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B90X – Ezekiel 11:19 Sunday, Mar 03, 13

We live in a hard world…and we encounter it everyday.

We’ve all attended the school of hard knocks, lived between a rock and hard place, and discovered that there are no hard and fast rules. We meet people who are as hard as nails, drive a hard bargain, are a hard nut to crack, and are a hard act to follow. We encounter circumstances that are hard to swallow and have learned the hard way. We’re hard pressed, hard up, play hard to get, work hard, fall on hard times, and need hard cash.  We offend someone and say, “No hard feelings.” Of course, we know without being told that this is not what the Lord wants for us. Out of sheer self-protection, our tendency is to become hard ourselves: we take a hard line, develop hard feelings, and in the process become hard-hearted.  After thinking long and hard, many of us are hard of hearing on some matters, and we know that old habits die hard.  Along the way, we run into hard voices, faces, attitudes…and hearts. So, let’s take a long, hard look at what the Bible has to say about hard-heartedness.

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B90X- Easy Keel 36:24-32

stone and flesh heart

24      For I will take you from among the nations,
gather you from all the countries,
and return you to your own soil.
25      Then I will sprinkle clean water on you,
and you will be clean;
I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness
and from all your idols.
26      I will give you a new heart
and put a new spirit inside you;
I will take the stony heart out of your flesh
and give you a heart of flesh.

27      I will put my Spirit inside you
and cause you to live by my laws,
respect my rulings and obey them.
28      You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors.
You will be my people,
and I will be your God.
29     I will save you from all your uncleanliness.
I will summon the grain and increase it,
and not send famine against you.
30     I will multiply the yield of fruit from the trees
and increase production in the fields,
so that you never again suffer the reproach
of famine among the nations.
31     Then you will remember your evil ways
and your actions that were not good;
as you look at yourselves, you will loathe yourselves
for your guilt and disgusting practices.
32     Understand,’ says Adonai Elohim,
‘that I am not doing this for your sake.
Instead, be ashamed and dismayed for your ways,
house of Isra’el.’

B90X- Isaiah

The purpose of the book of Isaiah demonstrates the trustworthiness of the Lord.  The first king whom Isaiah serves, Ahaz, does not trust the Lord.  He ignores Isaiah’s advice and follows his own schemes.  This leads to defeat and servitude at the hands of the Assyrians.  Ahaz’s son Hezekiah, in contrast, trusts the Lord and Jerusalem is delivered from Sennacherib and the Assyrians.  In the second half of the book the exiles are also encouraged to trust the Lord to bring deliverance and to respond like Hezekiah, not like Ahaz.

Isaiah and coal

A significant theme is the hope in a future ideal Davidic king.  The book provides a template for Messianic expectation as it develops a profile of God’s plan, including the exaltation of Jerusalem (ch. 2), the coming child whom is the reign (ch. 9), peace and stability of the reign of the Davidic heir(ch. 11), and how the ideal Servant of the Lord will carry out God’s mission (chs. 42-53).

Walton, Strauss, and Cooper.  The Essential Bible Companion.

B90X Psalm 106

Golden calf

In Horev they fashioned a calf, they worshiped a cast metal image.  Thus they exchanged their Glory for the image of an ox that eats grass!  They forgot God, who had saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, wonder in the land of Ham, fearsome deeds by the Sea of Suf.  Therefore he said that he would destroy the, [and he would have,] had not Moshe his chosen one stood before him in the breach to turn back his destroying fury (Ps 106:19-23, CJB).

The location of the incident repeated above is originally found Exodus 32.  Quite a group of folks whom Moses had to lead out of Egypt into the Promised Land.

A couple of things that I was thinking about this morning as I read this:

1. There may not be a golden calf in which I have melted down all my gold to replace for God, yet, is there something instead?  Have I forgotten God and created something else in place of Him?  What have I called Yahweh instead of Father?  What have I exchanged my imago Dei for?

2. As a church we are participating in a Seder Dinner this March 7th.  The purpose of a Seder is to remember all that the Lord had done for the descendants of Abraham in setting up for them a land of promise, a land of refuge and peace, and a place to show Father’s glory.  Father was faithful in his promise, but the people were not.  The above says, “They forgot God, who had saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, wonder in the land of Ham, fearsome deeds by the Sea of Suf.”
The main point to a Seder is to never forget.
Not to forget,
not to forget who saved them,
not to forget the great things,
not to forget the wonder,
not to forget the fearsome deeds. 

Father, I pray we never forget all you have done for us.  From all you have redeemed us.  From the old.  From the degenerate.  From the habits.  From the addictions.  From it all.  Help us to have constant reminders of your glory in our lives and the image we possess and how that image is to interact with the world’s we live in.  Amen.

 

B90X “The Word” Psalm 119

B90X “The Word”  Psalm 119      Feb. 10, 2013       CRBC     PM

For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office.

People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa.

Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?

Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter?

Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.

Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us.

I never made a sacrifice.

- African missionary David Livingstone, Cambridge University, December 4, 1857.David Livingston

 

On some of the fourteeners there at little plastic tubes with caps on the ends and a small cable securing the tube to the summit.

If there is a tube, after unscrewing the cap, one typically finds a rolled up log book and a pen.  Or sometimes a pencil that looks like a marmot or caged mouse has chewed on the end exposing the lead.

Sometimes the log is in good order with lots of clean pages.  Other times, it looks water logged, rotten, wind torn, full, or so dilapidated that scrawling ones name legibly is nearly impossible.

Picture of Ryan writing in one on top of Sunlight or Windom.

There is a place for the date, ones name, town of origin, and a comment column.

