Psalm 119:36,37 ESV

Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.
Psalms 119:36-37 (ESV)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Genesis 17

I got stuck on this part:

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”
Genesis 17:1-2 (ESV)

Blameless: We are to be blameless, here is a sample of verses that state this.

Genesis 17:1
Deuteronomy 18:13
2 Samuel 22:26
1 Kings 8:61
Psalm 101:6
Proverbs 2:21
Proverbs 11:5

Matthew 5:48
Luke 6:40
John 17:23
2 Corinthians 13:9

Hebrews 13:21
James 1:4

But we know we are not and can not walk blameless. 

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…Romans 3:23

For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more..
Romans 5:19-20

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8
Job 15:14

Jeremiah 2:35

James 3:2

Confusing? Not if you read the WHOLE STORY. But the quick answer begins with a couple of questions:

How did Abraham walk blameless? Follow the progression:

And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:5-6

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.

Genesis 17:1-4

He was blameless because of faith. This made him humble and submissive.

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
Romans 4:1-3

How do we walk blameless?

We believe. We have faith in God through Christ Jesus.

Read all of Hebrews 7

...and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.
Romans 3:24-27

We do strive to be more like Christ knowing that we will never be fully complete (blameless/perfect). Knowing that striving to be like Him never makes us blameless before God. Faith in Him alone does that for us.

Philippians 3

The mature Christian knows this yet and does not give up. The grownup believer knows that the striving does not save him nor does it make him more loveable to God. It is simply the right way to live. Even if it brings suffering. It is what separates him from the world. There should be no boasting or arrogance but kindness, contentment and keeping your nose to the grindstone of good works. Simply because he asked us too – not because it makes us better. Not because it gives us something to talk or boast about.

 

New Mermaids:

merm and seahorse merm flower tail merm gardening merm starfish merm tea anyone

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Drawn to The Cross 2

This week I found verses that I thought applied to the first two verses of Drawn To The Cross. I then I had the kids break down into three groups of two.  They split the remaining verses and used a concordance to find what they thought was the theme of the verse they were looking at. It was hard for them. I think mainly because they had a hard time deciding what the theme was. They would default to the last line  - Christ crucified, I come…

We didn’t finish in fact. But I add the verses they found next week.


Text: Genevieve M. Irons. 1855-1928
Music: Joseph Barnby, 1838-96

Drawn to the Cross which Thou hast blest,
With healing gifts for souls distrest,
To find in Thee my Life, my Rest,
  Christ crucified, I come.

 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)

Stained with the sins which I have wrought
In word and deed and secret thought;
For pardon which Thy Blood hath bought,
  Christ crucified, I come.

And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”
Zechariah 3:4 (ESV)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

Zechariah 9:9-11 (ESV)

I have finished some jellyfish illustrations. I am making a matching game from them. Here they are and I will show the matching game later:

jelly pink jellygreen Jellyorange Jellypurple

Monday, March 31, 2014

Drawn To The Cross – Lent Hymn 2

Text: Genevieve M. Irons. 1855-1928
Music: Joseph Barnby, 1838-96

The verses are my additions and will continue until I finish the hymn.

Drawn to the Cross which Thou hast blest,
With healing gifts for souls distrest,
To find in Thee my Life, my Rest,
  Christ crucified, I come.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)

 

Lent Background

Lent Back