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Friday, November 11, 2005

The Father Knows

TIME in the Word - Daily Devotional

Verse of the Day –John 10:15
As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

Daily Scripture ReadingExodus 5

Puritan Catechism
Question #5: Are there more Gods than one?
Answer: There is but one only (Deut. 6:4), the living and true God (Jeremiah 10:10).

Devotional Thoughts
"The Lord Jesus knows whom He hath chosen, and is sure of them (John 13:18), and they also know whom they have trusted, and are sure of Him (2 Tim. 1:12), and the ground of both is the perfect knowledge which the Father and the Son had of one another's mind." So says Matthew Henry about Jesus knowing the Father and the Father knowing His Son. Indeed, there is perfect knowledge - to know as one is known - Jesus and the Father KNOW each other in such a way that His knowing His sheep is simply an overflow of that relationship. Scripture teaches that the whole purpose for our redemption can be summed up in the fact that the Father wanted to take of His Creation and prepare a love gift for His Son, the One Who humbled Himself to a death on the cross to even bring salvation, deliverance, and redemption to the fallen Creation for His Father!

Our Christian life is a picture in many ways of the relationship between God and Jesus, just as our own lives, marriages, families, and churches picture the relationship of God to Christ and of Christ to us. Over and over through the Bible God gives us pictures of His love. Read the prophets, especially Hosea and look for the covenant love that God has for His people, the sheep of His pasture!

The Father knows the Son, perfectly and completely, and the Son knows the Father the same way. And what is known is that the Son lays down His life for the sheep. Above all God is glorified when we proclaim the work of grace and salvation that He has provided us through His Son. And His knowing us is just a small part of His knowing His own Father. We complete the picture, you see. Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit, as the Holy Trinity, the three in one, are without need, but not without desire. And their desire is to love us! To save us! To fellowship with US! Perfect knowledge sees Jesus weeping in the Garden as He prayed for the cup of God's wrath for our sin to pass over Him as He was faultless and knew it, but that knowledge led Jesus to resign His will and then pray that the Father's will would be done above all else, for truly the Father knows best. He knows the Son, He knows us, He knows our need, and He knows the Way to salvation, the Way of the cross.

Today, rest in the fact that He knows YOU and the Father knows Him, and just as nothing (N-O-T-H-I-N-G) can come between the Father and the Son so nothing can come between the Son and YOU! He knows you and cares for you and the Father knows Him and cares for those who are His! Pray today to know Him as never before and in knowing Him to share what He and the Father share: perfect peace, love, trust, hope, and joy! The Father knows the Son who knows You who knows Him! Got it? That reminds me, just as the commercial asks "Got milk?", today we need to ask all those we see, "Got God?" Of course then we must pray that God would get them!!! Know Him, know peace, know love, know and be known!


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