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MARCH 28- My Redeemer Liveth


MARCH 28- My Redeemer Liveth

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Job knew that there was a redeemer. Notice he said my Redeemer. His thoughts were upon his salvation provided by his redeemer. His certainty reveals a great faith before Christ was ever wrapped in human flesh. He knew that Jesus would be born. There was no doubt. Job knew that the Lord would stand one day on the earth.

Job understood the destruction of this body. Job had confidence of the change that would take place with his body. He understood that the old body would decay and pass away. He also realized that he would receive a new body and that body would appear before God. Under this trial he was confident that he would see God.

Job had a remarkable confidence in a living Savior. I am not sure how much he knew but he knew he had a Savior. He knew that his Savior was living at that present time. He knew that his corrupt body would never enter into the presence of God. He also knew that he would have a new body and a new life eternal.

We read of the Savior that died on the cross for our sins. His burial in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. We celebrate his resurrection and ascension. We have more evidence today of a heavenly home than Job ever did. Yet do we exhibit the faith of Job.

Lord, more faith. More faith in your presence. More faith in your security. More faith in your return.

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FEBRUARY 9 – AT THE FEET


FEBRUARY 9 – AT THE FEET

Ruth 3:4  And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. 

A custom unknown in our nation was when Ruth laid down at the feet of Boaz. In the 3rd chapter and verse one, a word is used that has an interesting meaning. That word is “rest” and could mean “home.” I always connect the term rest with home. I leave work to go home to rest from my labors of the day. Naomi is asking Ruth if she should seek rest (a home) for her. A home indicates rest and security.

Boaz is kin to us. We are related by marriage. Here is an opportunity to rest from her labors and gain a husband and a home. This would be security for a person. A place where one can retreat from the cares and drudgery of this wicked world. All Ruth had to do was lay at Boaz’s feet. How simple was this? All of this depended upon Boaz being a kinsman. He was wealthy and could provide for her. He had already shown himself inclined to her by the instructions he gave to the men that harvested his field.

What about us? Jesus is our kinsman redeemer. He wants to redeem us and give us security and a place to retreat from the wickedness of this world. He wants to give us security. It is so simple. For by grace are ye saved through faith. It is so simple some stumble, expecting that they need to be good to get to heaven. He gives us security in that He gives us eternal life like John 3:16 says, “everlasting life.” After we have been redeemed by prostrating our selves at the feet of the risen Savior, we have come home for rest, peace and the security of Jesus Christ.

Let us seek the Savior for salvation and security and service.

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FEBRUARY 7 – A STEADFAST MIND


FEBRUARY 7 – A STEADFAST MIND

Ruth 1:18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

I like this word, stedfast. It seems to indicate something that is solid and unmovable. Webster puts it this way – Fast fixed; firmly fixed or established; constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering. The story of Ruth is a remarkable story of a woman that was stedfast in her resolve to continue with her mother-in-law to a land that was not hers. The scripture says that Ruth clave to her. Cleave – To stick; to adhere; to hold to; To unite aptly; to fit; to sit well on; To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with a strong attachment. The Arkansas dialect uses the word – stick-to-it-iveness.

Ruth must have had her reasons because she gave a list of what she would do. Where you go I will go; where you live I will live; your people will be my people; your God will be my God; where you die I will die. Who of us has had that kind of influence on anyone? Naomi must have lived in such a way in front of Ruth to make a deep impression upon her.

Should we not live in this manner to influence the lives around us? What change within us would have to be made for someone to tell us those words. Who do we know that could influence us in such a manner.

What was the result of this closeness of relationship? Ruth finds a way to provide food for Naomi and herself. By the means provided to provide food, she met a man that became her husband, a very wealthy husband. Naomi’s land was redeemed.

We are taught the lesson of Jesus Christ as our kinsman redeemer. I was sold into the slavery of sin and my kinsman, Jesus Christ redeemed me from the curse and death penalty of sin. He has enriched me with a new life of service which gives me purpose and meaning for living. He showers His blessings upon me. He has brought peace and love and happiness and cause them to dwell in my life. He has set me on a solid foundation that cannot be moved.

Ruth, a Moabite by birth, and Boaz, a Jew by birth, are in the lineage of Christ. Here I am with an inheritance because I cling to Jesus my Savior.

