Bible Gems

May 30, 2008 at 19:32 o\clock

Gems for the Week

May 30

"And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while." 
(Genesis 46:29)   
How this resembles the meeting of every saint with Christ.  We acknowledge His being alive, the proof of His participation and acceptance of our salvation, His presence and power now with us, for us and in us.  We are led forth with praise as we enter into His presence into a land of plenty and provision.  We are all given the task to look after one another, to encourage growth and guidance among ourselves.  We can see how this flies in the face of the world and its ways being selfish in nature, thought and action.  (B.R. - Meditations in Genesis)  
N.J. Hiebert # 3355

May 31

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who being in
the form of God . . . took upon Him the form of a servant . . ."
(Philippians 2:5,7) 
"The form of a servant" was a reality just as much as "the form of God" in Christ Jesus - as truly an assumed reality as the other was an essential, intrinsic reality.  And being such, His ways were those of a servant; just as, being the Son, His glories and prerogatives were those of God.  He prayed; He continued whole nights in prayer.  He lived by faith, the perfect pattern of a believer, as we read of Him, "the leader and completer of faith" (Hebrews 12:2; JND Translation). In sorrow He made God His refuge.  In the presence of enemies He committed Himself to Him who judged righteously.  He did not His own will, perfect as that will was, but the will of Him who sent Him.  In these and in all kindred ways was "the form of a servant" found and proved and read and know to perfection.  It is seen to have been a great and living reality.  The Life of this Servant was the life of faith from beginning to end. (J.G. Bellett) 
N.J. Hiebert # 3356 

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