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The Lord's Jewels
April 30, 2020
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
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The following is from the commentary on the Minor Prophets in the Way of Life Commentary Series. Currently volumes are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Minor Prophets, Hebrews, and Revelation.

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“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. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him” (Malachi 3:16-17).

The Lord hears their conversation. God listens in on every conversation, and as the Creator and Owner and Sustainer of all of life, He has every right to do so.

The Lord writes their conversation in a book of remembrance. God has books. In fact, God wrote a Book! God’s books are mentioned in Da. 7:10; Re. 20:12. No incident--however small or seemingly insignificant--in all the long history of man’s tenure of this planet, has escaped the all-seeing eye of God. It is all written down. Historians often miss significant facts or deliberately or unwittingly distort facts, but God misses nothing. ... The records they contain are detailed and complete: the place where, the time when, the manner how, the motives for, the consequences of. The books contain it all. Every thought, word, and deed of every man, woman, boy, and girl--everything is written down” (John Phillips).

The Lord will gather them as His jewels. God’s jewels are not made of diamonds and gold. They are made of redeemed humanity. The world was made for man’s pleasure, but man was made for God’s pleasure.

The Lord will spare them as a man spares his own son that serves him. They will be the object of His fatherly blessing. Think of how a wealthy man blesses a loving, obedient son or daughter or grandchild. We think of Abraham’s blessings on Isaac, how he sought a wife for Isaac and sent along jewels to bestow upon her (Ge. 24:53) and how he gave all his wealth to Isaac (Ge. 25:5). We think of George Washington, America’s first president. He didn’t have a child of his own, but he showered blessings on his step-granddaughter Eleanor, who was called
Nelly. She was the daughter of his step-son John, his wife, Martha’s, son by her first marriage. After John died, Nelly lived with George and Martha from age 10. George was a serious, generally quiet man, but Nelly could make him laugh with her antics and cheerful spirit. When she married, he gave her a 2,000-acre estate called Woodlawn. But George Washington’s blessings on Nelly are as nothing compared to God’s eternal blessings on those who fear Him! They are joint-heirs with the Christ who created worlds with His very word.



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