May 31, 2020
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”
We often hear this verse quoted at funerals. But, are there not other times the death of God’s saints is precious in His sight? Death is the penalty for sin and the means by which sin is atoned. Gen. 2:17. Rom. 5:10-12. God has always seen his people in Christ. Is 66:22.
- It was precious in the sight of the Lord when Christ (and all those in him) were slain as a Lamb in the covenant of grace from the foundation of the world. Rev 13:8.
- It was precious in the sight of the Lord when the God-Man, bearing the sins of His people (and they in him) died on Calvary’s cross. Is 53:10, Gal 2:20
- It is precious in the sight of the Lord when God’s elect are brought by the Spirit of God to die to their own righteousness, and be made alive through faith in Christ. Rom. 7:9.
- It is precious in the sight of the Lord as all of God’s elect are renewed in faith day by day, to reckon themselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 6:11.
- Finally, it is precious in the sight of the Lord when the mortality of Gods sheep is made immortal, and their corruptible is made incorruptible, and so shall they ever be with the Lord. 1 Cor. 15:54 ~GE
Lord, let me live this day as if it were my last day on earth, and let my words be so seasoned with grace that they would be fitting “last words”. ~Scott Richardson
DISCONTENTMENT is the penalty we must pay for being ungrateful for what we have. Very little is needed to make a happy life; but unfortunately, one of the weaknesses of our age is an apparent inability to distinguish need from greed. Paul said, “Having food and raiment, let us be content.” Remember, it is not the happy people who are thankful. It is the thankful people who are happy! ~Copied
Who Maketh Thee to Differ?
“He was numbered with the transgressors” Is. 53:12
The two malefactors Christ hung between on Calvary’s cross, represent all of mankind. They are also called thieves. A transgressoris a law breaker. A malefactor is an evil-doer. And the worse thief of all is one that would rob God of His glory. Yes, this is the natural state of all the descendants of Adam. Both men reviled Christ. Both were receiving the “due reward of their deeds”. One had a change of heart and ended up with the Lord in Paradise. The other died in his sins and went to eternal judgment. So, it is with every man. There is no middle ground.
What, or rather Who, made the difference? Who made the difference between the one dying IN his sin from the one dying TO his sin. The ONE dying FOR sin. He is still giving sinners a “change of heart”. When He does, THAT transgressor pleads for mercy and rests his hope in the One dying FOR sin. ~GE
It is more profitable and enjoyable to love than to hate, to forgive than to hold a grudge, to smile than to quarrel, to behave kindly than to act ugly. The way of the transgressor is hard, not the way of the believer. ~Henry Mahan
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Psalms 1:1.
The descent begins by walking along side of and hearing the advice of the ungodly. What comes next is the walking ceases and we stand in the way of sinners. Then we sit in the seat of the scornful. The scornful sit in judgment of what God says. What a dreadful place to sit! But how blessed by God is the man who does not walk in the counsel of those who do not know God. How blessed is the man that does not stand in the way of sinners: the way of salvation by works. How blessed is the man who does not become a critic and judge of God. As David said, “But his delight in in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. “ Truly, that man is blessed! ~Todd Nibert
CALL TO WORSHIP
O Lord, our Lord, how wondrous great
Is Thine exalted name.
The glories of Thy heavenly state,
Let men and babes proclaim.
When I behold Thy works on high,
The moon that rules the night,
And stars that well adorn the sky,
Those moving worlds of light.
Lord, what is man, or all his race,
Who dwells so far below,
That you should visit him with grace
And love his nature so?
That Thine eternal Son should bear
To take a mortal form,
Made lower than His angels are
To save a dying worm.
(Tune: “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?” p. 342)
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