For 2016 my first book to read will be “Josephus” and all his works. I am giving myself nine months to read and study it. What do you think? Crazy?
Monthly Archives: December 2015
Ah ha moment!!!
Do you sometimes wonder why you didn’t put things together reading something all these years?
The story, the scriptures, the bible, the word, is a big vast wealth of knowledge of God and his eternal purpose.
It is almost like a connect the dots to God’s plan that we must ‘see’to understand it all. This is actually what God said to all his followers and to the pharasee’s , that one must ‘hear’ what Jesus was saying to them to know his purpose.
One such hearing moment starts in Gen 3.2-5 when eve is being challenged by satan on what God actually said to adam and eve in the garden.
It was in verse 4 that satan reiterates that what God said was not actually true of what would happen to them if they did not follow God’s way. It was the emphasis on what the result would be……………..die!!
Now, we can start with a passage in Isaiah 25.7-9 to understand the story of death and it’s mission of God.(there are other references to go by, but this one is a sign from Isaiah that this was to come to his people)
7. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all people, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God, we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord;we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Notice the italicised parts of the passage, this is what the ‘death’ is all about, who it is for, what the solution is for, and who will solve it.
The new testament story line continues this line (from the prophets) of the thought from God, his bringing hope and salvation from death. How he starts this journey is by bring his son to fulfill the perfect example of himself, to overcome, and defeat this thing called ‘death’.
It is then that the life of Jesus,ministry, and message that was used as an example of ‘Life’ as it was meant to be like, God gave to his son,Jesus.
It is also the ‘end’ of his son’s life that was to be the ‘message’ for his creation, ‘his people’ to be shown that this ‘death’ thing can and will be beaten.
Resurrection that morning ,when it was beaten back to the grave where it was to stay was not the end, but the beginning.
It was the ‘new creation’, the eternal purpose of God.
His ‘people’, His ‘Life’.
As I sit at my desk, I am pondering the significance of the candle that I have lit shining its light around me.
I am dumbfounded that the candle does not need to move to shine it’s light, it just sits there in its candle holder.
It is only one light.
My use of a candle is redundant when I have a electrical light above my head.
Why then do I use a candle? for warmth, for ambience, for smell, for it’s just a thing?
My concept of me being not the light, but the candle, which produces the light, with the power of the fire.
What if I used two candles? or three? or four? or five? or hundred, or a thousand?
Would it make a difference in any of my ‘why’ I use the candle scenario’s?
It probably would in all those way’s.
But, what if all those candles, being candles, were in fact were not candles standing there all together, but were really God’s people, just being God’s people, standing there being a candle.
Candles are just candles, if they do not have the power of ‘fire’,it is just the vessel to be the carrior of the fire.
It is the wick, inside the candle that is buried inside the candle that sustains the candle throughout it’s burning.
The power is within. It shines within.
The candle, thus represents light, when lit with the fire.
In the end, the candle does not move, but yet it still accomplishes it’s intention, to give ‘light’.
Do God’s people need to rethink there purpose?