Margin notes: Things I scribbled in the white spaces on Feb. 24, 2K9


notes-421 – Luke 9:12-13 (ESV) 12Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” 13But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.”RAF: The lesson is a profound one. The day will come when the Disciples will be ministering to the people, and the needs of the people will exceed their perception of God’s provision. But, if by faith they will take what they have been given by the Father, and ask His blessing upon it, it will be sufficient – indeed – abundant.

There is great encouragement here for preachers at this point. Many is the time a preacher looks at his notes and wonders how in the world will this ever feed a soul? Yet it is the portion which has been provided that day. Though the needs be never so great, what God provides will suffice. There will be an abundance to meet the need. When once it is consecrated to the Father, it can be broken and will meet the and satisfy all who re there.

2 – Luke 9:17 (ESV) And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

RAF: It is good to remember that God is a God of abundance. To the human eye, the 12 extra baskets seem superfluous. But in His economy, we see there is not simply provision – but abundant provision. Eph. 3:20 reminds us He is able to do far more abundantly than we can ask or think. Though the imagination of man be ever so extravagant – God is always infinitely greater still.

Is there still room at the cross for you sinner? Do not fear. He who fed the multitudes, made provision for more than just them. Come to Christ. You need never fear His lack of willingness or power to save – though He has saved so many already.

3 – Luke 9:42-45 (ESV) 42While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, 44“Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

RAF: More astonishing; more important; more worthy of our attention and consideration – than the supernatural deliverance of this young lad – is the death Jesus was about to die. Oh, how many things I assign more importance to than the brutal slaying of my Savior at the hands of men, and the grace of God in using that murder as His own sacrificial Lamb for our sins. These are themes worth pondering. It is no wonder that God has power over the demons. It is a wonder indeed that He would go to such lengths to justify lost men. It is a wonder that He would give His only begotten Son to be our substitute. It is a wonder that He would lay upon Him “the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6) It is a wonder that the God against whom we have wrestled with every fiber of our being, would not relent until He brought His elect to glory. It is a wonder to behold such love, such mercy, such unfathomable grace. It is a wonder to be given new life in Christ, the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. It is a wonder to be adopted into His family – to be set as sons of God with as much familial attachment as Christ Himself. It is a wonder we are loved so. Oh the death of our wonderful Savior! Rom. 11:33 (ESV) “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”

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2 thoughts on “Margin notes: Things I scribbled in the white spaces on Feb. 24, 2K9

  1. Hi Reid. I reckon when Jesus said the Law ‘hung’ on love to God and man, he was picking out the commands of Moses which were the heart and length, depth, height from which the Law itself was extracted and published in condemnatory form of ordinances of ‘do not handle, do not taste, do not touch’. So ‘keeping the Law’ is not love, but love fulfils the righteousness in the Law. My take is that the ethical commands of Christ pre-New Covenant are set in the context of the Law’s condemnation to ‘stop the mouth’ concerning works- righteousness that is ‘of the Law’. Jesus sets the bar of the Law of ordinances to the heights of perfect love. And he also points to himself and his work as the means for human hearts to partake of that love, circumcized by the Spirit of Grace. He pushes people up against the cross. The commands of the Apostles just describe the ethical dimension of that love post-Law…but the love itself(and thus the ‘law of Christ’ in which it finds its source) both transcends the written commands and has it’s source and root and power- not in our love to God-but his to us. ‘Herein is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us…’ Love is not something that can be conjured or responded to as demand, essentially. It’s something that subsists in grace-God’s love to us whereby he ‘remembers our sins and iniquities no more’, making us imputed-righteousness conscious and giving us new hearts indwelt by Christ who fulfils the fruit of love in and through us, as we cease from relating to him on law-terms. But relate to him on terms of the cross. ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespassess unto them’.

  2. Sorry. I typed that on my phone and it looks like I’ve put it under the wrong entry! I meant it to go under the Feb25th one.

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