Daily Devotional – A Light

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CONTEXT:

Many today challenge the authorship of Isaiah son of Amoz as writer of the whole of this book. I would disagree citing two key factors, first his is the only name cited and second the consistent use of the phrasing  “the Holy One of Israel,”  throughout. 

The first 39 chapters are known as Book of Judgements as Isaiah lays out the judgement of God against the nations.  The remaining Chapters 40-66 are known as the Book of Comforts, here God lays out His plan for the hope and restoration of Israel and all the nations. 

In our Chapter 49, we have the beginning of the Servants call to Ministry.  As we see in v.5, God calls His servants from the womb, for a specific purpose (that Israel might be gathered to him). 


BREAKDOWN:

 And he said, – Reading other translations we see  this later in the verse, here in the KJV it is front and center, GOD is speaking, so pay attention. 

It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant – Okay (rhetorical) raise your hand how many think that their calling from God is a light (read simple, easy, undemanding ) thing.  Well God thinks so! 

to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: – God calls men for a specific purpose, if you think you want to serve God but say I do not know in what manner, PRAY, the Holy Spirit will show you the way.  Far to many head out to a “mission” field without God’s calling and fail, do not be counted among them. 

I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, – So if raising up the tribes of Jacob, and restoring the preserved of Israel was not enough of a challenge God tells Isaiah you will also be a light unto the Gentiles (those non-jews of his time and unsaved of the world today)

that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. – We know that Salvation is in no one except Christ, so God is not telling Isaiah the he will be salvation, but that through his actions people will a light that draws folks to Christ Acts 13:47.


APPLICATION:

BALNAM Patch – Mission:M25

The patch above is worn by all of us associated with Mission M25 Ministries. It means Be a Light not a Mouth, and while of course God expects us to speak he does not expect us to ram stuff down folks throat. 

Here in Isaiah God calls Isaiah to be a light unto the unsaved; that is be an example they want to emulate, be there for them in there time of need, be that person they can count on. God DOES NOT call Isaiah, stand on the corner and preach condemnation and scorn. 

Do not get me wrong there is a time and place to point out error and biblical unrighteousness, yet even that must be done with the light of Christ and God’s Grace shining brightly.  


So today’s question is simple; are you a Light or just a Mouth? 

Daily Devotional – Darkness Rather than Light

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INTRO:

As many of you know one of my life verses is John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

I had finished reading a few weeks before Jonathan Edwards classic Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.  It had shaken me to my core for I was just beginning to understand the true sovereignty of God.  My current studies had me in John Chapter 3 and at the about the same time I reached  v.16 a friend gave me a copy of John MacArthur’s book  Why One Way. These three writings forever changed my theology on man and God. I understood from from that time forward that the only thing natural man has to offer God is sin. 


20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:20-21

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CONTEXT:

It is hard not to include v.16-18 as the set the pretext for our main text today.  Of course everyone, even most unbelievers know about John 3:16, God’s Love for the world and the Apostle Jon insures we understand just how much God loved us in v.17 and the requirements if you will to receive the free gift of that love in v.18.  All is good here folks love to speak about this “Good News”, God’s Love, the Joyful Union of God’s children. 

Then we get to the ugly stuff. In v.19 John makes it plain that man’s  sinful ways condemn him before a Holy God; for God did indeed send His only begotten Son (light) to save mankind but mankind prefers darkness and evil. 


BREAKDOWN:

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. –  No One likes to be called out for their wrongdoings whether those were intentional or accidental mistakes.  How much more so those who deny the Christ, who purposely do evil always try and hide from others but there is no hiding from God.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. – The exact opposite is true for those who practice righteousness. Their deeds are always open for public scrutiny because they are done for and with God’s help. 


APPLICATION: 

In my studies back in day, of these verses v19-21 I found that the  Greek word translated as “evil,” is phaula, which also means “worthless,” “base,” or “no good.”  Now I am not sure about you but the last thing I want to be called or even considered is a worthless no good person.  Yet that is exactly how God looks upon those who refuse His free gift of Grace, eternal Life through Christ Jesus. Their works, even if mankind looks upon them as ‘good” are worthless and no good in the kingdom of God. 

Unlike some who may not be converted, (saved) I was convinced I already was, this caused me as noted above, to reconsider my relationship with God. Was it all about me and satisfying my needs using God or as (I later learned) and the Westminster Shorter Catechism says :

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

a. Ps. 86:9. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. Isa. 60:21. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. Rom. 11:36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. 1 Cor. 6:20. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor. 10:31. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Rev. 4:11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

b. Ps. 16:5–11. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Ps. 144:15. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. Isa. 12:2. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Luke 2:10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Phil. 4:4. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Rev. 21:3–4. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

putting God first and not me. 

