R386 Rumination for 24th June, 2012 by K.C. Ung
The Theme:What God Would Do…; What God Could Not Do…berita-bethel-ung.com
The Text: Psa. 91 ct. Psa. 22Pro. 3:12
Intro. Contrast what God would do for the Psalmist (Psa. 91) and yet could not do for His Son. (Psa.22)
Psalm 91:1 – God promised:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa. 22 was written by David, yet it was clear that he never experienced what he wrote in his life for….
The Spirit of Christ which was in…[David, the Psalmist]did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. I Pet. 1:11A. / WHAT GOD WOULD DO
FOR THE PSALMIST:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. / Psa. 91:1 / Ct. / WHAT GOD COULD NOT DO
FOR HIS SON IN HIS SUFFERINGS:
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me…? / Psa. 22:1
Cf. Mt. 27:46
Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler…
Cp. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. / 91:3
22:4, 5 / But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. / 22:6-8
Cf. Mt. 27:43
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;…nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. / 91:5, 6 / O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. / 22:2
Cf. Mt. 27:45, 46
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. / 91:7 / But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. / 22:19 cf. Lk. 23:37, 39
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. / 91:8 / For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. / 22:16
Cf. Jn. 19:34
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. / 91:11 / Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. / 22:11 cf. Lk. 23:39
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because He hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: / 9:13, 14 / Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion….For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. / 22:12, 13 cf. Lk. 23:35-37
Cf. Mt. 27:39-44
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. / 9:15 / My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? / 22:1 cf. Mt. 27:46
- God Could not do for His Son what He Would do for us because His Son must…
- Be Perfect Man to represent Man to bear Man’sPunishment.Phil. 2:8
Being found in fashion as a man, He…became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that…should live unto righteousness. I Pet. 2:24
- Be Pure, Spotless and Sinless to be the Sin Sacrifice to Satisfy a Holy God.II Cor. 5:21
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made
the righteousness of God in Him.
Where and When we Could we Should now remember Him as he Would have us do so:I Cor. 11:26
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till He come.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
REFLECTIONS FOR THE WEEKR386
- It is amazing what God woulddo for us, He couldnot do for His Son.
It is equally amazing what the Son could do for Himself, He would not,
yet He would do for us.
Consider the time He was tempted.
The Devil tempted Him:Mt. 4:5-7
Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time thou dash Thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Jesus came to this world to give His life a ransom for us – to die on the cross and to bear our sins on the tree in our stead. It is true that if He yielded to the Devil’s temptation to jump down from the pinnacle, His angels would save Him but He would not be able to save us.
Thus, He could save Himself, but He could not save us then.
Now He, having paid the price of our sin on the cross, can also say:Heb. 2:16;
In that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted…For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Christ has for sin atonement made
What a wonderful Savior!
We are redeemed, the price is paid
What a wonderful Savior!
Refrain:What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Jesus!
WhatawonderfulSaviorisJesus,myLordE. A. Hoffman
Would you not join in to praise Him with the hymn above this week?
Sing it constantly in your head if you know it.REFLECT.
- When Jesus was surrounded by soldiers with the evil intent to capture Him, having been identified by a kiss from Judas, one of His disciples took up his sword and struck off the ear of one of the high priest’s servants. But the Lord needed no such assistance. He said, Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?(Mt. 26:53, 54)
If He had saved Himself then, He would not be able to fulfil the scriptures and He would not be able to save us!
He could save Himself, but He would not. He would, as His mission was, rather save us.
What an amazing Saviour, our Lord is.
I praise Him for the cleansing bloodWhat a wonderful Savior!
That reconciled my soul to GodWhat a wonderful Savior!
He cleansed my heart from all its sinWhat a wonderful Savior!
And now He reigns and rules thereinWhat a wonderful Savior!
To Him I’ve given all my heart:What a wonderful Savior!
The world shall never share a part:What a wonderful Savior!
Yes, sing this over and over again in your head and in your heart this week and REFLECTon what He could do for Himself, yet would not, but would rather doit for you!
Points to Ponder:
If only we would all that we could God Could with us all that He Would.