Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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“And she [Bathsheba] bare a son, and he [David] called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him” (2 Samuel 12:24).

“And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in all the statutes of David his father” (1 Kings 3:3).

“We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

It is beautiful to see that the Lord speaks of His love to Solomon as soon as he was born. If you read the next verse in 2 Samuel 12, you will see that the Lord actually sent Nathan the prophet, who also called Solomon by another name—Jedidiah, which means “beloved of the Lord.” This does not mean that the Lord has special favorites among His people, but He did have His eye on Solomon, as the one who was to take the throne of Israel after David.

As a result, we see Solomon as a mature individual, having ascended the throne of Israel, spoken about as loving the Lord, and walking in obedience to the law that his father David had walked in. This is because he had enjoyed the Lord’s love for him, and then his own heart responded to the Lord’s love by loving the Lord in return.

An older brother used to remind us, “Never try to love the Lord more than you do! Just think of how much He loves you!” If we enjoy His love, our love will flow back to Him without any effort.

 

             
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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him” (Matthew 14:30-31).

We saw yesterday how Peter walked on the water to the Lord Jesus, with the Lord’s strength. But then he looked at the strong wind and waves and was afraid. As a result, he began to sink. But suppose the water had been perfectly calm, could he have walked on it? No, he could no more have walked on smooth water than rough water. Neither could you nor I, in our own strength! Again we learn an important lesson here.

We need the Lord’s help and His strength every day, even if things are going well for us. But when problems come and things get rough, we realize we need the Lord more. If we keep our eyes on Him, we can rise above all the difficulties. But we will sink if we start looking at the problems, just as Peter did in those waves and that wind.

Yet, when he did begin to sink and cried to the Lord, the Lord immediately held out His hand and caught him. He will do this for us too, even if we have not been trusting in Him. He never fails us, even if we forget to trust Him!

 

             
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Monday, April 15, 2024

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“And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come to thee on the water. And He said, Come” (Matthew 14:28-29).

The disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee at night, trying to row their boat against a headwind. They were not making much progress, but then the Lord Jesus came to them, walking on the water. Peter immediately wanted to walk on the water too, and the Lord told him to come. With the Lord’s power, Peter, too, walked on the water, even though it was rough. There is an important lesson for all of us to learn in this.

The rough water is a picture to us of difficulties the Lord allows in our lives, and sometimes it seems that we cannot make much progress against them. Perhaps we try hard in our own strength, but it does not work. However, just as the Lord was not hindered by the headwind and waves, so we too can rise above our problems, and, as it were, walk above them. As long as Peter kept his eye on the Lord, and not on the rough water, he was able to walk on the rough water, just as the Lord did. Tomorrow we will see what happened when he got his eyes off the Lord, and looked at the strong wind and heavy waves.

 

             
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Sunday, April 14, 2024

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“Yea, I [the Lord] have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

It is heart-warming that this verse is not spoken at the beginning of the history of Israel, but rather at the point where God was going to allow them to be carried away into captivity because of their sin. Yet He reassures them through the prophet Jeremiah that He loved them with an everlasting love. Although He did not allow them to get away with sin, yet He never stopped loving them.

You and I have not done any better, yet the Lord’s love to us never changes. In spite of all man’s sin the Lord Jesus went to Calvary’s cross and suffered for sin, not because we deserved it, but because of His love. It was His love that took Him to the cross, and His love that caused Him to remain on the cross, until He could cry out triumphantly, “It is finished!”

The Lord Jesus wants us to remember His love, for as our verse tells us, it is an everlasting love. We can remember His love here in this world, but we will also remember it for all eternity.

 

             
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Saturday, April 13, 2024

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“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:18).

There are some animals that take on the color of what they eat. Some of them are birds, such as flamingos and cedar waxwings. Flamingos are pink because of the shrimp that they eat, while cedar waxwings sometimes have reddish-orange tails instead of yellow tails, because of the red Asian honeysuckle berries that they eat. There is another animal called a chameleon that takes on the color of whatever it happens to be sitting on. They are a kind of lizard, and they live mostly in tropical countries, especially southern African countries.

We can learn from these examples. Spiritually, we all show what we have been feeding upon. Christians who feed on God’s Word regularly will show it in their lives, while those who feed on the things of this world will show this too. We cannot hide it.

But what about the chameleon? His ability to change his color makes him harder to see, which helps him avoid his predators. But it is not a good thing spiritually. Some Christians simply adapt to whatever environment they find themselves in. Among Christians they act like Christians, while out in the world, they act like worldly people. Not good. Let us honor the Lord by acting like Christians. Then we will be like a good tree that brings forth good fruit.

 

             
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Friday, April 12, 2024

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“These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God” (Revelation 3:14).

“Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).

