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The Parable of the Sower…

From my journal of summer Bible lessons in children’s Sunday school… for such a time as this…

Jesus the Storyteller

(THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS – SUMMER 2017)

And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.

Mark 6.34

the sower bookmark1

  • Jesus taught a parable about a man who scattered seeds…

 

  • Jesus told about four kinds of soil, but only one produced a crop…

 

  • Each type of soil represented a way people respond to the message of the Kingdom of God…

 

  • Not everyone who hears the Gospel believes it.

 

 

 

Fill the earth and subdue it…

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’.”

Genesis 1.28 NKJV

In recent weeks, my wee corner of the earth has been filled with the things of a creative mind multiplying for the sake of children’s ministry–

Story Stand-up FiguresI was given a resource from a craft distributor for use in our Sunday School for an Easter lesson. The resource was a pack of card stock figures for re-telling the story of Jesus’ Resurrection. They are lovely line drawings on white cardstock, made to color and stand up on a flat surface. Each pack included a story card on which is written the story of what the disciples of Jesus found when they arrived at the tomb on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. The moment I saw these, my mind saw the possibilities for a child’s modified Resurrection/Grace Garden…

resurrection garden 1In case you have not seen one, a Resurrection/Grace Garden is a small arrangement in a container, made to resemble the garden where Jesus’ tomb stood. The elements of the landscape reflect the environs of Judea, and the tomb can be made from earthen plant pots, etc… Ultimately, the idea is to create a scene which depicts and remembers the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ at Easter, in much the same way we set out nativity sets at Christmas.

So, my little grey cells began to whir and click and hum—at the quickening of the Holy Spirit—about how to gather the elements for a combined class of pre-schoolers through first graders, 15 children on a full-house Sunday, to make their own little Grace Garden for Easter celebration…

fill the earth-subdueMy “earth” soon became filled with Wilton cake boards to serve as the platform for the standing figures and the bits of landscaping; the sandpaper, the mosses, the tiny little pebbly shells and bits of finely crumbled rock, the plastic grasses, bushes, succulents, the scrap card stock from my stash to use as the flats for the gardenscape strips… and then the different types of adhesives for the best adherence and ease of construction in the class…

Then, I realized how limited is the time we have to work on such a project in the classroom; and I began to consider how best to prefabricate the landscape so that the children would enjoy the work of constructing their craft project and be able to finish in time to take it home…

They would need to color the standing figures, and then adhere each one to its appropriate place on the landscape…

My mind began to whir and click and hum again, at the quickening of the Holy Spirit, about how to subdue all the elements which were filling my little corner of the earth…

Garden Strips Left & Right

“Garden” Scape Strips

Story Garden Platform

Platform for Figures & Garden Strips

Story Stand-up Figures

Stand-up Resurrection Story Figures

Story Card Folder

The Resurrection Story Card Folder w/Story Inside

My experience in the preparation of this Easter celebration Sunday School craft taught me volumes about the meaning of what God intended when He called our ancient parents to “fill the earth and subdue it….” It is a labor of love and sacrifice; and, because of the Fall, it is a labor accompanied by tears and trembling and in weakness and hope… One quite literally sows her being into the ground of the earth in order to bear fruit to worship God… And this taught me more of what it is to trust God in a work inspired by His Spirit, but beyond my natural abilities–His grace which is truly sufficient for these aging little grey cells; for these fingers and fatigue-ridden back and shoulders, as the labor of subduing all the elements progressed one step at a time…

Grace Garden Craft…And because of His LIFE in mine, it is a labor of joy in subduing all the gatherings–in their tumult and diversity–into something the children can enjoy, learn, understand and share for the increase of Christ’s glory in this earth…

My hope is for the fruit to increase and multiply in the lives of our young children to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ…

 

For Such a Time as This…

The Feast of Esther-Purim, Part 1

The Feast of Esther for Christians and Jews

Preface:   Recently, I have been revisiting the work I did years ago in the study of the Feast ofsaint hadassah Esther (aka “Purim”). While I was re-working the lessons I had written, I did some remedial reading on the Book of Esther in the Bible. What I found in the introductions in a couple of translations of the Bible made me aware of the possible/probable reason for the deafening silence in Protestant circles about both the Book of Esther and the celebration of Purim. This posture among my Protestant peers has been an uncomfortable and puzzling experience in times past and in my current experience. The introductory comments I have found concerning both the canonicity and historicity of the Book of Esther are close to anti-Semitic gossip masquerading as scholarship—so I won’t repeat it. But I will say that this experience is worse than hearing the rumor in some ecclesiastical circles that there is no Santa Claus (although, there is—he is St. Nicholas, a very different figure than the modern, commercial santa). As disappointing as that ignorance is, the glaring silence in Protestant circles about the Book of Esther is infinitely more questionable than the silence of God which their scholars hold suspect of the veracity of the accounts in the Book of Esther. And as it turns out, the Protestant scholars have their own scholarly fathers to thank for the “silence” of God in the Book of Esther…

 I found a respectable site which directed me to the lost portions of the Book of Esther: Book of Esther – RSVCE

 I encourage you to read it.

 “There are more things in heaven and earth…than are dreamt of in your philosophy…” (Wm Shakespeare). And if you wish to be encouraged about the ways in which God is working in heaven and earth to watch over His Word and His people, here is a link worthy of your attention: Should Christians Read the Book of Esther

There are reference links embedded in that page which will take the reader to discussions—some helpful, some not so much. I share these with you, not to incite seditions and divisions, but to encourage you in the Body of Messiah that God will not be kept silent on the matter of His promises and His sovereignty…

Coordinating the Celebration Date: Here is a link which will identify the corresponding calendar dates for each year’s Purim: Jewish-Roman Calendar

The day always begins at sundown on the Roman calendar date.  I have divided the celebration into two parts, the second celebration to be observed beginning the evening following the first night…

Theme Verse:  Romans 1.16:  “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Theme:  Our World Needs Yeshua/Jesus

Aim:

  • To remember God’s plan of salvation revealed to the world through the Jewish people
  • To remember Satan’s battle against God’s plan of salvation
  • To remember God’s sovereignty, faithfulness and power to protect and preserve His people of purpose
  • To remember the power of the Gospel of Yeshua to bless Israel and the nations

Response:

  1. That we might see the awesome power of God in the Purim scriptures;
  2. That we might surrender our hearts to the purposes of God for the Jewish people;
  3. That we might comfort and awaken the Jewish people to the power of God in Yeshua; and
  4. That we might labor in protecting Israel from harm by declaring the true identity of the Christ to the Gentiles.

Blessed art Thou, O LORD our God, King of the universe! You who watches over Your people Israel; You who neither slumbers nor sleeps; You who has been a shade at their right hand, has watched over their coming and going, has spared them from destruction: so that this wretched Gentile could behold Your salvation from the Word they have faithfully preserved! You have engrafted me into Your vine and adopted me as Your child and an heir to the glorious riches of Israel’s Messiah. Let me not be ashamed of Your Gospel, O God! Make me a blessing to the Jewish people, for you have bound me irrevocably to Your purposes, O God.  Teach me to declare to the nations who “The Christ” is, that the Jewish people will never suffer harm at the hands of any who name His Name again. In Yeshua’s Name, I pray. Amen.


Adar 14: A Family Feast on the Book of Esther

Let all the children who are able to read take turns reading passages with the adults.

purim scroll

Points to Remember:

  • The festival of Purim is an ordinance for the Jewish people and their descendants to all generations.  The Book of Esther in the Holy Scriptures tells us that the feast was established by a Jewish man named Mordecai around 460 BCE. (Esther 9.19-32).
  • Esther 9.24 says the feast takes its name from the Hebrew word “purim” which means “lots” or “lottery.”  If one flips a coin or pitches dice he is casting lots or “purim.”
  • Esther 9.21 sets the celebration of Purim to be on the 14th and 15th of the month of AdarAdar is the twelfth month of the Hebrew calendar, occurring during the months of February/March in the modern solar calendar.
  • These two days were to be days of feasting, gladness, gift giving, and sharing with the poor (Esther 9.22).
  • The Jewish people relive the miraculous events recorded in the Book of Esther, which is known as the Megillah.

Notes:

  • How did the Jewish people get to Persia?  Didn’t God give them the land of Israel?  The Book of Exodus tells us that God made the Jewish people His own people.  He gave the Jewish people a Holy Covenant–a special agreement–which would make them His own people.  When they agreed to everything He gave them, they became joined to God and to His plans for them and for the whole world.  Nothing would ever change that bond.  God has punished many armies who have tried to kill the Jewish people.  But God warned the Jewish people in this agreement not to disobey Him, and never turn away from the way He gave them to have forgiveness of sins.  The Scriptures show that God chastened the Jewish people for their stubborn disobedience by letting them be ruled by the people whose gods were more attractive to them than He.  These people were their enemies and would often kill them and take them out of their land.
  • The story of Esther happened more than 100 years after God chastened the Jewish people for worshipping other gods.  As the prophets warned, God brought the invaders to destroy the land and take the people captive.  One of the powerful enemies that ruled over the Jewish people was Persia.  After 70 years of living in their enemy’s land, the Jewish people were finally permitted by a Persian king to return to Israel.  Not all of the Jewish people returned to the land.  As the prophets foretold, God provided many mercies for the Jewish people in the land of their captivity.  Life in the land of Israel would be hard until the cities were rebuilt and the farms were restored.  The Persian king would continue to control the land, and everyone in Israel would have to obey any command which came from the royal palace at Shushan. Thepersian_empireBook of Esther shows how God used a Jewish woman living in Shushan to protect His people in all the places of the world.  This Jewish woman remembered that her people are joined to God forever for His plan and His purpose.  The king and the people of Persia began to worship Israel’s God because of what they saw God do through her life.

Mordecai’s Prayer: 15 And now, O Lord God and King, God of Abraham, spare thy people; for the eyes of our foes are upon us to annihilate us, and they desire to destroy the inheritance that has been thine from the beginning. 16 Do not neglect thy portion, which thou didst redeem for thyself out of the land of Egypt. 17 Hear my prayer, and have mercy upon thy inheritance; turn our mourning into feasting, that we may live and sing praise to thy name, O Lord; do not destroy the mouth of those who praise thee.” –The Book of Esther, RSVCE

Esther’s Prayer:  “O my Lord, thou only art our King; help me, who am alone and have no helper but thee, for my danger is in my hand. Ever since I was born I have heard in the tribe of my family that thou, O Lord, didst take Israel out of all the nations, and our fathers from among all their ancestors, for an everlasting inheritance, and that thou didst do for them all that thou didst promise. And now we have sinned before thee, and thou hast given us into the hands of our enemies, because we glorified their gods. Thou art righteous, O Lord! And now they are not satisfied that we are in bitter slavery, but they have covenanted with their idols to abolish what thy mouth has ordained and to destroy thy inheritance, to stop the mouths of those who praise thee and to quench thy altar and the glory of thy house, 10 to open the mouths of the nations for the praise of vain idols, and to magnify forever a mortal king…” –The Book of Esther, RSVCE

  • In most of the common translations of the Bible the Book of Esther does not mention the name of God.  Although His Name is not mentioned, God’s sovereignty, faithfulness and power shout from the pages of the Book of Esther.  However, if you refer to the following link, you will find the lost portions of the Book of Esther: Book of Esther – RSVCE

These portions are still included in the Bibles printed in Eastern Christian lands but have been removed from most other translations for several questionable arguments, not the least of which was to economize on printing costs.


Option for Telling the Story of Esther from the Scriptures: Refer to the following passages in the Book of Esther, summarizing the scenes as they unfold the plan of God. The visuals I use are colorful felt figures from BCM International’s curriculum: FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, OT-Volume 4: Following God’s Trailblazers. The scene backgrounds can be flannel cloths of varying shades; or you may order flannel background scenes from BCM International by their number as noted in each scene.

