Project 5782 | Day 9

Beautiful Affection of the Father

Scripture Portion

Deuteronomy 32.1-4; 9-14

1 Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
   and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 May my teaching drop as the rain,
   my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
   and like showers upon the herb.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
   ascribe greatness to our God!
4 “The Rock, his work is perfect,
   for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
   just and upright is he.

9 But the Lord’s portion is his people,
   Jacob his allotted heritage.
10 “He found him in a desert land,
   and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
   he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
   that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
   bearing them on its pinions,
12 the Lord alone guided him,
   no foreign god was with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the land,
   and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
   and oil out of the flinty rock.
14 Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
   with fat of lambs,
rams of Bashan and goats,
   with the very finest of the wheat—
   and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.

Quote from Reading

“But I must at once correct myself. I am talking of Affection as it is when it exists apart from the other loves. It often does so exist; often not. As gin is not only a drink in itself but also a base for many mixed drinks, so Affection, besides being a love itself, can enter into the other loves and colour them all through and become the very medium in which from day to day they operate. They would not perhaps wear very well without it. To make a friend is not the same as to become affectionate. But when your friend has become an old friend, all those things about him which had originally nothing to do with the friendship become familiar and dear with familiarity. As for erotic love, I can imagine nothing more disagreeable than to experience it from more than a very short time without this homespun clothing of affection. That would be a most uneasy condition, either too angelic or too animal or each by turn; never quite great enough or little enough for man. There is indeed a peculiar charm, both in friendship and in Eros, about those moments when Appreciative love lies, as it were, curled up asleep, and the mere ease and ordinariness of the relationship (free as solitude, yet neither is alone) wraps us round. No need to talk. No need to make love. No needs at all except perhaps to stir the fire.” Lewis, C.S., The Four Loves: An Exploration of the Nature of Love, Mariner Books: New York, 2012 edition, pgs. 34-35

Provocative Language

“They latching on the back of a tow truck for free rides,
Monty, I was calling Jehovah from knee high,
I was gone and you was sticking your nose up and we see why,
Just because the leaves are fallen don’t mean the tree died,

“When you talk it’s like the truth go missing,
Got me steady speaking now, but you don’t listen,
Y’all don’t talk about the Crucifixion,
Yet you out here wondering why your crew so fiction,”
     – from “More Than I Can Bear”, song by J. Monty

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Project 5782 | Day 7

Lead, Men. Lead!

Scripture Portion

Nahum 3.10, 13, 18
10 Yet she became an exile;
she went into captivity
her infants were dashed in piece
at the head of every street
for her honored men lots were cast
and all her great men were bound in chains.
13 Behold, your troop
are women in your midst.
The gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies;
fire had devoured your bars.
18 Your shepherds are asleep,
O king of Assyria;
your nobles slumber.
Your people are scattered on the mountains
with none to gather them. (ESV)

Quote from Reading

“Family shepherds must see the spiritual leadership of their families as their God-given duty. This is not a program! This is the responsibility God has laid at the doorstep of every man who carries the title father. Those who neglect the spiritual welfare of their families are therefore derelict in their duties in the same way a hired hand would be if he were caught sleeping on the job.” Baucham, Voddie, Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes, Crossway: Wheaton, 2011, pg. 76

Provocative Language

“My heart aches for a place I’ve never been
My soul it longs for somebody I’ve never seen
I feel you calling from somewhere within
You made a promise and You’re coming back again.”
     – from, “One Day”, song by Jonathan Ogden

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Project 5782 | Day 6

Commandments AND Faith

Scripture Portion

Revelation 14.12
12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. (ESV)

Quote from Reading

“We may wonder why it took eighteen centuries after the Sermon on the Mount for Christians to develop an anti-slavery movement, but a more profound question is why not even the leading moralists in other civilizations rejected slavery at all. ‘There is no evidence,’ according to a scholarly study, ‘that slavery came under serious attach in any part of the world before the eighteenth century.’ That is when it first came under attack in Europe.
Themselves the leading slave traders of the eighteenth century, Europeans nevertheless became, in the nineteenth century, the destroyers of slavery around the world – not just in European societies or European offshoot societies overseas, but in non-European societies as well, over the bitter opposition of Africans, Arabs, Asians, and others. Moreover, within Western civilization, the principal impetus for the abolition of slavery came first from very conservative religious activists – people who would today be called ‘the religious right.’ Clearly, this story is not ‘politically correct’ in today’s terms. Hence, it is ignored, as if it never happened.” – Sowell, Thomas, Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Encounter Books: New York, 2005, pg. 116

