Monday, July 31, 2017

Salvation's Sword

"Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire… sin offering hast Thou not required… Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me" (Psalm 40:6,7).  "O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet?...  How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge?" (Jeremiah 47:6,7).  "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man that is My Fellow, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zechariah 13:7).  "Our Savior Jesus Christ… gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity" (Titus 2:13,14). 

The many offerings sacrificed 
Were former portraits of our Lord,
Which had foreshadowed Jesus Christ,
Who bore the judgment of God's sword. 

The sword of justice, charged by God,
Could not be silenced then with less
Than all the fury of His rod
That satisfied His righteousness. 

That sword awakened for our sake
Against the Lamb of God, our Savior. 
He knew how much there was at stake
And gave Himself to grant us favor. 

O Lord, it was for us You died;  
You knew how great the cost would be! 
Salvation's sword is satisfied
By which You purged iniquity.  

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