September 14, Thursday

jason2The AMI QT Devotionals from September 11-17 are provided by Pastor Jason Sato who serves at OTR in Cincinnati. Jason, a graduate of UC San Diego (B.S.) and Westminster Theological Seminary in California (M.Div.), is married to Jessica, and they have two young children: Jonah and Lily.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“Good News of War”

Genesis 3:15 (ESV)

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

In response to Adam and Eve’s sin, God pronounces judgment. First, He curses the snake that tempted them. The end of this curse is sometimes called the proto-euangelion (i.e. the first gospel). What is the good news that God shares?

News of war.

Human beings and Satan will constantly be at war. And ultimately the war will end with the offspring of the woman destroying the serpent.

This is the greatest news that Adam and Eve could possibly receive. The devil had succeeded in separating them from God. Death had entered into the world. Sin would keep them enslaved. But in the end, the devil will not win. Death will not win. Sin will not win. One descendant of the woman would come. He would be bruised but victorious.

Sometimes peace in and of itself appears to be best. But it always depends on what kind of peace and with whom. By and large, the German church was at peace with the Nazi party. In that time, war was the better option.

Today, we are lulled into thinking that peace with sin is grace, but making peace with the cancer that kills you or the addiction that keeps you in bondage is not a peace worth having.

Thank God, Jesus does not make peace with death. Instead, He wages war. And He will not falter, He will not cease to fight until evil is extinguished and sin, death, and the devil are done away with for good.

He will fight until the knowledge of the glory of God covers the earth as the waters cover the seas. May we have peace with God and with our neighbor, and may we wage war against sin and the enemy—if that is what it takes to obtain it.

Prayer: Father, I am so thankful that Your Son has brought me peace with You. Thank You that I am no longer Your enemy but Your child. May I always be at peace with You and at war with sin that would try separate me from You. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 36


Lunch Break Study

Read Exodus 15:1-4 (ESV): Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying, “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. [2] The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. [3] The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name. [4] “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea, and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea.

Question to Consider

  1. Exodus 15 follows the crossing of the Red Sea. According to v. 1 and 4, why do the people sing?
  2. In verse 2, the people sing of God’s salvation. What did the Lord save them from?
  3. According to verse 3, what is part of the greatness of Israel’s God?

Notes

  1. Surprisingly, they are not most impressed by the raw miracle of the Red Sea splitting; rather, they sing of how God destroyed the Egyptian army.
  2. The Lord saved Israel from slavery, and more immediately, He saved them from certain death and capture at the hands of the Egyptian army.
  3. The Lord is a man of war. He is a conquering warrior.

Evening Reflection

Reflect upon your day. What evil did you witness in your own heart, home, or community? Pray that God would grant forgiveness to sinners, but that He would also destroy this sin and wickedness.

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