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Jun 1992 - Editorial

As we reach the mid-year, we have cause to consider blessings received and tasks that still lie to hand. The Lord instructed His disciples to "pray... the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth labourers into His harvest": The premise remains correct: "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few". Today no less, the plight of those who remain disobedient to the call of God must occupy our thoughts.

FOCUS reminds us of the changing face of Eastern Europe; this illustrates again for us a potentially plenteous harvest. We are also reminded of the impact of recent political changes on the migration of Jews to the land of Israel. Thus the purposes of God unfold. Many centuries of God's dealings with the children of Israel are brought to our minds in this month's feature article, More Meditations in the Psalms. It is a history replete with accounts of God's mercy towards His backsliding people, which reached its climax when the Father sent His beloved Son (Luke 20:13). As always, Satan sought to disrupt God's purpose during the period of the Lord's ministry. But the power of God was displayed in the mighty works and miracles of Christ (as noted in the article: Satan's Works Destroyed). These powers and wonders were also signs, done with the clear intent of evidencing the deity of the Saviour (John 20:30-31), and therefore reinforcing the need to believe in Him.

It is repeatedly emphasized during the millennia of God's dealings with the Jews; it is startlingly evident in the miraculous signs given by Christ; it can be seen in the broad political changes in our own times; it cannot he ignored in the case of spiritual need seen in the life of our next door neighbour; it is this: the awesome urgency of responding fully to the word of God. "Go... and make disciples... teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded".