THE ROOSTER ALWAYS CROWS AT SUNRISE
AND PETER SAID, MAN, I KNOW NOT WHAT THOU SAYEST. AND IMMEDIATELY, WHILE HE YET SPAKE, THE COCK CREW. AND THE LORD TURNED, AND LOOKED UPON PETER. AND PETER REMEMBERED THE WORD OF THE LORD, HOW HE HAD SAID UNTO HIM, BEFORE THE COCK CROW, THOU SHALT DENY ME THRICE. AND PETER WENT OUT, AND WEPT BITTERLY.
One of the most heartbreaking and yet instructive moments in all of the Bible occurs at this point in the gospel narrative. Peter, a man who the LORD himself called Cephas (i.e. a stone), a man who had declared (and meant every word) his willingness to die for his MASTER and who would later do exactly that, a man who the LORD endued with great spiritual insight (see Mat.16:17) found himself confronted squarely with his sin and unfaithfulness. One of the reasons (apart from faith) that we believe the Bible is the GOD-
Even though we belong to the LORD we have both the propensity and ability to fall into sin. Paul said, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:" (Romans 7:18) Now there are a lot of well meaning people in our day who think that by putting the ten-
The LORD is faithful to uncover sin in HIS people. While the flesh may wound us and we be under its siren spell for a season, the LORD will not allow HIS people to be destroyed by it. HE will convict and convince those that belong to HIM (i.e.; HIS sheep) of their sin. (see Num.32:23) Just as the prodigal son came to himself (awoke to his true condition) so the LORD will deliver HIS own from the hog pen. Though reprobates may go on in their wickedness unhindered, enjoying themselves to the last, those upon whom the LORD has set HIS love (i.e.; HIS elect people) shall indeed be arrested and rescued from the path of destruction. Their pet sins and secret desires will be brought to light. Perhaps not into the light of others but surely into the light of HIS fatherly gaze.(see Prov.3:12; Rev:3:19;Tit.1:15,16;Rom.1:28-
The uncovering of that sin in the elect always produces repentance. The LORD does not often use the terror of HIS law nor the fear of impending doom to bring HIS children here.(see Rom.2:4, Eph.2:4-
Once repentance has accomplished its work, the LORD restores HIS people. GOD does not bring sorrow to HIS children in order to punish them but that they may be fitted for the application of HIS mercy. (see Heb.12:5-