Thursday, August 23, 2018

NO FEAR

Today’s Reading: Exodus 20-21

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A road winds through the Negev Desert/wilderness. There was no such highway for the wandering Children of Israel.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

 

Key Verse – Exodus 20:1-2

And God spoke all these words saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

 

Again God declares Himself as the “I AM.” Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). Make no mistake about it. Jesus claimed over and over to be the Lord God, the same One who delivered Israel from Egypt. What a contrast between these revelations of the “I AM.” Here there were thunderings, lightning flashes, trumpet sounds, the mountain smoking and thick darkness. And 1,500 years later, there was the Baby in the manger, Jesus taking the children on His lap, Jesus weeping over the needs of people, and Jesus allowing human hands to crucify Him. From time to time in Genesis we saw God walking with Adam and Eve, walking with Enoch, becoming a friend of Abraham, but also driving Adam and Eve out of the Garden and judging the human race with the Flood. How can we ever understand this stark contrast? The answer is “The Cross.” God’s anger against sin, and His love for the sinner came together in Jesus. There was thunder, lightning, an earthquake, and darkness at noon as Jesus was dying. There was also the greatest manifestation of Love in history!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, great “I AM,” I’m overcome by Your awesome Person. I can do nothing right now but worship You. The words of the living creatures who are before Your throne come to mind; “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8). Also, the words of the 24 elders who fall down before You and say, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:10-11). I praise You, Lord, and will do so for ever and ever. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I tried but failed to put my commentary into only 100 words. Not only the books of the Bible, but thousands of other books have been written to help us understand Who the “I AM” is. I remember reading a story while still a teenager – This eminent naturalist was walking in his garden when he accidentally stepped on an ant. He thought, “How can I let an ant know that I really don’t mean him harm?” Then it occurred to him that he would have to become an ant to communicate with other ants. I remember thinking that when God became Man, His condescension was greater than a man becoming an ant. The fact is that there is no illustration that can adequately portray what really happened when Jesus became One of us. All I could do was to bow down and worship the great “I AM.”

Yours so that together we may worship the “Lord God Almighty,”

David

7 thoughts on “Thursday, August 23, 2018

  1. This poem leaped to mind reading David’s words.The one below was found while searching my files for the first one.Often the poems speak what I can not:

    A Kiss By Love

    The vastness of the sins we wrought
    Was cancelled by one wooden cross,
    For there alone forgiveness was bought
    By the Gift of His Son who took our loss.

    What caused this Man of holy reign
    To take our sins of unholy shame
    And with His blood give hope again,
    When He was least of all to blame?

    This King of kings who rose above,
    Broke the serpent’s strangle hold,
    For hate was given a kiss by Love
    In the greatest story ever told.
    G W(Bill) Marshall / June 08, 2013

    This Living Rose

    Long ago there grew a Flower
    That had a fragrance to cherish,
    Such that greed could not devour
    And in death refused to perish.

    This fragrance grew and then spread wide,
    It’s scent still borne by so many,
    And found it had never died,
    It’s wealth worth not a penny.

    Like the wind that you can not ride
    And a river that keeps flowing,
    This Scent of love will not hide
    But is a Rose that keeps growing.

    Kings and angels had bowed to greet,
    The aroma of this tender seed,
    For they knew none could defeat,
    This living Rose that fills all need.
    G W (Bill) Marshall / Dec10, 2012
    God bless

    • God has truly given you a gift for posting poems and they all seem to be just the right words that I need to read…..it is gift, TY William, keep it up!
      also I asked for prayers also…..Holy Spirit to remove all anger from children;
      meet Peter last night; he is needing counselling, I pray the Lord will give me the right words to say next time I meet him;pray the Holy Spirit will begin to work in his heart also.
      praying for a financial breakthrough to get affairs in order
      Praise & thank the Lord for ALL He has done for me amen

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