May we all learn to cling to Jesus.

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HEBREW HONEYCOMB


 

William Andrew Dillard

 

NON-ARBITRARY AND LONGSUFFERING


How grateful every human being should be that our Great Creator and Redeemer God is a longsuffering God! From the earliest days of human history, the term “longsuffering” is brought into play often in describing the love and mercies of God. It was his longsuffering that waited in the days of Noah while the ark was in preparation. Peter says that we should account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation… 2 Peter 3:15. But perhaps the best known verse of scripture employing this term is 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”


It would be easy, and far from wrong to ascribe the attribute of longsuffering to God as a part of his tremendous patience, or foreknowledge, or eternal power and nature. However, there is another most important attribute of God that should be given priority in thoughts about this: God is NOT an arbitrary God. Please consider with me what this means.


Consulting reputable dictionaries of the English language, one learns that the term “arbitrary” is defined as: “not planned or chosen for a particular reason: not based on reason or evidence; done without concern for what is fair or right; depending on individual discretion and not fixed by law; not restrained or limited in the exercise of power,” etc. It may be said that to be arbitrary is to act on whim alone. As the Sovereign of the universe, some Christians believe He does act arbitrarily, and erroneously call upon Him to so do. It may be an affront to some people’s thinking to speak of God as bound by anything at all, but the Bible affirms that He is. He is bound by His own perfect principles of righteousness. Thus, God cannot be tempted; He cannot sin; He cannot lie, but He can deal with anything and everything perfectly within His own non-arbitrary nature and power in total righteousness.


So it would appear that being non-arbitrary goes hand in hand with longsuffering. It is also evident that both characteristics are a distinct blessing and favor to the human family in that it allows the holy will of God to be perfectly completed beyond question or recall. It also allows grace and mercy to be extended to the fullest and farthest extent for the salvation of all of “whosoever will.” 


But being non-arbitrary does not by any means indicate weakness or lack of concern. The longsuffering of God came to a just conclusion in the days of Noah. It will also come to a just conclusion upon this present evil world; a conclusion so complete in every detail that no reasoning, excuse, or cry to the contrary will have standing in it. But every knee shall bow and every tongue confess before God, even those whose eternity is one of damnation. They shall understand it and agree in it for no reasoning will be incomplete in the finished longsuffering of our non-arbitrary God. So shall those who have opened their heart to Him know the limitless awareness of joy unspeakable and full of glory! Amen, and Amen! What a Savior!

 

 

 

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Redemption


pāḏāh [and] gā’al

One Hebrew authority writes, “Whatever theory one may hold as to the possibility . . . or probability of a Divine intervention in human affairs, the Bible is pledged to the fact that such an intervention has taken place.” That is an understatement! God has, indeed, intervened, and how thankful we are that He did!
No word underscores God’s intervention more, in fact, than does redemption. The first important word here is pāḏāh (H6299), which is of immense theological significance. It was originally a word of commerce for paying a price for something to transfer ownership, such as buying an animal (Exo_13:13; Exo_34:20) or even a slave (Exo_21:8; Lev_19:20). Especially significant theologically is Num_18:15-17, where the priests received redemption money in place of a firstborn son or unclean animal, all rooted in Exo_13:13-15, where pāḏāh also refers to the firstborn in Egypt. Therefore, as the psalmist writes, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth” (Psa_31:5), for He “redeem[s] my soul from the power of the grave” (Psa_49:15).
The second word we encounter is gā’al (H1350), a specific word that is almost exclusively Hebrew and means not only “to redeem” but “to act as a kinsman-redeemer.” One authority well sums it up: “The word means to act as a redeemer for a deceased kinsman (Rth_3:13); to redeem or buy back from bondage (Lev_25:48); to redeem or buy back a kinsman’s possessions (Lev_25:26); to avenge a kinsman’s murder (Num_35:19); to redeem an object through a payment (Lev_27:13).”
Putting the two words together, then, while pāḏāh speaks of deliverance from bondage, gā’al speaks more technically of a kinsman doing the redeeming. Again, while pāḏāh is used for the redeeming of the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage (Exo_13:15), gā’al is used of Boaz as the kinsman-redeemer (Rth_3:12-13; cf. “levirate marriage” in Deu_25:5-10), a wonderful picture of the Savior who is to come. Christ is, indeed, our Kinsman-Redeemer (our “Elder-brother,” i.e., “the firstborn among many brethren,” Rom_8:29), coming to our aid, paying our debts, and supplying our needs.
Finally, it is immensely significant that both these words are usually translated as lutroō (G3084) in the Septuagint, which means “to release on receipt of a ransom,” for it was Christ who “came . . . to give his life a ransom for many” (Mat_20:28).
Scriptures for Study: From what does redemption flow in Isa_54:8; Isa_63:9 (gā’al)? In view of God being our Redeemer, what should be our response (Psa_19:14; Psa_107:2)?

