Final Thoughts on Mark 9:43-48
Of all the sayings of Jesus thought to be severe, none are more frightening or grim than His remarks about cutting off a hand or a foot, or plucking out one’s eye. Jesus uses extreme language to make the point that sin is extremely serious and its cost is very high. As Romans 6:23 declares, “For the wages of sin is death, . . .”
Yet Jesus words in the context are to be taken metaphorically as no amount of self-mutilation can deal with sin, which is an issue of the heart. Only Christ alone is able to save us from our sins.
, . . . even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. I Thessalonians 1:10
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Deliver those who are drawn toward death… Proverbs 24:11
Final Thoughts on Matthew 1:1-16
. . . by Tamar, . . . by Rahab, . . . by Ruth, . . . by her who had been the wife of Uriah. . . . of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. Matthew 1:3,5-6,16
There are five women listed in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ. They lived in the ancient world and yet their stories apply to us as they faced the same difficult issues of life that we face in our world today. They experienced discouragement and dangers. They took courageous risks and did the unexpected, trusting in God to care for them. They were virtuous, godly women, but like all of us, they were sinners who fell short of God’s standard of perfection. These five women were far from perfect, and yet God in His infinite grace and wisdom used them in His perfect plan to bring forth the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
As Christians, if we look to their stories and apply them to our lives, we will find that the lessons we can learn from them are as applicable today as they were in their day.
Final Thoughts on Psalm 31:1
. . . Deliver me in Your righteousness. NKJV
Where trials exist because of conflict with our fellow human beings, we must desire for God to judge righteously—to do what is right. Too often we do not really want righteous judgment because we do not see our own faults in the matter. We just pray, wanting God to take our side in the conflict.
In Joshua 5:13-14, as Joshua prepared to lead Israel into battle against Jerico, he sought the Lord’s aid. As the pre-incarnate Christ appeared before him with a drawn sword, Joshua asked Him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?’ Christ answered, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
Joshua was asking the Lord, “Whose side are you on in the conflict.” The Lord, in effect, was replying, “The question in not whose side am I on. But rather, whose side are you on?” When conflict comes, let us examine ourselves and make certain that we are on the Lord’s side.