Drinking Deeply

Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 9:34 AM

My God is YHWH

Genesis 43: I like how this chapter ends.
v33) And they sat before him [Joseph], the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth.

So here we have Joseph's family seated at a table sharing a meal. Oldest on down... except Joseph is at the head. "...and the last shall be first" though Joseph was the 2nd youngest I believe. But he was the one cast out and left for dead... it's a good thing YHWH is his God =D

Job 9:20)Thought I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.

huh?! It really just sounds like Job is being whiny "oh no God is injust..., I don't deserve this, it's not fair" Really continues to blow my mind just little I know. It seems like he has quite the grasp of God's Bigness, one that I need to continue to learn.

A lesson from Mark 13:11) And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

of course, tempered by: 1 Peter 3:15) but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you

13:20) And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.

interesting! So if the days of tribulation and trial aren't cut short, we would all be doomed? But then He talks about the "elect, whom he chose" which seems to refer back to the idea that since God chose (from eternity) we're "elect"... but if the days were longer we would not be? Weird! Or maybe saved = spared from physical death? (Though this would deal a blow to those who believe in a pre-trib rapture)

Finally just a verse I enjoyed from Romans
13:12,14) The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. ... put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

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Blogger cwu said...

thanx, bro =D

again, i believe that Job knows that he didn't do anything do deserve such punishment to such degree. when he says "innocent" i don't believe that he thinks he's 100% innocent, but rather innocent in that he didn't commit such a sin to deserve such great peril. i think he may just realize that he is no better than his friends and family. that he isn't worthy of anything. he's just a mortal. but i do see your point. i never thought of it your way before, but wouldn't whining be a way of cursing God? saying that God is unjust? and didn't Job come out of this with just as many blessings has he had before? hhhmmm...

also about the end times. i have no clue how that's all going to turn out. no one does. and the subject of "predestination" or the idea of some sort of "elect" is a discussion of controversy also. the way i look at it: God was gracious to bring me into His life and Him into mine, and i don't know how things are going to turn out, but i trust Him, and all that i can do is love Him and show His love to others thru words, actions, and deeds. st francis of assissi said something like "preach the gospel always, and if necessary, use words." and you will need to use words with some someday, and that's the most important: to spread His loving Word to others.  

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