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Tunga – The conflict in The Phantom Tollbooth was wheather numbers were better than letters, or letters were better than numbers. After much thought, two wise sisters announced that they were equal. I had often heard that some numbers in the Bible carried more significance because of its meaning. It’s an interesting thought, but in no way are the numbers and letters more important than the message of God’s love. With that in mind, here is a list of the numbers and their meanings:



 
















































































Number Meaning
One Beginning, one
Two Witness, separation
Three The Godhead
Four Earth, creation, world
Five Grace, cross, atonement, life
Six Man, beast, Satan
Seven Perfection, completeness
Eight New beginning
Nine Completeness, finality, fulness
Ten Law, government, restoration
Eleven Incompleteness, disorganization, disintegration
Twelve Divine government, apostolic fulness
Thirteen Rebellion, backsliding, apostacy.
Fourteen Passover
Seventeen Spiritual order
Twenty-four Priestly courses; governmental perfection
Thirty Consecration; maturity for ministry
Forty Probation, testing, closing in victory or judgment
Fifty Pentecost, liberty, freedom, jubilee
Seventy Prior to increase
Seventy-five Separation, cleansing, purification
One hundred twenty End of all flesh, beginning life in the Spirit
One hundred forty-four God’s ultimate in creation
One hundred fifty-three Revival, the elect
Three hundred Faithful remnant

 


The largest number I’ve found with a meaning is 1,000 and it is said to represent blessings. Another number not on this list is one found in Revelation. It’s meaning is found with it. Reading through the Old Testament, it’s obvious that seven and almost every one of its multiples had been set aside like the seventh day of the week. If anything, this system is there to help us remember to count on God.

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Trebuchet MS – (I thought that I wouldn’t have anything to post today. Attempting to my jumpdrive has provided an idea, so bear with me here.)


Monday through Saturaday are mine. God gets Sunday. I’m in charge of me at work, at school, and when I go shopping. God gets to be in charge when I’m at church. So many times, we want it our way.


By creating a partition on my drive that was secure from everything, it created an error that corrupted the entire drive. By keeping part of our lives alway from God, we invite an error keeps our life from working at it’s full potential.


Now I have to consult the maker of the drive for a solution. We get to turn to our maker. God tells us that if we continue to fight to have things our way, he’ll let us have things our way.  Certainly some of us will argue that we won’t have much our lives if we give it all to God. No, we won’t. We’ll have the life that God wants us to, and it’ll be much more than we could have ever expected.


It’s too soon to tell if my jumpdrive that once survived the washing machine will ever be returned to a condition that’s as good as new, but with God, we can be better than new.

a more complete list

Times New Roman – God is spirit, light, and love. He is omnipresent, omnipotent, omnicient, and omnibenevolent. However, the story doesn’t quite end there. There are still some other words we can use to paint a fuller picture of God. Here is a list of attributes, some I haven’t quite gotten to yet, quite a few were mentioned.


Wisdom: “Wisdom is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve these ends by the most perfect means.” In other words, God makes no mistakes. He is the Father who truly knows best, as Paul explains in Romans 11:33: “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!”


Infinitude: God knows no boundaries. He is without measure. This attribute by definition impacts all of the others. Since God is infinite, everything else about Him must also be infinite.


Sovereignty: This is “the attribute by which He rules His entire creation.” It is the application of His other attributes of being all-knowing and all-powerful. It makes Him absolutely free to do what He knows to be best. God is in control of everything that happens. Man still has a free will, and is responsible for his choices in life.


Holiness: This is the attribute that sets God apart from all other created beings. It refers to His majesty and His perfect moral purity. There is absolutely no sin or evil thought in God at all. His holiness is the definition of that which is pure and righteous in all the universe. Wherever God has appeared, such as to Moses at the burning bush, that place becomes holy just for God having been there.


Trinity: Though the actual word is not used in the Bible, the truth of God revealing Himself in three persons is included. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all called God, given worship as God, exist eternally, and are involved in doing things only God could do. Although, God reveals Himself in three persons, God is One and cannot be divided. All are involved completely whenever One of the Three is active.


Omniscience: “God possesses perfect knowledge and therefore has no need to learn. God has never learned and cannot learn.” Omniscience means all-knowing. God knows everything, and His knowledge is infinite. It is impossible to hide anything from God.


Faithfulness: Everything that God has promised will come to pass. His faithfulness guarantees this fact. He does not lie. What He has said in the Bible about Himself is true. Jesus even said that He is the Truth. This is extremely important for the followers of Jesus because it is on His faithfulness that our hope of eternal life rests. He will honor His promise that our sins will be forgiven and that we will live forever with Him.


Love: Love is such an important part of God’s character that the apostle John wrote, “God is love.” This means that God holds the well-being of others as His primary concern. For a full definition of love, read 1 Corinthians 13. To see love in action, study the life of Jesus. His sacrifice on the cross for the sins of others is the ultimate act of love. God’s love is not a love of emotion but of action. His love gives freely to the object of its affection, those who choose to follow His son Jesus.


