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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Two Golden Hooks...

Luke 19:1-10

Good morning Abba, Good morning Jesus, Good morning Holy Spirit...

It is the eve before 2021 begins. Such a year of turmoil, and yet in the midst of this year there were so many mercies and witnessing of Your continued hand at work. Thank you my Lord for all the ways You confirmed Your presence!

Have you heard about the Golden Hooks? I've just learned that there is a saving thought about history, which is a confirming thought in today's culture of cancellation and re-writing of our Nation's perspective.
"There are two Golden Hooks on which all of History (His Story) hangs!"
Jeanne Wilkerson
Food for you to ponder:
All history hangs on these two Golden Hooks (events): 1st coming of our Lord and His 2nd coming.
How are you positioning your self for His Return?

Jesus has no requirement for us before he comes to visit us... 
  • He already knows who we are (for Abba is our creator) 
  • He already knows what shape our house is in (what is spoken/unspoken in our hearts, spirit and soul)
  • He already has promised to guide us in making our ways right (with Abba) for a fuller life with Him
Consider and pray about what the message is in Luke 19:1-10. In this historical truth, we are introduced to Zacchaeus (Za-Key-us). A small man who wanted to see Jesus (first golden hook). He had to climb a Sycamore tree just to see over the crowd. He was known as a tax collector and not well liked in his community. The truth that Zacchaeus knew, that so few were unwilling to acknowledge, was that he had to position himself away from the crowd if he wanted to "see" Jesus! It was in that "boldness" that Jesus called him down from the tree. Jesus met Zacchaeus right where he was... no good deed... no expensive seat of honor... no grand attempt to be like anyone else... just a simple desire to "see" Jesus as he passed by the crowd. It's in the positioning to "see" Jesus that brought Jesus home to Zacchaeus. 

Now consider, ponder, and pray about what the message is in Malachi 4:5-6“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” 

Many have preached about the return of Elijah in the days before Jesus' return (2nd golden hook) and some have spoken the truth about John the Baptist (1st golden hook) in Luke 1:5-79. Zechariah (Zack-a-ri-us) was a priest of Aaron. Both Zechariah and Elizabeth were elderly (and childless) when they were told that they would have a son. The truth of his birth positioned them for the way of our Lord. Can you imagine that truth of lives created and chosen because they knew God and chose to live in accordance to His Truths? Now ponder the moment they presented their new born for his circumcision. As was the custom, they proclaimed his name as John (not a family name) and a proclamation (prophecy) was said over their child... that their child, John, would make ready the way of the Lord (1st golden hook). This is the same baby that "leapt" in his mother's womb when Mary came to visit Elizabeth. The very same baby that knew the truth of Mary's Immaculate conception and recognized Jesus in her womb. The same baby that knew Jesus as his Lord. The same man who baptized our Lord in the Jordan. Positioning... making ready the the way of the Lord.

Finally, consider, ponder, and pray... To live... To move... to continue John's ministry... It's the positioning of our selves, in the place we should, be for our Lord's return (2nd golden hook). Will we stay in the crowd or will we be bold in our calling? Courageous? Encouraging? We need to simply follow our Lord's voice, His lead... He takes care of the rest.

Blessings for a year of remarkable blessings,
IS 43:8-12; Nehemiah 11:17-18; always PS 91

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