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Noah, Daniel, and Job

Pop quiz: What do these three biblical figures have in common?

Answer: According to the Word, they are the most likely candidates to save an unrepentant city from the wrath of God. According to the Word, they are also solidly incapable of doing it.

Before we wave this off as an intriguing (if morbid) bit of biblical trivia, we need to see what the prophet Ezekiel had to say about this trio.

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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in Ezekiel

 

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“I AM” is followed by a period, not a fill-in-the-blank.

I was driving my car the other day, listening to the local Christian radio station. I have discovered that out of all the songs I have heard which center around God’s pivotal self-revelation, “I AM” (Exodus 3:14), 80-90% of those songs absolutely drive me up the wall. That’s because those 80-90% of songs convey something along the following lines:

“When you need a soft place to land, I am your big fluffy pillow / When you need a morale boost, I am your cheerleader / When you’re feeling weary, I am your double shot / When you get lost, I am your GPS…”

Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating a bit. But here’s the point: These songs all say, from the Lord’s voice (and not often in Biblical language), “I am whatever you want/need Me to be”. It’s supposed to be very encouraging to know that, good ol’ God, He’s such a great buddy. What a pal. What a nice quick fix. Whatever I need, He will become to me.

I believe it was A.W. Tozer who described this sentiment as trying make God in our own image. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2008 in Knowledge of God

 

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No, I haven’t forgotten…

If you’ve wondered about the lack of Word of Life Bible study posts lately, that’s because we haven’t met for several weeks. Today, for instance, half of the group is out of town and the other half unavoidably detained. So while I suppose I could have gotten out the book and talked to myself about it for two hours, that seemed a little silly. (“Gee, Amanda, that’s such great insight!” “Why thank you, Amanda. It was actually something you just said that made me think about it…”)

Um. So. Anyway.

Instead, I wanted to leave a quick thought I’ve been chewing on while studying Zechariah. It’s from 13:7-8, “‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered…'” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2008 in Bible, Zechariah

 

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Zechariah 9:9 – A King Worth Rejoicing For

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)

You’ll probably recognize this as the prophecy fulfilled in Jesus’ Triumphal Entry. The tepmtation that sits before us, the highly educated Greek-thinkers, is to look at this verse and file it away under “A” for apologetics. We might note that it’s cool that Jesus fulfilled the whole riding on a donkey thing, and then just keep going. I think that’s generally what I’ve done with it in the past. But this is a tremendously rich verse that has been tugging on my heart for several days now. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2008 in Bible, Christology, Zechariah

 

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Word of Life Meeting 15

Well, there were only two of us today, but we had a good time. We’re discussing chapter 10, which is about Jesus’ death. Most of what we discussed today was about Jesus’ humility, and the purpose of His suffering.

Jesus’ humility is absoutely stunning. I don’t care how much thought you’ve given it in the past; there’s always more room to go back and marvel again. He is eternal God. He needed nothing; He was completely happy and self-sufficient within the Trinity. Yet He wanted to express His love to humanity, so He created us. He emotionally invested Himself in us. He gave us free will, knowing we would do hurtful things to Him with it, and He did it anyway. He didn’t shut His heart to us. That’s humble.

Not only did He create us out of love and humility, He then became one of us. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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I hate the spirit of this age.

I’ve held back on blogging about this for a couple of days, because the title is so incredibly negative… but some things are worth being incredibly negative towards. I’m stirred up enough today to just let it out. Pardon me if I preach.

I hate the spirit of this age. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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