Category: Word for the Week

Acts 4:12

WEEK 36: Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.


The author of the Books of Acts is Luke who also wrote the Gospel of Luke.  He wrote this book about A. D. 63 or 64.

The chief purpose of the Book seems to be to give an account of the spread of Christianity among the Gentiles. This view is further strengthened in the fact that Luke himself was a gentile and he was a companion of Paul (Colossians 4:14). The book does not claim to be a complete account of the labours of the early apostles, but it does give in a simple, definite and impressive manner an account of how the faith in Jesus was propagated after His death and of how it was received by those to whom it was first preached.

In the Old Testament God the Father was the active agent. In the Gospels – God the Son (Jesus) was the active agent. In Acts – God the Holy Spirit is the active agent. He is mentioned about seventy times in Acts. The Saviour had told the apostles to wait at Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Ghost. Until they were endued with His power from on high, they were very ordinary men. Afterward they were pure in their purpose and ideals and were always triumphant in their cause.

“None other name”: This refers to the exclusivism of Salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. There are only two religious paths: the broad way of works salvation leading to eternal death, and the narrow way of faith in Jesus, leading to eternal life.

Matthew 7:13-14 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The name of Jesus Christ is the centre of contention, and ever will be.

Acts 4:7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, by what power, or by what name have ye done this

Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole.

Salvation for Jew and Gentile alike is exclusively through the name of Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

The Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood on Calvary to save us from sin and death. Christianity is really the only religion which promises (i) eternal life after death; and (ii) hell after death – if we reject so great salvation. The religions of the world (other than Christianity), centre around man’s life on the earth. The difference in most religions and Christianity is that Christians worship the Creator of all the earth. Most other religions worship the created things of the earth and heavens.

Jesus is the Judge of all the world and we will ALL stand or fall by whether we are His or not. He is our Great Shepherd and on Judgment Day.

IF WE ARE His sheep, we will live eternally in heaven with Him.

IF WE ARE NOT His sheep, we will go the way of the goats to eternal damnation. This is recorded in Scripture in Matthew 25:32-46.



Dear Reader – IF you have not accepted Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life – it is our belief that time is running out. To receive and accept Jesus as Lord is as simple as A. B. C.

A – ACCEPT that you are a sinner, and you need the blood of Jesus to cleanse you of your sins.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

B – BELIEVE  in you heart that Jesus is the Son of God and He came and died on the cross to take away the sins of Mankind.

John 3:15-18 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

C – CONFESS – Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Romans 10:9-11 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.



Heavenly Father – I come to you as a sinner in need of the blood of Jesus who shed His blood on the cross of Calvary to forgive me and take away my sins. I ask that You forgive me and wash me and cleanse me with the blood of Jesus of all my sins Lord. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I accept Him today as the Lord and Saviour of my life. I ask Lord that you send your Holy Spirit to come and live within me and help guide my footsteps as I walk in the newness of the new life in Christ Jesus. I thank you Father for writing my name down in the Lamb’s Book of life. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN.

Brothers and Sisters – if you prayed the above pray for the first time – you are NOW born again. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD.

I would encourage you to tell others of your new found faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Find a church that preaches and teaches the undiluted Word of God without fear of man, and start to grow in the Lord.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL. In Jesus name. Amen.

Malachi 4:2

WEEK 35: Malachi 4:2  But unto you who fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings: and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.


His name means “Messenger of the Lord.” or “My Messenger”. One could say that he was aligned with the reform movement of Nehemiah and Ezra and condemned the same sins which they condemned. He must, therefore, have lived about 100 years after Haggai and Zechariah, or about 430-420 B. C. He was the last of the Old Testament inspired prophets.

The people had been restored to Jerusalem and the temple and walls rebuilt. They had become sensual and selfish and had grown careless and neglectful of their duty. Their interpretation of the glowing prophecies of the exilic and pre-exilic prophets had led them to expect to realize the Messianic Kingdom immediately upon their return. They were, therefore, discouraged and grew sceptical because of the inequalities of life seen everywhere. This doubt of divine justice had caused them to neglect vital religion and true piety had given place to mere formality. They had not relapsed into total idolatry but a spirit of worldliness had crept in and they were guilty of many vices such as we see today in Christianity today!

