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Daily Reading: 18th July 2015

Saturday 18th July 2015

Please Pray for: Dennis & Anne Cheetham

John 14.25-26

25 I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you.

26 But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and will remind you of everything that I have told you.”

It is estimated that the average person speaks about 860.3 million words in their life time. Many of our words will have little significance, being termed ‘small talk’. On the other hand there are many of our words that will have great significance, such as words of promise or pledge. Such words have great value; these include the vows that husband and wife make on their wedding day.

The last words of famous people are often remembered and great importance may be attached to them.

When William Henry Seward, architect of the Alaska Purchase, was dying, he was asked if he had any final words. He replied, “Nothing, only ‘love one another.’”

In the Upper Room Jesus was speaking to His disciples the last words that He was going to say before His death by crucifixion, although we know these were not His last words, because He spoke many more after His resurrection and before His ascension.

Every word that Jesus spoke is important, and so were these words spoken in that Upper Room. We can be thankful that the Holy Spirit inspired John to record in writing some of the last words of Jesus.

Just before Moses was about to die he spoke words of God’s blessing to the people of Israel, the most famous probably being: ‘underneath are the everlasting arms’ – Deuteronomy 33.27 (NLT). These were words spoken to the tribe of Asher.

The interesting thing about Moses is that we have recorded not only the last words of Moses, but the words that God spoke to Moses just before He died. God told Him:

[4] Then the LORD said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I told them I would give it to their descendants. I have now allowed you to see it, but you will not enter the land.”

[5] So Moses, the servant of the LORD, died there in the land of Moab, just as the LORD had said – Deuteronomy 34.4-5 (NLT).

The words of Jesus are the most important words that we have. Let us remember that His words will never pass away (Matthew 5.35).

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