Number 4: “All Good!” “It’ll all work out for the best!”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Now of course the world leaves off the second bit of the verse … to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
An unbeliever who claims this promise is fooling himself … and he generally says it to comfort others ... or himself. Of course if you hear this and tell someone it comes from the Bible, you will be termed insensitive, a Bible Basher or something else … however I guess it goes with the territory.
Number 5: “Apple of his eye”
“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” (Deuteronomy 32:10)
The apple of the eye was common reference referring to the pupil of the eye … being round and solid just like an apple.
As the pupil is essential to vision, it is very precious and so similarly, to call someone “the apple of your eye” is to also consider them very precious.
Furthermore, the apple is an excellent fruit being rich in vitamins and nutrients, and therefore essential to the biological processes of the body.
Now Israel must be considered as the most rebellious, sinful and hard-headed … but God calls them the apple of his eye.
Why? It is to this privileged and sinful people that God demonstrated his love … his unwavering commitment … as the LORD in the Old Testament, as the Lord Jesus in the new Testament … and will be coming back to rescue them in Revelation 19.
Today even the most hardened sinner can also be called ‘the apple of God’s eye’ … why? That Christ would die for him … that’s why!
Number 6: “You’re as good as dead!”
“Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. (Hebrews 11:12)
From the ‘dead’ body of an hundred year old man, Abraham, God promises him off-spring … as many as the sand on the beach.
God delights in bringing life out of death … with the unbeliever being dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) … to another death in Christ (Romans 6:3) … and then eternal life (Romans 6:23).
Number 7: “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust”
NUMBER 8: “At death’s door”
NUMBER 9: “At peace with the world”
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