Sunday Faith Blog

You might be JUST FINE, but almost everyone I know lately says “I’m just not myself.”

I believe COVID has played on our fears, consciously or subconsciously… I believe the gas and food prices are hurting a lot of us and telling us something worse is on its way (whether Biden says gas prices are down or not, they’re still way up from 2 years ago), they say every family will be out about $5000 more this year (unplanned), I believe the lies we hear from the WH, the way the press secretary is rolling her eyes and fumbling around, the horrid heat I’m hearing seems to be everywhere but California (so far) sounds awful and I know many of those hot states have humidity, too…….and energy is more costly (don’t tell ME to turn my AC off!), and our grid may not handle what could be coming………..and our military is not the same, and  we’re being threatened with missile testing of enemies again since Trump left office…….I could go on and on…….. and ON and on.  People are fearful, people look like they’re just fine and, trust me, not all of them are………..

Sometimes all we have is  OUR FAITH.  Accidental that it makes so many of us feel better? “a crutch?” maybe, and a really good one.

“Have no fear for I am with you.  Do not be afraid for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”   Isaiah 41:10  

One of my very favorite verses comes in handy always, but especially these days.   You may borrow it … 🙂

Have a Happy Sunday.  He’s in control………please, God.

Z

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17 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. Mustang says:

    I have a question that perhaps either you or Baysider might answer. Noting that Islamists claim that Isaiah 42 predicts the coming of Muhammad, with curiosity peaked, I went to see what the verses say, and there is no mention of the name Muhammad (or any other name for that matter) — and, in fact, the verse is so vaguely worded that one could make an argument that chapter and verse predict the arrival of anyone you care to choose. I note Moslems make the same claim about Deuteronomy 18:18-22 and Deuteronomy 33:2 … which (IMHO) in order to find a prediction about Muhammad in any of these, you’d have to be on a steady diet of hallucinogenic mushrooms for a month. My question is, how do “biblical scholars” get away with attributing specifics to such vagaries? I noted in my reading that certain Lutheran theologians agree with whichever Islamist made the claim but that revelation only makes me scratch my head harder. HELP!

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  2. geeez2014 says:

    Hi, MUSTANG.. Not sure I can help but your question fascinated me.

    First, “certain” Lutheran theologians agree that Isaiah 42 predicts the coming of Muhammad and not Christ? That would be a new one to me, who adores and has studied the Lutheran teachings….But I’m open to hearing about that! (Just a note here…as has happened in the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches, the Lutherans have become publicly known by their Left wing Lutheran group “Evangelical Lutheran Church of America”…THEY may say something like that, but Martin Luther would turn in his grave, in my humble opinion. The Missouri Synod is the part of the Lutheran church which lives by Luther’s teachings and I know as sure as I could be, that no Missouri Synod theologian would put Muhammed ahead of Christ in this way)

    I have no definitive answer for your question about Isaiah 42 except that when I read it, it clearly points to Christ for various reasons I believe make sense:

    V 8 says “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols”… Z: “My glory I give to no other” makes me think of the TRINITY…Father, SON and Holy Spirit (or GHOST as we grew up calling Him!)….If GOD is ONE…and all are part of the TRINITY, as our faith, and our scriptures, tell us, it is THE SON, JESUS who is prophecied in this chapter.

    I like V 3 and wanted to comment that after I’d read this chapter, I turned to my internet to hear the pastor’s live broadcast on YouTube from my church….out of the clear blue, he happens to mention this exact verse “A bruised reed he will not break”……!! Talk about “Coincidence?”
    I don’t believe Jesus would ever break a bruised reed. Much of what I read of Mohammed is violence…NOT ALL, I know the Koran is very peaceful otherwise, but sweetness and gentility are not what most think of Mohammed ….

    I need to run but I’ll leave those things with you and maybe I haven’t helped but it gives us something to consider and I hope BAYSIDER comes by today.

    Let me just add the sweetness of this chapter 42 in Isaiah so smacks of CHRIST: Verse 16 includes “I will guide them” “turn darkness into light” “i do not forsake them”
    Nearly every chapter in the New Testament uses those exact words not once but many times….and ALL apply to Christ….

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  3. Baysider says:

    Shockingly, my mind went to HABAKKUK!
    Hab. 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

    Baysider will consider the other questions after my walk and fig delivery runs.

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  4. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER, but did our LORD God point to Mohammed in Isaiah 42?!! He is our strength, etc., but I don’t see that meaning MOHAMMED and I’m 1000% positive you don’t, either!
    (My friends LOVED the figs…thanks so much!)

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  5. geeez2014 says:

    So odd….we keep hearing how Biden is doing much better…his doctor says he’s only still experiencing a sore throat, which is the first symptom everyone I KNOW who’s had the COVID with a sore throat (some don’t) says the sore throat was the first thing to feel better.

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  6. MAL says:

    The $5,000 more to live this year that you mentioned may not hurt those with a 6 figure income, but for those earning low-to-mid 5 figures its devastating, especially if their job involves a long commute.

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  7. MAL says:

    Z, when I got COVID the end of March, I had a very light sore throat, like on a scale of 1 – 10, it was a 1. VERY light. On the other hand, it immediately went to Joni’s throat, very sore and unable to speak, eat or drink. It affects everyone differently. It almost killed her so she never wants it get it again!

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  8. geeez2014 says:

    MAL, i have friends who said their throat felt they were swallowing glass so everyone gets it different….but I haven’t personally heard anyone linger with a sore throat when other symptoms are gone, like Biden’s doc is suggesting. Even with a cold, you get a sore throat, then the mucus, etc., coats the throat, the throat feels better and you’re stuck with a miserable cold!