The purpose of this prophecy was to rebuke the people for departing from the worship of the law of God, to call the people back to Jehovah and to revive their national spirit. The Book of Malachi shows us: (1) Unsparing denunciations of social evils and of the people of Israel. (2) Severe rebukes for the indifference and hypocrisy of the priests. (3) Prophecies of the coming of the Messiah and the characteristics and manner of His coming. (4) Prophecies concerning the forerunner of the Messiah.

“Sun of righteousness”. While the wicked will be devoured by the heat of His wrath, those who fear Him will feel His warmth with healing in His Light. This is a direct reference to the Messiah,

“The Lord our righteousness arise with healing” The reference should not be limited to the physical recovery from the harm done by the wicked. This sickness is inextricably linked with sin, with healing coming only through the suffering of the Servant.

“Like calves of the stall”. Calves, when confined to a stall for extended periods of time, leap for sheer joy when turned loose into the sunlight. The picture is one of a joyful, vigorous, and carefree life.

This is that great day of separation. This speaks of those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus, receiving their rewards. This is when the Sun of righteousness brings healing and warmth to those of His own. There will be no more sorrow. We will be filled with the Light of God at this time. AMEN! AMEN!! AMEN!!!

Zechariah 10:1

WEEK 34: Zechariah 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.


Zechariah means “Remembered of the Lord” and like Haggai he appears to have been among the captives who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel. He was a co-labourer with Haggai, beginning his work two months later and continuing into the second year following him. The conditions of the times were the same as those described in Haggai.

Zechariah’s prophecy was the same purpose is as Haggai. The first eight chapters is that of the rebuilding of the temple while the remaining chapters, 9-14, are thought to have been written thirty years later. The Book of Zechariah can be divided into two parts. (1) The symbolic character of its visions. (2) The richness of his Messianic predictions found in the second part.

“Ask ye of the Lord rain”. The verse preceding this reads:

Zechariah 9:17 For how great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty? Corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

In light of the promised blessings – the prophet encourages the people to request these blessings from the Lord, with confidence. There will be literal rain and spring rain (April/May), in the kingdom, making the land flourish. The promise here appears to refer to spiritual blessings as recorded in Hosea 6:1-3.

The spring rain of spiritual grace and goodness from God will bring refreshment to people’s souls.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring.

The latter rain is the spring rain of late April or early May.

Deuteronomy 11:13-14 13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. 14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

This has a double meaning. In the physical, they should pray and ask God for the rain the last time before the crop matures. This rain would provide an abundant crop.

To Israel, rain in due season so that the land should yield her increase, was promised as a direct reward of national obedience.

The other meaning is the outpouring of the Spirit of God upon all flesh. It is the latter rain, because the Day of Pentecost was the former rain.

As a message to us which is a symbol of spiritual gifts and blessings, consider the scripture that tells us “Ask and ye shall receive” (Matthew 7:7).

Haggai 1:10

WEEK 33: Haggai 1:10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.


Haggai was born in Babylon and was one of those who returned from captivity, under Zerubbabel, according to the decree of King Cyrus. He prophesied during the period of the rebuilding of the temple, as recorded in Ezra and he was the first prophet called to prophesy after the Jews returned from the captivity in Babylon. He began his teaching sixteen years after the return of the first band to Jerusalem.  Under the decree of Cyrus the King of Persia, Zerubbabel, a descendant of King David, had led a company of captives back to Jerusalem.

They had set up the altar and work on the temple had been begun, but the work had been interrupted by the hostile Samaritans and others and for about fourteen years almost nothing had been done. These years of inactivity had dulled their zeal and they were rapidly becoming reconciled to the situation and by reason of their weakness, compared with the great task before them, they were beginning to despair of seeing their people and beloved city and Temple restored.

God raised up Haggai and Zechariah to prophesy to them of the need of rebuilding the temple. In Ezra’s time, they began again to rebuild the temple. Its purpose was to restore the hope of the people and to give them zeal for the cause of God.

