BELATED OFFERING?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY
DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY, 8TH
MARCH, 2014 THEME: BELATED
OFFERING?
Memorise:
And Isaac said unto his son, How
is it that thou hast found it so
quickly, my son? And he said,
Because the LORD thy God
brought it to me.
Genesis 27:20
Read:
Mark 16:1-6
1 And straightway in the
morning the chief priests held a
consultation with the elders and
scribes and the whole council,
and bound Jesus, and carried
him away, and delivered him to
Pilate.
2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou
the King of the Jews? And he
answering said unto him, Thou
sayest it.
3 And the chief priests accused
him of many things: but he
answered nothing.
4 And Pilate asked him again,
saying, Answerest thou nothing?
behold how many things they
witness against thee.
5 But Jesus yet answered
nothing; so that Pilate
marvelled.
6 Now at that feast he released
unto them one prisoner,
whomsoever they desired.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : JEREMIAH
36:1-38:6 and PSALM 55:16-23
Message
When Isaac asked Esau his son
to go and prepare a delicious
meal of venison for him to eat
so that he (Isaac) may bless him,
Isaac’s wife Rebekah heard it
and took advantage of the
distance between their tents
and the field where Esau the
hunter would get the bush
meat. She also took advantage
of the short distance between
her tent and the flock of her son
– Jacob the shepherd boy, to
quickly prepare a meal on
Jacob’s behalf. This quick
response to Isaac’s demand
worked out for Rebekah and her
son Jacob. If there is a lesson to
be learnt from this intriguing
story, it is that of promptness.
Many of us are too slow when it
comes to giving offerings to God
or doing good deeds for our
neighbours. At times, our so-
called kind gestures are belated
ones. The story was told of a
rich man whose nephew went
to him for financial help when
his father was hospitalised. This
rich man did not respond on
time and by the time he made
up his mind to help, the sick
man had given up the ghost in
the hospital for lack of medical
attention. The rich man took the
money to the hospital only to
find out that the sick man
passed on a couple of hours
before.
When the woman who anointed
Jesus Christ at Bethany did what
she did, some people were
protesting the “wastage”, but
Jesus rebuked them for it and
told them the significance of
what she did. In Mark 14:8 He
said:
“She hath done what she could:
she is come aforehand to anoint
my body to the burying.”
Now, when on the resurrection
morning, Mary Magdalene, Mary
the mother of James and Salome
came to anoint the body of
Jesus Christ, they went back
with the costly sweet perfume
unused because it was a belated
gesture; Jesus had risen! The
only perfume Jesus wore to the
grave was the one the woman
put on Him shortly before His
arrest and eventual crucifixion.
During this season, you will not
offer a belated offering to God in
Jesus’ Name. We must always be
ready to do good, according to
Galatians 6:10:
“As we have therefore
opportunity, let us do good unto
all men, especially unto them
who are of the household of
faith.”
Good deeds are needed and
these deeds are time-bound, for
them to be useful and
appreciated. I pray that the
ability and willingness to offer
timely help to those who need it
will be given to you this season
in Jesus’ Name.
Action Point
Look around you and see areas
of need in your Church or
neighbourhood. Decide to meet
such needs before it is too late.

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