Thursday, July 27, 2017

day no. 14,157: an unforced hand

Genesis 9:12
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

No one forced God's hand to extend such grace. No one had thought or dared to ask it of Him. He initiated it and He introduced it of His own free will. It was His idea and He led out in putting it into place. He wanted this assurance to be known.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

day no. 14,156: a reckoning

Genesis 9:5-7
From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
 
Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in His own image.
 
And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.
 
God will require a reckoning. The currency is blood. It belongs to God and whoever withdraws it from another will be required to pay it back.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

day no. 14,155: the crucifixion

Spurgeon introduced me to this poem/hymn back in March (the 31st) while reading Morning & Evening.

Now, from the garden to the cross,
Let us attend the Lamb of God.
Be all things else accounted dross,
Compared with sin-atoning blood.
 
See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in his lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty’s hands!
And spit in their Creator’s face!
 
With thorns his temples gored and gashed,
Send streams of blood from every part!
His back’s with knotted scourges lashed,
But sharper scourges tear his heart!
 
Nailed naked to the accursed wood,
Exposed to earth and heaven above,
A spectacle of wounds and blood,
A prodigy of injured love!
 
Hark! how his doleful cries affright
Affected angels, while they view!
His friends forsook him in the night,
And now his God forsakes him too!
 
O what a field of battle’s here;
Vengeance and love their powers oppose!
Never was such a mighty pair;
Never were two such desperate foes.
 
Behold that pale, that languid face,
That drooping head, those cold dead eyes!
Behold in sorrow and disgrace,
Our conquering Hero hangs and dies!
 
Ye that assume his sacred name,
Now tell me what can all this mean?
What was it bruised God’s harmless Lamb?
What was it pierced his soul, but sin?
 
Blush, Christian, blush; let shame abound;
If sin affects thee not with woe,
Whatever spirit be in thee found,
The Spirit of Christ thou dost not know.

Monday, July 24, 2017

day no. 14,154: multiplying fruitfulness

Genesis 9:1-4
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
 
Creation mandate 2.0: Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Be faith and fruit filled in your living, make more of you with your wives, and spread out to show the rest of Creation that there is a God in heaven!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

day no. 14,153: what is a disciple without discipline?

2 Samuel 7:14-15
I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him
 
Love and discipline are not at odds according to the Bible. If you love, you discipline. When you discipline, you do so in love. You are a missionary, on a rescue mission, lovingly training your children to walk in the way of the Lord.
 
"I love them too much to spank them," knows neither the value of real instruction nor the perseverance of true love.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

day no. 14,152: two truths

Genesis 8:21
the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth."
 
Those are two dramatic things to say made all the more dramatic by the fact that they are said back to back. Let's break this down: God says He will never curse the ground again. Like, ever. That is HUGE!!! And then He points out that this isn't because man deserves it. He knows what He is getting Himself into.  He knows that the people He chooses to love are people who will choose to love evil. God chooses who He will love and then He commits to love His choice.

Friday, July 21, 2017

day no. 14,151: salvation and sacrifice

Genesis 8:20
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
 
Salvation and sacrifice have always gone hand in hand.