Economic catastrophe, resulting from God’s withholding of the summer dew, was the price for their disobedience (Deuteronomy. 7:13). Grain, wine, and oil were the primary crops of the land. Cattle also languished because of the absence of spiritual health (Joel 1:18-20).

“Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew”.  It appears from the following verse that God had sent a drought upon the land, which threatened them with scarcity and famine.

God will not send the dew they need, or multiply their fruit, until they build Him His house. It is a sin of omission. They have omitted the worship of God from their lives.

The people heeded the warning and prophecy of Haggai. Once they set their mind and heart into restoring the temple, the result is seen in that they are enabled, in spite of opposition, to finish and dedicate it in about four years.


Zephaniah 2:3

WEEK 32: Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgement: seek righteousness, seek meekness, it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.


Zephaniah prophesied about 630 B. C, during the reign of Josiah. His prophesies may have aided in inaugurating and in carrying to success the reforms of Josiah. His name means “hid of the Lord”. It is widely thought that Zephaniah was a contemporary of Habakkuk.

The prophecy seems to be based upon the ravages of the Scythians, whom the nations had come to fear and whom Egypt had bribed. It focuses on the judgment of the LORD which cannot be escaped. Its theme, therefore, is “The great Day of the Lord” in which suffering will come upon all nations with which the prophet is familiar – Jerusalem and all Judea included. Converts would be won from all parts of the world and they could worship Jehovah – everyone from his place.

“Seek ye the Lord”. Turn to Him with sound and true repentance, pray for pardon, engage in new obedience, inquire in the law which is your duty, and do it. Fear, worship, depend on the LORD alone.

“All ye meek”.  Ye humble ones, who have not hardened yourselves with the stubborn, proud, idolatrous hypocrites, but have trembled at the Word of the LORD.

“Of the earth”.  Of Judea in particular, which is here spoken of here, but we can easily extend this to all of mankind – of the earth.

“Which have wrought his judgment”. You have obeyed His precepts.

Psalm 119:121 I have done judgement and justice; leave me not to mine oppressors.

“Seek righteousness”. Inquire and know the righteousness which God commandeth, which you ought to persist in, and continue in it.

“Seek meekness”. Carry it humbly towards God, and patiently under His corrections; so wait on the just and merciful God. Seek the Lord.

“It may be you shall be hid” – under the wings of Divine protection.  Providence kept safe from, or in, these troubles.  They shall be either averted or abated.  This is enough to raise hope; if it be not sure, if it is hard, yet it is not impossible. TRUST in Him with ALL your heart (Proverbs 3:5-6).


Habakkuk 2:14

WEEK 31: Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.


Habakkuk name means “embracing”. He very likely was a contemporary of Jeremiah and prophesied between 608 B. C. and 638 B. C. at a time of political and moral crisis. He may have been a Levite connected with the Temple music.

As Nahum prophesied the fall of Assyria for its oppression of Israel, Habakkuk tells of God’s judgments upon the Chaldeans because of their oppression.

Its purpose grew out of the fact that they were no better off under the rule of Babylon who had overthrown Assyria, than they were formerly while Assyria ruled over them.

“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord” He shall make Himself a glorious name among the nations of the earth, by executing vengeance upon Babylon, and so pleading the cause of His oppressed people, that men shall have cause to say – Psalm 58:11 Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth. 

This verse may be applied to the glorious days of the Messiah. The land of Judea should by His preaching, and that of His disciples, be filled with the knowledge of God. God’s great design fully discovered, and the scheme of salvation amply explained.

It may also be applied to the universal spread of the Gospel over the habitable globe; when the fullness of the Gentiles should be brought in (Romans 11:25), and the Jews gathered in with that fullness. The earth cannot perish till every continent, island, and inhabitant, is illuminated with the light of the Gospel.

