Spurgeon Daily Devotional Bible: March 12

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Spurgeon Daily Devotional Bible: March 12


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Morning

There shall be a resurrection of the dead.”

Job_19:21-27

Having seen the great lawgiver resign his breath, it may be fitting to note those passages of the Old Testament which declare a belief in the resurrection. The first is the memorable passage from the ancient book of Job—

Job_19:21

The patriarch was in a very sad condition, and he implored his cruel friends to spare him, seeing he was already sufficiently pressed down by the hand of God. Let us be very gentle with those upon whom God has laid his afflicting hand, and even should they seem to be a little petulant and fretful, let us bear with them, knowing that pain is very hard to suffer.

Job_19:22

His poor flesh was all a mass of anguish, and yet they annoyed his mind with upbraidings. This mention of his flesh led him to speak of the better lot which he expected for his body, and caused him to utter the following famous confession of faith.

Job_19:23-25

Job knew it, and was certain of it—that he had “a kinsman” who still lived, who would redeem his body from its captivity, whatever might come of it

He foresaw the victorious second advent of Christ as standing in his own proper person upon the earth: his hope of resurrection was based upon that advent.

Job_19:26

He expected the worms to pierce his skin and devour his flesh, but he believed that it would rise again, that in his flesh he might behold the Lord.

Job_19:27

He, himself in his own personality, would look upon the Lord, out of his own eyes, although the most vital parts of his frame and all his flesh would long before have rotted in the tomb. Job is clear as the sun in his testimony. Let us now look to Isaiah—

Isa_26:19-21

Isa_26:19

together with my dead body shall they arise. With Jesus shall we rise.

Isa_26:20

The grave shall only be a withdrawing-room for the saints’ bodies during the tribulations to come.

Isa_26:21

Great troubles have been and yet must be among men. God will punish oppressors, and at the last the dead shall rise from the dust, and convict all tyrants of their murderous crimes. Till then the saints sleep in Jesus, so far as their bodies are concerned. Let us now hear Daniel—

Dan_12:2-3; Dan_12:13

Dan_12:2

This does not refer to the soul which is in heaven, but to the body which alone is in the dust of the earth,

Dan_12:2

So that both the righteous and the wicked will rise from the grave.

Dan_12:3

May every one of us labour to be of that brilliant company.

Dan_12:13

Cheerfully we will go to our tombs and rest, for our portion is secured till Jesus comes in his Father’s glory.



Soon, too, my slumbering dust shall hear,

The trumpet’s quickening sound;

And, by my Saviour’s power rebuilt,

At his right hand be found.



These eyes shall see him in that day,

The God that died for me;

And all my rising bones shall say,

Lord, who is like to thee?



Evening

Behold the Lamb of God.”

Mar_15:16-38

Having followed the Bible history to the death of Moses, we will make a break, and consider for a day or two a number of passages from various parts of the Holy Scriptures, that our reading may be varied. First, let us solemnly read the narrative of our Lord’s crucifixion,—the best comment upon it will be our repentance, faith, and love.

Mar_15:16

That he might suffer the full chorus of their ridicule. Men were unanimous and hearty in mocking their Redeemer; when will his people be as zealous in his praises? Should not the “whole band” of believers adore him.

Mar_15:17-19

Here was Majesty in misery! Our Lord who is the angels king, was spit upon by rude fellows! How we ought to love him for enduring this shame.

Mar_15:20-21

How honoured was this Simon: but let us not envy him; we shall have a cross to carry too.

Mar_15:22-23

He did not wish to be stupefied. He came to suffer in our stead, and he intended to go through with it, enduring to the uttermost.

Mar_15:25

Or nine o’clock of our time.

26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, the king of the jews.



A king my title is, prefix’d on high

Yet by my subjects I’m condemned to die

A servile death, in servile company.

Was ever grief like mine!”



Mar_15:27-28

He died a felons death with felons, and men wrote his guiltless name on the roll of transgressors.

Mar_15:29-32

O the patience, the omnipotent patience which bore all this!

Mar_15:33

From noon till three in the afternoon night brooded over all.

Mar_15:34

And at the ninth hour or three o’clock

Mar_15:37

He died in full strength, laying down his life voluntarily for our sakes.

Mar_15:38

Thus were the inner mysteries laid bare, and the ceremonials of the law brought to an end. Glory to Thee, thou Dear Redeemer of the souls of men.



To him who suffer’d on the tree,

Our souls at his soul’s price to gain;

Blessing and praise and glory be:

Worthy the Lamb for he was slain.



To him enthroned by filial right,

All power in heaven and earth proclaim,

Honour, and majesty, and might:

Worthy the Lamb, for he was slain.