Wednesday, January 14, 2009

BIAY- January 15th

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  1. Luke 12:51:
    Tell me if I'm the only one who takes this away from this verse-
    "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: "

    Broken down, "Suppose ye" basically Jesus saying "so ya think?"

    "give", "to grant, give to one asking, let have";

    "a state of national tranquillity' " OR
    "peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord"; OR
    "security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous)"

    "I tell"- "to teach"
    Nay- "not, by no means, not at all"
    DIVISION (capitals mine, lol)- "a parting, distribution"; "disunion, dissension"

    This is the reality so many do not want to accept with Christianity. So many people think that Christianity is supposed to encompass compromise for the sake of acceptance, when that is NOT what Jesus taught! Yes, Jesus loved all, that is why he gave his LIFE for ALL so that they may be SAVED from their sins! Not so they can claim him in the name of religion and feel good about their sins!! Agree?

  2. Luke 12
    Wow, I love the admonition to be ready, and the implication that sometimes too much stuff can prevent us from being ready and waiting eagerly for the return of our master. I think that's where I am, bogged down by stuff. I'll be working through it in the next few months, hopefully chronicling my progress online. (It's easy to have too much stuff when you have 8 people living in a 900 sq. ft. house)

    "For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more" One of the most convicting verses I know. I have definitely, definitely been given much. What will be required of me?

    I think you're right no verse 51. Christ does not preach peace and happiness to all men no matter what. He preaches peace with God, and that there's only one way to that -- through Himself (John 5:46, I think).

    What in the world do the last two verses of the chapter (about making peace with your enemy on the way to court) have to do with "signs of the times" (which I thought the previous section was about). Weird.

    Genesis 22:2 -- Abraham was sent to the land of Moriah. Moriah means "God is my teacher". We have a daughter named this (the names I use on my blog for my kids are fake). I absolutely love its meaning. It's also interesting to note the geography of Moriah and the mountain. I wish I had sources here, because it's very convincingly argued by someone (VandeCamp, I think) that the mountain where Isaac was sacrificed was later called Golgotha - i.e., where Christ was also sacrificed. Just remembering gives me goose bumps. (It's fact that Golgotha was in the Moriah mountain region. Beyond that it's just very cool and convincing conjecture, but it seems just like God to work a detail like that, doesn't it?)

    I always wonder how traumatic this had to be for Isaac, then I'm immediately reminded that one of the best things we can do for our children is to live for God, not for them.

    "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed." I forgot to count. Is this the second or the third time already that we've encountered this phrase? When the Bible repeats itself, it's important.

    Psalm 15 Who can go into the presence of God? The perfect, that's who. That's why they had to atone for sins with sacrifices before entering -- every single day. I'm so glad that our sins are atoned for once for all -- and that atonement bought me access to God's presence always - I don't have to be perfect first (where is it that says that we come to God "in our time of need" -- Hebrews?) I'm really grateful for that fact, wherever it is - even though I'm to lazy to look it up :)

  3. I know what you're talking about ... I think a time in need reference is in Psalms too.