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Morning Glory…

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In this Gentile Christian season of Lent, the glorious daily reading of the Word of God calling me…Being clothed further with joy and praise…putting off deceit, lusts, and foolishness, for Lent…

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

–Psalm 32.1-2

You shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt…You shall not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God…will drive out those nations …And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven; no one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”

–Deuteronomy 7.18,21-26

Here, the LORD my God, the great and awesome God, is speaking to my dusty vessel, called to be changed from glory to glory in Christ…while I yet dwell as a pilgrim in the dust in this moment in eternity…in this age of redemptive history…This is not a call to ethnic cleansing in a geographical area on this planet; this is a battle cry from the LORD my God, the great and awesome God, to take the offensive against all the ungodly stowaways in my thinking and my inclinations and my reflexes…

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”

–2 Corinthians 10.3-5

Take no hostages… Harbor no fugitives… Be ruthless…surrendering all the exposed illegal “alien dwellers” in my mind and thinking to the sure cleansing of the work of the Lord Jesus…being clothed further with hatred for what God hates, love for what God loves in the life of one He has chosen to know Him…Because…

“Before…when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

–John 1.48b

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.”

–Titus 3.3

O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.”

–Psalm 30.3

When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer…I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin...

–Psalm 32.3-5

…And because…

…When the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

–Titus 3.4-7

…’We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph…Come and see….the Son of God…the King of Israel’!”

–John 1.45,46,49

 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”

–Psalm 32.8-11 …

…’We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph…Come and see….the Son of God…the King of Israel’!”

–John 1.45,46,49

…And be reminded…

…to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men...But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.”

–Titus 3.1-2,9-11

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

–Psalm 30.11-12

…Because…

…’We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph…Come and see….the Son of God…the King of Israel’!”

–John 1.45,46,49


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

On this link, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…


Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed with joy and praise and love for what God loves and hatred for what God hates…And I am one among many, called…To surrender my thinking and my reflexes and my inclination to the instruction of the LORD my God, the great and awesome God…being changed from glory to glory in Messiah Jesus…while I yet dwell as a pilgrim in the dust in this moment in eternity–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who are in danger of being destroyed by false gods of this world; pray for those who have yet to recognize that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, the Promised Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


 

Morning Glory…

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Being clothed further with worship and witness…giving up shame and timidity and misplaced “pity” for Lent…

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is the great God, and the great King above all gods…”

–Psalm 95.1-3

…’We have found the Messiah…’

–John 1.41

In You, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed…You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. I have hated those who regard useless idols; but I trust in the LORD. I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place… I am a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and am repulsive to my acquaintances; those who see me outside flee from me…But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand…”

–Psalm 31.1,5-8,11,14-15

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”

–Psalm 95.6-7

…’We have found the Messiah…’

–John 1.41

Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”

–Titus 2.15 …

Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. And He will love you…and the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. Also you shall destroy[1] all the peoples whom the LORD your God delivers over to you; your eye shall have no pity[2] on them; nor shall you serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.”

–Deuteronomy 7.12-13,15-16

…’We have found the Messiah.’

–John 1.41

Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”

–Titus 2.15 …

Today, if you will hear His voice: ‘Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, “It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.” So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.”

–Psalm 95.7b-11

…’We have found the Messiah.’

–John 1.41


[1] pity: the Hebrew word for “regard” and “sparing;” knowing the only true and living God compels us who know the Truth to tell the Truth without reservation or reticence or “pity” for the false gods of this world. Withholding the Truth is not love; it is shame…inappropriate, misplaced pity…

[2]destroy (consume, KJV): the Hebrew word for “devour;” the only way to destroy/consume/devour what is false is to continually hold up the Truth. Granted, the God who called Israel at that moment in eternity had ordained the time of judgment on the rebellious without mincing or delay. Now, “…We have found the Messiah…” And our calling is not to carnal weapons in the matter of judging what is false; the calling of those who have found the Messiah is to speak what is Truth into this world without shame or reticence or stammering or halting at any form of hostility…

Blessed be the LORD, for He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city…Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”

