Welcome to the August edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please click here to forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
We’re on the Same Team!
by Jacob Hudgins
“But Moses said to him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!’”(Num 11:29).
At times our spiritual work can be plagued by selfishness. I resent the attention you get from others. I am jealous of your talents and opportunities. It angers me that you don’t see things the way I do. Some of the great men of the Bible teach us something simple but vital: God’s people are on the same team!
It is days before Jesus’ death. The religious leaders are concerned. The man has entered the temple—their turf!—and presumed to drive out the merchants. To make matters worse, now he is “teaching daily in the temple”(Luke 19:47). The chief priests want him dead but are hampered by the people who are “hanging on his words”(Luke 19:48). Since force (for the moment) is not an option, they attempt to discredit him.
One difficult part about being a Christian is believing in things that you cannot physically see. You cannot be a Christian today without believing in a God you cannot see, and that he sent his son to die for your sins, even though you never watched it happen. That does not mean our faith is blind. There is evidence for it, but we still have to act based on faith, and not sight. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Heb 11:1-3)
“But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark”(Gen 8:1).
The phrase is immediately strange to our ears. Had God forgotten Noah? Can God forget anything? Yet the Old Testament is replete with this idea. God remembers Abraham (Gen 19:29) and saves Lot because of him. He remembers Rachel (Gen 30:22) and Hannah (1 Sam 1:19) and gives them children. He remembers his covenant as he hears the groaning of his people in Egypt (Ex 2:24). Nehemiah (13:14, 22, 31) and the psalmist (Psa 106:4) ask God to remember them. What can we make of this?