Theme: GOD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE
Text: “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11.
Comment: God made man to show forth His praise (Isaiah 43:7,21). The Holy name of God Almighty, Jehovah is powerful and should not be taken in vain. Among the Ten Commandments given to the Jews through Moses, it is stated, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” – Exodus 20:7.
Confirming the glorious majesty of His name, the LORD says: “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11). There is none that can be likened to, or compared with Him in majesty. – Isaiah 46:5; 40:18.
However, after Christ’s mission on earth, by which he shed his blood to reconcile fallen man back to the Father, God highly exalted him. (Hebrew 1:1-6; John 5:23). Jesus Christ our Saviour declared: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18) By praying to God through Jesus Christ, men obtain salvation, deliverance and protection, to the glory of God the Father. “…whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”. (John 15:16) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12.
Theme: COMMENTARY ON HEBREWS 11:32 - 40
Text:“For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.” – Jeremiah 32:3.
Comment: Because the king and people of Judah had given themselves to the worship of the devil, God Almighty used Jeremiah the prophet to warn them, telling them that if they would not repent, He would make Jerusalem and the temple they took pride in to suffer the fate of Shiloh, where the name of God was in earlier times before it was destroyed and abandoned. (Joshua 18:1; 19:51; 1Kings 14:2.) For warning the people against sin the leaders determined that Jeremiah must die. (Jeremiah 26:1-10) However, some of the elders, together with Ahikam, an officer of the king, intervened to prevent them from their wicked plot.
Again, when the Chaldeans besieged Jerusalem, Jeremiah was instructed by God to tell them to submit to their rule to avoid death and destruction. This was seen as treason for which the leaders of the people convinced King Zedekiah to cast Jeremiah into.a well. But God also delivered him. When we stand up for the truth, even in the face of danger, God will give us victory in the end. St. Paul in his writings recalled God delivered them “from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10).. He added that God Almighty shall deliver him “from every evil work, and will preserve him unto his heavenly kingdom. – 2 Timothy 4:18