Friday, April 16 2010
Verse of the Week: V11 “For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”
1. The child of God must stand to be corrected (V1-11)
V11 “For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”
Prophet Jeremiah was arrested and put in prison because of his stand for God and His Word. Even in prison, God spoke to him to write to the nation of Israel and warned them of His judgments upon them if they refused to repent of their wicked ways. However, if Israel correct their wicked ways and turn to God, they shall be saved.
2. The child of God shall never be an outcast (V12-17)
V17 “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after."
Most parents if not all parents will never forsake their children because they are their parents’ flesh and blood. Similarly, the perfect heavenly Father will never forsake the nation of Israel who is His children. Even when the world treats Israel as an outcast, the perfect heavenly Father is still with them, and one day He shall restore Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, as the new and holy city of God, and also the bride of Christ.
Revelation 21:2 “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
3. The child of God shall always be the child of God (V18-24)
V22 “And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
Once you are a child of your parent, you shall always be the child of your parent. Once you are a child of God, you shall always be a child of God. You who believe in Jesus Christ are called a Christian or the child of God, and even when you sin against God, you shall always be the child of God. However, just because you are a child of God, it does not mean that you have a license to sin, instead, when you sin, you shall be chastened of God and shall reap the consequences of your sins. Yet, count it all joy if you are chastened of God as it shows that you are His child because whom He loves He chastens!
Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to know that I am Your child and always Your child.