 Scene 1:  Esther 1.1-5,10-22; 2.1-4:  Figures from BCM’S FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, OT-Volume 4: Following God’s Trailblazers:  #’s 3, 4, 26, 84;   Flannel Background:  SFB #22, Palace

Scene 2:  Esther 2.5-20:  Figures from BCM’S FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, OT-Volume 4: Following God’s Trailblazers:  #23, 83;  Background:  Plain Flannelboard

Scene 3:  Esther 2.21-4.17: Figures from BCM’S FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, OT-Volume 4: Following God’s Trailblazers:  #85 with #70 first; then #85 with #15;  Flannel Background:  SFB #12, Street Scene

Scene 4:  Esther 5.1-6.14: Figures from BCM’S FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, OT-Volume 4: Following God’s Trailblazers:  #84 and 84A with #83 first; then #84, 27, 27A, 27B with #70; Flannel Background:  SFB #22, Palace

Scene 5:  Esther 7-9:  Figures from BCM’S FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, OT-Volume 4: Following God’s Trailblazers:  #’s 70A, 82, 83, 84, 87, 87; remove #’s 70A, 82, and 87 when Haman is taken away to be hanged (Esther 7.9-10); add #88 (Mordecai) only when king Ahasuerus orders that weapons be allowed for the Jewish people (Esther 8.7-13);  Flannel Background:  SFB #22, Palace

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Afternoons In The Son…

full sail2xSaturday afternoon busy-ness with preparing for Sunday morning children’s ministry…I am out here on the open sea of navigating the Word of God and finding activities for little hands to work while their little grey cells are soaking up the fine rays of light from the Life of Messiah…

Bible Address: Luke 2.40-52

This week I am given the privilege of exposing the emerging majesty of  Jesus as a young boy… Twelve years of age…

Even in His ordinary life in Nazareth, His parents saw that their young son, “grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” (Luke 2.40)

Now in the Temple courts during the season of Passover, Jesus is showing wisdom in the dialog He is carrying on with the rabbis… If they only knew… He does not shame them by parading His own knowledge; He is respectful; He is attentive; He listens  and only asks the questions…

young Jesus in the Temple Courts

He might have been asking questions which would prepare Him for His presentation at His own Bar Mitzvah… He would be given the honor of carrying the Torah scroll and reading passages from a portion of the Torah/the Law, and from a harmonic portion of either a historical book or the prophets…  Usually, those rabbis choose readings in such a way as to expose a thread linking the portions in thought and theme… In His tutoring audience with the Temple rabbis, Jesus may have posed  a question or two which made them think more deeply about the Scripture portions which might be designated for His special day…

Since Jesus’ dialog with the rabbis takes place at the time around the Feast of the Passover amid the Days of Unleavened Bread, it is also possible that many of Jesus’ questions were about the promises of God to redeem His people with an outstretched arm and great wonders… the  description of the Passover lamb…the exact instructions for placement of the blood… the judgment on the firstborn of Egypt… the cost of redemption and the work of purging the cursed leaven out of their homes…  whether their redemption was won by their own works or by faith in the God who gave them the work to do… whether God showed grace in His judgment or whether His judgment was completely lacking in grace for the human race… “the elephant in the room” question about how the people of Israel were ever going to be cleansed of all the pollution that sticks to their kishkes on the inside and the influences that cling to their little grey cells from the outside… All these questions with the remembrance of God’s deliverance of the people of Israel out of bondage to an evil ruler–Pharaoh–fresh in their minds…

There are questions for which every young person throughout time wants answers: “What’s the point? What has this to do with me?” Even at age 12, Jesus knows what “the point” is; it is all about His Father’s business… In order to know His Father’s business, Jesus does not neglect attentive time in the Word of God–even at an age when, in our day, all doting parents are more dedicated to extending the childhood bliss of their young boys… Preparing them for their father’s business at the age of twelve? Well, in our day, it just isn’t done… And sad to say, also, neither is preparing their young boys to have a vision for God’s business, God’s Plan…

Jesus’  parents had left Jerusalem and were on the road to Nazareth for an entire day when they discovered that Jesus was not among the company traveling with them… They are frantic, worried that some terrible thing had happened to Him–maybe kidnapped; maybe lost–a loving parent’s nightmare… Taking a deep breath, they decided to return to Jerusalem to seek His whereabouts from there; and they find Him in the Temple, as nice as you please, seated among the rabbis, having a cozy little chat…

Needless to say, His parents were taken aback by His apparent lack of concern for their sanity; they felt like He had hurt them by staying behind in the Temple courts. And He answers their question with a question: “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

By today’s standards, Jesus’ back talk would be considered cheeky at best; and to others downright disrespectful… But Joseph and Mary knew what it is to be part of the Father’s business, so I think Jesus’ answer made them remember…

The Father’s Business… God’s Business… God’s Plan…  What is it? Who will fulfill it? How must it be fulfilled?

