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February 11 Today’s Reading — Numbers 1-2
“I will set my face against you.”
Faith finds abundance in the Land of Grace. For every sin there is a Fountain opened. For all unrighteousness there is a white robe. — “In the Lord have I righteousness and strength.” For every burden there is help at hand. — “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.” Light to guide and peace to consol shine brightly in the Gospel of God. When Satan terrifies, the cross of Christ gives calm. When conscience trembles, the crucified Savior shows His hands and side. When the law thunders, Calvary spreads its sheltering wings. When heart corruptions vex, the Spirit comes with renewed grace.
How blessed is God’s Israel! Zion’s King, the Lord Jesus, floods His Land of Grace with His goodness. We live every day at heaven’s gate. All the past has been one wide flood of mercy. All the present is a stream of joy. And all the future an ocean of glory! But when the end comes and our freed spirits wing their upward flight, what will that glory be? When our all-glorious Christ is revealed, if faith finds Him so dear, what will be the realizing sight! “We shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is!”
Then, when the grave restores its prey, when this poor body puts on immortality’s attire and shines more brightly than a thousand suns, like Christ himself forever; what then? The Triune God, our almighty Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, shall be fully known and fully loved, fully adored and fully praised, while the endless ages reveal the splendor of His glory. Eternal love planned all this blessedness. The blood of Christ purchased it. The Holy Spirit seals it to us as ours and fits us for it, making us partakers of the Divine nature. Soon grace shall be crowned with glory! — But not for all!
The first 13 verses of Leviticus 26 speak only of grace, promises of grace and God’s performance of grace. — Then, the scene changes. Beginning in verse 14, we have a scene of woe, nothing but woe! — Wrath, nothing but wrath! — Terror, nothing but terror to you who will not believe on the Son of God. God’s word is as fixed as heaven’s high throne. You have madly scorned His rule. You have rashly followed your own heart’s desire. Except you repent, nothing but judgment awaits you. The gospel prized is all this everlasting joy. The gospel scorned is all this everlasting woe (John 3:36).
“How will your heart endure
The terrors of that day;
When earth and heaven, before His face,
Astonished shrink away?
Ye sinners, seek His grace,
Whose wrath ye cannot bear,
Fly to the shelter of His cross,
And find salvation there!”