Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Opus 2016-248: Digging into Deuteronomy: Promises, Promises

Today I continue looking at passages in Deuteronomy that stood out to me this summer.

God “swore” (7650) He would “give” (5414) all of this land to Israel. 
(Deuteronomy 1:8 KJV)  Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.
Set aside whether that refers to modern Israel or not.  What I want to focus on is the nature of God’s “gifts”.  Keep in mind that God’s gifts often, if not usually, if not always, have strings and conditions attached.

The land was there.  The borders had been described.  The promise had been given generations before and repeated.  The conditions here were two fold.  First, they needed to “go in”.  God often lays out blessings for us but there is a requirement that we get moving.  The promise of salvation is out there.  I think it is pretty clear.  Why?  Because the general public is informed enough to mock it and turn away. 

Second, the children of Israel had to “possess” (3423) the land.  An interesting aspect of this word is that it can also mean “dispossess”.  In order to claim the land they had to take it away from the people that lived there.  That involved continued obedience.  It involved struggle and fighting.  It involved building and plowing.  The milk and honey did not just appear on store shelves.

One balance that is always hard to find is between grace and obedience.  Although God can do it all by Himself, witness creation, He has chosen to structure the world so that we need to get involved to make things complete.

What does God expect of you?  What does He expect of me?  I ask that second question a lot.

homo unius libri

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