January 30 / Proverbs 30 / Mark 2

acorn to oak

Proverbs 30:5

Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection.

Because of who He is and what He is, those who trust Him don’t have to worry. God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in time of trouble [Ps.46:1]. One of God’s compassionate ministries to us is divine guidance. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a promise God’s people have been claiming for centuries, and it has never failed.

Mark 2:21-22

“No one sews unshrunk cloth onto an old cloak. If they do, the new patch will tear the old cloth, and they’ll end up with a worse hole.

Nor does anyone put new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the wine will burst the skins, and they’ll lose the wine and the skins together. New wine needs new skins.”

Salvation is not a partial patching up of one’s life; it is a whole new robe of righteousness (Is.61:10;2 Cor.5:21). The Christian life is not a mixing of the old and the new; rather, it is a fulfillment of the old in the new. There are two ways to destroy a thing: you can smash it or you can permit it to fulfill itself. An acorn, for example, can be smashed with a hammer, or it can be planted and allowed to grow into an oak. In both instances, the destruction of the acorn is accomplished, but in the second instance, the acorn is destroyed by being fulfilled.

Jesus fulfilled the prophecies, types, and demands of the law of Moses. The law was ended at Calvary when the perfect sacrifice was once offered for the sins of the world (Heb.8-10). When you trust Jesus Christ, you become part of a new creation (2 Cor.5:17), and there are always new experiences of grace and glory. How tragic when people hold on to dead religious tradition when they could lay hold of living spiritual truth. Why cherish the shadows when the reality has come (Heb.10:1ff)? In Jesus Christ we have the fulfillment of all that God promised (2 Cor.1:20).

-Warren Wiersbe

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