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Grace Baptist Church of Danville

January 24, 2016

 

When he was made sin for us, our blessed Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, voluntarily took upon himself an intimate, infinite acquaintance with human sin and justly suffered all the fury of God’s wrath for his elect to the full satisfaction of divine justice.

 

Daily Readings for the Week of January 24-31, 2016

Sunday                Exodus 18-21                                   Thursday       Exodus 30-32

      Monday                Exodus 22-24                                   Friday             Exodus 33-34

      Tuesday              Exodus 25-27                                   Saturday                    Exodus 35-37

      Wednesday        Exodus 28-29                                   Sunday                      Exodus 38-40

 

Š      We will have our Quarterly Fellowship today. Stay with us for lunch after this morning’s service. There will be no service here tonight.

Š      I am scheduled to preach Tuesday and Wednesday night for the Sovereign Grace Church in San Diego, CA, where Bro. Eric Richards is pastor. — Bro. Mark Daniel will bring the message here Tuesday night.

Š      Friday – Sunday, I am scheduled to preach for Rescue Baptist Church in Rescue, CA, where Bro. Gene Harmon is pastor.

 

Happy Birthday!  Jim Grant-26th      Teresa Coleman-29th

 

Nursery Duty: Today: Jayalita McCormack — Tuesday: Celeste Peterson

 

He Drank Damnation Dry Don Fortner

(Tune: #222 — There is a Fountain —CMD)

 

1.    The Lamb of God, made sin for us,

Was justly crucified.

He took my sin, made it His own,

And drank damnation dry! He drank damnation dry!

He drank damnation dry!

“With one tremendous draft of love,

He drank damnation dry!”

 

2.    Condemning voice, accusing heart,

Behold the Crucified.

Behold His tears! Be banished fears!

He drank damnation dry! He drank damnation dry!

He drank damnation dry!

“With one tremendous draft of love,

He drank damnation dry!”

 

3.    Oh, grace for grace, amazing grace!

Blest Rock to which I fly,

God’s justice now is satisfied!

Christ drank damnation dry! He drank damnation dry!

He drank damnation dry!

“With one tremendous draft of love,

He drank damnation dry!”

 

“My Firstborn”

Psalm 89:27

 

It was God himself, and God alone who put a difference between the firstborn in Egypt and the firstborn in Israel on the night of judgment and deliverance accomplished in Egypt. We are expressly taught by the Spirit of God that everything on that passover night was typical of Christ, who as “our Passover was sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7). The sprinkling of the blood of the lamb of the first year, without blemish, and without spot, on the houses of the Israelites, was the one thing that put a difference between the firstborn of Israel and the firstborn of Egypt. The blood of the lamb alone saved Israel’s firstborn from destruction. This we are plainly told in Exodus 11:7.

 

Vengeance and Salvation

As it was on that great night of judgment and mercy, so the year of Christ’s redeemed is both the day of vengeance and the day of salvation (Isaiah 63:3-5). When the Son of God died as our Substitute upon the cursed tree, he bore all the vengeance of God’s holy wrath for us to the full satisfaction of divine justice and obtained eternal redemption and salvation for us (Hebrews 9:12). At the same time, he declares, “The day of vengeance is in my heart.” Yet, there is a day, appointed and fixed by him, when our God will execute judgment upon his enemies, as well as of mercy upon his people (Acts 17:31; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15).

 

The Birthright

The birthright belonged to the firstborn among the children of Israel, and gave him preeminence in the family. To him belonged the right of priesthood (Numbers 3:12-13, 40-45; 8:15-18). The firstborn was given a double portion among his brethren (Deuteronomy 21:17). And to the firstborn it was promised, “Thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise. Thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies. Thy father’s children shall bow down before thee” (Genesis 49:8). All these Old Testament declarations were intended to show forth the majesty of Christ as “the Firstborn among many brethren.” All the offerings required of God for every male that opened the womb pointed to our Lord Jesus (Exodus 13:2; 34:19-20; Leviticus 12:6; Luke 2:21-24).

 

Opens the Womb

Robert Hawker suggested that the Scriptures, when speaking of “the firstborn that openeth the womb,” must have been prophetic of the virgin birth of our Savior. Regarding the firstborn, Hawker wrote, “Strictly and properly speaking, none but the Lord Jesus ever did open the womb…In every other instance, from the creation of the world, as anatomists well know, it is accomplished at the time of conception.”

      Our blessed Savior, “the Firstborn,” was conceived in Mary’s virgin womb by the overshadowing power of God the Holy Ghost. He opened Mary’s virgin womb when he came forth from it to accomplish our redemption. Thus, throughout the Levitical dispensation, the firstborn of man and beast directed the eye  of  faith  to  him  whom  the triune  Jehovah  appointed  to  have  everlasting preeminence as “the Firstborn.” In all things it is, was, and forever shall be the will of the eternal God that Christ have preeminence as the God-man, our Mediator and Redeemer.

 

Firstborn Redeemed

Yet, the law of God required redemption of the firstborn among the children of Israel (Numbers 18:15-16). The firstborn was brought to the priest, along with “five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.” The priest received the child in the name of the Lord as his own. Then, the priest returned the child to the care of its parents; but it belonged to the Lord. All the firstborn had to be redeemed. And we who are called “the church of the Firstborn” had to be redeemed to our God by the blood of Christ, either redeemed or killed.

      However, the firstborn of the Levites was not redeemed (Numbers 1:47-48; 3:12-13). Why was this exemption made? Why did God require that the firstborn of the Levites not be redeemed? Because the Levites represented our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ; and he, who is our Redeemer, did not need to be redeemed.

      Though our Savior came, as a man, from the tribe of Judah, the Levites, being chosen as the priestly tribe, portrayed the whole election of grace as a people holy and accepted in the Beloved, “a kingdom of priests” and “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people,” redeemed and called in Christ (Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9). And the whole Levitical priesthood typified Christ our Priest and Mediator, whom God took in the stead of his firstborn ones. He who is the Redeemer did not need to be redeemed.

 

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“And Lost His Own Soul”

Mark 8:36

Pastor Scott Richardson

 

No man can describe the loss of the soul as he should. No man can paint this dreadful picture in true colors. You and I will never fully understand what it means to lose one’s soul until we pass through the valley of death and wake up in eternity. Then, and not until then, shall we know the value of the soul.

      The value of all things will change greatly in that day. The hour is coming when money, bank notes, and bonds will be worth no more than waste paper. The day is coming when our diamonds, silver, and gold will be as dust in the streets. The day will dawn when houses and lands will be as worthless as a child's worn out toy. In that day the fame, honor, and glory of this world will be worth no more than faded flowers and withered grass.

      In that day a man will be willing to trade all that he knows and can imagine for the privilege of hearing one gospel sermon, one hour of prayer, or one verse of Scripture. In that day a man will be willing to trade all the world for one grain of faith. He will curse the day he was born! Oh, in that day of God’s wrath, what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

 

 

 

The Grace Bulletin

 

January 24, 2016

 

Grace Baptist Church of Danville

2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438

Telephone (859) 576-3400 — E-Mail don@donfortner.com

 

Donald S. Fortner, Pastor

 

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10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service

6:30   P.M. Evening Worship Service

 

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