Now That It Has Happened…
“And now for a little while grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.” Ezra 9:8 (NKJV)
It is an amazing thing to watch YHVH connect the dots and when He does it in the Christian community it becomes something inexpressible. Since I became unemployed God has had me serving in many circles and the most recent circle was an event commonly known as the “Tent Revival”. In the 1800’s the revivals or “camp meeting’s” brought church to the American frontier and by the 1920’s they became circus-like. With their fiery messages, peppered with the need for redemption, tent revivals were used to fill the pews of Baptist and Pentecostal churches. By the 1960’s T.V. took over the tent revival and now they have their own television networks. Go figure…
Anyway, I was privileged to participate and watch as a whole community of Christian’s pulled their resources together to evangelize Egg Harbor City. And like I said YHVH connected a few folks from here, a few folks from there and created an event that lead to a stake being pounding into the ground at the site where this revival took place. The celebration that happened after this really took me a-back; after all…I am not Pentecostal (okay so I do proclaim an “AMEN” or a “That’s Right!” once in a while). I belong to the Matthew Henry fan club so this really was something I ain’t use to seeing, doing or thinking is Biblical. So I had to go look this up and it lead me to Ezra.
So by a decree given by a Persian king, God’s people were returning to Judah and when the seventh month came the people gathered as one man in Jerusalem. So Jeshua and Zerubbabel with their brothers built an altar to the God of Israel, set it upon its foundation and there gave up burnt offerings. Now if I stay here for the moment I could say that, in parallel, this was like the tent revival. Even though this is meant for the nation of Israel, we could say that when we answer the call of salvation God could use us by gathering us together to give testimony to His glory in our lives. I guess in some circles this, instead of burnt offerings, is what it is like to offer up a sacrifice of praise. Hmm…
So I arrive at the ninth chapter and there I find Ezra having to write that the people of Israel have not separated themselves from the abominations that the people of the lands commit. He tears his clothes, rips out the hair of his head and beard then in the evening offering he stretches out his arms and lifts up a prayer of intercession and confession. In it I see where the mentioning of a peg (stake) comes into the dialogue. A remnant of Israelites left their bondage (again) and through God’s grace were allowed to stake their place in His holy place. And as Matthew Henry would advise, “We are to reckon it a great comfort and advantage to have stated opportunities of worshipping God.” So, all you who are redeemed…stake your claim!!
So, through God’s grace that stake has its place and it’s nothing we do of ourselves, unless you wanna add the sledge hammerin’ you gotta do to get it the ground. In 1893 the race for the 42,000 allotted plots in Oklahoma happened and “Sooners” got there first…people weren’t happy. How is it that we have lost sight that the earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof? Do we dare to call YHVH a “Sooner”? May it not be so but in the bigger picture let’s not get too hasty when people are called to hammer stakes in the ground to bring this back to us by way of reminder…Our God Reigns!! Amen? – Chris Hughes is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Daily Bible Reading: Zephaniah 1-3; Colossians 4
Quote of the day: “In too many of our churches, you can detect the attitude that anything goes. It is my assessment that losing the awareness of God in our midst is a loss too terrible to be appraised.”—A.W.Tozer
Verse to Memorize: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)