June 19th, 2007

A Balance

God's attitude toward us versus Satan's

Today in Bible study we saw an interesting contrast - the love of God and the, what shall I call it, the attitude of Satan?

God's attitude toward us.
In John chapter 13, verses 3-5 are very curious. I am putting them below in two versions to compare. The italics are mine.

"Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded." (NKJV)
"Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him." (NIV)

Jesus has been given all authority and power from the Father. And what did he then do? He could have performed some amazing miracle to make his disciples gasp in awe. He could have commanded all to bow to him. He could have done anything. So, what did he do?

He chose to serve others.

God's love is kind, humble, and gentle towards us. It is eternal and never changing. I Corinthians 13 talks a lot about it. It is incredible to understand that the great and almighty God has loved us with this kind of love. At that moment, Jesus did not think about himself and his trials to come in the following day (his Crucifixion), but sought to serve those around him and love others.

We also discussed how through life, we can get to know God more and more, just as we come to know a person better and better with time. Yet, we will only come to fully appreciate and understand the love of God when we see our Savior face to face. One of these days. How exciting!

Hope and faith are not as great as love -- could it be because they come as a result of love?

Satan's attitude toward us.
Verse 2 of John 13 speaks of Judas. Now, while that verse doesn't state his whole story, it is very interesting to compare these things to the love of God just shown.

To make it short, you could say that Satan used Judas and then, when he didn't need him anymore, moved on. Judas was abandoned. Thrown Away. In his despair, Judas killed himself. So we see that Satan doesn't even care for those he uses. He just sees them as tools to do his own will.

In life we have a choice. We can accept the love of God or the "love" of Satan, which is despising indifference. It may seem obvious which is better, but it is hard for us in the world, the world still under the reign of darkness, to see and choose love.

As the song by Vast says:

"Not a day goes by that I don't compromise your love for the cold love of the world.
It's killing me through my own evil pride."

Let's take a leap of faith to find the love of God!!

Links List

I updated my links list to include all kinds of fun things!

I decided that I should include some interesting links that have been sitting alone in my bookmarks folder. I don't even have time to visit them. But maybe others will find something interesting...

-Bible Gateway
-Daily Bread
-New Hope Church
-Washington UBF
-Search the Scriptures

-ES Posthumus
-Björk (albums)
-Björk (lyrics)
-Dj Doboy Radio

-Quotes from Dune
-Akkadian Writing Chart
-Read Ancient Manuscripts
-Braille Transcription

-Western Names App
-Names Database
-Japanese Names

-Virtual Gettysburg
-Visit the Sistine Chapel
-Minoan Akrotiri Exhibit
-Art Renewal Center

-Indiana Jones Prop Replicas
-World Crafts Village

-Koch Morse Code Trainer
-Old Time Radio Shows
-Nerd News (Kotaku)

If you are curious to see why I marked some of these, or want to learn more, I have some details behind the cut...
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