Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
The marking of Godís people before the death angel, is only a sign of Godís loving protection on his people. The mark, only stating the protection from the things God is fixing to do as far as the killing in a land. Most people I would like to think never experience this, but if you do then the marking is a sign of your protection during the event of death.
This passage if nothing else displays that people called by his name, that did not humble themselves or seek him were under the same death sentence as those of Egypt during the passover of the angel of death because of sin against Israel. God protected his people by a mark around the door post of their house. God is marking the forehead of his people in Jerusalem by the man with the writers inkhorn. The very altar in Jerusalem no longer had the Spirit of God surrounding it. Jerusalem no longer cared about the things of God. Yet God still loved those who sought Him. And He sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem, marking his people in the process as not to be harmed by the ministers of death.
God seals us by the Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus Christ as Lord, yet this is a time of marking that will be for our protection from misery caused by the judgment of God. Scorpions will bite people but death will not come to those being bitten, though they cry for death. Godís people will walk among those people as the very elect of God, testifying of being under the protection of God.
To know the effects of sin will cause destruction in the life of people that sin, is not only for those heathen but even people who are called by Godís name that refuse to repent. The death angel is not the hand of a man, but the hand of angel sent from God. He is not human being but spiritual being with the power to kill those around but those with the mark of God. The marking to come is one to protect Godís people who are already sealed by the Holy Spirit for eternity. The mark because of faith in Christ Jesus. A mark not declared by human hands or marked with the ink of mankind, but the ink of Godís writing pen.
How awful to find the day of destruction is meant even for the church goers that only sat in the pews out of tradition and not out of personal faith in Christ. Yes the church was persecuted only because they dared to preached the Gospel of Jesus. Jesus was persecuted for who He was as the Son of God. Yet the day of no more persecution for the church draws nigh. Instead the persecution of those alienated from the house of God, from faith through Christ Jesus not carrying the mark of faith will be consumed by the fires of hell and the fires of all eternity. Only those marked by the handwriting of the Holy Spirit will be saved from final destruction.
Dear Heavenly Father help our unbelief as we learn to trust you that the marking was for our protection and not eternal destruction. Give us the faith of eternal hope today through Christ Jesus. Seal our hearts and mark the foreheads of your saints. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Revelation 7:1-3 KJV
(1) And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
(2) And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
(3) Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.