24 Trinity – Monday
This weeks devotions: Sunday
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity
– Monday –
I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord. – Genesis 49:18
Jacob, the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham, was at the point of death in the land of Egypt. By the Holy Ghost he had just prophesied concerning the coming of Christ, God’s Messiah, “Shiloh,” the Prince of Peace, from the family of his son, Judah (Genesis 49:10; cf. Isaiah 9:6). And then he said: “I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord!” As a true believer he had looked forward to “the end of [his] faith, even the salvation of [his] soul” (I Peter 1:9), and now in death he gratefully and peacefully anticipated receiving it, the salvation which the Lord, on the basis of the Savior’s vicarious atonement, had prepared for him “from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). He had trusted the Word of God concerning the coming Savior and His accomplishment in time of God’s eternal plan of redemption and salvation. Thus, like Simeon (Luke 2:29), he departed in peace, not disappointed in his waiting, but rejoicing in hope and consoled in his trust. He departed, and the Lord received him, the same Lord, who in the fullness of time would send forth His Son of the tribe of Judah, made of a woman, made under the Law, and manifest Him as the Redeemer of sinful mankind (Galatians 4:4-5). This was almost two thousand years before the birth of Christ, and yet, like Simeon, Jacob had seen by faith the Lord’s salvation. – Having the Scriptures of the New Testament, the glad tidings of fulfillment, we know more about the salvation of the Lord than Jacob knew. “What the fathers most desired, what the prophets’ heart inspired, what they longed for many a year, stands fulfilled in glory here: Abram’s promised great Reward, Zion’s Helper, Jacob’s Lord, Him of twofold race, behold, truly came, as long foretold” (TLH 91, 2-3). Therefore, in life, like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we sojourn “in the land of promise, as in a strange country” (Hebrews 11:9), trusting in the Lord’s sure promises. And, when the end of that sojourn approaches and we must pass “through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4), we shall, like Jacob, wait for, anticipate with joy, and by faith receive the salvation of the Lord, the salvation which Christ purchased and won for us, the salvation which His Father graciously granted to us for His Son’s sake, the salvation which as “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away [is] reserved in heaven for [us] who are kept by the power of God [by the Gospel, Romans 1:16] through faith unto salvation” (I Peter 1:4-5). Thus we can depart this life in peace, not wearied by the waiting, not disappointed in the hoping, and not failing in the trusting. “This grant us, dear Father in heaven” (Luther) for Jesus’ sake.
PRAYER – Lord Jesus, my Savior, when my last hour is close at hand and I must walk through the valley of the shadow of death, console me with the surety of my redemption, assure me of my accomplished justification, and rejoice my heart as in faith I wait for Thy salvation according to Thy promise. Thus will I depart in peace and be received into the mansions of glory, eternal bliss and quiet rest in the mansions of heaven. Amen.
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For 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.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
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