Provocative Language

Over hill, over dale,
            Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,
            Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
“Over Hill, Over Dale,” A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare

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Project 5782 | Day 5

Maranatha!
~ Sabbath Day ~

Scripture Portion

Thoughts:
I know that I started this whole thing with Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of Booths). I also realize that this may be out of the norm for most Christians, which I understand. As a follower of Christ, I do find great value in following the festivals of our God and think it would behoove any follower of Christ to so do. Now, this is not the place for theological volleying back and forth, however, if you wish to email me, feel free. I just want to bring two things to your attention in this regard. (1) Many debate whether we “have to” follow these ways, but I see it as a wonderful opportunity to worship Christ as all of the Biblical Holy days point to the work He has done, or the work He will accomplish in the future. (2) This festival especially has significance to our future! When Christ returns, all the nations will be obligated to follow this holiday. Yes, all the nations, even those who are not a part of His people. As such, how much more should we, His people, observe these wonderful days. In either case, I pray a blessed Sabbath to you today. May you spend time at His feet beloved!

Zechariah 14.3-7; 16-19
3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

6 On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. 7 And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.

16 Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. 17 And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. 18 And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the Lord afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. 19 This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. (ESV)

Sacrifice of Our Lips/Praise

Fruit of Our Lips

Liturgical Portion

Psalm 92
1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, *
and to sing praises unto your Name, O Most High,
2 To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning, *
and of your faithfulness in the night season,
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings and upon the lute, *
with the sound of melody upon the harp.
4 For you, Lord, have made me glad by your deeds, *
and I will shout for joy because of your handiwork.
5 O Lord, how glorious are your works; *
your thoughts are very deep.
6 The dull of heart does not consider this, *
and a fool does not understand it:
7 Though the ungodly are as green as the grass, and though
all the workers of wickedness flourish, *
they shall be destroyed for ever; but you, Lord, are
the Most High for evermore.
8 For lo, your enemies, O Lord, lo, your enemies shall perish, *
and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
9 But my horn shall be exalted like the horns of wild bulls; *
for I am anointed with fresh oil.
10 My eye also shall see its desire upon my enemies, *
and my ear shall hear with joy the end of the wicked
who rise up against me.
11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, *
and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Lebanon.
12 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord *
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
13 They also shall bring forth fruit in their old age, *
and shall be green and full of sap,
14 That they may show how upright the Lord is, *
my rock, in whom there is no unrighteousness.
from The Psalter, Book of Common Prayer, Anglican Liturgy Press: Huntington Beach, 2019, pgs. 390-391

Prayer

a collect for sabbath rest Saturday
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from
all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures:
Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly
prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here
upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to
your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
– from Book of Common Prayer, Anglican Liturgy Press: Huntington Beach, 2019, pg. 24

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Project 5782 | Day 4

Scary…Good

Scripture Portion

Nahum 1.6-7:
6 Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
7 The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him. (ESV)

Quote from Reading

“Trend one is that Christian minds have been conformed to the modern spirit: the spirit, that is, that spawns great thoughts of man and leaves room for only small thoughts of God…Trend two is that Christian minds have been confused by the modern skepticism. For more than three centuries the naturalistic leaven in the Renaissance outlook ha been working like a cancer in Western thought.” – Packer, J.I., Knowing God: 20th-Anniversary Edition, InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 1973:1993, pgs. 12-13; from the original preface of 1973

Provocative Language

For today, I decided to do a song share. Enjoy!

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Project 5782 | Day 3

Rejoice, Cautious Love & Liberty

Scripture Portion

This jumped out at me this year during the Feast of Trumpets. A momentous time when God restored His Word among His people (just look at how the people responded!) after bringing them back from exile took place on this holy day.

Nehemiah 8.1-3; 8-12
And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.

