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Today's Devotions 2009/01/25

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:03 AM
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Today's Devotions

January 25

Genesis 22:7-8,14 (NIV)7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.

14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."

And God did provide Himself as the lamb, the lamb of atonement that took away the sins of the world. For almost 2 millenniums the Jewish people asked the same question. Where is the lamb? Where is the One who will satisfy God? The lamb could not be provided by shepherds; He had to come from the Great Shepherd. And in the fullness of time God did provide the Lamb. God the Father and God the Son went together - the two of them - to Mount Moriah.

Abraham looked forward through time and saw the LORD providing the Lamb of God in that same spot. "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."

On that mountain, atonement for you and me was provided. In father Abraham's case, the knife was stopped mid-air, but Father God allowed the knife to fall on the Son He so greatly loved, to bring many sons to glory. God knew the grave could not hold the One who is Life, but that did not lessen the pain of the Son or the Father in that torturous death on the cross. It did not lessen the separation that took place when the sins of the world were placed upon Jesus and the forces of hell were unleashed upon Him. My son, God has provided for you a lamb. Live a life of thankfulness for that provision.


Evening

January 25

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

In the midst of all of Isaiah's prophecies of doom and gloom, he predicts a bright hope. He begins chapter 9 telling us the region of the coming Messiah's ministry will be humbled now but honored in the future. He says they will see a great light and have joy. Why this turn around? A child will be born. God will be incarnated. A son will be given to us, the Son of God. The government of the Kingdom of God is on his shoulders. One day all government will be on his shoulders.

We call Him our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Isaiah said we would call Him by those names and we do. No one else could dare to claim any of those sacred titles. The end of Judah was coming, but there would be no end to the government and peace of the Messiah's kingdom. We experience that even now. Two thousand years later the Kingdom of God has only grown. Though the world is at war, we have peace in our hearts.

He will reign on David's throne. The nation of Judah had forgotten righteousness and justice, but the Kingdom of the Messiah will uphold and establish righteousness and justice.

How will this come to pass? The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this! It is not a work of man.

Consider: The miraculous birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus was accomplished through the zeal - that white hot burning love - God has for us.

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