Luke 1… Consider His Tender Mercy

This morning I am undone. When I read those word, “Because of the tender mercy of our God…” Why? Why does He love us so? As though His mercy was not enough, it is His Tender Mercy.

This word, tender, in the Greek, literally refers to the intestines or bowels. Figuratively it indicates the seat of emotions and passions and carries the idea of experiencing and feeling great affection and compassion.

How great is His love for us, His Tender Mercy. I can’t get past it this morning, and I can’t understand why He is so deeply moved, but I am so deeply grateful.

Consider His Tender Mercy

  • His Tender Mercy ensured His people would know the exact truth.
    • it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. [1:3-4]
  • His Tender Mercy sovereignly orchestrated events.
    • Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. [1:8-9]
  • His Tender Mercy prepared hearts.
    • and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth… 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” [1:13-14, 16-17]
  • His Tender Mercy would send His Son.
    • The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” [1:30-33]
  • His Tender Mercy would give the knowledge of salvation.
    • For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
      77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
      By the forgiveness of their sins,
      [1:76-77]
  • His Tender Mercy would bring His people out of darkness and death.
    • Because of the tender mercy of our God,
      With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
      79 To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
      [1:78-79]
  • His Tender Mercy would give His peace.
    • To guide our feet into the way of peace. [1:79]

How do we respond to His Tender Mercy?

Let us meditate on His Tender Mercy as revealed in His Word, that we would be deeply moved to respond in worship and thanksgiving.

  • His Tender Mercy gave us His Holy Scripture that we would know the exact truth.
    •  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17]
  • His Tender Mercy sovereignly orchestrated the events of our lives that we would come to know Him.
    • I have loved you with an everlasting love;
      Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. [Jeremiah 31:3]
  • His Tender Mercy prepared our hearts that we would seek Him.
    •  But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; [John 16:13]
  • His Tender Mercy sent His Son that we would have eternal life in Him.
    • For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. [John 3:16]
    • He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? [Romans 8:32]
  • His Tender Mercy brought us to the knowledge of salvation in Christ Jesus.
    • This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, [1 Timothy 2:3-6]
  • His Tender Mercy rescued us from darkness and death and transferred us to His kingdom.
    • For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. [Colossians 1:13-14]
  • His Tender Mercy gives us His peace.
    • For He Himself is our peace… [Ephesians 2:14]
    • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:6]

Thank You Father for Your Tender Mercy. There are no words to adequately express our gratitude. May we instead express it with our very lives.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. [Romans 12:1]

Let’s Grow Together!

Deuteronomy 17… Consider What is Detestable to Him

Ouch! Detestable… I really would rather dwell on the positive. I love spending my time considering His grace, forgiveness, mercy, blessings, lovingkindness… I think we all do. Most of us would rather be absorbed in the emotions conjured up when thinking about His goodness and kindness. But when in a relationship with Holy God it is a definite positive to know, not only what pleases Him, but also What is Detestable to Him.

My husband knows I’m not a big fan of camping. I don’t actually detest it; I just don’t love it. But if my husband planned a “romantic getaway” for the two of us and drove me to a plat of dirt with a small fire ring, I would not necessarily feel loved. But imagine I truly detested camping and he insisted we spend every weekend in a tent. Love would certainly not be the behavior conveyed.

God has called us into relationship with Him, and out of His abounding love, grace and mercy, He has clearly delineated in His Word What is Detestable to Him. It is His gift to us; in expressing What is Detestable to Him, He provides clarity how we can demonstrate our love back to Him.

Consider What is Detestable to Him

Deuteronomy 17 relates three crucial areas as Detestable to Him.

  • The Unacceptable Sacrifice is Detestable to Him.
    • You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable thing to the Lord your God. [17:1]
  • Idolatry is Detestable to Him.
    • If there is found in your midst…a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, by transgressing His covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host, which I have not commanded… Behold, if it is true and the thing certain that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, [17:2-4]
  • Pride is Detestable to Him.
    • The man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest who stands there to serve the Lord your God, nor to the judge… [17:12]

How do we respond to What is Detestable to Him?

