A Great Perplexity: A Full Heart Which Yearns To Pour Forth Its Praise,
But Yet Fears When Emptied Must Again Leave His Presence.
It is not so much your praise that is the more important as it is His presence. But if it is your praise which brings His presence,
then continually praise Him, so per chance He will abide. How oft have we seen a child hold a parent's presence with their praise at
bedtime, only to exhaust their little minds and be reduced to a plea: "No, Daddy," or, "No, Mommy, please don't go."
The look in their face—desperate sincerity. The tug of their tiny hand—Bold Petitioning Love! A father or mother's heart melts for an
additional moment, at their pleading side. Is our Heavenly Father any less caring when we to Him are sincerely praying?
THIS IS PRAYER!
The Joy To Know He Is Always There, At Your Side, Watching You!
AND SO PRAY:
"Abide Heavenly Father, that I may bask in your presence. Please, Father, do not from my side go. Stay forever.
And should I sleep, run to play, or serve, do not from my side forsake, that I may do so with full assurance you
will be there all the while—In My Presence."
- Author: Ken Livingston
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"She bound the scarlet line in the window."
Rahab depended for her preservation upon the promise of the spies, whom she looked upon as the representatives of the God of Israel. Her faith was simple and firm, but it was very obedient. To tie the scarlet line in the window was a very trivial act in itself, but she dared not run the risk of omitting it...
Come, my soul, is there not here a lesson for thee? Hast thou been attentive to all thy Lord's will, even though some of His commands should seem non-essential? Hast thou observed in his own way the two ordinances of believers' baptism and the Lord's Supper? These neglected, argue much unloving disobedience in thy heart. Be henceforth in all things blameless, even to the tying of a thread, if that be matter of command.
This act of Rahab sets forth a yet more solemn lesson. Have I implicitly trusted in the precious blood of Jesus? Have I tied the scarlet cord, as with a Gordian knot in my window, so that my trust can never be removed? Or can I look out towards the Dead Sea of my sins, or the Jerusalem of my hopes, without seeing the blood, and seeing all things in connection with its blessed power? The passer-by can see a cord of so conspicuous a colour, if it hangs from the window: it will be well for me if my life makes the efficacy of the atonement conspicuous to all onlookers. What is there to be ashamed of? Let men or devils gaze if they will, the blood is my boast and my song. My soul, there is One who will see that scarlet line, even when from weakness of faith thou canst not see it thyself; Jehovah, the Avenger, will see it and pass over thee. Jericho's walls fell flat: Rahab's house was on the wall, and yet it stood unmoved; my nature is built into the wall of humanity, and yet when destruction smites the race, I shall be secure. My soul, tie the scarlet thread in the window afresh, and rest in peace.
- Author: C.H. Spurgeon
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It is A Commentary On The Gospel Of John, complete with a background look at the contemporary Jewish groups active in Jesus' day.
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We begin this month with the Preface to the book: Adam2.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of
life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake;
in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And the Lord God said,
Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden
Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 1,2, & 3 KJV - Redacted)
Unpermitted to carry with him even one day's provision when he walked through the closing gate of the Garden into a new hostile world, one cannot help but wonder if, as Lot's wife, this first Adam did not look longingly over his shoulder at a sealed and vanishing home of cherished memories. If he did, then he had to have seen a lonely
Figure standing in the doorway in the distance in heart-broken agony, just as the prodigal's father, watching the departure of a loved son lost through his own desires—and with the expectant look of a hope to see him someday return. And if this errant son had looked closer, he would have seen standing beside this Father another Son, a Second Adam yet to be born,
One who would later enter this fallen world outside that Garden to show the first Adam's descendants the way to this Eternal Home's hidden entrance.
As recorded in Genesis, the drama of the origin and fall of that first Adam had just concluded in unparalleled tragedy. But John tells us there is a sequel to that sad story, one that begins with his Gospel and concludes in triumph with his final chapter called Revelation. What lies between the end of that first story and its final conclusion
is a mere parenthetical expression of Adam and his sons' wayward wanderings and this Father's Introduction to His grandsons. And so John begins, as did the first, "In the Beginning," and proceeds to introduce the Earthly Coming of God's Second Son, this time as His Only Begotten. Born to a virgin granddaughter of the woman He fashioned from the first,
He has come to walk the dusty and lonely trails of a fallen planet for one purpose—to search out and tell Adam's descendants they must be born through Him to see clearly Eden's opening, and by their own choice, choose to re-enter it, or remain in the darkness of a doomed world. This is John's story, as God chose him to tell it.
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- Author: Ken Livingston
When Life Seems Uncertain
There are so many things in life that are uncertain—important things. This may itself be a time of uncertainty for you.
