(Read Psalm 2.) Some believe that, from its structure, Psalms 1 and 2 compose a single unit. Blessed would then form an inclusio, at the beginning, 1.1, and end, 2.12.
The psalm deals with the rebellion of the nations against the Lord and his anointed, calling them to submission. The covenant with David is behind the psalm (see 2.6). The whole world is his domain, pointing to fulfillment in Jesus. There is no resisting his authority. True happiness is in submission to the Sovereign. The final appeal shows God’s goodness in giving opportunity to repent, signaling hope and victory of the king. Continue reading
Defeat is humiliating. A commercial for an old TV sports program called it the “agony of defeat,” as the camera captured the tumbling of a skier through the snow. So how do losers get back in the game? How do they turn defeat into victory? Continue reading
The Bible appears to be an outdated volume to many, its precepts and perspectives reflecting an outmoded culture and, therefore, inferior to modern evolved concepts. It’s important to emphasize the difference between a caricature of religion in the Middle Ages and the divine revelation of Scripture, but even then many discount any truth or conduct manifest in it. Like this one:
In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands.
1 Peter 3:1a NET Continue reading
Jesus knows better than I do. I have my ideas and think that one should act in a certain way. But the Lord goes forward with the Father’s will.
So Jesus replied to him, “Let it happen now, for it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John yielded to him.
Matthew 3:15 NET
John tried to prevent Jesus from being baptized by him, but when the Lord insisted, he gave up his idea and accepted what Jesus wanted him to do.
May I do like John.
Everett Ferguson, in his class study book, The New Testament Church:
Submission is offered not because of some office held but because of the service performed.
Spot on! Whatcha think?
Text: Matthew 8:5-13
Memorize: “For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes, and to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my slave ‘Do this’ and he does it.” Matthew 8:9 NET
Read the soldier’s oath upon enlistment in the American military:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The military is a hierarchy. Boot camp ensures that the recruit obeys his superiors immediately, without question. Continue reading
Seven items in this post. No. 2 is a biggie, but catch the rest, too.
First, a cartoon I ran across the Internet searching for, get this, “submit to Christ.” Don’t ask me how it showed up. Maybe this angry wife doesn’t want to submit to … whatever.
I was searching for a graphic for a note on the new Facebook group, Jesus Lord and Savior. Come join.
Second, remember that Bible dictionary I told you I bought for $8 when it goes for $35 normally? Still glad I bought it, but there are items that causes one to scratch the head. Continue reading
Making up for long absence in UPLift, by another one in short space of time.
by J. Randal Matheny
Ask not for riches, power or rights
To spend for self, or multiply sins;
Look not to heaven with splintered heart,
Its windows shuttered against your shame. Continue reading
Five stanzas today, fired by a short devotional. Continue reading