Meditation

08/24/2020

Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.(Genesis5:24)

Death as the outcome of life is stated eight times in this chapter of Genesis. This verse, however, breaks the pattern. Personal existence after physical death was not clearly taught in the early biblical literature.

This verse indicates a basis for that belief even in these early genealogies. In this and other ways God revealed that our life extends beyond this world.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, this lesson from Genesis is somewhat different from that which we have come to learn and yet, it offers additional hope of life beyond what we have experienced up to this time. Today, we pray in Jesus’ precious Name, that we seek further explanation and information of what we are to expect. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Image is what people think we are. Integrity is what we really are.

KNOWING GOD:

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts7:59-60)

Stephen, the first deacon in the church, for he was full of the Holy Spirit. He looked up and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing next to God and in essence, he prayed Christ’s first and last prayers on the cross in reverse order. Believers can face death in confidence and good conscience by following Christ’s example.

Jesus referred to physical death as sleep on several occasions (Mark 5:39, John 11:11). The point was not to teach an idea of “soul sleep,” or unconscious existence after death and prior to resurrection. Jesus’ other teachings about death disallow this. Rather, the concern was to teach n idea of death for a believer as something to be no more feared than falling asleep. At death, believers are given quiet rest from life’s pains and labors. Paul followed Jesus in the use of he same idea of death for believes as sleep.

I AM:

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for these deeds will follow them.’” (Revelation 14:13)

The dead who die in the Lord are blessed. God’s salvation blesses His people from the cradle to the grave, and indeed from before time to after time. This strangest of all beatitudes pronounces blessedness upon believers at death. Rest from labors and reward for faithfulness join the prospect of immediate fellowship with Christ to constitute the blessedness.

Second Thought of the Day:

Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble for he seed by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light’ After he had said this, he went o to tell them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there wake him up.’ His disciples replied, ‘Lord, if he sleeps he will get better.’ Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.’” (John 11:9-13)

The crucial event in the life of Jesus marked a turning point in His ministry. With Jesus’ return to Judea for the raising of Lazarus, Jesus turned from showing the glory of the Father to the disciples to showing God’s glory to all the world through the final events of His ministry, especially the cross.

Although the actual physical death of Lazarus was clearly validated, Jesus spoke of it as sleep. For believers, death is no more sinister than sleep. It is in fact true rest. For the power of God, resurrection from the dead is no more difficult than rousing persons from sleep!

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