Summary: Jesus the Christ paid the price for each of us. He shed His precious blood on Calvary. He died that we might have life. Not just physical life, rather, spiritual life, eternal life. Now live!
"Gentlemen, I promised to take Mrs. Lincoln to Ford's Theater tonight. We'll continue this tomorrow."- Abraham Lincoln
"If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price." -Author Unknown.
"The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well."- Elisabeth Ross
Bought with a price; a very high price… the Blood of the Christ.
Galatians 3:8 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:15 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”
It’s not about Jew or Gentile; It’s not about male or female;
It’s about being Blood Bought!
King David; we think of him as…
The bear and lion slayer and the giant killer;
The fleer from King Saul’s wrath;
The warring King;
The adulterer and husband killer;
A man after God’s own heart.
And so he is… and yet he was also Jonathan (Saul’s sons) dear friend.
And David had a deep compassion within him.
II Samuel 9:1 “1Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
“As for Mephibosheth”, said the king, “he shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.”
Mephibosheth was lame…
When he would try to stand he would fall.
He needed help to stand; to walk. Running wasn’t even an option.
Psalm 145:14 “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.”
God’s covenant with Israel was likened to a covenant of marriage: Ezekiel 16:1-3 “1- Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2- Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, 3- And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem;…”
Ezekiel 16:7-8 “I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great… 8- Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.”
Ezekiel 16:15 “But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.”
Ezekiel 16:20 “…Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter”
Ezekiel 16:23 “And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Lord GOD;)”
Ezekiel 16:26 “Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.”
Ezekiel 16:28-30 “Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable [impossible to satisfy; "an insatiate appetite"]; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. 29- Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith. 30- How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious [arrogant] whorish woman;”
Ezekiel 16:32 “But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!”
Therefore God’s old covenant people going after other gods is likened to an unfaithful or harlot wife:
Hosea 1:2-4 “2- The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. 3- So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son. 4- And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.”
Hosea 1:6 “And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.”
Hosea 1:8-9 “…she conceived, and bare a son. 9- Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.”
Hosea 2:2-5 “2- Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts; 3- Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst. 4- And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms. 5- For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully:…”