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Let’s continue our discussion   1 comment

“No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing”
2 Samuel 24:24 (NASB)

the tory to this passage starts with king david taking a census that God had not told him to to take. so due to his disobedience the king had a choice. he could choose between 7 years of famine (1 chronicles says 3 years), 3 months of fleeing before his foes, or 3 days of pestilence. the king chose 3 days of pestilence and in those three days 70,000 people died. king david then feels sorrow for his nation being punished for his sin.  then God’s prophet, gad, told him to go build an altar on the threshing floor of araunah the jebusite. when david tells araunah that he needs to buy the threshing floor, araunah offers to give him the land, and the animals for the sacrifice. but david insists that he can not sacrifice something that doesn’t cost him anything. if that happens it ceases to be a real sacrifice.

so we go back to the last post and how some people try to use luke 6:38 to try to let us think that if we give to God, He will give back to us more than we will ever expect. as discussed yesterday it would seem that the passage from yesterday is talking about judgment and not money. so with that let’s look at luke 6:38 combined with 2 samuel 24:24

if we know that anything we give to God will be returned to us and that we don’t have to worry about anything, where does faith and sacrifice come in. and a sacrifice doesn’t mean that you will definitely get back what you sacrificed. it means never expecting to see it again.

so let’s learn to sacrifice when God tells us to give and to give without expecting anything in return

now all that being said we don’t have a reason to think that God doesn’t bless those who are faithful to Him and to are willing to do what He says, but that shouldn’t be our motivation for giving and obeying, we should do it cause we love God and want to please Him.

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Posted July 9, 2010 by mattiev9287 in 2 samuel, Bible study, luke

What Did They Say?   1 comment

maybe i can make this an everyday thing?

anyways today’s post will be multifaceted. it will begin with this pre-post and more on to a more fuller post that i have come to expect from myself based on Luke 6:38 but first i would like to take a minute to tell you about my wonderful wife

Amanda has basically been a single mother to our now 17 month old daughter for the past 11 months and will continue to do so for the next 7-8 months while i’m “away” and she has done an AMAZING job. yes it does help that we each gave Hadley awesome genes, but Amanda has done some incredible things and for that i am very grateful. and for those of you who know me well she puts up with me and just for that she should earn a GOLD star, but she has also raised a magnificently well adjusted 17 month old without an instruction manual… and that’s just awesome to me.  so to Amanda: thank you for all you have done and know that i love you with all my heart and i’m increasingly proud of the sacrifice that you make for our family!

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

if you have ever heard me rant on christians misusing scriptures then you have for sure heard my chief complaint which is this scripture… my complaint is two fold so we’ll explore one today and one tomorrow… or whenever I can post next… lol

the thing that has always bugged me is you hear this coming right before someone is getting ready to take up an offering telling the congregation that obviously if you give now God will bless you later… great thoughts but there are two things wrong with this. 1. Jesus wasn’t talking about money here… He was talking about judgement. my bible says do not judge as the title to this passage. 2. we should be cheerful givers not looking to get back what we put in. we should give because we love God and want to please Him not because He will bless us… that’s just a plus.

to the first point  the message translation does a much better job showing the don’t judge point of the passage.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:37,38 (The Message)

mr. peterson really captured the meaning of this passage and thank goodness that someone finally has. so now to the point of what can take from this verse?

it seems important to note that this passage is from the Sermon on the Mount and is listed right after the Beatitudes in Luke (for a further discussion of why they are not in Matthew just email me or facebook it and i’ll give you my thoughts) so these are things that Jesus was teaching to the masses and He found rather important. and right before this passage Jesus is talking about loving your enemies.

so why shouldn’t we judge others? what is the big deal? well going back to our passage we see that if we judge we will be judged. how hard would it be for us not to judge? how hard could it be to get the log our of our eye before we took the speck out of our brothers?

well in all honestly we as Christ followers seem to have quite a problem not judging people. it’s what we do best. we’re not as bad as previous generations but we have our moments. we judge gays, we judge people who get abortions, we judge those who condone these actions, we judge the poor sometimes, we judge each other for judging others… we become the problem and not the solution.

think bout it, if Christ were here today who would he hang out with? the outcast? the sexually immoral? the poor? the answers to these is of course YES those are the ones that He hung out with when He was here the first time. he died for them! so who are we to judge.

it’s a problem that many atheist and agnostics have with the church today, we judge people too easy, trust me i know. i’ve talked to them and many of them have been hurt by a church that judged and they said “if this is Christ i want no part of it”

so what do we do about this? how can we change the culture? well it starts with each one of us! it starts with you and it starts with me. that coworker that you have that is a gay, befriend them, be their FRIEND. if Jesus was a friend of sinners you too can be. if there’s someone that never includes themselves in your activities at church, don’t judge them as being off help them out. and there is always that one family in a church that is just a little bit “off” so instead of laughing at them with your friends, make an effort to help them out. quit being an “insiders only” group do what we all know the church should do already.

Posted July 7, 2010 by mattiev9287 in Bible study, family, luke