The Morgan Church Devotional

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Location: Morgan, VT., United States

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Listen to the Thunder Shouting, "I AM"

What shall we say, shall we call it by a name
As well to count the angels dancing on a pin
Water bright as the sky from which it came
And the name is on the earth that takes it in
We will not speak but stand inside the rain
And listen to the thunder shoutI am, I am, I am, I am"

from "Weather Report Suite: Part 2 (Let it Grow)"

we want to name and define and measure and weigh most things, i think it is natural for us. in fact, i think it is healthy to do with earthly keeps us safe.

but One thing cannot be Named and Defined and Measured or Weighed...

He is God.

and there is nothing natural or earthly about Him. He is Other-worldly...He is Supernatural...He transends everything we can see or touch or think or breathe... or believe.

He is God.

and every time humans have tried to figure Him out, we've messed it up. whether it's false religions...or heretical Xian sects...they are all trying to figure God out and getting it wrong. the same is true for me, when i've tried to quantify God...i ended up with sand falling thru my fingers.

He is God.

and apart from REVELATION He cannot be known.

moses experienced revelation...God condescending somewhat to the human level and showing a part of WHO HE IS...later on, the Scripture tells us moses experienced God revelation again up on the mountain, and when he came down the people were afraid bc his face was shining!

serious business, this revelation.

there are other revelations recorded in the Bible...Ezekiel saw: "the Appearance of the Likeness of the Glory of the LORD"...Isaiah experienced it. David longed for it...

but they were all partial revelations. bits and pieces...partials...snapshots...glimpses...

until Jesus came.

the Bible tells us He is the "exact representation of God" Him God's fulness dwells...He is "God in the flesh"...

He is God.

and how's this:

"all things have been commtted to me by my Father. no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him"

i've never noticed this b4...but this wonderful statement of revelation precedes a famous passage:

"come to me all you who are heavy laden and i will give you rest. take my yoke upon me, for i am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. for my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

no one can know God the Father except Jesus and those to whom Jesus chooses to reveal Him to...then He offers us (every one of us) the opportunity to know Him.

be still...
stop trying to figure Him out.
take Him up on His offer.
know Him.
find rest.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, He offers the revelation of God to all who are heavy laden, thank you Jesus. Then He tells us to take His yoke upon our backs for His burden is light. Is that burden the commandment to love God and love others as ourselves?

Blogger PMike. said...

i've never (i guess) thought of what the *actual burden* would be. obviously, He is using a metaphor here...oxen carry yokes which are heavy and would overwhelm us. Christ's burden, by comparison, is as if there is nothing at all.

in other words, i wouldn't want to view it as being difficult in the least.


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