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October 9 - Evening

Jesus said to them: 
“It is not for you to know the times or dates the
Father has set by his own authority.
 But you will
receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; 
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in
all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

- Acts 1:7-8

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
To the Ends of the Earth    

The itinerary Jesus gave for spreading the Gospel - Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, the ends
of the earth
- is the outline that Luke uses for the book of Acts: the Jerusalem Church,
evangelism of Judea, outreach into Samaria and then Paul takes the Gospel to the Gentile lands.

Jesus refers to a verse in Isaiah that speaks of the Servant/Messiah being a light for the
Gentiles that would bring salvation "to the ends of the earth":

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
            to restore the tribes of Jacob
            and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
- Isaiah 49:6:

So, reaching to the ends of the earth with the Gospel is exactly what Jesus, who is the Servant/Messiah, directs his church to do.

To begin this conversation the disciples had asked Jesus:

            “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” – Acts 1:6

The way Jesus did not answer this question is as important as how he did answer it. When the disciples asked him “are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”, they were
reflecting the popular opinion held among the Jews at that time concerning the ministry of the Messiah. Jesus does not say, “No, I am not going to restore Israel.” Nor, does Jesus say,
“Israel is finished, I am replacing Israel with the church.” Instead, he leaves the door wide open and insinuates that Israel will be restored, but for now there are two things that concern the disciples:

  1. It is not for them to know when Israel will be restored. (Acts 1:7)
  2. Until Israel is restored the disciples/church have a mission to reach the world with the
    Gospel. (Acts 1:8)

In John 16:12-13 Jesus had told his disciples that he had much more to say to them that they would not be able to understand until the Holy Spirit came to them (See Reps & Sets October 7 – Evening). But, here Jesus says there is information that is only for the Father’s authority. Jesus tells the disciples that times and dates are “not for you to know.”

“Times” is the Greek word “chronous” which refers to the duration of the ages and the interval of
time before the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth.

“Dates” is the Greek word “kairous” refers to the critical events and the characteristics of the age
that lead to the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Indeed, as the New Testament revelation was revealed to the apostles, the Spirit of God led the apostles to record some of the details of the coming “chronous” and “kairous,” but even with these details recorded in Scripture today the answer to the disciples questions in Acts 1:6 remain in the realm of mystery and continued anticipation.

With this verse it appears that the disciples anticipation of a restored Israel and the hope that
Jesus would establish an earthly kingdom at that time are set aside and, instead, their focus is correctly set on the ministry of the church.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“The Bible has been the Magna Charta of the poor
and oppressed. The human race is not in a position
to dispense with it.”
– Thomas Huxley (1825-1895), Prominent Advocate of his friend’s (Darwin) theory of Evolution







Something to Ponder??
Scientist John Kepler (1571-1630) stated the basis of the revolution in science while studying the universe. He said that was merely “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Anakrino (Gr) -  Discern (Eng) - the Greek word anakrino means "to examine," "to interrogate,"
"to enquire," "to investigate," "to scrutinize," and "to sift." So, to anakrino, or "to discern,"
a situation or another person a believer would have to investigate to gather information, sift
through the details, enquire, examine, and then, cross-examine in order to make a
decision or a choice that could properly be called "discerning."
Interestingly, Paul tells the super-spiritual-flakey-self-willed Corinthians that,
"The spiritual man makes judgments (anakrino) about all things." (1 Cor. 2:15)


A seal with the Hebrew letters saying "belonging to Shema, servant of Jeroboam" was found at Megiddo in 1904.
The seal was 1.1 inch wide and made of jasper with a roaring lion in the center
of the inscription. It is
dated at 788 BC. This
agrees with the biblical account of Israel's king Jeroboam II (793-753) recorded in 2 Kings.
(more here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I consider myself a part of the Messiah's ministry sent to reach
the ends of the earth with the Gospel?
Since I am part of the church that was commissioned to take the Gospel to the world
I will consider myself responsible for helping fulfill the Messiah's ministry to bring the
message of salvation to the ends of the earth.

  "He who brings trouble on
his family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise."
Proverbs 11:29
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Acts 6 Luke 6
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Contacts with people and network building Influence on community Judiciary decisions Re'union - 80% Catholic; descendants of Creole slaves; 50% poverty, unemployed, broken homes
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
The wadi (dry river bed) in the Valley of Elah where David faced the Philistines and Goliath



Map of Assyrian Empire

The Wadi (or, dry river bed) in the Valley of Elah where David faced Goliath. (click on image for larger size) Map of the Assyrian Empire.
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