The Father’s Business: Establish His Kingdom forever…

His Plan to Accomplish His Business: Deliver mankind from bondage to the evil ruler of sIn, Satan and death…

Nasty I-SIN heartHow His Plan Must Be Accomplished:  The death of a pure, holy sacrifice for sIn, offered by the priestly mediator of God’s own choosing, in our place…

christ our passover

How His Plan Has Been Fulfilled: In the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ… at the Passover… about  21 years after Jesus’ Passover time in Jerusalem at the age of 12… It was the third day of that Passover season in that year when Jesus showed His power to fulfill His Father’s Business by rising from the grave…

empty-tomb

How did Jesus show His attentiveness to His Father’s Business as a young man growing into maturity? He had all the daily activities of life that we do: FAMILY, WORK, PLAY, SCHOOL, FRIENDS, WORSHIP… Jesus was attentive to the Word of God in all these areas of His life–He lived them from His youth, as the Scriptures say of Him:

Then He went down with [His parents] and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

–Luke 2.51-52

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SIN in our hearts gets in the way of knowing and understanding what God’s business is in our lives. Indeed, with sIn in our hearts, we think our lives are none of God’s business at all; and with that attitude, we miss “the point…” 

The only way to ever know and understand “the point” and what God has to do with our lives is to first believe in the Lord Jesus Christ…

JESUS Heart-Cross

With Jesus in your life, God gives you a heart to love Him more and want to be about His business–obeying Him…

With Jesus in your life, God’s Spirit helps you to understand the Word of God and to become wise in all you do in your life: FAMILY, WORK, PLAY, SCHOOL, FRIENDS, WORSHIP… 

Right Now…Always…Forever!

 

Night Watches…

moonlight sailboat2

These passages for yesterday’s morning reading, but another one of those days when God drew me out to serve before I could write down my thoughts…

Meditating on them throughout the day,  and into the night… found time and expression today to write…

Daily Office Passages for Thursday, First Week of Lent, Year 1:

Psalm 50; Deuteronomy 9.23-10.5; Hebrews 4.1-10; John 3.16-21


Here is a link to view the passages cited and shared 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…


Meditating on salvation and judgment…The righteous will live by faith, the object of our faith being the only true and living God, His work, and nothing else…God’s judgment and His salvation  are both matters of faith in Him…

Here, I confess that, as I age and become less valued in the eyes of our culture, I have worried about my present, about my future…what will happen to me as I advance in age and probable infirmities…where will I live IF…who will look out for me IF…

METLIFE  may, indeed, be part of God’s provision, the answer is not entirely METLIFE for the “IFs” in life… Even METLIFE’s resources are limited and would prove insipid in a culture bent on disposing of the non-viable, and when life on the earth becomes “very tempestuous” (Psalm 50.3)

Examining the history of the people God called to be His own, I find a warning to my own mind and heart and inclinations. Everywhere the people of Israel stumbled was by not believing God, and by not believing God’s work… both able and faithful to deliver and provide…

Likewise, when the Lord sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, ‘Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His voice. You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.”

–Deuteronomy 9.23-24

Their absence of faith, their refusal to believe, led them to “put the faithful word of God behind them”­—to judge it as insipid and irrelevant…

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

–Hebrews 4.2

Like the people of the nations around them, the people whom God had taken to be His thought they could have rest by their own works; one of those works was entertaining the motion to return to Egypt—to find rest, as if the God who brought them out of Egypt had neither shown them rest nor was able to provide it in the pilgrimage…The people whom God had taken to be His had lapsed into the very thinking of the people around them who call the true and living God insipid; and those who advanced that opinion also “tweeted” regularly that those who trust Israel’s God are most ridiculous of all people. And Moses knew right well what the people of the nations would say:

…Lest the land from which You brought us [Egypt] should say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness’.”

