At a Tree

March 11, 2014

In 1Kings 16 we’re introduced to king Ahab, and told of his surpassing wickedness.  But the details that the Holy Spirit reveals about his wickedness are remarkable.  We are told that Ahab became king (vs 29), angered God by worshiping Baal along with his Sidonian wife Jezebel (31), and erected an Asherah pole (vs33), which is sort of like the Canaanite version of a totem pole.

Another way of summarizing this is to say that Ahab followed the initiative of his wife into great sin and disobeyed at a tree.  This would make Ahab just another version of the same old Adam.  If this is a reasonable reading (and I think it’s too conspicuous not to be), then there are some things we can learn from it. The story of the old Adam, every time it is told, is a story that always ends the same way.  Sin came into the world through one man, and one trespass led to condemnation for all men; and on our good days, left to our own devices, we are just another first Adam.

But Christ stands in contrast to every other Adam.   Christ was the first and only Adam to get it right.  Instead of being led by His bride into sin, He leads His bride into the resurrection.   Unlike the first Adam, who hid from God and was driven from the garden, Christ is the way into fellowship with the Father.  And Christ alone demonstrated ultimate, unflinching obedience at a tree.

Bragging Rights

March 11, 2014

In Ephesians chapter 1, notice that the “riches of His grace… lavished upon us” in verses 7-8 are part of God’s eternal purpose of “uniting of all things in Christ” in verse 10.   This is very significant.  Will God be gracious to you? Forgive you? Redeem you?  Yes.  But how can you be sure God will do these things?  Because these things are all part of His plan to unite all things in Christ, and to bring glory to Himself.  Rest assured – it’s not all about you.  And this is comforting, because we like to think of our salvation as being both all about us and dependent upon us; but fortunately it is neither.  God is doing this for bragging rights, and He will not be ashamed by the outcome.

Canaanite Blackberries

Canaanite Blackberries

Everybody caught one but Daddy

Everybody caught one but Daddy

Mermaid, Wonder Girl, Pirate, Fairy-Princess

Mermaid, Wonder Girl, Pirate, Fairy-Princess

Inked

Inked

Garlic!

Garlic!

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‘Maters!

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Springing Up

Airshow

Airshow

Spring Mud

Spring Mud