–Psalm 31.21,23-24


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

On this link, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…


So I don’t care about your little gods; but I do care about you. You were made by and for the only true and living God. No other god in this world has provided, with His righteous judgment, The Way of reconciliation and Life for those who offend Him and rebel against Him. All other gods heap upon their sad slaves burdens of human striving to appease them with no assurance of satisfaction…

Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed with Truth and the courage to speak it…To speak the Truth into a world of gods who will only destroy the humanity created and meant to know the glory of the only true and living God–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who are in danger of being destroyed by false gods of this world; pray for those who have yet to find the Messiah. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


Morning Glory…

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Throwback Thursday…The Word of God taking me back to remember who God is and the glory He has shared with my forebears in The Faith…A trail of glory in the time travel through the pages of history…

For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage…Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments…

–Deuteronomy 7.6-9

This holy God has drawn near and chosen a people out of all the nations of the earth to be witnesses on this fallen planet of His holiness and majesty and glory…And in His mercy, this Holy God declares that He judges the unrepentant workers of rebellion against His revealed greatness… I find this glorious, because if there is no righteousness, there can be no righteous judgment, then there is no justice; and do I need to spell out the implications of that in times like these? But here is pure, holy righteousness in judgment…righteousness not of man’s contemplations, but from the very being of this holy God…

…And He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face…For evildoers shall be cut off…The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The LORD laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct…To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work…Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken…For the arms of the wicked shall be broken…

–Deuteronomy 7.10; Psalm 37.9,12-14; Titus 1.15-16,17; Psalm 37.15,17

In this moment of eternity, as I walk about my little condo doing the odd task each day, I remember that God has walked on this earth, and in my soul I can see Him as John described Him…

John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, “After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.” I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water…I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God’…”

–John 1.29-34

…The Son of God was there in the moment of eternity when the gods of Egypt were judged, and the people who were chosen to know this holy God were delivered by the outstretched arm of God…And Who is this who executes righteous judgment? Who is the “Mighty Outstretched Arm, the Right Arm of the LORD?” It is Jesus, in the appointed moment of eternity, whose arms were outstretched on a Roman cross to bear in His righteous body the judgment due us for our rebellion against this holy God…When He returns in the next moment of eternity, He will be coming to bring about the righteous judgment of this holy God…

For such a time as this–in my moment of eternity, I read the counsel of my forebears, who carried the glimpses of God’s glory around in their dusty vessels…to become clothed further in trust and delight and rest in the holy God who has chosen me from among my people to know Him and to be known by Him in the Lord Jesus…

Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and…Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall…bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.

 –Psalm 37.1-8

And because of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in my life–the commandments written by the finger of God on my heart–I hear the apostle Paul’s exhortation to Titus, a true son in our common faith…

…according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began…Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

–Titus 1.1-2,4


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

On this link, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…


Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed with delight and trust and rest in God–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who profess to know God, but whose works deny Him; pray for those who have yet to behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…who do not yet know the grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6

Morning Glory…

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Wednesday morning…a special Wednesday in this moment of eternity…some of the family in the Body of Messiah have been enjoying a season after Christmas–seven weeks of remembering the pure glory of the life of Messiah in His earthly ministry… This Wednesday  is called “Ash Wednesday”…begins a season calling some of the family in the Body of Messiah to remember who we are…dust in the hands of God…dust fashioned for the glory of Messiah Jesus…dust being transformed into the image of God’s own Son…dust…an earthen vessel out of which the glory of Christ is meant to shine…dust in whom the excellence of the power is shown to be of God and not of us…dust in whose weakness Messiah’s strength is made perfect…

In my recent studies of 2 Corinthians with the women in my church, I have been lingering on the apostle Paul’s reminder that we who believe in Messiah Jesus groan to be clothed with our habitation which is from Heaven… We who are in this dusty vessel do not long to be unclothed, but to be further clothed, that mortality would be swallowed up in life… (2 Corinthians 5.1-5)…

