On Jesus, His Name, bobbleheads and a weekend update

The Weekend That Was:

Friday afternoon and evening was spent in Iowa City with John and Nate at Scheels. Nathan has been saving money for a new gun over the past few months. He bought a semi-auto .22 Ruger. He’s going with Anne to her folks’ house in 2 weeks, and accordning to her dad, he “has some rabbits that need a personal introduction to the gun”. Nate will be happy to oblige. We got home and then had a family movie night; we watched the 80’s classic “The Manhattan Project”.

Saturday
morning was spent at Eastview, talking about our upcoming Kansas Mission Trip to Morning Star Ranch with our middle school students. Saturday afternoon was a chill day, and that evening, we did a bunch of yard work around the house. I tried my hand at making a walkway out of some pavers, and it came out pretty good. That evening, Anne’s worlds collided as I went with her to a work outing, we went to Naso’s in Marion and we had a nice time.

Sunday went pretty good. In the morning, we interviewed our graduating seniors as to where they were at in their faith why they were there and how they got there. I now hold the record for sermon time length…65 minutes. I’m up again on June 21st, and it will be shorter than that. We had a graduation party for 2 of them at church after the service, and the rest of the afternoon was chilling at home, I got a small nap in. Last night in d-group we talked about God’s name and the commandments surrounding treatment of it. the conversation was rough. We spent time talking about how it could be and was misused. Some of the time was spent poorly by chasing down rabbit trails that I created. I also believe that there was some conviction going on and there were attempts to rationalize our sin. Last week, I stumbled across an article dealing with the “selling” of Jesus. The link is here. The author of the blog asks 3 questions that I believe are worth pondering the next time I’m in the market for some Jesus junk; they are:

  1. What is the purpose of this item?
  2. Who Designed this item? Why?
  3. At What Cost?

Ultimately, it comes down to scripture. Exodus 20 is an interesting read. Here are verses 1-17:

1 And God spoke all these words:

2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

When I’ve read these verses, I have in my mind the following attitude from God (beginning at the top):

“I am YHWH, the one who deliverd you from Egypt. You didn’t do it, Moses didn’t do it…I did. and Because of that, because I delivered you, you are to have no gods before me. Don’t create any images of me…because whatever you create, I’m nothing like. Don’t bow to anything but me, if you do, I’ll punish you, but it won’t stop there. The punishment will go to your children, and their children, and theirs…to the fourth generation of those who hate ME. Yes Moses, I just said that when people create and worship idols, they are guilty of hating me. Oh, and about my name…keep it holy. Because there is only one of ME, don’t treat it like it’s a common thing. it’s not a swear word and my last name is not dammit. When Jesus comes along…His middle name will not begin with and “H”. Don’t attribute things to me that I haven’t done, and don’t call things that are not me mine. If you do misuse my name, you will not be held guiltless by me. Take a day off and give it to me. You need to rest because I did. Your father and mother are deserving of your honor and respect. If you honor them, you’ll live long and prosper. Don’t kill anyone, or commit adultery, or steal…no false testimony-that’s gossip and slander, and don’t covet what your neighbor has. “

Notice anything in the above paraphrase? The first three commandments deal with the IDENTITY of God. And, in case you missed it…He’s a tad protective of Who He Is. In fact, if you look closely, commandments 2 and 3 are the only ones with a warning and punishment for violating them. I’m thinking…if God cares about His Name, than perhaps we should consider how we use it.

And I’m not sure how a bobblehead (a graven image??) of our Lord and Savior…the One Whom The Universe was Created By…the Judge of Nations…is giving Him glory.

And speaking of d-group, yesterday, as I interviewed our seniors, each of them spoke highly of that time as integral to their growth over the past 3 years. As we look forward to 2009-2010, our ministry is on the verge of change, and this is one program that will likely be going away. I have to be the stupidest person ever to take a fruit-bearing program and eliminate it.


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One response to “On Jesus, His Name, bobbleheads and a weekend update

  1. Good thoughts on the honor and glory of God’s name.As to eliminating d-group, maybe you should rethink. Not because there isn’t room for change, but because something that obviously made a tremendous impact on our four seniors just might do the same for those still to come.

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