July 2, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Jeremiah 14:17-22, Titus 2:11-15
“Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.” Jeremiah 14:21
The grace of God is abundant, and He has poured it out on all men. How has this happened? Jesus is the grace of God to us. He came in seeming disgrace to offer grace to all men.
Men reject the historical reality of His suffering and death, and His resurrection to life, to their undoing. The natural man struggles with the concept of the atonement. He cannot grasp the truth that “Christ was delivered to death for our offences, and that he was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25). What are we going to end up with if we deny the very blood that bought us? We will end in disgrace.
The prefix “dis” in the word disgrace means the undoing of what is expressed in the rest of the word. The prayer of Jeremiah in our text was an appeal to God that He would not undo the grace of His love for Israel. That He would not abhor them because of their disobedience, or break His covenant with them, and in so doing, disgrace the very throne of His glory. One would think that this would not be possible.
This shows us the value that God has placed on His grace. Rather than disgrace Him, He would have us bow in obedience before Him.
There is a dearth of reverence for the majesty of God and His kingdom today. It is a disgrace. It is an undoing of the grace that God would desire to pour out on us today, in our time.
~~ James Baer