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Immediately after Adam’s fall into sin, God promised that He would send a Savior. In all those centuries that past, God repeated that promise. He never renegade on it. He never announced, “Well, that was then, this is now and things change.” James could testify how God made good on those promises in sending us His Son.
Usually when someone says you have a “selective memory,” they’re doing it in a critical or sarcastic manner. It’s not usually said as a compliment. It often refers to the ability to remember some facts while forgetting others, especially when they’re inconvenient. However, here in Psalm 25, David isn’t accusing God of having a selective memory. He’s counting on it.
Do you know how many stars there are in the night sky? Have you ever tried to guess how many grains of sand are on the beach? Here's the vivid image God used in the promise that He made to him. However, what makes this promise so amazing, is not simply the inconceivably large number of Abraham’s descendants – the man who once thought he would have none – but also who would be among that line.
The idea of sacrifice is difficult to comprehend in our culture. The popular practice of giving up something for Lent, like chips or chocolate, may simply fit with our winter diet plan … a second chance at that New Year’s resolution that that crumbled somewhere in the past few weeks. But what God commanded Abraham was a sacrifice of truly incomprehensible proportion.
There’s a big difference between “testing” and “temptation.” Both terms are used in Scripture. On the surface, both may appear the same. However, one seeks to strengthen while the other seeks to sabotage.
In all three of the Gospels, it’s noted that the very first thing took place after Jesus’ Baptism was this appointment with the devil where He was tempted in the desert. In one sentence, Mark describes an event to which Matthew and Luke devote much more detail. So Mark’s account may seem a little disappointing at first. However, in the very next verse, Mark shares the victory and were you and I can find it.
If I was with Peter, James and John, and saw Jesus transfigured on the mountain, I would be practically jumping out of my skin. I would want to tell everyone! So why would Jesus not allow the disciples to tell the others about what this until after the resurrection?
Notes go herWhen the glorious events of the Transfiguration were ended, the disciples looked around. Gone was the cloud, gone were Moses and Elijah. Mark tells us that, suddenly, standing there before them was ... just Jesus. During this season of Lent, and like the disciples, our attention is drawn to the only one who could accomplish the work of our salvation – just Jesus.
Peter didn’t want to hear what Jesus had to say about His upcoming crucifixion and resurrection. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that, at the Transfiguration when the “cloud appeared and enveloped them,” we hear the voice of the Father say, “This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!”
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40-day penitential season of Lent. On this day many will will have the sign of cross traced in ashes on their forehead in worship. It’s a reminder of our mortality and a sign of repentance. All who have come from dust, and returned to dust, over the many centuries give testimony to the terrible toll of sin and death...