“As the waters cover the sea”.  We find a similar verse in:

Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt; nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

The overthrow of the mighty world conqueror will be so remarkable that the news of it will spread far and wide. That is a famous promise of the coming kingdom of Christ. Christ will certainly come again to judgment. Then all shall be set to rights, though now they may seem less equally carried; and the reason of God’s proceedings with men shall be cleared up, which now also we are bound to believe. On the Day of Judgment we shall see an excellent harmony in this discord of things; and all obscure passages shall be made as plain to us. Then shall this sweet promise have its full accomplishment: “The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea,” in greatest abundance, and redundancy.

Nahum 1:15

WEEK 30: Nahum 1:15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows; for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.


Nahum was a relatively unknown prophet. He was from Elkosh in Judah. The name “Nahum” means “full of comfort”. Nahum prophesied about the time of Jeremiah. Most scholars believe Nahum’s prophecy began about 620 B.C. His message is that Nineveh will fall. Soon after Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, they fell back into their old sinful ways.

“Mountains … feet” – this verse echoes Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  This refers to those who announced the deliverance from Babylon.

“The feet of him that bringeth good tidings” –  see how they come one after another with the news of the havoc and slaughter made in the army of Sennacherib by an angel in one night.

2 Kings 19:35-36 35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead corpses. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned and dwelt at Nineveh.

After that, the destruction of Nineveh took place, together with the whole Assyrian empire; all which were good tidings to the Jews, to whom the Assyrians were implacable enemies, and whose power the Jews dreaded; and therefore it must have been good news to them to hear of their defeat and ruin, and the messengers that brought it must have been welcome to them. The destruction of their worst enemy would be good news to Judah. Assyria will no longer run through their country at will.

 “O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts”.  During a siege, people were prevented from going up to Jerusalem to celebrate her annual feast. This was a reminder – be sure to remember and keep the feasts of the LORD given to you, including the Passover and Tabernacles, which had been interrupted or omitted through the invasion of the land, and the siege of Jerusalem, by the enemy. However, now that the enemy that once enslaved them and oppressed them has gone and been slain, they had full liberty, and were at leisure to attend these solemnities:

“Perform thy vows” – which they had made when in distress, when the enemy was in their land. What did they promise they would do, if it pleased God to deliver them out of their  hands?  Now they were delivered; it is therefore incumbent on them to make good their promises, and especially to offer up their thanksgivings to God for such a mercy

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it: for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed.

Micah 6:8

WEEK 29: Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?


Micah’s name means “Who is the Lord”? He was from Moresheth, a small town of Gath. He was a younger contemporary of Isaiah and prophesied to both Israel and Judah during the time of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah; and of Pekah and Hoshea, the last two kings of Israel. He sympathized deeply with the common people, being moved by the social wrongs of his time, and he became the people’s advocate and defender as well as their accuser. He clearly shows the wickedness of Judah and Israel, their punishment, their restoration and the coming Christ. As compared with Isaiah, he was a simple countryman, born of obscure parentage and recognized as one of the peasant classes, while Isaiah was a city prophet of high social standing and a counsellor of kings.

What is it to do justly? Is it not to keep a just weight, and a just measure; to be true and just in all your dealings? To do justly, there must be no extortion, no speculation, no forestalling, no monopoly, and no oppression. The just man hates every false way; he keeps far from a false matter; he raises no false report; he is no false accuser, takes no false oath, and bears no false report. If you do justly, it will be by your God as well as by your neighbour, your work colleagues and your relatives and friends. If just towards God, you will have respect unto all His commandments.  Can you say that you justly bless God for your preservation so long as you do not bless Him for your salvation? It is impossible that you can justly bless God for the inestimable gift of His dear Son while you refuse to hear Him. If you are just with God, you will be constant in your communication with Him in your body, mind, soul and spirit – the place where His honour dwells.

What is it to love mercy? If you love mercy, you will break off your sins by righteousness and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. You will be merciful in all your dealings with mankind. If you love mercy, and show it to others, you will crave it for yourself. If you love mercy, your walks will be walks of mercy, your visits will be visits of mercy, and your inquiries will be inquiries of mercy.

