Daily Miscellany for July 29, 2014

The New Testament records what happened when God visited the earth.  The way He did it was surprising (no grand entrance), and the way we reacted was surprising (no cordial welcome).  We should try to learn what we can from this.

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All ancient writings which can be legitimately traced to the original disciples of Jesus Christ (that is, His apostles) have been placed in a file.  That file is called the New Testament.  That file could have been called by another name and the contents would be just as valid.

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When God visited the earth, He did so as a Jew.  He was the son of carpenter, and a member of an ethnic minority in a remote occupied region of the Roman Empire almost 2,000 years ago.  All His earthly circumstances destined Him for obscurity.  That His name is currently known by most of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants and claimed by more than 2 billion of them is remarkable…to say the least.

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Lately, I have been thinking about Psalm 2:1-3 and how it so aptly describe the furious effort American and broader society is putting into throwing off what it deems to be the shackles of marriage as it’s been defined for thousands of years by innumerable cultures.  It’s scary…but God laughs because He knows how futile their efforts really are.  You can jump off a cliff, and then furiously object to the fact that you’re falling…but that won’t affect in the slightest the crash that’s inevitably coming.

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