For those who are not believers, who think “Christianity” is a hoax may I suggest reading any one (or more of the following books: The 10 Best Books for Skeptics of Christianity. I have read #1,4,6 and 8 but all of them lead the reader to draw the own conclusions. Numbers 4 and 6 especially; were written by two men who set out to disprove the bible and “Christianity” as  basically nothing more than a crutch. What they found was so much more. 

 

 

Daily Devotional – Understanding by the Light

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Loch Rusky is a small loch in the Trossachs area of Scotland. In winter the low sun rises behind the trees giving a spectacular almost infinity view announcing the Entrance of a new day in Glorious Light.

Psalm 119:130

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT: 

I seem to be stuck on a theme of understanding and knowledge as it relates to God’s Word. I suppose there are worse things to ponder. 

It is always hard to put the 119th psalm in context because it does not follow the pattern of most other books and Chapters written in the bible. An overarching theme might be “The delight, meditation and prayer upon God’s Law” (word, precepts etc.).

The following two commentaries give a good overview unto this psalm: 

Enduring Word Commentary

Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise)v.129-136

The wonders of redeeming love will fix the heart in adoration of them. The Scriptures show us what we were, what we are, and what we shall be. They show us the mercy and the justice of the Lord, the joys of heaven, and the pains of hell. Thus they give to the simple, in a few days, understanding of those matters, which philosophers for ages sought in vain. The believer, wearied with the cares of life and his conflicts with sin, pants for the consolations conveyed to him by means of the sacred word. And every one may pray, Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. We must beg that the Holy Spirit would order our steps. The dominion of sin is to be dreaded and prayed against by every one. The oppression of men is often more than flesh and blood can bear; and He who knoweth our frame, will not refuse to remove it in answer to the prayers of his people. Whatever obscurity may appear as to the faith of the Old Testament believers, their confidence at the throne of grace can only be explained by their having obtained more distinct views of gospel privileges, through the sacrifices and services of their law, than is generally imagined. Go to the same place, plead the name and merits of Jesus, and you will not, you cannot plead in vain. Commonly, where there is a gracious heart, there is a weeping eye. Accept, O Lord, the tears our blessed Redeemer shed in the days of his flesh, for us who should weep for our brethren or ourselves.


BREAKDOWN:

The entrance- I must admit this is one instance where my loved KJV has a poor rendering, especially for modern understanding. But if we consider that most biblical entrances refer to pulling back a curtain to reveal something, it makes a little more sense. Most modern versions render it “unfolding” some “the revelation” and still others “the teaching”

of thy words – What is it that requires this revelation, the pulling back of the curtain from God?  His Words, here meaning in context of the Psalm all His precepts and laws. 

giveth light; – –Condensed from Thomas Manton

    1. — Light. This “light” hath excellent properties.
    2. It is lux manifestans, it manifests itself and all things else. How do I see the sun, but by the sun, by its own light? How do I know the Scripture to be the word of God, but by the light that shineth in it, commending itself to my conscience! So it manifests all things else; it layeth open all frauds and impostures of Satan, the vanity of worldly things, the deceits of the heart, the odiousness of sin.
    3. It is lux dirigens, a directing light, that we may see our way and work. As the sun lighteth man to his labour, so doth this direct us in all our conditions: Ps 119:
    4. It directs us how to manage ourselves in all conditions.
    5. It is lux vivificans, a quickening light. “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”: Joh 8:
    6. “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”: Eph 5:
    7. That light was the life of men: so is this spiritual life; it not only discovereth the object, but helpeth the faculty, filleth the soul with life and strength.
    8. It is lux exhilarans, a comforting, refreshing, cheering light; and that in two respects.
      1. Because it presents us with excellent grounds of comfort.
      2. Because it is a soul satisfying light.

it giveth understanding – Man in his natural sinful state can not understand the need or reason for the word of God 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 for they have been blinded to the truth. 

Also see Romans 8:7 and 1 Corinthians 2:14

unto the simple –  Note that the Psalmist does not say to the wise or worthy but to the simple. By simple it is meant to mean those who are child like in their understanding and desire to learn. The proud and wise think they know it all, but the child will drive you crazy with questions like how come, why and are we there yet :). 


APPLICATION:

God does not and will not reveal the knowledge and understanding of His word to the Pharisees and Scribes of this day. There are many in the church who have brain knowledge and no heart knowledge, they know about God and know nothing of God. They remain in the darkness.

God’s word is a light, it reveals to us the knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Saviour our Father Creator we only need pray and ask God to pull back the curtain and share His Understanding by Light.

