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 Little by Little 062112

 Isaiah 28:9-13 talks about the process of learning about God. I’m amazed by these short verses and the power of them and it seems like I’ve never read them before or noticed them before. But then, that confirms the truth of these verses: if I read them before I apparently wasn’t in a state of mind and soul where I could notice the truth and the profundity of Isaiah’s words. Little by little the verses say, and maybe when I read Isaiah before this little bit was not forthcoming.

 But can we accept the truth of them? Do we really expect to learn the magnitude and expanse of God upon being saved, and in a flash understand the truths of the universe? If this were true then few would survive the moment of being saved.

 

There are days in fact, where the appearance of the sun at dawn is enough to astound me all day long!

So little by little, precept by precept, we learn the truth of God and the truth of the universe. Somehow it seems like we can move patiently as learners and as disciples and it seems we have the infinity of God to do so.

Pray for peace

brother Bill

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 Psalm 130

Isaiah 28:9-13

1 Peter 4:7-19

Psalm 130

1Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

2Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

3If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?

4But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

5I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

6my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

7OIsrael, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.

8It is he who will redeemIsrael from all its iniquities.

Isaiah 28:9-13

9“Whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from milk, those taken from the breast? 10For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” 11Truly, with stammering lip and with alien tongue he will speak to this people, 12to whom he has said, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they would not hear. 13Therefore the word of the Lord will be to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little;” in order that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

1 Peter 4:7-19

7The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. 8Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 11Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief maker. 16Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name. 17For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, what will be the end for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinners?” 19Therefore, let those suffering in accordance with God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator, while continuing to do good.

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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