Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 5 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 28-30
Food for Thought: Is. 28:14-19
Who in the world would make a covenant with death?! Lots of people. In fact, some people believe that a covenant with death keeps them protected from harm. It is prevalent in many cultures. People believe that if they appease or acquiesce to the spirit of death, then they will be spared the wrath of it. In Spanish, there are people who say, “El me guia, pero ella me cuida,” which translated means, “He (God/Jesus) guides me, but she (the Most Holy Death) protects/takes care of me.” Such ignorance! Such deception!
Scripture tells us over and over that God is for life always, and that death is produced by the adversary who has no intentions nor ability to produce life. God says to His people in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Further, Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The One who defeated Satan, the Creator and Giver of life, offers life to all who would come to Him. Anyone who would attempt to pacify both the Giver of life and the producer of death is unnecessarily conflicted.
The devil, the one behind death and everything evil, has already been defeated, so his “power” is quite inferior to the Lord’s. I John 3:8cd says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” He openly defeated the powers of death (Col. 2:15; Rom. 6:9; II Tim. 1:10), so for all who are truly concerned about their welfare, their attentions should be drawn to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE (John 14:6). This is also great news for even the believers who still feel a sense of fear when they encounter symbols of the spirit of death and people who worship it. The greater One lives in them (I John 4:4) and there is no need to fear evil (Ps. 23:4).
And for all those who have “sold their souls to the devil,” there’s GOOD NEWS! Your covenant with death is annulled, if you have decided to receive the life that Jesus gives. The sacrifice that He made to constitute and confirm His covenant overrides any covenant with the devil. Further, His blood cleanses every sin, and He gives you a new spirit. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (II Cor. 5:17).” God forgave you even before you fell into the hands of the deceiver, and He welcomes you with open arms. And so does the Church. You will not be condemned or judged for the decisions you made in the past, or even for any marks on your body made as a sign of your devotion to death. So there is no reason to remain in darkness. Reach out to the Light of Jesus, and you will gain true life.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):