Elderbugs, Pentecost, and repeat scriptures – again and again – June – #195 A B C D, 203

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195 A
Funny red elderbugs this year, last year they were orange… Hmmmm…. Red was my field day team color today…. I was supposed to be blue, since I run it, I get to pick my color, which is always blue like my car… Well someone messed up and I got red…. Figures…. It is still Pentecost…. Figures….

I like how this bug is smiling…

195A elderbug

195 B Email:

Yeah, duplicate scripture so fitting for today…. God bless your all…Wishing you calm…. You always have to come back to the calm…. Focus on Jesus for calm…
And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
— Jesus

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195 C Email:

good verse – I bet it will come up in duplicate sometime this week – just got a feeling on this one…

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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195 D Email:

And there’s your triple play for today, God’s hat trick, for three occurrences for psalm 23 today… Me first, reciting partially, in the car thinking of things that people and I list as wants which are not needs…. Then a friend texting me the psalm after seeing sheep along the road and sending it by email, then me pulling a copy if it out of my old purse after ignoring that bag for about a month…. Sweet triple…. “The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want…”

195D photo psalm 23

 

202 – questions with professor
Q:

Well, new question professor and pastors…..the spirit, of all people, led Jesus into the desert to be tempted…. Why? To test Jesus? To show us we are able to resist temptations? Or just to give the devil some grief?  Or? And Jesus knew this ahead right? Hmmmm….

I wonder about God testing vs God letting you be tested… I would think the latter… Many people blame God for the temptations, but I don’t think so…

Matthew 4:1-11New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

A:

Here’s your answer-

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.(Hebrews 4:15-16)

He was tempted so he could be like us in every way, to better understand our human condition, and to become the Last Adam. As the first Adam was tempted by the devil and failed, thereby ushering in sin and death and sorrow into the world, the Last Adam was tempted by the devil yet was without sin- did not give in- so that the sin, death, and sorrow might one day be banished from the world.

 

My RESPONSE:

Awesome, thanks… I never heard the term Last Adam…  makes me wonder if Eve gets a do-over?

I do appreciate approaching the throne to help with temptation and being able to say no, doesn’t always work but for major glaring temptation I have been rewarded with grace-given strength.

Thanks so much!

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