteronomy 18:15-22 A true prophet speaks only the truth according to the words of the Lord through Moses. A true prophet would be raised up from the Israelites who will not only speak the truth, but also faithfully live the truth. He will not be presumptuous in speaking the truth, but will speak and live the truth of God. What will be the end of those who do not heed His words of truth? God will require it of him (Deuteronomy 18:19). He shall be accountable to the wrath of God against Him. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart, for God will not give you His heavenly rest who resist him. If His word speaks against you, repent and believe in the true prophet, Jesus Christ. He always speaks the truth. Do not hate Him because His word speaks against you. Turn to Him by faith and believe the truth. ” Terry Miller

   “ More thoughts on 1 Kings 22: Beware of the flatterer. The 400 false prophets (1 Kings 22) tried to flatter king Ahab to give him what he wanted to hear. Christian and Hopeful also fell prey to the flatterer in John Bunyan's allegory and paid dearly for it: Pilgrim's Progress Chapter Thirty Christian and Hopeful Snared by the Flatterer The Pilgrims are Subtly Entrapped. "So they went on and Ignorance followed behind. They continued until they came to a place where-another path joined in with the straight way. Now this new alternative way seemed as straight as the road to which they had become accustomed. Because of this the pilgrims were undecided as to which way they should take, for each seemed as straight as the other. So they stood still and pondered. And as they were wondering which way to take, a black man, dressed in a light-colored robe, approached them; he then asked the pilgrims why they were standing there. They explained that they were going to the Celestial City, but did not know which of the two ways to now take. “Follow me,” said the man, “for it is the way in which I am now going. ” So they followed him along the new way that had joined the old way, though this new path gradually veered away from the Celestial City so that they came to be facing the opposite direction. Now as time passed by, before they awakened to their guide’s deception, he led both pilgrims into a net that completely closed itself around them. As a result they became so thoroughly entangled that they did not know what to do. Then the white robe fell off the black man’s back so that the captives began to understand what had happened." 1 Kings 22 continued: 13 Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Behold now, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 17 So he [Micaiah] said: “I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, Like sheep which have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace.’” 18 Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?” 19 Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left. 20 The Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ 22 The Lord said to him, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You are to entice him and also prevail. Go and do so.’ 23 Now therefore, behold, the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the Lord has proclaimed disaster against you.” 28 Micaiah said, “If you indeed return safely the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Listen, all you people.” Defeat and Death of Ahab 29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up against Ramoth-gilead. 30 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into the battle, but you put on your robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into the battle. 31 Now the king of Aram had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, saying, “Do not fight with small or great, but with the king of Israel alone.” 32 So when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, “Surely it is the king of Israel,” and they turned aside to fight against him, and Jehoshaphat cried out. 33 When the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. 34 Now a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel in a joint of the armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of fight; for I am severely wounded.” 35 The battle raged that day, and the king was propped up in his chariot in front of the Arameans, and died at evening, and the blood from the wound ran into the bottom of the chariot. 36 Then a cry passed throughout the army close to sunset, saying, “Every man to his city and every man to his country.” 37 So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried the king in Samaria. 38 They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood (now the harlots bathed themselves there), according to the word of the Lord which He spoke. 39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did and the ivory house which he built and all the cities which he built, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 40 So Ahab slept with his fathers, and Ahaziah his son became king in his place." ” Miller