"In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel,(became governor of Judah during the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem) my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts."
(Haggai 2:23 KJV)
Our Awesome God has a purpose in all He does and He carefully chooses who He will use to further His purposes. The first one we know of called by God was Abram (Genesis 12:1-3) when at the age of 75 years with no children, he was told to go to a land God would show him and God would make a "great nation" of his children.
This man wandered through and around Caanan for 100 years while God prepared him and the situation for the children of his new name, Abraham. He increased his faith, his patience and learned to trust God completely. He was God's choice.
Reuben was Jacob's oldest son and he should have inherited the covenant, but instead, God chose Judah. Now, Reuben sinned (Genesis 49:3-4) but so did Judah. However, Our Awesome God was obviously looking at the hearts of these men. He might have wanted them to be teachable, to listen when He spoke, be obedient, to love Him and to be softhearted. Judah was God's choice (Genesis 49:8-10).
Daniel, once a prince of Judah, was taken captive to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar and there he served God in several ways. But why him? There were many captives from Judah that God could have used but this man interpreted dreams for God, ruled seven years for Nebuchadnezzar, prayed and worshipped Our Awesome God, etc. (Daniel 19:2). Daniel was God's choice. He saw his heart and knew he was the one who would best do the job He wanted done.
Zerubbabel is the only person in the Bible that God told, "I have chosen you." (Haggai 2:23) He had been made governor of Judah during the reconstruction of the temple and the walls of Jerusalem. To learn more about Zerubbabel, read the Book in the Bible: Haggai.
God is still looking for people who have the characteristics He is looking for; teachable, softhearted, listens, and is obedient to Our Awesome God. Are you one of His children? Do you have the characteristics He needs in a leader? Because He will supply the strength, wisdom and anything else you need to get the job done.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up… And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace."
(Daniel 3:18, 20 KJV)
This story of Our Awesome God's chosen people continued while the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon with King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:1-3). The king had made a golden image and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Those that wouldn't bow down to it were to be thrown into the fiery furnace according to the law he signed. The Chaldean astrologers, jealous of the captive Israelites who had found favor with the king, told him that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow down to the golden image. They had not bowed down to it and they told the king they wouldn't which made the king very angry (Daniel 3:19).
Furious with pride and rage, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were bound and cast into the flames. The fiery blast was so hot it killed the soldiers who had escorted them. But as King Nebuchadnezzar peered into the furnace, he marveled at what he saw: "... Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:25 KJV) Then the king ordered them out of the furnace and when they did come out they didn't even have the smell of smoke nor was anything burned on them. King Nebuchadnezzar declared their God to be the one true God and that day they got freedom for all within the king's boundaries to worship Our Awesome God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young men determined to worship only the One true God. In the face of death they stood firm, unwilling to compromise their beliefs and faith in God. They had no assurance they would survive the flames, but they stood firm anyway.
Their story in the Bible speaks a strong word of encouragement, especially to young men and women of today. Thank Our Awesome God that they faithfully worshiped Him. How strong is your faith in God?
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise/Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill