He Got His Name Into The Book! Part Two.
There are many people we read about in history, which happens to be my favourite subject at school. There are famous villains, hero’s, people who were ordinary like You and I, they had their good and bad and very bad times, just like we do, for there is nothing new under the sun.
One of my favourite writers is Catherine Cookson, I love everything she has ever written, I’m sure she wrote about real people she met and stories her family and friends may have told her, about the tragedies and successes that people in her stories experienced.
I remember when I studied the book, ‘The Bell Jar,’ by Sylvia Plath, what an amazing book that is, she writes down when she had a nervous breakdown, and it can be read in her book. She committed suicide, she is one of the few people in history, if I could meet I would. I would tell her, “Don’t do it, it will, pass with help and support and love.” To those who knew her, maybe to them she was just an ordinary person, to me she was extraordinary. It’s such an honest book, with all the pressures of life. There have always been pressures of life and hassles and woes, be it social status, poverty, injustices etc.
Some people have lived and died and have no name! They are not read about, studied, enjoyed by others in a book, others they are page turners! You just can’t get enough of their lives.
The amazing Man I wrote about in part one, he was like an Ambassador, but a reluctant one, for he clearly didn’t want to be. But there are some things only You can do, just like there are some ‘jobs’ only I can do, and this Man is no exception. People didn’t like him, he was a spokesman, a messenger, we know the words now, “Don’t shoot the Messenger,” but back then they didn’t know that suitable saying and he was attacked for it! One part of his life he was put into a well. He was older now and it was muddy and cold, I just can’t imagine how he must have felt, no mobile phones down there, no signal if there was a mobile phone back then, but there wasn’t, I’m sure he would have cried with despair, out in the lonely field, unseen. But an Ethiopian Man named in the Book a good respectable Man a friend of his, heard about the cruelty his enemies had done to him and ran to the King to tell him of their deeds and the king said, “Go and take thirty men with you and get him out quick.” It’s good to have friends in High Places, you can’t get higher than a king! They got lots of clothes, and tied them together and the Ethiopian Gentleman went to the well and said to our ‘Brave Warrior,’ “Tie these under your armpits for protection so the men can pull you up.” So, he was rescued yet again.
In the same Book much later we read about one of my most favourite kings in history, the Great and Mighty King Nebuchadnezzar!! He knew of this Humble Man, and he said, to his right-hand man, “Find him, see that he isn’t hurt, look after him well and give him EVERYTHING he wants!” WOW! WOW! WOW! See, I told you he was extraordinary! So, he was taken out of prison, where he’d been wrongly jailed and was able to go home. But as you know, good deeds are often repaid, that comes from good motives and hearts and the Ambassador of this story, said to the Ethiopian Man who had helped him, “I’ve been informed disaster will come to this city, you too will see it happen in your lifetime, but you will be kept safe, you will be rescued and kept safe, from those you fear SO much, because you trusted in me, your Life will be spared, all will be well for you, my Friend.” Those amazing words of comfort came from The Ambassador’s Boss.
So, the King had him saved from the well, then the Great and Mighty Nebuchadnezzar had him taken out of jail and he was given EVERYTHING he needed, but there is an even more powerful King than these two and when our ‘Brave Warrior,’ or not so brave was feeling down he was told, “I know the plans I have for You, they are Plans for Good and not for Disaster to give you a Hope and a Future….” He knows all our beginnings and ends, and everything in between. He actually has a Book of His own, His is called the Book of Life*.
So, what other famous words are written in this Book with his story, these words, “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really know how bad it is?” How true those words are? But the Writer goes on, “I know all hearts and examine secret motives, I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
So, I’ve hopefully given you a taster of this Man’s amazing life, who was he, have you guessed yet, that’s right, Jeremiah and the Book is the Bible. You can read all about his life, I like the Living Bible translation best, or The Message translation, it’s an easier read, for those who like Shakespeare’s work, then the King James Version would suit you better. But give it another read, if you’ve not read it lately or ever. Why not start with the Book of Jeremiah or Daniel where the Great and Mighty King Nebuchadnezzar is found or the final Book, the Future one, that hasn’t happened yet, The Revelations*. Now I or You don’t know tomorrow, but He does.