Sunday, March 4, 2012
Welcome to Day 63 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Numbers 34 concerning the bounds and borders of Canaan (the Promised Land) and its distribution among the tribes of Israel.
Numbers 35 Orders having been given before for the dividing of the land of Canaan among the tribes. Care is here taken for a provision for the clergy, the Levites. (Pretty amazing provision!) Forty-eight cities were to be assigned them, with their suburbs, some in every tribe, six cities out of these were to be for cities of refuge, for any man that killed another unintentionally. And provision and conditions for sanctuary… In what case sanctuary was not allowed, namely, willful murder. In what cases sanctuary was allowed, and the law concerning those that took shelter in these cities of refuge.
Numbers 36 back to the issue of inheritance of Zelophehad’s daughters and their inheritance. They were instructed (commanded) to marry within their own tribe so as to avoid any disputes regarding their inheritance (the land they were given) staying within their tribe and family.
Mark 11, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem… I always thought this to be a New York ticker tape parade type of event… but apparently it was getting late and there wasn’t anyone in the temple courts. Seems a bit anticlimactic…
v 24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
(Oh, and one more thing…)
25 “And… when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” That’s quite a statement and a promise.
So… does that mean absolutely everything I ask for, I will get? I’m not convinced this statement is one you can simply take at face value. Otherwise God would be treated as a butler or some sort of concierge, servant or vending machine!
Yes, I’ll have steak for dinner tonight… a new Cadillac Escalade and can up please upsize my house for me? Thanks!
How does this statement fit with healing?
I think there’s a reason Jesus said to pray, “They kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” His will is not always accomplished on earth because of sin. Until his kingdom comes in its fulness (when he returns) we are left in a bit of kingdom limbo… between the “now” and the “not yet.”
God’s promise is for provision. And yet I do believe he wants to bless us, too…
I want to see heaven come to earth… I want to see the sick made well. Blind eyes to see. The lame walking…
I’m not asking for a bigger house or a new car… I just want to see your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven!