Love Uncomfortably - January 2022

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on January 08, 2022

“God, you are asking too much!” Abraham would have had good reason to say that.
“I waited 25 years for this son. He is the son through whom all your promises are supposed to be fulfilled. I’ve placed every hope and dream for the future on this child. You can’t ask me to give him up.”  
Upon what are your hopes and dreams built? What would be “too much” if the Lord asked you to give it up?  
It is a simple First Commandment question. What do you love more than God? Read Genesis 22-23 where Abraham first has to deal with the thought of losing his child and then does lose is wife.
What would be “too much” if the Lord asked you to give it up? Jesus asks in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:16-34). What is your treasure that becomes your master rather than the Savior?
My mind goes to the book Jesus + Nothing = Everything. What in my mind and heart do I add to Jesus to have “everything”?
What a comfort to hear Jesus call his disciples “You of little faith.” That’s me. That’s you. Yet he continued to love them and love us.

Jesus knew the equation: Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Jesus knew we could bring nothing to the equation.Jesus supplied everything. The perfect love for God that the law demands. The perfect love of sacrifice that suffered the sentence of the death we deserved.
May our readings lead us to claim again this truth: Jesus + Nothing = Everything.
Archeology and Perspective

Abraham purchased Sarah’s tomb in Hebron from Ephron the Hittite. In the mid-1800’s, critical Bible scholars ridiculed the idea of the Hittites; there was no known archeological evidence of their existence. Beginning in the 1880’s, archeologists gradually discovered that the Hittite empire was very large and powerful, rivaling the Egyptian and Assyrian empires (see the map below). This is a great story to remember when you read something written by archeologists that contradicts the Bible. Archeological consensus continual adapts to new discoveries. An archeologist’s hypothesis doesn’t prove the Bible is untrue. At the same time, it is a warning not to put too much emphasis on archeology. A discovery that is interpreted by one archeologist as proving the reliability of the Bible may be re-interpreted a decade later in an attempt to disprove the Bible. Let archeology remain a help to understand the Biblical accounts. Don’t let archeology be the foundation upon which you build your confidence in the reliability of the Bible. My confidence is based on this – The Easter Tomb was empty. That’s why I read God’s Word daily. Daily, I am looking for reassurance: Jesus has risen. When I am certain of that fact, then I can be certain that all of the Bible is true. 


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