Notes from Brother Jay

The Presence Of God

    Pentecost Today is the Sunday when we celebrate Pentecost.  The disciples, hiding in fear for their lives, gathered on the 50th day after the second day of Passover week, known by the Jews as the Festival of Weeks.  They didn’t know what to expect for the future.  They wanted to trust God, but fear held them in its grip.  Witnesses to the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus the Messiah, they couldn’t imagine what God was about to do.

      Joel prophesied of the day when God would pour Himself into His people, all people, and restore the relationship He wanted with us. He writes;

   

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Aldersgate Day

      John WesleyThe date is May 24, 1738 and a dejected John Wesley half-heartedly attends an evening meeting with some Moravian Christians on Aldersgate Street in London.  Wesley’s career at this point seemed to him a disappointment.  Having returned from Georgia with little success among the indigenous people, even less with the English, he struggled with his faith.  The Oxford graduate, described as a fervent preacher, was no stranger to hard work and discipline, but, he longed for more from his faith.  He wanted something he saw in the Moravians who sailed with him both to and from the Colonies.  

 

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Relationship, Then Righteousness

     The church is at the same time a creation of God and of humans.  Beginning with God’s Presence in the wilderness with the children of Israel, God wanted a relationship with His creation.  Of course, the story tells us God offered Himself to individuals previous to this, but sin limited those opportunities in every way.
     After the anointing of David as King, the Ark of God found a home in Jerusalem.  Only during Solomon’s reign was the Temple constructed for a permanent home for the Presence.  At this point in history the Israelites worshiped Yahweh, an unpronounceable term of reverence, who is the God who miraculously delivered them from slavery in Egypt.
   

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