–Deuteronomy 9.28

But Moses was a man of faith, who saw the circumstances and the danger, and knew his only recourse was to go straight to the God who is like no other… He is sovereign over all creation…He keeps His promises…

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

–Psalm 50.15

Therefore [Moses] prayed to the LORD, and said: ‘O LORD God, do not destroy Your people and Your inheritance whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or their sin…”

 –Deuteronomy 9.26-27

…Because Moses knew the consequences of resisting God by taking a faithless posture, preferring our own works and the fabrication of our own gods…

He…who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

–John 3.18b-20

So God swore, ‘They shall not enter My rest…’ –Hebrews 4.3b; Psalm 95.11

Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver… What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth, seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.”

–Psalm 50.22,16-21

Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

–Hebrews 4.7; Psalm 95.7,8

Because…

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned…”

–John 3.16-18a

…Lest I lapse into the very thinking of the people around me who call the true and living God insipid; and those who “tweet” regularly that those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ are most ridiculous of all people…

… to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

–Psalm 50.23b

Here is the treasure that I seek as my earthen vessel is being humbled to the dust… It is one thing to practice the vigilant discipline of giving up worry and anxiety for Lent… giving up performance stress in my daily work… giving up all foggy ideas in my little grey cells about the God who both judges and also saves… There is more to this life of belonging to God than sheer denial of the right of those worldly taskmasters to rent space in my head. The calling in this night watch meditation is to being clothed further in faith in the God who is able in all the circumstances of my life in the culture of the world that surrounds me…

Affirming with all boldness: As God is my Judge, I do believe in His salvation—namely, the Lord Jesus—and that He is able to provide for every circumstance I encounter on my pilgrimage in this vessel of dust…

In worrisome moments, bringing that anxious reflex to the God who alone can change that worry into exultant praise that He is able to advocate for me in my vessel of dust…

Working each day in pure, certain faith in God’s sovereignty and appointment of the tasks which line up in the day—and by that faith, know what it is like to labor from a point of rest in my vessel made of dust—because God is able to bring to fruition what He ordains for me to be doing…

Resting in the sure and certain knowledge that every evil act of hatred on this fallen planet will be judged under the pure, righteous hand of God…that all the work that I do in this dusty vessel will be examined and revealed whether it was done in faith in Him or was a work of faith in my SELF…that when He judges, His perfection of beauty will shine forth for all to see…

Because…

…We who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said…For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

–Hebrews 4.3,10

Blessed are those who are being clothed further with the remembrance of who the Lord Jesus Christ is; whose little grey cells inside their dusty little heads are at rest with God by faith in Messiah Jesus, Savior and Judge; whose lives are characterized by steadfast faith in God as they walk about in their earthen vessels  at such a time as this…

Pray for those who are in danger of being destroyed by the gods they mold with their own hands; 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


 

Night Watches…

moonlight sailboat2

These passages for yesterday’s morning reading, but my day pressed in on me before I could write down my thoughts…

Meditating on them throughout the day, they are too beautiful to leave unspoken…they wake me in the night watch…

My heart is overflowing with a good theme;  I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”

–Psalm 45.1

A call for giving up indifference and complacency and smugness for Lent–specifically, indifference, complacency and smugness before the Lord Jesus Christ…

Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land’; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you. It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

–Deuteronomy 9.4-6

In the fullness of time, in their moment of eternity, these were called to a bloody task of ending the influence of the unyielding rebellion in the land God had chosen for His government… not because they are better than others, but because of His own sovereign, righteous purposes… Were I there, were I among the warriors called to wield the sword, would I go in reverence before God, in humility before Him? Could I have carried out the terrible work without presumption, and self exaltation, and the intoxicating adrenaline which incites the flesh to forget the God who made me and commanded me by His own pure righteousness?  Would I understand how to be both valiant and humbled, at the same time, in godly reverence and fear (Hebrews 12.28)?

Because He is not a god contrived by my own imaginations, molded with my own hands…

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly; they have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made themselves a molded image’.”

