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God created man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul (Gen. 2:7). God has told us that the life of the flesh is in the blood (Gen. 9:4). So when God created man a living soul, He created him with the life-blood flowing through his veins. Anyone, whether man or beast, who shed man’s blood was under a penalty of death (Gen. 9:5). The only exception was death as a penalty for taking another’s life (Gen. 9:6; cf. 4:11-15).
When man sinned in the garden and brought death into the world (Gen. 2:16,17), man tried to cover his guilt and shame with fig leaves. But God took the skins of animals to make a covering for man. In taking the skin of the animal, God took the life of that animal, and thus shed its blood. This was the first death and it was at God’s hands. This was the first sacrifice for the sins of man. It was not that the fig leaves man had made for his own covering were not enough, it was that they did not adequately represent the necessary guilt or the shedding of blood that God’s law required as a penalty (Gen. 2:16,17). . . . .
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Truth is always truth. It changes not its clothing with the ebb of the seasons. Its countenance I eternally the same no matter who teaches it. No person or group owns its copyright. It is consistent, beautiful and powerful.
We must love the truth, not because we agree with it, nor because we always before believed it, nor because of who else believes it, nor yet because it is advantageous to us. We must believe and teach it because it is truth! All other motives are but satellites to this brightest of assets in the real man. . . .
It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
TRUTH NEVER DIES
Truth never dies. The ages come and go.
The mountains wear away, the stars retire.
Destruction lays earth's mighty cities low;
And empires, states and dynasties expire;
But caught and handed onward by the wise,
Truth never dies.
Though unreceived and scoffed at through the years,
Though made the butt of ridicule and jest,
Though held aloft for mockery and jeers,
Denied by those of transient power possessed,
Insulted by the insolence of lies,
Truth never dies.
It answers not. It does not take offense,
But with a mighty silence bides its time.
As some great cliff that braves the elements
And lifts through all the storms its head sublime,
It ever stands, uplifted by the wise,
And never dies.
As rests the Sphinx amid Egyptian sands;
As looms on high the snowy peak and crest;
As firm and patient as Gibraltar stands,
So truth, unwearied, waits the era blest
When men shall turn to it with great surprise.
Truth never dies.
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.) When does the blood of Christ cleanse us from our sin?
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION AND ANSWER Jesus was made a high priest forever after what order?
ANSWER: Hebrews 5:5-6 - So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
WEEKLY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE
(Theme: Blood) Monday, March 25 - Gen. 2:16,17; 3:21; 4:3-5; Heb. 11:4; Rom. 10:17; Gen. 9:1-6; Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:22 Tuesday, March 26 - Ex. 12:5-13; Heb. 11:28; Lev. 4:1-7 Wednesday, March 27 - Heb. 9:12-21; 10:19-20, 29; Heb. 10:1-6 Thursday, March 28 - Acts 20:28; Rom. 5:9; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:20; Heb. 12:24; 13:12,20 Friday, March 29 - Matt. 26:28; John 6:53-56; I Pet. 1:18,19; Rev. 1:5,6; 7:14; I John 1:7
Weekly Memory Verses
Hebrews 9:22 - And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.