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WHEN THE UNIVERSE IS FINALLY MEASURED

In today’s reading, the Lord is clear regarding His love for Zion.  He states in Psalm 87:2, “The Lord loves the gates of Zion...” There is a connection the Lord has with the people of Israel that can easily be defined as a deep, deep love.  And the Lord will not turn His back on those He loves. 

Our Father made several everlasting promises to Israel starting in Genesis 17. God’s covenant to Abraham reads, in part, “...I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants...for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and to your descendants after you...all the land of Cannan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God”  (17:7-8). We have recently looked at Romans 11 at Faith on Sunday morning and heard the Apostle Paul ask, “God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be!”  And finally, one verse in Jeremiah that refers to the sun, the moon, the stars and the waves of the ocean, states, “Only if these decrees vanish from My sight...will Israel ever cease being a nation before Me” (Jer. 31:36)

What security there is in our relationship with the only Creator God!  He made us and loves us and redeemed us and called us and keeps us....He promises He will never leave us or forsake us! If He would turn His back on Israel, then He could turn His back on you and me.  And then....the sun would have to stop shining, the moon and stars would not be able to light up the night sky and the waves would also cease lapping at our shores. I could not have life in either of those worlds - not in a creation sans the sun, moon, stars and waves and not in a spiritual world without our faithful God that Scripture reveals:  faithful, reliable, dependable, true to His Word, forgiving, redeeming, and more. Thanks be to God Who is always faithful to His Word and deeply loves His people!

One final verse (with my interjections!)....Jeremiah 31:37 reads, “Thus says the Lord, ‘If the heavens above can be measured (AND THEY CANNOT!) and the foundations of the earth searched out below (AND THEY CANNOT), then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done (PRAISE THE LORD THAT GOD’S REDEMPTION IS BASED UPON HIS GRACE AND GOODNESS AND NOT THE FAITHFULNESS OF HIS PEOPLE!).’” What a wonderful way to start the day!

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BARTIMAEUS' ROAD BLOCK

 

Luke 18:35-43

As Jesus is headed up to Jerusalem for the last time before His crucifixion, He passes through Jericho and heals two men. The first of these two men is Bartimaeus; the blind man who spends his day begging. The second, and perhaps more popular Bible character, is Zacchaeus. Today’s reading includes Bartimaeus, so we’ll focus on that text. However, let me encourage you to stay on the look-out for the similarities between Bartimaeus and Zacchaeus as you read tomorrow’s passage!

 

I love the story of blind Bartimaeus! I love his persistence, his vulnerability, his faith, and his worship! When we first meet Bartimaeus in verse 35, we find him broken, hopeless, and helpless to change his current circumstance. However, by the end of the story in verse 43, we find him healed, full of hope, and helping others! What a tremendous turn of events. But have you ever noticed how close the story was to ending differently? Take a look at verses 38 and 39. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing his way, he began to cry out to Him to receive mercy. Those who were with Jesus tried hard to silence Bartimaeus. I wonder why they did this? Did they think that Jesus was in too much of a hurry to stop? Did they think that Jesus was too important to be bothered by a blind beggar? Could it be that they were afraid to grant Bartimaeus a place near Jesus for fear of losing their own? Who knows. But one thing is for sure – the people closest to Jesus, those “leading the way”, had become a roadblock to those who needed Him most. It’s a good thing Bartimaeus had a strong voice that Jesus could hear over the crowd, because this story almost had a very different and tragic ending.

 

Who do you know that’s looking for Jesus? As you enjoy the presence of Jesus today, reflect on this question: are you helping them gain access to their Savior or hindering it?

 

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