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Peter Murray

"And Peter...with John said, Look on us" (Acts 3.4)

It is good when a change is seen in someone who trusts Christ as Saviour. So it was here in the healing of the man who was born lame The change was so evident that he stood up and began to walk, leap and praise God, identifying himself with those who were instrumental in effecting such a remarkable change in his life. Peter and John were fearless in the defence and preaching of the gospel and were imprisoned and hindered from doing so because many of them believed. The number began with twelve, then one hundred and twenty, then three thousand and now because of this great miracle the number rose to around five thousand. When the people saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men they marvelled and they took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus. Seeing the man who was clearly healed standing with them they could say nothing against it. Are we conscious of the fact that in this our day and generation men are still looking upon us? What are they seeing? It is a sobering thought and we wonder if we can truly say, "Look on us".

"Look on me, and do likewise" (Judg 7.17)

Here we have the power of example in Gideon when he spoke these words to his army. He had to test them before going to war against the Midianites. God assured him that he would triumph, but said that his army was too great and could cause Israel to vaunt themselves against the Lord by regarding the victory as their work alone. The Lord said to Gideon, "The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the waters and I will try them for thee there" (Judg 7.4). Many of God's dear people fail at the water test as did some of Gideon's army. They are willing, but not suited for the contest.

When the time of battle came those who hearkened and obeyed Gideon's injunction to "Look on me and do as I do" prevailed with trumpets in their right hands and pitchers and lamps in their left hands. When Gideon blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers the three companies did likewise and cried "The Sword of the Lord, and of Gideon" (Judg 7.18). All the host of the Midianites fled, pursued by Gideon's army. Victory was won by following the example of a godly man.

"Look to yourselves" (2 John v.8)

Due to the many deceivers who have entered into the world it is necessary to recognise the dangers around us and take care that we are not deceived by those who seek to corrupt the saints. It is possible to be carried away by the apparently attractive nature of false teaching and as a result, to lose our reward. The particular false teachers of whom John writes deny the deity and the humanity of the Lord Jesus - teaching which abounds today. Safety is in avoiding error.

"Looking unto Jesus" (Heb 12.2)

We are often exhorted to seek those things which are above where Christ sits at God's right hand in glory and to set our affections there. It is always good to look up and oft unto Jesus who is able to do for us exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think. As we run the race we concentrate our attention on the One who has travelled the way before and who looked to the joy that was set before Him as He moved through His years down here. There is abundance in Him to satisfy the longing soul.

Saviour! Thou art enough
The mind and heart to fill;
Thy life, to calm the anxious soul,
Thy love, its fear dispel.

Concluded.

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