Memory Verse: November 24
Genesis 2:20a "The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field." Part II
As a kid, for me there was hardly anything more fun than treasure hunts, where we were given clues which led us further and further toward the desired goal, whatever it may be. Adult kids like road rallies, much to the consternation of other drivers.
Our greatest discovery of course was the Pearl of Great Price, the Lamb of God, Who had given us clues by countless prophecies and life examples that pointed to Him. (Matthew 13)
One of the greatest, of course is the Passover itself, where a lamb was sacrificed for the sins of the people, now fulfilled by Christ Himself. (Exodus 12, 1 Peter 1)
And we continue to discover. Believers discovered a sudden birth, a sudden drawing and a great longing toward God. We found that drawing led to a realization of our inadequacy, that we were full of sin and disobedience through and through, which led to an unrelenting despair and certain knowledge that we deserved the wrath of God. (Ephesians 2)
Then, we discovered that Christ satisfied this wrath by taking all of our sin and nailing it to the cross, living a life without sin, so death could not hold Him. And since death could not hold Him, He rose from the dead, defeating death and presenting Himself as our Advocate, offering forgiveness to all who called upon Him. (1 John 2, Colossians 1)
And we did, and were saved, and God is no longer our Judge, but our Father. (Galatians 4)
We also find that this is just the beginning of an eternity of joy, guaranteed within our hearts by the Holy Spirit Himself. (Ephesians 4)
Because of this we begin to see through the eyes of the Creator Himself. All the discoveries lead us to glorify the Master even more, and our hearts are continually filled with joy, wonder, and pride in our Father who created all things for His glory and our joy. (Romans 8)
Unbelievers, as our Pastor likes to say, "steal" the glory of God for their own and in their pride act as if their discovery of something God created is the "thing", and discount the Creator Himself. (Romans 1)
I think it is ironic, especially for today when we read what Paul wrote in Romans 1: "And exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things."
Of course, most modern unbelievers are not making physical idols, but their "faith" is based on theories that can never be proven and stating them as fact, such as man "evolving" from other creatures, which denies the vital fact of the Gospel that man's original sin caused sin and death to come into the world. Thus they think that they have no need of repentance, and have no facts as to how the universe began. (Romans 5)
Personally, I will hold to what Paul said in his last letter prior to his martyred entrance into the Kingdom: "Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His" and "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity." (2 Timothy 2)
The Lord is the foundation of everything, including us, and we will never stop being amazed at the greatness and glory of our Heavenly Father! (Revelation 22)
Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart. (Hebrews 3)