April 9th, 2011

Bible

Back to the Fundamentals

Recently in the midst of a bunch of theological and doctrinal study, I've found myself running back to the word of God. I really like these quotes by Luther. Thanks so much for passing them along, Dad! :)


"The Holy Scriptures call for a humble reader who is reverent and trembles at the words of God, one who is always saying: 'teach me! teach me! teach me!'" -What Luther Says #2102, page 676, from Table Talk 4, #5017.

"I had hoped that people would henceforth get at Holy Scripture itself and let my books go by the board after they had served their purpose by leading hearts to and into Scriptures . . . Why make many books and yet forever stay outside the really principal Book? Come now, drink more of the spring itself than of the rivulets which have led you to the spring." -What Luther Says #350, pages 113-114, from a preface to a sermon on the rich man and Lazarus, 1522, from Luther's Works (St Louis) volume 14 page 456f.
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Noah, whose name means "rest"

"Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma." Genesis 8:20-21a

It may seem weird, but when I read this yesterday, I was greatly comforted. Noah's arrangement of the altar, skill with the fire, or technique with the placement of the birds were not noted. Noah's sacrifice was not rated on a scale of 1 - 100%. Instead, his offering expressed his thankful and worship-ful heart - and this pleased the Lord. Praise the Lord that he does not view us as percentages between "failure" and "excellent." Praise Him that He views us as living beings made in His image! When we live in rebellion against His word & authority, we personally offend Him; but when we turn in repentance and faith toward Him, He mercifully accepts us with much enthusiasm, for He is the one who has drawn us to Himself! There is truly "rest" in the Lord.

Now I need to spend less time thinking in terms of performance scales and focus on what matters - God and His Creation and His work of Redemption. I need to keep centering myself on Psalm 22. Who is the Lord? What was the hope that he set before his eyes?
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Basic revelation

This past week, I came to a very basic revelation: I need to pray for God's work. Yes, I work. I volunteer with a number of different activities during the week to see that God's word is shared and studied. Yet, I seemed to have forgotten that this is not my work. True, I am responsible for sewing the seed and for watering the seed; but I forgot that "neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." 1 Corinthians 3 The thought struck me, "Megan, if you're sewing or watering, you also need to be PRAYING that God would 'make things grow'!"

What a basic revelation :) Praise God! And so, in accordance, I rearranged my prayer schedule to include prayer for spiritual planting and watering activities.

"All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love." We Plow the Fields