BSF Study Questions John Lesson 18, Day 5: John 14:8-14

Summary of passage:  Here, Philip really doesn’t get it and Jesus chastises him for it.  He asks Jesus to show him the Father and Jesus answers by saying he has seen the Father since the Father is in him.  He will do whatever they ask in his name to bring glory to the Father.

Questions:

11)  “even after I have been among you such a long time.”  “How can you say” such a thing.

12)  He is speaking God’s words, doing God’s work through miracles, and anyone who asks of him he will do it in God’s name.  Jesus was at the beginning and the Word and he is the Word and the Word is God so thus Jesus is God.  He is light.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  He is God.

13)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  Anyone who has faith in him.  He grants them whatever they ask.  Those in Christ will accomplish his will–which is greater than our will.  We can accomplish great things with Christ at our backs.  The Holy Spirit is the help Jesus has promised us.

Conclusions:  I almost think Jesus wants to hit Philip over the head he’s so dense.  He’s spent 3 years with Jesus and still doesn’t get it.  You’d think he’d at least get the fact Jesus is God but he doesn’t.  Jesus, exasperated, lays it out for Thomas and us.  He is God and believe in him will lead to great things in your life.

End Notes:  Philip wants to physically see God with his eyes.  Philip was so close to Jesus yet still did not understand him.  Many are like this today.

Jesus repeats himself again, saying all he says and does is by and through God.  I wonder how often he said this that’s not recorded.  Mankind is dense, aren’t we?

“I tell you the truth.”  This is the 1st of 3 assurances Jesus will give his disciples on the night of his arrest. He says this is not the end but the beginning of much greater works.  He expected the disciples to carry on his good works after he’s gone.  This will be with the power of the Holy Spirit in them.

After Peter’s speech at Pentecost more people believed than all combined under Jesus’ recorded ministry.  Christianity is now spread throughout the entire world.  This is what Jesus meant.

Jesus will do anything you ask for in his name–true to his character and in his will–not yours.  Prayer aimed at carrying forth the work Jesus did.

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BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 18, Day 5: Various Passages

Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.

Questions:

10)  Part personal Question.  My answers:

Psalm 23:  God gives everything:  green pastures, quiet waters, restores the soul, righteousness, Himself, comfort, food, overflowing cup, anoints us, goodness, love, and eternal life.

Matthew 11:28-9:  God gives rest and knowledge.

1 Corinthians 10:13:  He does not give us any more than we can bear and provides us a way out when we are tempted.  He is faithful.

1 Corinthians 12:6-10:  God gives us the Holy Spirit which gives us wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues.

Hebrews 4:14-16:  Mercy and grace through faith in Jesus.

Revelation 21:4:  He wipes away every tear and after the Second Coming there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain.

Honestly, I’m not suffering right now.  I’m in a season of blessing and extremely grateful for it.  However, knowing God provides grace, mercy, comfort, basic needs, wisdom, a way out of temptation, and goodness is indescribably empowering in any season of life.

11)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12  Rejoice in suffering for it is a privilege and a way to participate in Christ’s glory. 1 Peter 4:12-19  We comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God so they may have patient endurance as well.  2 Corinthians 1:3-7  Love says Colossians 3:14  Verse 17 says whatever we do, do all in Jesus’s name, thanking God.

I try to offer words of comfort when those around me are in pain or suffering, or grieving.  I try to love as Christ would love.  Recently, an acquaintance’s dog passed away and an old colleague of mine lost his wife.  I tried to offer up words of comfort in those situations.

Conclusions:  Good reminder of how to help others who are suffering because often without God those who lose a loved one can become lost.  Ironic how we brought suffering into this world and death and God could easily have turned His back on us and let us wallow in our own misery.  Instead, He is there and He comforts for He feels our pain.  What an awesome God we worship!

Conclusions to Lesson 18:  Whole lesson on suffering.  Not sure we’ve ever done this before in BSF where we’ve deviated so much from the book(s) we are studying and dived into a topic in the Bible.  The Bible does speak on suffering a lot and we’ve looked at the majority of the passages on suffering.  We could call this the study of Revelation and Suffering in the Bible.  Fitting?  You make the call.

