April 25, 2015


Psalm 130:7-8 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

At the time this was written, probably no one in Israel even dreamed of how this would be fulfilled. That said, this Psalm as a whole expresses the New Covenant in Jesus Christ very clearly. The tragedy today is that so few Jews today recognize that this had indeed been fulfilled, and all they need to do is open their hearts to accept it. From the Garden of Eden on, mankind has shown a remarkable ability to hear what God is saying and then fail to apply it. Much of the time we fail to recognize that it is God speaking, but even when we have that straight we tend to misinterpret it, adding things He hasn’t said and overlooking things He has. Even Eve added the words “or touch it” to what God had said about eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 3:3) Having done that, she then proceeded to disobey the actual commandment, and we as a race have been disobedient ever since. We can read and even memorize the Bible, but until we apply it in our daily lives it is lifeless for us. That’s why we need the Holy Spirit to explain it to us, but we still have to apply our wills to take it in and put it into practice. I continue to grow in my grasp of the depth of James 1:22, where it says that failing to apply the Word we hear is simply deceiving ourselves. In Jesus’ day there were many who were looking for the Messiah, but because they had such rigid ideas of what He was supposed to be like and to do, they didn’t recognize Him when He was talking to them. Even today there are those who honestly and devoutly worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, yet they fail to recognize that this Psalm, and so many other prophecies, were fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth.

I had the great honor of being included, for reasons I still don’t understand, in the Messianic fellowship while I was in seminary. Some of the spouses were Gentiles, but neither Cathy nor I are Jewish, yet we were included on remarkably equal footing. Hearing the others talk about the struggles they went through with their own families, who were so adamant that Jesus couldn’t be the Messiah of promise, helped me understand the magnitude of the blessing I had received in being born and raised in a family that accepted and rejoiced in the Old and the New Covenants. Today I minister to people who have no idea that God ever made a covenant with mankind, and sometimes the disconnect is extreme. Even those who have accepted Christ as their Savior sometimes have great difficulty understanding the depth of what that means. I am to be patient and diligent in communicating God’s truth, but remember always that my words and my powers of persuasion won’t get the job done; it’s got to be the Holy Spirit.

Father, thank You for Your truly amazing grace. I haven’t earned any of the blessings You have poured out on me, yet there is no end to them. Help me be a faithful steward, applying what You have provided as You intend so that Your will may be done on Your schedule for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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