When we love Him, it makes sense we would also love what He loves and detest what is Detestable to Him. And again, out of His abounding love, grace and mercy, He has clearly delineated all we need in His Word.

  • There is Only One acceptable sacrifice.
    • …let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead…11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone.12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. [Acts 4:10-12]
    • Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God… 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. [Hebrews 10:11-12, 14]
  • There is Only One God worthy of worship.
    • Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images,
      Who boast themselves of idols;
      Worship Him, all you gods. [Psalm 97:7]
    • For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:9-11]
  • There is Only One remedy for pride.
    • He has told you, O man, what is good;
      And what does the Lord require of you
      But to do justice, to love kindness,
      And to walk humbly with your God?
      [Micah 6:8]
    • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 5:3]
    • …for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humbleTherefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, [1 Peter 5:5-6]

Purging of What is Detestable to Him is both required and beneficial.

So you shall purge the evil from your midst…that man shall die; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel. 13 Then all the people will hear and be afraid, and will not act presumptuously again. [17:7, 12-13]

 If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. [Matthew 5:29-30]

May our love for God so grow that we would be consumed with a desire to please Him and develop His holy mindset to absolutely detest What is Detestable to Him.

Hate evil, you who love the Lord,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
[Psalm 97:12]

Let’s Grow Together!

Hope you can join me in Luke 1 tomorrow…

 

Deuteronomy 16… Consider His Celebration Regulations

Why regulate the celebrations and feasts? Don’t we crave opportunities to honor special people and events? Think of the celebrations we have attended or planned: birthdays, baby showers, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, new jobs, housewarmings, new births. We don’t seem to need any coaxing to commemorate milestones.

But notice our milestones seem to center around us. The LORD in His grace and wisdom provided His Celebration Regulations that we would turn away from our self-absorbed fixations to fix our minds on His awesome power, deliverance and mighty works in the lives of His people.

Much preparation was required to fulfill His Celebration Regulations; but on closer consideration we see the LORD’s preparations targeted not the feasts, but His people.

Consider His Celebration Regulations

  • His Celebration Regulations prepared His people to remember.
    • Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God…You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt… 12 You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes. [16:1, 3, 12]
  • His Celebration Regulations prepared His people to rejoice.
    • You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the Lord your God blesses you; 11 and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God… 13 “You shall celebrate the Feast of Booths seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat; 14 and you shall rejoice in your feast… 15 Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful. [16:9-11, 13, 15]
  • His Celebration Regulations prepared His people to relinquish ownership of His blessings.
    • Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you. [16:16-17]
  • His Celebration Regulations prepared His people to reach for His righteousness.
    • You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. 19 You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. 20 Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you. [16:18-20]

How do we respond to His Celebration Regulations?

How faithful is our God to go to such great extent to turn our hearts away from self to Him. Let us seek Him, prayerfully that He would prepare us daily.

  • Lord, prepare us to daily remember all You have done for us through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus.
    • Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel… 14 Remind them of these things, [2 Timothy 2:8, 14]
  • Lord, prepare us to daily rejoice in You in all things, at all times.
    •  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! [Philippians 4:6]
  • Lord, prepare us to daily relinquish ownership of Your blessings that we would offer back to You our very lives.
    • Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. [Romans 12:1]
  • Lord, prepare us to daily reach for Your righteousness; to reach toward the prize, the goal of Your upward call in Christ Jesus.
    • Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 3:12-14]

Let’s Grow Together!

Deuteronomy 15… Consider His Release

At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord’s release has been proclaimed. [15:1-2 ESV]

Who of us wouldn’t love to experience release from debt every seven years? Couldn’t such benevolence be abused? Yes. Even so, He opens the gates wide to bring freedom through His Release. Will some take advantage? Yes. But His Release has been proclaimed that His children would extend to others what they themselves have received from Him.

His Release, granting forgiveness of debt, is a picture of His grace and mercy when He Released His children out of their bondage in slavery. His Release is a call to demonstrate His character to others in gratitude for all He has done for us.

