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Haven’t had a chance to polish up my notes from Sunday, but wanted to share with you the basic information and notes from my message last weekend. Thanks guys always for your thoughts, prayers and support.
The Glory Of God Reflecting Upon Us And Through Us.
Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
Moses’s Radiant Face (34:29–35). There is something fitting about this entire section regarding the golden calf ending with this passage about Moses’s radiant face. What is it that God wants for his creatures? He wants us to be able to know him intimately. He wants us to reflect his character. He wants to transform our lives by the immediacy of his presence. The Israelites only knew that they needed the presence of the divine in a way that would meet their needs. And when they tried to cast the divine in a form that would be amenable to those purposes, they fell into that way of thinking described by the apostle Paul in Romans 1, which can only further alienate us from God and will ultimately destroy us. But God does not give up. And in Moses’s experience we get a glimpse of the reason why he does not give up. Moses talked with Yahweh “face to face” (33:11; cf. 34:29). Moses had not “seen” Yahweh face-to-face (cf. 33:20) but something better than that had happened: He had spoken with Yahweh. And that experience was reflected in Moses’s face (34:29–30), although he himself was completely unconscious of it. That is as it should be. Moses did not seek God so that his face would be “radiant” (see note on 34:29). He sought God because he wanted to know him and his ways (cf. 33:13). But if we have experienced the “face” of God, it must surely transform our “faces”—the expression of our lives—so that other people cannot avoid the reality, even if it might frighten them and make them uncomfortable at times. At the same time, the radiance is wholly derivative. It was when Moses had been with God again and came to share his word that the radiance was to be seen (34:34–35). The radiance did not become some permanent possession of Moses’s. Yahweh alone is self-sufficient; we are but the filaments in a light bulb through which his glory flows. Cut the filament off from the source of electrical supply and it will be as lightless as a stone. The apostle Paul got it right when reflecting on this incident. If a covenant that could only show us that we are sinners produced a glory like that, what ought to be the effect of a covenant that can reproduce the very character of Christ in us (2 Cor 3:18)? The old covenant could not produce the character it called for because it could not overcome our disposition to sin (Rom 8:3), but now the Spirit of Christ has come through the New Covenant and he is able to make “us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” (2 Cor 3:18). ( Cornerstone Commentary )
“ Horns “
34:29 had become radiant. Lit., “the skin of his face sent out horns” (cf. 34:30, 35). In the Hebrew language, a “ray” or “beam” is designated by the same word used for “horn” (so also in Hab 3:4). The literal rendering explains Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses with horns on his head. Sarna (1991:221) suggests that the root qaran [7160, 7966], with its connotation of horns, may have been chosen specifically to contrast this experience with the golden calf episode, which began this segment of the book. ( Cornerstone Commentary )
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
9:29 the appearance of his face was transformed. Lit., “the appearance of his face became different” (heteros [2087, 2283]). Luke does not use the Gr. word “transfigure” (metemorphōthē [3339/A, 3565]), the term employed in Matt 17:2 and Mark 9:2. It seems Luke deliberately steered clear of a term that had negative associations in the pagan world, where apotheosis (the elevation of humans to divine status) was known. “Luke was aware of the danger of confusing Jesus with some polytheistic pagan notions (compare Acts 14:11 [NIV], where Paul and Barnabas are acclaimed in Lystra as ‘the gods’ who ‘have come down to us in human form’). Jesus is not to be identified in Luke’s mind with one of the Hellenistic deities. He is the unique bearer of the divine glory (9:32; cf. 2 Cor 4:7),” and no comparison with any Hellenistic figure is appropriate or illuminating (Hurst and Wright 1987:74). For literature on the Transfiguration, see DJG 834–841; NIDNTT 3.861–865; Trites 1987a. ( Cornerstone Commentary )
Luke in contrast to his other gospel counterparts wants us to know that “ Jesus is the Unique Bearer Of The Divine Glory. “ Not like the Hellenistic or pagan gods in contrast.