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee…

You are thinking that I digress, but I don’t digress. Ash Wednesday does not begin a season of empty, symbolic, perfunctory deprivation; Ash Wednesday calls the believer in Messiah Jesus to become clothed more heavily with the beauty and character of Messiah… To long for Him and His government in me so much that I lay aside more of that appetite for the petty little “preciousses” I think are my rights to hoard as a human… The season of Epiphany laid the groundwork for meditating on His glory and majesty… The season of Lent calls for a new and responsive season of remembering that I am a human made of dust in the hands of a glorious God for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ…

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What a glorious and extraordinary feeling it is! To realize the fragility and weakness of the vessel which houses so much of what my mother used to call “potential…” In this dusty vessel, the excellence of that “potential” is Christ’s alone …

And, yes. In order to realize more of the excellence of Christ’s potent majesty, it means laying aside a bunch of dust-laden stuff–because I groan to be “further clothed” by His hands in my dusty vessel…

I…count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord….that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings…

–Philippians 3.8-10


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

On this link, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…


Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: ‘Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, “It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.”So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest’.

-–Psalm 95

Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed in His glory. Pray for those whose vision is blinded and whose lives are suffocated by the dust of the things of this world. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


 

Morning Glory…

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Have you ever had one of those times when the magnitude of God’s glory leaves you without speech? I am having one of those moments…

My mind is full of reflections on the glories of the readings of the last Sunday in the season of Epiphany… a moment in time where the Eternal Jesus becomes transfigured, revealing His glory…

Psalm 99; Exodus 24.12-18; Philippians 3.7-14; Matthew 17.1-9

And when I add my Monday morning time travel in the Word of God through 2 Corinthians 5.1-7.1 … my cup runneth over…

So I’m singing what was sung in worship on Sunday…

May the glory that is revealed and alive and sovereign in the Lord Jesus Christ attend you in all your moments… and make you sing to Him… for such a time as this…

Morning Glory…

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Shabbat Shalom! Safely through another week, and another week closer to Messiah Jesus’ return…glorious thoughts…comforting thoughts in all circumstances…

Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle—my lovingkindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge…I will sing a new song to You, O God; on a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You, the One who gives salvation to kings, who delivers David His servant from the deadly sword…Happy are the people who are in such a state; happy are the people whose God is the Lord!…And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak…Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal…For we walk by faith, not by sight…”

–Psalm 144.1-2,9-10,15…2 Corinthians 4.13,16-18; 5.7


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory: Scripture Passages in NKJV

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A glimpse of the glorious work of God in the lives of those who believe Him…Ruth and Boaz had some temporal matters to settle, but Boaz approached the temporal with vision of what is eternal–he chose to stake his life on the Word of God (Deuteronomy 25.5-10)…Not worrying about whether he would lose his inheritance, he paid the price for his bride; and in so doing, he fathered a son who would become the grandfather of King David…Boaz walked by faith and not by sight; turns out he had perfect vision…

[Cannot say for certainty, but this occurs to me: Perhaps because of his faith,  Boaz’ name is credited as the ancestor of David instead of his relative Elimelech, whose name under the letter of the law would be “raised up” by the kinsman redeemer…]

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them…when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you…But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly…And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites...But…when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

–Matthew 6.1a,2a,3-4,5a,6

Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouth speaks lying words, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood…

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee…

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy…That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style; that our barns may be full, supplying all kinds of produce; that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; that our oxen may be well laden; that there be no breaking in or going out; that there be no outcry in our streets.”

–Psalm 137.11; 2 Corinthians 5.1-5Psalm 137.5-6; 12-14

Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their vision is perfect…Pray for those whose vision is myopically hindered by the things which are temporal. And…

 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


Morning Glory…

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Rising feeling a bit better  today; thanking God for relief from my ailments…Reflecting on how marvelous God’s Word truly is…it wasn’t written yesterday…it is written to record the Truth of the LORD of hosts in all His manifold glory, through the ages of what is before, to the ages to come…it is preserved in Truth and clarity and substance to endure wars, destructions, and “environmental change” for all who have come after those who documented the testimony of His glory in their moment in eternity…

Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory: Scripture Passages in NKJV

On this link, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…

I have included Matthew 1.1-17 because I have been meditating on this all week, alongside the passages in the Daily Office. It gives a panoramic view of God’s faithful protection of His purposes to establish His Son Jesus as recognized King of all kings and LORD of all…

