Archive for July, 2008

The Necessity of the Word (Mtt 2:1-6)

July 20, 2008

Two things stick out to me from the story of the magi seeking “the King born of the Jews.” First, God used supernatural ways to bring non-believing pagans to worship Jesus. But God stopped just short and made them stop for the final directions from the Word of God. It seems to me that God can bring people to Him but the final step must be through the Bible. The magi were close, but not quite close enough without the essentail piece of revelation from the Bible.

Secondly, God rewards those that dilligently seek Him. It says to seek Him – not seek the Scriptures. What good is a well understood roadmap if you ever take the journey? The chief priests and scribes had no problem deciphering where the Messiah was to be born – but none of them accompanied the magi to Jesus on that short walk. How sad to know all, and be very close but in the end lose everything.

May we never be caught knowing about God and never meeting with God and may we always join new comers on the journey instead of merely pointing out the route and sending them on their way.

Righteousness and Justice from Genesis

July 2, 2008

As I continue to unravel the concept that God is looking for those who live out righteousness and justice I found a connection to the very first family of God. The first sin was against God, a breakdown in righteousness. And their children saw a breakdown in justice as Cain overcame Abel. From the very first pages, the pleasing of God was found in righteousness and justice and the judgment of God came to those who broke these very foundations. In order to continue to be close to God requires righteousness and justice and the punishment in each case for rebellion against living right and just lives was exile; exile from the garden and exile into the land of wandering (Nod). May righteousness and justice overpower our decisions that we may glorify God and thus enjoy His presence forever.

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