May 22, 2003

Passages of the Day

Numbers 31 Psalm 75-76 Isaiah 23 1 Peter 1

Numbers 31
In this sort of passage your heart really sinks because it is so extreme. The reason that Moses was upset at the people for sparing the women was that these were the ones that originally led Israel to sin in Numbers 25. Of course, they could have showed more fortitude.

Psalm 75-76
Psalm 75 is about the judgement of the Lord, and how He is righteous and will execute judgement with all power. I liked the verse about how the cup is in the hand of the Lord and how the wicked will "drink down its dregs". One should not be prideful.

How do I view God? Do I see Him resplendent, more majestic than the mountains? Do I fear, knowing that no man can stand in His presence in His anger? God saves the humble, not the proud - and the wrath of man will praise Him. I must humble myself.

Isaiah 23
Who planned against Tyre and Sidon - "the Lord of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty, to despise all the onored of the earth." The last part is interesting, it basically says that after 70 years, Tyre will go back to "her harlot's wages" and "play the harlot with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth." But that the "gain" and "wages" will not be hoarded but become "sufficient food and choice attire for those who dwell in the presence of the LORD." What does this mean? Why would it go back to its old ways? And how is it that those who dwell in the presence of the LORD will benefit.

1 John 1
We have heard, we have seen, we have looked, we have toched, we have seen, we testify, we proclaim... Can I say that? Have I seen, looked touched, should I not testify and proclaim? If not... what is the message? The message is that in God there is no darkness. If we are to have fellowship with God then we should also not have any darkness. What is darkness, is it sin? I don't think so - it is the hiding of sins, for we can walk in the Light, confessing our sins - for which no man can say they have without.

Posted by torque at May 22, 2003 8:49 AM
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