Monday, March 9, 2009

Mind blowing

OK, post-Bible-reading discussion thoughts here, a couple to blow your mind (at least one I think I've mentioned before, but it's not showing up properly when I try to link it directly).
  1. God's word: God created the universe - that is, everything around us, from the universe so large that we can't see its end to its constituent parts so small we can't really see them even with the most powerful microscopes, and that's not really seeing them as much as having some record of them - anyway, He created all of that out of nothing.  Literally nothing.  (You've heard about the scientists who discovered how to create life, right?  They went to God and said, "God, we don't need you anymore; we can create life ourselves! So God said, "Oh, really, why don't you show me?" So the scientists started to gather together a little bit of dirt, and God interrupted and said, "Uh-uh, go get your own dirt!")  Anyway, again, back to our story... how did He create all of this (including you and me and the electrons that are frantically allowing me to type in all this stuff and Google's Blogger to store it and your ISP to deliver it to you and you to read it)?  He spoke.  "God said... and it was."  (Slight paraphrase there, but you know the story; if not, grab a Bible and read Genesis.)  Well... guess what?  That same word, that POWERFUL word, was put into a book for you and me.  Yes, the Bible.  That same, powerful word... the word that has the power to create everything out of nothing... that's what the Bible is.  When you read it... when you memorize it... when you speak it... you're reading, memorizing, speaking God's word, the word that has the power to create everything out of nothing!  That word, that powerful word, has the power not only to create, but to save.  You, me, your friend, the bad guy down the hall... all are simply waiting on God's word.  So read it; memorize it; pray it back to Him; speak it... powerful words.  And don't be frugal with that power!  Share it with everyone around you.
  2. Here's another interesting thing: God's word.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory..." (excerpts from John 1:1-14, NKJV).  "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body,'" (from Matthew 26:26).  "But He answered and said, 'It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,"'" (from Matthew 4:4, where Jesus was rebuking Satan during His temptation).  So... Jesus is the word, Jesus (by analogy) said we must partake of His body as "the bread of life" (to so speak), and man shall not live "by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."  That is, the very Bible - God's word - became flesh, Jesus, who took our place, and by his sacrifice - by our partaking of Him (as the bread of life, the word of God), we are saved.  That is the word that you are partaking when you read the Bible - the powerful, life-giving word of God, the word that became human, Jesus.
I'm sorry if you don't agree, and maybe I took some liberties with these points... but they're pretty mind-blowing to me.

Makes you want to memorize some scripture, doesn't it?

Bonus points for reading this far: "God's word"... "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart," (Hebrews 4:12).  God's word... "God sword" - just remove the apostrophe and slide the space one character to the left, and you convert "God's word" into "God sword"!  OK, now I'm really reaching...


Tony M said...

Anyone else find it amusing that there is a blog post entitled "Mind blowing" on a blog called "[LAPSE... brain dead]"?

Christy said...

"And don't be frugal with that power! Share it with everyone around you" - preach it, Tony! Great stuff!

Yes, mind blowing - brain dead - you crack yourself up, don't you?