Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. – Genesis 3:7
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. – Genesis 3:21
Adam and Eve at the realization of their nakedness, due to sin (disobedience to God), clothed themselves in fig leaves. The leaves would not have lasted long, since removing them from the vine would cause them to wilt, turn brown and deteriorate. The uselessness of our trying to cover up our sin.
But God . . . clothed Adam and Eve in animal skins. (God’s ways are always better). I thank Dr. Steve Thompson for pointing out last Wednesday night, that God sacrificed the first animal. The skins that Adam and Eve were clothed in came from an animal sacrificed because of sin. God sacrificed an animal in the Garden and also sacrificed His Son for the sins of all mankind.
From beginning to end God demonstrates his love for his creation — man and woman.
How about making 2017 the year you turn from sin to God? He made the provision through His Son, Jesus Christ. Today! Pray – asking forgiveness for your sin and your need for a Savior. Believe – Jesus died for you, was buried and arose from the dead three days later. Confess – Jesus as Lord! Live – as if He is your Lord.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those whobring good news of good things!” — Romans 10:14-15
Feet are definitely not my favorite part of the body. Anybody’s body. But here they are referred to as beautiful.
If I rewind into the past when this was written I see feet that are dirty, calloused, possibly with blisters depending on the length of travel, and bloody spots due to rocks or other debris they come across. Not so beautiful. The sacrifice to spread the good news is what makes those feet beautiful.
I look at Jesus as He went to the cross. Bloody. Scarred. Dirt embedded in every crevice. Possibly blisters. Not a pretty picture and yet a beautiful sacrifice because He brought good news!!! He brought reconciliation, salvation, eternity.
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News!!!
“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.” — Psalm 50:23
Thanksgiving. That is the word of the day. There is a lot to be thankful for, but the most important reason for thankfulness is that it honors the Lord. What are you thankful for today? The fact that God gave you one more day to serve and worship Him? That He is the way, the truth and the life? That He is Immanuel? That He is “I AM”? To God be the glory and thanksgiving for His mercy and grace!!!!!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. — 1 Chronicles 16:8
One of our Thanksgiving traditions, as many I know do, is to share what we are thankful for as we sit around the table. Most thoughts gear towards the food before us, family as we are gathered together, health — all good things — but we could be thanking God and sharing the great deeds He has done for us over the past year, not to mention the wonderful sacrifice of Jesus that gives us salvation.
As you think on the things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, will you exalt our Lord and share His great deeds with those around you? It could make for a Thanksgiving to be remembered.
Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God. — Daniel 3:28
How much are you willing to give up to worship the One and Only True God?
Praying your worship today is a sacrificial one. Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1)
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.