Consider His Release

  • His Release opens hands to cancel debts
    • …but your hand shall release whatever of yours is with your brother. [15:3]
  • His Release opens hands to extend generosity
    • However, there will be no poor among you, since the Lord will surely bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess [15:4]
  • His Release opens hands to take hold of Him
    • if only you listen obediently to the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today. [15:5]
  • His Release opens hands to receive His blessing
    • For the Lord your God will bless you as He has promised you, [15:6]
  • His Release opens hands to be a blessing
    • and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow [15:6]
  • His Release opens hands to demonstrate His character
    • but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you. [15:6]
  • His Release opens hearts that we would remember
    • You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today. [15:15]

How do we respond to His Release?

  • May His Release open our hands to cancel debts.
    • Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. [Ephesians 4:32]
  • May His Release open our hands to extend generosity.
    • In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ [Acts 20:35]
  • May His Release open our hands to take hold of Him.
    • I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. [Philippians 3:12]
  • May His Release open our hands to receive His blessing.
    • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, [Ephesians 1:3]
  • May His Release open our hands to be a blessing.
    •  And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. [Hebrews 13:16]
  • May His Release open our hands to demonstrate His character.
    • “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” [John 13:34-35]
  • May His Release open our hearts that we would remember.
    • Bless the Lord, O my soul,
      And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
      Bless the Lord, O my soul,
      And forget none of His benefits;
      [Psalm 103:1-2]

Let’s Grow Together!

Deuteronomy 14… Consider His Case for Conformity

Case: the actual state of things

Conformity: compliance or acquiescence; obedience

God in His grace has given all that is needed to walk in obedience. He does not expect compliance from strangers; He addresses His children, laying out His Case for Conformity based on the actual state of things, the relationship He sovereignly chose to establish.

“You are the sons of the Lord your God… For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” [14:1-2]

Consider His Case for Conformity

  • His Case for Conformity… you are the sons of the Lord
    • You are the sons of the Lord
  • His Case for Conformity… He is your God
    • the Lord your God
  • His Case for Conformity… you are set apart as holy
    • For you are a holy people to the Lord your God
  • His Case for Conformity… you are chosen
    • the Lord has chosen you
  • His Case for Conformity… you are His own possession
    • to be a people for His own possession

How do we respond to His Case for Conformity?

Throughout all of human history the Lord God has made clear the actual state of things and His gracious provision for obedience, His Case for Conformity; we love, because He first loved us [1 John 4:19]. It is His loving work in us that enables and empowers obedient surrender to Him Who so loved us.

He does not ask us to fulfill His commands in our own efforts. It is by faith in what He alone has and can do that moves us to reverent awe and desire to work out what He has worked within.

… work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. [Philippians 2:12-13]

He does not ask us to do; His Case for Conformity is a call to be. The actual state of things is found in what He alone has determined to do, to conform us to the image of His Son.

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, [Romans 8:29]

As He lovingly conforms us to the image of His Son, our life in the flesh will grow more and more to resemble His. As we continually trust in what He alone can and will do, depend on His Holy Spirit as we seek Him in His Word and daily place our faith in His Case for Conformity, we will grow in surrendered obedience.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. [Galatians 2:20]

Let’s Grow Together!

Deuteronomy 13… Consider Him Who Tests His Own

As a student, I never cared for tests…unless I knew I could ace it. As a teacher, I never cared for tests…unless I was convinced my students would do well. I never wanted my students to do poorly, much less to fail.

However, tests were indispensable; I knew their value, for both my students and myself. Tests exhibited the grasp of concepts taught. The results indicated levels of expertise gained and where more study was needed. And although I worked hard to equip my students and I desired the best for each one, tests could also reveal the shortcomings of my human, and often flawed, teaching.

Flaws and shortcomings can never be attributed to Him Who Tests His Own; His teaching, preparation and empowering, like Him, are perfect. And as the Perfect Teacher, He desires much more for His Own than we do for ourselves.

Consider Him Who Tests His Own

  • He Tests His Own, allowing enticement and seduction through the unknown, to strengthen commitment to truth.
    • “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams…” [13:1-3]
  • He Tests His Own to reveal the genuineness of faith.
    • …you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. [13:3]
  • He Tests His Own that they would learn to follow, fear, listen, serve and cling to Him.
    • You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. [13:4]

How do we respond to Him Who Tests His Own?

