He Alone Is My Rock and My Salvation

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NUMBERS 28:16-29:40 | LUKE 3:23-38 | PSALM 62:1-12 | PROVERBS 11:18-19

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39 “‘In addition to what you vow and your freewill offerings, prepare these for the LORD at your appointed feasts: your burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings and fellowship offerings.’” 40 Moses told the Israelites all that the LORD commanded him.

And so ends chapter 28. 

This is not exactly brand new information because we have encountered these instructions in the previous book of Leviticus wherein the various feasts in the year were established.  As also we learned of the various types of offerings for various purposes.  These were the rules handed down by God to Moses, who in turn handed them down to the people.  And the people lived by them.  And died by them.

Turning now to the gospel according to Luke, we are introduced to the commencement of Jesus’ ministry of teaching and preaching.  Jesus was thirty years of age when he began this.  There must be some significance to this age.  Could it be that at this age one has truly put away childish things, and is taken seriously by one’s peers? 

But before Luke begins to give us an account of Jesus’ work, he traces Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father’s lineage all the way back to Adam, the very first man, going back seventy-five generations.

Jesus’ miraculous birth, i.e., his being born of a virgin was in and of itself so remarkable a fact that it would have been enough to accept him as God incarnate.  But from the very human point of view as well, Joseph, the young man chosen to serve as Jesus’ earthly father is one who has directly descended from the most noble stock of God’s chosen ones. 

Abraham was the first man with whom God had made a covenant wherein he and his descendants would henceforth be known as God’s own chosen people, and we see here that Joseph is a direct descendant of Abraham.  But beyond this, what is even more remarkable is that Abraham’s own lineage is traced back all the way to Adam, the very first man, and as Luke says, the son of God, because he is created in God’s image.  It was only right that the Messiah ought to rise from this line of God’s chosen people.

For all the priests and academics, this was God’s little way of saying that this was a plan long in the making—right from the beginning, if  you will—and not some random happenstance. 

Reminder again:  Jesus was not descended from Abraham and Adam.  It was Joseph, the man married to Mary, Jesus’ mother, and for all practical purposes Jesus’ earthly father who was a direct descendant of Abraham.  That’s a kosher link, no doubt about it!

Next, in our Psalm of the day, David’s tone is one of complete resignation in God’s provision.

5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

And in case, you weren’t paying attention all this time, David says again:

11 One thing God has spoken,
   two things have I heard:
that you, O God, are strong,
 12 and that you, O Lord, are loving.
Surely you will reward each person
   according to what he has done.

Finally, a couple of verses from the Book of Proverbs worthy of record and rumination:

18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

19 Truly the righteous attain life,
but whoever pursues evil finds death.

May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.  Amen.

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