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OCTOBER 2023

STUDY & SERVE DAY

At the Study and Serve Day, Bro. Newton took us to Genesis 22 re the sacrifice of Isacc. Here we read of Abraham, v. 3, that he ‘rose up early in the morning’.

We may then think of Jacob, who likewise ‘rose up early in the morning’ to praise God at Bethel (Gen. 28:18)

Or, Moses, who ‘rose up early in the morning’ to go up to Mount Sinai, Ex. 34:4.

Or the people in Jesus’ day, who came ‘early in the morning’, to listen to him in the temple, Luke 24:1.

For Abraham, it was an awful thing that he was being asked to do, but no delay there. The first opportunity and he set off. And the others also showed that they acted.

Now, getting up early in the morning does not suit some people, but the time of day does not matter. We alternatively read of the men of Jabesh-Gilead travelling ‘all night’ to rescue the bodies of Saul and his sons from the Philistines (1. Sam. 31:12), and of David and Jesus continuing ‘all night’ in prayer 2.Sam. 12:16 and Luke 6:12),

It isn’t the time that is important (‘be instant in season, out of season;’ Paul told Timothy (2. Tim. 4:2)). It is taking the opportunity, without putting it off, or saying it is too early, or too late, or I need to do this first. To serve God at the right time and when opportunity presents itself.

So, let’s never put off for another time what God requires, be that remembering His Son in bread and wine; or assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25); or preaching the word (2. Tim. 4:2 again); or to provide food, drink, or clothing, or to visit those in need (Matt. 25:34-36), or whatever. There is so much that can be done, that needs doing, and NOW is the time to do it. For who knows what tomorrow may bring.

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