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The Book of Remembrance

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28 March 2024

Farmers do not cultivate their farm land and plant seeds for immediate harvest the same day. They clear the bushes, till and fertilize the soil, plant their seed, water the farm land and weed the tares. These activities may take so many weeks or months. After this they patiently wait for a bumper harvest during the harvest time.  Although the farmer cannot measure the number of folds he would harvest at the beginning of the planting season, but he is very sure that the harvest is certainly coming tomorrow. Likewise, sacrificial services is like a farming occupation. No one can measure the extent of the blessing and favor of Almighty God for the sacrificial services of His servants. Certainly the Lord will surely visit the faithful services of His servants with bountiful harvest of His blessing at the appointed time.

Human beings may forget the kindness that others had bestowed upon them, but our Heavenly Father never forgets our labor of love. Despite the passionate pleas of Joseph to the cup bearer of King Pharaoh to remember him after he had interpreted his dream and the interpretation came to pass, the cup bearer did not remember. But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house” (Genesis 40:14 KJV) Apart from the fact that the cup-bearer did not remember, he did not possess power to deliver Joseph even if he mentioned of him to Pharaoh. At the appointed time, the Lord God Almighty remembered the righteousness and faithfulness of Joseph and delivered him from the dungeon and lifted him up to become a celebrated and powerful personality in the land for His own glory and according to the calling of Joseph.

Jerusalem is known by so many names. In this list are the City of David, Holy City, Foundation of Peace, City of Peace etc. Original name of Jerusalem, sounded Urusalimum, meant “Foundation of Shalem”[1] or better still Foundation of Peace. ‘Salem’ is a root-verb word from ‘shalem’ in Hebrew language that is indicative of “wholeness,” “completeness” or “unbrokenness[2] and in summary these three words is suggesting shalom which we all agreed to mean “peace.” We try to understand the meaning of the city of Jerusalem so that we can appreciate the reason for the consuming passion of Nehemiah when he heard that the city wall of Jerusalem had broken down.  Nehemiah an Israelite in captivity was in his comfort zone in the palace of King Artaxerxes as the king’s cup bearer; therefore, if the wall of a city where he was born, that was described as Foundation of Peace had broken down, it was a personal and national disaster to him. The destruction of the city wall of Jerusalem was synonymous to the broken down of the life of the inhabitants dwelling in the city. It also meant the destruction of the Temple of the Living God in the Holy City of David. The culmination of this thought filled the heart of Nehemiah and prompted him to seek the face of God with tears and fasting. In a contrite heart he repented for the sins of his generation and pleaded in prayer for favor in his resolution to rebuild the city wall of Jerusalem.

The favor of God prevailed in the ministry of Nehemiah. He became an appointed governor by the king to rebuild the city wall of Jerusalem. He encountered and overcame the intimidation of Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian in the land. He fought with the nobles in the city who had taken usury from the people of God. He made them to enter into a covenant to stop the evil doing. He completed the rebuilding of the broken city wall amidst so many conspiracies and distresses of Sanballat and Tobiah. Under the leadership of Nehemiah, Ezra the Priest read the law of God in the assembly of the Israelites. He led the people to confess their sins and returned to God. He cleansed and repaired the Temple of God in Jerusalem and restored the Sabbath.  He stopped the intermarriage with idol worshiping foreigners according to the law of God. Above all, Nehemiah restored orderliness among the people of God in the City of Jerusalem. That was why he could boldly plead with the Lord to remember him in His supplications. Remember me with favor, my God, for all I have done for these people.” (Nehemiah 5:19 NIV) “Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.” (Nehemiah 13:14) “And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.” (Nehemiah 13:22)

The kings of this world keep the book of record of those who had done good things in their kingdom in order to honor them with national honor in due time. In the kingdom of King Ahasuerus, Mordecai, a faithful security servant of the king, revealed the deadly assassination plot against the king to his close associates in order to save the king. Time went by as if his good deed had been forgotten, but one night Heaven smiled upon Mordecai and his book of remembrance was opened by the king. “On that night the king could not sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. And the king said, ‘What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this?’ Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.” (Esther 6:1-3 KJV) The king lavished Mordecai with a state honor beyond his wildest imaginations. He even used Haman, the Agagite, the certified enemy of Mordecai, to decorate him and lead the entourage of his state honor.

The penitent thief on the cross cut a deal of salvation for himself when he recognized his sinful shortcomings and took responsibility of his sins. He took a step of faith by defending the sanctity of the Holy Name of God while at the same time he rebuked the other thief, saying, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:40-43)

One thing is common to the people that have their names imprinted in the book of remembrance. They all engaged in good works till the end. That is why you cannot find the name of Judas Iscariot in the book of remembrance because he betrayed his Master, Jesus Christ and sold him for thirty pieces of silver coins. That is why Demas, a co-worker with Paul who deserted him and followed worldliness cannot be found in the book. Let your sacrificial services imprint and decorate your name in the book of remembrance of God. Engage in the labor of love towards humanity in terms of prayer and evangelism. Extend your hands of fellowship in the love of God towards others. Endeavor to be steadfast in the mission of mercy towards salvation of mankind. Let righteous and holiness be your watchwords as you are daily making Christ your examples. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58) As you are consistently sowing into the spirit, certainly you will not reap corruption. We will all be found in the good book of remembrance of God in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer: O Lord, I plead for your divine grace this day Merciful Father. Endow me with grace to engage in good works and sacrificial services unto humanity. Let my labor of love that is discharged in sincere and faithful hearts for your glory enable an imprint of my name in your book of remembrance in Jesus name, Amen.

[1] Information obtained online on August 18, 2016 Please see http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Jerusalem.html#.V7YSXa0sgoI

[2] Information obtained online on August 18, 2016 Please see http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Jerusalem.html#.V7YSXa0sgoI


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