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The Selfish Gene

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A Certain Christian Selfishness 102512

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Today’s Scriptures Click the following links to read today’s scriptures or scroll to the very bottom of this blog post for those scriptures also. Lectionary Scriptures for the day selected by http://www.commontexts.org/

Psalm 126 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20126&version=MSG

Jeremiah 23:9-15 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%2023:9-15&version=MSG

Hebrews 7:1-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%207:1-10&version=MSG

A Certain Christian Selfishness 102512

This is a day late, but we’re still here!

Last evening I fell asleep with these scriptures and today’s blog on my mind. Something that bothers me, and concerns me is that at the base of many scriptures, including today’s verses is a certain selfishness.

Don’t worry, I have different but also intense misgivings about every world religion, and they are more serious than this concern. I would mention some of those concerns about other world religions, but it might cause riots in certain world capitals! But, back to my concern about selfishness, and Christianity.

Jesus does so much for os, and God does so much. They do everything, and I’m not complaining, but last evening and this morning I was so tired, I nearly had to roll and fall out of bed to get to the coffee pot, and start again. And I prayed, once again, for God to give us strength to continue, and for God to send Jesus to us all. I’ve never failed to receive, receive, receive.

But, is this why I’m a Christian, because I can .get, get, get’? Sometimes, the Bible focuses on what God did for Israel, or what God is doing and will do for Israel, and sometimes Jesus focuses on what God does for us and can do for us.

But, we miss that the Bible is really telling us what we should be doing in God’s name, in Jesus’ name.

Pray for peace.

Bill

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Psalm 126

Jeremiah 23:9-15

Hebrews 7:1-10

Psalm 126

The Message (MSG)

A Pilgrim Song

126 1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
when God returned Zion’s exiles.
We laughed, we sang,
we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations—
“God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
we are one happy people.

4-6 And now, God, do it again—
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

Jeremiah 23:9-15

The Message (MSG)

The “Everything Will Turn Out Fine” Sermon

9 My head is reeling,
my limbs are limp,
I’m staggering like a drunk,
seeing double from too much wine—
And all because of God,
because of his holy words.

10-12 Now for what God says regarding the lying prophets:

“Can you believe it? A country teeming with adulterers!
faithless, promiscuous idolater-adulterers!
They’re a curse on the land.
The land’s a wasteland.
Their unfaithfulness
is turning the country into a cesspool,
Prophets and priests devoted to desecration.
They have nothing to do with me as their God.
My very own Temple, mind you—
mud-spattered with their crimes.” God’s Decree.
“But they won’t get by with it.
They’ll find themselves on a slippery slope,
Careening into the darkness,
somersaulting into the pitch-black dark.
I’ll make them pay for their crimes.
It will be the Year of Doom.” God’s Decree.

13-14 “Over in Samaria I saw prophets
acting like silly fools—shocking!
They preached using that no-god Baal for a text,
messing with the minds of my people.
And the Jerusalem prophets are even worse—horrible!—
sex-driven, living a lie,
Subsidizing a culture of wickedness,
and never giving it a second thought.
They’re as bad as those wretches in old Sodom,
the degenerates of old Gomorrah.”

15 So here’s the Message to the prophets from God-of-the-Angel-Armies:

“I’ll cook them a supper of maggoty meat
with after-dinner drinks of strychnine.
The Jerusalem prophets are behind all this.
They’re the cause of the godlessness polluting this country.”

Hebrews 7:1-10

The Message (MSG)

Melchizedek, Priest of God

7 1-3 Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Highest God. He met Abraham, who was returning from “the royal massacre,” and gave him his blessing. Abraham in turn gave him a tenth of the spoils. “Melchizedek” means “King of Righteousness.” “Salem” means “Peace.” So, he is also “King of Peace.” Melchizedek towers out of the past—without record of family ties, no account of beginning or end. In this way he is like the Son of God, one huge priestly presence dominating the landscape always.

4-7 You realize just how great Melchizedek is when you see that Father Abraham gave him a tenth of the captured treasure. Priests descended from Levi are commanded by law to collect tithes from the people, even though they are all more or less equals, priests and people, having a common father in Abraham. But this man, a complete outsider, collected tithes from Abraham and blessed him, the one to whom the promises had been given. In acts of blessing, the lesser is blessed by the greater.

8-10 Or look at it this way: We pay our tithes to priests who die, but Abraham paid tithes to a priest who, the Scripture says, “lives.” Ultimately you could even say that since Levi descended from Abraham, who paid tithes to Melchizedek, when we pay tithes to the priestly tribe of Levi they end up with Melchizedek.

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