Understanding, you think, if I could just understand it wouldn't seem so bad. We think if we could see just a silhouette of
what might be, today would not seem so dark. Strength fails us. Weariness adds its weight daily to my soul. Anxiety strikes
and seizes me frequently without warning. I do not understand what is happening with me. How long? When, when shall my
deliverance be when life seems so uncertain now?
There are times when we have exited the clouds of uncertainty only to discover some things we are glad we had no prior knowledge,
things that if known would have clouded and weighed our minds even further. But still, there are some things we desire desperately
to know—now: answers to long sought objects of our tearful prayers or the way clear of a present cloud or storm.
It could be the sting of a betrayed loyalty, love, or friendship, fear of an impending loss or a time of great chaos, confusion and upheaval.
We believe having prior knowledge or some understanding of how it may eventually be with us would mitigate our present anxiety thus
allowing some joy, any joy, in our current dark days. God does not generally give us the choice of that knowledge.
However, one thing we can know is that while we can't see, He can. While we can't control the outcome, He does...
When we come to the end of our logic and reason, all the advice of family and friends, read the last chapter in the latest
best seller self-help book, we have to turn to the One from whom all things came. If anyone is to understand, it must be Him
("So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." - Romans 10:17). One of the things He tells us is
that we are to "walk by faith and not by sight." (II Corinthians 5:7) "For ye are all the
children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26) "Now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which
are seen were not made of things which do appear." (Hebrews 11:3) "That the trial of your faith, being much more
precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the
appearing of Jesus Christ:" (I Peter 1:7)
It is clear in these few examples of His Word, God does not have to look to "things that are" for solutions for "things to be."
To have been an observer when He brought "all things" into existence from "no thing", we would stand with mouth agape in stark disbelief.
Who among ten thousand would not say: Impossible! I saw it but I still don't believe it! Regardless of your belief, there it is!
The evidence of that event and fact remains. It is undisputed by modern scientists—that moment when matter exploded into
existence and continues to expand and form in wonder and awe. Look about you. New discoveries of what once was thought, impossible!
continue to delight us. But, you retort: I don't see how! Precisely! Now, isn't that where you are in your present uncertainty?
You don't see how? You've exhausted all reason from the best wisdom of men.
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- Author: Ken Livingston
The following is taken from the Book of Old Testament Summaries.
The song of songs, Solomon's. The bride desires and describes the kiss of her love, better than wine,
drawn to run together, later to be brought into his chambers. She describes herself with humility: black but comely,
because of her duties in life. Her soul desires the presence of her love. She finds him by his flock.
He expresses a comparison of her and his compassion for her. She responds in kind: he, a cluster of camphire.
He then compliments her: fair with dove's eyes. She is euphoric in his presence in their surroundings,
lying with him on the grass under the cedar and fir.
She expresses her humility—a rose of Sharon. He replies: "a lily among thorns." She compares him to an apple tree,
she in its shadow. She is brought to a banquet, honored with his banner of love. She swoons, upheld by the hand of his strength,
caressed by the other. Love to awaken in its own strength without outside interference. She awakens; he comes to her as a roe.
He calls for her to come away; winter has past, spring comes. She recognizes and requests the removal of the "little foxes"
that would eat away at their mutual devotion. She declares her betrothal: she his, he hers. Her night temporal, their day everlasting.
She dreams upon her bed while she waits for him to come to her in the night. She searches for him in the city,
encountered by the watchmen, discovering him shortly. She clings to him, bringing him to her mother's house.
Love again awakens in its own strength. The people are awed and astonished at the regal arrival of the king's procession,
his attendants, his carriage, and his nuptial crown.
The king's sevenfold description of his bride, his spouse (the veil now gone, seeing her face).
He calls her from the desires of her past to the affection of her present and future with him,
for she has ravished his heart with her love. To him she is a garden, enclosed, secured for him alone,
with many treasures to be enjoyed, a fountain of gardens with living waters. She appeals to the gentle
winds to blow upon her gardens that he, smelling her fragrances, come into his garden to partake of its fruits.
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He comes, gathers, eats, and drinks at her banquet. The banquet is opened to his friends. She sleeps, but dreams again.
He comes to her chamber in the night seeking admittance; she hesitates, he calls, she rises, he pleads, she opens, he is gone!
She goes in search, again encountered by the watchmen, only to be smitten and humiliated. She is sick with his love.
She seeks assistance from the daughters of Jerusalem; they want to know of him. She gives them his description; he is
not only her husband, but her friend as well!
The virgins ask her of his haunts that they might help in her search. She suspects him to have gone to his gardens
to feed and gather his lilies. She discovers him; he is glad, no rebuke, only overcome by her love, unchanged in his opinion of her,
impressed in her hunt for him. He sees in her the grace and beauty of the dance of two companies.
- Author: Ken Livingston
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