Hear, Give Attention…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 34:1-4

Draw near, O nations, to hear, and give attention, O peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it.

For the LORD is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host; he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter.

Their slain shall be cast out, and the stench of their corpses shall rise; the mountains shall flow with their blood.

All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.

He commands us to listen.  Whether we see Him as a fierce, judging God, or a merciful, loving and forgiving God makes no difference when God decides to move and do.  He is all this and more, more than we are capable of knowing and understanding.  It is foolish of us to try to paint God as we see Him and be arrogant enough to say that is it!  He is so much more.  Better for us to simply do as He says in His word, let His Holy Spirit guide us; simply trusting by faith that He is all this and more.  There will come a day we will see Him as He is; we will join with Him in unity and love.  Look for that day!!

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“To whom will he teach knowledge..”

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 28:1-13

Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!

  Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong; like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest, like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters, he casts down to the earth with his hand.

The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim will be trodden underfoot;

and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley, will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer: when someone sees it, he swallows it as soon as it is in his hand.

  In that day the LORD of hosts will be a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,

and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are swallowed by wine, they stagger with strong drink, they reel in vision, they stumble in giving judgment.

  For all tables are full of filthy vomit, with no space left.

  “To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast?

  For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

  For by people of strange lips and with a foreign tongue the LORD will speak to this people,

  to whom he has said, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they would not hear.

  And the word of the LORD will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Who will know the word of God?

Who will understand?

Those who seek the face of God?

Those who see his hand?

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Who is strong but the Lord?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 21

The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD;

​​And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

​​You have given him his heart’s desire,

​​And have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah

For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;

​​You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.

​​He asked life from You, and You gave it to him—

​​Length of days forever and ever.

 ​​His glory is great in Your salvation;

​​Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.

For You have made him most blessed forever;

​​You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.

 ​​For the king trusts in the LORD,

​​And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.

 ​​Your hand will find all Your enemies;

​​Your right hand will find those who hate You.

You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;

​​The LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath,

​​And the fire shall devour them.

​​Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,

​​And their descendants from among the sons of men.

 ​​For they intended evil against You;

​​They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.

​​Therefore You will make them turn their back;

​​You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.

 ​​Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!

​​We will sing and praise Your power.

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Any who rise against the Lord face his sure wrath.  The psalmist uses strong words to describe the fate of those who come against the Lord.  The consequences extend all the way to their children for generations:

“You will destroy their descendents from the earth…”

This psalm magnifies the power of God and gives thanks for the blessings given to the one who trusted in him.

The battles are the Lord’s

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 18:37-50

I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them;

​​Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.

 ​​I have wounded them,

​​So that they could not rise;

​​They have fallen under my feet.

 ​​For You have armed me with strength for the battle;

​​You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

You have also given me the necks of my enemies,

​​So that I destroyed those who hated me.

They cried out, but there was none to save;

​​Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.

 ​​Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind;

​​I cast them out like dirt in the streets.

 ​​You have delivered me from the strivings of the people;

​​You have made me the head of the nations;

​​A people I have not known shall serve me.

 ​​As soon as they hear of me they obey me;

​​The foreigners submit to me.

 ​​The foreigners fade away,

​​And come frightened from their hideouts.

 ​​The LORD lives!

​​Blessed be my Rock!

​​Let the God of my salvation be exalted.

It is God who avenges me,

​​And subdues the peoples under me;

 ​​He delivers me from my enemies.

​​You also lift me up above those who rise against me;

​​You have delivered me from the violent man.

 ​​Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles,

​​And sing praises to Your name.

​​Great deliverance He gives to His king,

​​And shows mercy to His anointed,

​​To David and his descendants forevermore.

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Do we have battles to wage today?  The Lord goes before us to guide us.  He makes us strong to fight the battles.  He gives the victory to us.  No matter what shape the battle takes, no matter who or what the enemy is, he takes pleasure in the call of his people.  The victory is his.  We can say with the psalmist:  “I will praise you among the nations, I will sing praises to your name.”

