It was a Wednesday. Threatening to rain, I drove into a parking building. In the absence of available public parking, I was forced to exit the building. But in order to exit, I had to validate my parking. $3 for not parking! Oh well… I have followed the procedure to have the charges reversed. Thanks to Wilson Parking.
A suitable park was found on some obscure street. Ascending the rather steep hill, I saw Albert Park. Speakers Corner was next in view, but once there I noted the absence of familiar faces. Trevor was first to break that absence. Then Tim.
The three of us started praying in preparation for public preaching. As I gesticulated, I felt a solid figure – Abraham. The trio had become a quartet before becoming a quintet as Joseph made 5.
Someone had a bus to catch so he was the first to climb the stairs and herald the truth of God’s Word. Titus 2 was his text.
I was next with an expository sermon from Nahum. I managed, in somewhat amateur fashion, to capture my own preaching:
The message I had from Nahum started by focusing on the jealousy of God for His own glory.
As I preached, a young lady sat. And sat. And sat. She sat for the whole time and only after I had said my final amen, did she stand. Walking off, she thanked Joe for our being there and agreed to read what she had previously been given.
A gardener was asked to perform his work after we were done. Graciously, he agreed and was attentive for most of the time I was preaching. Two young men also stopped periodically as I preached. As they went to walk away, I diverted from my outline and appealed to them.
Abraham followed. He didn’t get very far before the potential for rain became an event.
Then there were four – huddled under a tree – praying for fruit.
Sure, the jealousy of God for His own glory is not the most popular theme, even amongst those calling Jesus, “Lord”. It is, however, a thoroughly biblical concept. More than that, it is consistent with the very nature of God.