DECEMBER 12: SEQUESTERED AND INCLUDED

SEQUESTERED AND INCLUDED

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Jury members are "sequestered" by a Judge's order, in order to reach a verdict most free of propaganda, prejudice, and outside influence.
The word "sequestered" means to isolate, hide-away, or be removed from.
Its implications lead to a separation from others and speaks to a prescription of solitude for a specific timeframe.
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There's a certain character in the "Messiah's" story that speaks to us of a chosen "sequesteredness."
-Hidden in the haven of the holy.
 -Covered in the covey of a Cathedral.
-Stationed in the Sanctuary of the Sovereign.
-Sequestered in the safety of the Almighty ...
was a humble, devoted, highly favored individual named Anna.
"And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Israel."
Luke 2:36-38
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Anna speaks to us about an unstoppable faith fortified by an "unquittable" prayer life.
-Hers was a life composed of mysteries and marvels too numerous to tell.
-Hers was a life of devoted communion saturated with submission, obedience, and beautiful prophetic utterance.
-Hers was a life lived beneath the shelter and protection of the Almighty who honored her holy allegiance.
The deep secrets and marvels of the Messiah were forged into the soul of "this" aged woman named Anna who abided in the Sanctuary and who reconstructed a life with God born out of sorrow, servitude, and solitude.
A woman named Anna whose ancestrial tribe (Asher) didn't act as a preventative in dwelling amongst the chosen Levites deemed the appropriate temple workers.
A woman named Anna who faithfully held court and conversation with God and was appointed a living appointment with the newborn Messiah.
God chooses to reveal His deepest secrets to hidden cast-aways and hide-aways; those deemed of little or no value to society.
Mmmm ...
Do prayers matter?
Do aged individuals count?
Does God really care about the hide-aways, run-aways, and cast-aways?
Yes. Yes.. Yes ...
A thousand times over the answer is YES!
The Messiah shall be seen by all who seek.
This is the promise!
"And ye shall seek Me and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:13
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STUDY FOR GROWTH:
1) May we look with longing and anticipation for the second coming of our Messiah and rejoice sufficiently in the arrival of His first, along with Anna.
*Read Luke 2 and learn about the tribes of Asher (Anna's ancestrial line,) Judah (Jesus' ancestrial line,) and the Levites (the priestly ancestrial line.)
Hmmm ...
How very curious God's beautiful "selection."
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2) May we sequester ourselves and find ourselves alone with the Almighty.
Select a day of communion with God and turn off and tune out all other voices vying for your attention.
3) May the deep secrets of the Messiah be given to us and succeed in providing  revelations to us of the mysteries yet to come.
Record your "listenings."
Begin with the promise of Jeremiah 33:3
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