Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 27

“Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:1-11).

Today’s Morsel:  When I was a kid in school, I used to love it when the teacher would ask me to erase the blackboard and go outside and dust the erasers.  Erasers are designed to wipe the slate clean.  When the people on the Day of Pentecost realized their sin after Peter preached, they asked, “Men and brethren, what shall we do”?  To which Peter replied if you want the slate clean then (my wording), “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:37-42).  Three-thousand people allowed their slate to be cleaned.  As the Lord told the people through the Prophet Isaiah: “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:16-18).  When you repent of your sins and are washed in the waters of baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, it serves as an eraser to wipe the slate clean.  Have you had your slate cleaned?

Sing:  Are you washed in the Blood, in the soul cleansing Blood of the Lamb?  Are your garment spotless, are they white as snow, are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?

Thought For Today:  Baptism doth now save us (1 Peter 3:21).

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