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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mercy and more mercy.

God met me Tues. night at a prayer time.
God met me in a little book, called "Blessings in Disguise" by Joshua M. Hood.
God met me in a blog, http://aaroncuyler.net/2014/10/29/jesus-always-secure-without-a-platform-ministry/#comment-324
God met me in another blog  http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/10/3-creative-ways-to-love-kids-through-hard-spots/

It is only through mercy that God meets me, anywhere.
He continues to do His work in me, and it is a work that makes me softer and more filled with mercy.
Oh yes, "Zeal for my Father's house" does still sometimes consume me, but even that is a work of mercy.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Moshe for the sake of Christ

Just loving how we are reading one book with one story.  Hebrews 11:24-26

 24 By trusting, Moshe, after he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose being mistreated along with God’s people rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin. 26 He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward.   CJB

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of  Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.    NASB




Monday, October 20, 2014

Moshe and my 3-4 year old class

Numbers 14:13-19 reveals that the incredible strength of God is shown in showing mercy to us, "vessels of wrath."   "And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,"  Numbers 14:17  The power that Moshe was asking the Lord to reveal was the power to pardon and show mercy and bring His promises to pass in spite of the obstinate disobedient people.  
Mercy requires great power, to not give people what they deserve is a high calling.

\Got a revelation on Sunday before going to teach my 3-4 year old class.  The lesson was on "Do Not Worry", and I thought to myself, these kids don't even have a concept of "worry."  The lesson plan actually recommended that the adult teacher give examples of things to worry about!  I'm not the brightest bulb in the box, but that did not seem like a good idea to me.  Earlier in the week I had read a blog by Annie Lifsey about allowing our children to teach us about a true relationship with God.  Jesus said to look to them and become like them.  At a very young age, worry is a foreign concept and trust comes from their heart.  My revelation was, stop trying to teach and allow them to teach you.  I will be paying closer attention to them in the future.

Another episode in the life of Moses that is recorded by him in Chapter 20 is hard to read.  Moses gets frustrated and angry with the incessant whining of the community and goes beyond the instruction of God.  He doesn't speak to the rock, he yells at the people and then takes "partial credit" for bringing forth water from the rock and even strikes the rock twice.  For this momentary lapse that probably did not take one full minute of his life, he is banned from leading the people into the promised land.  The commentaries that I read allowed me to see that Moshe was indeed being held to a higher standard, because after all he had seen God face to face.  Also the rock was a picture of Jesus and was only to be "struck" once, years before, after that "crucifixion" there was never again to be a punishment.  After that we speak to the rock, we come to the rock by faith, our words put us in touch with the power of God. Ultimately God will be glorified and that is the main thing.  God will be glorified by our obedience or by the just punishment we receive for disobedience.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Psalm 22:22 and Hebrews 2


I will tell of Your name to my brethren; 
In the midst of the assembly H6951 I will praise You.  Psalm 22:22
Strongs H6951, qahal, pronounced kä·häl'

saying, 
“I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN
IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION G1577 I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.” Hebrews 2:12

This "New Testament" verse is the greek translation of Psalm 22:22, the word congregation is the Greek work ekklēsia.
Strongs G1577 pronounced ek-klā-sē'-ä

This verse from James shows another word that is translated in the English, from the same Greek word.
Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church G1577 and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;  James 5:14

Synagogue is the building that Jews were meeting in, in New Testament times.  
Somewhere along the line, we began using the word "church" for the building where we meet.
So our building had a different name than "their" building so we are different from them.  That is wrong.

But ekklesia is not the name of a building and it is synonymous  with the word kahal.

So to the best of my ability that is my point.  

The ekklesia of God and the kahal of God are the same thing.  His story is one story,  His vessel in the earth to convey that story is one vessel.