Day 5 Sacred Season 2015

Day 5 Sacred Season 2015

DAY 5.  13th June  Fire by night   Ex 13:17-22; Ex 14:19-25     

 Barrie Robinson      Tasmania 

 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night   (Exodus 13:21 NIV)

 Basis of Union Paragraph 3: the Church is a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal; here the Church does not have a continuing city but seeks one to come.

 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them.  It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

 I once worshipped at a church in the Netherlands. “God is vuur” — ‘God is fire’ was the preacher’s topic. Not being very fluent in Dutch, I don’t remember much of what he said, but I think perhaps it related to the passionate nature of God. One is encouraged to consider, what are the characteristics of fire from a human perspective? Warmth, light and companionship around a campfire; heat destruction and fear associated with a bushfire.

  As the Children of Israel left Egypt, God provided a column of cloud by day, which became a column of fire by night to guide them. It was light for their path.

 Now, however, the Egyptian army thought they had them trapped between themselves and the Sea of Reeds. But God moved the column of fire round behind the Israelites where it became an impenetrable barrie  r protecting them from the Egyptians.

 As we contend in prayer with the forces of evil, they may prove too strong for us, but they are not too strong for our God. He will bring the light and fire of his glory to protect us from forces too strong for us and to lighten our path. So we are enabled to stand firm.

  “Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done every thing, to stand firm.”

 Prayer

 Heavenly Father, we thank you for the light of your glory which guides us, for the fire of your glory which protects us. Make us your servants bold as we uphold in prayer your church in this nation.

 We ask this in Jesus’ name.

 Pray for:  1. Unitingworld partner –  The Sudan Council of Churches

 2. Our incoming President has asked us to pray for a spirit of generosity to become strong in our church.  He says  “This seems at odds with ever tightening budgets, but I am convinced that God’s ways are not the ways of the world and as the Spirit moves among us growing a spirit of generosity we will be amazed at what God will bring about.”