Meditation

05/11/2020

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah11:9)

God uses His creative powers to make life more bearable for His people. Through Christ, those with sinful natures can be transformed and live together peacefully. Our hope for a nonviolent world is in spreading the message of God’s love and forgiveness to sinful people everywhere. Those who share kindred faith can find a basis for harmonious relations. The total peace described in this passage will be fully realized only when God’s kingdom is finally and completely established.

The knowledge of God will one day flood the earth. Every person will know and serve God. That is a part of what salvation is about. The prophetic vision of the day of the Lord saw the earth covered with the knowledge of God. Whether through missionary outreach and/or millennial reign, some interpret the vision to a future millennial event, while others symbolic language is used to refer in a general way to the messianic hope in Israel. Either way, Christ is the necessary figure for the realization of the promises and warnings of the last days.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, the clarity of this opening verse from Isaiah is that at the last day, Jesus will be the center of all attention, as He returns to re-establish His kingdom and restores this earth to its original state. He will not come back as a humble baby, as He entered the first time, as the second time Hew will be in His full glory and accompanied by a host and in His full Glory. The work that has been done in the past, is being done today and the work to be done before His return is required and necessary, for God wants all of His children to not only know Him, but to be respectfully obedient to Him. In Jesus’ holy name we pray for all to come to Him now. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Kindness is difficult to give away, because it keeps coming back.

KNOWING GOD:

No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord; because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.’ declares the Lord. ‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’” (Jeremiah 8:31, 34)

The new covenant promised by Jeremiah was fulfilled by the death of Jesus (Matthew 26:28; 1st Corinthians 11:25). It was promised at the last supper and instituted as the cross. The author of Hebrews rejoiced in the new covenant (1:15-17). We Christians continue to celebrate God’s new covenant in Jesus Christ each time we share the Lord’s supper. In so doing, we remember Him and renew our vows to Him. Universal knowledge of God was promised in God’s new covenant with His people. Such knowledge is possible only where forgiveness abounds (Compare Hebrews8:7-13).

I AM:

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. I write to you fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you had known the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” (1st John2:3, 13-14)

Beloved, we can be sure we know Christ if we obey Him. All members of God’s family know Him. Through knowledge of God, we overcome the devil. God’s all powerful. Satan or the devil is not. Christians can and do overcome the evil one. We can let God’s Word lead us to resist temptation, for it is through His power, not our own.

Second Thought of the Day:

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you would know my father as well. From now one, you do know him and have seen him.’ Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’ Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who hasfaith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John14:6 -14)

Jesus invoked the name of God, by his claim, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Many of the terms Jesus used to describe His work are metaphors that give rise to titles applied to Him and to artistic images related to Christ. When He referred to Himself as a great item of necessity, He gave titles that persist as marvelous metaphors of His messianic mission. They are the Way, the Truth, the Life, that Jesus is the road to God, the accurate understanding of God, and our very existence come form God. Other terms occurring in John which give us provocative messianic titles for Jesus are: water (4:14); bread (6:35); light (8:12); the door (10:7); the good shepherd (10:11); the resurrection and the life (11:25); the vine (15:5). Those who truly know the Son know the Father also, because Jesus is the way to the Father.

Jesus’ name is the legal warrant for the prayers of Christians. The use of the name presupposes that the person praying is manifesting the character of Jesus in his or her request and that the request will represent a continuation of the work of Christ. Clear?

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