Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Lent Day 6

Where is my treasure?
Have I forgave enough?
Who do I serve?
Do I worry about tomorrow?
Do I focus too often on what I can not do?

"The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!"

They peer out there, dimming, lighening, two eyes for two choices. "Child of Darkness, Child of Light."
Perhaps they fall too often on those "horror shows" a "Clockwork Orange" round like my peering, inquisitive eye, roaming to catch it all, take it ALL in. Perhaps after so many sights, the simple stillness becomes dull.
Alternatively, the other eye sees that starvation causes blots of sight to be peeled away and not return, scurvy, ship wrecked, sailors.
Look everywhere, yet keep it all in focus!
All these names
Out of which you pluck me
From the river, to the desert
The bush, the court of pharoah
Me, a man of weak tongue, and little confidence.

Perhaps an impossible task?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Lent Day 5

Matthew chapter 5 is an overload of beautiful maxims. Exodus is interesting, God's entering into things leads to lots of doubt and the threat of the Egyptians "falling on us with swords."
The Lord is with us in our dependancy.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Its all Greek to me

I'm finally translating simple sentance in Greek! It feels like quite an accomplishment!
I have to say Greek is SO much easier than Hebrew. In comparison to Hebrew its bastardized English! I did find it interesting that Kai in Greek means "too, as well, also" in Hebrew it means because, indeed, but etc.
One problem I'm having is getting Greek and Hebrew characters confused when writing them out. For example my Hebrew L's and Greek D's are one and the same, which is fine except I sometimes make dallets instead of deltas and lameds instead of lambdas.
Just thought I'd give a quick update on how Greek's doing, especially since I'm not the only one trying to teach themselves.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Lent Day 4

Tonight there is still a real sense of calling in both these books.
In Matthew we get the essense of Lent, the 40 days in the wilderness, which we'll get later on in Exodus and the other books of Moses.
In Exodus there is the bizzare story of God forcing Moses to be circimcized. This brings my mind to an interesting thought, why didn't Paul use this example (as opposed to Abraham) in Galatians 3 etc? You might say "but Moses' bit was cut off" but look, Moses approached and was called by God before the bit was cut off! A polemical point for Paulian Christianity, yes?
I find it amazing, and actually quite true to human nature, that after God provided Moses with all these miracles he still doesn't think God wil provide. He still looks at his weakness, the weakness of his tongue.