Saturday, May 16, 2015

the answer

today's readings: 1 Sam 18:5-19:24, John 8:31-59, Psalm 112:1-10, Prov 15:12-14

so much goodness in today's readings! the OT is full of Saul/David jealousy... which just shows how counterproductive jealousy is. if Saul had partnered WITH David instead of feeling threatened BY David, how much more could they have accomplished, rather than chasing each other around caves trying to kill each other?

even the proverb was great today... the fool feeds on garbage. which is a pretty serious indictment of today's culture.

but the really powerful verse is in the Gospel. i adore John, he's by far my fav Bible author. and today's verse is the very clear answer to any naysayer who tries to claim that Jesus never said He was God. you have to completely discount this Gospel (in which case, what are you building your worldview on about Jesus?) in order to continue believing that Jesus never said He was God. "Before Abraham was... I AM!" it doesn't get much clearer than that.

and this plunges us into the mystery of Jesus. He WAS indeed a man who lived about 2000 years ago. He was born of a woman and ate food and used the bathroom and suffered cold and was tempted to sin, just like us. but... He also was, and is, and is to come. He is the eternal God that is closer to us than our breath.

this can be a scary thought... that Jesus is closer to us than our breath. but let's learn from Saul's example of what NOT to do. Jesus is here with us. rather than feeling threatened... let's cooperate. let's love Him. let's see what we can do in our lives when we participate with Jesus.

thank you, God, for being closer to me than my breath. please help me cooperate with Your work in my life.


julie reedy said...

Saul was given a command by God of what he was to do, but being Saul he knew bigger and better, this was the beginning of Saul demise. He didn't follow God's enters in David who was Gods chosen son of Jesse. Saul being jealous was do to his own failures. We all struggle with this also.
Jesus was and is the essential part of God that has saved us from our sinful ways and He is our only way to heaven.

Bob Reedy said...

The Godhead or Holy Trinity has and will be a mystery. I personally believe in three entities but one spiritual being.