Archive for December, 2009

christmas 2009

December 25, 2009

It’s a different Christmas this year.  I’m less “into” traditional American Christmas than I’ve ever been.  I’m poorer than I’ve ever been on Christmas.  And I got a little fruit-of-the-spirit checkup yesterday by having my vehicle window broken in and $1200 or so worth of stuff stolen, including my laptop.  Shucks.

This morning I was reading about Moses in the beginning of Exodus.  Numbers 12 says Moses was “very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth”.  But it wasn’t a humble man who killed the Egyptian.  I’d love to hear what went on between the time he fled Egypt and the burning bush.

Keeping sheep must be good training.  Abraham was a shepherd, Moses and David did it, and Jesus used sheep and shepherd illustrations a lot.

knowing him

December 5, 2009

I’ve been meditating on Matthew 7:22-23:

On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’

especially the phrase “I never knew you”.  Contrast that with John 17:3:

Now this is eternal life — that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

and it gives the total criteria for salvation.  If a person really knows God, on a personal intimate basis, then there’s no sin that won’t be forgiven.  Of course the opposite is true as well.