Didn’t realize there were so many ways to ask the same question:  why do we suffer, how do you suffer, and what is its purpose.  It all points back to Jesus (even when we comfort others) and I wish we could have kept it that simple.

This Lesson for me was relatively quick to complete because we have done so much previous work on suffering. Looking up the passages is time consuming but answering them is not.  Back to Revelation next week!

BSF Study Questions The Life of Moses Lesson 18, Day 5: Numbers 9-10

Summary of passage:  Numbers 9:  We are again in the second year after the Exodus from Egypt.  God instructs Moses in the celebration of the Passover.  A few who were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body asked Moses if they could still celebrate the Passover.  Moses asked God who said yes, they could.  God then said though is someone chooses not to celebrate the Passover than that person will be cut off from his people and bear the consequences of sin.  Aliens could celebrate as well according to the rules.

When the Israelites were encamped, the cloud covered the tabernacle.  At night the cloud looked like fire.  Whenever the cloud lifted, the Israelites set out.

Numbers 10:  God had Moses make 2 silver trumpets used as communication tools with the Israelites.  When one sounded, the leaders assembled before Moses.  When both sounded, the whole community assembled before Moses.  A blast on the trumpet would be a signal for setting out.  The signals are to be different. The priests alone are to blow the trumpets.  It is to blow during battle as well so the Lord will remember His people and be rescued.  Finally, at festivals the trumpet is to be sounded over the offerings as a memorial to God.

Finally, the Israelites leave Mount Sinai in the second year in the second month, day 20.  The camp of Judah went first followed by the tabernacle.  Reuben went next followed by the holy things.  Then Ephraim.  Then Dan at the end.  Moses asked his father-in-law to accompany them and he said no.  Moses said he knows the desert so they needed him and he promised to give him food if he came.  The ark of the covenant went before them as they marched.

Questions:

11a)  2 years

b)  First, because it had been two years.  Second, the purpose of the Passover was to remember their slavery and exodus from Egypt so many wanted to celebrate God’s goodness and give Him thanks.  Third, because it was ordered by God as a command and as God later says in Numbers 9:13, it is a sin NOT to celebrate it, resulting in dire consequences of being cut off from their people.  Celebrating the Passover was an act of obedience by God’s people.  To not do so was a sin.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Usually not all that eager.  To remember His blessings, His goodness, His sacrifices, His grace, His mercy, and His centrality in my life.

12a)  When the Israelites were encamped, the cloud covered the tabernacle. At night the cloud looked like fire. Whenever the cloud lifted, the Israelites set out.  If the cloud moved, they moved.  If the cloud stayed, they stayed.  Simple directions the Israelites could not mess up.

b)  God had Moses make 2 silver trumpets used as communication tools with the Israelites. When one sounded, the leaders assembled before Moses. When both sounded, the whole community assembled before Moses. A blast on the trumpet would be a signal for setting out. The signals are to be different.

c)  Part Personal Question.  My answer:  Here, we see the Israelites with clear signs of God’s will and guidance:  a cloud they can see and a trumpet they can hear.  God guides us as well just with not quite so easily seen and heard methods.  I feel prayer and His word are the best way to hear God speak and see Him and His character.  Then I see Him guiding me in my life as I read His words and speak to Him.  I feel I hear Him speak as well through others who offer godly advice.  He is everywhere if we would only pay attention.

Conclusions:  12a was the same question as number 11a in Lesson 13 Day 5 where we were even told to read Numbers 9:15-23.  After doing this lesson, not sure why we studied the cloud the same way in Exodus 40 when the cloud was only briefly mentioned in relation to why Moses couldn’t enter the tabernacle.  Seems redundant here to study the same passage twice.

Overall, this was my favorite day of Lesson 18.  All the questions were good and meaningful.  I liked the trumpets.  That was cool.  Gets me ready for Revelation next year.  I liked the eagerness of the Israelites to celebrate the Passover and God’s openness to exceptions.  The lesson of obedience stuck out to me again.

End Notes:  Numbers 9:  Today we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross–sparing us judgment and forgiving us our sins once and for all–when we take communion, which is very similar to the Israelites’ remembrance of Passover every year.