Omnipotence: Literally this word means all-powerful. Since God is infinite and since He possesses power, He possesses infinite power. He does allow His creatures to have some power, but this in no way diminishes His own. “He expends no energy that must be replenished.” When the Bible says God rested on the seventh day, it was to set an example for us and our need for rest, not because He was tired.


Self-existence: When Moses asked who he was talking to in the burning bush, God said, “I AM THE ONE WHO ALWAYS IS.” God has no beginning or end. He just exists. Nothing else in all the universe is self-caused. Only God. In fact, if anything else had created Him, that thing would be God. This is a difficult concept for our minds since everything else we will ever encounter comes from something other than itself. The Bible says, “In the beginning, God.” He was already there.


Self-sufficiency: The Bible says that God has life in Himself (see John 5:26). All other life in the universe is a gift from God. He has no needs and there is no way He can improve. To God, nothing else is necessary. He does not need our help with anything, but because of His grace and love, He allows us to be a part of advancing His plan on earth and being a blessing to others. We are the ones who change, but never God. He is self-sufficient.


Justice: The Bible says that God is just, but it is His character that defines what being just really is. He does not conform to some outside criteria. Being just brings moral equity to everyone. When there are evil acts, justice demands there be a penalty. Since God is perfect and has never done evil, no penalty would ever be necessary; however, because of His love, God paid the penalty for our evil deeds by going to the cross Himself. His justice needed to be satisfied, but He took care of it for all who will believe in Jesus.


Immutability: This simply means that God never changes. It is why the Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”


Mercy: “Mercy is the attribute of God which disposes Him to be actively compassionate.” Since God’s justice is satisfied in Jesus, He is free to show mercy to all those who have chosen to follow Him. It will never end since it is a part of God’s nature. Mercy is the way He desires to relate to mankind, and He does so unless the person chooses to despise or ignore God at which time His justice becomes the prominent attribute.


Eternal: In some ways, this fact about God is similar to His self-existence. God always has been and will forever be, because God dwells in eternity. Time is His creation. It is why God can see the end from the beginning, and why He is never surprised by anything. If He were not eternal, God’s promise of eternal life for those who follow Jesus would have little value.


Goodness: “The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, cordial, benevolent, and full of good will toward men.” This attribute of God is why He bestows all the blessing He does on His followers. God’s actions define what goodness is, and we can easily see it in the way Jesus related to the people around Him.


Gracious: God enjoys giving great gifts to those who love Him, even when they do not deserve it. Grace is the way we describe that inclination. Jesus Christ is the channel through which His grace moves. The Bible says, “The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”


Omnipresence: This theological term means “always present.” Since God is infinite, His being knows no boundaries. So, clearly He is everywhere. This truth is taught throughout the Bible as the phrase “I am with you always” is repeated 22 times in both the Old and New Testaments. These were even Jesus’ words of assurance just after giving the challenge to His disciples to take His message to the entire world. This is certainly a comforting truth for all who follow Jesus.

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Tahoma – The book of 1 John said that God is spirit, light, and love. Three other words we use to describe God are omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.


Omnipresence is to be present in all places at all times. (Ps 139:7-12)


Omniscience is to have infinite awareness, understanding, and insight, also, to possess universal or complete knowledge. (Ps 139:1-6, 13-16)


Omnipotence is to have all power, authority, and influence. (John 1:1-5)


A fourth word used to describe God is omnibenevolent.


Omnibenevolence is to be perfectly good, also to be all good. (Ps 18:30, Eph 4:6)


I have to admit, the forth one is a new one to me. Think about this: God knew what would happen if He created the Earth. He knew all of history before time began. He knew that we’d go to war and give to the aid of disaster victims. He knew when you would be born, what you would do, and when you would die. He knew who would become His children and who would not. He knew all this and more and He still created it. He knew it because He was there. In this way, he has shown the first three omni attributes.


What of the fourth? The four hundred years God waited giving the people who lived in the promised land the chance to repent, sending Jonah to Ninevah to preach against them so that they would repent, and waiting even now so that others might be added to the number of His children. He has been good enough to give us time. Remember the New Testament verse something to the effect of “he isn’t slow as we understand it, but being patient not wishing any to go to destruction.”


God waited, put off his wrath, for all that time. Our definition of good might mean being given all that we want, money, fame, and a mansion on fourty acres. In most cases to be spiritually wealthy is to be materially poor and vice versa. The more time we have, the better, because God knows exactly how much we’ll need it. 


 

Material vs. Spiritual

System – (Here’s the thing, I couldn’t think of anything, but since the tag for a number of my posts happens to be the same as this title, I figured that I’d post it today.)



“‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine’, declares the Lord Almighty.”     – Haggai 2:8 (NIV)

Isn’t it ironic (dontcha think?) that man works so ardently to own his own a home and a shiny car, when, try as hard as we may, what we so-called “own” is not really ours anyway!

“What?” you say, “How can that be?”

Here is the scoop.

Everything which God created, from the silver, diamonds, furs and gold, our Heavenly Father owns. For that matter, we owe our very life, not just to our parents, but to the Savior Himself, for without His divine intervention mankind would not even exist.

You see, you and I are not on this planet to make a name for ourselves in the business world, or to gather all the material items we can afford, nor even to eat, drink and be merry. Certainly, God wishes our ultimate joy and happiness, but our greater purpose is to worship God and love one another.

Again you say, “What? How can I worship God when I can’t even see Him?”

Everything we do and say is a testament of our faith in God. Either our deeds will glorify Him, or bring Him shame.

“Yes, but is it realistic to expect us to also love one another,” you then say, “I mean, are we to also love those who murder, steal and rob us of our freedom?”

Love can take many shapes and forms. Certainly, love can be warm and mushy, and consist of hugs, kisses and kind words, but love also stands for truth and justice. The truth CAN be spoken in love, and although truth may sometimes sting, that pang may save someone’s soul.

The next time you are thinking about keeping up with the Joneses, and worrying about how to get your next raise so you can buy that great vacation home in Hawaii, think of this little story and then ask, “What can I do to better glorify God?”

wisdom, knowledge, and/or understanding

Sylfaen – I began a Bible study called Proverbs: Uncommon Sense awhile back. I decided to go back through it. It begain with Proverbs 1:1-7, “1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young- 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance- 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”


Attaining, acquiring, doing, giving, listen, add, and get are the verbs used above. They’re all different, it cuts down on redundancy, but it also shows that gaining wisdom is an active effort, not a passive attempt. These verses say much more than that though, just look at the definitions of some of the words. There are some subtle differences in understanding, knowledge, and wisdom:


Understanding = mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer opinion, judgement or outlook. an informal contract, mutual agreement a reconciliation of differences sympathy All that we, as individuals, sense, as feel, of our selves.


Knowledge = facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject, what is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information or awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.


Wisdom = Accumulated philosophic or scientific learning-knowledge; Ability to discern inner qualities and relationships-insight; Good sense-judgment Generally accepted belief. A wise attitude, belief, or course of action. The teachings of the ancient wise men.


Right, just, and fair seem to mean the same thing: 


Right = Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
Just = Fair; even; equitable.
Fair = Just, equitable. Adequate, reasonable, or decent.


That just leaves discretion, discipline, prudence, discerning, and guidance:


Discretion = a discreet or prudent manner (as in the proverb “discretion is the better part of valour”) the ability to act or make a decision according to one’s own choice.


Discipline = any training intended to develop moral character, or produce a pattern of behaviour.
Prudence = The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.


Discerning = to describe the process of discerning God’s will for one’s life.
Guidance = the act or process of guiding, advice or counselling on some topic.


The proverbs are mostly written by the wisest man there ever was, Solomon. In Ecclesiasties 7:11-12, he wrote: “11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. ” If it’s one thing that I don’t want to do, is fit the Bible’s description for a fool. Proverbs just doesn’t describe a happy ending for them.

dear diary

Shruti – It was a cold Sunday evening, dated as Feburary 9th, 1772, John Adams was adding


to his diary this thought:


“We see every Day, that our Imaginations are so strong and our Reason so weak,


the Charms of Wealth and Power are so enchanting, and the Belief of future


Punishments so faint, that Men find Ways to persuade themselves, to believe any


Absurdity, to submit to any Prostitution, than rather than forego their Wishes


and Desires. Their Reason becomes at last an eloquent Advocate on the Side of


their Passions, and they bring themselves to believe that black is white, that


Vice is Virtue, that Folly is Wisdom and Eternity a Moment.”


I’ve read a few times now and still I can’t figure how best to start, forwards,


backwards, or somewhere in the middle. The two sentences speak volumes. Just what


is he really saying? We’d rather believe what we want than to consider what is


required of us for the better eternity. It seemed that nobody had found anything


profound in that statement before.


Everybody who ever choose to stick to their way thinking and doing things often


describe the lengthy struggle it causes. Giving up something isn’t a problem one


day, and the next it isn’t second nature. I find it interesting that God takes


care of what is His. In the Old Testament, the kings realized that a curse of


some sort was affecting them. They weren’t having kids, many people became ill,


and the only explanation was Abraham and Sarah. The same things affected the


natives where the Pineapple story took place. They were taking and eating God’s


pineapples. Some recognized his power and were converted. The pineapples became


theirs and they were made well. They were a witness of the all powerful God who


knows everything.


To Forego our ways means to stop the struggle and to not understand why something is being done and to be okay with it. His ways are higher than ours, and He knows everything to make it work together with His plans that we cannot mess up no matter how hard we try.