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July 7

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Mandate of Mercy

When I passed by you . . . I said to you . . . ‘Live!’

Ezekiel 16:6

Believer, consider gratefully this mandate of mercy. Note that this decree of God is majestic. In our text we find a sinner with nothing in him but sin, expecting nothing but wrath; but the eternal Lord passes by in His glory. He looks, He pauses, and He pronounces the solitary but royal word, “Live.” Only God can speak in this way, dispensing life with a single syllable! Again, this decree is manifold. When He says “Live,” it includes many things. Here is judicial life. The sinner is ready to be condemned, but the Mighty One says, “Live,” and he rises pardoned and absolved.

It is spiritual life. We did not know Jesus—our eyes could not see Christ, our ears could not hear His voice—but Jehovah said “Live,” and we who were dead in trespasses and sins were quickened. Moreover, it includes glory-life, which is the perfection of spiritual life. “I said to you . . . ‘Live,'” and that word rolls on through all the years of time till death comes; and even in the shadows of death, the Lord’s voice is still heard: “Live!” In the morning of the resurrection it is that selfsame voice that is echoed by the archangel, “Live,” and as holy spirits rise to heaven to be blessed forever in the glory of their God, it is in the power of this same word, “Live.” Note again, that it is an irresistible decree.

Saul of Tarsus is on the road to Damascus to arrest the saints of the living God. A voice is heard from heaven, and a light is seen above the brightness of the sun, and Saul is crying out, “Who are you, Lord?”1 This decree is of free grace. When sinners are saved, it is only and solely because God will do it to magnify His free, unpurchased, unsought grace. Christians, see your position—debtors to grace; show your gratitude by earnest, Christlike lives; and as God has called you to live, see to it that you do so in sincerity.

1) Acts 9:5

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.
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Joshua 9

Psalms 140, 141

Jeremiah 3

Matthew 17

 

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Climbing on Track (Part 1 of 2)

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July 7 | Bible in a Year: Job 34-35; Acts 15:1-21

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Prayer Eggs

Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

Habakkuk 2:3

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Just outside my kitchen window, a robin built her nest under the eaves of our patio roof. I loved watching her tuck grasses into a safe spot and then hunker down to incubate the eggs. Each morning I checked her progress; but each morning, there was nothing. Robin eggs take two weeks to hatch.

Such impatience isn’t new for me. I’ve always strained against the work of waiting, especially in prayer. My husband and I waited nearly five years to adopt our first child. Decades ago, author Catherine Marshall wrote, “Prayers, like eggs, don’t hatch as soon as we lay them.”

The prophet Habakkuk wrestled with waiting in prayer. Frustrated at God’s silence with Babylon’s brutal mistreatment of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, Habakkuk commits to “stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts,” to “look to see what he will say to me” (Habakkuk 2:1). God replies that Habakkuk is to wait for the “appointed time” (v. 3) and directs Habakkuk to “write down the revelation” so the word can be spread as soon as it’s given (v. 2).

What God doesn’t mention is that the “appointed time” when Babylon falls is six decades away, creating a long gap between promise and fulfillment. Like eggs, prayers often don’t hatch immediately but rather incubate in God’s overarching purposes for our world and our lives.

By Elisa Morgan

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Dear God, help me to trust You to work while I’m waiting. To learn more about the prophet Habakkuk, visit Jonah-Habakkuk: The God of Israel and the God of the Nations.

How difficult do you find it to wait while God works? While you wait, how can you obey God in what He has already given you to do?

 

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT

We know very little about the prophet Habakkuk. Some have speculated he was the son of the Shunammite woman who Elisha raised from the dead (2 Kings 4:8-37). As to his prophecy, the only historical element we have is the reference to the Babylonians (or Chaldeans, see Habakkuk 1:6). Habakkuk’s prophecy is normally dated around the seventh century bc. The New Bible Commentary says that the purpose of the book “deals with the moral problem of God’s raising up of the Chaldeans to inflict his judgment upon Judah.” Perhaps the key feature of Habakkuk is found in 2:4: “but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.” This statement is quoted in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38, making it a core New Testament value, although it was first expressed in the minor prophets of the Old Testament. Bill Crowder

 

 

 
 

 

 

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MY SWEET GRANDDAUGHTER EMILY, 21 YEARS YOUNG,CALLED PUZZOLA BY ME, LOL GRADUATED AND HAS HER BACHELOR DEGREE ON PSYCHOLOGY. NOW STARTING FOR HER MASTER, AT GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY.

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