With Cords of Love

I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke of their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them. Hosea 11:4 ESV

We can’t fully appreciate the beauty of this verse, for we no long put yoke to animal expecting them to carry a heavy burden. In the preceding verse it says: 3 “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them.” ESV

“Ephraim, it was I who taught you to walk, and when you stumbled, I lifted you up. But you comprehended it not. As a father leads his son, I have led you with love. The heavy yoke that caused you to stumble, I lifted from you. It was Me who eased the yoke on your jaw. Then, I bent down, fed you when you were hungry, and supplied water when you were thirsty.

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest, 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

God is wanting to give you rest. He longs to supply us with spiritual food and water, as He did in the desert and to relieve the heavy burden which presses upon us. He accomplishes this with the Sabbath.

With cords of love, as a father leads his child, God leads us to rest in Him on the Sabbath, He lifts the heavy burden, then He feeds us, and supplies us with water. Yet, like Ephraim of old we do not recognize what God has done for us in creating the Sabbath.

Being Confident

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

Upon hearing this verse a young boy asked his mother, “Mom, what does this mean?”

“Well son,” began the mother, “It means we can be confident, or assured, that what Jesus started a very, very long time ago, He will finish.”

“In the Bible, it says that God created the heavens and the earth and then formed Adam out of the dust of the ground. God began a work and expected Adam and Eve to carry out that work here on earth by caring for the Garden of Eden and the whole earth. In this way they would grow in their understanding of God.

Adam and Eve failed. Since then, Jesus has been working to restore and finish the work that was destroyed. Jesus has been working to restore in us the same love for Him that was lost at the time Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus has promised that he will not rest until this is completed on the day of Jesus Christ. The day when Jesus returns to take us all to heaven.”

Her son responded by asking, “Is there anything I can do to help Jesus?”

“Yes,” said mother, “you can have faith in what Jesus has said is true. Salvation is available to all and is accepted by faith in Jesus. This is that kind of faith needed to allow Jesus to work in our life.”

Laying Down His Divinity

Matthew 4:3-11 shows us temptations that presented to Christ after His baptism and the forty days in the wilderness. He was physically tired, hungry and in need of spiritual and physical food. Yet in the first temptation, Jesus shows us how to resist temptation.

Vs. 3 says, “Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’”

Jesus was divine, but He had to lay down His divinity. In its place, He had to pick up our humanity. In no way could He use His divinity to better Himself or His condition.

In this way the temptation of Christ is similar to our temptations. We are often asked to place self above others. This is what Satan was tempting Christ to do. “You are hungry, then if You are the Son of God, use Your power to better your position and condition. Who cares about others, use Your power to do this.”

We face the same temptation to place ourselves above the needs of others. Christ laid down His divinity took up our humanity, relying upon scripture and the power available to us to resist sin.

God asks us to lay down our humanity, pick up His divinity. By doing so we have the power to resist sin.

Only when we lay down our selfish desires that the power of the Holy Spirit can come into our lives. In this way we pickup the Divinity of Christ, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus knew the Scriptures and quoted them. He also laid down his divinity, pickup up our humanity showing us how we too can resist sin, by laying down our humanity and pick up His divinity.

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