Condemnation

EVERYONE is familiar with John 3:16 For God so love the world… but few see to know what follows. 

CONDEMNATION from Websters 1828 Dictionary:

CONDEMNATIONnoun

1. The act of condemning; the judicial act of declaring one guilty, and dooming him to punishment.

For the judgment was by one to condemnation Romans 5:16.

2. The state of being condemned.

Dost thou not fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation Luke 23:40.

3. The cause or reason of a sentence of condemnation John 3:19.

CONTEXT:
  • The whole first part of this chapter deals with the need for a new birth a spiritual birth, that is wholly dependent upon Christ as Lord and Savor.
  • v.16 identifies and declares Christ as that Lord and Savor
  • v.17 Jesus Christ did not need to come and condemn the world nor the folks in it. That had already been accomplished quite nicely by man back in the Garden.
  • v.18 makes it clear those whom believe in Christ can be saved those who do not are already condemned
  • v.19-21 We are condemned by our own accord, God does not need to point a finger at us to judge us; our own actions do that without any recourse:
      •  “And this is the judgment [Condemnation in KJV]: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 2For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

The question today is are you in the light (Saved) or Darkness (Condemned)? Are you hearing the Holy Spirit calling and tugging at your heart and soul.

Biblical Light

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:20-21

Porque todo aquel que hace lo malo, aborrece la luz y no viene a la luz, para que sus obras no sean reprendidas. 21 Mas el que practica la verdad viene a la luz, para que sea manifiesto que sus obras son hechas en Dios. (RVR 1960)

Light is an important topic in the Bible from the very beginning Genesis 1:3-5 when God chose to separate the darkness and saw the light was good. 

It is God who is our lightPsalm 18:28 it is He who brings us out of the darkness and guides us Exodus 13:21

In Psalm 27:1 we see that the Lord is our Light and our Salvation. He is our fountain of life whose light is ours Psalm 36:9. 

It is God’s word that illuminates (lights up) the path (lives) we take, Psalm 119:105Proverbs 6:23,  Psalm 119:130, Isaiah 42:16 and gives us understanding. 

Yet natural man does not want the lightJohn 3:19-21, because his deeds and heart are evil. So it is important to understand we who claim to be in the light but walk in darkness 1 John 1:5-7  proclaim so falsely.

It is the job (mission) of every true believer to share the walk in and share the light 1 John 1:5  because once we were as lost children of the darkness but are now children of the light Ephesians 5:8. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God is light

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This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5 (KJV) 

I do not know about you but when I was a young child I did not like the darkness very much. It hid all kinds of unseen dangers (boogeyman, ghosts etc.). As I grew older those fears seem to subside more and more until one day they disappeared. What had changed, first and foremost my relationship with God. I now understood that the Light (Christ) had conquered the darkness and nothing could put out His flame. – Mike

Adorn the Doctrine

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not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things – Titus 2:10 (ESV) 

Exegesis: The entire second chapter of Titus is all about sound teaching doctrine. Paul in verse nine gets specific and is speaking to bondservants telling them to be obedient to their masters. He continues this in the verse above: 

not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; In Paul’s day servants had a variety of job and were entrusted with many responsibilities. Paul is says do not steal or take a part of what is not rightfully yours instead show complete loyalty and support. 

that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things; literally to adorn the doctrine of God. Now that does not mean to fluff it up with modern junk, it means that their actions (speach, work ethic, etc.) should be such that they glorify God in all they do. 

Application: Today we are not bondservants as such but most of us have jobs and we can and should apply the same principle that Paul speaks of here to our everyday work ethic.

Trust: Are you the go to person at work because the boss(es) know they can trust you with the most sensitive jobs? The one who is always on time, does not take extended breaks or lunches,would never think of “borrowing” something that is not theirs or talking bad about others?

Light: At work do others see Christ in you? When you make a mistake do you immediately own up to it or do you have 1000 excuses ready? Do they know you are a Christian WITHOUT you having to tell them?

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 21 April

THE POWER AND WEAKNESS OF THE LAW OF GOD

By the law is the knowledge of sin – Romans 3:20

What the law could not do – Romans 8:3

The law may express sin but cannot suppress sin. – John Adams

The law thou it have no power to condemn us, hath power to command us. – Thomas Adams

The law is the light and the commandment the lantern. – William Austin

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 26 January

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We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. – Acts 4:20

 A true witness delivereth souls… Proverbs 14:25

Did not Christ open his veins for our redemption, and shall we not open our mouths for His vindication? – William Secker

 If a man has light within it shall break forth at his mouth. – Thomas Hooker

 The light of religion ought not to be carried in a dark lantern. – George Swinnock

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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