July - Reading 14

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    Good evening –

    In our reading of 2Chronicles this evening we read the account of the building of the Temple. The Chronicler does not go into nearly the same detail of the description of the edifice as the account in 1Kings but something I picked up on tonight that I had not noticed in our reading of 1Kings is that the area designated “the Most Holy Place” is a perfect cube, 20 cubits X 20 cubits X 20 cubits (1Kings 6:20). In Revelation 21:16 the New Jerusalem will also be a cube but will lack the Temple because the entire area is “the Most Holy Place.” It is possible that the Chronicler downplays the decoration of the Temple because the returning exiles would not be able to match the lavishness that Solomon poured into the construction of the original. We also see that the “Cloud” descended and dwelt in the Temple just as it had the Tent of the Tabernacle, showing us God’s presence. The Cloud is used often in the Old Testament Scriptures (Exodus 13:21, Ezekial 43:1-5, Zecharia 1:16, etc.)

    Much theological exegesis can be drawn from our reading of Luke this evening. The statements of Christ are very open for interpretation. The “seeing satan fall” statement can mean that Christ is claiming witness to the expulsion of satan from Heaven as described in Isaiah 14 or it could be Christ’s witness of the defeat of satan from this present earthly mission. The snakes and scorpions may well represent the evil spirits that the 72 have cast out in Jesus’ name. We will not learn any more about the 72 than these verses, a passage unique to the Gospel of Matthew.

    At this point in 1Thessalonians Paul has broken into spontaneous prayer for his gratitude of the faith of the church at Thessalonica. As we have seen over the course of the year this is a very common halmark of Paul’s Letters.Paul delves a lot on the faith of these early Christians and recognizes that it is this that has carried them through the persecutions that they faced despite their lack of doctrinal training.

    May God bless you

    - Clint
     
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    I really liked Psalm 139 from today's readings so I think I will share my thoughts on it.

    The fact that God is both omnipresent and omniscient can be a great comfort knowing He is always there for us and knows what we need before we ask. It is also a little terrifying when you think of how no sin we commit is hidden from him. Praise God that He is compassionate and willing to forgive us of our trespasses if we will repent and ask for forgiveness.

    This Psalm starts off talking about how completely God knows us. He perceives our thoughts. He even knows what we will say before we say it.

    Then it tells of how God is with us always, no matter where we go. There is nowhere you can run or hide that he is not there also. He is always there to guide us when we need him.

    When we were growing in our mother's womb, God was there and knew all that we would do before we took a single breath. We are "fearfully and wonderfully made".

    The last two verses would be good for believers to include in their prayers. If there is anything in me that offends You, Lord, please point it out to me so that I can repent and correct it, and lead me in Your ways.

    "23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
    24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting. "
     
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    Sunday School lesson 11/7/04 – continued

    Luke 10:17-20 The Return of the Seventy

    The seventy report upon their return that the demons are subject to them in Jesus' name. Jesus then accounts for them the prophecy of satan's fall as prefigured in the seventy's power through Christ. This defeat will be sudden and decisive like lightning. It is through the authority of Jesus Christ that we have power over the scorpions and serpents, the symbolic representations of satan's evil in the world. Even so, they were not to rejoice in the power we have over and the safety they had from evil but rather the fact that their names were written in heaven, that is to say, that they had received the promise of salvation.

    Luke 10:21-24 The Rejoicing of Jesus

    The phrasing of verse 21 has led many to speculate that Jesus was at this instance in a state of prophetic ecstasy. In the pattern of rejection and acceptance of the message of the kingdom of God Jesus was seeing the Purpose of God unfolding. He therefore expresses gratitude to God for the marvelous ways in which these purposes are accomplished.

    The wise and understanding (KJV - prudent) are the scribes and other religious men who thought themselves wise. The babes are the common folk who did not display such pretension. The paradox is that those who sought to know God's mind were blind to the workings of God before them. On the other hand, those who were religiously illiterate were receptive to God's work through Christ. Prophets and kings had looked forward to these times for many centuries. The disciples were blessed to see the fulfillment of the faith of those long dead men manifested before them in the Person of Jesus Christ.
     
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