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Ex. 39; John 18; Prov. 15; Phil. 2

Filigrees and gems. Rich color and finery. Garments beautifully made. Names engraved like a seal. Holy to the Lord. This is Exodus 39.

Jesus is betrayed and he is questioned about his teaching. Pilate asks,

“So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” John 18:37 NLT.

In Proverbs 15, it’s a view of a walking path splintered at choice–on the one side, the things God detests, and fools belching, trash feasts, trouble, and crushed spirits. The other side, understanding, gentleness, a hunger for knowledge, a continual feast, life.

  • A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway. Proverbs 15:19 NLT
  • Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path. Proverbs 15:21 NLT
  • The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind. Proverbs 15:24 NLT

There was a time I never thought about the path I was on. I followed the map that was handed to me, until Jesus redirected my steps.

In Exodus, the priests wore garments with the names of the tribes of Israel engraved upon the gems. And in the New Testament, Jesus, my high priest, bears my name engraved upon his hands.

Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:6-8 NLT

A phone call this past weekend showed me how a path can seem so far, and yet so close at the same time. That map I once held is really only a choice away from me.

Oh, God, help me to always seek and choose truth.

12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. 17 But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy. Philippians 2:12-18 NLT, emphasis mine.

Hold firmly to the word of life.

Courtney (66books365)

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Numbers 15; Psalm 51; Isaiah 5; Hebrews 12

A long time ago, I had a friend who was part of a group of runners. One or two people in the pack would head out with flour and mark a trail for the rest to follow. Some trails intentionally had a dead end. But one trail would lead to a real end where there would be a party waiting. Or maybe just snacks or some beer. Whenever someone found a trail that continued, they’d yell out, “On, on!”

I read a book called Disciplines for Life. When the authors posed the question of what scripture (I) could use to battle recurring temptations, Hebrews 12:1 came to mind (along with the image of the runners … except for the party and beer part).

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

I was in a tough spot battling some heavy emotions: anger, injustice, pride. And while I felt I had had a prayer answered, instead of focusing on the joy of that, I found myself unexpectedly sinking into some pretty murky thoughts: it’s still not fair; they never said … why do I have to shoulder this?

I was in quicksand and sinking fast. I was focusing on all of what wasn’t done, instead of the one thing that was–miraculous in itself. And this verse came to mind to battle the temptation to be doubtful, discontent, disheartened, discouraged. Throw it off. Stop letting sin trip you up. Run your race. The one marked out just for you.

On, on.

It’s Hebrews 12:2-3 that tells me the true path to follow.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Lord, strengthen my feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for my feet so that I may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Courtney (66books365)

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