Reflecting His Glory
Blaise Pascal, the brilliant 17th-century intellectual, made significant contributions in the fields of science and mathematics. He established the groundwork for the development of mechanical calculators and modern hydraulic operations.
As a young man, Pascal had a profound encounter with Jesus Christ. This life-changing experience motivated him to refocus his study from science and math to theology.
Pascal wrote a remarkable prayer that can help each believer in facing the tasks of life. He prayed: “Lord, help me to do great things as though they were little, since I do them with Your power; and little things as though they were great, since I do them in Your name.”
Version: 0.6.1 Web: https://github.com/codesardine/Jadesktop
We love bringing innovative and ground-breaking Linux desktop environments to your attention. When Jade popped on to our radar, we were interested to see if it looked and felt different from Gnome, KDE or any other ‘lighter’ desktop.
Jade is a HTML5, CSS and Python-based desktop that has its own layout, menu system and some cool extras, such as speaking menus and titles, as well as a customised selection of some more traditional GTK3 and Qt5 programs.
The placement of its desktop widgets and indicators is certainly original, although in most cases you can’t rearrange them. The top-centre Applications button activates the grid view of available applications, which are grouped into categories. We tested Jade using the Manjaro WebDad spin and therefore some programs may be specific to the distribution, but there are links to the web versions of the Microsoft Office programs and Skype, the V4L testing utility for webcams, the Kvantum-style themer and some other compact utilities.
The bottom part of the screen hosts the dock-like panel with programs, folders and indicators. Some items are groups that expand as stacks with a jaunty curve effect, much like Apple’s stack folders.
The overall experience in Jade is a little controversial, but it’s definitely a fresh approach for interacting with files and programs. Very few desktop components can be changed, so you should accept it ‘as is’. For some users the suggested design will be a hit and a perfect match to their desired dream desktop, where every little thing is placed precisely where it should be. The desktop works speedily once you have accelerated video in place. If you run it on something like Llvmpipe, you’ll most likely be frustrated. That’s why we strongly recommend running Jade natively, perhaps from a live USB media, and not in a virtual machine.
Exploring the Jade desktop…
1 Find your applications
This centred menu leads to a neat and thoughtfully organised dashboard.
2 Indicators and clock
This is similar to a system tray, and contains a clock, calendar and disk usage meter.
3 More useful items within reach
The Jade desktop isn’t empty – it features handy shortcuts and frequently used items.
4 A dock-like panel
We liked the nicely curved stacks and keybindings for rapid program launching.
5 Stylish backgrounds
Different viewing modes and sections have their own custom wallpapers, defined by Jade’s developers.
Hosea, God And Leadership
“They set up kings, but not by Me;
They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them.
From their silver and gold
They made idols for themselves–
That they might be cut off.
Hosea 8:4 KJV
In this very profound chapter from the book of Hosea. The prophet is notating that he and the Lord were left out of the equation, considering a choice of monarchy or leadership. Stating quite vigorously that the people had received leadership contrary to the divine order of God. Rather choosing instead to use criteria other than God Almighty’s input considering a choice of leadership. Because of these actions they would open up a conundrum of problems in the nation’s relationship with God, and the true prophets of God.
We see as we explore the next passage the direction the nation had gone. For in verse five Hosea rebukes the idol worship and religion being promoted in Samaria. A calf representing idol worship, and a king from whom man had chosen without the insight and petition of the true prophets of God. Thus, supplanting humble leadership of divine order which God required. Rather choosing to replacing it with man-made religion of idolatrous order. Therefore showing no heart for God, and no allegiance toward honoring the true voice of the Lord. Thereby giving God only lip service, and manipulating the religious community for their own gain.
