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Day 172

Day 172 Proverbs 30-31

A Jesus sighting?:

 1The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.

   This man’s utterance to Ithiel:

   “I am weary, God,
   but I can prevail.[a]
2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
   I do not have human understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom,
   nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? 
   Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
   Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
   Surely you know!

   5 “Every word of God is flawless;
   he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words,
   or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

   7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD;
   do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
   give me neither poverty nor riches,
   but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
   and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
   and so dishonor the name of my God.

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A Cross-Gender Jesus Analogy?

Day 156 Proverbs 7-9

There seems to be a lot in common between Lady Wisdom and Jesus in these verses..

 “God sovereignly made me—the first, the basic—
   before he did anything else. I was brought into being a long time ago,
   well before Earth got its start. I arrived on the scene before Ocean,
   yes, even before Springs and Rivers and Lakes. Before Mountains were sculpted and Hills took shape,
   I was already there, newborn; Long before God stretched out Earth’s Horizons,
   and tended to the minute details of Soil and Weather, And set Sky firmly in place,
   I was there. When he mapped and gave borders to wild Ocean,
   built the vast vault of Heaven,
   and installed the fountains that fed Ocean, When he drew a boundary for Sea,
   posted a sign that said no trespassing, And then staked out Earth’s Foundations,
   I was right there with him, making sure everything fit. Day after day I was there, with my joyful applause,
   always enjoying his company, Delighted with the world of things and creatures,
   happily celebrating the human family.”

 

Do you doubt me?  Well there is something in there about THAT as well:

If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face;
   confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don’t waste your time on a scoffer;
   all you’ll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life,
   that’s different—they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it;
   tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it.

 

I love Proverbs..in a lot of ways it’s like opening one fortune cookie after another..

Melchizedek

 Day 144 Psalm 108-110

Psalm 110 is, I think, a unnerving prophesy… was David known as a Prophet?  I didn’t get that feeling but as each of these Patriarchs enter into their old age there certainly seems to be a tendency to predict that which has yet to come.  Verse 4 is the key to why I think Psalm 110 is prophetic in nature:

“The LORD has sworn
   and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever,
   in the order of Melchizedek.”

IT’S OFFICIAL Erika has completely gone bonkers!!  Here me out… Melchizedek made a small cameo appearance back in Genesis when  we were talking about Abraham.  kind of unnoteworthy event, SO WHY would all of a sudden David bring this guy up?  Lets doo a little search for Melchizedek throughout the Entire bible and see what comes up… (for those of you who need a little help click on the highlighted name Melchizedek, I did the hard work for you)

    Hebrews mentions the dude again and suddenly we start to get a more complete picture of what David is trying to talk about.  David could be talking about Jesus… lets reread Psalm 110 and see what he’s saying:

Psalm 110

Of David. A psalm.

   1 The LORD says to my lord:[c]

   “Sit at my right hand
   until I make your enemies
   a footstool for your feet.”

   2 The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying,
   “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”
3 Your troops will be willing
   on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy splendor,
   your young men will come to you
   like dew from the morning’s womb.[d]

   4 The LORD has sworn
   and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever,
   in the order of Melchizedek.”

   5 The Lord is at your right hand[e];
   he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead
   and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
7 He will drink from a brook along the way,[f]
   and so he will lift his head high.

Day 135 2 Samuel 13-15

  As my buddy Cindy put it, “This was a very long and complicated story.”   However I really liked an image that was given to us by a widow who is trying to convince King David that he needs to forgive his son Abselom for Murdering his David’s other Son Amnon (who had raped their sister Tamar).  Like I said complicated and that’s just the tip of the iceberg… Anyhow here is this old lady kind of “tricking” David into realizing it was time that Abselom returned to Jerusalem.  She says in 2 Samuel 14:14, ” Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.”    

   This is such a wonderful image, She essentially illustrates perfectly how we sin and the wages of sin is death, But God has another plan for us… and he has the means to accomplish the impossible.  What terrible thing have you done that makes you like water poured out onto the ground, irretrievable and thus gone forever?  To think of God forever devising ways to end our banishment leaves me quite humbled and gives me hope for those whom I love that think they are completely unlovable.  God IS love, and that love knows no bounds.

