The Law and Grace. Day forty-two...
The internet, as we know it today, was not a practical part of everyday life until the 1990s. While it seems inconceivable to us today to not have all the information we want literally at our fingertips, it wasn't that long ago when we there was no such thing as online research or online purchasing.
When I first started my furniture manufacturing business the only technology available to assist our human efforts was a telephone. And this telephone was tied to a wall with a cord. I couldn't pack it with me around the factory while talking to suppliers or customers.
But the technology that sprang up around the internet drastically changed the world of furniture manufacturing, as it did everything else.
Toward the end of my manufacturing days, we had computer‐controlled machinery helping us make furniture parts that had been digitally designed. And we were connected with clients and suppliers online.
Two thousand years ago, history had an event that changed the world more than the internet and all the other world‐changing inventions of man combined.
God came to earth in the likeness of man (Emmanuel—God with us). And His name was Jesus.
It's easy to miss the significance of this event—which makes it easy to ignore. But I hope to encourage you to rethink just how important the life of Jesus was and is to your life today—and not just to your life eternal.
“Good order and discipline” is a term largely used in the context of the U.S. military.
But good order and discipline has been critical to the survival of civilization since Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden.
It was the lack of good order and discipline that caused God to destroy all of mankind, except for Noah and his immediate family.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:5–8 NKJV)
There are numerous other times throughout history where the lack of good order and discipline resulted in God destroying large numbers of people.
Of course, this makes God appear to be a blood‐thirsty tyrant. But nothing could be further from the truth.
God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone.
“Therefore, house of Israel, I will judge each one of you according to his ways.” This is the declaration of the Lord GOD. “Repent and turn from all your transgressions, so they will not be a stumbling block that causes your punishment. Throw off all the transgressions you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in anyone's death.” This is the declaration of the Lord GOD. “So repent and live!” (Ezekiel 18:30–32 HCSB)
God is love, and in His love He desires that all people live. He took no pleasure in His sentence against the city of Jerusalem as described in Ezekiel chapter 22. In fact, He looked for someone to stand in the gap before Him on behalf of the land. But He could find no one.
I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one. (Ezekiel 22:30 HCSB)
This man who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before God on behalf of the land was, of course, a reference to Jesus—who would ultimately stand before God on behalf of all of us.
In old‐covenant history a few men have stood before God on behalf of the people. Abraham, Moses, and David all stood before God as mediators between God and man. But their intercession only affected a brief period of history.
Jesus, however, became the mediator whose intercession is forever.
By so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:22–25 NKJV)
Jesus always lives to make intercession for us.
More on this tomorrow.
Have a good day,
Image credit: Deb Schultz