Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Genesis 20-22; Luke 8

Genesis 20: 11 Abraham replied, "I said to myself, 'There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.' 12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And when God had me wander from my father's household, I said to her, 'This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, "He is my brother."

So even Abraham struggled with self protection? Abraham.... talked to God Abraham.... struggled…..hmmmm ....But then again…..did he?

Abraham 22: 2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,…

And then there’s the disciples….witnesses to the miracles that Jesus does…..

Luke 8: 22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25"Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."
God doesn’t change…..His desires for us don’t….creating us for relationship with Him…..we let so much get in the way…..He waits….He loves…He guides and I want to follow.
Luke 8: 11"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.


Jenn said...

Oh praise Him that He loves, uses, and trusts us mere-minded humans - yes, we self-protect - and then come the times we are so awed by a revelation of His Glory that we are without words and only our hearts can beat out, "this is the way it should be..this is the way it should be." And at least at those moments, self is sacrificed.

Rick said...

Liking the quiet. Thanks for posting these.

Rick said...

That made now sense :) - I meant to type that I appreciated the quiet conversation tone around the thoughts you posted. But it didn't come out that way :) oh well.