Monday, 1 November 2010
Christ, the Well-Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit's Ministry to Reveal Him; Genesis 21
"And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born [him] a son in his old age" (Genesis 21:7).
Reader! pause here to remark that while the gift of a Son became such a subject of astonishment to Sarah; what greater cause have you and I to be astonished, that God should have given His only begotten Son, to the end that all which believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life?
Nay, to advance one step farther in the wonderful mercy, who could have believed that such a gift should have been given to you, or to me?
Well may we exclaim with the prophet: 'Wonder, O heavens, and be astonished, O earth'!
"And she went, and sat her down over against [him] a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against [him], and lift up her voice, and wept" (Genesis 21:16).
Sweet subject, spiritually considered.
Is not the whole world a wilderness state?
But yet, the greatest distresses will not open our eyes to discover our relief until the Holy Ghost performs this mercy and directs to the Lord Jesus.
And although, like the well of Hagar, He is always near us in the everlasting covenant of grace, yet we shall see Him not, unless He, whose office it is, takes of the things of Jesus to shew them unto us; John 16:15.