––Deuteronomy 9.12

He is fairer than all…

You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever…Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad…Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear…Because He is your LORD, worship Him…”

–Psalm 45.2,6-8,10a,11b


The Fragrance of Christ


Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, ‘Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!’ Then His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.’ So the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’.

–John 2.13-19

In the fullness of time, Jesus addresses the uncouth and irreverent posture of people in the royal courts of the Lord; the activity was not only questionable in its legitimacy, but even were it legitimate, its conduct was unfitting for this place…a place for prayer, reverence, worship…Were Moses there to execute chastening, he might forget his King (as he did on occasion) and allow his own zeal and indignation to fuel the lust for satisfaction of his own flesh…In contrast, Jesus executes righteous indignation, with restraint, not fueled with the intoxication of adrenaline, but governed by the Spirit of God to purge the courts of the Lord of unacceptable activity in them…to command reverence to God…In His zeal, He could have vaporized them on the spot…but instead, He drove them out…

All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your own people also, and your father’s house; so the King will greatly desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, worship Him. And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; the rich among the people will seek your favor. The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; her clothing is woven with gold. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; the virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; they shall enter the King’s palace. Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, whom You shall make princes in all the earth. I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.”

–Psalm 45.8-17

If my dusty little grey cells were more attentive–if my dusty little grey cells were clothed further with the awareness of my own uncouth and ill-bred deportment in contrast to the glory and beauty of King Jesus, would I realize more the grace which He has poured out on me? Would I understand the calling to His courts and how to carry this royal calling in my earthen vessel? Would I be willing to be groomed and taught to serve in His presence, with reverence and godly fear?

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him… For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.”

–Hebrews 3.1-6

 


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Blessed are those who are being clothed further with the remembrance of who the Lord Jesus Christ is; the memory in their little grey cells inside their dusty little heads of Messiah Jesus’ majesty and glory–the King who has called His people to enjoy His beauty and grace and to serve Him in His courts… in their earthen vessels  in this moment in eternity–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who are in danger of being destroyed by the gods they mold with their own hands; 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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Today’s passages in the Daily Office pose a timely challenge for such a time as this: giving up amnesia and forgetfulness for Lent–specifically, giving up amnesia and forgetfulness of who God is. Stop forgetting who God is in all our moments of eternity this side of Heaven…

If I were clothed further with the remembrance in my little grey cells, in my dusty little head, of the glory of my God, I wonder how my reflexes would respond to the challenges and seductions in the world at such a time as this…

Because He is good and faithful…

…I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.”

–Psalm 52.8b-9

…Do not forget the LORD your God…who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end… And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

–Deuteronomy 8.11,14-16,18

–An offspring of Abraham by faith…

For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.”

––Hebrews 2.16

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.  And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine…’ Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.  Jesus said to [the servants], ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, ‘Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.’ And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, ‘Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!’ This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”

–from John 2.1-11

…An heir and eternal sibling in the household of Messiah Jesus by faith… Jesus suffered inside an earthen vessel to wage war for the love of my soul, against the Hater of God–the God who loved me first… The Lord Jesus conquered; the Lord Jesus won the victory in the contest for my life… Because of His faithfulness and mercy,  He is not ashamed to call me His own…

For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying:  ‘I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.’ And again: I will put My trust in Him.’ And again: ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.’ Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage… Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

–Hebrews 2.11-15,17-18

But You, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up… By this I know that You are well pleased with me, because my enemy does not triumph over me. As for me, You uphold me…and set me before Your face forever. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.

–Psalm 41.10,11-13

…Do not forget the LORD your God…who brought you out ofthe house of bondage…For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham…For [Jesus] who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren…Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, [Jesus]…likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage… Therefore, in all things [Jesus] had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that [Jesus] Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted… Jesus…manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him… Remember the LORD your God…”


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Blessed are those who are being clothed further with the remembrance of who the Lord Jesus Christ is; the memory in their little grey cells inside their dusty little heads of Messiah Jesus’ valiant warfare waged inside His own earthen vessel, to conquer the predator of our immortal souls…  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…

morning-skies

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


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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…

morning-skies

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


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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…

morning-skies

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

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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

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