Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 28, 2018

“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew chapter 2.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+2&version=NASB

I quote only the following verse.

“After coming into the house they (“magi from the east” a/k/a wise men) saw the Child with Mary His mother;  and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him.  Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  Matthew 2:11.

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Today’s Scripture makes us meditate on what gifts please God.

“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the LORD.”  Psalm 4:5.

“He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.  Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.”  Malachi 3:3-4.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”  Romans 12:1.

“… present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”  Romans 6:13.

But, this righteousness does not come from the Law, but rather, this righteousness comes from the grace of God through faith.

“But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe;  …”  Romans 3:21.

“For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the Scripture say?  “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Romans 4:2-3.

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:21.

“… so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,”  Philippians 3:8-9.

“By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.  …  And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:4 and 6.


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