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It was the Lord's Will

It was the Lord's WillIsaiah 53:10 Excerpt ‎The suffering and death of the Servant was clearly the Lord’s will. In that sense He was “slain from the Creation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). The statement, the Lord made the Servant’s life a  guilt offering, does not mean thatJesus’ life satisfiedthe wrath of God but that His life which culminated in His death was the sacrifice for sins. As indicated in Isaiah 53:7-8He had to die to satisfy the righteous demands of God. The word for “guilt offering” is ’āšām, used in Leviticus 5:15; 6:5; 19:21 and elsewhere of an offering to atone for sin.
‎His death and burial appeared to end His existence (He was“cut off, ” Isa. 53:8), but in actuality because of His resurrection Jesus willsee His offspring (those who by believing in Himbecome children of God, John 1:12) and He willprolong His days (live on forever as the Son of God). He will be blessed (prosper; cf. Isa. 53:12a) because ofHis obedience to the will (plan) of the Lord.
Martin, John A.

The Silent Servant

The Silent ServantIsaiah 53:7-9 Excerpt ‎A servant is not permitted to talk back; he or she must submit to the will of the master or mistress. Jesus Christ was  silent before those who accused Him as well as those who afflicted Him. He was silent before Caiaphas (Matt. 26:62–63), the chief priests and elders (27:12), Pilate (27:14; John 19:9) and Herod Antipas (Luke 23:9). He did not speak when the soldiers mocked Him and beat Him (1 Peter 2:21–23). This is what impressed the Ethiopian treasurer as he read this passage in Isaiah (Acts 8:26–40).
‎Isaiah 53:7 speaks of His silence under suffering and verse 8 of His silence when illegally tried and condemned to death. In today’s courts, a person can be found guilty of terrible crimes; but if it can be proved that something in the trial was illegal, the case must be tried again. Everything about His trials was illegal, yet Jesus did not appeal for another trial. “The cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?” (John 18:11)
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Christ at Home in Our Hearts

Christ at Home in Our HeartsEphesians 3:16 Excerpt ‎The result of this is that through faith Christ may dwell in believers’ hearts, that is, their whole personalities. “Dwell” (katoikēsai) refers not to the beginning of Christ’s indwelling at the moment of salvation. Instead it denotes the desire that Christ may, literally, “be at home in,” that is, at the very center of or deeply rooted in, believers’ lives. They are to let Christ become the dominating factor in their attitudes and conduct.
Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 631. Print.

Christ Died for the Guilty Sinner

Christ Died for the Guilty SinnerIsaiah 53:1 Excerpt ‎Isaiah 53 describes the life and ministry of Jesus Christ (vv. 1–4), His death (vv. 5–8) and burial (v. 9), and His resurrection and exaltation (vv. 10–12). The theme that ties the chapter together is that the innocent Servant diedin the place of the guilty. When theologians speak about “the vicarious atonement,” that is what they mean. We cannot explain everything  about the cross, but this much seems clear: Jesus took the place of guilty sinners and paid the price for their salvation.
Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Comforted. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

Sprinkle

SprinkleIsaiah 52:15 Excerpt ‎“Sprinkle” is associated with cleansing by the priest under the Mosaic Law (Lev. 4:6; 8:11; 14:7). This Servant, whom many have not considered important at all, will actually provide the most important thing for nations and their kings, namely, cleansing from sin (cf. John 1:29; Heb. 10:14).
Martin, John A. “Isaiah.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1107. Print.

The Work of the Trinity in Salvation

The Work of the Trinity in SalvationEphesians 3:14-17 Excerpt ‎The Father gives us our identity, the Spirit strengthens and empowers, and Christ“dwells in our hearts through faith” as the wellspring of transforming love.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Mundy's Quote for Today

Mundy's Quote for TodayThere are two kinds of faces: Look you in your face and lie; Look you in your face eye-to-eye and is always truthful. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Joshua 21:43-45 (Puzzle + vv)

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1 Peter 1:3King James Version

Blessed be the God and Father of ourLord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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A Heavenly Inheritance ] Blessed be the God and Father of ourLord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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Born Again to a Living Hope] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

October 3: It Will Eat You Alive
Ezekiel 6:1–8:18; Revelation 2:12–29; Job 33:1–7

Idolatry eats at our souls. And God puts up with it for only so long.
“And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, set your face to the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them, and you must say, “Mountains of Israel, hear the word of theLord Yahweh, thus says the Lord Yahweh to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys: ‘Look, I am bringing upon you the sword, and I will destroy your high places, and your altars will be desolate, and your incense altars will be broken, and I will throw down your slain ones before your idols, and I will place the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars’ ” ’ ” (Ezek 6:1–6).

Ezekiel portrays God’s view of the true nature of idolatry and the ramifications of living an idolatrous life. When people put wood and stone, or gadgets and entertainment, before their relationship wi…