Even the foreigner could partake and must partake of the Passover.  This shows God’s infinite love and how even the Gentiles are included as God’s people.

Some scholars say it is better not to have the visual of the cloud for what would happen if the cloud left?  People would be devastated.  I don’t believe this.  I think more people would believe and more would desire God even more if He left like the Israelites, begging God to stay with them (Exodus 33) and not forsake them when they sinned at the golden calf.

Numbers 10:  God’s people have been prepared:  given the laws, taught the ceremonies, cleansed, and organized for the Promised Land.  Still, the journey would not be easy, but preparation is key to have any hope of completing their journey.

Great example by Moses asking for help.  God provides others for us to help us on our journey as well.

This is one of the most famous of the prayers in the Bible and still applies to us today.  Amazingly, for all of the rebelliousness of the Israelites, they did follow the cloud faithfully.  So must we.  We go when God says go and stay when God says stay and we pray for our enemies to be scattered where we are and for God to be with us wherever we are.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 18, Day 5: Matthew 17:22-27

Summary of passage:  After Jesus descended the mountain, he gathered the disciples together in Galilee and told them he is going to be betrayed, killed, and raised again.  The disciples were full of grief.  Then they traveled to Capernaum where tax collectors asked Peter if Jesus paid the temple tax.  Peter replied yes.  Then Jesus asked him if he needed to pay the tax since he is the son of a king.  Peter (I think still slow to get this) said no and then Jesus told Peter to go catch a fish which will have a gold coin in it for the tax.

Questions:

12a)  Because they were up on the mountain with Jesus and overheard his conversation with Elijah and Moses who were talking about Jesus’ forthcoming death and resurrection (Luke 9:30-31).

b)  Because they were filled with grief.  Before they had been in denial and thought he was joking.  Now they realize it will be true.

c)  Honestly, I can’t say either way.  We are not given enough information here in Matthew to conclude such an inference.  Mark, however, tells us outright that they didn’t understand what Jesus meant and were afraid to ask him about it (Mark 9:32).  Luke tells us that “they did not understand what this meant.  It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it (Luke 9:45).

Hence, I would say nothing in Matthew reveals this but Mark and Luke do.

d)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Again, not sure I have experienced the same kind of grief as I have never been told a loved one of mine is about to be killed or is dying.  However, there have been many times in my life I have been frustrated, angry, sad, confused, and dumbfounded because I couldn’t see God’s purpose in my circumstances.  Most of these have to do with money.  But as I’ve gotten older I put more and more of my faith in God and what He is doing in my life so the “grief” which is not the word I’d use is lessened.  I’d call it more frustration and anxiety than anything else.

13a)  It is atonement money, to atone for their lives.  It was used for the service of the Tent of Meeting and as as memorial for the Israelites before the Lord.

b)  Personally, I thought this was just weird but I think Jesus used it as another example of his power over all things and how anything is possible with belief in him.  Also, this shows God’s provision for all His people, including His Son.  Jesus relied on the Father; therefore, so must we.

Conclusions:  Not sure why BSF did not send us back to Mark and Luke for 12c where this is stated clearly for Matthew leaves out that detail.

It’s hard to interpret “filled with grief”.  For what is grief?  The definition is “suffering, distress; deep and poignant distress cause by bereavement; sorrow” but grief looks different for every person.  Thus, it’s hard to say from Matthew if they got it for their grief could have been so deep over it all.  One could argue that they would be joyous because Jesus is dying for their sins.  But is death every joyous?  Not for loved ones left behind as is the case in the disciples.  They are losing their friend, teacher, and leader and I’m sure the depth of love between them all would be hard to imagine.

I know you are supposed to be joyful that Jesus died for our sin but the fact he had to die for our sins is sad to me.  I can’t imagine watching it happen before my eyes; seeing him beaten and tortured and hung on a cross–suffering for my inadequacy.  I can understand the disciples sorrow here and that is why inferring they didn’t understand from sorrow to me would be a stretch if Mark and Luke hadn’t have outright said so.

Thus, to me, Jesus’ death is both sad and joyful like death of believers who are going to a better place today.  I would bet sorrow trumps joyfulness especially right after death for most people.

