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Bible 1 Yr – Day 90 – Out come the knives.

Old Testament

There are a few interesting tidbits in today’s OT reading.

First, we see the quotation of the “shema” (pronounced sha-ma). This is the most fundamental Jewish prayer. My old Jewish grandmother used to say it at least 10 times a day. It is:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

It is this simple yet profound statement that God will drive home to the Jewish people of the next 1200 years. It will only be replaced by an equally simple yet profound prayer, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Another important verse we read in today’s reading:

16 “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test..

This is the verse Jesus quotes back to Satan when he is tempted in the desert.

Next we read chapter 7 and God makes this diving promise:

12 “And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that he swore to your fathers. 13 He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock, in the land that he swore to your fathers to give you. 14 You shall be blessed above all peoples. There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your livestock. 15 And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. 16 And you shall consume all the peoples that the Lord your God will give over to you. Your eye shall not pity them, neither shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.

God promises prosperity to the Israelites if they follow his prescriptions. It is verses like this that will ultimately be taken to far by people like the Pharisees. However, there is underlying and important truth here. For all God has done for us He only asks one thing of us – to worship him in the manner He has proscribed. Remember Aaron’s sons? They died because they did not follow the proper ritual for the offering in the tabernacle.

I can hear the protests now! From Catholics, evangelicals, Baptists and reformed double secret probation Presbyterians alike. “All God wants from us is for us to love him back!” How very true that is! But I also say, “What is love?” Love, they say, is to will the good of another more than you will your own good. But how do you will the good of God who is infinitely greater than you? If you love someone, how do you show them that you love them? If you love your spouse and they desire that you make the bed each morning, what do you do? Do you leave it unmade? Or worse yet, do you half make it? Or worse still, if they have asked you to do it in a specific way what does doing it in a different way say to them? Love, my friends, is surrendering to the will of the other and acquiescing to their requests.

God said, “Do THIS in remembrance of me”. If we love God, how can we in good conscience deny him this request?

New Testament

Paul returns to Jerusalem and things have changed. James is there, history tells us he is the Bishop of Jerusalem. However, known of the other Apostles are mentioned. Again we know from history that they have left the nest and are spreading the gospel far and wide. We are also told that “many thousands” have converted. This is key to remember. Often times we think of this entire period of small groups of converts here and there but that is not the case. Jesus had many thousands, probably tens of thousands of followers at the time of his death and resurrection. It is likely that most of those converted. In the 30 or so years since it is likely that tens of thousands more have been converted. This is what makes Christianity a problem. These people are behaving differently. They are no longer buying idols, they are mixing with sinners, and they are changing society. It is only because this movement is so large that the Roman Empire will ultimately see it as a threat.

It is in this context that we can understand the request that Paul take the Nazirite vow and spend time in the temple. The Jews still have political authority and are in league with the Romans. An uneasy truce exists between the Christians who at this point probably consider themselves a sect of Judaism and the temple authorities. Why would the Christians care to placate them? This is payback. Remember, Paul opposed the application of Jewish law to the converts. However, it is still necessary to act like and appear to be Jews to have access to the Temple and the synagogues and continue spreading the Gospel in the most fertile soil. What better way to make Paul eat a little crow then get him to comply with Jewish law for a few days? Politics has always existed in the Church, since the very beginning.

But God turns the situation for good. Paul ends up beaten and arrested but in doing so the Roman guards end up carrying him up the steps of the temple where the greatest evangelist ever will have the entire crowd of the temple focused on him. He will be given the opportunity to preach to them all.

One last interesting fact. In line 38 we read:

… And he said, “Do you know Greek? 38 Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?”

The word for “Assassins” is “sicarii”. That literally means “short dagger”. As assassin is someone who kills by surprise or in secret, thus they do not carry a big visible sword, the carry a short knife or dagger. We know someone whose name is derivatives of this word … the betrayer Judas Iscariot.

25 thoughts on “Bible 1 Yr – Day 90 – Out come the knives.”

  1. Yeah God need our love like when I was in high school needing the love of my high school sweetheart, with all due respect do you hear yourself.God is self sufficient dave! He is fullycomplete in himself! You want a God who needs you who wants you, but this is not the God of the bible. The God of the bible is complete in himself. The father, son and Holy Spirit are perfect they don’t need man they were always in Union and completely sufficient in themselves. This is the creation creator distinction at work. The problem with this belief that God is in need of our love, it remove his completeness in God himself.The bible had a plan a plan you can’t explain or I can explain! dueteronomy 29:29 says “The secret things belong to the lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Hear are the secret things why did God created man, Why doesn’t God just take us to heaven right after we believe.?Why does God allow rape, incest, murder, anger, disabilities, and other posions? Dave you want to believe God handed all these questions to the church and we need catholic dogma to get these hidden answer, which isn’t in line with the bible I read! Hears what we as the new covenant believer need to believe that Jesus lived a perfect life, died a agonizing death and was the substitutionary atonement for sin. Jesus plans, the why in life are for God not us. To understand the things of God would be like asking a ant to understand trigonometry. Hear what I know jesus live a perfect life,he died a painful death, he was resurrected from the dead, that the apostle disciples prophets and the world of believer claim him as the ultimate answer to life’s darkest moments. To limit God to man understanding is to limit his soverignty to a bunch of oridanary people. Now dave you will argue how God has giving us the spirit, but what was the point of the sprit, the spirit was to teach us truth which is the savior power his goodness his sovereignty. What the spirit is not is a guide to what as dueteronomy says is the secret things of God. Salvation is God allowing you to get a glimpse of his glory. Moses one of the most historical figures could only see God back because to see God in all his glory would annihilate Moses. The mystery like God sovereignty, election, God glory why don’t you leave that to God and let the secret things stay with him.

