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7/25/19

Everlasting

Last weekend we explored how Psalm 90 calls us to gain a heart of wisdom as we number our days. This Psalm, a prayer of Moses, confronts the reality of death and points us to the source of everlasting legacy for every generation.

Moses’ lifework was to bring God’s people, the Israelites, into a dwelling place that God had promised to their forefathers as an “everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8).

Only a dwelling place that overcomes death could truly be an everlasting possession.

An EVERLASTING home cannot be built by the efforts of mortal man. An abiding legacy cannot be established by the work of human hands. This is why Moses and every other prophet, priest and king of God’s people were unable to secure the Promised Land as an enduring legacy for Israel.

That work could only be accomplished by One who was greater than Moses – One who could bring the descendants of Adam and Eve back into a permanent relationship with the God who is, as verse 2 of Psalm 90 says, “from Everlasting to Everlasting.” The Garden of Eden and the Promised Land were only physical reminders of the peaceful and abundant life that is only found in relationship with the Creator. He is the one who is and always has been “a dwelling place to every generation” (Psalm 90:1).

To reestablish that relationship, the sinful distrust of God that we’ve all inherited from Adam and Eve, and the death it causes by separating us from him, would have to be overcome.

Jesus has accomplished this work! Fully man and fully God, he paid the just penalty for our sins, dying the death that we deserved to die. By having his days numbered, he has infinitely multiplied the days of those who trust him for the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. He was raised to new life with an indestructible body. And, as Philippians 3:21 says, He… “will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

The wisdom God seeks for us in numbering our days is to know that He is God and we are not.

This wisdom leads to trusting him in the person of Jesus Christ—depending on Jesus’ death and resurrection to reestablish the eternal relationship Adam and Eve lost in Eden. Trusting him, we enter into the promised legacy of an everlasting home in the One who has been a dwelling place to every generation. May it be so in our lives!

Steve Holsteen

Pastor for Missional Leadership

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