Excel get average of range Could a low-carb: Kenyons slide from her conference presentation. Im grateful to Professor Kenyon for providing the slides. I am picking on Tiger Woods about his excessive use of the worlds resources, but I could have chosen countless examples of excessive resource use in people, including myself, whose middle-class Western lifestyle (including my golf) is also open to criticism. The quantity of sugar: Ibid.
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The Cry of the Afflicted

The Cry of the Afflicted

 

I had always assumed that the cry of the afflicted was, “Help me.” “Mercy” “Rescue me. “ Afflict my tormentors.” Etc., etc. But this past week as I was reading Psalm 9:11,12, everything changed. “Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.”

The Lord God almighty has enthroned His anointed one, His Son Jesus, as King on the holy hill of Zion. (Psalm 2:6ff.) We, His body on the earth, proclaim among the nations what He has done - how Jesus came as the Lamb of God without blemish or defect and took all the blemishes and defects of all people of all time upon Himself. He triumphed over all spiritual forces of evil, over all the power of death, over the wrath of God, over all my personal failures. He exploded from the grave, bursting with life for all people. This is His triumph, and this is what we proclaim to the nations.

His blood is perhaps the most powerful physical substance in the entire universe. God is the avenger of blood, and He came and shed His own blood for us. He will avenge that blood. That blood will prevail. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matt.26:28 The One enthroned in Zion , who was despised and rejected by men, Who took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, was smitten by God and afflicted. He is the ultimate afflicted one. His cry is the true cry of the afflicted, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

One of the first fellow CHRISTians who was afflicted in a similar manner was Stephen. As the hurled stones began to break skin and bone, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then the afflicted one “fell on his knees and cried out, ’Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’” Here is the echoing cry of the ultimately afflicted one. Stephen was conformed to that image.

Now we represent Christ as His literal body on the earth. In this world, we have trouble, but He has overcome the world. We get afflicted in the process and as the body of the ultimate afflicted one, we too are to cry out in our affliction, “Father, forgive them.” And God our Father says, “Look how the afflicted cry out, I see My Son in them.”

Forgive our tormentors.

Forgive our enemies.

Forgive our slanderers.

 


Frank Smith
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