…Or “What The Heck, Lot?” and Learning to do for others, and Praying.
Yep, I am still at it. Plugging along reading, really reading the Bible, and taking a close look at the meaning behind it all, and making my own little comments along the way. having people to discuss it with makes me look forward to reading my passages in the morning and opening up this blog, and letting the words flow onto the screen.
Assignment: Genesis 18-19, Matthew 6:1-18
Let’s talk about Abraham and Lot…
Haggling with God? Really, Abraham? This took a lot of courage. I don’t think I would have done it, especially since every time he lowered the number God was getting increasingly angry. God is not someone I want angry at me. *shake head* No, sir, not me.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters that have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing, forasmuch as they are come under the shadow of my roof.
Lot, oh Lot, you take the Angels into your home, and when all of Sodom comes to break your door down to meet them, or do other things (I mean, let’s get real here. “knowing” in the Good Book to this point meant… well… you know.), you chose to offer your daughters to the mob. What the heck, Lot? Seriously? I think I would have stood behind those doors with a poker, bat, cudgel or something. I would not have offered to throw my children into a mob. Would you have done this? I would have tried to protect everyone in my home.
6 Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, to be seen of them: else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
2 When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
Do good deeds, not to receive accolades and fame, but to glorify God in all his glory. Don’t make grand gestures announcing your deeds, because then you are glorifying yourself, and not God. “Did you see, mommy?” “Did you see me?” How many times did we say this when we were little? How many times did we do something or learn to do something and go running to our parents for acknowledgement? We would do for praise, right? Yep.
Jesus is telling us, that when we do good deeds, and help our fellow neighbor, only to announce what you did, is just like saying, “Look what I did, everyone!” “Look at how great and charitable I am!” *Shakes head* God does not like this in the least, in my opinion. He doesn’t need you to call attention to your deeds, whether great or small. He knows what you do, what you have done, and what is in your heart, and He will reward you for being charitable (giving alms).
Learning how to pray…
*puts hand up* Hold up, wait a darn minute. I already know how to pray. You put your hands together, and recite the Lord’s Prayer, and follow-up with an “Amen”. Um, no. The Lord’s Prayer is a framework, an outline if you will. Have you ever looked at the individual pieces to find their meaning? No? Then you’re not really praying. You’re just saying pretty words with no meaning to you. Let’s break it down, shall we?
Our Lord, who art in Heaven
This is a formal address to the Lord, an invocation to Him, the Father of Christ. We address Him as Father, because we are all his Children. Heaven refers to his majesty and His presence in our hearts, not the heavens themselves.
1. Hallowed be Thy Name
He is God in the highest, and we hold His name in reverence.
2. Thy Kingdom Come
This refers to God’s final coming and his reign on this earth. This also signifies the growth of his Kingdom in our lives.
3. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
This has to do with fully realized the Will of God on Earth, as it is already realized in Heaven. We beseech him to help us turn our earthly kingdom to something close to what He has in Heaven. (This is getting heavy, but we’re not done yet.)
4. Give us this day our daily bread.
We pray for our daily bread. This means that we are praying, not only for God to bless us with food on our tables, but food for the soul as well, His word.
5. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Ah, forgiveness, “To er is Human, to Forgive, Divine.” We all have missteps. We all fall short. We all ask for forgiveness for ourselves, but here, we are also asking God to forgive those who have wronged us, more for our own peace of mind. Well, my opinion is here.
6. Lead us not into temptation…
Yep, we need guidance, and here, we are praying for God to help us to not give in to temptations. “The Mind is Willing, but the Flesh is Weak.”
7. But deliver us from evil…
This is us beseeching God to deliver us from the “Evil One”, and all that Satan instigates. The Evil is always trying to turn us from Him, and onto a path of destruction. This request is for protection.
Why did I number the parts? I did that, because they are the seven petitions to God, seven requests, if you will, deep, isn’t it?
Until next time, God Bless you,