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Month: May 2009

God, With & For Us

Because it is God-breathed, every word of Holy Scripture is significant. Take, for example, the prepositions that are employed in the Bible. Matthew 1:23 – quoting Isaiah 7:14 – famously calls the Lord Jesus “Immanuel” and then translates it for his readers as “God with us.” Rom. 8:31 uses another important preposition in connection with God, saying: “God for us” (literal rendering of the Greek text.) Together these phrases tell the story of the Almighty’s detailed interest in and unparalleled love for His creatures.
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God, With & For Us

Because it is God-breathed, every word of Holy Scripture is significant. Take, for example, the prepositions that are employed in the Bible. Matthew 1:23 – quoting Isaiah 7:14 – famously calls the Lord Jesus “Immanuel” and then translates it for his readers as “God with us.” Rom. 8:31 uses another important preposition in connection with God, saying: “God for us” (literal rendering of the Greek text.) Together these phrases tell the story of the Almighty’s detailed interest in and unparalleled love for His creatures.

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Leper Catering

Hard times came to ninth-century Israel. 2 Kings 6 and 7 recount the tale of the conflict with their northern neighbors the Syrians – also known as the Arameans – and the ensuing siege of Samaria. A severe famine upon the inhabitants of the Israelite capital followed, leaving the people in desperate straits. Things became so difficult that certain women resorted to cannibalizing their own children in an effort to assuage their incessant hunger (2 Kings 6:26-29.) Formerly worthless, but edible commodities like a donkey’s head suddenly became costly delicacies. This high price for a ceremonially unclean animal indicated the extreme suffering playing out within the city walls. Such misery engendered a collage of colliding emotions in the Israelite king – including frustration, perplexity, rage, and helplessness. His ire soon turned against the Lord’s faithful spokesman, Elisha, but the latter was not to blame for the calamity (v. 31.) Instead, he pronounced a message of unparalleled deliverance to the astonished monarch and his advisers.

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