God never intended for kings to lead his people, but he gave them one called Saul out of their ignorance. However, He also chose whom it would be, and through the prophet of God chose men of the best caliber He could. Saul was the first. Later on God would replace him with David because of his lack of respect toward the will of God. David was the king ” everyone ” overlooked, but whom the Lord chose because He knew he was a man after the heart of God. David would rejoice in his worship, he loved to sing, he loved the the things of God. He was a man though, and would make his mistakes, but who would also always return to the altar of God. He always, humbled himself, he always showed forth a spirit of repentance.
Humble leadership given toward repentance, and leaning toward grace toward all his or her people. Is the heart, mind and will of God. Supplanting or replacing such leadership with just quote ” qualified ” people or someone who treats his or her people with disrespect. Always leads to ruin and destruction in the long term. Things might be good for awhile, life might not seem to have changed much. Yet, in heaven God oversees the affairs of men and women. He will test those whom we have chosen, and in the fire of God’s presence. We will see their sins, their flaws, their lack of true anointing and exposed for all to see.
If you are in leadership of any kind. Honor the Lord in true humility, give your heart to Him. Let Him direct your heart. Let not your heart be persuaded by the misguided understanding of this generation, or the subtle manipulations of those with evil intent in heart. Seek godly counsel, wise men or woman whose hearts have been tried in the fire and have been found to be true to the core. Consider folks of integrity and not given toward the personal graft, greed or personal gain, but for the favor and blessing of others. There you will find God’s will, there you will find the favor of God.
I was challenged to preach this message by the Lord. I believe it has touched many hearts this Sunday. I trust it will minister to you in a special way.
Reflections on Jude
Jude exhorts believers in Jesus to have “more and more mercy, peace, and love” (Jude 2). He ends his letter with some practical advice on what this characterization should look like (Jude 20–22). But what else should we be doing?
When I cradled my first paycheck at age 16, I recognized the freedom it offered me. But generosity was tightly woven into my family culture. My parents’ example and the joy they experienced from giving was irresistible, and so I began the simple spiritual practice of giving.
I learned, however, that there’s an art to giving. Jesus didn’t just tell us to give. He told us how to give—in secret:
“Whenever you give to the poor, don’t blow your trumpet as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they may get praise from people. I assure you, that’s the only reward they’ll get. But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that you may give to the poor in secret. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:2–4).
We may hesitate to admit it, but we want to be known for our good deeds. When we are generous, our culture insists on putting donors’ names on a brick or a brass plate. But Jesus tells us to do good deeds in secret, without announcement.
I began looking for ways to follow his command. I paid attention to hidden needs and tried to respond with generosity. Sometimes that meant sending an anonymous monetary gift to a friend who was struggling financially. Most often, I never knew how the money was received. But occasionally I would learn that my gift had met a pressing need or was the answer to a desperate prayer. Few moments in my life have brought me more joy.
The joy we experience from giving is not the only reward. I discovered something else from this hidden giving: There is an intimacy in sharing secrets that strengthens a relationship. Perhaps that is the reward—intimacy with God.
Giving our money, our time and our attention will change us, but it will also change our relationship with God. That is worth far more than any brick or brass plate.
Keri Wyatt Kent
Originally published in Bible Study Magazine Jan–Feb ‘12
Biblical references from CEB
In the Tehran Times ( A major Iranian Paper ) The Ayatollah Khamenei reacted to our President, his past and present rhetoric, and the Iran Deal being tore up by the Potus. The actions of our Potus will radicalize the hard-liners and is going to make it hard for moderates to counteract.
” Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The new [American] president has laid bare the real nature of America before the eyes of the people of the world through his remarks and measures both during election campaigns and in recent days, and is showing the truth about America.”
The Leader mentioned the detention and arrest of a five-year-old Iranian child as an example of the American human rights and added, “May God’s mercy be upon the soul of the honorable Imam, who reminded [everybody] of the truth about America time and again in his remarks and writings, and insisted that the [Iranian] people and officials must avoid trusting the Great Satan by recognizing the [real] nature of the enemy. Today, the truth about the remarks of that departed loved one is clearly [there] before the eyes of all people.” ( From Tehran Times Article )