What is it to walk humbly with God? If you do, you will be of a teachable spirit. You will have a mean/abase opinion of yourself. You will not be carried away with high-sounding words in sermons or in prayers: you will love the plain, homely, honest truth.  If you walk humbly with God, you will walk humbly before Him. You will walk humbly with Him in secret; your humility will not be a mere show of humility. If you walk with your God, you will walk much with His dear Son. You will enjoy much of His presence, the lifting up of the light of His countenance. You will neither hide the talents He has committed to your charge in a napkin, nor lock up His kindnesses in your bosom, but will make known His goodness to all men. Thankfulness will ever dwell with humility.

Mark 12:30-31 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Jonah 3:10

WEEK 28: Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way, and God repented of the evil that He had said He would do unto them; and He did it not.


Jonah – the prophet – his name means “dove”.  He was the son of Amittai. His home was Gath-hepher, a village of Zebulon, and he, therefore, belonged to the ten tribes and not to Judah. He is first mentioned in 2 Kings 14:25, where he prophesied the success of Jeroboam II, in his war with Syria, by which he would restore the territory that other nations had taken from Israel. He very likely prophesied at an early age.

Jonah’s prophecy differs from all the other prophecies in that it is a narrative and more the history of a prophecy than prophecy itself. All the others are taken up chiefly with prophetic utterances, while this book records the experiences and work of Jonah, but tells us little of his utterances. The story of Jonah has been compared to those of Elijah and Elisha (1 Kings 17-19, and 2 Kings 4-6).

Although full of the miraculous, the purpose of the Book of Jonah is to teach great moral and spiritual lessons. Jesus spoke of Jonah and accredited it by likening his own death for three days to Jonah’s three days in the fish’s belly.

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the Whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Luke 11:30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall the Son of man be to this generation.

The Ninevites truly repented. After Jonah pronounced the coming destruction in 40 days, the people believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them, even to the least of them (Jonah 3:5). Even the king rose up from his throne, took off his royal garments, his crown, and covered himself with sackcloth (Jonah 3:6) This was a true act of genuine repentance for the people of Nineveh.

God saw – God repented. God did not change in His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites; rather, they changed in their attitude toward Him. On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace, rather than in judgment as their failure to repent would have brought judgement upon them.

Praise God! He saw the sincerity of their repentance, and He changed His mind about destroying them. He forgave them, instead of destroying them. One of the great lessons in this is that Jew and Gentile are loved of God and can be saved, if they repent and live Godly lives. God loves us all.

He is quick to forgive and to set us up in right standing with Him. We must be truly sorry for our sins, and believe that Jesus is our Saviour. It is really important to confess with our mouths the belief that is in our hearts (Romans 10:9-11).

Obadiah 17

WEEK 27: Obadiah 17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions


Obadiah. His name means “servant of the Lord,” but we know nothing of him except what we can gather from his prophecy.

The setting of his prophecy was probably written after the fall of Jerusalem under Nebuchadnezzar, 587 B. C. and before the destruction of Edom, five years later, which would make the date about 585 B. C. This would make Obadiah a contemporary of Jeremiah.

The occasion of the prophecy is the cruelty of the Edomites in rejoicing over the fall of Judah. The Edomites were the descendants of Esau – Jacob’s twin brother. The Edomites were seen as the type of unchangeable hostility of the flesh, compared to that which was born of the spirit

Galatians 4:22-23 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons; the one by a bondmaid; the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 

“But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance” – Here is a promise of the return from the Babylonian captivity. They shall come to Zion, and there they shall find safety; and it is remarkable that after their return they were greatly befriended by the Persian kings and by Alexander the Great and his successors; so that, whilst they ravaged the neighbouring nations, the Jews were untouched. They were spared a grievous onslaught and attack.

“And there shall be holiness” – They shall return to God, separate themselves from their idols, and become a better people than they were when God permitted them to be carried into captivity.

“The house of Jacob shall possess” – They were restored to their former possessions. However, this may refer also to their future restoration under the Gospel, when they shall be truly converted, and become holiness to the Lord; for salvation and holiness shall be the characteristics of Zion.