Category: Scripture Meditation


Verse

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11:33-36

(8/1/11-8/7/11)

Verse Meditation

These four verses come at the end of a thought on the disobedience of Israel as God’s means to show mercy to the Gentiles and ultimately all peoples, Gentiles and Jews. In these two verses Paul is marveling at the mind of God coming up with such a plan as that. It seems as if he breaks into praise at the end of this passage that God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are deep, very deep. God’s riches are gigantic. Think of his mercy and grace and kindness and love that He shows to humanity as we continue to sin against Him. Even believers still since against God. Even we are not perfect and we are plunged further and further into God’s mercy, grace, and kindness, which come from His steadfast love. And there is God’s wisdom, that by doing such He receives most glory. He would allow a hardening of Israel to bring in the Gentiles to then save all Israel. God’s wisdom is informed by his knowledge. He knows what will happen because it’s His creation and He made it. So He knows how to act in it according to His wisdom. Then Paul quotes two passages of the Old Testament which the correct answer is No one. No one has know the mind of God or been His counselor. No one has given a gift that God has to repay. God is the ultimate source of all things. Paul then ends on a very high truth. All things are from God, given source from God, and to God. Everything is about God because it’s about his glory.

Prayer

Father, meditating on this verse turned my heart to praise. Even reading the context shed more light on the verses. Father, allow me to remember this verse and meditate on it often that all things are from You and through You and to You. The goal of all things is to make you known and give you glory. Your knowledge is deep. Your wisdom is deep. Your inexplicable riches are deep. Your thought’s are above our thoughts and Your ways are above our ways. You are Holy, separate from us, above us by an infinite number of degrees. Father, let me find satisfaction in this passage and let it fill me with joy as I think of how You are. And then to think that Jesus was the expression of this to us because He made You known to us. I’m further indebted to Your grace. Thank You Holy Spirit for revealing these truths to me that I might be more edified for the cause of my relationship with God to improve.
In Jesus Name I boldly approach the throne of grace because of His work. I ask that these requests be done in His Name and for His glory, Amen.

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Verse

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13

(7/25/11-7/31/11)

Verse Meditation

There are two aspects of working going on in this verse. Human belief and being born of God, and the promise of becoming a child of God. The verse doesn’t say that anyone will believe. Nor does it say what we have the ability to believe. It just says that those that do receive Jesus, believe in His name, he gives the right to become a child of God. It is Jesus that gives the right to become a child of God. It isn’t the person doing the believing that gives the right to become a child of God, but Jesus the true light. The context of the verse is Jesus being the true light from God and peoples rejection or receiving of Him. His own rejected him (v11), but some believed. Those who believed who He was, He gave the right to be God’s children. They were born from the will of God. It wasn’t of blood, flesh or the will of man which is natural birth, but from the will of God, spiritual birth. My faith in Jesus, believing in His name gave me the right to be a child of God, born of the will of God. This verse is interesting. If my belief caused God to act, then it was ultimately my will that caused me to be born, because God would be reacting to me, yet, I have to believe to get the right to become a child of God. My belief and God’s willing act of birth must be simultaneous. Why? Because if my belief makes me a child, but being a child comes as a result of being born of the will of God, they must be simultaneous, but maybe not. It says nothing of my faith being an act of my will. faith required to acquire the right to be come child of God. Being born of the will of God required for becoming a child of God. Both faith and being born are required, yet only “the will” is mention from one side and that is God’s. It’s like the faith and being born overlap. Faith must be from the will of God.

Prayer

Father, meditating on this verse has given me great insight. Thinking about this verse shows me that both faith and being born of the will of God are required to become a child of God. Help me both to learn this verse and how to apply it to my life, as well as be able to use it to edify others. Let me do this for Your glory and my good and the good of others.
In Jesus Name I ask, Amen.

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Child of God—Anyone, But Not in Any Way
Why Do We Read the Bible?

What I didn’t explain in the last Fighter Verse post was the organization. The fighter verses have five sets with fifty-two verses each, one for each week of the year. That explains the numbers in the post title. The one stands for set 1 and the two stands for which verse in the set I am on. (Week 2: 7/18/11-7/24/11)

Verse

…Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good?
Deuteronomy 10:12-13

Verse Meditation:

The organization of the verse is a what more is required of you? God is saying, israel this is all I’m asking you to do: fear me, walk in my ways, love me, serve me from the inside, and keep my commandments. Then he finishes by saying, they are for your good. All this that I’ve commanded are for your good. I’m not asking you to do something that isnt for your good. Hey Israel I’m seeking your good. Why does God have to remind them of that? By nature the heart hates commandments and God, authority. By nature Israel couldn’t accomplish what God was asking. Their hearts were in rebellion. The thing is no one can. I can’t. Everyday I fail. I don’t have to seek God’s approval because I have it in Christ. Jesus accomplished following the commandments, loving God, serving Him, and fearing Him perfectly. Do I not have to follow God’s commandments then? Well I should because God only asks what’s for my good. It doesn’t earn God’s approval for me, I already have it in Christ. But I should still do what He asks of me because they are for my good. For My Good! So I shall fear Him, follow His ways, love Him and serve Him by His grace and with His help.

