with a daily devotion
Evening Meditations for February 18
Adam . . . begat a son in his own likeness.—GEN. 5:3.
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?—Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Dead in trespasses and sins; . . . by nature the children of wrath, even as others.—I am carnal, sold under sin. That which I do I allow not; for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.
By one man sin entered into the world, . . . by one man's disobedience many were made sinners.—If through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Father, I have sinned.”
It is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in his precious blood need not make a confession of sin, as culprits or criminals, before God the Judge, for Christ has forever taken away all their sins in a legal sense, so that they no longer stand where they can be condemned, but are once for all accepted in the Beloved; but having become children, and offending as children, ought they not every day to go before their heavenly Father and confess their sin, and acknowledge their iniquity in that character? Nature teaches that it is the duty of erring children to make a confession to their earthly father, and the grace of God in the heart teaches us that we, as Christians, owe the same duty to our heavenly Father. We daily offend, and ought not to rest without daily pardon. For, supposing that my trespasses against my Father are not at once taken to him to be washed away by the cleansing power of the Lord Jesus, what will be the consequence? If I have not sought forgiveness and been washed from these offences against my Father, I shall feel at a distance from him; I shall doubt his love to me; I shall tremble at him; I shall be afraid to pray to him: I shall grow like the prodigal, who, although still a child, was yet far off from his father. But if, with a child’s sorrow at offending so gracious and loving a Parent, I go to him and tell him all, and rest not till I realize that I am forgiven, then I shall feel a holy love to my Father, and shall go through my Christian career, not only as saved, but as one enjoying present peace in God through Jesus Christ my Lord. There is a wide distinction between confessing sin as a culprit, and confessing sin as a child. The Father’s bosom is the place for penitent confessions. We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.
33. Promise of Restoration
1Moreover the word of Jehovah came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the guard, saying, 2Thus saith Jehovah that doeth it, Jehovah that formeth it to establish it; Jehovah is his name: 3Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and will show thee great things, and difficult, which thou knowest not. 4For thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are broken down to make a defence against the mounds and against the sword; 5while men come to fight with the Chaldeans, and to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my wrath, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city: 6Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them; and I will reveal unto them abundance of peace and truth. 7And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first. 8And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned against me, and whereby they have transgressed against me. 9And this city shall be to me for a name of joy, for a praise and for a glory, before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them, and shall fear and tremble for all the good and for all the peace that I procure unto it. 10Thus saith Jehovah: Yet again there shall be heard in this place, whereof ye say, It is waste, without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, 11the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that say, Give thanks to Jehovah of hosts, for Jehovah is good, for his lovingkindness endureth for ever; and of them that bring sacrifices of thanksgiving into the house of Jehovah. For I will cause the captivity of the land to return as at the first, saith Jehovah. 12Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Yet again shall there be in this place, which is waste, without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, a habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. 13In the cities of the hill-country, in the cities of the lowland, and in the cities of the South, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks again pass under the hands of him that numbereth them, saith Jehovah. 14Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will perform that good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah. 15In those days, and at that time, will I cause a Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name whereby she shall be called: Jehovah our righteousness. 17For thus saith Jehovah: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; 18neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt-offerings, and to burn meal-offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. 19And the word of Jehovah came unto Jeremiah, saying, 20Thus saith Jehovah: If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, so that there shall not be day and night in their season; 21then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he shall not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. 22As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured; so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me. 23And the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah, saying, 24Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which Jehovah did choose, he hath cast them off? thus do they despise my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. 25Thus saith Jehovah: If my covenant of day and night stand not, if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; 26then will I also cast away the seed of Jacob, and of David my servant, so that I will not take of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and will have mercy on them.
37. Psalm 37
1Fret not thyself because of evil-doers,
Neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.
2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
3Trust in Jehovah, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness.
4Delight thyself also in Jehovah;
And he will give thee the desires of thy heart.
5Commit thy way unto Jehovah;
Trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass.
6And he will make thy righteousness to go forth as the light,
And thy justice as the noon-day.
7Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him:
Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.
9For evil-doers shall be cut off;
But those that wait for Jehovah, they shall inherit the land.
10For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
Yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and he shall not be.
11But the meek shall inherit the land,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12The wicked plotteth against the just,
And gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13The Lord will laugh at him;
For he seeth that his day is coming.
14The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay such as are upright in the way.
15Their sword shall enter into their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.
16Better is a little that the righteous hath
Than the abundance of many wicked.
17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken;
But Jehovah upholdeth the righteous.
18Jehovah knoweth the days of the perfect;
And their inheritance shall be for ever.
19They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil;
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20But the wicked shall perish,
And the enemies of Jehovah shall be as the fat of lambs:
They shall consume;
In smoke shall they consume away.
21The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again;
But the righteous dealeth graciously, and giveth.
22For such as are blessed of him shall inherit the land;
And they that are cursed of him shall be cut off.
23A man's goings are established of Jehovah;
And he delighteth in his way.
24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For Jehovah upholdeth him with his hand.
25I have been young, and now am old;
Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his seed begging bread.
26All the day long he dealeth graciously, and lendeth;
And his seed is blessed.
27Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell for evermore.
28For Jehovah loveth justice,
And forsaketh not his saints;
They are preserved for ever:
But the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell therein for ever.
30The mouth of the righteous talketh of wisdom,
And his tongue speaketh justice.
31The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall slide.
32The wicked watcheth the righteous,
And seeketh to slay him.
33Jehovah will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.
34Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way,
And he will exalt thee to inherit the land:
When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.
36But one passed by, and, lo, he was not:
Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright;
For there is a happy end to the man of peace.
38As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together;
The end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39But the salvation of the righteous is of Jehovah;
He is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
40And Jehovah helpeth them, and rescueth them;
He rescueth them from the wicked, and saveth them,
Because they have taken refuge in him.