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Red with Wine, White with Milk

His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.” —Genesis 49:12

Preaching-Christ-Crucified“His eyes shall be red…” As Jesus of Nazareth hung upon Calvary’s tree, His thorn pierced brow dripped His precious, pure and perfect blood into the eyes of very God and very man. This crown of thorns that rested upon Christ’s head was symbolic of the truth of Adam’s curse He took upon Himself, with all authority as the Son of God incarnate:

cursed is the ground for thy sake… Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Genesis 3:17, 18-19

He was smitten of God as the perfect Substitute, holy, righteous, and the sufficient Sacrifice without spot and blemish. YHVH God poured out His almighty fury upon the precious Lamb of God for the wickedness of every redeemed soul that God would save by grace through faith since Adam until the consummation of all things. It is written,

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Galatians 3:13

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

“…red with wine…” The fruit of the ground is the grape. The fruit of heaven is the eternal Son that was born of a virgin. As the grape is crushed to produce wine, the Son of God was bruised to produce eternal life to whomsoever drinketh His blood:

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:53

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:27-28

…his teeth white with milk.” As the Lord Christ hung upon that cross of wood, as condemned thieves cast insults in His teeth, as rulers of Israel and passersby mocked and cursed Him, from the Lord’s own mouth came the pure milk of His Words spoken, from a pure Life lived as a man, by a pure Sacrifice laid down for His people. Christ Jesus did what Adam did not do, commend His spirit unto God:

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Luke 23:46

The pure milk of God’s truth in Christ brings assurance that, as Christ’s spirit was commended to His heavenly Father, all who trust in Jesus Christ the Son of God, are commended to Christ Jesus by the sealing of the Holy Spirit.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14

And as we have been changed, regenerated, made new creations with the wine of Christ’s blood by the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit, we are exhorted by the pure milk of God’s Word to desire the sincere milk of God’s Word so that we may grow in grace and be strengthened with gospel faith:

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 1 Peter 2:2 

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Christ, Our Surety

I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:” —Genesis 43:9

chspurgeon_preacherOh! it is a grand thing when the soul is thus in spiritual health, when the bones are made fat. Do you know what it means, Christian? It is when you take a promise and it is applied with power, and you can feed on it; when you take a precept and feel the strength vouchsafed to go and fulfill it; when you turn to God’s purpose and decree, and rejoice in them, seeing that you have a fair portion therein; or turning to God’s testimonies concerning your daily walk, you find just as much comfort in these as you did in those, and can bless God for ability given you to serve as well as for power to enjoy.

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) Delivered Sunday Morning, February 10, 1867 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 13 Sermon No. 734, “The Dawn of Revival, or Prayer Speedily Answered”

Day One

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”Genesis 1:3-5 

John the beloved disciple writes in his first general epistle “that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). God is certainly light, meaning that He is all that is holy; all that is bright; all that is illuminating; all that is of the utmost clarity; all that is the pinnacle of wisdom without a breath of folly; all that is the extent of power without a shred of weakness; all that is the supremacy of equity without a shadow of evil; all that is the excellence of goodness without any hesitation or withholding; and all that is the fullness of truth and knowledge without any mixture of error whatsoever. All that we know that is called “light” are those things that can give us a glimpse, and only a glimpse, of the holiness that God has revealed to us of Himself and about Himself. 

In the first event of creation, God commanded, “Light be;” and light was. Illumination in creation broke forth in God’s spoken word, and a reflection of Himself filled the very first day of the creation of the universe. 

God spoke. Why? God spoke because His was a prophetic utterance. Though the mere manifestation of His presence would in itself bring overwhelming light, God spoke of light in day one for there was that Day coming when the full glory of light would be revealed to the entire created universe. Jesus Christ is Alpha, and therefore, on day one God said, “Light be.” Jesus Christ is Omega, and therefore, in that Day the fullness of God’s glory will be manifested in, and through, and by the Son of God, “who being the brightness of [God’s] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3), His light will illuminate the fulfillment of all things by the fullness of His glory. It is written in John 8:12, 

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 

God spoke because Jesus Christ, as the Word of God from the beginning, is the light of men that shines in the darkness, as it is written in the prologue of John’s gospel, 

John Chapter One

1          In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2          The same was in the beginning with God. 3          All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4          In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5          And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not….

9          That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10       He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 

God spoke, for Jesus Christ would one day come, and He would call His people “out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Walking with God

“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”Genesis 5:24 

“Walking with God” is a hymn penned by William Cowper (1731-1800), first appearing in Olney Hymns published in 1779.  Genesis 5:24 was the inspirational text that prompted Mr. Cowper’s hymn.  It is often more commonly listed in more modern hymnals by the words of its first line, “Oh! for a closer walk with God.” 

The version below was Hymn 3 on page 21 from a copy of Olney Hymns Complete, published by T. Nelson and Sons, London, Edinburgh, and New York in 1856. 

Born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire in England, William Cowper was a poet and hymnodist.  He suffered from manic depression and even fits of outright insanity on at least two occasions. Mr. Cowper’s friendship with John Newton, curate at Olney, Buckinghamshire and author of “Faith’s Review and Expectation” (aka Amazing Grace!), provided a collaboration between the two men, which produced Olney Hymns, giving to the church several beloved hymns including Cowper’s, “Praise for the Fountain Opened,” much more commonly known by its first line, “There is a fountain fill’d with blood.” 

Walking with God also known as “Oh! For a Closer Walk with God”  C.M. 8.6.8.6.  Oh! for a closer walk with God, A calm and heav’nly frame; A light to shine upon the road That leads me to the Lamb!  Where is the blessedness I knew, When first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul-refreshing view Of Jesus, and his word?  What peaceful hours I once enjoy’d How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void, The world can never fill.  Return, O holy Dove! return, Sweet messenger of rest; I hate the sins that made Thee mourn, And drove Thee from my breast.  The dearest idol I have known, Whate’er that idol be; Help me to tear it from thy throne, And worship only Thee.  So shall my walk be close with God, Calm and serene my frame; So purer light shall mark the road That leads me to the Lamb.
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