Good Monday Friends~
I hope your weekend was what you needed. Happy Presidents Day! What a great country we live in. Please continue to pray for all that happens in our nation as we continue to shine brightly in our generation.
We have turned a corner in our OT literature and are now at the threshold of the major and minor oracles used by Father to ongoingly proclaim His words. Isaiah is so well placed, because there is so much material that goes both the direction of judgment and hope. Some of the other prophets can lean the judgment way a bit too much leaving little room for our contemporary readers to be encouraged. Isaiah is so chock full of encouraging scripture. As I read today, so many of them really spoke to me. Continue reading
Good Sunday morning Friends~
Rarely do you get an email on Sundays. Surprise!
In reading through Psalms, other literature about Psalms, and devotionals from Psalms, there is so much going on there which we miss on a cursory perusal of the book. There are issues of Hebrew poetry, called parallelism, which when understood, makes some of the material make more sense. There are issues of metaphors within the book, which, when understood, helps to make sense of some of the word-pictures. Then there are all the musical terms- maskil, alamoth, higgaion, sheminith, shiggaion, and the ever elusive ‘Selah.’ I think it meant, the worship leader broke a guitar string, to wait a minute, just ponder. And what about some of those song titles- “death of the son,” “do not destroy” (whatever is that about?), “doe of the morning,” “doves on distant oaks.” Must have been something with having the letter D in the name that was important? Maybe Iron Butterfly got there famous tune In A Gadda Da Vida from Psalms 45 & 49 “tune of the lilies.” Continue reading
Saints, Friends, Countrymen~
As the end of the Torah rolled around a bit of sadness overcame me. The end of a forty year era was done. The end of Moses ministry to the people was done. The end of his event-filled 120 years was complete. There has been, nor ever will be a man like Moses. One can see now why is so revered in the Jewish Faith. “Moses and the Prophets,” they say. He embodied many attributes of Father. He was patient with the people, though at times wondered why he had to lead this group of rebellious and stiff-necked people. He interceded on their behalf for Father not to wipe them off the face of the earth. Moses stayed faithful to the wandering Hebrews, he never quit or left them on the side of the road. Yet in the end, even Father’s most favored man on the planet at the time had to deal with the result of his decisions and disobedience. Moses was not allowed to enter the place he vowed to lead the people towards. His forty years of education and training– lead to forty years of training with Father– which lead to his forty years of service– ending with looking at the place of promise.
Did any of you stop to ponder the choices for why which tribes were chosen to be on Mt. Gerazim and Mt. Ebal during the recitation of the blessings and curses? The two tribes from which the two positive spies surfaced, the priests, “Praise,” the youngest son from whom the first king came, the favored one of Jacob, and the laboring servant were all on the Mt. of Blessing. There are many reasons why the others on the Mt. of Curses side. See if you can come up with more than what I have listed.
I am late today in getting my reading done. Wow. What a story!
“Complaining and Grumbling”- The Steady Diet of Humanity
I am not sure that I have notice the words complaining and grumbling so many times in this section of scripture before. It seems that in each and every case, those who do so think they have justification for their words, when in reality, do not. Father takes this action very seriously. Whether it was against him or the leadership in place, it is not well received. To us, complaining and grumbling seem innocuous. In reality, complaining and grumbling are the same as slander and murder. Boy do I want to be careful regarding how I speak against those in leadership over me.
To think that in this section we see lots of interesting things. Moses arguing with Father. This is the first time this shows up. I wonder if the habit the Israelites had wore on him? We also see the signs of the first church split. The first stoning. Joshua worried about gifts manifesting outside the Tent of Meeting. Just ten men able to pollute the remaining folks in the crowd that going the route of the sea is a bad thing. It doesn’t take much for a cancer to spread does it? Speaking life-giving encouragement does take effort. I wonder if the percentage of 10 of 12 holds true in our culture today? That means that only 17% of people use gracious words? I don’t know, but I want to be part of the 17%!
Good morning Kingdom Seekers!
I heard so many positive comments regarding our guest. Heaps of you got a whole lot out of it and enjoyed hearing The Word from a different voice and paradigm. Rick really challenged some folks in The Word and in life. He brought out some really good points and the way he wove the three blessings into the lives of Abraham, Jesus, and then to us was masterful. I was blessed to have a day to enjoy and to be really fed in some areas. It helps to be hungry, amen? And we can only be hungry be eating more. Remember it is not like natural hunger.
Thank you to everyone who talked to him afterwards. That is so very important. To acknowledge him with a thanks, a question, or an introduction from as many of you as possible is part of being a Kingdom Subject. Recognizing his scholasticism and dedication to The Word and teaching it to others was so very important. I know that many of you did that. You blessed me in that.