A Window into David’s Heart

Day 134 Psalm 32, Psalm 51, Psalm 86, Psalm 122

     When it comes to REALLY understanding who David was  you won’t really find it reading about his accomplishments as a warrior, king, murderer, liar, adulterer.  Are we as humans, only what we accomplish in life?  No we are more than that and so was David.  What matters most to God is our hearts, and David pours his out in the Psalms, especially after his affair with Bathsheba.  This in turn allows us to see as much as possible, God’s true message of love for us.  What David writes in these Psalms closely mirror’s what Christ teaches us in the New Testament. Take a look at these lines from Psalm 32:

3 When I kept silent,
   my bones wasted away
   through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
   your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
   as in the heat of summer.[b]

   5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
   and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
   my transgressions to the LORD.”
And you forgave
   the guilt of my sin.

And from Psalm 51:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
   and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
   or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
   and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

     From GREAT mistakes on David’s part came GREAT clarity when it came to his relationship with God.  I find that VERY interesting…

When God Says No

Day 127 2 Samuel 7, 1 Chronicles 17

I KNEW the part about David deciding to build the ark a building was coming up!  I didn’t think I had missed it.. but anyhow, I found it interesting that David consults with the Prophet Nathan, who agrees, yeah sounds like a great idea but did they Ask God?  Nope, and God has an opinion about this too, and WHY shouldn’t He?  His instructions on making the tabernacle in the wilderness were REALLY specific, and for Good reason! It’s a copy of what exists in heaven and a layout of what exists on our hearts.

  God tells David no.  Why?  Isn’t that always the question we ask God when he says no and isn’t that the one question God won’t answer.  Personally I think it’s an opportunity for God to tell David about HIS house and God’s plans for it which include Jesus.  When God was talking about Solomon (not by name but as the one to build the temple) the first time I read it in 2 Samuel I honestly thought God was talking about Jesus, then when we reread the story in Chronicles I felt a little confuse, wait who are we talking about?  Is there room for God to be talking about Solomon but metaphorically talking about Jesus?

    God has told me no, and like a typical human I have demanded to know why.  Why would God not give me the tools to keep this family together with a Mother and a Father?  Isn’t that what God wants?  Why expand my family with the addition of my precious daughter then allow  my children’s father to walk away?  Make him love me again God!

     God’s answer is no, as it should be.  God has never been in the business of making people love.  From the depths of pain my calling out to God is bigger, my commitment to my children is bigger, a calling to teach has awaken and my life is now open to an infinite possibilities.  Whoa my fear is big but Oh my God is bigger.  I thought God would want one thing but He’s showing me how He can use this new path, and as I give to Him what I can not handle He hands back a promise, “It’s going to be Ok child.  I got this one.”

Psalm 89, Psalm 96, Psalm 100-101, Psalm 105, Psalm 132

As my dear friend Cindy pointed out Psalm 132 is a total Jesus sighting!  From radiant crowns to priest’s clothed in salvation it’s not much of a stretch to see how some of God’s plans for us laid out in this Psalm is fulfilled in Jesus… but what “hooked” me about the Psalm was verses 4 and 5.  We’d read about David’s attempt to bring the ark to its final resting place, did we read yet about David’s desire to build the ark a temple made of more than cloth and God saying No?  I can’t remember if we did or not yet.  Anyhow we know that for us as Christians God’s dwelling place is in our hearts… we are the temple so when I read:

I will allow no sleep to my eyes 
   or slumber to my eyelids,
5 till I find a place for the LORD,
   a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.

  I thought to myself, wow, what a great idea!  Is God in our hearts where he should be as we drift off to sleep?  Have we given over all things to him as He has asked and thought about our circumstances in the light of His glory before we turn out our bedroom light?  A call to prayer, reflection, and a test to see if all is well between us and the Lord. Before you let sleep take you ask yourself, have I found a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the mighty one of Jacob?

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Day 125 Psalm 1-2, Psalm 15, Psalm 22-24, Psalm 47, Psalm 68

   When reading Psalm 22 the first words REALLY jumped out at me, because it’s not in the Psalms I am familiar with this phrase: My God, My God why have you forsaken me?  These are the words spoken by Jesus on the cross as recorded in Matthew  and Mark.  Which makes me wonder, why was Jesus directing us to this Psalm?  The more I read the more the hair on my arms stood up.. verses like 16: they have pierced my hands and feet, then later in verse 18:they divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.  So WHAT does this psalm of David’s tell us about Christ? 

verse 30-31:  future generations will be told about the Lord.  They will proclaim his righteousness,   declaring to a people yet unborn: 
   He has done it!