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For Our Good (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)
Memory Device for Deuteronomy 10:12-13

One goal of mine is to memorize scripture both for my sanctification and the edification of others. One of the means I acquired to do that was the Fighter Verses set (now the legacy set) put out by Desiring God. Since I first acquired it they made some changes to it and added an app. I grabbed the app because I figured it’d help more. Their new set campaign started at the beginning of 2011. But since I just got the app, I’m off by six months.
This week’s verse (7/11/11-7/17/11) for me is Deuteronomy 7:9.

Verse

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
Deuteronomy 7:9

Verse Meditation

In this verse God is telling Israel that their God YHWH is the real God, He is God versus any other of the other people’s gods being God. YHWH, the God of Israel is God.He also wants them to understand something about himself, He is faithful. He keeps His word. He promised to keep His covenant and love on them as long as they love Him and keep His commandments. As I though of this verse, Jesus words kept coming to mind from John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” True Obedience follows love. That is why Love and keeping commandments are tied together. But the point of this verse is to point to the character of God. Moses is pointing to God and saying He is faithful to keep His word, which He will unless you break your side of the contract/covenant of loving Him and keeping His commandments. And that He will do, keep His Word “to a thousand generations. The point of the “thousand generations” is to say a long time. Looking at the genealogy of Jesus, “the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.” (Matthew 1:17). From Abraham to Christ was approximately 4000 years. That makes 42 generations in 4000 years. That’s roughly 4 generations every 100 years. At that ratio, 1000 generations would be 25,000 years. That’s a long time. That’s longer than the young earth-ers expect the length the earth has been around, 6000 years. God’s faithfulness reaches a really, really long time. And the thing is, as a Christian and knowing the point of the Old Testament Law was to show that we are incapable of keeping the law because sin, and that we needed a Savior. We have Him, Jesus, the God-man, who both lived the righteousness we needed to live and died the death we deserved for our sin, so that by faith Jesus work would be applied to us. He kept the commandments and loved God perfectly as he commands in this Verse, so now Jesus perfect righteousness that is eternal gets applied and multiplied to God’s faithfulness. It’s like multiplying 25000 to infinity. God’s faithfulness will last forever. That’s something to hold onto. Jesus righteousness being applied to me means that God’s faithfulness applied to me will last forever. It’ll never end. And I have it because of Jesus.

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The Divine Power We Need in the New Covenant

I thought I would write a post to reflect on the Savior and Him on the cross. If I do more of these, I might index them. I plan on it. It just might be a while before I have enough to make one.

I plan on observing our Precious Savior on the Cross tonight through Isaiah.

52:13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; [1]
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you—
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind

15 so shall he sprinkle [2] many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which has not been told them they see,
and that which they have not heard they understand.

53:1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? [3]
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected [4] by men;
a man of sorrows,
[5] and acquainted with [6] grief; [7]
and as one from whom men hide their faces [8]
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.

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.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
[9]
when his soul makes [10] an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see [11] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, [12]
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, [13]
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.

This was written about 700 years before the Birth of Jesus, Yet you can see His Death.
How horrific it must have been to see. I believe that if the people in America watched this happen to Jesus, they probably would have thrown up. I stand behind this statement.

How precious this is to believers! How beautiful this is to believers! The cross is everything.
Just looking at verse 12 of Chapter 53. He Poured out His soul to DEATH! He bore the sin of many! Yet it was the Will of the Father to crush him for our transgressions (v10).
I plead with you, Remember the Cross, Think about the cross. See what our God and Savior Jesus Christ did for His own.
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Footnotes
[1] 52:13 Or shall prosper
[2] 52:15 Or startle
[3] 53:1 Or Who has believed what we have heard?
[4] 53:3 Or forsaken
[5] 53:3 Or pains; also verse 4
[6] 53:3 Or and knowing
[7] 53:3 Or sickness; also verse 4
[8] 53:3 Or as one who hides his face from us
[9] 53:10 Or he has made him sick
[10] 53:10 Or when you make his soul
[11] 53:11 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll he shall see light
[12] 53:12 Or with the great
[13] 53:12 Or with the numerous