Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

It was never on merit....

Deuteronomy 9:6 “Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people.

People often ask what is the true meaning of grace and in reponse a number of explanations have been proferred to help those who inquire about grace to get the insight which they are seeking.

 Perhaps the most widely accepted definition of grace, is the one which describes grace as- 'the unmerited favor of God', this indeed sums up beautifully the meaning of grace. But there is a looming danger with every word that over the years has become a cliche poses, it is the danger of throwing words around even when its true meaning has become lost on us. While this danger may not be obvious with certain words, the same cannot be said with words that convey a significant message to us about our relationship with God, for it is in the the true meaning of these messages that the power of God's blessings resides. His words and the messages which they convey to us are not vain neither are they empty, for in them resides the mystery as well as the power of God to bless those who come to him.

From today's passage we can reflect once again upon the true meaning of grace and this we see from the points that the message reveals to us about how the grace of God grace works. In this chapter of the book of Deuteronomy, God speaking to Israel through Moses spent some time to clarify the position of his relationship with them while saying to them it was based upon nothing else but grace. This manner of grace is one which reminds the people of what they were, how underserving, how weak, how wicked, how stubborn and how hopelessly lost they were.

This position of human wretchedness is one where left into the hands of human judgement would see how severe and merciless the judgement of man can be to his fellow man. A position which left to the discrepancy of the powers of men, would judge without mercy,  pronouncing guilty with a harsh punishment that would deny the victims any recourse for redress or redemption...because they are deemed irredeemable and deserving of the punishment. Such was the position of every mortal before God...a position which the bible desrcibed mankind as being the enemies of God. Let me say this for emphasis, there are no words that can accurately and adequately capture what it truly means to be the enemy of God, none! Hence the scripture reminds us of the implications of finding ourselves in such a position...pointing out to us the folly of courting the consuming wrath of God born out of his righteous indignation towards anything evil.