Through the line of David…seeing the ancestry of Messiah Jesus unfold in the lives of Boaz and Ruth…in that field in Bethlehem in Ephratah which became the birthplace of David and the Messiah Jesus…the field which became the place  of the Tower of the Flock, the compound where lambs were birthed, raised, protected and prepared as perfect sacrifices for the reconciliation of sinners to God in the Temple…

Watching over David’s life in exile, hunted like a dog by those whose agenda is bent on their own exaltation; haters of God’s clear purpose to fulfill His promise to establish the throne of David…His prayers, even in his moment of persecution, were prayers giving His life to God’s purpose, trusting God to vanquish the enemies of His plan…realizing that his own life was wrapped up in that eternal purpose…

Fulfilling the Lineage of Faith and Promise: from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah… Salmon… Boaz… Obed… Jesse…  David… Solomon… Uzziah… Josiah… Jeconiah… Zerubbabel… Jacob… Joseph… Jesus!

And onward into the generations of Faith and Promise in Christ Jesus…generations in whom His glory is appearing and being written, even in our moment of eternity…from glory to glory…

As I read the hard sayings of Jesus in Matthew 5.38-48 about loving my enemies, I remember that David had a couple of opportunities in his lap to do away with King Saul and his rangers–but instead, he refused to harm them. When David was slurred and cursed by one of his own people, he bore it instead of retaliating in indignation and violence…He remembered that his life was bound up in the purposes of the Holy One of Israel who sanctifies rebels to Himself and purposes to transform them into sons of glory for an inheritance for His Son Jesus…So, although my prayers for my enemies may echo David’s, they can only be like David’s and obedient to Christ when the heart of my prayer looks for the triumph of God’s purposes over those who scheme and fight against Him to exalt their own domains…leaving it in His Righteous Hand to do the work of frustrating the devilry aimed at Him and those who trust in Him…

And the apostle Paul testifies to the glory I carry around in my life in my moment of eternity…glory which I share with him and all those in the Lineage of Faith and Promise from the moments in the ages of eternity before me and in the ages to come…

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you…Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

–2 Corinthians 4.7-12,1-6

Blessed are those for whom this glorious gospel is not veiled…Pray for those who are yet blinded by the gods of this age…

 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


Morning Glory…

morning-skies

Not feeling well this morning, but after attending to the initial discomforts, settled in to focus on what God would show me in His Word…

Again, I am drawn to the Daily Office passages in my copy of the Book of Common Prayer…

Time traveling between the pages and the passages is breathtaking…layer upon layer of glory…

For this day in the season of Epiphany it is all about the “striking appearance” of the glory of Christ–in Him and in those who belong to Him…the One whose teachings are the very finger of God writing upon the heart…

That seamless ribbon through the line of David…seeing the sweet ancestry unfold in the lives of Boaz and Ruth…

Becoming fruitful in the lives of those whose trust is in the Lord Jesus Christ…becoming vessels in whom His glory dwells…

Laced with His promise to make Jerusalem the place where His glory dwells…from glory to glory…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…’Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.”

–Psalm 132.13-14,16, 2 Corinthians 3.12-14

Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of the woods…So [Ruth] gleaned in the field [of Boaz] until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned...And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, ‘The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.’ Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, ‘Blessed be he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!’ And Naomi said to her, ‘This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.’ Ruth the Moabitess said, ‘He also said to me, “You shall stay close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest”.’ And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, ‘It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, and that people do not meet you in any other field.’ So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvestThe LORD has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: ‘I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body. If your sons will keep My covenant and My testimony which I shall teach them, their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore…There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but  upon Himself His crown shall flourish…’ And seeing the multitudes, [Jesus] went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying… You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Furthermore it has been said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.” But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No.” For whatever is more than these is from the evil one…’ O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forever…And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the New Covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious…You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart…”

[Psalm 132.6…Ruth 2.17-23…Psalm 132.11-12,17-18…Matthew 5.27-37…Psalm 131.3…2 Corinthians 3.4-11,2-3]

 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


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Morning Glory…

morning-skies

Wednesday waking in the seventh week of the season of the Epiphany* of our Lord Yeshua…my little grey cells are buzzing with thoughts…time to rein them into God’s direction for the day…

Rejoicing in God’s having taken me into His “Field” of LIFE…Here I will glean all my remaining days, and I will stay; and I will not glean in any other field, for it is in none other than the Lord Yeshua–Ancient of Days–in whom I have found reconciliation to God and refuge in the shadow of His wings  (Ruth 2.8,12b)…Having been reconciled to God in Christ, I share this seamless ribbon of glory..

