Published By Deborah Negron
December 9, 2017
He looked and saw the marred clay. He saw that it held no beauty in itself…
He then remade the vessel. He chose to make a new vessel. He found pleasure in restoring…
1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven, and save from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. 6 And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. 9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:13 Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
Do you see Him…
Do you recognize who He is?
Throughout scripture we see the way in which it all points to the one who is our Redeemer. We see woven in the word the one whom we call Lord.
We see Jesus as the one who sits on the throne and who demonstrates fully the main of objective of the entire book.
Mankind was in God’s heart. Salvation was his main objective from the start. He who is omniscient knew man would fall. But in every instance He manifested mercy, justice, grace and His right arm ready to save. Scripture tells us that by His Stripes We are healed.
In Isaiah 53:5 it states,
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
He alone is worthy of our praise. He alone made the way for all mankind to be restored into a right relationship with Him. His desire from yhe start was to take the broken, the wounded, the vile and desperate and form out of then a people. 1 Corinthians states,
“27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Through Him we have not only the forgiveness of sins, the restoration of a relationship with our Heavenly Father, but also we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to empower us to live lives worthy of His election. Scripture tells us in Philippians 2:13
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Furthermore in Romans 8:26 it states,
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The Lord not only imparts us with salvation, grace and mercy alone. He also gives us the wherewithal to be erected and built up in Him. He enables us to live effective Christian lives.
Now for the moments when we falter and fail…For the the moments when for one reason or another we stumble, or even we commit sin after being already saved, we see another approach. The Lord Himself sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.
The love of God is such that nothing can separate us from it. Romans 8 puts it this way,
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Oh the riches of the love of God are too wonderful for us. He is gracious and his mercies are new every morning. His desire to deliver and to restore us is the drive of all He does. And for what reason then, does He Deliver us? Why does He love us with such determination?
We read in Isaiah 41
9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
And Ephesians 1 tell us,
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
HE LOVES US, OH HOW HE LOVES US.
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