Thursday, October 16, 2008

Day 28: A place to learn his ways once more

You came down also upon Mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right judgments and true laws, good statutes and commandments… (Neh. 9:13)

And many people shall go and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth out of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isa. 2:3)

One of the main themes of the long prayer found in Nehemiah 9 is this: God has taught us how to live, how to relate to Him and to one another. Man has gone astray and been unwilling to live God’s way.

The Old Testament is a stunning record of people’s stubbornness in the face of God’s commands, which are “right and true.” Among its many purpose in society, a church is a teaching center where people learn the just and true ways of God. In our day, a teaching church is more important than ever, for family and societal breakdown has left us in a state of moral confusion, even chaos! How critical it is for there to be a lighthouse of truth in the community, a place where God can once again teach people His ways.

Father, do such a work through us that people in need and people who are hurting will know that they can come up to the mountain of the Lord and be healed as they walk in your ways.

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