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Fearing the Lord 032111

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Psalm 128

1Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways.

2You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.

3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

4Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

5The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

6May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!

Numbers 21:4-9

4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” 6Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” 9So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Hebrews 3:1-6

3Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God’s house.” 3Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4(For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. 6Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Fearing the Lord 032111

 

Today’s Psalm begins with the declaration that those are happy who fear the Lord.

 

I don’t really understand that; Jesus teaches, I believe, that God loves us and we love him, both of our free will. Fear doesn’t exactly fit into that relationship.

 

What changed? What is different from the Old Testament to the New Testament? I hold the opinion that humankind has changed, and that old conceptions of God have evolved as we have evolved. (This is absolutely my opinion…….) I feel that it is okay if our ideas of God change. I hope they always can change and evolve.

 

This does not means that humankind has created God in the their image, rather than the reverse.

 

It means to me that God is infinite, we are not, and as we grow and know more, our knowledge, love and understanding of the infinite God (who is always beyond our understanding) grows also.

 

Jesus teaches us a more advanced and complete concept of God, but it matters little. God, and Jesus are both beyond my understanding, and that’s okay.

 

Peace

(brother) Bill

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