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Supposed to Know

 

Luke 7:1-10 The Message

1-5 When he finished speaking to the people, he entered Capernaum. A Roman captain there had a servant who was on his deathbed. He prized him highly and didn’t want to lose him. When he heard Jesus was back, he sent leaders from the Jewish community asking him to come and heal his servant. They came to Jesus and urged him to do it, saying, “He deserves this. He loves our people. He even built our meeting place.”

6-8 Jesus went with them. When he was still quite far from the house, the captain sent friends to tell him, “Master, you don’t have to go to all this trouble. I’m not that good a person, you know. I’d be embarrassed for you to come to my house, even embarrassed to come to you in person. Just give the order and my servant will get well. I’m a man under orders; I also give orders. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes; another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

9-10 Taken aback, Jesus addressed the accompanying crowd: “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust anywhere in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know about God and how he works.” When the messengers got back home, they found the servant up and well.

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Jonah and the Tree

Many are familiar with Jonah and the big fish. Jonah thought he could run away from God when God asked him go to Nineveh. Instead, he was swallowed by a big fish. Jonah prayed to God, God spoke to the fish and the fish spewed Jonah on to the land. That is not the end of Jonah's story. 

God again asked Jonah to go to Nineveh. When Jonah proclaimed the message that God would destroy Nineveh the people and king of Nineveh repented. God changed his mind when he saw their change of hearts. Jonah was angry. He claimed that because he knew God was a merciful and gracious God, he had not wanted to go to Nineveh the first time. Jonah left the city and pouted. 

Jonah 4:6-8 The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered.   8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, "It is better for me to die than to live."  

Wow, Jonah! As God reminded Jonah, Jonah did nothing for the bush. He did not plant it, nurture it, labor over it. It came in the night and died the next. But, God created and cared for the people and animals of Ninevah because they were his children and creation. 

Jonah 4:11 "And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?" 

God used a tree to teach Jonah and work in his life. 

 

 

 

 

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Through What God Has Made

I'm preparing to speak to 6th graders in a couple of weeks. What an intimidating group! I did a little research on their school's website and found they are studying the New Testament this year.   In my recent talks, I've put a lot of emphasis on "the beginning" in Genesis when God creates and declares creation good, just because creation exists. So, this is making me go back through the NT to see what is said about creation. I found this nugget from Romans 1:20:

Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. 

What do you think about this verse? Have you spent time in nature reveling in the "things He has made?" 

 

 

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What does it mean to "keep" the garden?

Genesis 2:15 NRSV

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

The Hebrew word for keep is shamar. Shamar means to “take care of.” When Adam was told to take care of the garden, he was expected to care for it in such a way that it would produce, flourish and repeat.

Calvin DeWitt, an author and professor, says, “Shamar indicates a loving, caring, sustaining kind of keeping.”

 God gave us responsibility to take care of the earth.

 Here are a few ways you can take care of the earth:

  • Avoid pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Plant a native garden.
  • Collect water. 

 

Click for more tips on how to care for your lawn and garden or visit  Downloadable Tip Sheets  for tips on other areas of your life. 

Click for more tips on how to care for your lawn and garden or visit Downloadable Tip Sheets for tips on other areas of your life. 

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