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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.

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Exodus 3:8

Ethan, Emily and I looked at a devotional today that brought up a Biblical reference to milk and honey.  In Exodus 3:8, God talked to Moses, and told him His plan to get the Israelites out of their oppressive slavery situation in Egypt and to “a land flowing with milk and honey-”

After we were done with the devotional, our young son, Ethan, said that since there was a lot of milk and honey in that land, there would have been a lot of cows and bees too.  I had never thought of that.

 

 

If you listen to Christian radio, you’ve probably heard the song, “What Do I Know of Holy.”  With more than a dozen spiritual questions, the song has stressed me out every time I hear it.  Well, I finally got a chance to try to find Scripture to answer some of the questions dangling unanswered out there for months (or longer) on the airwaves.  It’s likely that the singer is not the only one seemingly wondering what the answers could be.  There are other irritations I have with the words,  so it’s time to analyze this song.

“I made You promises a thousand times.”

Promises to God (or anyone) shouldn’t be treated lightly.  In Nehemiah 5:12, an oath was required for what was promised.  And in 2 Peter 3:9, we read that God keeps His promise.

“I never feared you at all-No”

Ecclesiastes 12:13 says we must “Fear God.”  Proverbs 2:5 says, “…understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”

“What do I know of You who spoke me into motion?”

The singer is referring to Creation, so what does she know about her Creator?  She seems to know that God created people (and land animals) on the 6th day of Creation.  Genesis 1:24-31

“Are you fire?”

Exodus 19:18 says that the Lord came down in fire.  Revelation 1:14 says, “…eyes were like blazing fire.”

“Are you fury?”

Isaiah 66:14 says that He’ll show fury to enemies.

“Are you sacred?”

If you do a search on the word, “sacred” in biblegateway.com, you’ll get 126 results.  1 Corinthians 3:17 lets us know that the temple of God is sacred.

“What do I know of holy?”

I searched the word, “holy” in biblegateway.com and got 551 results.  Exodus 3:5 is about God letting Moses know he’s on holy ground.  1 Peter 1:16 commands us to be holy.

“I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about how You were mighty to save but those were only empty words on a page.”

I’m annoyed by the past tense of this sentence.  God IS mighty to save Isaiah 63:1.  Even though the Bible was written long ago, it uses the present tense in Zephaniah 3:17, saying He is a, “…Mighty Warrior who saves.”

 

“What do I know of wounds that will heal my shame?”

The singer seems to know that Jesus, “…was wounded for our transgressions,…And with His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

“What do I know of holy, of the One who the angels praise?”

We don’t know the extent of what she knows about God, but since some may know little or nothing of Him, Exodus 34:4-8 says God is merciful, gracious, longsuffering, etc.  Also, Isaiah 6:1-3 gives us a peek into God’s heavenly life, revealing to us that He has a throne, a robe, and winged seraphim saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;…”

“What do I know of this love?”

The singer may mean she’s amazed by God’s great love, but for any unsaved people listening to the song, they need to know about John 3:16.  In addition, 1 John 4:7-9, which says, “God is love” would be helpful to the unbeliever considering conversion.

Maybe the artist of this song intended for people to focus on God’s mercy for undeserving sinners.  Whatever was intended, it’s my opinion that our culture is far from holy, and for some hearing this song, it may seem like it’s okay not to know about being holy.  It’s not okay.  God wants us to learn to be holy like Him.

 

Deuteronomy 8:3

The other night I dreamed I was driving at night looking for a Mexican restaurant.  When I found one, it was an outdoor restaurant where customers had spilled lots of lettuce.  It had just closed so I drove on.

I must have been hungry before I dreamed that dream.  We’re all familiar with physical hunger.  But what about spiritual hunger?

Today, I heard someone excitedly say that about a dozen kids were saved at a vacation bible school.  Kids getting saved is spiritual hunger.

Moses let the people know that God was teaching them they didn’t live only by bread but by His Word.  Let’s beef up our spiritual hunger.

 

 

Exodus 3, James 4:8

On a snowy day while out driving by a church, I noticed a tall, wide, red bush at a T-intersection.  It made me think of the burning bush that Moses encountered.

God spoke to Moses long ago through a burning bush.  God can communicate to us in many ways.  Today, He’s more likely to use His Word, devotionals, some Christian music, etc.  God is not limited in getting a message to us, so He can use whoever or whatever He wants until we get it.

Did you notice that when Moses saw the burning bush, God didn’t talk to him until he got closer?  If you’re not already, get close to God and He will get close to you.

Deuteronomy 1:32, 9:23, 2 Kings 17:14, 18:5, 1 Chronicles 5:20, Psalm 20:7, 24:4, 31:14, 86:2, Romans 15:13

Psalm 24:4-5  2 Kings 18:5-7

When out shopping lately, I stopped in my tracks in a candy aisle when I saw Russell Stover chocolate bars wrapped in pseudo-paper money.  That wasn’t the only thing false about it.  Instead of saying, “In God We Trust” it said, “In Santa We Trust.”  If Russell Stover was trying to be cute, it’s far from cute.  Why?  Because before even touching Scripture, Russell Stover’s usage of , “In Santa We Trust” is an affront to our national motto which is, “In God We Trust.”

There is significant history behind our national motto.  Wikipedia states, “In 1956, the nation was at a particularly tense time in the Cold War, and the United States wanted to distinguish itself from the Soviet Union, which promoted state atheism.[17] As a result, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution ‘declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States.’ The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966.[14] (Public Law 84-851)[18] The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now states: ‘In God we trust’ is the national motto.’ ”

You may have noticed a lot of Scripture at the beginning of this post.  The verses deal with trust and are just a selection from many more verses.  In Deuteronomy 1:32, Moses tells the people that they didn’t trust God (even though God had fought for them in Egypt).  In 2 Kings 18:5-7, King Hezekiah put his trust in God and God made him successful.  In 1 Chronicles 5:20, God helped the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh win a battle because they cried out, trusting Him.  In Psalm 24:4-5, David conveys that if one doesn’t trust in an idol, etc., they can expect blessing from God.  And in Romans 15:13, apostle Paul speaks of trusting in God for hope, etc.

No, it’s not cute to replace our real God with Santa in any way.  Putting our trust in GOD is a big deal to Him!

2 Kings 2:7-12, Revelation 11:1-14

Recently, my daughter asked me to look at some clouds.  When I glanced upward, I noticed they looked like fire.

As you know, in 2 Kings, Elijah left Earth with a fiery chariot and fiery horses (how many horses I am not sure).  Did you know, though, that in Revelation 11, there are two witnesses some believe are Elijah and Enoch, others think are Elijah and Moses, and many more believe the witnesses are like Elijah and Moses (Liberty Bible Commentary)?  God calls to the witnesses and they go to Heaven in a cloud.

Because Moses died and Elijah didn’t, it is my opinion that the two witnesses are Elijah and someone like Moses.  I believe Elijah exited Earth with fire first, and think he will leave in a cloud later.

Artists have tried to capture Elijah’s first grand departure.  I saw one artwork where the artist showed a fiery chariot, but not fiery horses.  Maybe he or she (the illustrator wasn’t credited) was uncertain how to draw fiery horses.

Do you have a picture in your mind of what Elijah going to Heaven might have looked like?  You may not agree with an artist’s ideas.

What if you could go back in time to that day?  What would you see?  Imagine it…