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Luke 9:28-33

Whenever I read Luke 9:33, it makes me smile.  While Moses and Elijah are leaving Jesus, Peter proposes making shelters for each of them.  This verse says, “…(He did not know what he was saying.)”  So, maybe later, Peter thought, “Why did I say that?”

I went to two sources for insight on Luke 9:33.  Liberty Bible Commentary says, “The three disciples were fast asleep while all this was transpiring, and were surprised by what they saw when they awoke.”

The Reformation Study Bible  by R. C. Sproul says, “Peter suggests building structures of some kind, perhaps to enable the experience to be prolonged.”

Peter probably didn’t know that people in the future would be analyzing his words.  Poor Peter.  His heart was in the right place.

Matthew 3:1-6

My family and I recently got back from a trip to Kentucky.  On our way back home, we stopped in Indiana at a Steak ‘n Shake.  We saw a plane in the distance with a banner.  Since we were on vacation, we had binoculars and I used them to see what the banner said.  I was so curious to know, but all it said was, “$1 soft drinks-M”.  I’ve never seen such an insignificant message in the sky.

Later, I looked up how much it is to get a plane to fly a banner.  On one website, it said that it’s $350 each hour and there’s $100 charge for setting up!

John the Baptist didn’t need a plane banner.  People came to him.  But if someone from the future offered him free plane banner advertising in the sky, I think he’d want it to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  Now that’s a significant message!

 

Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28

Yesterday, my family and I were out doing errands when we noticed a construction sign that said, “Detour.”  It seemed like a sad thing, but as we got off the beaten path and onto the new path, we realized it was enjoyable.  The road climbed and swooped, showing us a part of our city we hadn’t seen before.

Let’s say the beaten path represents a person’s life that has stagnated and is just surviving day to day.  And say the new path represents a person’s life that is alive with hope.  This all reminds me of a book I read called Destiny: Let God Use You Like He Made You by Tony Evans.  He said that if we just survive day to day, we risk someday hearing from God, “I had so much that I wanted to accomplish through you…but I never could get you to focus your full and undivided attention on My glory.  You wanted your own.”    Tony Evans further states, “…your destiny is about His glory.”

Speaking of what to focus on, Dr. Evans said, “Focusing on the world creates static on the line that will interfere with what the Spirit wants to speak to your mind (see Romans 12:1-2).  But if you focus your mind on God and His kingdom, you will pierce through the fog of this world…Seek Him first, and you will make it…All these things will be added to you-including your destiny.”

Tony Evans mentioned, “While waiting on God for your destiny, promote the well-being of the people around you now.”  Later, he said, “When you find Him, you will find the plan as well because He knows what it is and wants to give it to you.”

In the last chapter of the book in the last paragraph, Dr. Evans requests that the reader remember Jeremiah 29:11.  Jeremiah says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

 

Isaiah 11:6-9

What two animals would you be shocked to see snuggling together?  In Isaiah, there are examples of predators and prey living peacefully together, like a wolf with a lamb, a leopard with a goat and a cow with a bear.  How can this be?

In “The Reformation Study Bible” R. C. Sproul explains, “Carnivorous animals, now remade with natures that protect what they formerly devoured, effectively portray the wonderful peace on earth in the new age ruled by the Messiah.  The vision corresponds to reconciling love in the church (Eph. 2:14-18) and will be consummated in the new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21:4, 24-27).”

“Unlikely Friendships” written by Jennifer Holland, tells the true story of a lioness and a young oryx.  She says, “It was almost biblical:  a lion and a baby antelope lying down together in peace.  Local people said it was a message from God.”

I think the rare relationship between the lioness and the oryx could have been God giving us a glimpse of the future when Jesus rules.  Let’s ponder that beautiful thought.