Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Friend


Humility is an interesting concept of the Christian faith.
In Proverbs 27:17,19 it is stated, "As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend ... as in water face reflects face, so a man's heart reveals the man."
I sometimes sit in social situations and observe quietly, (some may find that hard to believe) just taking in the conversations around me, admiring the people, listening to the inflections of voice, noting the positioning of body language, enjoying the fellowship. I am humbled in that I am allowed the privilege of being a participant in the lives of these people. I am humbled in that they have chosen to call me friend. C.S.Lewis in reflecting upon his friendships and speaking of the level of mutual respect sometimes wondered that he was there among those who were so much his better.
Humility is not usually viewed as the honing aspect of creating the edge to a man's integrity. Ideally though, the relationship of friendship and humility is such that sharpening is a result of the viewing of each other's hearts and the realization that the hearts of men do not differ much from one-another. In the revelation of the mind and heart of man we find that as water reflects, so a man's heart discovers in other men the same heart residing in him. In this we have commonality, fellowship, camaraderie, in this there lies the understanding, compassion , love, fidelity, and sharing. In humbleness of the realization of the state of the heart, we can say there is no condemnation, no scorn, for 'he who is without sin', can cast the first stone, and there 'but for the grace of God, go I'.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Anointing

Psalm 133:2, "It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard,..."

1 John 2:20,"... but you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.

1 John 2:27,"... the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him."

This passage defines what is referred to as the Ministry of Illumination, that being the Holy Spirit's enablement of the believer to recognize, understand and discern spiritual truth. The word used for anointing occurs only in these two verses and refers to the substance used, the unguent or ointment.

There is just cause for humility and self-judgment: when by nature we see around us those utterly unable to judge rightly either of God or of themselves. They have a mind which is so corrupt that it produces nothing but disorder in the whole of their life. How diligently should we pay heed to the word of the great Physician, "I counsel thee to buy of Me . . . eye salve, that thou mayst see" (Rev. 3:18). We must seek from Him that enlightening of His Spirit, through the Word, for this is that "anointing" which "teaches us all things". "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes , the deep things of God....Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. Those things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches: but which the Holy Spirit teaches combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words...but he who is spiritual judges (appraises) all things." The doctrine of illumination is further emphasized in this passage from 1 Corinthians 2:9-15, understanding comes through the diligent study of the Word of God and the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit in revealing truth. Revelation from scripture is to be understood by all, but is not necessarily given without intent by God to exercise the believer in exhaustive, discursive exposition and study.
Acts 17:11,12 speaks of the Bereans saying,"...these were more fair-minded (having moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean or dubious in character and conduct) ...in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed..."

Isaiah 40:13,14,"Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way of understanding?" The only truth to be revealed is that which God has in His possession.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Life as Metaphor


Mark 4:30,"...and He said,...or by what parable shall we present (picture) it?"

Mark 4:34,"...and He did not speak to them without a parable, but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples."

Parable means, 'a placing beside; a comparison; a similitude; a metaphor.'

The parable serves three purposes; to reveal, to conceal, to perpetuate.

The truth is revealed by the power of the analogy and illustration.

The truth is concealed due either to lack of instruction or because of an improper sympathy or mindset in acquiring the key to the hidden meaning.

The truth is perpetuated because it is embodied through form and body in the narrative and subsequently is available for future generations as tangible material preserved for the construction of the ways and means of applying principles and doctrines. The truth represented in the parables of Jesus have built into the presentation the perfect consciousness or revelation of the truth. There is distinctiveness between the form and the essence. The truth is never lost in the innuendo (implication or insinuation) of the parts, in the ambiguity (multiple interpretation) of the participants, the parable uses forceful association to exhibit the existent truth in the relationship between the illustration and the proof of the analogy represented. Those things that occur in the natural must also occur in the spiritual. The emphasis of the symbolism used is designed to bring focus to the deeper 'fundamental harmomy and parallelism' between that of natural and that of the spiritual realm. The selection of parables used by Jesus are reflective of the way things are, and bring insight into the very essence of reality, not by the choice of the symbol, but in the thing symbolized.

When you read Matthew 17:20, what part of the passage do you get hung up on?