September 24, 2016
1 Samuel 3:10
Lord, speak because your servant listens.”
“I am your servant; give me grace to know what you say; I want to know your laws.”
Quote of the Week
Motivate me to hear well, so your words will penetrate my heart; as moisture in air distills to make dew, so make your speech distill its meaning in my heart. A long time ago the children of Israel told Moses, “You can talk to us and we will listen; but we don’t want God to speak to us because we might die!” (Exodus 20:19) Lord, I won’t talk to you like that; I will talk to you like Samuel, humbly and earnestly, ‘Speak Lord, your servant hears.’ Don’t let Moses speak, nor the prophets; I want you to speak, Lord God, Inspirer and enlightener of prophets, for you alone, without these great people, instruct perfectly; But without you, even the prophets would speak no helpful word.
Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. From Book II: Recommendations about the Inner Life. Chapter 2. (Edited and Paraphrased by Donald E. Demaray. Alba House Press.)
In case you are just joining us, each week we share in an exercise called “The Sixth Day Exercise.” As Genesis 1 has it, God created human beings in his own image on the sixth day. Genesis 3 shows us the desecration of the image of God in our race which has only compounded itself across the centuries. It’s why the Image Bearer himself, Jesus Christ, came. His life, death, resurrection and ascension reversed the curse of sin and death and created a pathway whereby our broken race could be made gloriously whole again; restored to the Creator’s intent. Paul put it this way:
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22.
Given we were made on the Sixth Day, it makes sense that we might stop and assess how it’s going on the long journey of being “remade” on each successive sixth day.
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J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. firstname.lastname@example.org.