January 31, 2010

Exodus 36-38: When Close Enough, Isn’t

Posted in Historical, Integrity, Miscellaneous tagged , , , , at 11:16 pm by Steve

Why all the details recorded in the Scriptures? Can’t we just skip over this part? I know it was probably important for

“Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything the LORD commanded Moses; 23 with him was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan—a craftsman and designer, and an embroiderer in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen” [38:22-23],

But is it really important for us to know these lengths, weights and measures? Only if you believe there’s something more important here than just architect drawings. What does the Master Architect want us to know?

In our culture we often hear people say, “close enough” or “good enough for government work.” What they really mean is “we don’t really care.” Who’s going to know anyway.

I believe the Bible records all these facts and figures precisely because it does matter, it matters a great deal. This will be where God’s Spirit will reside, no detail is too small to be notices by God and no detail is too small that we should not give our best in all that we do.

When it comes to you relationship with God have  you ever caught yourself saying “Close enough.” Then read again Exodus 36-38 and know that for those who are gifted by God, called by God and inspired by God, no detail is ever “close enough.”

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January 15, 2010

Gen 41-42:Integrity Speaks Volumes

Posted in God's Character, Integrity tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:56 pm by Steve

Integrity – doing what is right even when no one but God is watching

 

Joseph had integrity even in prison. Betrayed by his brothers and thrown in prison because of Potiphar’s wife, Joseph still uses his spiritual gifts to help those that needed his help. In time, Joseph’s integrity will be remembered because of an act of kindness two year earlier.

We cannot always know the ramification so our actions and we certainly won’t always be applauded for doing good. Sometimes just the opposite. But we know that as followers of Jesus we must true to our nature, but salt and light in a dark and weary world.

One of my favorite quotes is by William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania!

“Right is right even if everyone is against it. Wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.”

So how can we know what is right and good? Trying Reading Micah 6:8

Pharaoh dreams the same dream twice to provide this an important message and not as Scrooge would say, “a bit of undigested beef.” In a moment of crisis they remember Joseph. Isn’t this typical. We don’t remember God until we’re in crisis mode. The story of Israel is one of abundance leading to idolatry leading to crisis. Will we ever break this cycle?

Joseph stand before Pharaoh, the monarch of all Egypt and might easily have taken the credit, the reward, and the fame for his wonderful ability to interpret dreams.  BUT HE DOESN’T. Even though he is in prison and has no prospects yet of release, he praises God for the gifts he has. When was the last time you praised God for the work of your hands, mind, or heart.

Believe me when I say, I can’t preach! But God can through me! Mother Teresa once said she was nothing but a little pencil in God’s hand writing a love letter to the world. I like that!

Joseph tests his brother by asking them to bring Benjamin, the youngest who Joseph had never seen. I found it interesting that Joseph imprisoned the brothers for three day. And on the third day brought them out to offer them a solution.

Redemption comes after three days.

 

What do you think?