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July 12

Guilt, like pain, a gift from God to preserve His Creation
Ezra 8-9/Revelation 4-6

Tutorial for first-timers


OT

9:1-3 But then the Jewish leaders came to me and said, “Many of the people of Israel, and even some of the priests and Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the other peoples living in the land. They have taken up the detestable practices of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites. For the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages. To make matters worse, the officials and leaders are some of the worst offenders.” When I heard this, I tore my clothing, pulled hair from my head and beard, and sat down utterly shocked.

NT

4:1-3 Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after these things.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it! The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones–jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow.


OT Flash Points

The journal of the crew sent to rebuild the Temple
Guilt is a gift from God, a mechanism to preserve us, because His wrath is real and imminent

NT Flash Points

Wings with eyes?
Living creatures, unlike the animated drawings of Star Wars
Unlearned praise – not words, but spontaneous response to the sight and presence and revelation of the Kingdom & persons of God


Perspective

Till we come to the stature
The Body of Christ will be built up
The goal is God – not joy, peace, blessing, but entire abandonment to Him
To know Him

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