“Did you see that?” How many times to you suppose the Israelites said that?
As many of you know, I attend a home church. I know, that idea is weird to many of you, but I have come to really like it. I suppose it would be similar to home-schooling your children – a curious idea but not something you would likely try. However, COVID has given many homes an opportunity to do just that. I also understand that there are many who won’t go back to public education. I think that’s very interesting, don’t you?
Could it be that this may be part of the way God is preparing His church for times to come? Certainly, we are beginning to experience significant pushback from society for our beliefs. Perhaps persecution will be a real thing for the church in America. If that indeed happens, then home churches and schooling will become the safest way to do things.
Anyway, my home church follows a bible-reading plan. The one we are on now will take us through in two years which allows us time to let it soak in. Even that is too fast for some things. Galatians takes more than a day or two to process. On the other hand, maybe two-years is too long. We’ll find out.
Faces to the Ground
Yesterday, we covered this passage:
Leviticus 9:23-24 23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.
Can you imagine that? A million people hitting the ground with their face! That seems to be a common reaction in the Old Testament. People see God; people fall down. Do we think in these terms about Jesus? Not so much, although we should. I don’t know that we get the, “Did you see that?” reaction when we talk about Jesus. Oh, sure, sometimes we do, but too often we take him for granted.
Jesus is God. “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” (Colossians 2:9) That was evident at the transfiguration. It’ll be evident to all of us, eventually.
1 Corinthians 13:12 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Stepping Into Heaven
I’ve often wondered what it will be like when I first step into heaven. I think my face will be on the ground hoping God doesn’t notice that I’m there in fear that he will recognize me and throw me out. I could spend 10,000 years in that position. Maybe he’ll come up to me and tell me to stand on my feet. I don’t know. Even though I know that my sins have been forgiven, I don’t know how I could possibly not be consumed by the knowledge of my sin when faced with God as he really is.
Then again, Jesus calls me friend. Huh? My guess is I will be saying, “Did you see that?” a lot when I’m in heaven. It’ll be like the 4th of July fireworks. Everyone is looking at the sky, yet I say over and over, “Did you see that one? Oh, look! Did you see that one?” I can hear my daughters laughing, “Yes, Dad, we saw that one!”
Father, one day I’ll know. That will be a good day. I don’t know how it will play out, but I’m grateful that you had mercy on me. And since the we were talking about my daughters, could you please have mercy on them? They know the gospel, but they don’t know Jesus. Please have mercy. Amen.
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