 

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God’s King Will Come


 

Psalm 2:4-7

 

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion,” Psalm 2:6.

 

From the beginning God has been redeeming creation back to Himself, back to a kingdom where His Redeemer is the preeminent monarch, King of kings and Lord of lords.

 

Mankind has need of a king who will guide his heart back to God. Otherwise, man does that which is right in his own eyes, and that is Satan’s playhouse.

 

In America, we love the idea of democracy. Democracy is wonderful as along as the nation’s leaders guide the people back to the source of all the blessings. However, in a democracy there is a possibility that Satan’s advocates can lead the nation away from God. One nation under God, without God, does not exist. Isaiah warned Israel, “O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isa. 3:12). We must pray for our leaders, but always remember that one day Jesus Christ will sit on the throne as God’s King, and those who know Him as Savior will rule and reign with Him for a thousand years.

 

When God’s King sets up God’s kingdom, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. . . . I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son” (Rev. 21:4-8).

 

 

Just Saying

 

The only way to enjoy a rulership is to be the child of the ruler. Think about it (John 3:36).

 

Robert Brock

 

 

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155 — June 04 This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Would the Nightingale care if the toad despised her singing?”

 

It all began in a meetinghouse yard June 4, 1768, when the sheriff of Spotsylvania County, Virginia seized John Waller, Lewis Craig, James Childs, James Reed and William Mash. Three magistrates were standing in that yard and bound them under penalty of one thousand pounds apiece to appear in court two days later. The prosecutor charged them with being disturbers of the peace, alleging, “They cannot meet a man upon the road, but they must ram a text of Scripture down his throat.”

 

As they passed through the streets of Fredericksburg toward the old stone gaol, locked arm in arm, they sang the old hymn:

 

Broad is the road that leads to death,

 

And thousands walk together there;

 

But wisdom shows a narrow path,

 

With here and there a traveler.

 

Deny thyself and take thy cross,

 

Is the Redeemer’s great command;

 

Nature must count her gold but dross

 

If she would gain this heavenly land.

 

These men could sing, like the apostles in the jail at Philippi, under the most trying circumstances, because there was joy in their souls. If there were those who ridiculed them as they went through the streets singing that resounding song, what did they care?  What would the nightingale care if the toad despised her singing? She would sing on and leave the cold toad to his grouchy thoughts and shadows. And what cared these preachers for the sneers and scoffs of men who grovel upon the earth? They sang on in the ear and the bosom of God.

 

They were kept in prison in Fredericksburg forty three days for quoting the Word of God.

 

Other counties continued for some time imprisoning Baptist preachers, Spotsylvania never dared to repeat the experiment.

 

 

 

Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. ( Thompson/Cummins)pp. 230 -231.

 

 

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BLESSED ASSURANCE


“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. O what a foretaste of Glory divine.”

We have sang this hymn many times and on this the first day of the year, I have this assurance that has been given me through Jesus Christ my LORD.

Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

We are assured when we have pure heart cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. A pure heart will draw us closer to our Savior and we will strive to please Him. My new year has led me to change some study habits and practices and with the strength and help of the LORD I am assured that achievement is possible.

Act 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

I am assured that injustice will not go unpunished. There is a day of judgment that has been appointed. I must teach and preach against wickedness but not all wicked will be judged during my time on earth. There is a day where judgment comes on the wicked that have rejected the crucified Savior.

Col 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

I have an assurance of understanding. Now I know in part and have wonderful discussions with many different people about scripture. Some I may know here but one day I will sit at the feet of the Master Teacher and learn all and praise His name and glorify Him.

With the assurance of God through His Son, I know I am saved and secure and death will transport me into the presence of my Redeemer.

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