The temple tax supported the temple and the worship services.

Map of Capernaum and Galilee:  I liked this simple map I found showing the whole region of Galilee:

http://www.lifeandteachingsofjesus.org/son-man/map-of-galilee-2/

End Notes: We can use the temple tax collection as a way to date the Bible because the temple tax was collected either at Passover or about a month earlier depending on where you lived.  So Jesus has about one month to live.

Only men paid this tax.  Note also once the temple was destroyed in AD 70 the money was still collected but went to Rome instead.

Rabbis were exempted from this tax as was princes (Jesus) but he paid it anyways to avoid controversy.

Note Jesus who didn’t owe anything paid anyways and paid for Peter.  See any parallels here?  Jesus paid for us when he didn’t have to.

This story is found only in the Book of Matthew and we all know Matthew himself was a tax collector, which makes sense why it was recorded only here by him.

I tried to discover more background on this story for you all but every thing I read was a speculation and contradicted each other.  Thus, I decided to leave it stand as is and take the simplistic road.

BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 18, Day 5: Genesis 22-23

Summary of passage:  God calls Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac as a burnt offering in the mountains of Moriah. So Abraham faithfully takes Isaac to where God calls him, bounds his son, and prepares to kill him.  On the journey, Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide the burnt offering.

An angel of the Lord stopped Abraham before he killed Isaac, saying he has proved he fears God because he didn’t withhold his son from Him.  God provided a ram instead to sacrifice.  The angel says because of Abraham’s faithfulness the Lord will bless him and make his descendants as numerous as the stars and will rule over the cities of their enemies.

All nations on earth will be blessed because of Abraham’s obedience.  Then Abraham went to Beersheba.

Sarah lived to be 127 years old.  She died in Hebron.  Abraham offered to buy a burial plot from the Hittites and they told him he could pick any plot to bury her in.  He approached Ephron and offered to buy his cave.  Ephron offered to give it to Abraham. Abraham refused and offered to pay for the land.  Ephron reluctantly agrees and the land is deeded to Abraham.

Abraham then buries Sarah.

Questions:

11a)  Honestly, I wouldn’t connect the two if you hadn’t of told me to.  In Abraham’s mind, he has sacrificed Isaac.  His mind was tested and he knew what God’s will was.  He offered Isaac’s body as an act of worship.

b)  Being a living sacrifice is denying ourself and being God’s instead.  We yield our body, mind, and will to God.  It’s reading the Bible instead of watching TV.  It’s helping others instead of ourselves.  It’s giving of our time and money when we’d rather not.  It’s changing your poor attitude, giving up destructive addictions, and changing your thinking to be more in tune with Christ’s.

It is a daily death to self.  We must understand and know the will of God and walk that path every day.  We must change our thoughts by obeying God and God’s word and in turn our hearts will change as well.  We must find God’s will for our life and live it and go where HE directs, not where you direct.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Today I will do my utmost to listen and obey Him and His will for my life.  That includes teaching my children, taking care of my family, doing laundry and dishes, and loving others as myself.  I will try to live and breathe Him as much as humanly possible and at the end of the day hopefully I will find rest in what I have done, which I did for Him, through Him and by Him AND according to His will.  Amen.

12a)  On the surface, he purchased it as a place to bury Sarah.  But really he purchased it to set a precedent of an alien owning land in Canaan.  As a landowner in ancient times, you were accorded certain rights others were not.  Now, Abraham could claim those rights.

b)  God promised Abraham he would take possession of Canaan and Abraham now owns a piece of it.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Good question.  God promises to provide for all of my needs and He has.  I purchase food, clothing, and shelter.  We also own cars to transport us to do His work and care for others.  He also has given more.

Conclusions:  I couldn’t help the flippancy in 11a but my haunches raised when I’m told to read a passage and then told to go somewhere else.

I’m conflicted on this lesson as well like yesterday’s.  It was interesting how Abraham used Sarah’s death as a means to own land.  Not sure if I approve of this.  I did like the living sacrifice example.  It brought out the importance of obeying God not only in word and deed but also in heart and mind.

