A frontlet is something taken from the Old Testament. Some OT believers would literally tie little boxes called 'frontlets' around their foreheads. "Therefore you should lay up these words in your heart and in your soul...may they be as frontlets between your eyes." Deut.11:18 Inside these boxes were reminders; mostly scripture readings and/or things to remind them of God. These devotions are based on this coming week's scripture readings and are intended to both remind you of God, receive the blessing of His Word (for it never returns void-Isaiah 55:11) and prepare your heart and mind for this, His Word for this Sunday.
Devotions for the Week
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MAUNDY THURSDAY-Old Testament
TEXT: Jeremiah 31:31-34
TITLE: No Excuse
"No longer will a man teach his brother saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know Me; from the least of them to the greatest" Jeremiah 31:34a
It's been said, 'ignorance is bliss!" Perhaps it is for this brief time this side of eternity for the ignorant. But Judgment Day, ignorance will be hell for those who never knew or claim they never had a chance to know Jesus. God's new covenant came with Jesus and both old and new were fulfilled at the cross. If there's one thing this fallen world is good at, it's excuses! Here's some we may hear come that day of accountability:"I never got to know Jesus 'cause Sunday was my only day to sleep in!" "I thought that Bible was a table ornament!" "But I was such a nice guy!" There isn't one excuse that'll cut it come J-Day!
What's nice for God's children, we won't have to worry about excuses. God's grace has made sure we know the Lord. Were someone to ask us why we're so joyful and confident even amidst heavy trials of this life or death it's for this very reason: we know the Lord. We know our sins are forgiven and by believing in Him we have (present tense) eternal life. Through the faith we've been given, His Spirit helps us produce 'fruits' (good works) that lead unto salvation. The day we account for our sins will simply be another day we point to Jesus...our Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father, though a sinner, thank you for your forgiveness and for making me a saint who believes in You, trusts in Your forgiveness, and knows the joy and blessings of Your love, in Jesus Name, Amen.
GOOD FRIDAY-Old Testament
TEXT: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
TITLE: True Pain and Passion
"...many were appalled at Him-his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His own form marred beyond human likeness" Isaiah 32:14b
The movie, 'Passion of The Christ,' directed by Mel Gibson left little to the imagination regarding the cruelty of Roman crucifixions. Torn flesh, merciless pummeling, topped off with spikes driven through hands and feet to be suspended naked in the mid-day heat for all the world to see! Gibson's depiction appears congruent with our text.
Today, people wear beautiful crosses or have them decorate their homes as reminders of what took place on that despicable, horrific, piece of wood some 2000 years ago. We think we know pain and suffering; and we do (according to the level of faith to which God has blessed us). However, we haven't a clue as to the pain and suffering our Lord and Savior Jesus, sinless Jesus, had when He took our sins upon Himself and hung on that cross in our stead. But it does give us more than an inkling of the depth of His love for us. Trying to measure His love is equally impossible. Yet, we do know the cross was all about His love and passion for us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your will and Jesus willingness to fulfill it, in His Name, Amen.
EASTER 1-Old Testament
TEXT: Isaiah 65:17-25
TITLE: Not Fade Away
"Former things will not be remembered....the sound of weeping and crying will be heard no more...for they'll be people blessed by my Lord." Isaiah 65:17b, 19b, 23b
The late 50's, Buddy Holly had a hit song entitled, 'Not Fade Away..' It included the following lyrics:
I'm a gonna tell ya how its gonna be,
You're gonna give a your love to me.
A love to last more than one day,
A love is love a-not fade away.
It's true, there are things that last for only a day. For example, a one-day fishing license, one-day sales, and on a rarer note...there's the beautiful orchid from the Kafrin vanilla vine whose bloom lasts but only one day. For the person in the song the title implies he's looking for a love that will not/never fade away. That's a love we have even now with our loving Heavenly Father through faith in Christ. A love that 'a-not fade away!' Yet, because of sin, that life gets old; it's beauty and strength like the grass of the field withers and fades away. However the message of this text and Easter is the trials, pain, and death we now experience in this veil-of-tears of a world we live in will one day all fade away. And...through God's eternal love we're promised a life that will not fade away. That's how it's gonna be!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your love and mercy which endures forever, in Jesus Name, Amen.