Tuesday With Teri

Devotions from lessons I'm learning from God

Abigail March 31, 2013

Filed under: devotionals — tlmiller82 @ 6:00 am

This is an event that forever changed my Easters and I feel lead to share it every year with anyone who will listen. 

Happy Easter my friends, and may you know this day, and all your days, just how much God loves you!

          I’ve lost track of how many years ago it was, yet each Spring I can’t help but recall my introduction to Abigail.  I was a high school science/Bible teacher for a small Christian school at the time. One of my students was a football sized young man named Nick.  He worked for a local farmer who had offered him a young lamb to take home.  Nick’s mom, apparently destined for sainthood, not only allowed him to bring the lamb home, but he got to keep it in his room!  Early that Spring Nick brought photos to share.  To my amazement, there, wedged beside his bed and amid typical teenage squalor, was a carefully built pen, complete with wood rails, chicken wire and hay.  Abigail the lamb had found a perfect home.  Over the next few weeks Nick would have numerous stories to tell of Abigail’s antics.  I couldn’t wait to see her for myself, so I invited Nick to bring her to school one morning.

I ushered my entire class outside and we waited like giddy preschoolers for Abigail’s arrival.  I am certain I will never be able to adequately describe what I saw that day.  I will do my best.  We watched as Nick emerged from his vehicle with Abigail cradled in his big burly arms.  We stood transfixed by the sight of what can only be inadequately referred to as precious”.  Her pure, white coat seemed almost translucent, radiating light under the bright blue, cloudless sky.   Her tiny nose was a perfect, pink velvet triangle perched just above her little pink mouth.    As I placed my hand on her sweet little head she looked at me.  I found myself staring into the depths of clear, brilliant blue eyes.  I realized I had been holding my breath in awe.  We were expecting to see a cute lamb, somewhat off white in color.  I had not considered that, unlike the lambs at the local petting zoo, Abigail had been living in a clean, loving, environment.  After everyone had made Abigail’s acquaintance, Nick left to return her home and we settled back into Bible class.

We soon realized the relevance of Abigail’s visit as we continued our study of Passover.  The original Passover took place when Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt.  God instructed them to mark their door post with the blood of a male lamb.  This was to protect them from the final plague which was the death of all first born in any home not so protected. (Exodus 11&12)  The yearly commemoration of this event required the father to select the best, blemish free lamb and set it apart for the Passover…four days prior to the celebration.  My students and I began to consider something quite startling.  There was a good chance that the lamb would have been brought into the house or yard during that time.  This perfect little lamb, probably as precious and sweet as our Abigail, may have clamored under their feet while they did chores, fed out of their hands and shared a living area.  After four days, this lamb, which by now had become even more precious to the family, was to be sacrificed.   Suddenly one can imagine the cries of the children, the quite sob of their mother, the sorrow in the eyes of the father who knows a blood sacrifice is required.   For the first time, since meeting Abigail, we could truly envision the “sacrificial lamb” of the Scriptures.

The continued observance of Passover was a powerful object lesson for generations of Israelites.  Every family member would be reminded not only of God’s protection and provision when He freed them from slavery, but also of the cost…the blood of their most precious lamb.  This Easter we consider the final sacrifice.  Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, perfect and precious beyond description, was sacrificed for our sin.  Many movies and videos have stirred the heart of man as they depict the brutal crucifixion of our Christ, yet none can compare to the vision of Abigail.  As we celebrate our freedom from sin and death through the resurrection of our Lord, let’s never forget the cost.  Praise God His love and grace make us worthy of such a sacrifice!

1 Peter 1:18-19  “knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold…but with precious blood, as a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”



Tis The Reason for The Season! March 28, 2013

Filed under: devotionals — tlmiller82 @ 9:05 am

I know I am a bit odd, but I find this time of year a certain Christmas song runs through my head almost daily.  Yep, while most folks are thinking of green grass, eggs, bunnies, empty crosses and vacant tombs, I’m hearing this in my head…

         “Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King; Peace on earth and mercy mild; God and sinners reconciled.”  Yep, there in the first line of this treasured hymn is the true Reason for the Season, the reason for EVERY season.  The birth of Jesus was worthy of celebration only because He would live, die and rise once and for all.

He lived.  He lead.  He taught.  He served.  He healed.  He loved. He laughed. He cried.

He prayed.  He obeyed.  He suffered. He died. 

          If that was all He did, it would be remarkable, but God said “but wait, there’s more…”  And Jesus, God’s son, Himself in flesh…died, then overcame death to rise again in flesh and Spirit.  In this unfathomable thing, He created a way for all of us to also escape eternal death and to have a relationship with a Holy God.  To be RECONCILED to Him through the shed blood of Jesus.

Because of this event, even though I am a sinner and not worthy to be in the presence of God, not worthy to be forgiven, not worthy of having Him lead my life and guide me in difficult days or comfort me in my sorrow, not worthy of knowing His peace when life is chaotic, even though all these things….I can come to God in prayer and ask, “God forgive me, help me, lead me, fill me, use me, be with me.”  And He will give me grace (undeserved favor) and because of His love for me, because the ultimate price for my sin has been covered by Jesus’s death and resurrection, He responds, “I have and I am.”

What was once separated, can now be rejoined….RECONCILED!

HOW ?-Believe in God, believe Jesus was God’s son, believe He died and rose again, ask God to forgive you knowing that Jesus paid your debt, believe and you will be saved….saved from eternal death, saved from a life separated from God, saved from the burden of living life on your own accord and never finding the peace your heart aches for…BE RECONCILED.

“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross…..although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless….” Colossians 1:19-22

Go ahead, sing it with me….

“Hark! The herald angels sing; Glory to the newborn King;

Peace on earth and mercy mild; God and sinners reconciled!”