Ruth

Day 97 Ruth 1-4

In the Fall of 08 two books changed my life, Ruth was one of them.  My husband had just returned from a four-month trip that summer and dragged us to church.  I was reluctant at first.. this place was weird, there were bikers dudes everywhere,  and I knew no one. But you start to make friends and get connected.. I knew one way to get to know folks was bible study so I signed up for the Wednesday morning Women’s  Bible study which was studying Ruth and Esther.  I kept the bible study book, and just  now went over the notes I had jotted down. 

    You see God had planted the seed of adoption in my heart and He was going to use these two women in the Bible to make that seed sprout into a full blown reality by October of that year when we sent in our adoption application.  So it’s fun to go back and look over just how that process started to happen in my heart.  It was Ruth’s willingness to “go out on a limb for God” though she barely knew Him that inspired me, it was Boaz’s willingness to do what was right for ALL not just what was right for himself that moved me, I learned that fear need not play such a big role in my life.

    My life is in a totally different place right now.  My daughter Esther,  adopted from Ug*nda  joined my family over a year and a half ago, yet my husband is  now choosing to leave me.  I am afraid.  So when rereading Ruth and rereading what I wrote down in my bible study I still find myself inspired, but in different ways.  When reflecting on Naomi’s change from the beginning of the story when she was so bitter to the end when life was clearly looking up I wrote, “When we are feeling like all is lost God has the most room to fill us up! He can put us in the right place at the right time!” 

When reflecting on Ruth’s heritage as a Moabite and how according to Deuteronomy 23;3 that excluded both her and her descendents from being a member of the congregation of Israel I wrote, “It’s not about where you come from,  It’s about where your heart is.  When it’s true service to the Lord, You’ll receive His Blessings.” 

Now in closing, after reading Judges (ugg) Ruth is such a breath of fresh air… and here is why: THIS WOMAN ROCKS!  Israel over and over again forsook God and turned to Idols, HERE is a gentile woman who turned away from her people’s customs and turned to the one true God, she did so out of Loyalty and LOVE for another: “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God”  All God was asking for was Loyalty from His people and they failed, miserably!  From a foreigner came a beautiful example of what TO do.  Just as Boaz was Ruth’s Kinsman redeemer, Christ is ours.  We need to put our trust in Him, good times and in bad times.  bad times..  I keep thinking if this is as bad as it’s going to get, then life ain’t that half bad.   I know where my trust is.

 Loyalty, Love, Trust and Faith.  Here is a hero I can look to (sorry Samson you’re out!).  Ruth you are my hero in the good times, and here I can now safely say you are my hero in the bad.  She’s moved me, yet again.

Why Only Half the Lesson?

Day 76 Deuteronomy 17-20

Deuteronomy 18:14-19 Wowza what a Jesus sighting!

     The rest is some tough stuff.. I struggle with some of this, I really do. I found it interesting that when they talk about witnesses and when the accused is found guilty that the first rocks thrown must be thrown by a witness… reminds me of Jesus saying that the one without sin can throw the first stone.

      Also the eye for eye part… reminds me of Matthew 5: 39-39:You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. My daughter knocked her brother’s tooth out last week while they were fighting over cheese sticks in front of the refrigerator… It was kind of loose anyways but Miss E certainly helped it along the way with a good smack to the face.  It was the most dramatic tooth loosing in history of my little family… lots of blood and screaming and well of course I had to whip out the camera and take a photo because the kid is just so darn cute missing his front tooth.  Anyhow, I am VERY grateful we don’t live by eye for eye, tooth for tooth… Missy two-year old is not due to lose any teeth any time soon.

 It’s like the law is only half the message. Why did the Israelites have to wait for the other half?   Is it so that we’d know just how much we really needed Him?  Is it because there could be no completion without Jesus? 

Lord, you are the same throughout the ages.. but so many of us see two different messages spoken in the old and the new testament… I struggle with this.  Give me eyes to see the why.  As I journey to answering this question may it draw me closer to You.