Pathway in the Sea
Ever see a butterfly flutter by? John 3:7-8
Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
"The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick along side it."
-D. L. Moody
Saturday, December 23, 2006
I've heard scholars speculate that the wise men from the east were conscious of Messiah's birth through astrological mysticism. I don't know what star guided them, but I'm reasonably certain that they were tipped off by the Book of Daniel, which was written, at least in part, in Chaldean. Daniel was over the "wise men" in both the Babylonian and Medo-Persian imperial administrations.
46Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
47The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
49Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
1It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
2And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
3Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
His writings would have been preserved in the archives of those ancient capitals. Messiah's death is precisely foretold here:
20And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
23At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
24Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
The coming of wise men from the east at the time of Christ's birth is supernatural, but not quite so mystical and extra-sensory as some would make out. They simply searched the scriptures.
24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
31If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
33Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
34But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
35He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
37And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
41I receive not honour from men.
42But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
43I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
46For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Here's a Christmas mind blower: Jesus is the reason............. for everything!
4The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
The whole thing was set up for Christ from the beginning. Adam and Eve were bait in a trap. The serpent was more subtile than all the beasts of the field, but God is more subtile than all! This is an unfathomable wonder and a thing of unspeakable glory! Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God, the Father!
Merry Christmas, creation!
Friday, December 08, 2006
"Trust Jesus".Wayside sign aligned with design of Yuletide getaway, hoping for snow.
Slush freezes. Water drops falling bear ice as we rise to our place of winter retreat.
Jittery feet. Hope becomes dread as tread releases grip, wheels slip, beats skip.
Dive for cover. Peace of mind found behind 18-wheeler, a careful pace keeps our place in line.
Arrival. Lovers check in at Cottage Inn sitting pretty at Tahoe City as rain turns to snow on cue.
Change shoes. Hush puppies yield to boots made for snow, frosty mush, yuppies even know, chills feet, ruins fun.
Morning sun! A walk to shore calls for more, and we take the 89 on a southerly line, praise and thanks to God inspired.
Chains required.Rumbling hum-thumping over roads wet with the threat of vanishing snow.
Falls pine-spired. Water tumbling run-jumping over rocks bathing, surprised, snow- clothes out of reach.
Emerald beach. Still waters caressing winter splendor as they pass it upturned to thirsty eyes.
Filmy skies. Rider second-guessing driver wrestling with questions of the road.
Nerves erode. Outside,temps rise. Wise, tight lips unfooled, inside, temps cool.
On schedule. Horse-drawn sleigh hauls away despond over the meadow, through the woods.
Damaged goods. Import sedan wasn't planned for alpine travel, slushy gravel squirts thru body panel.
Surf next channel. Quarter slots prove no sluts to passing fancy, keep on pants-y.
Six wagered, not chance-y. Starbucks downed around town in search of parking.
Art sharking. Darting from gallery to larcenous gallery dodging reps, they scents no cents, avert.
Revert to feed-mode. Go drive-about to Chevy's to redeem fresh-mex scrip for sizzling shrimp and pork confections.
Which direction? Return to roost, the day a boost to soul and spirit, non-arsonous hearth ablaze.
Baleful gaze agraze in vintage VHS, "The Patriot" frees the colonies, Martin and Candy are dandy mismanaging travel.
Accommodations unravel with breakfast. Eggs and sausage augment mouthfuls of potatoes punctuating talk of home and road with strangers.
Donner dangers? Brave the pass of cannabalistic despair and dare to motor chainless. The pass is snow- but not rain-less.