DayBreaks for 4/23/19 – The King and the Poison

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DayBreaks for 4/23/19: The King and the Poison

From the DayBreaks archived, 2009: (sorry, I just can’t let go of Easter yet – it is too good to be done already!)

From Max Lucado’s Six Hours One Friday comes a parable-type telling of the garden and the crucifixion:

“Finally that hour came.  The Son went for one last visit with his Father.  He met Him in another garden.  A garden of gnarled trees and stony soil.

“Does it have to be this way?” 

“It does.”

“Is there no one else who can do it?”

The King swallowed.  “None but you.”

“Do I have to drink from the cup?”

“Yes, my Child.  The same cup.”

He looked at the Prince of Light.  “The darkness will be great.”  He passed his hand over the spotless face of his Son.  “The pain will be awful.”  Then he paused and looked at his darkened dominion.  When he looked up, his eyes were moist.  “But there is no other way.”

“The Son looked into the stars as he heard the answer.  “Then, let it be done.”

Slowly the words that would kill the Son began to come from the lips of the Father: “Hour of death, moment of sacrifice, it is your moment.  Rehearsed a million times on false altars with false lambs; the moment of truth has come.”

“Soldiers, do you think you lead him?  Ropes, you think you bind him?  Men, you think you sentence him?  He heeds not your commands.  He winces not at your lashes.  It is my voice he obeys.  It is my condemnation he dreads.  And it is your souls he saves.

“Oh, my Son, my Child.  Look up into the heavens and see my face before I turn it.  Hear my voice before I silence it.  Would that I could save you and them.  But they don’t see and they don’t hear.

“The living must die so that the dying can live.  The time has come to kill the Lamb.

“Here is the cup, my Son.  The cup of sorrows.  The cup of sin.

“Slam, mallet!  Be true to your task.  Let your ring be heard throughout the heavens.

“Lift him, soldiers.  Lift him high to his throne of mercy.  Lift him up to his perch of death.  Lift him above the people that curse his name.

“Now plunge the tree into the earth.  Plunge it deep into the heart of humanity.  Deep into the strata of time past.  Deep into the sees of time future.

“Is there no angel to save my Isaac?  Is there no hand to redeem the Redeemer?

“Here is the cup, my Son.  Drink it alone.”

God must have wept as he performed his task.  Every lie, every lure, every act done in shadows was in that cup.  Slowly, hideously they were absorbed into the body of the Son.  The final act of incarnation.

The Spotless Lamb was blemished.  Flames began to lick his feet.

The King obeys his own edict.  “Where there is poison, there will be death.  Where there are goblets, there will be fire.

The King turns away from his Prince.  The undiluted wrath of a sin-hating Father falls upon his sin-filled Son.  The fire envelops him.  The shadow hides him.  The Son looks for his Father, but his Father cannot be seen.

“My God, my God….why?”
The throne room is dark and cavernous.  The eyes of the King are closed.  He is resting.

In his dream he is again in the Garden.  The cool of the evening floats across the river as the three walk.  They speak of the Garden – of how it is, of how it will be.

“Father…”, the Son begins.  The King replays the word again.  Father.  Father.  The word was a flower, petal-delicate, yet so easily crushed.  Oh, how he longed for his children to call him Father again.

A noise snaps him from his dream.  He opens his eyes and sees a transcendent figure gleaming in the doorway.  “It is finished, Father.  I have come home.”  – Six Hours One Friday, Max Lucado, Multhomah Press, 1989, pgs. 101-104

Prayer: God, forgive us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

 

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DayBreaks for 4/09/19 – Be Strong, Submit!

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DayBreaks for 4/09/19: Be Strong, Submit

From the DayBreaks archive, April 2009:

Ephesians 5:21: Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Submission. A dirty word in the vocabulary of most people. What do you think of when you think of submission? My guess is that if you are a student of the bible, and married, that you probably think about Paul’s command in Eph. 5:22 where he commands the wife to submit to her husband. Most of us would like to forget that verse 21 speaks to us ALL, not just the members of the female gender.

When we think of being submissive, we think of weakness, vulnerability or subservience. But we’re wrong to think of it that way. In his study book, The Mind of Christ, Robertson McQuilkin made a very interesting observation: “We can be lowly, yet strong. Only strength submits voluntarily. Involuntary submission has nothing to do with meekness.”

Think about it: if you submit because you are weaker, it isn’t really submission at all – it would be capitulation. In order to submit, you must be the stronger one making a conscious choice to voluntarily (not by compulsion) yield to another. It isn’t submission if this isn’t the case.

We are encouraged to submit to each other. We shouldn’t think of submission as bad. Strength out of control is domination, strength under control is submission.

Are you struggling to submit to your spouse? Your elders? Your boss at work? Submission doesn’t have anything to do with being right or wrong, but with being obedient – and that takes strength.