Yesterday we mentioned that the work of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross not only takes away our sins, but will also one day result in the removal of sin from the entire universe, so that sin never occurs again. What a wonderful time that will be!

In our verses today, we see how this will come about. The old creation was spoiled by sin when Adam and Eve succumbed to temptation. The whole creation was spoiled because of this, and we all know the bad results in this world. Sin has spoiled everything—people, animals, and plant life. All eventually must die as the result of sin.

But the Lord Jesus is the Head of new creation, and our verses today refer to this. The Lord Jesus was the One who made the old creation, but in Revelation 3:14, we see that He is the beginning of new creation. This creation will never be spoiled, for by that time Satan will be placed in the lake of fire forever. He will never tempt anyone again!

In Revelation 21, verses 1-8, we have a description of that wonderful day on earth, when God will bring in new creation. He says, “Behold, I make all things new” (vs. 5). The old creation will be burned up, and God will bring in new creation, that can never be spoiled.

 

             
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Thursday, April 11, 2024

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“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Yesterday we spoke a little about how God is not suddenly going to take away all the suffering in this world, but that you and I can have peace with God about our sins. However, did you know that one day the Lord Jesus is going to take away all the sin in this entire universe? Yes, His work on the cross not only takes away the sins of everyone that believes in Him, but that work He did was so great that one day all the sin in this world is going to be taken away. When that happens, there will never be another sin committed, and there will never be any suffering that is the effect of sin. Won’t that be wonderful?

By the time that happens, those who are saved will have been in heaven for 1,000 years, and of course no sin can ever enter heaven. But eventually, after the 1,000 years of the millennium, God is going to burn up this world, and create new heavens and a new earth, where sin will never come in. We have already seen this last week in 2 Peter 3:10-13.

We will not go into the details of all this, as we do not have space in this calendar to do this, but it is encouraging to realize that all sin is going to disappear from this world someday, and all the suffering and heartache that are the effects of sin.

 

             
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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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“They that hate Me without a cause are more than the hairs of Mine head…then I restored that which I took not away” (Psalm 69:4).

Under the law of Moses in the Old Testament, a man who had taken something away from his neighbor, either violently or by being deceitful about it, had not only to restore what he had taken, but in addition had to add “the fifth part thereto” (Leviticus 6:5). That means that he had to give back 20% more than he had taken.

However, in the case of the Lord Jesus, He had to say that thousands of people hated Him without any good reason; they simply hated Him because He exposed their sin. But then, instead of rejecting those people who hated Him, He restored something He had not taken away. You and I could not restore what we had taken, for we had sinned against God, and could never repay that debt. But the Lord Jesus, who had never sinned, restored that debt for us, and He also added the fifth part to it. How did He do this?

The Lord Jesus really gave more than He needed to give. He not only satisfied God about the whole matter of sin, but He also glorified God in His work on the cross. God has been more honored, and we have been more blessed, than if sin had not entered this world. We will speak a little more about this tomorrow.

 

             
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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you” (Isaiah 59:1-2).

Earlier this week I had the chance to speak to one of our neighbors whose wife has been sick and in the hospital. I was able to give him a small gift, and to speak to him about the Lord. However, he was not interested in knowing how to be saved, and said that “if there is a God, why does He not do something about all the suffering in this world?” He went on to tell me how he had always been a good man and had never treated anyone wrongly. He felt that he was quite fit for God’s presence.

Our verses today point out that the Lord is listening and is able to save, but that we must first of all acknowledge our sins. Many people today are measuring themselves by others around them, and then thinking that they are “good people.” But if we are honest before God, we must admit that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Our sins have indeed separated us from God, but the blood of Christ can wash away those sins.

This does not mean that the Lord is suddenly going to take away all the suffering in this world, but it does mean that we can have peace with God about our sins, and have a happy relationship with Him.

 

             
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Monday, April 8, 2024

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“And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives” (Matthew 26:30).

The Lord Jesus had just finished eating the Passover with His disciples, and He knew very well that He was to be the true Passover. The Passover looked on to the Lord Jesus, for only His precious blood could really cleanse from all sin, and allow God to “pass over” those who were protected by that blood.

But then we read that after keeping the Passover, the Lord Jesus and His disciples sung a hymn together. How could they do this? We know that the disciples did not really understand completely what was going to happen, but the Lord Jesus certainly knew. How could He sing under those circumstances?

The Lord Jesus could sing because He looked beyond the cross, and could see the wonderful effects of His finished work there. He knew that not only would we be able to be saved, but that it would glorify God His Father as to sin, so that eventually all sin would be removed from this whole universe. What a mighty work that was! Yes, there was awful suffering ahead of the Lord Jesus, but He could sing when He looked ahead to the result of it. He knew that it was worth it!

 

             
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