Red Letter Diary

Reflections on the words of Jesus (in red)

Archive for the month “December, 2011”

“Again it is written…”

Matthew 4:7

“Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'”

Many hear these words and decide not to walk into traffic, asking God to stop the cars; however, YHWH spoke the universe, all of us and our thoughts, into reality, into existence… what can we do that would test Him?  God remains faithful to us even when we are unfaithful to Him.  Still, we should not see God as a doting grandfather ready with coins and candies no matter how we’ve acted.  Our will may fall out of alignment with God’s will when our expectation is for Him to grant every wish, fulfill every desire, stop every pain  – despite our relationship with Him.

God still maintains and sustains us throughout.  He cares for us and takes part in our sufferings, weeps when we weep, laughs when we laugh.  While we may be shaken or twisted off course, YHWH nudges us back into alignment when we let God do God’s work.  The only test is one of our trust, of our faithfulness, of our belief.

Satan asks us to doubt first, before walking into the oncoming cars – the accuser says, “Don’t you agree that if God were true, you would be invincible? Go and find out.”  Anyone can see the flaw in that lie.

Let yourself be as divine as God wants you to be and do not consider those who would trick you out of trust.

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“It is written…”

Matthew 4:4

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

We might misunderstand this teaching to only mean living in “the right way”; but when we come to know Messiah, we learn that He is also the Logos, the Word, the underlying structure of reality and therefore humanity and human nature would not exist if it were not spoken into reality by and through this Logos. 

Human beings live because of divine action regardless of their own actions (such as eating bread). 

“It is written…” The odd fact that God chose to use human beings as an imperfect writing instrument.  We are the pen and ink of the creator.  Through this conduit of humanity this message arrives, we are spoken into existence by YHWH without opposition or great battles among sky gods; even as we write these words, He says, “I am speaking you alive, speaking your life right now” – as we read, write… as we do anything at all.

“Suffer it to be so for now…”

Matthew 3:15

“Suffer it to be so for now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.”

Let it be, let it lie, accept now, when you accept your now it beautifies you toward right alignment; loving your now directs you toward perfection and completeness in Messiah; “Us” refers ro your collaboration with divine providence; you and God beautify each other in your eternal relationship through your realization of your now moment as the crest of eternity’s rolling wave; “suffer”, to allow, to let, to accept, to let go of your expectations, may bring temporary discomfort as a means to lasting peace.

Christ wants us to understand that while some events in our lives seem arbitrary to us, we can accept them as evidence of our partnership with Him.

Wake up, but do not be startled, this is Our life. You within me, I within you and both in the Father as I am in the Father. This moment, no matter how average or thrilling, turbulent or still, is evidence of this. Our Now perpetually demonstrates the divine, regardless of your awareness.

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