Signs


As I was reading through the text of the book of Exodus this summer, I noticed something regarding the two signs, which the LORD gave to Moses to perform in front of His people. Those two signs were aiming, not only, at mere confirmation of the truthfulness of the message (Exod 4:1-9), but also were to speak or to witness קוֹל a message to the hearers.

The usage of קוֹל (sound/voice), and the verb שׁמע (listen) in the phrase יִשְׁמְע֔וּ לְקֹ֖ל הָאֹ֣ת (Exod 4:8) translated by the NET Bible, “pay attention to the … sign” does not point to the meaning of the sign, but rather denotes  “the voice”, the “noise” it causes. As if the signs cry loud to the people, “this is supernatural, this is divine, and you got to believe.”

Therefore, these signs were to accompany Moses’ words, in order to witness to the divine origin of the salvation he proclaims. The Signs were a voice, a trumpet that this Salvation is both true and divine.

In fact, this pattern is similar to Jesus’ proclamation of salvation (John 10: 36-38). A proclamation that was accompanied by marvelous signs to witness to the Divinity of Jesus and the truthfulness and seriousness of His Salvation. Of course I need to do further study to confirm/refute this interpretation. Nonetheless, I thought it is worth sharing so far.

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As I Grow


As I grow in my walk with the Lord, I learn to thank Him for things that I used to complain about, also for things I used to fear from. He is the Creator and Savior; therefore, He knows everything and everyone. Surely His wisdom greatly exceeds my understanding, and His love would overcome my fears.

Christian Love


The Christian love is shaped by the biblical principle of sacrifice. God the Father showed us His love in the incarnational and sacrificial work of His Son (Jn 3:16). Moreover, love is given to Christians by the dwelling of His Spirit in them when they believed (Rom 5:5). Therefore, true Christian love is not about satisfying the self, nor it is like the hypocritical political correctness of the world. In short,  biblical Christians should not conform to the world’s perception of love, because they disagree with the world on the meaning, source, and end of love.

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Kreeft on Resurrection


Because of resurrection, when all our tears are over, we will, incredibly, look back at them and laugh, not in derision but in joy. We do a little of that even now, you know. After a great worry is lifted, a great problem solved, a great sickness healed, a great pain relieved, it all looks very different as past, to the eyes of retrospection, than it looked as future, as prospect, or as present, as experience. Remember St. Teresa’s bold saying that from heaven the most miserable earthly life will look like one bad night in an inconvenient hotel!

Peter Kreeft

Responsibilty or Irresponsability


” the kind of freedom implied by the thought that we humans completely determine our reality leaves us with a gnawing sense of the relative insignificance of our choices. I think it leads not to total responsibility but to careless irresponsibility, both with regard
to ourselves and with regard to other humans, not to mention to the world. And, paradoxically, it leads not to a deeper sense of [communal or individual] identity and dignity but to a disheartening lack of it.”
Excerpt from: Esther Lightcap Meek, Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People
(Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2003).

Devotion from Psalms 60, 61


Victory is not mainly determined by your preparation for it, nor by your strength to accomplish it, but it is mainly determined by the One who can lead you to the rock of your salvation.

This is  the mighty God who is stronger than both: you, and your enemies. If He is with you, then yours is the victory; He is your one and true victory in this life.

Esther & Christian Life


One day God used an old man named Moses to deliver His dear Israel out of Egypt,  many centuries later: in another day He used a young lady named Esther to save His scattered people: the Jews – in all the Persian provinces, from slaughter by the hands of their enemies. Today, if you are a Christian, God may be preparing you for a mission, a task  to save souls from new Egypts, and modern Satanic slaughtering plots.

     One true common fact regarding this is that it has never been an easy mission nor ever will be; it always involve hardships, responsibilities, even  to a degree of risking and sacrificing your own life for the sake of this divine rescue mission, it seems hard nevertheless it is a plausible implementation of Jesus’ own words: ” Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mat.10: 39). It was never easy for Esther to go to the king, and risk her own life in the hope of saving her people, but she believed it was God’s own rescue mission, and that she was divinely assigned for this moment. 

     Let us then follow Esther’s example, and walk in the light of our master’s words quoted in the previous paragraph by realizing that a Christian life is not about us in the first place, it is rather a life graciously given to us on purpose, it is Christ’s life in us (Gal.2: 20), thus it is a life of sacrifice, sacrifice for others; for saving souls, for aiding the needy, a life which is not selfish or self centered, but rather a life for the glory of God.

     Let us then willingly lose our lives for His sake to find them in His glory.

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