God swore by himself-for there is nothing else by which he can swear-that what he had promised to Abraham would come about. Paradoxically, it is because Abraham was willing to put the promise on the line and risk losing it, that the promise was renewed. Had he clung to the promise in an idolatrous fashion, choosing the promise of God over the God of the promise, the promise itself would apparently have been placed in jeopardy. As Jesus put it, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it” (Matt. 16:25). God can have no rivals for our affection, not even the good gifts and blessings he has given to us.Iain M. Duguid
Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality p. 136
Archive for August, 2009
Because so many of our sins flow from a basic doubting of God’s goodness to us, trying harder and beating ourselves whenever we fail often doesn’t change our pattern of behavior. For it doesn’t deal with the root problem, the big sin behind the surface sins: our failure to believe that God is really good. In fact, the more pharisaical we get in our approach to life, the more we become convinced that God isn’t really good. How could God really want the best for us, and then load us down with all these rules and regulations?
The real answer to sin is the gospel. It is remarkably straightforward. You need to look at Jesus on the cross and focus on the exchange that was transacted there. My sins were loaded on him, while his perfect righteousness was given to me. When I set that reality clearly before my eyes and understand it in my heart, how can I doubt that God is good? The road to joy-filled obedience begins when this great truth dawns on us: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things” (Rom. 8:32).Iain M. Duguid
Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality, page 116
The New Testament is in the Old concealed;
the Old Testament is in the New revealed. Augustine
David is a type of Christ. When we study David in the Old Testament, we can see Christ. However, when we study David, we can also see the opposite of Christ. Since David is a man, he can not be a perfect type of Christ. Since David is not Christ, there are some blemishes. These blemishes are there so the people know they must look for another who will be the messiah. One of David’s blemishes is how he acquired his bride.
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. 2 Samuel 11:1-17
David took another man’s life to acquire his bride. Christ gave his own life to acquire his (Acts 20:28, Ephesians 5:25, Revelation 21:2).
God had one son without sin, but no son without a cross. Thomas Manton
Too often we Christians lose our freedom by taking the clear promises of Scripture, meant to apply to heaven, and trying to force those future promises into some unauthentic, present application. Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom
I have sometimes seen people mistakenly react to a disagreement as if it was a personal attack. The offended person would become belligerent and let both barrels fly. However, we can see examples in the Bible where there was disagreement and the parties involved came together and reasoned it out. Disagreements are NOT personal attacks. There is no need to buck up and retaliate. Rather, get together and discuss the disagreement and search the scriptures to see what the scriptures say about the matter. Not a one of us has it all figured out. If we approach disagreements reasonably, we may actually find ourselves learning and growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Acts 11, we see Peter was confronted by those who were circumcised because Peter ate with uncircumcised men. These men had a disagreement with Peter. Peter did not get upset and yell at them about his apostolic authority and how dare they question him. No, Peter explained to them what had happened. And guess what? In verse 18 we see that they glorified God! The disagreement was handled reasonably and God was glorified.
In Acts 15, Judaizers were teaching new Gentile believers in Antioch that they needed to be circumcised if they were saved. Paul and Barnabas brought the issue up to the church in Jerusalem. The issue was then discussed before coming to a resolution. The resolution was then brought to Antioch which resulted in the people rejoicing (v. 31).
One disagreement being discussed and resolved brought glory to God. The other disagreement being discussed and resolved brought rejoicing by the people of God. We do see some instances where disagreements cannot be resolved and the people go separate ways (Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Mark), but there was discussion first. Disagreements should bring about discussion, not invectives.
Come, let us reason together, saith the Lord.