Lesson 11: The Waging Redemptive Love
Memory Text : _Isaiah 58:10…if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul,then your light shall dawn in the darkness , and your darkness shall be as the noonday._
A story is told of of a Jewish Cantor (worship leader) and his wife who lived in Lincoln Nebraska .They began receiving threatening and obscene phone calls from a a crippled leader of American hate group, the Ku Klux Khan .Instead of Jewish cantor turning him to the police , he radically decides to show up at his door with dinner! The hatred of crippled leader melted before the love of the Jewish Cantor and his wife, Jewish Cantor and the wife could visit him and friendship grew. God is asking! Is not this the fast He choose : to loose the bonds of injustice ,to undo the thongs of the York,to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry…? Isaiah 58:6,7…O yes the couple in Lincoln kept such a fast by sharing their feast with a hungry oppressor, thereby setting home free from his bonds of unjust prejudice!
Isaiah 55:1-7 appeals to people to accept forgiveness freely —“Buy Something Free?”—.the word buy emphasizes that what God offers people to meet their needs and desire is valuable.God freely offers forgiveness within the framework of a restored covenant relation with His people, but not because it was free for Him..Thus price of our salvation is “not corruptible things like gold and silver but the PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST” 1Peter 1:18,19..and there have been only one way to salvation—that is “BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH—Ephesians 2:8..the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 6:23.
Of all the great mystery of the universe ,no doubt the greatest one of all is the “PLAN OF SALVATION” ,a mystery we can only nearly begin to understand— Ephesians 6:19– That the Creator if the universe would stoop to clothe Himself in humanity, live a life of toil and suffering, only then to die in our behalf, a sacrifice for sin ,all in order that He could pardon us and show mercy to us ..This is a truth that will thrill the hearts of God’s created beings for all the ages of eternity..”WHAT A HIGH THOUGHTS AND WAYS OF OUR LOVING GOD “..read John 3:16.
A waging Redemptive Love that calls us to a fast of humbly afflicting oneself in various forms of self-denial and fasting —See Psalms 35:13 and Daniel 10:2,3,12—doing all this in thankfulness and gratitude to the God who is saving us but not to get God’s approval for the our ‘piety’ and ‘devotion’ because salvation is not earned by works but it is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ —Ephesians 6:8—Therefore never do contrary to the will of God to create a fight instead incline your will to the will of God to work in you both to will and to do His good works that He have began in you unto His glory.—see Isaiah 58:1-12—-
It is time for us to concentrate upon God , His priorities and recognition of our dependence upon Him by pursuing holiness by emulating God, who in the form of Christ humbled Himself —Philippians 2:8—-to demonstrate self-sacrifice kindness—John 3:16—and who ceased from labor on the Sabbath at the end of the Creation week —-Exodus 20:11—-, —- Genesis 2:2,3—
*_WHAT A WAGING REDEMPTIVE LOVE OUR GOD SHOWED US WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS!🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿_*