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Topic: Cup - 10-25-12 Deadline (10/18/12)
TITLE: Drink Freely
By darlene thompson
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ceramic, metal or glass. Usually, there are favorites. Scripture refers to the cup as a symbol of charity, temptation, evil or salvation.
A cup overflowing is a form of charity in Psalm 23:5. Mark 9:41 shows charity is given when we
offer a cup of water in Jesus’ name.
Matthew 23:25, 26 and Luke 11:34 remind us to cleanse our hearts. We are told to clean the inside of the cup so the outside will become clean as well. A cup of evil is found in Lamentations 4:21.
The cup comes around and drunkenness and nakedness follow. Ezekiel 23:31-34 shows a cup of evil
when it speaks of it being filled with drunkenness. Isaiah 51:7 speaks of a cup of the Lord’s anger. Habakkuk 2:16 indicates the cup in the Lord’s right hand will come around and utter disgrace will come. Psalm 75:8 says the cup is in the Lord’s hand and foams with all the wicked of the earth and they drink its dregs. In Revelation 14:9-10, the wrath of God is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger.
Temptation’s cup is described in Luke 22:42; Matthew 26:39, 42, 44 and Mark 14:36. Christ asked God to let this cup pass from Him if it be God’s will.
Psalm 116:12, 13 speaks of the cup of salvation. Matthew 26:27; Mark 14:23-24 and Luke 22:20 reveal Christ’s salvation. Christ states “drink from it, all of you and the cup poured out for you is the
new covenant in My Blood.”
Scripture is a reminder that a cup is more than a simple drinking vessel. In the cup of Christ, we
find love and grace from God the Father. Drink freely.
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