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April 20, 2014 For your own good!

20 Apr

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 9-11, Luke 15:11-32

keep calm“This is for your own good!”   You’ve probably heard that before.  Remember when?  Maybe it was at the doctor’s office and you were about to get a tetanus shot.  It didn’t feel good at the time, and you can’t confirm it, but that shot may have or will save your life someday.

You may have heard the same words from the dentist, “This is going to hurt, just a little”.  So you prepared for the pain, and took it because you knew it really was for your good.

You probably can’t count the number of times your parents have said that to you after making you eat a vegetable you hated, or given you medicine for a  cough or cold, or perhaps even when you were bent over their knee to receive a spanking.  They did that to demonstrate to you the need for you to rethink what you did or said, and remind you not to do that ever again.

banishedAnd the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24 (NIV)

Kicked out of the garden.  How was that for their own good?  How could banishing them from Paradise, which the Lord had created for them, be for their own good?

Remember the two special trees in the Garden? One was the Tree of Good and Evil; the other was the Tree of Life.

Eat of the forbidden fruit and you die.  Eat of the tree of life and you live forever. Eating from the tree of life before sin means that you live forever with God without sin.Eating of the tree of life after sin means you live forever in your sin with no hope of redemption. While kicking Adam and Eve out of the garden looks like punishment, in reality, it is an act of mercy and love.God kicks them out so that He might redeem and save them.

JesusOn the night before Jesus dies, He tells His disciples,

But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7 (NIV)

He was going to the cross for them.  He was going the way of death and the grave for them.  He was going to die and rise from the dead.

“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:18-19 (NIV) 

It is for our good. The worse of all events, the death of the Son of God, was for the good of mankind, for the good of the world.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for embracing sins worst to bring about God’s best for us.Hear our praises as we offer You our believing, grateful hearts on this Your Day of Resurrection.  Christ is Risen.  He is Risen, Indeed!  Hallelujah!

 

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