The exchange between Ephron and Abraham is an example of how bargaining was done in that time and in that culture.  Ephron had no intention of giving Abraham the land but that is how the bargaining started off.  Kindness took precedent and is still predominant in the Middle East today when bargaining.

I liked this concise article on living sacrifices enough to link to it despite the overpowering presence of ads:

http://www.abideinchrist.com/selah/mar27.html

Fun Fact:  Sarah is the only woman in the Bible whose age when she died is recorded.

BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 18, Day 5: 1 Corinthians 7

Summary of passage:  Paul says it’s good for a man not to marry.  But if you do each man should have one wife and each wife one husband.  The husband should fulfills his marital duties to his wife and the wife to her husband.  The wife’s body does not belong to just herself but to her husband as well and vice versa.  Therefore, do not deprive each other except by mutual consent so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of control.  He wishes all to be unmarried but each has a different gift from God.

The unmarried and widows should stay unmarried but it’s better to marry than to burn with passion.

A wife must not separate from her husband but if she does she must not marry again or she must reconcile.  A husband must not divorce his wife.

Any one in a marriage with an unbeliever should stay married if the other is willing for you may be the one to save the other.  However, if the unbeliever leaves let them for they are not bound like believers are.  Also, the unbeliever is sanctified through the other and their children will be holy as well.

Every one should stay in the role God has called them.  Keeping God’s commands is what counts.

Paul wishes virgins would remain so and not marry for in marriage you will face many troubles in life.  Time is short and marriage divides a person’s attention from the Lord for you must please your spouse.  An unmarried person is only concerned with the Lord and can be devoted to Him in every way, undivided.

Paul clarifies that marriage is not a sin it’s just better to be single.

If a spouse dies, one can marry again but Paul advises against it so he or she can be devoted solely to the Lord.

Questions:

13a)  Each man should have one wife and each wife one husband.  the husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife and the wife to her husband.  The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband and vice versa.  Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent so Satan will not tempt you.

A wife must not separate from her husband but if she does she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband.  A husband must not divorce his wife (Jesus says in Matthew 19:9 that any man who divorces his wife except for marital unfaithfulness and marries another commits adultery).  The same is try of the wife (Mark 10:12).

b)  Both man and wife should if at all possible stay with the unbelieving spouse for through the other the unbelieving has been sanctified.  Also, your children will be clean.  But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so for he is not bound in the marriage vow like a believer.

c)  Jesus said those who have received a word not to marry because they want to devote themselves to the kingdom of heaven should not.  But not everyone can or even should do this.  Paul believes people should not marry because marriage causes many troubles in life.  He believes life is short and as all married people know marriage is a lot of work.  It takes away from time devoted to the Lord.  An unmarried person is concerned only about the Lord’s affairs and how he or she can please the Lord.  A married person must also worry about pleasing their spouse so his or her interests are divided.  Paul believes in living in undivided devotion to the Lord (like he does).

Paul believes a widow who could marry again should not because she or he would be happier staying single and devoted wholly to the Lord and not have divided attentions.

14)  I think telling people who are married or engaged to get married that they should remain single would be fruitless.  So what I get out of these passages is the commandment by Jesus that one should not divorce unless there is infidelity.  So many divorces these days are due to “irreconcilable differences” which is another word for laziness and selfishness.

I would impress upon engaged couples that marriage is for life unless you die or you cheat.  Period.  Think hard before you get married.  Don’t take it lightly.  Don’t rush into it.  Do pre-marrital counseling.  Make sure of your choice because it is a life-long one.

Conclusions:  Marriage is work and it does take time.  No question Paul is right.  I like how Jesus puts it that people are called to remain celibate and unmarried.  Because as we all know God created marriage and man and woman to be together, not apart.  Mankind is a social creature just like horses and herd animals.  He’s not meant to be alone.

I think this is true for widows as well.  When your life partner dies, there is a void left that will probably never be filled but finding someone else can ease the pain and heartache and possibly fill the void.

So many people these days take marriage lightly that I wish more would be said in society about these passages and what marriage was meant to be.

