“Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together.” (Genesis 22:8)
Abraham’s faith manifested itself by his offering his son Isaac as a 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:
Precious Abba, the example of obedience by Abraham was a witness to everyone else and I suspect it make your heart warm for him. Abraham loved You and though his allegiance was unfailing towards You. He loved his son, but was willing to go through the process of sacrificing him, to be obedient to God. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep; talk to the Shepherd.”
“No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of he Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 35:9-10)
God freely ransomed His people. The prophet looked to the return of Israel from Exile when a cleansed and disciplined people would joyfully march across the wilderness back to Jerusalem. God’s people continue to look to the final day of God’s cleansing when sorrows and sighs disappear from human history.
Israel’s joy over her restoration from Exile was but a foretaste of the joy experienced by whom God delivers from the bondage of sin.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1st Corinthians 6:19-20)
God lives in you. Is He comfortable there, or do your actions cause Him problems? The body of the Christian disciple is the temple of God—-the dwelling place of God. God bought and paid for you on the cross. You belong to God. You, the one who calls himself/herself, must serve the God who purchased and indwells you. You have a heavy responsibility to keep your body as the temple of God, fit for His dwelling. Once we were slaves to sin, but God bought us with the death of His Son on the cross. Thus, we belong to God and should serve Him.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’ Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, you do not have in mind things of God, but the things of men.’ Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?’” (Matthew 16:21-26)
There is nothing we can give in exchange for our life. We can never save ourselves. Chris, 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.
Nothing in the world is as valuable as a human being. At the very least, the soul is the same totality of life which the Old Testament indicated. The teachings of Jesus appear to heighten its meaning to refer to the very basic spiritual nature of a human being. The soul is that which survives nature of a human being. The soul is that which survives the death of a human body. Yet it also appears to be lacking something until reunited with the resurrection body.