Rise Up, O Men (Child) of God

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“RISE UP, O MEN (CHILD) OF GOD”

“Yet a little while, and…He will come, and will not tarry” (Heb. 10:37)

     INTRO.:  A hymn which encourages us to labor for the Lord while we wait for Him to come is “Rise Up, O Men (Child) of God” (#545 in Hymns for Worship Revised).  The text was written by William Pierson Merrill, who was born at Orange, NJ, on Jan. 10, 1867.  The Merrills must have moved to Massachusetts, because at the age of eleven, he became a member of the Belleville Congregational Church at Newburyport, MA.  Two years later, after his family returned to New Jersey, he became a member of the Second Dutch Reformed Church at New Brunswick, NJ.  His first book, Faith Building, was published in 1885, when he was just eighteen.  Educated at Rutgers, from which he received the A…

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RECORD / RECORDER

The RECORDER was also called a chronicler, scribe, or secretary—A high functionary in the court of the Jewish kings, part of whose duty seems to have been to chronicle the events of the reign, but who also occupied a position corresponding with that of the modern vizier (2 Samuel 8:16; 20:24; 1 Chronicles 18:15, etc.). His high rank is shown by the facts that, with other officers, he represented Hezekiah in speaking with Rabshakeh (2 Kings 18:18), and, in the reign of Josiah, superintended the repairs of the temple (2 Chronicles 34:8).

(from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright © 1996, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

SCRIBES were writers and transcribers of the law as seen in the following Scriptures: 2 Samuel 8:17; 2 Samuel 20:25; 1 Kings 4:3; 2 Kings 12:10; 2 Kings 18:37; 2 Kings 19:2; 1 Chronicles; 24:6; 1 Chronicles 27:32; Nehemiah 13:13; Jeremiah 36:12-18

The king’s secretary was also an official recordist: 2 Kings 12:10-12; 2 Kings 22:1-14; Esther 3:12; Esther 8:9

In 2 Kings 25:19; 2 Chronicles 26:11, the recorder was the mustering officer of the army.

They were instructors in the Law: Matthew 7:29; Matthew 13:52; Matthew 17:10; Matthew 23:2-3.

Deuteronomy 30:19—I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Deuteronomy 31:28—Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them.

2 Samuel 8:16—And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;

2 Samuel 20:24—And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:

1 Kings 4:3—Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.

2 Kings 18:18—And when they had called to the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.

2 Kings 18:37—Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rab-shakeh.

1 Chronicles 16:4—And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel:

1 Chronicles 18:15—And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, recorder.

2 Chronicles 34:8—Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God.

Ezra 4:15—That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.

Ezra 6:2—And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written:

Nehemiah 12:22—The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian.

Esther 6:1—On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

Job 16:19—Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

Isaiah 8:2—And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.

Isaiah 36:3—Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah’s son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph’s son, the recorder.

Isaiah 36:22—Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

John 1:19—And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

John 1:32—And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

John 1:34—And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

John 8:13—The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

John 8:14—Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

John 12:17—The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.

John 19:35—And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

Acts 20:26—Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

Romans 10:2—For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

2 Corinthians 1:23—Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.

2 Corinthians 8:3—For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;

Galatians 4:15—Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

Philippians 1:8—For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

Colossians 4:13—For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

1 John 5:7—For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 5:10—He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

1 John 5:11—and this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

3 John 12—Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

Revelation 1:2—Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Our need for correction and discipline (Prov. 15:10)

RECORD / RECORDER

TREMBLE

Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed (Isaiah 66:5).

INQUISITION

Persecuted Christians worldwide should take comfort from this Scripture even if their joy is not in this world.  We have faith that the Heavenly Father will keep His promises.

Tremble.

THE OLD IS A SHADOW OF THE NEW

Colossians 2:16-17—Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Hebrews 8:3-6—For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Hebrews 10:1—For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

One should be able to see why it is important to study the Old Testament; it helps us better understand the New.

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SEEING THE UNSEEN ETERNAL THINGS

Had you ever thought about involving yourself with things eternal, rather than temporary things? Are there things eternal that we can use to build in our lives?

Another similar consideration: Since God in his great wisdom made this world, did he have temporal vanities in mind, or did he have an eternal purpose for man?

The Lord considered that and declared that the things our eye can see are temporary, while the things the eye cannot see are eternal. Does God involve himself in vanities, or is his work in man eternal?

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