Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Day 58/90: 2 Sam 1-5, Jer 25-30, Gal 4-6

What struck me today:
  • The beginning of 2 Samuel reminds the reader of the differences between Saul and David as leaders, and it reminds the reader of the consequences of these decisions. Saul continued to kill and plant seeds of deception and back-stabbing in his kingdom, and all of those decisions came back to haunt him - after he has died and is off the scene, his children and generals continue what they had learned from Saul - kill or be killed. David, on the other hand, is careful to not destroy what God has raised up. He carefully takes time before every move to ask the Lord what he should do as king - very powerful.
  • The words of Jeremiah 25-30 are especially relevant to today's church because in these chapters he is giving messages from the Lord that nobody wants to hear (in fact, they threaten to kill him at one point) and he is rebuking false-prophets who promise prosperity and peace when that is not what the Lord is actually promising. We, too, live in a time in America, where people want to have their ears tickled - we all want to hear how great we are and how much God will do for us. But the truth is always more complicated - we need to repent of our sins and God will meet us in His grace - that is why Jeremiah continues to prophesy destruction from the Lord. God desires that His people repent, not that they live with false hope based on their assurance of their eternal favored status before the Lord. Very pressing in our current American culture...
  • How beautiful is the teaching of the book of Galatians - here Paul unpacks a believer's right relationship with the Law. The Law is good and right and it teaches us about the holy character of God and our own sinfulness - but the Law cannot save. The Law leads us to the One who can save. And the key for Christians today is not to go back to the Law and look at it as though it has the power to change us - only the Holy Spirit working on our hearts can change our lives.
  • One of my favorite verses in the NT: Galatians 6:14: "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Amen.

1 comment:

bryanw said...

I'm still here....struggling to follow through, but I will make it!!!!

God was clear in Jeremiah today...he wants us to be His people and for Him to be our God!!!!

It was interesting to read Paul's words that coincide with our current sermons Upside down world...it's the inside that needs to change...not the outside. So very different on how our culture and society judges people...all about the outside and not what really matters...the heart.