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English: Be still .. .. and know that I am God...

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Psalm 46

Genesis 12:1-9

1 Corinthians 7:17-24

 

An Ever-Changing, Always Changing God 013012

Psalm 46 praises a god who is both our constant refuge and strength (Verse 1) yet is with us beyond the life span of mountains and geological change, and the rising and fall of mountains, earthquakes, the riser and fall of kingdoms.

God is a constant, and dependable yet flexible and resilient beyond the life of this universe!

Somehow, this tells me we somehow share in the infinite magnitude of God, and share in the infinite timelessness of God. I don’t know how to describe this non-believers, but it’s what Psalm 46, it seems to me, to sing to each of us.

Pray for peace, and make this the best week ever.

(brother) Bill

Psalm 46

1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

3though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

5God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.

6The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

10“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Genesis 12:1-9

12Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

4So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan,

6Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. 9And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.

1 Corinthians 7:17-24

17However that may be, let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you. This is my rule in all the churches. 18Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 19Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but obeying the commandments of God is everything. 20Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called. 21Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. 22For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. 23You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters. 24In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters, there remain with God.

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.

 

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Comments on: "An Ever-Changing, Always Changing God 013012" (2)

  1. Thanks for the provocative title – “An Ever-Changing, Always Changing God 013012”

    It made me think of process theology:
    – Reality is always in process.
    – To be unchanging is to be dead.
    – Ultimate power is love.
    – God is the great companion.
    – God is dipolar. Not entirely identified with creation and not entirely separate from creation.

    • Thanks for the connection to process theology, which I have barely heard of, except that a seminary I know had a good used book section years ago and I bought a used copy of Alfred North Whitehead. And the title is actually a mistake, yes, a mistake. I intended to write about ‘a never-changing, always changing God’ because God seems to me to be the same God as in Genesis, yet a new God every day, depending upon my growth and humanity’s growth.

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