Daily Devotion Saturday, January 18

Saturday, January 18, 2014 – Psalm 104; Genesis 6:9-22; Hebrews 4:1-13 and John 2:13-22

John 2:13-22 – 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Jesus knew His mission and purpose; to reveal God’s love and judgment unto the world. Jesus wanted all to know of God’s judgment and God’s love. Can these two; judgment and love be seen side by side. I believe so.

Jesus came to reveal God’s judgment upon human sin, not to condemn us but to reveal to us true life. Jesus came to show God’s love, in that God loved us even as God looked upon all our sin.

To me this is much like a parent or grandparent. When our children or grandchildren do something wrong we do not like it and we strive to correct it. And if they get into bad trouble, we strive to love them through it. We make a judgment about their decisions and there may be consequences, in fact probably are but we still love them and pray for them. Our love is present even in our judgment of what they have done.

So God loves even as he put a judgment upon what we are doing or have done.

Hebrews 4:1-13 – 1Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it.  ….

12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

In this passage we hear how God’s word is like a surgeon’s scalpel. The surgeon uses her scalpel to cut out a bad tumor or cut into the body to find what needs to be fixed. So, God’s word comes to us to separate sin from our life and guide us to new life.

Today, may we ask God to cut out all our sin and help guide us to new life. Friends, know if you pray this prayer, you are asking God to help you change your life and turn more and more towards the life he offers us in Christ. This will not always be easy, in fact most of the time it is not, but in the end we will find true rest in God.

Psalm 104 – 1   Bless the LORD, O my soul. …

24  O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all; …

33  I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34  May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD. …

35b  Bless the LORD, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!

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