I completely ignore this type of request for information and, if indeed there was a tube and log  would write, “The Heaven declare the Glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1

For those of you somewhat on track with B90X at some point this past week or soon, you will have or will read Psalm 19.  As I read that a few days ago I was reminded of the quote I write on top of every 14er in Colorado.  The heavens do declare the Glory of the Lord!

Then in reading abit further in that psalm David speaks of his great joy, delight, love, and respect for the word of God.  It goes like this: Read through Psalm 19:7-11.

When one heads up towards the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen, the view that anyone from a toddler to a grandpa in a wheelchair can have is stunning.

Show picture of Maroon Bells. And sign.

deadly bells sign

“Do not attempt climb if not qualified.”

Read remaining verbiage on sign.

Look at v. 11 again.  That sign in front of the Bells is kind of like the Bible. In the stories are lessons.

“How do you read the Bible?”  How do you view it in your life?  Is it important?  Do you see it as a bunch of warnings?  Do you see it as a killjoy?  Do you see it as narrow focused and myopic?

Or do you see it like David?
Precious.
Sweet.
A blessing.
Reviving the soul.
Making the simple wise.
Bringing joy to your heart.
Giving light to your eyes.

In thinking about what the Bible is to me, all the words involved and the blessing they bring, I ran to Psalm 119.  Go with me there please.

Psalm 119 is an expansion of Psalm 19:7-9.  Psalm 119 is the equivalent of the Amplified Bible of today on steroids, performance enhancing drugs, and growth hormones times 10.

Psalm 119 wordcloudPsalm 119 may be my favorite chapter in all of the Bible.  If I had to tear one page of my Bible out and keep that one forever, it may indeed be this one.  Well, maybe four pages.

It is the most glorious work of literary genius in all the Bible.  It is 176 verses all about the words, decrees, laws, promises, and commands of our Father.

Here is what C.S. Lewis said about Psalm 119, “It is not, and does not pretend to be, a sudden outpouring of the heart… It is a pattern, a thing done like embroidery, stitch by stitch, through long, quiet hours, for love of the subject and for the delight in leisurely, disciplined craftsmanship.”

Let’s look at it ever so briefly-  in its unique acrostic format Psalm 119 conveys all of the following and more:

What the Word of God is.
What the Word of God does for us and to us.
How we should walk (do life) in light of the Word.
The benefits of knowing the Word.
The fruit of walking (living life) in the Truth of the Word.

Psalm 119 is a poem called an acrostic.  This does not mean that the last words in each line rhyme, instead it means that the first letter of each stanza begins with the same letter.

Psalm 119 in HebrewLook at the first 8 verses.  Above it there is a symbol and the word Aleph.  Show pictures of Hebrew Bible.

There are 22 letters in the Hebrew Aleph-Beth, all shown in your Bible with 8 verses in each stanza.

There are 8 words that show up at least 22 times:
decrees, commands, law (s), precepts, promises, ways, and word.

If you have an NIV, it would appear that five verses do not contain any one of the eight words, but in fact 121 is ok.  So 84, 90, 122, and 132 don’t have one of those Hebrew words.

This Bible is an amazing book.  It is so fun.  It is awe-inspiring.  It is captivating.

I love it.

Really quick, what are all these words:
1. Law- torah. Law has a broad meaning and a narrow meaning.  Broadly speaking it refers to any instruction flowing from the revelation of God as the basis for life and action.  In the narrow sense it is the Ten commandments, the Priestly law, Torah specific.  So sometimes it will say law and can go either way.

2. Word- dabar.  This is any spoken word that comes out of the mouth of God. So could be the law above, any word from a prophet.  Interesting thing about this word, dabar, it can also mean “name” which has a twinge or reputation attached to it.

3. Statutes- this word’s root is in witness or testimony.  The two tablets of testimony, the ark of the testimony.  The observance of the statutes signifies loyalty to the terms of the covenant between the Lord and Israel.

4. Commands- this is more specific to the laws,  the covenant.

5. Decrees- means engrave or inscribe.  So this refers to something set in stone that is not changeable.

6. Precepts- Similar to commands and decrees.

7. Promises- imrah, sometimes is translated as word.  But refers to any spoken word which is a promise which proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Some points on the chapter that are life to me:

  1. Except for vv. 1-4 and 13, 72, 88, 115, and 138, what one word precedes all of our words?  Your!
    a. Not mine

b. No human.  Is. 55:8 God speaking, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”
c. Not arbitrary.

Instead they are:
a. specific.
b. intentional.
c. directional- 172 of the 176 vs. are directed towards Father.

psalm 119.15-162.  There is “delight” in the word of God.  This “delight” word is used 105x in the entire Bible.  In Psalms used 28 times- 26% of all uses, in 119 used 9 times- 32% of Psalms.  Not drudgery.

3. “I will” is found 18 times in Ps 119.  Nearly every time it is associated with obedience.  It is important to obey every word of God.

4. Praying through Psalm 119.  I pray through different verses.  Sometimes I pray from beginning to end.  Using each verse to trigger thoughts on how to pray.

Specifically- the word “word.”  Go through a couple of those.

V. 9, 11, 89, 105

Let’s see if there is time to go through some other features of Ps. 119.

Finally to close, I want you to think about this statement-

Love for God’s word is a love for God. 16, 47, 70.

Love for God emanates form hearing his voice in his word.  Listening to Him.

If you have ever experienced the hatred that can come from hearing someones voice- the same thing can happen with Father.  You hear his voice and totally ignore it, or hate the sound of it, or purposely disobey all that he says.

Pray for a hunger and a thirst for spiritual things.

Refreshing and outpouring.

Love for God and Love for the word.