Meditation

Meditation for 05/24/2019

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son. And the two of them went on together.” (Genesis22:8)

Abraham and Isaac were going to sacrifice the lamb; they had the wood for the fire and the knife to sacrifice the lamb with and Isaac asked his father where the lamb was. Abraham told him: “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.

Abraham’s faith manifested itself in obedience, illustrated by his offering his son Isaac as the burnt offering in accordance with God’s command. Even so, his answer to Isaac was that God would provide the lamb for the sacrifice.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, often we place ourselves in Abraham’s place and wonder if we would have had the same faith in You that he did. His trust and faith was total and without reservation. We lift up to You, that we too desire to have this same faith and obedience. Our heart’s desire is to serve You in the same manner that Abraham did and it is in Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ’s name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Everyone wants to participate in the harvest, but few are interested in plowing, planting, watering and caring for the crops!

KNOWING GOD:

“After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light o life, and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah53:11)

In the last half of the book of Isaiah, the figure who would be God’s instrument for bringing redemption to other was known only as God’s servant. While it was reasonable to identify this servant with the people of God coming out of exile with a missionary task as has already been done, a higher application suggested One who would be God’s servant in a very special way. He would establish justice in the earth, This act would mean the Servant would suffer at the hands of those He would serve, He would be brought to death and would die willingly, although He had done only good. Yet death was not he end. This Servant of God would experience victory beyond suffering and death—the victory of knowing that His suffering had brought God’s redemption to others, and God had promised His Suffering Servant would justify many.

I AM:

Salvation, Justification: (Matthew16:21-26)

There is nothing we can give in exchange for our life. We can never save ourselves. Christ, however, came to suffer for us on the cross. He is the One who puts us in right relationship with God through His sacrificial death as the loving Suffering Servant.

Second Thought of the Day:

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written; ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” (Romans 1:1617)

The gospel which we preach is God’s gospel, not ours. It is the good news that God’s reign has arrived in Jesus of Nazareth. Those who turn from sin and trust themselves to Christ will be saved. That gospel has the power to save those who believe, whether Jew or Gentile.

The gospel reveals that persons are made right with God through faith or faithfulness. According to Paul elsewhere (Galatians 3:8), this gospel was announced in advance to Abraham.

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