Thursday, January 22, 2015

1 Sam 15

This is the story of how Saul lost the kingship of Israel.
I find it interesting how at the end Samuel announces to Saul that this "tearing away the kingdom" from him will without doubt happen because God is "not a man, that He should lie or repent".  Yet, Samuel grieved over Saul, and it's noted that the LORD also repented that He had made Saul king.
So, The Lord doesn't repent, but He repented of making Saul king?

What if Saul had refused to believe that the LORD doesn't repent, and thought "Perhaps, if God can change his mind about me being king, then maybe - if I repent -  he will change it back?"

Of course, Saul seems to have no real regard for the LORD, since during the account he constantly calls the LORD "your [Samuel's] God", and rather than even trying to repent (even if all to be gained from repentance were a restored personal relationship to the LORD) He gets Samuel to go through the motions so he can be honored before the elders of his people, but isn't exerting any energy to be honored by "Samuel's" God.  Saul's attitude reminds me of a verse from Isaiah: "Stop regarding man, in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?"

Saturday, January 10, 2015

1 Peter 1:8

All best dreams find flesh and bone
as in your footprints they are sown
surge up like mountains from seeds of stone
who thought, to see you bleed & groan
was cursing coming all unwound?
The first day saw you break the ground
of newer earth, of fresher years
you rose up, casting off our fears
the Wind rushed out, He washed us clean
and made us who we'd never been
betrothed in water to worlds unseen
once caked with death, now scoured clean
with songs and strength to fight within
to face the night, and standing, win
bind up wounds, and cast down gods
with shining feet, prepared and shod
for every good work done through pain,
until we wake, with You again.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Mary New Year's Eve.

Old Year was more like four
-Since Eve brought in the dark;
Had all the world, but wanted more
And got trespassed from the park.
New Year is still going strong
Her Eve was full of belief;
She said “let it be”, and sang up a psalm
bringing fruit that would bear up our grief.

(not my artwork)