1June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June1 Dedication to the temple and the central theme of the gospel revealed. Solomon prays before the crowd from a scaffold explaining why, why a temple. Jesus stands before a multiplicitous crowd explaining who, who the Son of Man is. To know why He came one must know who He is. To draw near one must know He was lifted up. Solomon speaks of a foreigner's prayers, Jesus is visited by Greeks. The promise of God is for all who believe.
1June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June1 This is what a temple without the person of Christ becomes. Solomon describes what the new Temple should become. Jesus is confronted with what the Temple has become (for long has been). There are the chief rulers and others that believe but remain silent, everyone knowing the where abouts of Jesus and does not tell will be cast out of the Temple. Jesus will be soon be put to death in part because of this temple's form of worship and the duplicities dwelling within. He will be lifted up in order to reignite the fuller extent of worship. Temples without the person of God serve the opposite purpose, the opposite god. We must be mindful that God very much developed this storyline toward His purpose of teaching us just this very thing. It is the person that matters.
2June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June2 The will to do good. Solomon is given a choice even though God knows the outcome. The disciples are given a choice even though Jesus knows the outcome. We are each given a choice to do good. How is it that our outcome will be any different? No doubt each of us intends to do good, we can point to a couple really good things that we've already done and set our sights on a whole lot more good to come in the future. We can get upset when others try to bring up all the good that we've intended but never followed through on. But, the will to do good and the effort to do good and the resources to sustain doing good are separate things. Jesus said to know and to do good; well that should be our mark. How then do we achieve that outcome?
10June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June10 Questions beyond man's answers. When considering the Bible people often discuss the answers presented by the Bible and rightfully so. When people consider science or other religions answers are weighed as well. There is another realm of consideration however often missed, the realm of profound questions. There are questions presented in the Bible that few if any secular sources brave to bring up let alone resolve. Today alone we are faced with questions as to why isn't an Assyrian king satisfied with his own considerable kingdom? Why must he always expand hi s reign? Why does it take so much effort to produce good and so little to destroy it? Why are even good leaders tested? Where do the trusted and empowered of such revivals hide to in the absence of such leaders? Why do the son's rebel so frequently against the goodness and the establishments of their fathers but not their evils? Why does momentum for good turn so quickly? What does it take to sustain goodness? Why is a bad person that turns to good is still remembered for his bad and not his good? How would we really react if confronted by extreme intimidation and fear. Is Jesus our king because we have been told so or because we have determined such on our own? And given all of this, what is the nature of truth? Not bad for a day's reading hey?
11June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June11 Rulers and control. A good king is struck through with an arrow being in a place he was told not to be. An Egyptian king captures Jerusalem thereafter just to rub their nose in it. A Babylonian Emperor sees his opportunity to take it all. A roman territorial consulate washes his hands of the matter in vindictive scorn. The nation of Judah mocks and kills it's remaining prophets. A crowd of frenzied dupes cry out for crucifixion. Jesus hangs at the cross innocent between two criminals with a engraved plank over His head. It has been quiet a day. These rulers rule as if they control what is taking place. They are pawns in a much broader spiritual warfare. If these rulers are such, then where does that leave us? If a follower of Jesus, right in the middle with Him under His mighty rule and control.
16June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June16 The beginnings of something great. Nehemiah begins his epic restorative work on the wall of Jerusalem today. The Holy Spirit begins it's wondrous pentecostal work on mankind on a day dedicated to the feasts of first fruits and harvest. One work begins with a thorough repentance and the hand of God over a king and several tribal leaders, another begins as a promise from the ascended Savior and His disciples patiently gathered obediently waiting in one accord. One work results from obvious observance of the consequences of sin, another results from the prophetic fulfillment of the tremendous goodness to come in Christ Jesus. Both are strongly opposed by outsiders and both are valiantly pursued the faithful even to their own death. We should be thankful for the accounts of both to inspire us in our daily walk with our loving and merciful God.
20June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 July20 Together. Today we consider the dwelling together as a cross generational people, as a nation, as a communal testimony. We live and are judged as a people. We are judged by others and we are judged by God. There are the sins of our fathers, the sins of our brothers, the sins of our children, the sins of our own. There is the big us, there is the remnant. We come together, we come apart, we give strong testimony, we also give a terrible example. We live in one accord, we make alliances with foreign leaders and foreign wives and foreign gods. It is a trick of the reprobate mind to think that we live merely for ourselves; a diminuation of the corporate sin we all swim in. It is for some as well a false rationalization of the "grace upon us".
26June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June26 Two perspectives. Today Job wrestles with the perspective of being destroyed and broken, Stephen is shown the Son of Man at the right hand of God's throne. One man is taken from this life, harshly by our vantage point but gloriously by his, the other man is left with his friends to ponder the meaning of a harsh bitterness. The difference? One man sees through the eyes of the Holy Spirit.
27June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June27 Dispensations. Today, Job and friends share their insights into Job's sufferings and the Holy Spirit is acknowledged to have crossed over into the Gentiles. One must wonder how Job's situation would have been different had he lived under our present dispensation with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that was unavailable for the most part in his time. We, like Job suffer, but we also have the Holy Spirit who is called the "Comforter" and often prays for us when we know not how to pray ourselves in great moans and utterances. How much then can Job's trial be practical to us today and how much is more historical?
29June2012 @ @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June29 Directions and redirection. In the past few days we've seen persons going in their many directions, friends coming to Job's aid, Saul on his appointed way to Damascus, a man in Damascus going about his daily business, an Ethiopian on the road returning from worship. Many of these directions, though they seem right/godly at the time are not necessarily the direction God would have us to go; they are our self determined directions. Then we see God's redirection. Philip is redirected to Gaza to correct the Ethiopians understanding and then to Azotus, Saul is redirected to blindly wait for further instructions in Damascus, the Ananias is redirected to go direct to the "persecutor of the brethren" to give Saul those further instructions. These men could have thought to do these things in their own self determined way, but, often not even that is God's way. They could have delayed by waiting for further confirmation or study or counsel. These men instead were moved and moved and God moved mightily through them; this through complete redirection. Remember this spiritual principal well.
June2012 @ June2012 @ RandyP comments: index:BIBLEREADPLAN1 June Building in the flesh or in the Spirit. Looking back on my journal for the month I see the building and destruction of a temple verses the building of the Christ given new covenant Holy Spirit. I've seen a predictable cycle of intending to do well, starting out doing well, the inability to sustain good, the ease at which good is confiscated and destroyed. All of these good things though approved by God fall short having been pursued in the flesh. With the coming of the promised Spirit, the seal of our covenant with the risen savior however, we see a developing spiritual principal of redirection. God is moving the faithful like the wind (not knowing where it has come or where it goes to kjv@John:3) redirecting them to events and situations and purposes beyond their own constructions with great success relying only upon their trust and obedience. The good intention becomes being receptive to His will even when not all of the details are evident, allowing Him to build a good eternal work.
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