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    Songs I Sing, pt. 15

    Songs I Sing, pt. 15

    Scripture describes God as the creator and blesser of all things. God’s original intent in creation was to make a place of beauty, life, and connection (Gen. 1:31). When sin entered the world through rebellion, God’s original intent remained but the curse on sin brought death and separation (Gen. 3:17, 18). While God can’t leave sin unjudged forever, His common grace sustains good in the world (Ps. 145:9; Matt. 5:45). God’s goodness shines through the darkness of sin! For humans, transgressions (Heb. pesha, ‘revolt, rebellion, trespass’) can be forgiven (Heb. nâsâh, ‘to lift up, take away’) by repentance. Before repentance, everyone’s sins are counted and must be accounted for (Rev. 20:11-15). By God’s grace, sin is covered (Heb. kâsâh, ‘to conceal’) and isn’t counted (Heb. châshab, ‘to calculate’) against a person. Blessings come when the debt is paid!

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    Songs I Sing, pt. 14

    Songs I Sing, pt. 14

    Psalm 121 is one of fifteen ‘songs of ascents’ (Ps. 120-134) Jewish pilgrims would sing on their way to festivals at Jerusalem. As it is 2500 ft. above sea level and surrounded by valleys, a traveler always goes ‘up’ to Jerusalem. It is thought as they ascended, travelers would sing these Psalms as the city came into view and the Levites would sing them as they climbed the fifteen stairs to enter the Temple area. Meaningful times call for special songs (1 Chron. 13:8; Ps. 33:3; Rev. 5:9, 10)! As most roads followed the valleys, travelers would fear who or what was hiding at the top of hills or in caves (Ps. 23:4). Singers of this Psalm were reminded the LORD (Heb. yhwh, ‘self-existent, eternal One’; Ex. 3:14) made the hills, valleys, and caves, and there is nothing in them He can’t guard from. The God who made all things, can help protect from all things!

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    Songs I Sing, pt. 13

    Songs I Sing, pt. 13

    The sons of Korah likely wrote their songs while King David was their shepherd and spiritual leader (1 Chron. 6:32, 33). Hundreds of years earlier, their ancestor Korah was part of a rebellion against the God-given authority of Moses. Instead of being blessed by God in their calling, Korah—with hundreds of others—were destroyed in God’s judgment on their jealousy (Num. 16:28-35). Time spent in jealousy will shorten your usefulness by God and may shorten your life altogether (Prov. 14:30; James 3:14, 15). Knowing their family history, the sons of Korah encourage humanity to humbly accept the wisdom of God from Godly men. Men of God speaking the words of God are God’s gift to mankind. Life is too short to not act on the wisdom of God (Ps. 90:12; James 4:13-15; 1 Pet. 1:24, 25)!

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    Laziness & Discipline

    Laziness & Discipline

    Laziness is not the of lack desire or motivation or passion. On the contrary, laziness is a very strong motivation to serve ourselves born out of an intense desire and passion for comfort. Laziness is not the lack of a drive to do something, but is a strong drive to serve oneself. At its heart, laziness is a form of idolatry where we crave comfort because we worship ourselves instead of God. Self worship gives birth to an appetite for easiness which produces laziness. The lazy man loves and serves himself; the disciplined man loves and serves Christ.

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    Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 4

    Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 4

    Around 5 BC, Caesar Augustus decreed the whole Roman world was to be accounted for, including Israel. As Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth, they were required to register at Joseph’s ancestral town of Bethlehem, nearly 100 miles south. Mary being nine months pregnant, it was a long, grueling trip to walk or ride. Doing the will of God won’t often be in our timing or for our convenience. As all of Joseph’s relatives would be going to Bethlehem for the same reason, family who lived there would be planning to accommodate them. Given the hospitality culture of the ancient near east, it’s highly unlikely they would have had to resort to staying in an unsafe, public inn (Gr. pandocheion, ‘all-receiving, public lodging’; Luke 10:34) when relatives were local. Travelling slowly, they probably arrived after all the extended family from out of town had already settled in the house. Being that the house was full, and/or their pregnancy was viewed as ‘illegitimate’, they were given the lower part of the house to stay in rather than the more appropriate upper room (Gr. kataluma ‘guest chamber, dining room’; Luke 22:11). Even pre-birth, God doesn’t demand the best scenario amidst the worst situation!

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    Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 3

    Advent 2019: Touch of the Divine, pt. 3

    After Jesus’ birth in a cave/lower room in a house, Joseph and Mary probably stayed at a relative’s house in Bethlehem before going back to Nazareth. When Jesus was around a year old, men called magi (Gr. magoi, ‘magician’) who specialized in studying wisdom literature, astronomy, and the magic arts, travelled from Persia, east of Israel (modern Iran/Iraq). Many Jews were taken there when Babylon conquered Judah and deported some of them in 605 BC, including Daniel, who was considered a ‘wise-man’ (Dan. 5:11). Believers should face short-term difficulty with perseverance knowing their obedience will serve a long-term good (Rom. 8:28). Through the Jews, the magi had access to Balaam’s prophecy that a ‘star’ would come out of Jacob and the time of the arrival of the Messiah (Num. 24:17; Dan. 9:24, 25). About 4 BC, they noticed an astronomical anomaly and providentially recognized it related to the birth of the Messiah of Israel. As priests and kingmakers, there was probably a large entourage who came from Babylon (~ 800 miles). God not only called poor, illiterate shepherds, but also the educated elite to show that all kinds of wise men still seek Him (Luke 2)!

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