Saturday, February 24, 2007

Deuteronomy 7:17-26; Psalms 30, 32; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51

Isn’t it amazing how much there is to learn and ponder in the Bible? We all have this vast piece of real estate with so much to explore and contemplate. Every excursion into the Bible brings new insights and ideas.

Deuteronomy 7:17 reminds of us of our struggles and fears so long ago. And in the description of those struggles it states, “[Y]ou saw with your own eyes the great trials, the miraculous signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm.” The power of that memory reminds us not to be afraid of our enemies, of our trials, of our struggles.

For all the victories that have gotten us where we are today and where we want to be tomorrow, Psalm 30 reminds us to be thankful and to give praise for the strength captured in those memories. It is what has buoyed us through our storms: “[F]or you lifted me out of the depths…. I called to you for help and you healed me.”

Titus 3:3-9 remind us that it is not our good behavior that has allowed us to get through our tribulations. “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”

And then, we come back to a vision.

Jesus states in John 1:51, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” So we move from the power of what was witnessed centuries ago to what will be witnessed in some tomorrow. And tying the two visions together are the underlying strength and mercy available to all of us.

Richard Henry

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