Thursday, December 12, 2019

Owen: amplification

Thursday, December 12, 2019
    It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.
    —Hosea 11:3-4 (NIV)
    When an unskillful servant gathers many herbs, flowers, and seeds in a garden, you gather them out that are useful, and cast the rest out of sight. Christ deals so with our performances. All the ingredients of self that are in them on any account He takes away, and adds incense to what remains, and presents it to God. This is the cause that the saints at the last day, when they meet their own duties and performances, they know them not, they are so changed from what they were when they went out of their hand. “Lord, when saw we Thee naked or hungry?” So God accepts a little, and Christ makes our little a great deal.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), An Exposition upon Psalm CXXX [1668], in Works of John Owen, v. VI, New York: R. Carter & Bros., 1851, p. 603 (see the book)
    See also Hos. 11:3-4; Ex. 30:36; Ps. 130:4; Matt. 16:9-10; 25:37-40; Rom. 8:26-27; Heb. 7:23-25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, my hands are empty, yet You fill them with the resources of Your grace.
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