Today’s Devotional – February 23rd (Jesus: A Walking Symphony!)

By admin On February 22nd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – February 23rd

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Jesus: A Walking Symphony.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL ARE EXCERPTS FROM THE SIGNS OF HEAVEN ARTICLE… “‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion'”

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The Old Testament portion of the Church did not see the beauty of the Law, as do we in the New Testament Church.

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After all, we now see Jesus, who is the fulfillment of the Law. Jesus hadn’t yet come in Old Testament times.

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So they only saw the Law with all its rules which had to be obeyed.

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Dore – Moses breaks stones – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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LIKE A BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY!

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Think of it this way. The earthly life & ministry of Jesus was like a beautiful symphony!

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And like the laws of the Bible, music also has many, many laws which must be followed for that music to make harmonious strains and beautiful sounds.

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But also, like the Bible, music too, needs to be composed and performed with love… else it will sound rigid and cold.

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And so, like the laws of music, the laws of the Bible must also be fulfilled in love.

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Above photo mid Ancasta LaViottiChamberOrchestraMozart wikipedia public domain.

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OLD TESTAMENT CHURCH

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The Old Testament portion of the Church failed, to a large degree, to keep the commandments from a heart actuated by love.

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Their life-style was rigid and cold as far as their attempt to keep the commandments. It became a mountain of heavy rules to follow.

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Consequently, they made, for the most part, a mockery of commandment keeping.

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They did not live by the following verse… “Love works no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10.

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Jesus Speaks Near Treasury- James Tissot courtesy Brooklyn Museum US public domain

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DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS YOU LORD…

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Then along came Jesus!

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His loving and faithful parents raised the child, Jesus, in poverty and in lowly home-schooling.

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The training and protection from wickedness He no doubt received from them, prepared Him for the incredible ministry which awaited Him in the future.

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LIKE A BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY!

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But when that ministry began, the people, for the most part, didn’t recognize His obedience.

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This was because His obedience was so vastly different from their way of following the Bible. His life was motivated from a heart of self-sacrificing love and charity towards a fallen world. Their hearts were mostly still imprisoned in selfishness and worldly desires.

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Jesus was graceful and pure in His obedience.

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He was like that beautiful symphony!

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Jesus with little children – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Creative Commons Attribution – Non-commercial use

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MUSICAL LAWS MUST BE OBEYED!

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The laws of music are obeyed, but also blended perfectly by the music-master’s touch.

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So too, Jesus knew how to walk in obedience and yet blend the various laws together in such a way, that could only be accomplished by the indwelling power and leading of the Holy Spirit.

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Amazing Grace – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“YEA, THY LAW IS IN MY HEART”…https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beethoven.jpg

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When a composer creates a new song, he doesn’t need to think about every single musical law as he places each note and passage in order.

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No, the master-composer so well knows the musical laws that he instinctively incorporates those laws into his new composition.

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Beethoven – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“O WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS!”

Psalm 96:9

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And much like the master-composer, Christ also had hidden the law within His heart from the days of childhood.

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And guided by the Spirit of Holiness, He walked in the beauty of holiness (see Psalms 29:2), as He led His disciples through the highways and byways of Israel.

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The life of Christ was as a beautiful symphony.

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The law flowed out naturally and harmoniously; and this was something the Jews (and the world) had never before seen!

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LET US WORSHIP…IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22However_pressing_his_duties_STM2-c_James_Lee_Frazer_always_finds_time_to_read_a_few_chapters_from_his_Bible_each_day._I_-_NARA_-_520675.jpgWhen a person begins the process of purifying the heart and soul, thus begins the pilgrimage to the destination of true holiness.

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More and more, that true worshipper hides God’s precious promises in his or her heart. More and more, that Believer separates from all unnecessary filth and ungodliness.

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And in the process of time, that child of God is so filled with God’s Word, and the wisdom which comes from a multitude of past personal experiences, that he or she becomes also like a walking symphony.

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And this is God’s desire for you and for me!

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And we each need to begin to hide God’s Word in our hearts and plead with God to purify us, even as gold is purified…

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However pressing his duties STM2-c James Lee Frazer always finds time to read a few chapters from his Bible each day. I – NARA – 520675 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Teach me to walk in love, and not in a rigid manner. Help me to imitate Christ in all that I think say and do…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “’7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THESE TWO CONSTELLATIONS

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This phenomenon begins in October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart.

This Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “’7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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TOMORROW:

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Today’s Devotional – February 24th  (The Valley of Dry Bones!)” 

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