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JULY 19

 

 The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?—

John 18:11.

 

 How the grace of humility shines out in all the little affairs of our dear Redeemer’s ministry; even at the moment of His surrender to His enemies He does not boast that His course is a voluntary one, nor seek praise as a martyr! He declares the simple truth that the Father required this of Him as an evidence of His personal loyalty to Him. He confesses Himself a servant of God, a Son who learned obedience by the things which He suffered. No other lesson, perhaps, is more needed by the Lord’s followers than the one of willingness to drink the cup which the Father pours—a recognition that the Father is guiding and directing in our affairs because we are His, as disciples of the Anointed One.

 

Parallel passages: Job 13:15; Psa. 119:75; Jer. 10:19; Matt. 20:22; 26:39,42; Luke 22:20; Rom.5:3-5; 1.Cor. 10:16,21; 2.Cor. 7:4; Phil. 3:8; Psa. 23:5; 116:13; Isa. 51:22,23.