Good morning, beloved!
That picture is captivating! It is as if heaven is touching earth..which He did. I love visual reminders! With the guidance of my PUP (Precept upon Precept study) of Sermon on the Mount, we are going to be searching the Scriptures as to what it means to inherit the earth today.
Let’s start by looking through the Psalm 37. “In the OT, the land of Israel represented to the people hope and blessing from God.”(Sermon on the Mount, p.34) So lets go through and understand who will inherit the earth. Here’s a link to the entire Psalm 37.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.
11 But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Sound familiar? Jesus quoted this in Matthew 5:5. :)
22 For such as are blessed of God shall [in the end] inherit the earth, but they that are cursed of Him shall be cut off.
29 [Then] the [consistently] righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
34 Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
8 And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God’s people (the saints).
9 And [now] they sing a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll and to break the seals that are on it, for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth!
When you have a minute, open that Bible to Revelation and read this chapter..:) ha! Imagine this! When I worship the Lord, sometimes I imagine this scene in my mind. When I pray, I am honored to think that my prayers could be a part of these golden bowls! Amen! You too! Jesus is worthy to break the seals, take the scroll for He was sacrificed and His blood purchased for all men, ALL men redemption! WOOHOO!!
Yet, what we are studying is that Jesus has made us a kingdom, a royal race, priests (those who shall inherit the earth!) and they shall…reign! How about it!
Of course there is another side, those who shall not…
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality,
10 Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.
11 And such some of you were [once]. But you were washed clean (purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and you were justified [pronounced righteous, by trusting] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God.
So this verb, here, in verse 11, were. Gotta love that verb. Amplified version gives it away..really. And such some of you were ONCE. Not continuing. And NOW, comes the BUT (Mom, we aren’t supposed to say that word..just kidding..) you were (only have to be washed once ) set free, purified, made free from the guilt of sin! So for goodness’ sake to go back and wallow in it (my word’s not Paul’s tho he does say that in another place..) would be a travesty! Don’t do it.
You were justified, or in other words, for those who, like me, need help, pronounced righteous by trusting. You know what strikes me about all of this? It had nothing to do with my goodness, my greatness, anything about me. It was all about God and me? I need to extend trust out..I needed to hold my little hand out and God swept in and carried me away.
Pray on, beloved. Pray on..
- “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Blessings (jennifermartin3.typepad.com)
- How I learned to “Count my Blessings” (mommydocfarmer.com)
- God is Bigger Than That (iwanttobelieveingod.com)
- Eternal Security (dawnmarie4.wordpress.com)
- Psalm 37:5 (Devotional) (williamsroadbaptistchurch.wordpress.com)
- How Happy! How Blessed! (haroldcameron.wordpress.com)