Category: Breaking the fourth

“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”

Isaiah 65:17 (NIV)

There’s a difference between knowing something, not knowing something, believing something, and not believing something. A difference between understanding and confusion. We must recognize the difference in ourselves. I’ve often heard it said that the most dangerous people are not those who know and don’t understand but those who do not know and think that they do. Many times in my life I have thought that I understood something, such as what I was supposed to do in a given situation, until later on when I didn’t do what I was supposed to do and was asked, “Why didn’t you ask? If you didn’t understand then you should have,” or something to that effect. This raises the question, how can we know to ask questions when we think that we know the answers already?

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When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

John 2:3 (NIV)

Often, when I think about God, I’m thinking about how big He is. He created the universe and everything in it. The book of John tells us that, “through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3 NIV). God isn’t like human beings, who may create something, and then forget about it. Even a sparrow, a seemingly insignificant creature, matters to God (Matthew 10:29). This is why I believe, that Jesus’ first public miracle was turning water into wine.

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He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

John 1:8 (NIV)

Did you know that King David, before he became king, needed to encourage himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6)? Sometimes, there can be no greater witness to the glory of God to you than yourself. No one else, except God, knows what God has done for you. You know your story and you know where God has taken you, don’t you? It’s through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and our testimony that we overcome Satan and the purposes that he has for our lives (Revelation 12:11). We need only look to John 10:10 to see what those are, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” but Jesus comes that we “may have life, and have it to the full.” How do you testify to yourself though? How do you pull up the testimony that you need to hear when you need to hear it?

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The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.

Isaiah 57:1 (NIV)

Today was one of those days when scriptures just seemed to pop off the page to me. In the 57th chapter of Isaiah, we open up with, what I see, would be the origin for the idiom that “only the good die young.” If you’re a fan of Billy Joel, I’m sorry to inform you that he didn’t coin this phrase. Although the credit for this expression goes to the Greek historian, Herodotus (445 B.C.), we know that Isaiah was written between 740 – 700 B.C., which predates Herodotus, so Isaiah wins. Why did Isaiah originally write this and what might it really mean?

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