Monday, August 20, 2012
Welcome to Day 232 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
Jeremiah 48 is an oracle of judgment against the Moabites..
46 verses of woe, ending in a classic verse, 47 “‘Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,’ declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 49, oracles of judgment against the Ammonites, Edomites, Damascus, Kedar and Hazor, and Elam. Whew…
Promise of restoration for the Ammonites and for Elam. Not so much for the others…
Psalms 67:1, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, Selah 2 that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”
1 John 1:6, “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7
if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
A welcome reminder of what it means to live by the truth… and God’s faithfulness!
When my wife, Bonnie, and I were dating, I helped her to memorize the book of 1 John. If I recall correctly, each week she had to memorize and recite a passage to our friend “Augie.” Basically a verse per day for twelve weeks? Something like that…
Anyway, when 1 John popped up in our reading plan, I was instantly transported back in time to New York City, circa 19, 19, 1985, sitting in the Washington Square coffee shop with Bonnie as she agonized about having to appear before Augie to recite that week’s passage of 1 John. Needless to say it was a lot of pressure… for her… haha…
These five chapters are some of the richest in all of the Bible. Written by John, who wrote the Gospel of John, 1, 2 and 3 John and the book of Revelation.
John 1:9 is one of the most amazing verses (right up there with John 3:16), “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Speaks to the ultimate forgiveness, purification and faithfulness of God. I can’t wait to get to the next chapter where it talks about Jesus being our “advocate” (KJV) or “one who speaks to the Father in our defense.” (Advocate = Attorney!)
Not to get ahead of myself, but I love that!
1 John 1:1-2a, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it…”
John is writing from his own personal experience… a shared experience by many. Notice his use of “we.”
“We have heard…”
“We have seen…”
“Our hands have touched…”
No one can take our personal experience away from us. Of course, in that argument, anyone can claim anything… “Well, I bought these crystals and…” or, “I visited this psychic and…” or whatever…
John was there. He knew Jesus…
Remember when Jesus was on the cross? John was there with Mary, Jesus’ mother. Jesus said to John, “Behold your mother.” then to Mary, “Woman, behold your son.” (Referring to John.)
John saw Jesus’ miracles. In fact, at one point (in yesterday’s reading from John 21) John penned, “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
Jesus did so much that it couldn’t all be written down.
John referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”
John was there. He saw it all… he knew Jesus on every level. He was there at the Mount of Transfiguration, when Lazarus was raised from the dead, he saw all the healings and how Jesus treated people. He heard Jesus teach in the synagogue…
He heard. He saw.
I’m so thankful that I know… even without seeing you firsthand, I’ve heard and seen enough to know for myself!