Bible Gems

Jun 26, 2011 at 16:05 o\clock

Gems worth reading

June 28

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made."
(John 1:1-3)

Philosophy and science have not always been friendly toward the idea of God, the reason being that they are dedicated to the task of accounting for things and are impatient with anything that refuses to give an account of itself. The philosopher and the scientist will admit that there is much that they do not know; but that is quite another thing from admitting that there is something which they can never know, which indeed they have no technique for discovering.

To admit that there is One who lies beyond us, who exists outside of all our categories, who will not be dismissed with a name, who will not appear before the bar of our reason, nor submit to our curious inquiries: this requires a great deal of humility, more than most of us possess, so we save face by thinking God down to our level, or at least down to where we can manage Him. Yet how He eludes us! For He is everywhere while He is nowhere, for "where" has to do with matter and space, and God is independent of both. He is unaffected by time or motion, is wholly self-dependent and owes nothing to the worlds His hands have made. (A.W. Tozer - The Knowledge of the Holy)

N.J. Hiebert - 4478

June 29

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
(1 John 4:11)

What does He mean when He puts in this little word SO loved us? It carries our minds back to the tenth verse, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for out sins." That is the way God SO loved us. He did not wait for us to love Him before loving us; He did not wait for us to behave ourselves so well that He could look upon us with complacency, but "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

God loved us when there was nothing lovable about us, God loved us when we were in enmity against Him and "alienated by wicked works," God loved us when our desires were contrary to His desires, when we were trampling His Word beneath our feet, spurning His grace, breaking His commandments; and now we read, "Beloved, if (since) God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." (Selected)

N.J. Hiebert - 4479

June 30

"Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them, and healed them."
(Luke 4:40)

I recently read and read Luke 4:40. It was as if I had never seen it before. Those crowds - hot, sticky, clamorous, tiresome probably; but he did not see them as crowds. He laid His hands on every one of them - every one of them. It's the individual touch that tells. He doesn't love in the mass, but in ones. "Not a sparrow . . ." (Matthew 10:29). (Candles in the Dark - Amy Carmichael)

N.J. Hiebert - 4480

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