• David Knight

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Genesis 37:3-28; Psalm 105; Matthew 21:33-46

The Father’s Sacrifice

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son;

so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. John 3:16

Usually we think of Jesus as the one who sacrificed by dying on the cross. What about the sacrifice the Father made by sending him to do that? What does that say about his love for us?

Why did he do it? He did it so that we “might have eternal life.” The Father was willing to sacrifice his Son—his beloved Son, God himself—so that we—human beings he created out of nothing—might live forever.

Not just live forever; “have eternal life.” Only one life is eternal, without beginning or end: God’s Life. And God’s Life is the Father, Son, and Spirit interacting with each other with perfect knowledge and love, in total union of mind and will and heart.

The Father was willing to let someone as precious to him as God the Son die on the cross so that we might take part in that interaction forever. How wonderful must that interaction—that friendship—be?

The sacrifice was only necessary because we rejected God and sinned against him. How great must the Father’s love be? He sacrificed his Son to share the intimate, all-embracing Life of the Trinity with those who rejected him!

That is mind-blowing.

ACTION: Think: would you offer close friendship to someone you know has rejected you?

PRAYER: “By the Lord this has been done. It is wonderful in our eyes.”

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  • David Knight

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16:19-31

A Father We Can Trust

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. Jeremiah 17:7

All sin comes from not trusting God enough.

Adam and Eve sinned because they believed the devil who told them God was holding out on them (Genesis 3:1). We sin because we don’t trust that God wants us to be as happy as we can be now, and perfectly happy forever.

We don’t really trust God as Father. We don’t think he is providing for us well enough, so we go out on our own.

We should memorize Psalm 1!

Blessed the one who… delights in the law of the Lord

and meditates on his law day and night.

He is like a tree planted near running water…

Whatever he does, prospers.

The Father’s Commandments—which he upgraded in the New Law of Jesus—are nothing but directions for being happy. The Operator’s Manual for the life—and Life—our Father gave us.

He sent Jesus to shepherd us, so that we might “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). But we don’t trust either of them. We think we can do better finding our own way.

We learn the hard way, “When all else fails, read the instructions.” If we trusted God as our Father, we would read them to begin with.

Then we would find out what it really means to be taken care of!

ACTION: Memorize Psalm 1:1-3.

PRAYER: “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”

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  • David Knight

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Jeremiah 18:18-2; Psalm 31; Matthew 20:17-28

A Father Who Defends Me

Lord, listen to what my adversaries say. Jeremiah 18:19

As children, we ran to our fathers when anyone attacked us, physically or verbally. They couldn’t always stop people from talking bad about us, but they gave us confidence in ourselves, taught us how to deal with it.

Our Father in heaven does that for us still. He did it for Jesus.

Jesus applied to himself what he said to his disciples about the request they made: “This is not mine to give. It is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When his people were rejecting him, refusing him the title of Messiah, Jesus went to the Father, but accepting ahead of time that whatever the Father wanted was all that mattered. That gave Jesus confidence and strength.

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name” (John 12:27).

Psalm 31 teaches us to go to the Father with confidence: “You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge…You are my God. In your hands is my destiny.”

Jesus’s Father is our Father. He does for us what he did for Jesus. We rely on him for all glory, power, and for life itself (John 8:54; 10:18).

ACTION: Whenever you are upset, go to the Father.

PRAYER: “Father, help me.”

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