I normally like to post original content. Today I was checking the blogs I subscribe to and Chris of Sharpening Iron had a great post I wanted to share. Here’s an excerpt and you can click through to his article if you want to read the rest…
Posted by Chris Taylor on July 10, 2008
The Kabbalah Tree of Life
Many of you recognize that I have been searching for a deeper appreciation of Scripture in my walk with God.
I’ve been reading some Jewish commentaries in my pursuits and have drawn a deeper appreciation (through the Holy Spirit) of the life and times of the prophets and kings of Israel and Judah and their relation to God’s revelation of His anointed Son, Jesus Christ.
It was only natural I assume that my thirst for “more of God” led me to kabbalah – the mystical teachings of Jewish sages that was originally oral and only lately has been put down in written forms.
I was highly skeptical about what I would find and I always attempt to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) to see if there was value to be had in the kabbalah teachings.
I. Brief History of Jewish Kabbalah:
The history of Jewish Kabbalah is surrounded by legends as is to be expected with any mystical teachings.
Perhaps I should define “mysticism” as given by Wikipedia (while not always appropriate, is appropriate in my case)
Mysticism: is the pursuit of achieving communion, identity with, or conscious awareness of ultimate reality, the Other, divinity, spiritual truth or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight.
For me, Jewish mysticism might have been a road to experience a deeper communion with God through spiritual insights into scripture that might not be readily apparent.
I just had to post this. Every night after praying with the kids, they sing and dance to “Amen, Praise the Lord.” We videoed it tonight and i just had to share it with everyone. Mooney kid #5 due September 6th!
I am a subscriber to Direct TV, mainly for their selection of “Christian” stations. One of my favorites is GMC, the Gospel Music Channel. They play music videos and concerts most of the day. There is a commercial that has been playing a lot lately that annoys me. it has some teens in it skateboarding and doing other “teen” things. The tag line that is repeated several times in the commercial is, “It’s Officially ‘Cool’ To Be A Christian”.
C’mon. It’s cool to be a Christian? They think this is going to appeal to the younger generation. For me, it was reminiscent of the, “this is your brain on drugs” fried egg commercials from my youth. Hokey.
Have the creators of this commercial read the Bible? the list of people in it who served God that were considered “cool” are definitely in the minority. Plus there are plenty of verses like,
john 15:18-21, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.”
Add to that most of the disciples were martyred.
If you choose to believe in God because you think it is cool, I am afraid you will not last long in the faith. It has to be based on your love for him, no matter the cost.
Luke 14:25-35, “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with
twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way
off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Sorry, I had to rant for a minute. Cool to be a Christian? Read the news people.
I was listening Let My People Think, a podcast by Ravi Zacharius today and he asked this question, “If you could ask God one question, what would it be?” Hmmm, this really got me thinking. There are so many things I would love to ask, so it’s going to take me some time to narrow it down to one.
I will post my question a little later today, but in the meantime, I ask you the same, if you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Edit: 7/16. Well a day or two later, i think I have it. tonight at the dinner table i asked the kids the question to say what they would say. Here are our questions:
Mine: What (if any) other life in a different world have you created?
Beth: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Laila (6): Why are the leaves green?
Jaivin (4): Can I live at Micah’s house? Which he later changed to, Can I go in space?