Text: “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
Good morning, God-honouring Christian! You know in Whom you have believed, and are not afraid nor ashamed to declare His Holy Name to all the nations. Jehovah Lord God - the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God of the inspired Psalmist, David; the Lord God of His apostle Paul - He is your Lord God and mine; and woe betide us if we fail to openly and honestly declare His Holy Name to the heathen! Hallelujah! Our God reigns Sovereign and totally Supreme! Praise and all glory to His Name!
“I have sworn by My Myself, the Word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength; even to Him shall men come; and all that are incensed against Him shall be ashamed. In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.” (Isaiah 45:23-25)
Verse 5. The Lord is righteous and good: The prophet Isaiah, when he saw the Lord God in a vision, cried, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:1-3) The Lord our God is Holy and righteous; therefore, He loves and demands holiness and righteousness from all whom He has redeemed from sin.
“But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation (entire lifestyle and action); because it is written, Be ye Holy; for I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
Verse 5. “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Come hither, astronomers, geologists, naturalists, botanists, chemists, miners, yea, all of you who study the works of God, for all your truthful stories confirm this declaration. From the midge in the sunbeam to leviathan in the ocean, all creatures own the bounty of the Creator. Even the pathless desert blazes with some undiscovered mercy, and the caverns of oceans conceal the treasures of love. Earth might have been as full of terror as of grace, but instead thereof it teems and overflows with kindness. He who cannot see it and yet lives in it as the fish lives in the water deserves to die. If earth be full of mercy, what must Heaven be where goodness concentrates its beams?” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 162)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from Above, and comes down from the Father of light, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of His own will begat He us with the Word of truth, there we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” (James 1:17-18)
The Lord of the true, Spiritually regenerate, Bible-believing Christian is a Lord God of infinite goodness and love for His creation. So much so that, even when the created Adam and Eve disobeyed Him and Spiritually crippled us all by their Fall into sin - the Lord God made a way of righteous redemption for us, in the sinless and precious Blood of His own dear Son, Jesus Christ. What a gracious Lord God we love and serve!
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)
This ’clothing’ of Adam/Eve entailed the slaying of innocent animals in Eden’s Garden - the first instance of death in God’s Creation. It is a perfect type (picture, illustration) of God’s way of Salvation in Christ Jesus which was yet to come, the innocent dying as a substitute for the guilty; sinless blood being shed as a sacrifice to redeem the sinful.
Verse 21 of Genesis chapter 3 also records the first shedding of innocent blood, the first mention of death, the consequences of mankind’s sin against his Creator Lord God.
The true believer’s Lord God is a God of Sovereign and ever-given grace.
“For by grace (unmerited favour) are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works (’good deeds‘), lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created (born again, Spiritually regenerated to life) in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained (before the foundation of the world) that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Verse 6. “…By the breath of His mouth. The word ‘breath’ is the same as is elsewhere rendered ‘Spirit’. Thus the three Persons of the Godhead united in creating all things.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 162)
In the Creation story in Genesis we learn that, ’…the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed (inspired Spirit) into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)
When Adam/Eve sinned by disobedience to God, his/her Spiritual fellowship with God, that unique part of mankind that could communicate with God, died immediately under God’s curse. That is why innocent blood had to be shed to clothe (redeem) Adam/Eve from their sin. That is why you and I born in Adam’s sinful, fallen state, MUST be born again, Spiritually regenerated from Spiritual death to Spiritual life Eternal in Christ Jesus and by His sinless Blood. Hallelujah!
Thought: Verse 8. “Let all the earth fear the Lord. Let them not fear another instead of Him. Doth a wild beast rage? Fear God. Doth a serpent lie in wait? Fear God. Doth man hate thee? Fear God. Doth the Devil fight against thee? Fear God. For the whole Creation is under Him Whom thou art commanded to fear.” Augustine (354-430 AD) This is the Holy Lord God of all true believers, there is no other Lord God but Him. Glory to His Name!