Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday, September 16th: Lamentations 3-5, John 6:45-71 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is  Lamentations 3-5; John 6:45-71

The devastation of the fall of the Jerusalem is almost unimaginable, particularly for the majority of us who have never experienced the effects of war.  God had promised that punishment would follow Israel's continued disobedience, and it did.  But God had also promised restoration, and Jeremiah knew God would keep that promise just as surely as He kept the promise of judgment.

But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”
Truly, clinging to that ray of hope is also our only way to make it through the trials in our lives.  May we have the same confidence and faith in God as Jeremiah did, no matter our circumstances.  As we learned in our Sunday School class this past Sunday, we also need to remember to use exactly circumstances such as these to allow God to grow our faith.

Our John passage speaks of Jesus being the bread of life.  We eat the bread by believing and receiving Jesus Christ, His pre-existence and His incarnation, and we drink the blood by believing in the death that He died to save us.

As John MacArthur explains.... You have to be able to eat His flesh in the sense that you take Him as the one who nourishes the soul. And you have to be willing to drink His blood in the sense that you accept his sacrificial death.

The work of the Spirit makes the heart hungry for the Bread of Life, who transforms us through His life and sacrificial death on our behalf.  Thanks be to God!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Amos 1-3; John 7:1-27

1 comment:

Pamela said...

The repetition of Truly Truly is standing out for me. It's probably the biblical equivalent of 'for reals'. When Jesus speaks, his words are true and the fact that some people turn from this truth doesn't make it any less true.