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The Amazing Truth 022312

In all three scripture selections today we read about worldviews and attitudes that are truly amazing.

The first of several reasons why we might find these scriptures amazing is that they are not of this world. It is not of this world to say to say that those who consider the poor should be happy. It is more like to world to say that one can be happy by creating wealth from the poverty of others, or to disavow one’s own connections to poverty.

In 2 Chronicles God promises forgiveness. This is amazing also because it is not like the world. The world says that power has the right to kill others, that power dominates and benefits from the exercise of power. Instead, here, the infinite power of space, time and the universe, with infinite power, uses that power to forgive us all our ignorance and and blindness to God’s presence and Jesus’ presence here with us, in this room.

And in 3 John we are blessed for our faithfulness, and feel like we’re a blessing to others. In the world it tends to go that we are cursed by others more than we are blessed, by far. But then, this is an amazing book we’re reading from, and an amazing God for our worship.

We don’t often find truth in life, no matter how hard we try. Most of life is deception and mistruth; it is hurtful and vindictive, more than we Christians remember. Yet each time we open the Bible, truths beyond our spiritual growth jump out at us and pull us into the wonder and love of God.

Pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

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Psalm 41

2 Chronicles 7:12-22

3 John 2-8

 

Psalm 41

1Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.

2The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy in the land. You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.

3The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities.

4As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

5My enemies wonder in malice when I will die, and my name perish.

6And when they come to see me, they utter empty words, while their hearts gather mischief; when they go out, they tell it abroad.

7All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.

8They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me, that I will not rise again from where I lie.

9Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.

10But you, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.

11By this I know that you are pleased with me; because my enemy has not triumphed over me.

12But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.

13Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

2 Chronicles 7:12-22

12Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. 13When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 16For now I have chosen and consecrated this house so that my name may be there forever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time. 17As for you, if you walk before me, as your father David walked, doing according to all that I have commanded you and keeping my statutes and my ordinances, 18then I will establish your royal throne, as I made covenant with your father David saying, ‘You shall never lack a successor to rule over Israel.’ 19“But if you turn aside and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20then I will pluck you up from the land that I have given you; and this house, which I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 21And regarding this house, now exalted, everyone passing by will be astonished, and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this house?’ 22Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord the God of their ancestors who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore he has brought all this calamity upon them.’”

3 John 2-8

2Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.

3I was overjoyed when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 5Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; 6they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; 7for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. 8Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.

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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