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God’s Blessing in the Home

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one’s youth.

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

(Psalm 127:3-5, NRSV)

A blessing to any home is a child and the blessings become exponential when there is more than one.

They are like arrows to the warrior’s quiver, and a warrior can only fight when he has his arrows.

God blesses the home with children!

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God’s Blessing in the Home

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.

(Psalm 127:1-2, NRSV)

Unless the Lord does it, it is in vain…

For everything done in the Lord is done for the right reasons and not for personal gain.

So unless the Lord is in it, it will not prosper. It may at first appear to be good, but then it will all be for not, for unless the Lord is in it, it is in vain!

 

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Jesus Cleanses the Temple

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone. (John 2:13-25, NRSV)

Always remember when someone says, “What would Jesus do?” that fashioning a whip and going to town on people would not be out of the question!

We always want to think of Jesus a meek and mild and welcoming the sinner and the stranger and this He was, but when the rubber met the road, He would also get down to business.

I find it interesting that the reading says that many believed in Him because of the signs He was doing. Does this include the whipping?

Is this image of a crazed man, driving animals and people from the temple and throwing money instill you with belief?

It is intermixed in our reading with commentary of the disciples and the temple destroyed being His body. But people believed because of His actions. So what were they looking for?

What are we looking for in a Messiah?

What are we looking for in a savior?

Meek and Mild, or whip-bearing, temple cleaning?

 

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God the Creator and Provider

May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 104:31-35, NRSV)

I will bless the Lord with all of my being for everything He has done for me.

I pray that my meditation will lead me closer to Him and help me to show His love more in my life.

This will give me, even more, reasons to praise the Lord!

Why will you praise and bless the Lord?

 

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God the Creator and Provider

These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. (Psalm 104:27-30, NRSV)

When you send forth your Spirit, they are created and the face of the earth is renewed!

Your Spirit brings us your power and life.

It is our breath!

 

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God the Creator and Provider

Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. (Psalm 104:24-26, NRSV)

God created Leviathan for the sport of it!

God has a sense of wonder and humor.

God does things that make Him happy.

 

 

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God the Creator and Provider

You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal; the wild asses quench their thirst. By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches. From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart. The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the coneys. You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out. The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God. When the sun rises, they withdraw and lie down in their dens. People go out to their work and to their labor until the evening. (Psalm 104:10-23, NRSV)

God created every living creature and then made sure that they would have a place to live. He provided for their habitation and supplies for their needs.

Won’t God do the same for you?

 

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