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Gen. 3; Matt. 3; Ezra 3; Acts 3

There were other trees in the garden that day. There was the tree of knowledge–its beautiful fruit, looking so delicious, and ripe and full with wisdom. There was also the tree of life. Genesis 3.

John was in the wilderness, baptizing people after they confessed their sins. He tells those watching, Pharisees and Sadducees, of God’s judgment. John baptizes with water, but tells of someone greater who baptizes with Spirit and fire. Matthew 3.

Unified for a purpose, the people come together to rebuild an altar. When the new foundation was complete, the older priests and leaders wept. Others shouted for joy. Joyful shouting and weeping mingled together, heard from a far distance. Ezra 3.

The lame will walk–leap, in fact. Healed by faith in Jesus’ name. Jesus, author of life. Acts 3.

This morning it reads like a stream of consciousness: the sinful choice in the garden, act of disobedience, knowledge of good and evil, tree of life, repentance and confession of sin, someone greater, a new foundation, faith in Jesus, the power of his name, author of life.

Scripture laid side by side, shows the single thread woven all throughout: Jesus. I see him in the tree of life. He is the someone greater, fulfilling prophecy. A new foundation. Author of life.

That is my biggest takeaway from reading today. Author of life.

Lord, I have searched and longed and hungered for the very thing you came to give: abundant life–found in you.

Courtney (66books365)




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Songs of Songs 1-3, Acts 6

Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes. Your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you. Song of Songs 1:3 

All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Acts 6:15

 Recently a new acquaintance described me as a very positive person. I thought to myself, if you could read my mind, you would see many negative ugly thoughts.

Stephen a wise man filled with the Holy Spirit performed many miracles. When confronted by his detractors they described him as having the face of an angel. Isn’t that what we hope others will see in us?

Maybe my new friend caught a glimpse of the Holy Spirit in me. How could she know that wasn’t the natural me unless I shared that information with her. Stephen testified to what he knew despite the danger to his life.

What do I stand to lose in such a transaction? Would I lose face? If I don’t speak the truth in love as to what I know won’t I lose the Holy Spirit’s face?

Jesus’ name is wonderful, like perfume to his beloved, who rejoice and delight in his presence. Who wouldn’t want to live a fragrant beloved life?

I have to share more.


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