The muscles of morality

I was listening to the Psalms in the early morning and was struck – not stricken – by the rugged reality of good and evil, which is what morality is all about: the way we think and behave; like the ropy muscles of our mind and body. Time to  get up and make breakfast for the wife.

Spurgeon: Hezekiah’s Pride

This is a wonderful analysis.

Scripture Thoughts

I always appreciate Spurgeon’s sermons, as they always provide good material for devotion and meditation.  Yet Spurgeon, as with all of us, had his high marks, better sermons—though this is somewhat subjective; we all have our favorite sermons.  Spurgeon’s textual preaching often shows itself in heavily allegorical sermons, in which Spurgeon makes great points, all biblically correct—yet what does it have to do with this particular passage of scripture?  Thus, Spurgeon’s best sermons, for me at least, are the ones that most relate to the actual text, a more expository style of considering the content of the text itself.  In previous posts I have noted a few of these, such as one about King David and his wife Michal’s scorn. I recently read another good, on-topic sermon, from the 1866 volume:  sermon #704, about the last recorded incident in Hezekiah’s life—his visit with the Babylonian ambassadors.

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“Hey kids: Christmas is all about you.” You wish!

If you went to church on Christmas day, it is very possible the small children were invited to come forward and sit in front  of the nativity scene. (Every time I see those little figurines  – sheep, a cow, a donkey, the manger, Mary, Joseph  etc., I’m reminded of Jethro pursuing Moses in search of his “stolen” idol).

After which the pastor/priest says something to this effect:

“Children, Christmas is all about you.”

Yes, if Santa is you saviour .

At your wits end? Let God: The message of the pregnancy of Mary

​Did you know God can change any desperate situation, any insoluble problem, into success? Here is a good example from scripture:

Matthew 1:18-21

Christ Born of Mary

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

LIsten to  God (Father and Son)  intervene in an impossible situation:

Father – Joseph is at his wits end. Being a  compassionate man, he doesn’t want to  get Mary stoned. 

Son  – Sticky one.

Father – I know what we can do: why don’t you become a baby in Mary’s womb, and carry out that idea we’ve been toying over forever. 

Son – Kinda like kill two birds with one stone; the big ‘un, getting Joseph out of his pickle, the other, me becoming man, suffering, being crucified, rising again, and the rest of it.

End of dialogue

The gist of the sermon (yes, that is what it was -dialogue added):

“When all seems lost, are you prepared to let God?”