There are two major truths we must always remember as we consider His Tests:

  1. His Tests are always for our good in the end.
    •  In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. [Deuteronomy 8:16]
  2. His Tests are never to punish us, but to perfect us in His love.
    • There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. [1 John 4:18-19]

When we find ourselves in the midst trials and testing, we must remember His purpose and love in His Tests are perfect.

  • Remember… He Tests Us, allowing enticement and seduction through the unknown, to strengthen our commitment to truth.
    • See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, [Colossians 2:8-9]
  • Remember… He Tests Us to reveal the genuineness of our faith.
    • In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. [1 Peter 1:6-9]
  • Remember… He Tests Us that we would learn to follow, fear, listen, serve and cling to Him.
    • Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [Colossians 3:1-3]
    • But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, [Philippians 3:7-9]

He Tests His Own that we would grow in our commitment to truth, genuineness of our faith and love and obedience. But we need not fear His Tests, for He is faithful and provides all we need to pass.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. [1 Corinthians 10:13]

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. [Ephesians 3:20-21]

Let’s Grow Together!

Deuteronomy 12… Consider Him Who Chooses the Place

We are instructed in God’s Word to seek the LORD [1 Chronicles 16:11, 1 Chronicles 22:19, Psalm 14:2]; but it is to be in the Place He Chooses.

You shall not act like this toward the Lord your God. But you shall seek the Lord at the place which the Lord your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come. [12:4-5]

Such lavish grace the LORD has extended, inviting the sinner to seek Him, to experience His presence, rest, and security in the Place He Chooses; the Place where His Name will dwell, His people will worship as distinct and separate from the world, and enjoy His fellowship in His sanctified and holy Place.

Consider Him Who Chooses the Place

  • He Chooses the Place, not man.
    • You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes; [12:8]
  • He Chooses the Place of rest and security.
    • When you cross the Jordan and live in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to inherit, and He gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security, [12:10]
  • He Chooses the Place where His Name will dwell.
    • …then it shall come about that the place in which the Lord your God will choose for His name to dwell, [12:11]
  • He Chooses the Place of worship.
    • …there you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution of your hand, and all your choice votive offerings which you will vow to the Lord. [12:11]
  • He Chooses the Place to be distinct and separate.
    • Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every cultic place you see, 14 but in the place which the Lord chooses [12:13]
  • He Chooses the Place of fellowship.
    • But you shall eat them before the Lord your God in the place which the Lord your God will choose, [12:18]
  • He Chooses the Place to be sanctified and holy.
    • Only your holy things which you may have and your votive offerings, you shall take and go to the place which the Lord chooses. [12:26]

How do we respond to Him Who Chooses the Place?

He is the same yesterday and today and forever [Hebrews 13:8]. He does not change as He continues to invite sinners to seek Him, to experience His presence, rest, and security in the Place He Chooses; the Place where His Name will dwell, His people will worship as distinct and separate from the world, and enjoy His fellowship in His sanctified and holy Place.

  • He Chooses the Place, not man.
    • They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. 18 There they crucified Him… 32 So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; 33 but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs… 36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” [John 19:17-18, 32-33, 36-37]
  • He Chooses the Place of rest and security.
    • …let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” [Acts 4:10-12]
  • He Chooses the Place where His Name will dwell.
    • Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? [1 Corinthians 3:16]
    • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, [Ephesian 1:3-4]
  • He Chooses the Place of worship.
    •  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” [John 4:21-24]
  • He Chooses the Place to be distinct and separate.
    • For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them;
      And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
      17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord.
      “And do not touch what is unclean;
      And I will welcome you.
      18 “And I will be a father to you,
      And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
      Says the Lord Almighty.”
      [2 Corinthians 6:16-18]
  • He Chooses the Place of fellowship.
    • …that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; [Philippians 3:10]
  • He Chooses the Place to be sanctified and holy.
    • By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. [Hebrews 10:10]
    • but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” [1 Peter 1:15-16]

Let us pay close attention Him Who Chooses the Place; we must be careful to come to Him in the way He commands for there is no other way.

Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it. [12:32]

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” [John 14:6]

Let’s Grow Together!