“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
NOT AN IMPERSONAL GOD
But is He?
What does the Bible say?
The Bible records that God has AT LEAST three (3) keepsakes to remind him of certain of His creation.
THE BOTTLE OF TEARS
“Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?”
This expression seems to intimate, that the custom of putting tears into the lachrymal urns, so well known among the Romans, was more anciently in use among the Hebrews. These urns were of different materials; some of glass, some of earth; they were also of various forms or shapes. They were placed on the sepulchers of the deceased, as a memorial of the distress and affection of their surviving relations and friends. The meaning therefore of the expression, “put thou my tears into thy bottle,” will be, “let my distress, and the tears I have shed in consequence of it, be ever before Thee; excite thy kind remembrance of me, and plead with Thee to grant me the relief I stand in need of.”
—Dr. Chandler, Calmet.
—British Family Bible notes
THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.”
[A] registry was made of the persons and their discourses. This is after the manner of men spoken of God, whose omniscience seeth, knoweth, and remembereth all; but this book is written before the Lord, he will have every good man, every good word of such, and every good thought such have for him, entered under his eye, that they may be assured of a comfortable reward for it.
—Matthew Poole Commentary
THE GOLDEN BOWLS OF PRAYERS
“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”
Golden vials; rather, golden bowls or goblets…Which are the prayers; showing the acceptableness to God of humble, believing, affectionate, and fervent prayer.
—British Family Bible notes
Of course this makes perfect sense: more than once in God’s Word, prayer and sacrifice are referred to as a “sweet savour” or a “sweet smell.”
“And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”
So, according to His Word, God keeps 1) the tears of those who love Him; 2) writes the names of those who fear Him and think on His name into a ‘book of remembrance;‘ and, 3) has the prayers of His saints in golden bowls [or vials].
Though God Almighty hardly needs any help remembering His creation, these three different items might be referred to as keepsakes.
Hardly an impersonal God.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 22-23, 2014.]
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