Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Is Grace Permanent?

 
Naked thoughts on 1 Kings 3:5-12:
 
God asked Solomon (a test?) what he wanted from God. Solomon asked for the wisdom to be a good shepherd and leader. God was proud of him, and graced him with the gift of deep discernment. No one has or has ever had such a rare gift to such a degree. Yet the Bible shows us that Solomon made many poor choices later on.
 
1. Did the King lose the gift, or did he quit using it?
2. Is there a gift that I pay for daily?
3. Are there gifts that I have quit using?
4. Does "use it or lose it" apply to grace?
5. Salvation is a grace, can we lose our salvation?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sexiness.


(Rachel and Leah by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
Laban felt that Jacob should not work for him for nothing, just because he was family: "What do you wish to work for?"
Laban's eldest daughter was cute and had a kind face, but her younger sister was hot: "Give me my young cousin Rachel as a wife!" They agreed upon the bride price.
After seven years of hard work, Jacob and Rachel were more than ready for their honeymoon night. Jacob waited for her in the dark tent until she came to him.
In the morning light, her discovered that it was poor Leah that he had slept with! After seven years, Laban had still not been able to marry her off. Jacob rose in anger and rushed to his father-in-law's tent. "Why did you trick me? I worked hard for you, because I love Rachel!"
Laban explained his position in regards to his unwanted daughter. They agreed that once the honeymoon was over, Laban would also give Rachel to Jacob as a second wife - in exchange, Jacob would would for another seven years.
(Taken from Genesis 29:15-28)
Meditations:
1. The last shall be first, and the first last?
2. How does Leah's story make you feel?
3. What do you think of this Biblical description of marriage?
4. Was Laban doing Leah a kindness, or tricking Jacob into more servitude?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43 - Naked Thoughts on Weeds and Seeds.

 
Why do some fields have more weeds than others?

Weeds are opportunists.
Has their been a disturbance which has allowed weed seeds to find soil?

Weeds are persistent.
Has the field had a history of weeds?

Weeds are hardy.
Has there been a drought lately that allowed the weeds to out-grow the crop?

Weeds are adventurous.
Are nearby fields weedy?

Weeds do not need as much nutrients.
Is the soil over-farmed?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I AM.

 
 
Thus spoke God:
"Only I AM eternal.
Are there others? Let them stand before Me and show Me their resumes! Do they know what only I can know? Let them tell Me what I will do next then!
Don't live in fear. Do not be afraid. Haven't I always talked with you, loved you, and shown myself to you? You know Me! Is there another like I AM?
There is no other Rock that I know, and I know everything."
(Isaiah 44:6-8 retold)
 
 
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Solomon's Thoughts on Kings and God.

 
(William Blake)
 
Your strength is Your source of Your gentleness.
You rule us all, so You are merciful to everyone.
You reveal power to those who need to see it -
You discipline those who try to limit Your power.
Although almighty, You treat us with loving care!
Like a forbearing grandparent, you raise us up -
Even though You can do whatever You want to do.
You've showed us that the righteous must be kind!
You've filled us with a new hope in loving goodness,
Because we've known Your grace and forgiveness.
 
(Wisdom of Solomon 12:16-19 retold)