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2 Chronicles 19, 20; Revelation 8; Zechariah 4; John 7

“Don’t you know?” the angel asked.

“No, my lord,” I replied. (Zechariah 4:5, NLT)

A battle awaits. So does an Army.

13 As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, 14 the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.

15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” (2 Chronicles 20:13-17, NLT, emphasis added)

There is a question. There is an Answer.

Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’” (Zechariah 4:6-7, NLT, emphasis added)

In destruction, there is a Purpose.

12 Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and one-third of the sun was struck, and one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars, and they became dark. And one-third of the day was dark, and also one-third of the night.

13 Then I looked, and I heard a single eagle crying loudly as it flew through the air, “Terror, terror, terror to all who belong to this world because of what will happen when the last three angels blow their trumpets.” (Revelation 8:12-13, NLT)

From the familiar, there is the Divine.

28 While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I’m not here on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don’t know him. 29 But I know him because I come from him, and he sent me to you.” 30 Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. (John 7:28-30, NLT)

All throughout the reading, two realms: an earthly one; a spiritual one.

Lord, I fix my eyes on you. My thoughts on you. My strength in you. My hope in you.

Courtney (66books365)

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2 Samuel 1, 1 Corinthians 12, Ezekial 10, & John 11

Perceptions:  making sense of death, the hereafter, the unfairness of life, and the mystery of heaven.  It is all a bit confusing, and in the midst of crisis we say and do things that we later may regret or not remember at all.  I was thinking about these things when I read how David responded to the death of Saul, the king who tried to kill him numerous times.  It is reasonable to expect that David would have danced in the streets, but he tore his clothes and mourned Saul’s death and wrote lovely words about him.  David understood life and death.

When Lazarus was raised from the dead, the people who had been mourning rejoiced to have their brother and friend returned to them.  In a way, they did not understand that he was brought back to this world from the embrace of God.  Good for them, but Lazarus had to die again.  Did they know that the eternal resurrection will be greater?  Do I believe that or is my perception earthly?

Sometimes when I get too serious with myself, I think about the short life we really have on this earth and try to see myself elsewhere.  Flying in the air with angel wings is a bit weird, and evaporating into a big glob of energy doesn’t do it for me. Some say we will have our regular bodies; I just hope I don’t still have to deal with all the hangups I have about a big ___, well, you know, all the physical features I would like to change.

I don’t know what life after death will look like.  I just pray that my perception of a loving Father, a joyous reunion, the embrace of Christ, and the songs and dances of angels comes true.  That is what would make me happy, I think, though somehow writing that seems foolish and trite.  Whatever happens, it will happen to us all.  That gives me some comfort, knowing that we are all one and will be together in Christ.  That I believe because Jesus describes our living space with Him, and it is okay to imagine what will be.

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Matthew 21-22

Scripture

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead–have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” Matthew 22:29-32 (NIV)

Observation

Unlike Sarah, I think the New Testament is much harder to read. The Old Testament did have really long, descriptive passages, but what I loved most was searching them for whatever he had for me. The New Testament is so very rich as well, but it overwhelms me. There’s so much to choose from in the reading. But whatever I settle on, I find myself with questions. And there I am, with my questions. What does this mean? I don’t understand. How do I make this part of my life today? Who succeeds at doing this? How can I succeed to?

Even reading this passage, made me wonder: what are the angels like? What do they do for all eternity? Will I ever see my husband? Will we even get to (or want to) hang out together? This is silly stuff, probably. But I do wonder. And in all this it shows me how little I know of the Scriptures or the power of God.

Application

God is the God of the living, not the dead. Jesus’ teachings are astonishing. And it leaves me with question after question. I can only continue to seek him in my desire to know him better, and his will for me.

Prayer

Father, I have so many questions. My immaturity shows. I want to know you better, know you for all the names you go by: comforter, healer, counselor, redeemer, savior. Please reveal yourself to me in your Word. I want to search these scriptures to find you and know your power. Amen.

Courtney

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