Friday, November 17, 2017

In the fall, thoughts turn to...


riot of colors



the scent of vanilla

 cinnamon scented pine cones

crisp aromatic  apples

a side trip to see the fall colors...

"Come, my beloved, let us go out into the country..."
Song of Songs 7:11

Thursday, November 16, 2017

PROVERBS 8:27-29

"When He established the heavens, I was there,
When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
When He made firm the skies above,
When the springs of the deep became fixed,
When He set for the sea its boundary
So that the water would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth..."

"I was there..."

The Son was there watching the Father do unfathomable acts. 

The King James wording is "when he set a compass upon the face of the depth." Adam Clarke says, "For there is no part of the creation of God in which wisdom, skill, contrivance, are more manifest, that in the construction of the visible heavens.

One of the first things He must have done was to create gravity.   Adam Clarke made this point.  "Does not this refer to the establishment of the law of gravitation?  by which all particles of matter, tending to a common centre, would produce in all bodies the orbicular form, which we see them have; so hat even the waters are not only retained within their boundaries; but are subjected to the circular form, in their great aggregate of seas, as other parts of matter are.  This is called here 'making a compass,' sweeping a circle; and even this on the face of the deep, to bring chaotic mass into form, regularity and order."  Have you ever imagined God before gravity was called into being?

"When He made firm the skies above." (NASV) "When He established the clouds above."  (KJV)  The sky was not falling!  "the ethereal regions, taking in the whole of the atmosphere, with all its meteors, clouds, vapours, etc."

"I was there..."

The best fantasy imagination can come up with is the picture of Atlas holding up the world.  The picture from God's Word is so much more fantastical stretching our imagination to conceive. It is as if gravity keeps pulling our minds to keep it grounded in what is known as described by His Word.  He said it.  It is just up to us to believe it.

"When He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment."

May I make a suggestion?  Next time you go to the ocean, stand in front of the froth where waves meet the shore and hold your hand and say, "Stop right there!  Come no farther!"  Did the Son play in the lacy edges of the seas and copy His Father's command for the sea not to exceed its boundary that He set?  Let these verses tickle your imagination of the unimaginable.

"I was there..."

The same Son who was there at the Beginning, who was there laid in a manger, who was there at Calvary, who was there walking out of the grave, who is there seated beside the Father is our Advocate with the Father.   He is here, Immanuel, God with us.  His Spirit will never leave us or forsake us.  It comes full circle, like the compass that drew its circle.  We are within that circle.  Hallelujah!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PROVERBS 8:24-26

"When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills I was brought forth;
While He had not yet made the earth and the fields,
Nor the first dust of the world."

Before depths,
before the void,
no water,
no mountains,
not even hills,
no earth and fields,
not even dust.

The Son, part of the Trinity, is older than dirt,
even before dust.

Why would this be important to mention?  Think of the creation and fall of man in the Garden.  "Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life."  Then the curse upon the snake was that "on your belly you will go, and dust you will eat."  Then to man, God said, "By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return."  (Genesis 3:14, 19)

In contrast, the Godhead is eternal, before and after Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end.  It is not something we can comprehend, to be before Creation, before the earth, before the very dust out of which man was created.  (God has the dirt on us.) 

Adam Clarke says, "'When there were no depths before the original chaotic mass was formed. (Genesis 1:2, 'The earth was formless and void...' 'waste and emptiness.') 'I was brought forth'  I was produced as by laboring throes...All these verses are a periphrasis for 'I existed before creation'; consequently before time was.  'I dwelt in God,' as a principle which might be communicated in its influences to intellectual beings, when formed.'"

We think ultrasounds are pretty special, and they are.  We are privileged to live in a time when we can see 'What God hath wrought' in the womb.  Gender reveal parties are exciting.  But God didn't need one of those.  His Son was before,  before Creation, before history, before us and our kin. 

That puts us in perspective as a little blurp on God's timeline in comparison.  Yet, this Son not only had a hand in Creation, but in our salvation.  So, God considers our little blurp still important and of value.  He has an Ultra-sound of our puny little lives as He watches us growing and developing, not just physically, but spiritually.  He can see into our innermost being.

Then add on to this introduction to God's Son, the mystery of His birth when He came back to earth after Creation.  (So then if He came to earth at Creation, then came again in Mary's womb, are we waiting for the Third Coming and not the Second Coming?) The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35) No dust involved.