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Abide Under the Shadow (CUTG #13)

This the eighth week of my mandated seclusion. I’m still having a bunch of physical problems but I’m tired of talking about them, so I won’t. Yesterday I received a couple Stephen King books which I ordered because I needed something easy to read; the steroids are giving me the shakes and putting the kibosh on my abilities to comprehend anything. I’ve always wanted to read The Stand, which King himself called a “long tale of dark Christianity.” Last night I got through the first 150 of its 1150 pages of girth.

In addition to all the physical stuff, the older kids got in trouble at their homeschool group and that has caused some high stress in the household.

I read in Isaiah and Jeremiah this morning. One thing that struck me is that when God said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” it was right on the heels of His telling His people to settle down and seek the welfare of Babylon, the city where they were exiled.


2 thoughts on “Abide Under the Shadow (CUTG #13)

  1. In this blog entry you mentioned/quoted Acts 1:6-8-I remembered something I read in a book awhile back titled, “The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption” by Dennis E. Johnson-“He did not deny outright that a restoration of Israel was coming. Indeed, Israel’s true restoration had begun in John’s call to repent in view of the nearness of God’s kingdom (Matt. 17:11-13), and Peter would later announce the hope of future “times of the restoration of all things,” when Jesus the Messiah would return to earth (Acts 3:19-21). Nevertheless, his answer (if we can call it that) implied a twofold correction of their expectations. In the first place, they needed to understand that God’s timing was none of their business (Acts 1:7). Second, and more importantly, their concept of restoration needed to be expanded to worldwide, even cosmic, dimensions. The disciples ‘ethnocentric focus on Israel’s military-political ascendancy was far too small. In order to coincide with the Father’s plan, their mental picture of the Messiah’s kingdom would have to be magnified far beyond the boundaries of their imagination. They needed to see the expanding horizons of the Lord’s work of rescue, repair, and restoration, embracing not only Israelites, but all peoples, in a triumphant conquest of grace. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (1:8 NIV)” pg. 35

    Check out these books some day-“Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus” by David W. Pao and “Power from on High: The Spirit in Israel’s Restoration and Witness in Luke-Acts” by Max Turner-under the shadow of His wings brother Jonny

    1. Well put by Dr. Johnson. I wonder how many sentiments we cling to in our lives that are merely assumed from a religious/political/ethnocentric focus, which God must eventually move us past?

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