Our message this month is a call to rededication, as we heed the charge to stay afloat in terms of upright attitude and righteous conduct. It is a charge that understands our mortal nature, which means the human in everyone makes us vulnerable to falling into sin once in a while.
However, we have to examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5,2 Peter 1:10-11), and allow our conscience to prick us into making amends for any foibles or flaws we might have found yourselves falling into. The Bible also encourages us in Proverbs 24:16-18 that the righteous man can rise again if he falls, which goes on to encourage us that God is ready to receive us back to His bosom, once we retrace our steps.
However, the charge for us in the tenth month of 2017 is that only you can make the move yourself! It is not enough for you to admit your fault, you then need to take the needful move of making amends and putting yourself back on track – that is the essence of REDEDICATION.
That is the import of the words we find in Ezekiel 24:1 and 2, which read: “Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.”
Another pointer to the spiritual relevance of number 10 in the symbolic numeration of months of the year comes in 2 Kings 25:1, which states: “And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.”
A commentary on the internet expatiated, stating in part: “There are lessons in all this for all of us. Not because we have been blessed by God we can continue in sin. God is merciful and patient but the longest rope has an end. We must put away our sins.
“David was highly favored but yet he was punished when he killed and committed adultery with his one of his best soldier’s wife. Josiah was highly favored of God but his sons were punished when they did not walk in the godly footsteps of their father. In fact it was in their time that Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem. He will not tolerate sin.”
It is also noteworthy that we learn from valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37 that it is always ideal for us to follow God’s instructions. Ezekiel 37:3-9 that it is only through God’s knowledge and intervention that the dry bones could live again and minus divine instruction no such miracle would have been recorded. However, Ezekiel played a role in that he was convinced of the validity and integrity of the voice of God, and he allowed himself to be used in carrying out the task.
At this point, we should note some symbolic instances that make the 10th month an ideal reference point for us to make redress return to God’s ways, with a charge for us to allow holiness be topmost of all out actions. Such it was that Steve Shirley stated in a Bible commentary that the number “ten” is used 242 times in the Bible (“tenth” is used 79 times). Those who assign meaning to this number generally say that it is one of 4 numbers, along with 3, 7, and 12, that symbolize perfection or completion.
SXome of the symbolic instances where the number 10 has spiritual implications come in Genesis 1, at the beginning of creation, the term “God said” is used 10 times; as well as noting that from Adam to Noah was 10 generations (Genesis 5); and God promised Abraham He would not destroy Sodom if 10 righteous men could be found there (Gen 18:32).
Furthermore, God brought 10 plagues on Egypt (Ex 7:14-12:30), God caused the shadow on a sundial to go backwards 10 degrees (2 Kin 20:8-11), on the 10th day of the first month, a lamb was to be chosen for Passover (Ex 12:2-3), and there were 10 Commandments issued to the Israelites (Ex 20:1-17; Deut 5:6-21).
In the new testament, Jesus healed 10 lepers (Lk 17:11-19), Jesus told several parables which focus on the number 10: 10 virgins (Mt 25:1-13), 10 coins (Lk 15:8-10), 10 minas (Lk 19:11-27), there were 10 days between Jesus’ ascension to Heaven and Pentecost: (See: Q: #121), the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles ten days after the Ascension of Jesus, ten pounds given at ten servants in the parable. (Lk 19,13), ten vices exclude us from the kingdom of God. (1 Co 6,10).
All these are pointers to the need for you and I to aspire towards all things bright and beautiful, as promised by God, but the role we have to play is by staying on the narrow path, so that the wiles of Satan will not derail us and cause us to face the second death. I pray that God’s grace shall be sufficient in leading us the right way throughout this month.