Text: If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. (Psalm 137:5-6)
Tweet: True praise is impossible, both its music muted and songs silenced, outside “Jerusalem,” where the presence of God is neither man’s chief pursuit nor greatest joy.
Text: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? (Psalm 137:1-4)
Tweet: The songs of Zion cannot be sung in Babylon for the entertainment of Chaldeans. They are not meant to be performed for the world, but only for the praise and worship of God.
Text: Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not. (Numbers 26:11)
Text: Who hitherto waited in the king’s gate eastward: they were porters in the companies of the children of Levi. And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, of the house of his father, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the gates of the tabernacle: and their fathers, being over the host of the Lord, were keepers of the entry. And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was the ruler over them in time past, and the Lord was with him. And Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was porter of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office. So they and their children had the oversight of the gates of the house of the Lord, namely, the house of the tabernacle, by wards. (1 Chronicles 9:18-23)
Tweet: All recipients of God’s sovereign and amazing grace, like the spared sons of the sinful gainsayer Korah, should serve as doorkeepers to God’s house and singers to God’s glory.
Text: And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: (Romans 1:4)
Tweet: A man claiming to be God and promising to prove it by conquering the grave is undoubtedly proven to be who He clams to be by His resurrection from the dead.
Text: And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. (John 19:38-42)
Tweet: Covert disciples of Christ bury Jesus, but overt disciples of Christ proudly and publicly herald His resurrection!
Text: But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (Galatians 6:14)
Tweet: Christians have nothing to boast about but the cross of Christ. By acclaiming it, however, we antagonize this world and alienate ourselves from it.
Text: As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. (Psalm 42:1)
Tweet: A heart for God is not proven by a recited sinner’s prayer, but by a perpetual panting for the presence of God.
Text: And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Tweet: To be content with one’s Christ-given station in life, even if it is a dungeon, and not to be offended at the apparent better station of others, whom Christ has delivered from their distresses, is to successfully scale a soaring and most blissful spiritual summit.
Text: Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)
Tweet: The Savior can be trusted to keep His saints from stumbling and their faith steadily on its feet until they all stand before Him spotlessly and enter into the unspeakable joy of His glorious presence forevermore.
Text: And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jude 1:22-23)
Tweet: The soul-winner should deal with the skeptical softheartedly, while remaining unshaken by their skepticism, but must strong-arm the strong-willed, while remaining unsoiled by their sinfulness.