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THE EVENT THAT CHANGED THE UNIVERSE OF MANKIND


HEBREW HONEYCOMB

William Andrew Dillard
THE EVENT THAT CHANGED THE UNIVERSE OF MANKIND

This is a story of extreme opposites: of love and hate; of joy and despicable shame; a consummation of the crowning act of victory in experience marked “finished” from the foundation of the world. It is a story of the ultimate encouragement and motivation of God’s people in every generation until the age is closed. It is a story that will be the song of the saints while eternal eons roll ever onward in the endless bliss it provides.
Here then is the story so powerfully condensed in the words of Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
It is a story of love and hate. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting live.” How deeply did and does God love the creative work of His own hands, especially the crowning act of it all, mankind. Yet He patiently endured such great contradiction of sinners against Himself. It is also a story of joy and despicable shame: “Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the same.” What enormous joy is that of the post resurrected Jesus. While His crucifixion and resurrection was predetermined and foreordained, the experiential side of it all is the grandest story of the universe. Shame? Indeed much shame! How may one fairly estimate the shame of one sinless voluntarily taking upon Himself the sins of the world, and bearing the consequences of it? Though minor compared to this, how much shame was endured on the cross as a beaten body near death was lifted up as a scoffing point to the world? How much shame was endured as He was stripped of His clothing for rogue soldiers to gamble over, while He must die in sight of all in nakedness, bearing the full force of sin for others?
Yet, it is a story of encouragement and motivation for His people in every generation of the age. It is He who is both author and finisher of our faith. We are to look to Him in this crucial event, and we are to rejoice in His victory, lest we become weary and faint in our mind, which too many have done.
Here then is the story that will be the song of the saints in the never-ending, day of the final heaven age. It is recorded in Rev. 5:9, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people , and nation.” Then again, Rev. 5:12-13, “. . . Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. . . “ AMEN! AND AMEN! WHAT A STORY!!

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JANUARY 23 – FEAR BRINGS THE VAPORS


JANUARY 23 – FEAR BRINGS THE VAPORS

Joshua 2:9-11 – 9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

When God is with us, who can be against us? The terror of God can cause the fear of the Lord come upon people. Rahab was telling of the great fear that came upon Jericho. It caused the people to faint (have the vapors) and the hearts to melt. The stories of Israel conquering other nations had come to their ears. Israel was a nomadic nation at this time. They had no permanent home and would be considered feeble. Yet they had a weapon that was more formidable than any weapon any nation had. That weapon was God.

We have a weapon in our life that no one can see. Yet it brings great fear. It causes atheists to fight against a God that they claim does not exist. For some that are lost, it brings fear but not repentance. For some of the saved they try to slink around and hide their sin because of fear. The shame is, there is no longer fear or shame of God.

The sin that used to slink down a back alley in shame. Now, it parades down the middle of main street with pride and advertising their sin. There is no longer shame in the sin that is committed.

We should be ashamed of the sins we commit and repent. We should warn others that God hates sin. Let us proclaim that God will stand in judgment of this world and will hold all sinners accountable. God will be with us as we proclaim His name.

Now go tell someone about Christ.

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Humiliation of the Holy One


 

Isaiah 50:6, 7

 

I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting,” Isaiah 50:6.

 

 

There are two things that angered a middle-easterner more than anything else, cut his beard or spit in his presence. These are acts of disrespect and humiliation. One of the punishments of shame for a man was to have his beard cut off. King Hunan shaved half of the beards of some of David’s servants because he thought they were spying for David. It shamed the men so that David told them to remain out of sight until it had regrown (2 Sam. 10:4, 5). Imagine, men, the pain of Jesus to have His beard plucked out by the roots. And then, adding to the shame of Jesus having little or no beard remaining, the pain of being slapped on His tender swollen face by the palms of the hands of strong Roman soldiers (Matt. 26:67; Mark 14:65).

 

Another act of contempt and insult that Jesus suffered for us was an act that in most cultures is considered a complete act of disrespect which is spitting in one’s face. Consider then, that Jesus had multiple people spit in His face (Matt. 26:67; 27:30). The Son of God took this utter shame so that we might be shameless. Jesus suffered these and more without a word spoken.

 

 

REFLECTION

 

We can barely comprehend the suffering of Jesus, and He did it all as the loving Savior for you and me.

 

Beverly Barnett

 

 

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Focus on Jesus


 

Hebrews 12:1, 2

 

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” Hebrews 12:2.

 

Jesus has set the race of life for each of us to run. Our focus determines how we will run that race. Fellowshipping with God must be through Jesus. God has made Jesus the finish line. He hung on the cross, writhing in pain, but he had joy in His heart because He knew He was bringing many children to the Father. Isaiah said that Jesus would be set as our banner, a flag, seen from afar to help orient the weary, lost traveler.

 

My youngest son once ran an important physical training test in the Army Reserves with a young African sergeant from Kenya. They were racing against the clock with a mile to go. The sergeant said, “Let’s make like a female lion is chasing us.” That would definitely make one goal-oriented, concentrating on the finish line.

 

Abraham was promised a city and a great nation of children. At the time he was a pilgrim in a strange land with no children. He died believing that God would keep that promise. He was focused on the One who made the promise and in faith lived his life toward that goal. Focusing on the goal gave him courage to keep running the race.

 

We must not expend all our energy concentrating on the problems that occur in the race, but look unto Jesus. He promised us a city where there are no more tears, pain or death. Keep your eyes on the finish line; He’s waiting with open arms.

 

 

Just Saying

 

A plowman looking backward always plows a crooked row (Luke 9:62).

 

Robert Brock

 

 

 

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