Devotions Week 26:
During His life, Christ was an example; in His death He was a sacrifice; in His resurrection He was a conqueror; in His ascension a king; in His prayers a high priest. ~ Martin Luther
|The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Now the Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there He put the man He had formed. And the Lord made all kinds of trees grow in the ground… In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil… God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”||Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17
|Man banished from the Garden of Eden. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.||Genesis 3:22-23
|The call of God to Abram. “I will make you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; all the people on earth will be blessed through you.”||Genesis 12:2-3
|God’s promise of a New Covenant. This is the Covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbour, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”||Jeremiah 31:33-34
|Death through Adam, life through Christ. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!||Romans 5:17
|He shed His blood on the cross for our sins. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his stripes you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray”, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.||1 Peter 2:24-25
|The call to persevere and to be led by the Holy Spirit. But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.||Jude 17-19
ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and power.
Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfil Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All could never sin erase,
Thou must save, and save by grace.
Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.