Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017 … Justice … God’s Way

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 191 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Big Daddy Weave singing… Redeemed … powerfully singing of the redemption from our sins which comes when we’re set free from our past by our faith in the redeeming blood which King Jesus shed on the cross.

Highlight Verse[s]: Genesis 4:10-12 [NLT] … 
10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood. 12 No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.” 
… God’s justice for Cain’s sin.
Highlight Passage [context]: Genesis 4:1-12 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God’s justice was carried out when Cain killed his brother, Abel, … the brother we will see in heaven one day because of Abel’s faith in his Redeemer.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Hebrews 11:4 [NLT] … 
4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. 
… God’s justice for Cain’s sin still resounds to speak of God’s redemption for sin even today.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … 1st John 3:11-12 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God’s justice and redemption involving Cain and Abel remains as a teaching from God to this day. God’s righteousness will ALWAYS prevail … especially when Jesus comes as our Judge one day.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Tim Gustafson, used a story about an Olympic athlete to illustrate that justice may not bring back the result of a past injustice; but God’s will ultimately ALWAYS prevails in eternity. The ODB author wrote: In June 2004, at a Vancouver art gallery, Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott received an Olympic gold medal. That’s interesting, because the Winter Olympics had been held in 2002—in Utah. Scott had won bronze behind two athletes who were disqualified months later when it was learned they had used banned substances. It’s good that Scott eventually received her gold, but gone forever is the moment when she should have stood on the podium to hear her country’s national anthem. That injustice couldn’t be remedied. 

Sometimes at the moment justice may not be rightfully gained. As it was for the Olympic skier, nothing could be done to allow her to stand on the podium to receive her medal. And when Cain killed his brother [see highlight passage], nothing could bring Abel back to life; but God’s righteous remedy from that act is still being redeemed to this day (see Reference scriptures) and will for eternity.

My friends, nothing can be done to right the wrongs I did in my past; but praise God, as Abel will live forever because of his faith in his God, so will the redeemed live forever because of our faith in Christ.

Today’s question resounds: Do you know that you are of the redeemed as Big Daddy Weave sings, … with your sins covered by the blood of Jesus? I pray so.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Your blood has redeemed me from my past injustices. I stand so gratefully redeemed as I pray for any who read with me today. … Amen

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