Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Saturday, 5 January 19:
Note: Here is a short video overview of Genesis 11-50 — https://youtu.be/VpbWbyx1008
Note: Here is a short video overview of Psalms — https://youtu.be/j9phNEaPrv8
– Genesis 11:4-6 — Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower… and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth….” And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.
– Genesis 12:8 — And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.
– Psalm 1:1, 2 — Blessed is the man who[se]… delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Everyone chooses citizenship in either the Kingdom of God or the kingdom (collective) of man. These kingdoms are at war. There is no dual citizenship between warring states. Jesus said you are either with Him or against Him: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46) “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Luke 11:23) “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (Mark 3:25) “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16) James adds, “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4) God demands allegiance.
The world also demands allegiance. The kingdom of man proclaims salvation in humanity and professes hope in the ultimate good of mankind — “the genius of all of us.” As demonstrated in today’s readings, the kingdom of man will promise peace through unity of ideas and common government. Appeals for unity eventually turn into demands for unity and intolerance for God’s Kingdom people who threaten the claimed sovereignty of earthly kings. As Swiss political theorist Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) warned, human governments naturally incline towards tyranny. Jesus’ sovereignty is intolerable to people who want to lord over their own lives and to governments which intend to control for gain and create their own ‘heaven on earth.’
“…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13) Unity in Christ is peace. Unity around anything else is destruction – the greater the unity of effort, the quicker the destruction. In Genesis, we see people unifying to “make a name” for themselves, to glorify mankind rather than God. As an act of common grace, the Lord dispersed them because “nothing that they [would have proposed to do would have been] impossible for them.” He dismantled their efforts to protect them from themselves. Mankind has been attempting to rebuild the tower of Babel ever since. Only by God’s grace has mankind’s evil been contained. More and more today, globalization and technology are breaking down the barriers across the globe and giving people ‘one language.’ People see this as a good thing. Let the Bible inform you.
While the rest of the world was building towers to the glory of man, Abram (Abraham) was in dry lands building alters to the Lord and calling upon His Name. He took the road less traveled, the narrow gate — “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:13, 14) Jesus is the gate (John 10:9), and “Blessed is the man who[se]… delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1, 2)
Today, serve your King faithfully as His ambassador to the kingdom of man.
– Joshua 24:15 — And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
– 1 Kings 18:21 — And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 5 Jan 19: Today, serve your King faithfully as His ambassador to the kingdom of man.