Daily Miscellany

Psalm 34:11  –  “I (singular) will teach you (plural).” That is, the Lord is our teacher – just as He said in Matthew 23:8.  He is the teacher and we are all brothers.

There is no need for any of us to lord it over the rest of us; we have a Lord, and one is enough.

Isaiah 2:3 (Micah 4:2)  –  The Lord teaches us His ways.  He wants us to walk in those ways just as He walked in them (Psalm 81:13).  That is, Jesus the Lord wants us to follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21).  Just as He walked through the valley of the shadow of death without fearing evil (Psalm 23:4), so He wants us to do the same.

A Christian is a disciple (Acts 11:26).  And a disciple, by definition, is a learner.  How then can we consider ourselves Christians if we are not continually learning?

And what good is learning if we don’t advance?  That is, if we’re learning, we ought also to be demonstrating progress in virtue (1 Timothy 4:15) and be apprehending more truth (2 Timothy 3:7 indicates the alternative).  After all, it was for the purpose of giving us truth that Jesus came to teach (John 8:31-32).

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 The revelation of Christ to us is like the light of dawn…that shines brighter and brighter…until the full day (a la Proverbs 4:18).  Keep learning more about Christ.  There is always more to learn about Him (Colossians 2:3).

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The brief and cryptic story of the angel announcing Samson’s birth to his parents fascinates me.  It seems an ultra-compact depiction of how Jesus of Nazareth was presented to the world – both in the Luke 2 and broader New Testament sense.

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The Lord says we’re to be like sheep.  That is, we’re to be like He was: gentle.  If, however, we find ourselves biting and devouring we’ve obviously taken on the characteristics of wilder animals – like a pack of feral dogs perhaps?  (Matthew 7:6)

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Acts 2:36  –  What profound words!  First-century Jews were expecting the Messiah, and they were even expecting an eventual resurrection, but they weren’t expecting Messiah to be crucified, they weren’t expecting Him to be raised from the dead before anyone else, and they weren’t expecting Him to be the Lord.  You might say God had done exceeding abundantly beyond all they were asking or expecting (Ephesians 3:20 KJV).

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Unfurl the sails of your heart that the wind of the Holy Spirit might be your energy.

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