Monday, August 30, 2010

Word Study..."Thunder"

Associated with "Punishment"
  • Exodus 9:23, 28, 29, 33, 34
  • 1 Samuel 2:10; 7:10; 12:17,18
  • Isaiah 29:6
  • Jeremiah 25:30
  • Joel 3:16
  • Revelation 8:5; 11:19; 16:18
Associated with "Display of Power"
  • Exodus 19:16; 20:18
  • Job 26:14; 36:33
  • Psalm 77:17-18; 93:4; 104:7
Associated with "Voice of God"
  • Exodus 19:19
  • Job 40:9
  • Isaiah 33:3
  • Jeremiah 25:30
  • Joel 3:16
  • Revelation 6:1; 14:2
Associated with "Describing....."
  • Sons of Zebedee - Mark 3:17
  • Throne Room of God - Revelation 4:5
  • Song of 144,000 or the teaching of the song - Revelation 14:2
  • Voice of Great Multitude - Revelation 19:6

Word Study..."Lightning"

As "punishment" or "a display of power"
  • Ex. 9:23, 24; 19:16; 20:18; 22:13; 22:15
  • Job 36:30; 36:32; 37:3; 37:11; 37:15; 38:24; 38:35
  • Psalm 18:12-14; 29:7; 77:18; 78:48; 97:4; 105:32; 135:7; 144:6; 148:8
  • Jeremiah 10:13
  • Ezekiel 1:4; 1:13,14; 21:10; 21:15; 21:28
  • Hosea 6:5
  • Nahum 2:4
  • Habakkuk 3:11
  • Zechariah 9:14
  • Revelation 8:5; 11:19; 16:18
As "descriptive of Lucifer's fall"
  • Luke 10:18
As "descriptive of the Throne Room"
  • Revelation 4:5
As "descriptive of the appearance of someone"
  • Daniel 10:6
  • Matthew 28:3
  • Luke 9:29; 17:24; 24:4
As "descriptive of His Coming"
  • Matthew 24:27

Friday, August 27, 2010

WHAT HE SAID ABOUT HIS VISIT

We are taught by many teachers, evangelists, and our own pastors the main Scripture passages that pertain to the "why" for Jesus' first visit.  The most used one or at least the first one that comes to my mind is John 3:16.  And if you just ask a Christian off the street why Jesus came to earth you probably will get a standard answer, like "to save humanity from sin and secure our place in heaven with other believers".  While this is true I found there is more.  In asking one question, a good list of Scripture passages help to explain why Jesus came and did what he did and said what he said.  That question was - What did Jesus, Himself, say He came to do?

My research found, He Came To.......
  • "bring division" (Luke 12:51)
  • do the will of him who sent me/not lose any He has given me but raise them up on the last day/provide eternal life for those who look to the Son and believe in Him (John 6:38-40)
  • fulfill prophecy (Matt. 5:17)
  • make us "fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19)
  • "call the sinners" (Matt. 9:13)
  • "bring a sword" (not peace) (Matt. 10:34)
  • "turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law" (Matt. 10:35)
  • "serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28)
  • "to preach the good news" (Mark 1:38)
  • "redeem His people" (Luke 1:68)
  • "help His people" (Luke 7:16)
  • save (Luke 19:9)
  • teach (John 3:2)
  • be the Prophet (John 6:14)
  • "Judge this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." (John 9:39)
  • "For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it." (John 12:47) [I'm still trying to figure out this one and the verse above]
  • provide "life and have it to the full" (John 10:10)
  • provide "the world a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." (John 12:46)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

HEAR THAT?

Have you ever heard loud, powerful, shattering thunder?  Imagine hearing the wings of an army of eagles fly overhead.  Have you ever heard the crackle and sizzle of lightening as bolts attempt to find their mark?  Have you ever been in the company of a strong trumpet blast?  Imagine yourself standing beside Niagara Falls and hearing that deafening roar.  Have you ever been in a large crowd and just stopped and listened to the murmur of the mob?  Ever wonder what the voice of God sounds like?  The previous questions are Biblical descriptions of God's voice to get you thinking.

Even though in 1 Kings 19:11-13 the voice of the Lord is "a still small voice" or "a whisper", most of the encounters with God's voice leave you quite "shaken and stirred" (nod to 007).  God's voice has been linked in Scripture to the breaking of Cedars, the shaking of the desert, the twisting of the oak, the shattering of Assyria, speaking from a cloud, and even the dead hearing His voice. 

Most of us have associated a god-like voice with a good baritone or smooth bass voice, compliments of the movies and t.v. (i.e. James Earl Jones and the like).  If you were one of the individuals who lived during the time of Christ you actually got to hear the voice of God in human form.  They heard the Word of God, the Logos, made flesh, speak.  That which Father God uttered as words before creation, now was flesh and speaking.  Wow!  Get your mind around that!

The locations and descriptions of the voice of God that were alluded to above and more are listed below.

