A space to explore and reflect on the whole of the bible. We (the contributors) met while studying at London School of Theology and since have gone on to further study and into various different ministries: church leaders (Free church and Anglican) and charity workers. Different ministries, one kingdom, and a desire to learn and grow through reflecting on the scriptures. Read, reflect and don't be afraid to comment - this is a safe place of discussion and reflection where we want to be like iron sharpening iron (Prov. 27:17) in our relationship with Jesus.
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Psalm 51 is possibly the Psalm that I have read most, because it is such a raw and complete prayer of repentance. I have written quite a lot of poetry on this psalm and the following are links to three poems which take the reader through the psalm as a process of conviction, repentance, accepting forgiveness and response
I have also written a poem which focusses on one verse of the Psalm: 51.12: 'Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.' The poem came out of a time of prayer and reflection about having a 'willing spirit' and the 'joy of salvation' and how one cannot be divorced from the other. Please read and listen to the spoken word and musical interpretation of the poem on my soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/peterlillypoetry/sustain-in-me-a-willing-spirit
'Sustain in me a willing spirit'
I've asked for the joy
Monday, 8 April 2013
These few chapters contain some very significant events for the nation of Israel, for the narrative of the Old Testament and the rest of creation! David is appointed as Israel's second king, Jerusalem is established as the capital of the nation, the Arc of the Covenant is returned to Jerusalem, God makes a covenant with David concerning the (not) yet-to-be-built temple and David responds with humility. There is so much to look at here but I want to focus on David's response.
It is in a prayer like this that David reveals characteristics of someone who is attempting to live in submission to God, demonstrating why he is called a man after God's own heart.
- He recognises that it is only by God's hand that he is in his position as King, and that he was able to bring the Arc back.
- He conclude's therefore that God is great and gives praise for his actions.
- He looks back throughout the history of the nation, continuing in praise.
- He looks forward and petitions God to keep his promises and keep the nation for ever.
- He locates hope for the future in God's continued favour and in the promises already made.
- He commits the future of his house and nation to the gory of God.
Friday, 5 April 2013
The next day Moses sat as judge for the people, while the people stood around him from morning until evening. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, ‘What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?’ Moses said to his father-in-law, ‘Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make known to them the statutes and instructions of God.’ Moses” father-in-law said to him, ‘What you are doing is not good. You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. (18:13-18)
You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Let them sit as judges for the people at all times; let them bring every important case to you, but decide every minor case themselves. (18:21-22).
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
‘But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture – ‘I believed, and so I spoke’ – we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.’ (2Cor 4-5).
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Friday, 29 March 2013
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ (23:5-6)
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Monday, 25 March 2013
5 Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me,
6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
7 Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life,
there is no price one can give to God for it.
8 For the ransom of life is costly,
and can never suffice,
9 that one should live on for ever
and never see the grave.
16 Do not be afraid when some become rich,
when the wealth of their houses increases.
17 For when they die they will carry nothing away;
their wealth will not go down after them.
18 Though in their lifetime they count themselves happy
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. (v15)
‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ (Matt 6:19-21).
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Friday, 22 March 2013
‘Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not ... But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul ... The Israelites ate manna for forty years, until they came to a habitable land.’ (16:4, 20, 35a)
‘In the NT Jesus compares himself with the manna divinely provided in the wilderness: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world’ (John 6:51)’ (Alexander).
Thursday, 21 March 2013
'But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.’ (3:16-18).
‘When he looks at a congregation, and when they look at him, and when they look at one another, everybody is looking at somebody else in whose heart and life the spirit, the Lord, has been at work, to heal, to soften, to change, to give life – in other words, to give glory. Paul isn't talking about the way we gaze, by faith, on the face of the Lord. He isn't referring to the way we look at God, or Jesus. He is talking – this, after all, is the point of the whole chapter – about the way we gaze at the life-giving spirit in the faces of our fellow-Christians.’
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
‘He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent to them, saying, “They will respect my son.” But those tenant said to one another, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.” So they sized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.’ (12:6-8)
‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’ (12:10b quoting Psalm 118:22)
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
‘Now the priest Pashhur son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. Then Pashur struck the prophet Jeremiah, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord ... I have become a laughing-stock all day long’ everyone mocks me.’ (20:1-2, 7b).
‘They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you.’