Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Grace and Death

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:4-5


The above verses are ones that touched my heart when I was witnessed to about the LORD and salvation. I had always feared of not knowing where I would go when I died. These verses from God’s Word brought me assurance and peace.

…these words are true and faithful.

I believed them then…and I believed them at this time of my son’s death. I knew that he was with the LORD… that his body no longer suffered and that all things were new!!

I made mention several times in this testimonial story of the number 5

I’d like to explain…

In the scriptures numbers have specific meanings:

You will note as you read or study the Bible several outstanding numbers…

for example 13 has always been associated with Rebellion.

and it is noteworthy that some verses with 13 are in regards most often to Rebellion.

The number 3 is associated with God and the trinity…the number 6 man..the number 40 judgment…


And the number 5 Grace...and...Death


If you recall...Stephen was born in my 5th pregnancy...he was my 5th born child and he died on January 25 (5 x 5)…the verse that became my favorite is found in Job 42:5

…..and many other verses that came as I read my Bible with the verse 5.

Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

These are noted throughout my story.

For GRACE…Kathryn was saved by Grace through Faith…

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

For DEATH:

Genesis 5:5 is the first natural death…And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

Isaiah 25: 8-9 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth; for the LORD hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

When Stephen died on January 25th and I wrote in my journal, I began to see all the associations with this number. It won’t always be this way…but for this time...it was my comfort.

God’s Word is so perfect in its creation. The middle verse of the Bible is

Psalms 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

For indeed there are times in our life that man cannot come to our aid...only the God of Heaven.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God.

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

I John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

God’s Word is truly the comfort of every soul that searches….

A wealth and treasure is found in those precious pages.

7 comments:

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

God's Word truly is amazing! So sad that many today think it's harmless to have a bible that is "easier to read".... they don't even realize how much they're giving up.

Deborah said...

Amen! Wonderful truths!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I love God's Word. It is all things to me. I could not live one day without it. I loved your post. The numbers in the Bible amaze me. God is so GREAT!! Have a great day hope.

I finally got all the blogs that I go to on my blog so maybe now I will be able to come visit more often. I hope you didn't mind my putting your name on my blog. connie from Texas

HOPE said...

I'm so glad you'll be able to visit more often Connie. You know as I do that comments really encourage...as you seek to bless others. Thank you..and also for adding me to your list...I feel honored.

Thank you Pam..as always for your sweetness..
Deborah...for your support!!

A Note From Theresa said...

Hello, I came here from my Mother in-laws blog. Mrs.Connie

That was a wonderful post!

Heather said...

Amen..and isn't it wonderful the mysterious ways that the Lord provides us with comfort...it's the little things isn't it?

HOPE said...

Thank you so much for visiting Theresa I hope to get to know you better...

Heather...you are so right..it IS the little things in life that seem to be so significant..especially when we see GOD's hand in it.