Daily D – Acts 1:7
Acts 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” (NIV)
An older-model Chevy pickup with a large camper rolled up into the parsonage driveway. A man with a stylish hat and a well-groomed beard climbed out of the truck and walked toward me where I was finishing up mowing the yard.
“You the preacher?” he asked.
“I am,” I said.
“I’m a prophet. God has given me a message about the End Times. He has told me when Jesus is coming back. I don’t care if you believe it or not, but it’s true. Now, if you will let me preach this Sunday, I will begin explaining what God has told me and we will see how people respond. If they respond well, we’ll keep the meeting going for the week. If the response continues going well, we’ll go a second week. All I ask in return is a love offering. This truck and camper are my home. My living expenses are low. What do you say?”
The word coming to my mind at that time was Nunya. This is not a Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic word, the languages of the Bible. This is an East Texas pronunciation of the first three words of the phrase, None of your business. If Jesus had grown up around Gilmer, he would have learned this term and would have employed it with great effect in Acts 1:7; Matthew 24:36, 42, and 44; and 25:13.
Jesus said as plain as day again and again, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”
The next time a man in a pickup pulls up and tells you God has told him what Jesus said we couldn’t know, finish your yard work.
Also, take to heart the broader message of Matthew 24 and 25 and Acts 1 and 2. Get ready for Jesus’ return by helping others get ready for Jesus’ return. People need to know and experience him like you and I do. It is clear from these texts that people do not accidentally or haphazardly enter the Kingdom of God. They need to hear and understand the truth. They need to take it to heart and follow Jesus.
Feel free to add Nunya to your vocabulary. It will enrich your conversations with Pickup Prophets.
I will hear and obey what Jesus said about what I need to know and what I need to do.
Our Father, you have kept all of your promises. You will keep the promise of Acts 1:11 as well. Jesus will return. Judgment will commence. Those who know you and love you will be with you forever. Use us in whatever manner you see fit to help people hear and receive the good news of Jesus. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.