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Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

God knows us continually

by Dr. George Jacob, Ph.D

"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." ISA 49:16.

The Lord asks in the verse before our text if it is possible for a father or mother to forget. ISA 49:15 asks, "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee."

The Lord is showing the beauty of the engravings upon the palms of His hands that have been there from eternity. He will never forget! Even though a woman may forget the baby at her breast, "yet will I not forget."

The Lord Jesus Christ expresses the impossibility of forgetting His dear bride, whatever she is guilty of or wherever she may have strayed. We may have forsaken the Lord as the lost sheep. I have not found a place in the Bible where the Lord Jesus went out to seek the lost goat. He went to seek and to save His lost sheep, which are those within the fold. They are not goats or swine, but sheep who have strayed away and become lost because they have forsaken the Lord.

This gospel teaches us one of the most blessed assurances Christ's church has for its eternal security. If it depended upon us following the Lord, then we could fall away, but it is not possible because He has engraved us upon the palms of His hands for eternity.

When Jesus departed from this world to return to His Father, He left His disciples with the assurance of our text. LUK 24:50-51 tells us, "And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." First, He blessed them; then as He was being parted from them He "lifted up his hands." They saw themselves engraved upon His palms. They saw the scars. They saw the wounds of the cross. He placed their eternal security before their physical eyes as He left.

Christ's disciples were filled with amazement and doubt at the news of His resurrection. When they heard that He had risen from the grave, their hearts were filled with anxiety, fear, and unbelief. Peter's faith made him so strong that he could boldly say in LUK 22:33, "Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death." But we know the history! Peter cursed and swore and denied his Lord. "And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly," LUK 22:61-62. That was the last time Peter saw the Lord before He was crucified, and Peter was left for three days to mourn in bitterness over his sin.

Peter's sin in denying his Lord very well qualified him to understand the words of ISA 49:14; "But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me." His Lord was in the grave and he had turned his back upon Him, cursing, swearing, and denying that he knew Him. Look at the bitterness in his soul. When he heard that the Lord Jesus had come out of the grave, he was so filled with anxiety that he could not believe it.

Yet Peter, in his pride, presumption, and the agony of his soul over his sin, was engraved in the palms of Jesus' hands and not forgotten. The blessed, tenderhearted Savior remembered Peter's agony. The angel gave a specific command to tell Peter that the Lord was risen. We read in MAR 16:7, "But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you." Peter was not forgotten, though he had forgotten his Lord.

As the disciples were gathered together, "Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you," LUK 24:36. They were frightened and filled with doubt. They believed not for joy when Jesus showed them that their names were engraved in His hands, which He used to bring them out of their distress and to give them security for eternity. LUK 24:38-40 tells us, "And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet."

He showed them. He told them to put their fingers in the holes of His hands and thrust their hands in His side. Jesus showed His disciples those scars in His hands and feet to strengthen their faith when they had thought they would never see Him again. Those scars in our Saviour's hands are His pledge to His church that He will not forget one of us. A woman may forget her suckling child, "yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me."

It was those crucified hands that Jesus lifted up before His disciples to see once more while He was "carried up into heaven." Just before He departed, Jesus promised His disciples that He would send them the Holy Spirit because they would never again see with their physical eyes those crucified hands. But the Holy Spirit, by faith, reveals unto us those precious things of Christ, in which we have security.

Source: MOSC Forum

See Also:

Awaken
There is a level of "seeing" or "watching" that God wants to bring us to in these last days - a level that is necessary in order to survive and conquer the devices and schemes of the enemy.

Baptized Once
If we want to have a life of fellowship with Christ, it begins by Him washing our feet with the water of the Word, washing our walk of life.

God, I seek thee earnestly!
A Meditation on Psalm 63

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