8 They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. 9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. (ESV)

Quote from Reading

“We may give our human loves the unconditional allegiance which we own only to God. Then they become gods: then they become demons. Then they will destroy us, and also destroy themselves. For natural loves that are allowed to become gods do not remain loves. They are still called so, but can become in fact complicated forms of hatred.” – Lewis, C.S., The Four Loves: An Exploration of the Nature of Love, Mariner Books: New York, 2012 edition, pg. 8

Provocative Language

“Birds lost their freedom
We human lost our voice
Soulless reality holds us in captivity
Our spirit yearns for liberation
Liberty is never free
She stands on the foundation of blood, sweat and tears”
from Ms. Cassa – “Restriction”, 2021

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Project 5782 | Day 2

Amateurs, Arise?

Scripture Portion

Micah 7.18-20

18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.
(English Standard Version)


Thoughts:
It’s interesting how many people conclude that the God of the Old Testament was a radically different God than who we see revealed in Jesus Christ. No, He is not. He does not change and is always the same. He is always abounding in steadfast love and forgiveness!

Quote from Reading

“Sowell may be best known for his writings on racial controversies, but race isn’t a topic he initially set out to explore. ‘I never thought that just because I’m black, that made me an authority on race matters,’ he said. ‘I figured there were people who specialize in this stuff and they must know what they’re talking about. Then I started reading what they were saying, and so much of it was rubbish. I thought, “Good heavens, it’s time for us amateurs to get into this thing.”’” – Riley, Jason L., Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, Basic Books: New York, 2021, pgs. 9-10


Thoughts: I think this may be coming back again to the church as well. It is good to have well trained teachers and leaders, but too many of them these days are misleading us! It may be time for the “amateurs” to gain a strong voice again…but with great caution! Be careful what you teach (see James)! Also, if we are going to write, let us do so as informed and Thomas Sowell!

Provocative Language

I found this thought-provoking one-liner on page Following a Star.

“It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort; it’s not the sort of comfort they supply there.” – C.S. Lewis, Letters of C.S. Lewis (Dec. 3, 1959)

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Project 5782 | Day 1

Feast of Sukkot – 2021
~ Sabbath Day ~

Scripture Portion

Leviticus 23.1-2, 33-37a

1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts.

33 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the Lord. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. 36 For seven days you shall present food offerings to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work. 37These are the appointed feasts of the Lord…” (English Standard Version, emphasis mine).

Sacrifice of Our Lips/Praise

Fruit of Our Lips

Liturgical Portion

Psalm 132
1 Lord, remember David, *
and all his tribulations,
2 How he swore unto the Lord, *
and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob:
3 “I will not come within the tabernacle of my house, *
nor climb up into my bed,
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep, nor my eyelids to slumber, *
neither the temples of my head to take any rest,
5 Until I find a place for the temple of the Lord, *
a habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.”
6 Lo, we heard of the ark at Ephrathah *
and found it in the wood.
7 We will go into his tabernacle, *
and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
8 Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, *
and let your saints sing with joy.
10 For your servant David’s sake, *
turn not away the presence of your Anointed.
11 The Lord has made a faithful oath unto David, *
and he shall not shrink from it:
12 “Of the fruit of your body *
shall I set upon your throne.
13 If your children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies
that I shall teach them, *
their children also shall sit upon your throne for evermore.”
14 For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself; *
he has longed for her to be his habitation:
15 “This shall be my rest for ever; *
here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
16 I will bless her provisions with increase, *
and will satisfy her poor with bread.
17 I will clothe her priests with salvation, *
and her saints shall rejoice and sing.
18 There shall I make the horn of David flourish; *
I have prepared a lantern for my Anointed.
19 As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame; *
but upon his head shall his crown flourish.”


Prayer

Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with
your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly
pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of
love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their
witness to your power and mercy; for the sake of Jesus Christ,
in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit,
and who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
from Book of Common Prayer, 2019, pg. 640

Teachings to Consider

https://www.jcstudies.com/single-post/2018/09/04/sukkot-seven-meditations-on-the-biblical-feast-of-tabernacles

https://www.jcstudies.com/single-post/the-divine-symphony

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