Bible Study & Devotional (January 16, 2021)
🔴 Worthy is the Lamb!
I have tried my best to write something directly related to today’s assigned reading…but my spirit is heavy with the words from Revelation 5:8-14. (If you hover over the passage, you can read the scripture.) The ‘Revelation Song‘ written from chapter 5, comforts our soul. They serve as a reminder that our mighty God is worthy to be praised. These lyrics profoundly echo God’s amazing sacrifice.
I want to focus on the word slain used in its past tense in scripture and compare it to the world’s current “slaying” trend.
Slay means to kill (a person or animal) in a violent way kill (a person or animal) in a forceful way.
Somehow the word slay has become basic or common. Humanity has watered down and yet elevated “slay” to take on a positive, complimentary tone. We no longer see Christ slain upon the cross, but the exquisitely cut crease of a beautified face complete with hair and wardrobe.
What happened to heaven’s mercy seat?
Well, I’ll let you in on a secret, the world is what happened. (Matt11:25) Endless attempts to please humanity and seek compliments has driven the conversation away from the weighty truth. Christ won the victory by enduring immense torture physically and took our sins into battle, conquering the grave for our right to become His children.
And yet, armed with the truth, we can decide who we believe.
Jesus, our Lord, implores us in Matthew 11:25-30 to come to Him. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. Like the Pharisees of the time, we also have those who will burden us with their works to gain salvation mentality. The Jesus plus culture that screams Christ alone is not enough. But worthy is the Lamb!
Jesus reminds us:
- He hid the spiritual truths from the highly educated and given to those seeking God’s will and purpose.
- All things on heaven and earth are in Christ’s hands, and He will deliberately reveal Himself.
- All who are burdened by practicing religion that provides no peace can come to God the Son Christ Jesus for rest.
- Jesus will gently renew our souls.
While you read and ponder Christ’s magnificent gift of salvation take notes and use the questions below to guide you into deeper study.
- What was your ‘God shot’ from today’s reading? (Comment below)
- Why is submission to Jesus such a vital factor in a believer’s life?
- What happens when we respond to the trials of this world with prayer?
This devotional was submitted by Torrie Slaughter, the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
GENESIS 32:13-34:31, MATTHEW 11:7-30, PSALM 14:1-7,PROVERBS 3:19-20