Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 12, 2018

For the Purpose

Genesis 2:3

Genesis 2:3  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing. (Tree of Life Version)

First a note on the Tree of Life Translation of the Scriptures.  It was translated by Jewish Rabies who accepted Jesus as their Messiah, their Lord and Savior.  They had a team of 40.  Their translation includes the cultural meaning of the Hebrew words at the time they were written.

Notice the phrase, “God created for the purpose of preparing” at the end of this verse.  I find this very meaningful.  God created the heaven and the earth and all therein for the purpose of the mankind He created to dwell with Him, fellowshipping with Him and tending what God created.  I find we are doing a very poor job.  We are not caring for the earth, rather we are polluting it with our obsession of material goods.  We tend not to spend our days fellowshipping with Him in the way He intended and desires.  God has demonstrated how very much He loves us.  First by the creation He blessed us to live in, and then by the gift of the sacrifice of His Word, made flesh as we are made, to suffer, take on our sins that separate us from Him, died and rose that we might return to the way God intended us to live.  Let us acknowledge our failure and, with determination, take better care of the earth and all therein as we walk through each and every day in fellowship with God.  This means not only talking to Him throughout our day, but talking with Him – listening to His part of our conversation.

 

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March 20, 2018

Seder

Matthew 26:26-28 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (NIV)

Last Sunday night I spoke on the Seder, the Passover celebration and the symbolism of it fulfilled by Jesus.  I strongly urge you to do some research on it yourself and, if at all possible, attend a Christian celebration of the Seder.  There is not space in this devotional to go into the details.  I will just hit the portion the writer quoted Jesus.

In the Seder there are 4 cups of wine.  There are also 3 Matza (unleavened bread).  The Matza in the middle is broken in 2 and wrapped in white linen and hidden.  More on this later.  The first cup of wine represents the sanctification and freedom of the Hebrews from the Egyptian slavery.  For us it represents our sanctification and freedom from sin by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.  The second cup represents the deliverance and is celebrated in jo of God’s deliverance from slavery.  We celebrate our deliverance from the bondage of sin.  The 3rd cup is the cup of redemption.  This is the cup Jesus raised and said represents His blood shed for us.  No one drinks this cup right away.  At the beginning of the celebration an empty place was set at the table for the Prophet, Elijah (Malachi 4:5)  At this time a child opens the door for Elijah and the hidden Matza is unwrapped and eaten.  This is when Jesus said this is His body.  The Matza had been wrapped in with linen as was the body of Jesus.  It was broken as was Jesus which was broken by the scourging.  It was in the middle of 3 as Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days.  After they ate the Matza they drank the 3rd cup.  The 4th cup is the cup of thanksgiving and hope.  We are thankful for the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and the giving to us of the Holy Spirit and have our hope in the glory of the presence of God.  When we take the elements of what we all the communion, let us reflect on the cost to the Father and the Son and come with clean, confessed hearts asking for a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit and the strength and courage Jesus showed through the trial and crucifixion for our salvation.

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