1March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: I am considering the exchange between Peter and Jesus kjv@Mark:8:32-33. Thinking of the manner in which Peter attempts to tell Jesus what is best. Well intentioned no doubt but misguided. In what ways am I doing the same? In my prayers? In my expectations? Well I should consider!
3March2012 @ @ comments: "Whosoever that shall offend G4624 one of the least of these" kjv@Mark:9:42 is often taken as meaning a non-believer or apostate. Paul uses the same word to discribe the possible effects of his actions and ours towards newer or more legalistic believers. May I consider this in it's fullest meaning.
4March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: I am learning that many dear people are built to love, perhaps more than others, it's just that they find it harder and harder to love sinful man. They take to loving animals or nature etc.. Their scope of sinful people ever broadens and at some point overwhelms. It is easy to love everything else but man, but that is not our calling. It takes the type of religion Jesus teaches to truly love all men. Without His perspective of man it is indeed difficult if not impossible. That is why Jesus had to command it.
5March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: In my readings today, I see the Lord dividing the land of Canaan by lot, the Lord dividing the sub-authority of His future throne by preordained mandate by the Father, and a healed blind man allowed to choose on his own the way in which he will now proceed. Understanding the order of these decision processes is key.
7March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: So much has transpired between Moses at the banks of the Jordan seeing cautiously forward into the future of Israel and Jesus looking back at this time and its tangible results at the barren fig tree. The Law had been no match for the reprobate mind, it thought that it was doing right all along even though there was every evidence to the contrary. From here on out Jesus was to stand as the only true fulfillment of the Law crowned by His death and resurrection. Not a tweak or adjustment to the Law, but, the Law to be written into the flesh of our hearts (that being the Law solely fulfilled in Him)! Moses declared in that day that in this day if Israel would seek this "LORD" anew the promise of his Mosaic covenant would finally come about.
9March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: Today's reading pits the teachings of Moses and Jesus (That it is because of God's promise and not of our righteousness) against the teachings of the scribes (That it is by a pompous/hypocritical outward approximation of the law). The two camps can agree upon the single greatest commandment but not it's fulfillment. What does our uncircumcised heart know about love?
10March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: Today's reading has Moses declaring the penalty given to anyone, prophet or neighbor or family member that seeks you to follow unknown gods, and Jesus describing a time when His followers would be brought before kings and councils by the same idolatrous people as a testimony against them. How the tables turn! Interesting that this is implied as the means of publishing the gospel to all the nations.
13March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: There is no doubt that the Laws of Deuteronomy were extremely difficult to uphold, yet they were the laws given to Israel. What must be considered though is the seriousness and conditions of these many sins underlying these laws that these codes were bringing to light, the repercussions and the civil decisions necessitated to counteract them.
14March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: It interests me today to know more about the various laws found in Deuteronomy, that if the law of the writ of divorcement was an allowance of Moses himself because of the hardness of hearts, how many other laws in the same section were given similarly where Jesus would have a more complete statute.
16March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: Did the people calling most for the crucifixion of Christ know He was Christ from the outset as suggested in the parable of the stolen vineyard? Was there no other future course for Israel to choose (kjv@Deuteronomy:28)than a national curse? We have seen how easy it is for leaders to sway the consciousness of the nation time and again in both old and new testaments. Are we so beholden to them as individuals so as to predictably telegraph our future choices and actions as a whole? Are these the powers and principalities we struggle against? Is this the fuller picture of the reprobate mind individually and communally?
22March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: Today's readings both deal with the revealing of men's hearts. In the case of early Israel the need for giving God the first fruits due and one man's disobeidience to that. Many hearts melted upon the resultent defeat. The second reading, the prophecy of Simeon declares how Jesus would be sent to reveal the hiddden intents of many aheart, how His presence be the downfall of a great many. Just as it is today.
23March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: Todays reading - God has made it clear that it is He that is ahead of and behind these tremendous victories. By the type of victory the opposition also knows that it is of God. With sucess and plenty though all will be quickly forgoten. By the time of John a way will have to be thuroughly prepared for Jesus. John seems well accepted, people are willing to engage in good works. Not so with regards to accepting Jesus, it is much harder to believe in one specific person and one specific way, even when he is to be the object of those good works. The challenge? He is instead a revealor of their truest thought and intentions.
26March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: Peter learned a great deal about his sinful nature during the miracle of the fish, enough so that he left everything he had behind. His first reaction was to have Jesus leave him most likely because he realized that there was nothing he could do to change himself. Jesus had other plans for him thankfully. Knowing this about himself does not equally mean that he knew all about Jesus however, this would come to him not til after His resurrection.
27March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: Interesting contrast in today's reading between an Israel just stepping into their inheritance and a millennium or so after they've completely lost and squandered it all away. The critics surrounding Jesus at this time have not a clue of who they are and where they stand in the storyline developing right before their eyes, just as we often are.
30March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: An interesting comparison of passages today. The nearly immediate decline of Israel one generation into Judges and the preparation of the Lords' way by the baptism of John and a few well placed miracles. Miracles had been done all along for the nation to no lasting effect. For those later truly repentant and pre-sealed in a symbolic baptism came not only recognition of Messianic miracles and teaching but the baptism of the Holy Spirit brought by Messiahs triumphant miracle the resurrection from the dead. A miracle that resonates worldwide even today.
31March2012 @ @ RandyP comments: Todays reading helps to illustrate the large gap between how God see's things compared to how we see them. THe darkness that we are under is considerable. God must re-awaken Israel nearly every forty years, peace and prosperity puts the following generations to sleep, drives them to other gods. War drives them to their knees and back to His arms, and only war. By the time of Luke the re-awakening has ceased. Men are left to judge things as they see fit, yet they choose not to see things as they actually are. Given their destitute situation, what makes them think that they can accurately judge this obvious miracle worker of God - Jesus? Who are they fooling?
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