Do you remember back in the summer, I wrote a couple of posts about “The Unquenchable Worshipper”? If you like, you can read them here and here. I said I might not blog about every chapter – well, I put it down for a while and have just gone back to it, so thought I’d write about chapter 6.
Matt talks about unstoppable worshippers, and some of his examples, I hadn’t heard before. I’d like to read more about them, so I’m going to look in the notes to see what books they came out of, but here are 3 that impressed me.
1. Rachel. With the recent tragedy in Connecticut, this story touched me particularly. It happened back in 1999, in a US high school, that 2 students went in with guns. Knowing Rachel was a Christian, they shot her 3 times, then they asked whether she believed in God. She said yes; they told her to ‘Go be with Him’; another shot was fired. She put God’s honour before her own survival. Would we do the same?
2. Stephen: He was the first Christian killed for his faith. Before he died, he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55). Every other time we hear about Jesus at God’s right hand, He’s sitting, but this time, He’s standing. Matt points us to Smith Wigglesworth’s explanation of this – that Jesus is on His feet cheering Stephen on, for honouring Him in his difficulty.
3. Jesus Himself, when He shared that Passover meal with His disciples, just before His arrest. Apparently several hymns are sung at a Jewish Passover, the last of which is Psalm 136. So when the Bible tells us that after they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:26), it’s very likely they were singing Psalm 136. Knowing that Judas’ betrayal and His death on the cross were imminent, Jesus could still sing a Psalm all about giving thanks to God, who is good, and whose love endures forever. Wow!
Makes you think, doesn’t it?