Prayer: Humble us in our pride and give us the Spirit of submission that Christ had so that we may learn from You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

 

DayBreaks for 9/01/14 – A Most Troubling Question

DayBreaks for 9/01/14 – A Most Troubling Question

There are questions in life that are truly vexing.  Today I just want to pose one question for you.  As a Christian, you may feel it is a very easy question to answer.  But, after I ask the first one, I’m going to ask a few follow-up questions designed to provoke you to deeper reflection that may cause you to reconsider your first response.  One more thing before you go any further: STOP RIGHT NOW in your reading and pray that the Spirit will reveal to you the truth about your answer to the question I’m about to pose to you.

Are you ready?

Are you sure?  Did you pray about it?

OK, here goes:

Here’s the first question: Am I willing to obey God’s will were it to be perfectly clear to me?

Follow up questions:

  1. Am I willing to take my entire family and move to a radical Muslim country to serve God as a missionary?
  2. Am I willing to stay in a marriage that is miserable just because God says He hates divorce?
  3. Am I willing to give my retirement fund in order to feed the hungry?
  4. Am I willing to work at a job I hate for the rest of my life if it means I can best serve God in that role?
  5. Am I willing to remain single the rest of my life if that is God’s plan for me?
  6. Am I willing to stop having an immoral relationship with the person I’m sleeping with because God says it is wrong?
  7. Am I willing to be arrested and put into jail for the rest of my life for sharing the gospel?
  8. Am I willing to be mocked, reviled and ridiculed for the sake of the gospel?
  9. Am I willing to be poor and homeless in order to better identify with such people?
  10. Am I willing to give up a career I deeply love to do something I hate if God were to ask me to do so?

I can hear you thinking, “God has never asked those things of me.”  Fair enough.  But that’s not the point.  The point, going back to the first question, is this: IF GOD WERE TO ASK YOU IN A PERFECTLY CLEAR WAY LEAVING NO DOUBT IN YOUR MIND to do any or all the above, would you do it?  This is a matter of the heart, so don’t let the thought of “God hasn’t, and won’t, ever ask me to do those things!” get in the way of some diligent soul-searching.  It’s not about what God may or may not do, what He will or will not do, it is a question about what would I do if I know without a shadow of a doubt that God asks me to do any of the above.  

Perhaps we’ll bump into one another as we wrestle with what the Spirit reveals to us about the condition of our hearts and our obedience.

PRAYER: Your Spirit, Lord, has shown me the condition of my own heart, and I am ashamed. Give me more love for You and a desire to obey in anything You may ask of me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 02/19/13 – The Lord in the Crisis

DayBreaks for 02/19/13 – The Lord in the Crisis             

healing of royal guyJohn 4:46-50 (NLT) – “As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.  48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”  49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”  50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.”

This is a story that I have always loved.  As a father myself, I can identify with the anguish and angst of the father who comes to Jesus to try to save his son’s life.  This was a powerful  man – a government official.  He had come from Capernaum to Cana to find Jesus – a journey, uphill, of about 20 miles – a good, long day’s journey.  He left his son behind in his desperation to get Jesus to come and save his boy.  That’s truly desperation.  What father would not want to be home with his child at such a time?

And so he arrives in Cana, hot and weary – but he goes straight to Jesus.  Notice what happens, though.  He has the proper plan already worked out in his own mind – Jesus is to come from Cana to Capernaum with him in order to heal the boy.  Isn’t that how we often respond when we find ourselves in a crisis?  We come to Jesus – but we come with the plan in place of what He is to do and when He is to do it.  In short, we come playing God and as Jesus to play the role of submissive servant to our dictates.

Jesus would have none of it.  He even offers a gentle rebuke about people not believing without signs and wonders.  He doesn’t even acknowledge the request to start with.  But the faith of the father is persuasive, his desperation touches the heart of Jesus.  Instead of doing as the man asked (going with him to Capernaum), Jesus essentially says, “No, I won’t go.  But you go home and your boy will live!” 

Why did Jesus not go with the man?  Jesus never seemed to busy or pre-occupied to help those who sought him out, so why not go with him?  Because Jesus may have wanted the man to understand that Jesus was not subject to him, but the other way around.  It was Jesus who was Lord – in and out of the crisis – and the man needed to understand that.

When you face a crisis this week, how will you approach Jesus?  Or will you approach Him at all?  If you do, come to Him with palms upturned, not telling him what He should do, but with prayers and thanksgiving just letting Him know your request and then trusting that He has the best solution to the crisis – not you.

PRAYER:  For all the times in crisis when I’ve tried to give you directions and explain the right plan to You, Lord Jesus, I’m sorry.  Forgive my arrogance and haughty spirit.  I bow before Your greatness and Divinity.  Help me to trust in You more!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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