    And yes, $5000 isn’t much for those who don’t need $5000……….for many more, it’s crucial…and it’s for NOTHING…it’s not like a kind of inexpensive vacation or new living room furniture, where you have something to show for it, you know?!

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  9. peter3nj says:

    Sorry kids but who would believe never mind give two shits about anything coming out of this WH or administration. Meanwhile only Americans could celebrate $4 p/gal of gas. Only in America could a drop from $5 to $4 secure an Election Day victory for the bad guys. Another 50 cents drop could provide a blue wave, a landslide. Yes, America is that stupid.

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  10. MAL says:

    Peter, let’s see how it goes. The one thing they can’t disguise with soft pedaled words is how much more it is costing them to live. They see the dollar wheel on the gas pump spinning more than twice as fast as before and instead of paying $35 to fill up, now it’s $80. Even the most naive will see the light………….hopefully………

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  11. Baysider says:

    I’m baaack. Thoughts on Isaiah 42.

    First, some context from prior chapters: God is mighty and His deeds are mighty. You don’t believe it [ye coastlands]? Go ahead. Give me your best shot. Just remember, you’re in my court. And for Israel, my servant, I will uphold you. I will help you. I will provide for you. You think your idols can do this? You’re deluded. They know nothing. I knew it all from the get go. Only I can transform your life.

    He’s gonna rip them out of the land as punishment. But He wants them to have hope for the future, and contrasts what they had then to what His chosen one will be like:

    In contrast to these dead, useless idols (and leaders) God will bring to them a servant who He delights in. In whom does God delight? The one who keeps the spirit and letter of the law. That is a righteous one. The one who does justice, loves kindness, and walks humbly with God. (Micah 6:8). It would be quite a stretch to squeeze Mohammed in here. I suppose if you tried hard to you cram in a lot of candidates who fit a piece here, and a piece there.

    Who best fits it all? Who checks ALL the boxes?

    God puts his spirit on him. Well, duh, literally in Jesus’ baptism. He has a gentle manner that comforts the weak and oppressed. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice. He won’t break a bruised reed; even a weak light he will protect.

    God calls him in righteousness. Purity of heart and rectitude of life. Right with God and men.

    He’s a covenant – a promise and blessing – for his people, the Jews. But more, he’s a light for the nations – Gentiles. Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time were furious whenever Jesus pointed out that God was sending him for Jews and “the nations.” They tried to kill him for it.

    He emphasizes justice. There was so much injustice at that time, and (as Habakkuk shows us) the law was perverted and God’s people suffered. God encourages them that His servant will not be unjust. We’ve yet to see the full force of this, but we did see Jesus save his harshest criticisms for the unjust of his day, right?

    He opens blind eyes and frees people from bondage to darkness. Is this physical? Spiritual? Jesus did a lot of both physical and spiritual healing to show his power but also to show it in a way that shows God’s heart to heal and help. When John the Baptist was in prison and sent his disciples to Jesus to really find out if he were ‘the one’, Jesus says “tell him the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor [blessed are the poor in spirit] have good news preached to them [for they shall inherit the kingdom of God].’ — famously identifying himself with another Isaiah passage (Is 61) where more is said about the one on whom the Lord will put his spirit.

    Then we get back to God in vs 13 – the Lord goes out like a mighty man. Mohammed could try to claim that. He certainly instituted missions of brutal conquest. Is that consistent with the overall imagery and thrust of these chapters? God then lets fly with how he himself will be responsible for his people being taken captive. God says now then, I have your destiny in my hands. I will do all this, and I will gather you up from all the compass points of the earth again. And, finally in chpt. 63 his servant comes to finish the sentence Jesus left hanging in Is 61 when he read from the book, then closed the book and sat down. “Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? It is I, proclaiming victory, mighty to save’ when the time of redemption arrives.

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  12. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER< as you can see if you read my comment, I agree totally. with you.. Plus, those things Isaiah 42 describes are FROM GOD and GOD is the TRINITY……The wisdom/power of GOd, the sweetness and mercy of Christ, the Holy Spirit living in us. No room for Mohammed there.

    "My glory I give to no other"………MY glory. The great "I AM"…

    Of course, the other truth in suggesting this is Mohammed is that there are so many more inferences toward Jesus in the NT and why would Isaiah suddenly suggest THIS?
    There are other parts of Scripture Muslims believe point to Islam…….All I know is the amount of Muslims dreaming of Christ over the years…..and believing. He IS the "I AM"…..
    He turns people toward the Truth.

    GOod stuff….thanks so much!

    MUSTANG…thanks for a good catalyst to lots of good thinking and writing.

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  13. geeez2014 says:

    JUST SAW THIS:

    ‘I THOUGHT IT WAS THE DRYER WHICH WAS MAKING MY CLOTHES SHRINK.
    TURNS OUT IT WAS MY REFRIGERATOR!”

    HEH HEH!! 🙂

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  14. MAL says:

    Your fridge, Z? And I thought it was my age that had me grow two more inches around the waist. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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  15. Mustang says:

    @ Mal … I would not be surprised to learn that there is a data mining program that scours blog comments and captures “data” on Covid. For what purposes, we can only imagine and shudder. Never trust a Chinaman farther than you can toss ‘em, or a member of the government, either. Kid taught me that.

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  16. Mustang says:

    @ Z and Baysider

    Thank you, Ladies, for your thoughtful information. I knew you could sort me out. Next, we need to find a way to keep Mossies from plagiarizing the Bible to legitimize their fairy tale.

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  17. Baysider says:

    Good luck with that, Mustang. We just need to find a ton of mainline denominational churches that don’t do that either. Or ignorant judges! I read a judge who used a bible soundbite completely out of context and meaning to illustrate his finding against a Christian litigant. Like the greenies, he had it totally wrong … but leapt onto his moral high ground devoid of foundation.

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