    God bless

    1. “Need”? Who said need? Did I say need? Nope, I said, “want”. Of course God doesn’t need anything from us. But doesn’t he want something? Doesn’t he want to be in a perfect relationship of love with us?

      And that is what the Mass is. In the Eucharist, which is God himself, the Lord humbles himself to come to us again. Why does he do this? Love. To love is to lower yourself, to make yourself available to the one you love. This is the incarnation. To join with them in an intimate way. This is the Lord’s human life. To be weak and defenseless to them. This is the crucifixion. To make it possible for two to become one. This is the resurrection. This is love.

      The Eucharist is the perfect example of love. As a Catholic when I enter the sanctuary I know that I am not worthy to be there. To even be in the presence of such love. As a Catholic, when the priest blesses the host, I kneel and bow my head, because I know I am not worthy to stand of even sit in his presence. If I could lie face down on the floor I would. As a Catholic, before I go forward to communion I speak the words, “Lord I am not worthy to receive you but only say the word and my soul shall be healed”. As a Catholic, when I receive the host, there are no illusions, I know I am not worthy, I know I can only be in his presence because of love.

      Look again at what I wrote. Do you doubt my love for the Lord? Do you think I would spend 90 days with you if I did not love you? My brother, don’t look for points of theology to be made. Open your heart to the love of the Lord. The Lord said, “Do THIS in memory of me”. He said it because the Eucharist is the ultimate expression of love.

  2. No he doesn’t want for anything either. He is fullfilled! You reduce God to man. He does not want for anything he’s god.

    1. “Wants” and “wants for” are two different things. You are adding to my words that are not supported by the context. We can only use human terms to talk about God as we are human and limited and that is all we have. Does God want us to pray? Does he want us to live good lives? Does he want is to love our friends and families. Of course he does. Just because we use our limited words doesn’t mean we ascribe to Him our limited nature.

  3. You reduce God to human context he has all he needs you see him like a helpless father in need of our commitment. He complete in himself. You need him and so do I.

    God bless

    You need to pray for you God complete.

    1. I don’t submit to your premise of Brother Dave’s outlook or the Church’s for that matter, Jon, mainly because it is unfounded.

      1. Of course you don’t because you don’t believe in God grace you believe in the churches grace and that just is not christian. God bless you.

    2. Another laughable, unfounded, and false straw man attack. We are clearly anchored in Christ and all we humans know in order to be. God is divine, but also became man with a soul, born of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God. If you believe Jesus Christ is One of the Blessed Trinity, then you must acknowledge that Christ came to us on earth as man, and born to a woman. See how that does not ignore God’s divine nature? See how that is furthering what is more than clear to Catholics and other Christians?

  4. You see christ and the church as one the bible doesn’t allow for that the bible is about Jesus and him crucified. We are justified by faith alone through Christ alone I will die on that hill. The king has risen that my faith. Justified by christ santified by him through him.

    1. The Church existed before the New Testament was written and before we knew what books made up the Bible, passed down from the Church.

    2. So, if the Bible is your authority, where did it come from? Shall I categorize your belief system in dead trees processed into paper and ink? How non-Christian, correct? Again, authority was given by God to the Church. If we hear the Church, we hear Him. Pretty awesome, huh?

      1. What is awesome is christ? John 1 in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. God first not the church submits to christ. Paul argument is galations 3:1-6 it’s christ through faith alone through Christ alone it’s right hear don’t go back trust me Christ the savior. That is what is truly awesome.

        Legalism a sense of duty and bondage. A life of grace not works produce spiritual rest. Complete in Christ. Legalism is bondage grace is beautiful. God bless you in him alone.

      2. Christ is awesome and so is the ability for Him to speak through the Church. Christians are blessed by God, alone, where is that less than evident? If you have faith you will do good works. You will act, not merely ponder. You will do, not just plan on doing. Faith means action.

  5. We are saved by faith alone justified! Santification is a buy product of the saving works of christ ! As long as you see that I agree Justin.

    1. Nearly 2,000 years of doctrine finds your “education” unfounded. Two Catholics cannot make sense of it. Are you intellectually and spiritually superior than the Church and its Apostles?

      1. Your a good guy we just have different perspectives. God bless thanks for your forgiveness.

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