Meditation

Meditation for 06/05/2019

“Because he loves me, says he Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.’” (Psalm91:14-15)

God provides protection for troubled people. These verses are part of a prayer (verses 1-16) that functioned as a blessing by a Temple priest for worshipers seeking God’s help. Such intercession provides comfort and hope and the divine response of verses 14-16 solidified the worshiper’s faith.

God honors those whom He delivers. He delivers those people who love him and know His personally. This simply teaches us that we must have a personal relationship with God, through His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, our relationship with You is paramount to our belief in You through Christ. Each day, we seek to include You in all aspects of our lives and our hope lies not with our spoken words, but also with our actions. We strive to honor You in our daily lives, that through us, others might see You, working to touch them and bring them into relationship with You. Continue to guide us through Your Spirit, that we might touch others, as You have touched us, and that all glory goes to You alone. This we pray in the Jesus’ precious name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

KNOWING GOD:

“Writhe in agony, O Daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you must leave the city to camp in the open field. You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued. There the Lord will redeem you out of he hand of your enemies.” (Micah4:10)

The Babylon captivity was the result of God’s people’s reducing their dependence upon Him and they began to be drawn into economic, social and political life. The rich began to emulate the life-styles of pagan nations and small farmers found difficulty in producing the required luxury goods and they lost their lands by corrupt judges; unemployment skyrocketed out of control and overcrowding became a burden for all. The captivity was a direct result of God’s people no longer keep their relationship with Him and discipline was a necessary element to take the remnant to their knees, so that they could see their sinful ways and where they took them, to the brink of destruction. The suffering of God’s people had a redemptive intent. His deliverance takes place in real places and in historical events.

I AM:

Salvation, As Deliverance: (Daniel6:16-28)

No human authority can prevent God from rescuing His people when He chooses. God delivered Daniel form the Persian authorities, the most powerful empire of the day. What God did for Daniel, He can do for us all. The Lord is a God of power, able to save His people. I pray you both understand and have faith in Him.

Second Thought of the Day:

“But women will be saved through childbearing—-if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” (1st Timothy2:15)

God’s salvation includes women as well as men. God saves them. Their childbearing does not. This text contradicted an early non-biblical idea that women had to become males in order to be saved or that sexual relationship and birth are evil, part of the world’s way instead of God’s. The literal translation is “she will be saved through the childbearing.” This may be a reference to the birth of Christ as glorifying womanhood.

If the meaning is woman’s physical safety in childbearing, the reference should be interpreted against the background of Genesis 3:16. If the meaning is the birth of Christ by the Virgin Mary, the phrase should be interpreted as a fulfillment of he prophecy in Genesis 3:15 about Eve’s seed bruising the head of he serpent tempter. The preposition here translated through does not mean by means of (See 1st Corinthians 3;16 for a similar use of saved and through, where the meaning is to come safely through the fire). Woman’s physical safekeeping in childbirth is the most likely meaning.

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