My lips shall utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes. My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness…For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ…”

–Psalm 119.171-172, 2 Corinthians 2.17

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments…There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, ‘Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.’ And she said to her, ‘Go, my daughter.’ Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech…I cry out with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD! I will keep Your statutes.  I cry out to You; save me, and I will keep Your testimonies…Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O LORD, revive me according to Your justice…Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word…Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD; revive me according to Your judgments…Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness…Let Your hand become my help, for I have chosen Your precepts. I long for Your salvation, O LORD, and Your law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; and let Your judgments help me…Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, ‘The LORD be with you!’ And they answered him, ‘The LORD bless you!’ Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, ‘Whose young woman is this?’ So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, ‘It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. And she said, “Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.” So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.’ Then Boaz said to Ruth, ‘You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.’ So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, ‘Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?’ And Boaz answered and said to her, ‘It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge…’ And seeing the multitudes, [Jesus] went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying…You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that…whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift…Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. LORD, I hope for Your salvation, and I do Your commandments…Let my cry come before You, O LORD; give me understanding according to Your word. Let my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your word…Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand. But I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow.  For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me? And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you. But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices…The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever…My heart stands in awe of Your word. I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure…Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?”

[My ribbon of glory:  Psalm 119.176…Ruth 2.1-3…Psalm 119.145-146, 149,154,156,159b,173-174…Ruth 2.4-12…Matthew 5.1-2,21-24…Psalm 119.165-166,169-170…2 Corinthians 1.23-2.11…Psalm 119.160-162…2 Corinthians 2.14-16]

…for such a time as this…

The Fragrance of Christ

 *Epiphany: from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance;” another observation found here: “epiphany” explanation


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Morning Glory in the Afternoon

morning-skies

Tuesday afternoon in the Year of Our Lord 2017: I’ve been on the road since after my morning post…Women’s Bible Study and after that errands…My morning song is still resonating in my little grey cells, and so are the apparitions of the morning Scripture passages…even though my reading was once through them…

…Praising God for safe return, and energy to disseminate the acquisitions of the day, tidying up after a somewhat plunderous riot of the whole process…

…And thankful for the joy and quiet to return to the readings…eager to connect the dots and to “time travel” between the pages…even in my dusty existence this side of Heaven…to discover a new layer of depth and counsel in the sanctuary of God’s Word today…

…As I record the ribbon of glory, my little grey cells are tingling at the glimpse of the polyvalent* glory to which God has granted me as a citizen of His Kingdom–a resident and servant in the Jerusalem waiting to be revealed at Messiah Jesus’ return…and yet, I live this glory, in part, in this time…

In my distress I cried to the LORD, and He heard me. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue…Woe is me…My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace.  I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war…I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth…And [Naomi] said, ‘Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’ But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me…’ Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us…I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD.’ Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the Testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David…Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven…’ For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you. For we are not writing any other things to you than what you read or understand…But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us…Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the Testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David… You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven…’ Now I trust you will understand, even to the end (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus...He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee…Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.’

For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’ Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.”

[My ribbon of glory: Psalm 120.1-2,5-7;  121.1-2; Ruth 1.15-17; Psalm 123.1-2; 122.1-5;  Matthew 5.17-20; 2 Corinthians 1.12-13a,18-20; Matthew 5.13a,14-16; Psalm 122.3-5; 2 Corinthians 1.13b-14,21-22; Psalm 122.6-9]

…for such a time as this…

Blessings on your evening…may your sleep be filled with dreams of God’s greatness and glory…

 *polyvalent: a word I learned today in conversation with a seminary graduate on the very subject of the connected-ness of God’s Word, especially the layer upon layer of glory in all the pages of His-story…


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