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Kingdom of HeavenMonday I asked if you could feel God's dissatisfaction.

Today, I’m compelled to press this further.

When we sulk about, meditating on our unworthiness, it is a disgrace to His wonderful grace.

This idea that the Father is not satisfied with us actually tramples under foot the blood of Christ, treating it as though it had no power to pay our debt nor give us His righteousness. I’ll say it again. It’s a disgrace to grace. It’s a lie from hell. It has held the Church back far too long.

Our enemy painted this image we have in our head of a God who is angry with His children. He mocks the words of Jesus, the promises of God, and the teaching of the apostles. He employs the same tactics he plied in the garden.

Hath God said?

It is finished! - John 19:30 NASB

Hath God said?

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. - Ezekiel 36:25-27 NASB

Hath God said?

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB

Hath God said?

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. - 2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB

Hath God said?

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. - Revelation 1:5-6 NKJV

What rises up in me is a resounding,

Thus saith the Lord!

Deal with it satan.

And deal with it saint - you are pleasing in His eyes. [Tweet This] It’s not of your doing, The blood of Christ has made you so. He, the Lord God Almighty, will never again be dissatisfied with you. You are His beloved child.

Hallelujah!

[I need to say that again]

Hallelujah!

cropped-BenHeadshot.jpgSee you again soon.

Ben

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"Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. - Malachi 3:1 ESV

I’m pondering this phrase ‘messenger of the covenant’ this morning.

Jesus offered the cup to the disciples at the last supper saying:

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. - Luke 22:20 ESV

Jesus was this Messenger of the Covenant. He came, not simply to announce—herald—this new covenant. He came as a vessel, bearing this covenant.

His blood poured out for the atonement of the sin of all the world.

His blood poured out before the Father as a drink offering.

His life flowing from His head, His back, His side and soaking into the ground, an answer in kind to the blood of righteous Able crying out for thousands of years.

His blood—a new covenant—life for all who will come to Him.

Hallelujah, What a Savior.

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photo credit: mandolux via photopin cc

I am sitting here taking another read through this last paragraph of the Sermon on the Mount, and a phrase jumps out at me.

And the rain descended, and the floods came, ~ Matthew 7:25

These are the words of Jesus in Matthew 7, describing the house built on responding to the words of Jesus, the house built on the Rock. Here is the whole verse:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. ~ Matthew 7:25

But that little chunk carried my mind back to the account of Noah and the Ark he built for the Lord.

It was probably about 20 years ago, and I was reading through the book of Genesis in “Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible” and I learned something truly fascinating. When Noah was told to build an ark, there is one detail that is striking (plenty others too, I am sure, but for today – one detail.)
Noah was told:

Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. ~ Genesis 6:14

The only details we get on the ark are these 2 materials, the overall size (which, by the way because it was in Hebrew is something about cubits, but if it were in American it would be like 1 ½ football fields, our favorite unit of measure) and the fact that it had a door and a window.

Today I want to talk about pitch. What is pitch? I am guessing it is something like tar, which Noah was instructed to smear as a waterproof coating all over the inside and the outside of the vessel.

Here is what is fascinating. The Hebrew word for pitch (Kafer) is a variant for a word you will no doubt recognize – Kippur – or atonement. You have heard this word used today when the Jewish community celebrates Yom Kippur! This word – Kafer – is only translated pitch in this one place in the entire Bible. Most often it is translated “ransom.”

Just as in Noah’s day when the rains came down and the floods came up, the only safe place was in the Ark, so it is today. [Tweet This] The only safe place to be is in the Ark, and that Ark is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God slain before the foundations of the earth.

The only reason you will be able to stand before holy God on the day of judgment is because you are in this Ark, which is covered within and without with perfect pitch, the blood of Jesus.

Today is the day of salvation. Get in the Ark!

Jesus said you do that by acting on what He said. Do not be a hearer of the Words of life, and be left outside the Ark when the flood comes.

Surrender your life to Him today.

BenThanks

Ben

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