  • "Speaking to him form between the two cherubim..." - Nu. 7:89
  • "spoke to you out of the fire." - Dt. 4:12
  • Discipline related - Dt. 4:36
  • "a loud voice" - Dt. 5:22
  • "resounded" - 2 Sam. 22:14
  • "roar of His voice" - Job 37:2
  • "majestic" - Job 37:4
  • "thunders in marvelous ways" - Job 37:5
  • "is powerful" - Psalm 29:4
  • "breaks the cedars" - Psalm 29:5
  • "strikes with flashes of lightning" - Psalm 29:7
  • "shakes the desert" - Psalm 29:8
  • "twists the oak" - Psalm 29:9
  • "mighty" - Ps. 68:33
  • "will shatter Assyria" - Isa. 30:31
  • "sound of their wings was like the voice of the Almighty" - Eze. 1:24
  • "was like the roar of rushing waters" - Eze. 43:2
  • "was like the sound of a multitude" - Dan. 10:6
  • "a voice from the cloud" - Matt. 17:5
  • "the bridegroom's voice" - John 3:29
  • "all who are in their graves will hear His voice" - John 5:28 (Wow!)
  • Gives intructions - Acts 10 and 11
  • "the voice of the archangel" - 1 Thess. 4:16
  • "trumpet blast" - Hebrews 12:19
  • Heaven and earth will be shaken by His voice - Hebrews 12:29
  • From heaven while on a mountain - 2 Peter 1:18
  • Trumpet like - Rev. 1:10
  • Rushing Waters - Rev. 1:15
Zephaniah 3:17 says, "...he will rejoice over you with singing."  Talk about The Voice! (Reference to t.v.singing program that searches for The Voice)   And He is singing over you!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quotes To Discuss From THE SHACK by William P. Young

  • "He was a rich man. he thought to himself, in all the ways that mattered." (p.29)
  • "His features were pleasant enough, but he was not particularly handsome - not a man who would stick out in a crowd." (p.84 - Isaiah 53:2)
  • "Mackenzie, I am neither male nor female, even though both genders are derived from my nature." (p.93 - John 4:24)
  • "'So, when he healed the blind?'  'He did so as a dependent, limited human being trusting in my life and power to be at work within him and through him.  Jesus, as a human being, had no power within himself [except John 10:18  - authority to lay his life down and pick it up again - my comment here] to heal anyone.  Only as he rested in his relationship with me, and in our communion - our co-union could he express my heart and will into any given circumstance.'" (p.100 - John 5:16-30)
  • "'Don't you have a chain of command?'  Makenzie, we have no concept of final authority among us, only unity.  We are in a circle of relationship, not a chain of command or 'great chain of being' as your ancestors termed it.  What you're seeing here is relationship without any overlay of power.  We don't need power over the other because we are always looking out for the best.  Hierarchy would make no sense among us.  Actually, this is your problem, not ours.  Humans are so lost and damaged that to you it is almost incomprehensible hat people could work or live together without someone being in charge." (p.122)
  • "We created you, the human, to be in face-to-face relationship with us, to join our circle of love." (p.124)
  • "And look what it has cost you.  Is it worth it?  Yes!'" (p.125)
  • "...you cannot produce trust just like you cannot 'do' humility.  It either is or is not.  Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved." (p.126)
  • "'Then it is you (humans) who determines good and evil.  You become the judge.  And to make things more confusing, that which you determine to be good will change over time and circumstance.  And then beyond that and even worse, there are billions of you each determining what is good and what is evil.  So when your good and evil clashes with your neighbor's, fights and arguments ensue and even wars break out.'" (p.135)
  • [Giving Fear A Foothold] "To the degree that those fears have a place in your life, you neither believe I am good nor know deep in your hear that I love you.  You sing about it; you talk about it, but you don't know it." (p.142)
  • "...my life was not meant to be an example to copy.  Being my follower is not trying to 'be like Jesus', it means for your independence to be killed." (p.149)
  • Makenzie asks, "Tell me, if I may ask, by what criteria do you base your judgments?" (p.159) "Mackenzie, judgment is not about destruction, but about setting things right." (p.169) [Although destruction is often a means by which judgment is carried out - my own thoughts]
  • "This always works better when we do it together, don't you think?  Jesus asked smiling." (p.174)
  • [MY PERSONAL CHALLENGE - TAKE THE BOXING GLOVES OFF]  "All I want from you is to trust me with what little you can, and grow in loving people around you with the same love I share with you.  It's not your job to change them, or to convince them.  You are free to love without an agenda." (p.181)
  • "Love that is forced is no love at all." (p.190)
  • "There is no plan B." (p.192)
  • God says, "...I am now full reconciled to the world." Makenzie says, "The whole world? You mean those who believe in you, right?"  God responds, "The whole world Mack.  All I am telling you is that reconciliation is a two way street, and I have done my part, totally, completely, finally.  It is not the nature of love to force a relationship but it is the nature of love to open the way." (p.192)
  • "...just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn't mean I orchestrate the tragedies.  Don't ever assume that my using something means I cause it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes.  That will only lead you to false notions about me.  Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors." (p.185)

Welcome

Here in this world of technology and information and instant access I thought I would join the crowd of people known as "bloggers" and see what it is all about.  From my research, blogging can be anything from a personal diary that is shared to a political soapbox, the spectrum is grand.  A lot of my blogging is going to be centered around my faith in Jesus Christ and His teachings.  But at other times there will be inserts of my other interests such as sports and music that should keep you on your toes, if you are interested in those things too.  So, here's to sharing and I hope we both or we all can grow and share a few laughs and tears of joy as I try something new with you.  Welcome.