We do not have to run from our battles; we can turn and pursue– be the pro-active one.  We do not become victims; not of fear and not of the enemy.  We are victors; the enemy becomes dust under our boldness and strength and this is because we know the Lord fights for us.

Those who govern…lead and worship

Ezekiel 46:1-10

Thus says the Lord GOD: “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened. 2 The prince shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway from the outside, and stand by the gatepost. The priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings. He shall worship at the threshold of the gate. Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be shut until evening. 3 Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before the LORD on the Sabbaths and the New Moons. 4 The burnt offering that the prince offers to the LORD on the Sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish; 5 and the grain offering shall be one ephah for a ram, and the grain offering for the lambs, as much as he wants to give, as well as a hin of oil with every ephah. 6 On the day of the New Moon it shall be a young bull without blemish, six lambs, and a ram; they shall be without blemish. 7 He shall prepare a grain offering of an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah. 8 When the prince enters, he shall go in by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way.

9 “But when the people of the land come before the LORD on the appointed feast days, whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate; and whoever enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. He shall not return by way of the gate through which he came, but shall go out through the opposite gate. 10 The prince shall then be in their midst. When they go in, he shall go in; and when they go out, he shall go out.

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Those who govern are to worship apart from the people, bring the offerings listed here;  then they  go in and out with the people.

“…The prince shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway from the outside, and stand by the gatepost. The priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings. He shall worship at the threshold of the gate. …”

 “…The prince shall then be in their midst. When they go in, he shall go in; and when they go out, he shall go out….”

Several things are noted here.  Government is not above and beyond the people but in touch with them, worshipping with them.  The government does worship initially apart but then returns and goes in and out with the people.

“…When they go in, he shall go in; and when they go out, he shall go out….”

Also the going and out not using the same entry to leave implies the blessing goes with us.  We do not leave it behind.  Come in on the right, pass through and leave on the left.  And the reverse is also true.  The blessing given and received is not left behind but goes with us.

“…“But when the people of the land come before the LORD on the appointed feast days, whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate; and whoever enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. He shall not return by way of the gate through which he came, but shall go out through the opposite gate….”

However, the prince, the governing entity, does not go in and out by two different passages, but use the same one to leave that was used to come in.  What are the implications here?  The ruling body then joins the people going in and coming out.  They remain in touch with the people and are not set above them.

Take away:  in our country we have a separation of church and state in that the state cannot dictate which manner of worship shall be used by the population of this country.  However, that is not to say the people are not to worship nor does it imply that the governing men and women are not to worship.  According to this passage, it is important for those given the responsibility to govern to also remain in touch with the people they govern and they also are to seek counsel and give honor to the Lord.  Can we join in prayer as believers that our leadership will be found faithful to both be leaders in worship as well be leaders in close touch with the people they lead?

Whatever happened to separation of church and state?  It isn’t here!  What does that say to us?  What are your thoughts?

Awards Again…

It’s award time and my thanks for the encouragement goes out to those who nominated me for the following awards.

ThanksHolly Michael’s Writing Straight For the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. As her Blog states, Holly writes, and  writes well.  There is inspiration and truth in her writing as well as compassion and caring.  Take the time to go there and find out.

Thank  you Holly for this award and the privilege to share the joy of writing, especially writing about our Lord.

First I’ll list the rules, and then I’ll follow through with what I was asked to do…

1) All recipients need to thank the giver 2) Post 7 things about yourself 3) Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of their choice and let them know that they have been nominated. 4) Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog

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Seven things about myself:

  1. I write.
  2. I teach.
  3. I garden.
  4. I read.
  5. I knit.
  6. I paint.
  7. I craft.

It is my pleasure to nominate the following blogs:

  1. SR at Water My Flowers Lord is such a joy to visit.  She inspires and encourages. You can  visit her here: http://watermyflowerslord.wordpress.com/
  2. Faith at Faithrises is such an inspiration.  She has scripture  and photos to get your day going.  A sure blessing when you visit her here: http://faithrises.com/about/
  3. Wendy at greenlightlady  will fill your day with light, a green light of life.  Check out the photos and words on life all around us.
  4. AmberLea of Alaska’s Blog is in her words: Life was meant for caring and sharing and that is what she does.  She draws from her place, Alaska and the life there as well as from her experiences.
  5. Adele Konyndyk at  http://adelekonyndyk.wordpress.com/about/  is a freelance writer who writes about the connection between faith, art, culture and justice.
  6. Darla at ponderings of a princess…  Tells it like it is.  Deep insights drawn from life  experiences and a heart for God are what you will find here.
  7. The Lamehousewife Blog will take you on a journey  with a single mother with four boys. There is much about a faith that was built through difficult circumstances but shows victory.

Take the time to visit these blogs by sisters in the Lord who blog and be blessed.

 The second award is the thought provoking award.

I would like to thank Wendy from greenlightlady for the thought provoking blog.  Her blog is truly thought provoking and enjoyable.  For a special thrill check out how she wove pictures and a story from the Word of God together.  It is truly inspirational and thought provoking.  A House is Not a Home Without a Cat  at <http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/a-house-is-not-a-home-without-a-cat/>  It is an honor to receive this nomination.

Here are the award rules (slightly paraphrased):

1. Post the award on your blog  -done

2. Thank the one who nominated you and link back to their blog. – done

3. Nominate 7-12 other bloggers you admire and enjoy!

4. Share 7 things about yourself.

5. Inform each person that you have nominated them.

I nominate the following bloggers for this award:

  1. Biltrix  Here you will find many thought provoking blogs.  Some hopefully will inspire you to action.
  2.  Holly Michael’s Writing Straight will have you thinking.  Check out this blog at her site.Einstein and Christianity.
  3. SR at Water My Flowers Lord http://watermyflowerslord.wordpress.com/ will jump start your brain with blogs  like this one. When God Told Me, “Evil Sits At Your Dinner Table”
  4. Practical Bible Teaching is sure to provoke you to thinking with this entry in his blog:  The Illusion of Reality.
  5. Through HimWithHimInHim at http://throughhimwithhiminhim.wordpress.com/  will also have you thinking.  Check out this entry on the blog: Bus Stop Living?…
  6. Adoptingjames at  http://adoptingjames.wordpress.com/ will prove thought provoking when you read this entry: Christianity  is Like Buying a Zoo
  7. AmberLea of Alaska’s Blog has thought provoking words  to say about  Overcoming Fear at http://amberleaofalaska.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/overcoming-fear/

Have a blessed time thinking…

And one more thanks to Biltrix: 

Thank you Biltrix you are so sweet to think of me!!!!
Check out their site for a sweet variety of posts.

Rules for this award include:

  • Thank the super sweet blogger who made the nomination.
  • Nominate a baker’s dozen of other bloggers (below…)
  • And answer five questions:
  1. Cookie or cake?  Cookie – snickerdoodle
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Ice cream? Vanilla, candy? Chocolate.
  3. What is your favourite sweet treat? Crème Brule
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Late at night
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?  Sweet tea?

And for the sweetness award, I nominate the following:  Thank you Biltrix for the suggestions.

Have a sweet day.

In spite of the warning…

Acts 21:12-16

Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”   And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem.  Also some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge.

Paul was advised by the Spirit of what was to happen to him when he reached Jerusalem.  He was not advised not to go.  We misinterpret sometimes the messages we are given.  Messages meant to forewarn and prepare allowing the Spirit to complete his work in and through us are not meant to frighten and cause  us to turn away.  Christ knew what he was to face; that did not deter or hinder the completion of his task.  Are we so pampered, childish, selfish, or weak we run at the first sign of conflict or opposition to the work of God?  Or do we press on to completion; withstanding what comes our way in His strength?  Are we greater than He that we cringe and cease to do his bidding if it causes suffering?  He told us, forewarned us, suffering was a part of believing something an evil world cannot stand.  He also told us: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  He did not say I will make all bad things go away.  He will carry us through those tough times and we will be better for coming through them in His wisdom and strength.