“Despised and Rejected” October 1

 

Despised & Rejected - “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."“He [was] despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” … even while He took the punishment for our sins.

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 53 & 54
Psalm 113.1-4
Proverbs 26.17-19
Ephesians 3.1-21

 

Despised and Rejected

 

Isaiah 53 & 54:

As He Took the Punishment for Our Sins

 

Chapter 53 is perhaps the most complete Old Testament picture of the sufferings of Christ and all that would come about as a result.

Verse 2b “He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

He was born to poor parents in a stable. There was nothing kingly about Him from an earthly perspective—nothing that would make people say, “Listen, this is a man of influence.”

Verse 3, “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

Relatively few recognized Him as the Messiah, instead, they despised Him because He exposed their hearts.

He took the punishment for our sins, and God’s wrath was poured out on Him instead of us (53.4-6).

All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (v. 6).

He didn’t defend Himself. He remained silent before His accusers (53.7).

He died with the wicked, between two thieves, yet He was buried in the tomb of a rich man (53.8-9, 12).

Verse 12, “… And He bore the sin of many” (including you and me if we have placed our faith in Him).

He even “… made intercession for the transgressors (53.12)—“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23.34).

What a Savior we have in Jesus!

 

Despised & Rejected - “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."


Today’s Other Readings:

 

Psalm 113.1-4:

Praise the Lord!

 

These four verses proclaim what should be our response as we understand more and more just what He did for us:  Continue reading

“God’s Grace in the Tribulation” December 11

 

God's Grace in the Tribulation - Even though God’s grace, as well as, God’s judgment will be demonstrated everywhere during the Tribulation, many will still reject the truth.Even though God’s grace, as well as, God’s judgment will be demonstrated everywhere during the Tribulation, many will still reject the truth.

Also, read about the hurtful power of words and how the truths of God are stumbling blocks to those who refuse to believe.

 

Today’s Readings:
Hosea 13 & 14
Psalm 140.1-5
Proverbs 29.23
Revelation 1.1-20

 

God’s Grace in the Tribulation

 

Revelation 1.1-20:

The Time is Short

 

almost midnight clock

The more complete and accurate title for this book is contained in verse 1, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Jesus, “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” (v. 8) appeared to the aging apostle as he was in exile on the Isle of Patmos. The seven churches representing the church as a whole were about to come under intense persecution. They were to be encouraged by John’s vision of future events.

Even though the book of Revelation contains images which are horrific, it is still a book filled with God’s grace!

God will pour out His wrath in a last ditch attempt to say “repent … the end is near”! So, although people will suffer here on earth, they might spend eternity with Him. But sadly, many will still not repent, and will spend eternity separated from Him and burning in a “fire that shall never be quenched” (Mk. 9.43). Even though every mountain and island will be shaken and the sky itself will be rolled up like a scroll, some will still reject Him. Revelation 6.14-16:

14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! …”

The time is short. Share the truth this Christmas season.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Hosea 13 & 14:

A Stone of Stumbling

 

The book of Hosea ends with these words:

“For the ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.”

1 Peter 2.7-8 says, “Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.’ They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.”

In today’s world you can talk about God as long as you leave it open-ended—“god as you understand him” some say. But when you talk about Jesus as “the Way and the only Way” (Jn. 14.6), you’ll be labeled narrow-minded and accused of trying to impose your religion on everyone else. He is “precious” to those who believe and a “rock of offense” to those who reject Him.

 

Psalm 140.1-5:

Sticks & Stones

 

throwing stones rocks

Verse 3, “They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips.”

That childhood saying, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you,” is a lie. Words hurt and can continue to hurt for a lifetime unless we nail them to the cross and allow them to stay there. We do that by meditating on God’s forgiveness toward us and, with God’s help, choosing to extend that forgiveness to the one who Continue reading