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Matthew chapter 25 verses 14-30 really stood out to me because I also never really understood what was so wrong with the guy not multiplying the money...I always knew that he could've tried, but the response he receive from his master was a little harsh I thought... Until today when I thought about how Jesus must feel when we as his children sit on the gifts he gives us. I thought the revelation behind this passage was amazing.
Also Psalm 31 verses 1-8. David really has a way of writing that just makes me want to bask in the presence of Jesus. He captures thoughts and writes them down in a way that paints such a glorious picture of our Almighty God!

Reading through the OT reading...our God is certainly a God of detail, isn't He? :-)

We read about oil in both the OT and NT passages today. In both instances, there seems to be a caution to be reverant, to be on the look out, anticipating the Lord's return.

How can we earn a return for the Kingdom? By using our lives and God-given abilities to serve the Lord. By making disciples and thereby multiplying the number of workers in God's harvest field. God has given us life, what better accounting can we give of ourselves but to bring other lives with us.

Exodus 26-27:21
Curtains, and rods and yarns, O MY! I’ve heard it said that the devil is in the details, he may be in a peripheral kind of way, but it is God who is in the details. The lampstand (27:20-21) was to be supplied with oil continually; this to me represents the anointing or the Holy Spirit because the lamp is to never go out in the “Presence of the Lord. This gives new meaning to the saying, “Keep the light on.”

Matthew 25:1-30
The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, also known as the Ten Virgins just began to speak to me last year. One of the things I’ve come to accept, even if I don’t understand fully or if I think it may not be fair, is that God is always perfect and righteous and if he calls someone lazy or foolish, then they are lazy or foolish. It behooves me to take time to see the event from God’s point of view and not from mine.

So the question becomes what made the five foolish. Like the wise woman, they each had lamps that had oil. They were waiting for the bridegroom, and all grew tired and fell asleep. What they didn’t bring with them was extra oil. Interestingly in the Old Testament passage that we read today, God commands that Israel supply the finest olive oil to keep the lampstand lit continually before the Presence of the Lord. So they didn’t keep their light on. They violated a command of God.

The wise women were not rebuked for failing to share with the foolish ones. So if the oil represents God’s anointing or the Holy Spirit, either one, you can’t share it with others. You either have it or they don’t and you must always be prepared, like the Scouts.

The other thing I find telling is that after the foolish woman came back from the store with their oil, and preceded to try and open a locked door, no one came to the door, they called out unsuccessfully for someone to open the door, or at least come to the door. The response that was called back is a powerful one and should be explored because “I don’t know you!” means the Bridegrooms never had any kind of contact or exchange with them. Bridesmaids or wedding attendants are usually not strangers to the couple getting married. This response wasn’t, “You’re too late, I’ll catch you later Mary Jo or Bobby Sue. The response was of complete un-recognition. These girls were grate crashers.

To walk around with an oil lamp with out extra oil is like walking around with a big box of Cheerios and having only one tablespoon of milk to go with it, insufficient and inadequate.

The Parable of the Talents is another interesting story to dissect. I think people get hung up on the amount of Talents given thinking that the number gives a clue on what each person did or didn’t do with what he was given. The issue is not the number of talents, because the text states that each was given according to his ability, so each knew what they were capable of doing. The guy with the five could just have easily dug a whole and buried his. This is about productivity, being productive with the gifts, talents and abilities God has given each and every one of us.

The guy with the one talent said he was afraid, the master said he was wicked and lazy. We tend to focus on what the one-talent guy said. We think fear paralyzed him, but God said it was laziness and his propensity for wickedness that did him in. He accused the master of being a thief, harvesting crops that he didn’t plant but the talent came from the master. It was the master’s gifts, talents and abilities that had been given to him to be a steward over. The master judged the guy by his own words.

Matthew 12: 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (KJV)

The final thing, no the next to the final thing is the comment the master makes in verse 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. (KJV)

Question: How do you take something away from someone who doesn’t have anything? Either they don’t know they have it or they have so undervalued what is valuable that they count it as nothing. Either way it means they are careless with the things of God.

Psalm 31:1-8
3 You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this peril.

I must remember that when I get myself into fixes that the Good Shepherd did not lead me into, it is for His Good Name and not mine that He pulls me out with that Staff that He has in His hand. It is not for my reputation, or my good name, but for His Good Name that I can escape from the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Proverbs 8:1-11
1 Listen as wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! 2She stands on the hilltop and at the crossroads.

Wisdom is not silent nor is she hiding under a rock somewhere, she is out in the open. So if I don’t see or hear her it is because I have chosen to ignore her entreaties to me.

Grace and peace

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