with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
Daily Devotional
November 21
And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him. How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? How shall I deliver thee, Israel? How shall I make thee as Admah? How shall I set thee as Zeboim? Mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.
Hosea 11:7-9
Admah and Zeboim were two cities destroyed when God judged Sodom and Gomorrah. If I were God, I would say, “My people continually backslide from Me and rebel against Me. That does it. I’m through.” But I’m a man and not God. And, praise be to His name, He’s God and not a man. Therefore, He would not enter the city to destroy it. This, however, presents a Divine dilemma - for if God is the Holy One, how could He love such sinful people?

The story is told of a man in World War II gunned down by the Nazis outside of Paris. Two of his friends picked up his body after the skirmish was over and walked half a mile to a small church outside the village. They knocked on the door and asked the priest if they could bury their friend.

“Was he Catholic?” the priest asked.

“No, he was a Methodist,” they said.

“You can’t bury him in our cemetery,” the priest said. “But you can bury him outside the fence.”

So his two friends did just that.

A couple of weeks later, these same two friends, marching back through the area wanted to pay their respects at the grave of their friend. They went to the church and walked along the fence but couldn’t find the grave. So they knocked at the door of the church and said, “We’re confused. We buried our friend a couple of weeks ago, but we can’t find his grave.”

The priest answered, “That night, after you left, I couldn’t sleep a wink. So the next day I got up and moved the fence. He’s inside now.”

That’s what the Lord did for us. How could He be fair and equitable and yet loving and merciful? He moved the fence. How? Through the Cross of Calvary. We’re inside because of the blood Jesus shed in our place.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.