“None but God would ever have thought of justifying me. I am a wonder to myself.”
– Charles Spurgeon, All of Grace –
I sprawled on the couch, making good use of the extendable leg rest. One by one, my family members took turns reading from Malachi 3, four or five verses a piece. I pitched in along the way, in my turn.
It’s sad how Scripture sometimes just flows off, like living water sliding off oil. Oil of distraction, sin, busyness, worry….
But sometimes, God’s Word is so clean, so piercing-sharp, that it strips off the oil and soaks right in, deep to my center. Words jumped out and spoke.
After my dad finished up the last five verses, I asked him to go back, to read verse 17 again:
“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
– Malachi 3:17, NKJV –
My church has been learning about how Jesus fulfills, embodies, so many Old Testament shadows. Here, in this verse, light seemed to fall, shadows deepened and I think I started to see.
To see how Christ’s coming invaded the relationship of God with Israel, changed the dynamic. It means so much more.
Because, in the verse, God is a Father who spares His people as He would spare a son.
But this love would go even deeper.
For He did not stop with loving us like this. He went beyond. Above our wildest dreams.
He did not spare His own Son.
– Romans 8:32, NIV –
If a Father’s love can be measured by His love for His son, how much more is this love that will give His best treasure, His only Son, the Creator of the worlds, to ransom a people for Himself?
This ransom, this bride-price, to make something worthless into something far above rubies?
I think of diamonds.
What is a diamond?
A piece of carbon, rough, black. Coal.
Obviously, something would have to change to make a lump of coal into something priceless.
It had to be transformed, recreated.
In the heart of the earth, pressure and heat make a diamond.
In the heart of a sinner, the Spirit of God transforms a soul.
Makes a clod of coal into something brilliant, a jewel that soaks up Light and shines it out for all to see.
Reflecting the sun.
Reflecting the Son.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16, NIV –
Just like his people Israel, we are God’s chosen. We are the bride He died to rescue.
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed , and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine….”
– Exodus 19:5, KJV –
“Because you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God chose you to be his own treasured people beyond all others on the fertile land.It was not because you were greater than all other people that the Lord loved you and chose you. In fact, you were the smallest of peoples! No, it is because the Lord loved you….”
– Deuteronomy 7:6-8a, CEB, emphasis mine –
All these treasure-words, these shining jewels God holds dear–this is the same word King David used in 1 Chronicles 29:3 to describe his gold and silver. The treasure of kings–used to describe the precious ones of the King of all Kings.
We are His jewels.
Made to shine with His joy, His light.
Made to glisten in darkness.
Made to make others long for the Beauty of our Heavenly King.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
– 1 Peter 2:9, NIV, emphasis mine –
We walk in this wonderful light.
Have you thanked Him for His light today?
For the Grace that didn’t spare, not even His son?
Grace that gives and gives and gives and gives forever….