After seven weeks I have finally been connected to the internet. I’m not sure if I’m going to like it or not because it was so nice not having the distractions that the information superhighway creates. What I did miss was the ability to post weekly.
Isaiah 49:1-7 (ESV)
The first thing I get once I’m back on the net is this particular chapter and verse. Looking back after over two thousand years we can clearly see that it’s referring to the coming Anointed One, Christ, Messiah. But when we look at it from the point of view of the writer, I think he’s talking about himself, at least in a way. He’s trying to prophesy to the people, but they don’t listen. Isn’t that normal of people? We embrace what we don’t need and shun what is needed thinking that we can do everything all by ourselves. It’s only after the fact that we come to terms with the real issues, and that is simply our rebellion.
Psalm 40:1-11 (ESV)
My Help and My Deliverer
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
40 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!
5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.
6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
8 I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (ESV)
Paul shows us in the first verses of this letter to the Corinthians that even in our rebellion, we are also blessed to have a free will, and in the free will we have the choice to either accept God for who He is, or reject Him altogether. And once we have accepted Him then we are blessed beyond anything we can imagine. It’s not about whoever has the most toys wins, it’s never about that, though you see that with the humanist viewpoint. It’s really about whoever has His blessings will be a blessing to everyone else in the end.
John 1:29-42 (ESV)
The Gospel for this week comes from the time when Jesus was just starting his earthly ministry. It’s interesting that the writers mention that John the Baptist didn’t know Jesus. That could be taken two ways. He might not have known him at all, or he didn’t “know” him as the Christ. I’m of the mind that it’s more of the second one. At this time families were important and you knew all your extended members, no matter how small the connection.
The other part is how who would become the disciples readily followed him. Peter, at this time he was only known as Simon didn’t find him first, but it was his brother. “Come and see.” Shouldn’t we be telling that to others that live around us? Come and see what I’ve found! You’ll never believe it! If only we did that more often then more people would come to see the truth behind the blessings we could receive.