Weekly Pursuit – Week 1 of October

Oct 6, 2014 by

Verse:

Gen. 49:13 “Zebulun will dwell at the shore of the sea, and he will be a shore for ships, and his flank will be toward Sidon.”

Deut. 33:18 “Rejoice, Zebulun, for your going forth.”

Excerpts:

The proper way to send out the gospel is not by donkeys journeying by their own hard labor. The proper way is to export the gospel by sailing ships empowered by the heavenly wind. In Acts 1:8 the Lord told the Galilean preachers to wait until they had received the power from on high, and Acts 2:2 says, “And suddenly there came a noise out of heaven like a rushing violent wind.” From that time onward, the ships began to sail. One of these living ships was named Peter. On the day of Pentecost, Peter was not a donkey journeying and laboring, telling others that Jesus was the Savior and they had to believe in Him or else they would perish. He was a ship sailing by the power of a rushing mighty wind.

The gospel goes out by sailing ships, not by steam ships powered by man-made engines. Do not use any gimmicks in the preaching of the gospel. To preach the gospel by means of gimmicks is to change the sailing ship into a steamer.

The going out mentioned in Deut. 33:18 refers to the shipping out. Thus, the word of Moses corresponds to the word of Jacob. Jacob likened Zebulun to ships, which, of course, are for going out, and Moses told Zebulun to rejoice in his going out. If we go out for the preaching of the gospel, we shall rejoice. The person most full of rejoicing and happiness is the gospel preacher. If you are a ship sailing by the power of the heavenly wind, you will be happy, rejoicing, and beside yourself with joy. (Life-study of Genesis, msg. 101)

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