Faithfulness: A Character Study of Hezekiah, the King

By :Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

(15-29th October, 2011)

Introduction

Godly character is a prerequisite for all those who wish to serve God and serve Him in truth. But where is character without faithfulness? The LORD says in Ps 101:6 through King David: “Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with Me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve Me” (cf. 2 Chron. 16:9).

Faithfulness, then, is at the heart of godly character. Known in Hebrew as “kun” (Strong’s #3559), faithfulness basically means “to be erect (that is, stand perpendicular) or upright, be stable, be established or be secure” in Hebrew thought. Faithfulness, therefore, is all about being sincere and steady in uprightness and in one’s godly life or righteous walk with God. 

Sadly, faithfulness is not a trait that comes easily or naturally to people; fallen mankind is generally faithless and, indeed, “the faithful fail from among the children of men” (Ps 12:1). Proverbs 20:6 asks: “a faithful man who can find?”

Will you be that elusive “faithful man”?

Faithfulness is especially required of God’s ministers (1 Cor. 4:2; 2 Cor. 4:2; 2 Tim. 2:2) and of their wives (1 Tim. 3:11) and children (Tit. 1:6). But it is also expected of all believers (Col. 1:2; 1 Tim. 6:2; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Rev. 17:14).

One hero of the faith who is without doubt a ‘star’ in godly faithfulness is King Hezekiah of the ancient Biblical Kingdom of Judah.  The story of his life overflows with faithfulness at every turn. He could be said to be godliness personified, earning the distinction of being one of the most celebrated devout kings of Judah alongside King Josiah (compare 2 Kings 18:5 & 23:25). 

The life of King Hezekiah recorded in the scrpitures speaks powerfully to us about the righteous choices still available to us today as opposed to the evil choices so many make in these last days of evil, with the result that faithfulness is now a scarce, if not an extinct, commodity (Eph. 5:16; 2 Tim. 3:1-4). He’s a true hero to emulate!

So, come on board as we try to relive the righteous life of King Hezekiah “written [down] for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4 ESV). Amen!

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The Ultimate ‘Big’ Reason to Keep the Sabbath

The Coming Salvation and Judgment of God:

The Ultimate ‘Big’ Reason to Keep the Sabbath

Introduction

Yes, here’s the ultimate ‘big’ reason to observe God’s Sabbath in this end time. The seventh-day Sabbath is arguably the most misunderstood and disliked commandment among all the laws of God.  And every excuse has been invented by men to avoid keeping it. It has been dismissed as ‘nailed to the cross’, as a yoke, and as an old Jewish relic of no relevance in the modern world.

In the face of man’s gross disdain for the Sabbath, however, God positively affirms it throughout scripture. He calls it “My holy day” and promises great rewards to those who observe it with delight and respect (Isa. 58:13-14). By it, He sets apart His chosen ones by a perpetual covenant where the Sabbath is “a sign” between God and His people “forever” (Ex. 31:13, 16-17; Ez. 20:12).

But above all, God affirms the Sabbath as required to be kept up to the very time of the end when His salvation will be “revealed in the last time” (1 Pet. 1:5). This is the thrust of the Divine prophetic message communicated through the prophet Isaiah in Isa. 56: ‘Observe My Sabbath along with righteousness and justice when My salvation is near to come and My righteousness to be revealed’ (v. 1).   

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Prayer and the Fulfillment of God's Promises

By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr.

We hold God to His Promise when We Pray  

God is a faithful promise-keeper Who never fails to fulfill His promises at His appointed time. King Solomon testified:
"O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.

"You have kept your promise to your servant David my father, with your mouth you have promised and with hand you have fulfilled it as it is today" (1 Kings 8:23-24 NIV).

None of the promises of the faithful God of Israel has ever failed (Ps 77:8). He told the Prophet Habakkuk: "The vision is yet for an appointed time, … though H tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry" (i.e. go beyond the set date -Hab 2:3).

If so, is it the case that God's promises will be fulfilled by themselves without our having to say a word of prayer?

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"Walk Before Me and Be Thou Perfect"

By :Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr.

Called to Walk With the Light in the Light

The Hebrew word "halak" primarily means to “go” or "walk". But it also denotes one's behavior - the way a person 'walks in life”

The righteous are said to walk uprightly in the integrity of their heart (Ps. 15:2; Isa. 33:15-17, Ps. 1:1-2). By contrast, the wicked are said to "walk after the imagination of their evil heart" Jer. 3:17, 7:24).

As believers, we have been called to walk with God, unlike in time past when we "walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2).

The scriptures speak of Enoch, "the seventh from Adam", thus: "And Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him" (Gen. 5:24).

God desires a relationship with man. But for that relationship to be meaningful, we are obliged to live a righteous, holy life.  John 1:5-7 proclaims:

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Christ, the Author and Finisher of our Faith

By: Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr

Golden Text:

“Wherefore seeing that we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witness, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2).

In saint Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we read a cryptic but profound statement: “Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).

What a kind of life we have! We are dead, and yet we are alive in Christ!

In one of His most penetrating pre-departure messages, Christ told His disciples: “I will not leave you comfortless: “I will come to you.  …. because I live, ye shall live also” (John 14:18-19).

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