Friday, April 4, 2014

Morning Psalms: 95, 102 | Evening Psalm: 107:1-32
Exodus 2:1-22 | 1 Corinthians 12:27—13:3 | Mark 9:2-13
God does not desire servants who can boast in their own righteousness. The servant of God boasts only in the knowledge and majesty of the LORD (Jer 9:23-24).
Moses struck the Egyptian down and buried the body. There is no sign of regret for his actions. There was no beating heart of guilt growing in his mind from the corpse beneath the sand. In fact, when he saw another dispute arise between two Hebrews, he attempted to intervene once again. One of the Hebrews then rebuked him, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Only then was Moses filled with dread. The fact that his evil deeds were known is the only thing that could bring regret of those actions into his heart.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
Evil cannot be hidden away or buried in the sand. Moses was humbled about his actions because they were brought into the light. Likewise, the Christian must be humbled, because the Light has come into the world and shines upon all evil deeds. No one is exempt from this judgment since “none is righteous, no, not one.” (Rom 3:10) This means there is no room for boasting in self-righteousness. All are guilty and “the wages of sin is death.” (Rom 6:23)
But we have Jesus Christ as our righteous advocate and propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:1-2). In Him, “the free gift of God is eternal life” (Rom 6:23), And we can boast in that.
Lord of righteousness, may our boasting be of You in the joy of our salvation. Thank You for the forgiveness of our sins, that You who are righteous have taken its penalty upon Yourself. Guide us in faithfulness by Your Holy Spirit, that we may step into the light, be cleansed by Your blood, and walk to eternal day. Amen.
Wesley Williams
MDiv Student
Tampa, FL

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