Are you for us or for our enemies?

Posted: January 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Well, once in awhile something in the Bible really gets to me; not in the upset way, but the haunting, don’t let me sleep well kind of way.  Such is it lately with the following verses from Joshua:

Joshua 5:13-14 – Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”

It seems I ask that question a lot about people and organizations. Are you for me, or against me? It’s wrecking me that the “commander of the army of the LORD” wasn’t there to take a side, but to represent the Father. That is where I should be also.  How many times, whether in politics, religion, or just with friends, do I go into a situation with prejudice, always wanting to and forcing others to take sides?

Unfortunately, this mindset also makes it into friend and family relationships.  I find myself thinking, “you’re with me, or against me,” which is probably not the case at all.  Oh that I could get to this point where I step off my soap box and realize that as a representative of God, it is not always my duty to demand friend or foe.

The general here said, “I don’t take sides, I obey God.”  Unfortunately in this case, Jericho was on God’s hit list of cities to bury.  As I go forward, I need to remember to ask God what I need to do in a situation instead of drawing my own line in the sand.  Who knows, maybe instead of throwing stones, He’ll ask me to tell them, “Go and sin no more.”

Peace,

- mooney


Jesus’ Writing in the Sand

Posted: January 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Here’s an interesting thought. What did Jesus write in the sand in John 8? I have heard many theories, but someone finally showed me a scripture to back one up, let me know what you think. He says that Jesus wrote their names in the sand:

John 7:37-44 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Jesus teaches on the living waters, He is rejected by some that wish to kill him for it. The next chapter (not sure if it’s the same day or weeks later, but I imagine the events are close together in time and chronological.

John 8:3-11 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

This is all great, but where’s the tie-in?

Jeremiah 17:13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. “Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the Lord, The fountain of living waters.”

Is it possible that John 7-8 are a fulfillment of this prophesy and Jesus was writing their names? hmmm Maybe you have seen this before, but it is new to me and I find it fascinating!

peace,

- mooney