The Giver

Today is Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Day 21,684. Twenty-five days until S’s birthday!

“The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.” ~ G. K. Chesterton
The Quotations Page

The word of the day is litotes, a noun meaning, “understatement, especially that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary, as in ‘not bad at all.'”

Today is Hot Fudge Sundae Day.

I probably won’t be having a hot fudge sundae today, even as much as I love them. The main reason is that, yesterday, we managed to acquire some Blue Bell Peaches and Homemade Vanilla ice cream! Yes! They have brought back this most delicious of ice cream flavors, at least for a limited time. They say it’s one of their “rotational” flavors. Whatever. C stopped by a store on the way home, yesterday, and bought two cartons of it.

C is feeling a little better this morning, and got better sleep last night. She wisely decided not to do any more work on the kitchen last night. I will strongly encourage her to wait until the weekend, especially since we have bowling tomorrow night.

Both the Red Sox and Rangers lost, last night. And they both lost 4-0. How strange. The Yankees must not have played, because the Sox’s lead only decreased by a half game. The Astros won again, though, so the Rangers are now 18 games out. In related news, the LA Dodgers are about to win their seventieth game of the season. Their percentage is dangerously close to .700.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! 
Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! 
Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Psalm 103:20-22
Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
Psalm 85:7
My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.
Psalm 71:15
. . . who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!
Psalm 104:33
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 
and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 
And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 
He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”

Luke 8:22-25
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; 
the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; 
who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, 
so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

Psalm 65:5-8

(From Practice Resurrection)

One more change that Paul made in his quotation of Psalm 68 in Ephesians 4 was that he changed the word “received” to “give.” The Psalm says, “You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there.” Paul writes, “Therefore it says, ‘When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.'”

The Psalm depicts a victorious King, receiving gifts from his subjects. It’s what you do when a King is enthroned. Gifts are a showing of your joy of your beloved King. Or, if you aren’t so joyful, your gift is simply a symbolic “giving up of your self-sovereignty.”

Paul’s readers may have been surprised at his switching of words. But Peterson believes that Paul’s change was intentional. While Jesus does receive our gifts, just as our Father in heaven receives them, Paul “wants us to see Jesus, the ascended king at the right hand of the Father, not as the king who receives gifts (although he does that too) but as the king who gives gifts. He changes the verb from the expected ‘receive’ to the gospel ‘give.'”

Father, give us wisdom to see Jesus as our king who gives. Sure, we bring him gifts of various kinds, throughout our lives. We give him worship; we give him our lives; we bring offerings to our various places of worship, for the purpose of sharing the Gospel with people. But Jesus gives. He gives us life; he gives us peace; he gives us hope; he gives us joy; and so much more. Praise the name of Jesus!
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends!

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2 thoughts on “The Giver

  1. Jeff, I apologize if I sent you an alarming email referring to a die-hard personal issue of mine. I had not had those difficulties for a long time, and I was extremely frustrated. I tried to send out a “better” email many hours later, after steps had been taken to resolve the situation, but it did not go through. Then this morning when I typed “bi” on a certain browser, instead of going to biblehub.com it went to bickleyhouse.wordpress.com. I remember at that moment that I needed to apologize to you. Please accept my apology, and God bless you.

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