Breaking Down Proud Towers of Boasting

Joel 3:18-21
    And it will come to pass in that day
    That the mountains shall drip with new wine,
    The hills shall flow with milk,
    And all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water;
    A fountain shall flow from the house of the LORD
    And water the Valley of Acacias.

    19      “Egypt shall be a desolation,
    And Edom a desolate wilderness,
    Because of violence against the people of Judah,
    For they have shed innocent blood in their land.
    20      But Judah shall abide forever,
    And Jerusalem from generation to generation.
    21      For I will acquit them of the guilt of bloodshed, whom I had not acquitted;
    For the LORD dwells in Zion.

If the point of the message was to avoid boasting in people, glorying in ways to Christ instead of in Christ the Way, the same is true here at the table.

It’s easy for us to boast in “the way we do it here.”  Unlike the rest of the church, our children are with us, we partake every week, etc.  There is more than a little boasting in our hearts.  Let the simple action of receiving and eating, holding a cup and drinking it, break that boasting down.

This banquet, this love, this provision, this is what will endure through the fire at the end.  Egypt and Edom will be desolate wilderness (vs. 19).  Not the nations as we know them today.  Egypt and Edom stand for those opposed to God.  Those who destroy God’s work will be destroyed, but Judah will stay forever, forgiven and full of festal food.

Receive and rest on Christ alone today.


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