Today we are going to talk about Life in the Excluded Middle and introduce you to Job’s friends. Last week we found out within the psalter, the prayer book of Israel and the prayer book of the church, the 150 psalms fall into 3 categories: psalms of orientation, psalms of disorientation and psalms of reorientation.
Last week we talked about receiving a new world and we looked at 587 B.C. as a metaphor of the need to allow God to dismantle a known world. 587 B.C being the date when Judah, God’s historic people watched as their entire certain world was dismantled. The temple of Solomon God had surely given. But God said I’m going to dismantle it. The city of Jerusalem, the priesthood they counted on, the Davidic Dynasty. Every bit of their known world was passing away.
Last week we looked at imagery of the lamb and we saw the one central theme of the bible is the lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world in eternity past. He’s the central reality of eternity. If you look into the future in Revelation chapter 5, He is the lord of heaven and earth and He is the King of all kings.
It’s Palm Sunday. This day begins Holy Week. This week begins everything that we believe. Christianity is not is a religion, Christianity is Christ. Today we will go back to the very central song of the universe, the Lamb. The very center point of human history, His incarnation and death and the very central song of eternity, the Lamb.
In the New England regions the Tulip Poplar, also called white wood or tulip has the unique capability to imitate other woods far more valuable. In the hands of an expert craftsman by “faking the grain” he can make a wood appear to be something else. Today we’ll look at counterfeits… We can’t spot the real from the fake but God can.
Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet. II Kings 13: 20-21. We look today at the prophet Elisha.
For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17
Sometimes we in our action and how we represent God actually participate in having him blasphemed. Sometimes others can see us represent God in a way that is not appropriate and it can cause unbelievers to turn against Him.
We all ask for new relationships, new opportunities, new things in our life. But new things involve extensive preparation. We pray Lord drop a new relationship out of the heavens. Well, you’re not ready for a new relationship. He has to make you ready before He drops “Clancy” out of the clouds. We pray for crazy things and have no idea what is involved intrinsically in what we’ve asked.
“So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.” Genesis 45:25-28
There are grounds for pessimism. Pessimism is […]