Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Welcome to Day 192 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Isaiah 8, oracles of judgment and hope.
14, “and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”
Isaiah 9:6, “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.” (!)
Isaiah 10:20, “In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
Hebrews 8:10, “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord, because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
I am beginning to feel like a broken record. (Does that analogy still work? Do you remember when a record would skip and get stuck in the same place, over and over and over?)
All God ever wanted was to love his people, and for them to love him. And what did they do? They turned to false gods and worthless idols and appointed kings to rule over them.
This passage from Hebrews 8 quotes from Exodus, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah. Deep stuff, yet so simple! Such a great promise that if/when we turn to him, he not only forgives our sins, but remembers them no more!
His laws go from tablets of stone to being written on our hearts. (An interesting literary twist… “he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”) Jesus is the stone the builders rejected. The chief cornerstone…
We are, according to 1 Peter 2, “living stones!”
4 “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
(I’ll pass on the obvious, “Dr. Living Stone, I presume?” joke reference…)
This all makes so much sense to me. It’s so simple. Trust him…
Come to him, ask for forgiveness, and trust in him.
That’s all he wants! That’s all he has ever wanted from his people!
Lord I put my trust in you… Thank you for writing your law on my heart!