I do like Paul’s advice not to deprive your spouse of each other.  This is so prevalent in today’s marriage that it does cause many infidelities.  We all need intimate contact with our spouse and when this is withheld I believe the other person starts to wilt like a flower does with no water.  It is a NEED, not a want and some people believe this.  God created man and woman to be together, physically.

Many good marriages are broken up because the spouse is neglected and starts to look elsewhere for affection he or she should be getting at home.  I wish this were highlighted as well more in our society.  Once the passion of first love wears off it is not okay to shut down.

A flower must be tended in order to bloom.  So must a marriage and this means each partner in the marriage (who are one now) must be tended for the flower will not bloom if one half is wilting.

Clarification points:  Verses 1-7:  Paul is addressing here sex within a marriage.  The Corinthians were asking if they should abstain from sex within a marriage and Paul says absolutely not in Verse 2.  Sexual immorality is what Paul is referring to here and it was very rampant in Corinth in the first century AD (some things never change, do they?).  People were worried and wanted to know God’s take on the matter which Paul answers here.

The word concession tripped me up in verse 6.  Concession means to grant so Paul is saying he is granting a temporary reprieve from abstaining from sex in a marriage but only for a short time for prayer.  They they are to come together again.

Verse 14.  This does not mean that the unbelieving spouse is saved simply by being married to a Christian.  Paul is saying that because the unbeliever is so close to a Christian he or she has special work.

Verse 14:  I found the part about the kids relieving.  This is saying because you are a believer your kids are automatically believers until they are of an age to do this themselves.  I have wondered about this in terms of little kids who die early and whether or not they go to Heaven.  Now I know the believers’ children are there.  This applies to me as well.  Something I worry about just in case God does take my kids early.

Verse 15:  I also did not know that God’s institution of marriage does not apply to unbelievers. This was fascinating.  That if you do marry an unbeliever and he or she leaves you may marry again because the spouse is not under the same covenant.  Yet the believer should keep the faith in the marriage up until that point.

Verse 17:  A great reminder to walk with God right now where He has placed you.  Quit waiting till you find the perfect spouse or anything else in life and live the life God has called you to RIGHT NOW.  Paul is right when he says life is short. Don’t waste another minute!

Verse 19:  Keeping God’s command is what counts!  I think this gets lost in the rest of the text so I wanted to highlight it.  This is the overarching command in our lives no matter what else.

BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 18, Day 5 Isaiah 41:21-29

Summary of passage:  The Lord challenges idols to present their case if they are greater than Him.  God asks the idols to tell us the past so we may consider and know if it came true or not and declare the future so we can see if you are gods.  Do something, good or bad, so we can be dismayed and filled with fear.  Nothing.  Idols do nothing so God pronounces them less than nothing and worthless and the people who worship idols are detestable.  God himself has stirred up one from the north (Cyrus) to do His bidding.  He told of this beforehand.  He gave Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings (Isaiah).  Idols have no one to give counsel and do no deeds.  They are nothing.

Questions:

12a) Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome.  Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods.  Do something, whether good or bad, so that we may be dismayed and filled with fear.

b) God stirred up one from the North (Cyrus) and told of this from the beginning so we could know beforehand and say He was right.  He gave Jerusalem a messenger of good tidings (Isaiah) to counsel.  But idols do nothing and say nothing.

13) Astrology, Nostradamus, palm readers, occult, Tantra, false religions such as Kabbalah.  Idols are “less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; he who chooses you is detestable.” Verse 24

Conclusions:  It seems intuitive to me that everyone knows idols are worthless and those who chose them dissatisfy God. Today’s idols are different but none the less potent in God’s mind.

What I saw in these verses is God’s fairness.  He gives idols a chance to prove something and, of course, they can’t.  Then he points out what He has done relative to the times of the people to prove His point (something God doesn’t need to do–He’s God!). I can just picture God talking to some chunks of gold, saying, “Do something!” and they sit there mute.  If God is taking His time to talk to some wood pieces, we should all pay attention to its significance.

“You shall have no other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”  Exodus 20:3-5 (emphasis mine)

We’ve all experienced human jealousy over someone we’ve love or loved and I can only imagine God’s jealousy over us!

I cannot over emphasize the importance (of which I cannot fathom) this must be in God’s eyes.