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Monday, March 5, 2018

Afternoon sun (photo by Ester)
Our sunset view on Saturday afternoon
(from Ester's photo collections)

"My Soul Is Purchased By His Blood!"

Message summary:
Christ freely shed His blood and gave His life for us.

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"For the life of a creature is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11). "God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood—to be received by faith" (Romans 3:25).

In our church service yesterday morning we sang "Before The Throne Of God Above", an old hymn written in the 1800's, that never really caught on in our generation until about twenty years ago when it was set to a new tune. It has a line pertinent to today's message:

One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God!
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Blood mobile
On Saturday Brooksyne and I made our small contribution in helping others who have need of healthy blood. As we have done since our teen years we each made a blood donation at our local bloodmobile. The bloodmobile is a bus-like vehicle with all the equipment necessary for collecting blood. In our case they use the parking lot of our local hardware store every two months. It's not a pleasant experience but we consider those we may be helping and often think of the blood transfusions Ester required with her many heart surgeries.

Through the years I have used various illustrations from this procedure in our daily encouragements and sermons. Donating blood has a theological significance going back to the animal blood sacrifices of the Old Testament to the once for all atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Of course those "donations" were altogether more costly and sacrificial than those we make! Our blood donations help meet the physical needs of others and prolong their lives on earth for a season. Only Christ could donate His divine blood to meet the spiritual needs of the human race and prolong their lives for all eternity.

Today let us consider the daily text which is the basis of a strict prohibition in the law concerning the eating of blood,
"For the life of a creature is in the blood". I occasionally watch medical shows with Ester where we often hear doctors speaking of the patient being in critical danger of blood loss. The term they use is "bleeding out" meaning blood loss to the extent it causes death. Blood is indeed vital to life. The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his or her body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation. A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days. However losing more than 3 to 4 pints can be deadly and generally requires a blood transfusion. Indeed, the life of a creature is in the blood.

Christ freely shed His blood and gave His life for us.
"God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood—to be received by faith." "The principle behind atonement is life for life. Since the wages of sin is death, symbolized by the shedding of blood, so “without the shedding of blood is no remission.” Shed blood (death) from a substitute atones for or covers the sinner, who is then allowed to live. Forgiveness does not come because the penalty of sin is excused, but because it is transferred to a sacrifice whose lifeblood is poured out." (Precept Austin commentary)

His life for mine, His life for mine
How could it ever be?
That He would die, God's son would die
To save a wretch like me
What love divine, He gave His life for mine

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer: Father, once the blood is drained out of creatures they are dead and lifeless, "for the life of a creature is in the blood." Thank You for presenting "Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood"—that is received by faith for all who choose to follow in Your ways. Christ's life for mine, how could it be that Jesus, Your Son, would die to save a lost sinner like me. Unworthy and unable to atone for my own sin, Jesus gave His life for mine. To my dying day here on earth and for all eternity I will forever praise and give thanks to my Redeemer. Amen.

Morrisons 3/4/18
Yesterday after the early service we met the Morrisons, parents to our friend Tim Morrison, whom we see during our chaplain visits to White Oak Display each week. Married 67 years Mr. Morrison will soon turn 95. We are blessed by the faithfulness of those who go before us in living and sharing the gospel message of Christ.

Dining room table tennis at the Lapp family 3/4/18
Yesterday afternoon we had a nice visit with the Lapp family at the Old Windmill Farm. Here I am playing a game of dining room table tennis with Moses. I managed to win each game against the three children I played but expect that the winning streak will end the next time we play. They only received the set at Christmas and they're already playing very competitively.

Ester's birthday yogurt pie with the Lapp family 3/4/18
Before we left the family surprised Ester with a vanilla yogurt pie for her upcoming 29th birthday on Friday. It was enjoyed by all so she sent home a second one with Ester (hopefully she'll share it with us).

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Before The Throne Of God Above"  Video   Selah

"Before The Throne Of God Above"  Video   Lou Fellingham and congregational singing

Interesting history of the song.

Another blog post about the Scriptural allusions in the hymn.

"His Life For Mine"  Video  The Talley's

Finally today:
Mystery lawn tool
This is a lawn tool I could sure use.
(This photo is taken from the end of a long handle) Any idea what it is?
Provide your guess to
this email address and I will answer tomorrow.

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