March 4th, 2007

A Balance

Pieces come together

In church, we studied the remainder of Luke chapter 18.
Now, when it comes to me, I still find it difficult to make connections. It seems like chapter 18 deals with a number of different scenes that don't seem to relate. I wondered how the text can go from Jesus blessing children to explaining his coming death and finally to the healing and celebration of a blind man. What do the prophecies of Isaiah 53:4-5 have in common with a man on the street or a pack of small children? Before church, I assumed that these would be taken as separate episodes, but I was surprised when I heard the message.

In the end, all Scripture is a witness of the Messiah. Sin is so serious that only the blood of God's one and only Son could atone. It is for this reason that he came to suffer and then to die - so that he might be raised up and offer forgiveness and blessings to those who hide themselves in him through faith. Alone, man stands with his own testimony and the accuser against him. Jesus, though, hides those who come to him under wings, in the cleft of the rock, saving them from condemnation (Psalm 27:5, Psalm 17:7-9).

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2

Like little children, we must depend fully on the grace of God. Nothing else will avail.
Like the blind man, we must devote ourselves fully to seeking Jesus. The great commandment (Matthew 22:37-39, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18) demands nothing less than all ones life.

God's grace is shown in the most unbelievable of ways.
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Now, for Bible study tomorrow, we were asked to come with an answer to a trivia.
The question is:
"In studying the book of Daniel, we have come to an interesting chapter (4) written by Nebuchadnezzar himself. It is about a painful process God used to reach that man.
God tried to reach another man in the Bible in a similar situation with (somewhat) similar means with a very different outcome (can you guess who it is?) Putting these two cases side-by-side will show us a fascinating and more complete picture of God's dealing with people and their responses."

For some reason I keep thinking of King Saul. He was rather out of his mind, too. Unlike Nebuchadnezzar, he never humbled himself and died in a very sad, gruesome manner... I have a feeling it is not King Saul, though. I think I am just still stuck on him since last Friday's quiz night.