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Making Something Out of the Dregs

Isaiah 25:6 – And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

Genesis 2:7 – And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Making something out of the dregs is what God did when he saved a sinner like you and me.  Isaiah 25:6 uses the terms lees.  The terms lees is defined as:

Lees – The grosser parts of any liquor which have settled on the bottom of a vessel; dregs; sediment; as the lees of wine.

Webster 1828 Dictionary

Isaiah is talking about the day of the Lord, or the millienum.  They are making a feast of wines on the lees.  Usually the lees are the part you would throw away when making wine but in this case it appears to be used to make the wine.  Man was kind of created the same way.  Normally dust is something you would throw away or discard when cleaning.  In this case, God used it to make man.  God likes taking things that would normally be discarded and using them to create His greatest works.  God did not use dust to create the animals that we know of.  However, when creating man, the Bible makes it plain our origin was dust.  Not dirt, but rather dust.

I think the Lord has something to say about the fact he used dust to create man and not any of the other creatures.  He wanted to make it clear that the only thing that made you and me special or worth anything was the breath of life God put in us.  When that happened, we became unique in the animal kingdom.  We were the only ones that became a living soul.  A dog, cat, cow or horse does not have a living soul.  And God did it all with dust.

The same is true of the second birth.  God breathed into your life again and your dead spirit was made alive.  You were just a lost sinner, a dreg of man, a bunch of lees.  You did not give yourself life the first time and you surely did not do it the second time.  God gets the most glory out of using worthless things like dust and lees and dregs.  If we had made ourselves even a little bit, God would not have all the glory.  But the reality is we are just animated dust balls.  All we had to offer God was a life of sin and wickedness.  I am so thankful God saves old sinners!  So remember where you came from and give God the glory today.

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