Meditation for 10/08/2019
“Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice. But to the wicked, God says: ‘What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?’” (Psalm 50:5, 16)
One of the things that bother me more than anything, is for someone who tells me they attend church regularly. I will usually ask them what the text of their most recent sermon was about, only to hear silence. As this these point out, it is not about attending church, it is about worshiping God while we are in church.
Covenant people face God’s judgment when we do not keep covenant commitments. God expects us to do more than go through worship ceremonies. God expects our total dedication to Him and His way of life.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we are to commit ourselves to God, because He has already made His commitment to us. Abba, help us to come to true understanding that we are not Christians on Sunday, we are Christians every day of our lives. We are to model Jesus’ words and actions every day, not just on those days when we “feel like it.” Let our lives speak to others of our commitment to You alone, and our words are to honor You at all times. Now, help us to reach out to all others around us, and let us lead them to church to praise God through our lives, our words, and our actions to honor the commitment we have made already. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Our temporal gifts, so under a tree. Our eternal gift, hung from a tree.”
“You boast, ‘We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.’ So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps, you will be beaten down by it.’” (Isaiah28:15–18)
Beloved a covenant establishes a relationship. Just as God established a relationship with His people for good purposes, a covenant can be made for evil purposes. God promotes a judge evil so that ultimately it will not stand. Israel’s covenant with death probably referred to political treaties with foreign kings which obligated Israel to worship the foreigners’ gods. Such worship may have involved rituals of dying and rising gods or rituals seeking to appease a “god of the underworld.” God bluntly said such agreements led to war, defeat, and death of the nations. God’s people must be true to their covenant agreements with God and make such agreements with no one else. Understand?
Last Things, Covenant People: (Jeremiah32:36–41)
God wants His people to obey and serve Him. By giving singleness of heart and way, God gives His people the desire to do righteousness. Fearing God does not imply cringing in terror but living in awe and reverence before the Lord. Wrath, punishment, and anger are not God’s final words to His people. God’s promises are everlasting, beloved, letting Him be God and never turning away from Him. Make sense?
Second Thought of the Day:
“’This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.’ Then he adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’” (Hebrews 10:16-17)
Forgiveness is the key element of Christ’s new covenant. Because He guarantees forgiveness, no new or repeated sacrifice is needed.
God’s new covenant includes the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness means total forgiveness. Forgiven sins never again become a barrier between you and God.