“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:15-17 NIV)
We were made incomplete. We need God to be a completely realized human being. And God, who designed us this way, has provided for us His Spirit which lives in us. The Spirit of Truth – what an interesting concept! – this Spirit helps us, providing direction, a nudge, a command, a sense of rightness or wrongness, peace, contentment, a refuge from anxiety. The Holy Spirit shows us the truth of our relationship with Jesus Christ, and the truth of what we are facing today. We just need to quiet ourselves, to deliberately put our thoughts aside, and listen. Listen for God’s Word speaking.
Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
“I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
Mighty to save – that’s a very big phrase. So big it overwhelms me. This refers to the Savior, glorious, strong, mighty. Who or what can stand against him?
A pause. A gap in the sequence.
It’s time to stop being analytical and get real.
Going through the Apocrypha was an interesting intellectual exercise, but it wasn’t doing anything for my soul.
So let’s get back to why we’re here.
9) Jesus said, “Now the sower went out, took a handful (of
seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came
and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock, did not take root
in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns;
they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them. And others fell on
the good soil and produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure
and a hundred and twenty per measure.”
The saying of the the sower and the seed. Good soil produces a good result.
8) And He said, “The Kingdom is like a wise fisherman who cast
net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish.
Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw
all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish
without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”
The Kingdom is like the fisherman who focused his energy on the one large fish which would satisfy his needs, rather than the many small fish which would require more work.
Maybe? That’s an interpretation, at least.
7) Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion which becomes man when
consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes,
and the lion becomes man.”
This saying could relate to the ascension and descent – lion -> man is a higher form, so that’s good, but man -> lion is a lower form, so that’s bad. But that doesn’t really follow with the last line of “lion becomes man.”
6) His disciples questioned Him and said to Him, “Do you want
us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet
shall we observe?”
Jesus said, “Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate,
for all things are plain in the sight of Heaven. For nothing
hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain
without being uncovered.”
Following the law is not as important as the condition of your heart.