Chapel"Long long ago ..." was how the message at chapel began. Mr. Calvin Chong, lecturer of SBC, shared with us a parable. In his introductory comments he pointed out to us that at the heart of religious temples there always are idols representing god to the people. For us, there is no such representation. At the heart of our relationship with God is the Word of God.
The parable is a reminder to us of the privilege of having the Word of God, and of our responsibility to bring it to others who do not have it yet. There are many possible implications for all that we do in our service to God.
The parable is called The Tigerís Book. There lived in the jungle a tiger who was the king of all the animals. The animals served him faithfully but never knew if what they did pleased the tiger or not. Neither did they know what would cause displeasure. The animals just had no assurance of what was acceptable to the tiger. If only they had a book which would lay out all the information about the tiger, then they would know how to relate to their king.
The pig was the first chosen to write such a book. His attempts arising out of his own piggish experience proved to be a disaster resulting in the tragic death of many animals. Other animals tried but to no avail. Finally a monkey had a brainwave: why not ask the tiger himself? Since the idea came from him, the monkey landed with the job! He did, with much fear, and a book with all the tigerish likes and dislikes was produced. Now the animals would know how to please the king of the animals. They did not need to wonder anymore.
Unfortunately, on his way back to the animals waiting by the riverside for this very important information, our monkey was distracted by food and friends and play. Weeks went by until his friends left. Then he recalled his mission. The book - where was it?
Back to the river bank he hurried, but found only death and destruction. Without the book, the animals did not know how to please the tiger and all paid with their lives. The End.
Please get the tape from the library and listen to the whole parable for yourself. You will be glad you did.
This week, Andrew Lee will lead the devotion time. Do come and join us if you can.
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|Thank you to Anthony Tay, our globe-trotter,
for this sharing.
Whatís a typical working day like in the carpentry department at Yad Hashmona? This is a small Jewish settlement that runs a guesthouse for tourists and a carpentry business. Start work at 7 a.m., breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch from 1-2 p.m., cease work at 4.30 p.m. which is sunset in winter time.
It was a drastic change from my work at BGST where I was doing administrative work. Standing at work for most of the day with noise and sawdust was a daily affair. The workshop produces pinewood furniture for the local market.
Evening was an excellent time spent reading the scripture and meditating on the Word of God. It was cool and there was no TV or radio to distract us. We had a good Bible teacher, a member of the Moshav, who led the weekly Bible study. I understood more about the Messiah from the Old and New Testaments and from the Jewish perspective.
The monthly educational field trips took us to places like Samaria, the Negev, the Jordan Valley, and Mt. Tabor. Once when we were told that our bus would pass through a stretch of road opposite an Arab village, I thought of David and Goliath since I was sitting just behind the tour guide. I shuddered to think of what could happen should the stones break the glass. Our Lord protected us and no one was hurt even though the bus was hit by stones.
The 12 families of Jewish believers have left all their possessions to live in this cooperative settlement to realise their vision of helping their fellow Jews build up their land and be living witnesses among them. A typical testimony is like the one who testified of the Sovereign God who kept him alive through the wars he fought when he was a soldier - "the life I live is not mine but the Lordís". It was time well spent living and working with them during these past 12 weeks.
Visit their website to view the Biblical Gardens that they have recently built.
Ed: In the Biblical Gardens you will be able to see reconstruction of
what life was like in Biblical times: homes including a tent of the kind
used in the time of Abraham, agricultural items, different plants mentioned
in the Bible, and even a crucifixion cross used in the Roman era. Knowledgeable
guides who know the Scriptures well will provide the explanations. This
place is a Ďmustí when you visit the Israel.