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The saving brother

Hello, God has given me something in 1 Chronicles 20:7 which says,

“When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.”

Him, and his death: Who is the “he” this verse is referring to? One of the descendents of Rapha with six toes on each foot and six fingers on each hand was huge according to 1 Chronicles 20:6. That battle was not won by the big man, but by Jonathan, David’s brother. David’s brother saved Israel from the big man, if he hadn’t who knows what the big guy would have done to Israel.

Our brother: Jesus is our brother now. But if we are sinful wretches, and Jesus is the son of God, then what changed? Our lives. We changed, we put off our old and put on the new. But how? Well we are so awesome, that God decided to give us some righteousness, for after all, we are the circumcision, and unbelievers aren’t. NOT!!! We did absolutely nothing to attain our salvation. Jesus came down, and He became sin for us, and He died in our place. He gave His own life for us in our place. He made us His brothers and sisters, and saved us. Our brother saved us from our enemy! Thank You Jesus!

Application: How does this verse apply to us? We were lost in our sin, and a giant was after us, but Jesus became flesh and He saved us from our enemy, He became sin for us and died on the cross in our place. We were trembling and the big giant of death came to us accusing us of our sin, when Jesus came, and He stepped in our way and He took on the giant of death, and conquered it, and rose again from the grave. A pastor once used this illustration: Imagine Jesus in front of the Hoover dam, and it starts cracking, and then all the water breaks out on Jesus. That is like the amount of sin and wrath poured out on Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving us life. Thank You for giving Your own son for us in our place. Thank You for becoming sin for us, Jesus. I pray that I would be close to You. I pray that my love for You and the gospel would just overflow to everyone around me. Thank You for giving Your life for us, Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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