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Psalm 141:5 "Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it"

I was thinking about the life church. Do we want people to lovingly correct us like David did? David wanted others to help him. He didn't avoid help, or even merely accept it, he wanted it and invited it. Is our relationship with Jesus so important to us that we're prepared to make ourselves vulnerable to others?


Psalm 141 (NKJV)
Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it.


Today, I am thinking of HOW TO DO WHAT THESE VERSES SAY – OBEY from the heart and in action. HOW TO DO IT relates directly to the CHRIST-mas message.

Hebrews 2 (Amplified)
Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death--that is, the devil--
And also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives.
For, as we all know, He [Christ] did not take hold of angels [the fallen angels, to give them a helping and delivering hand], but He did take hold of [the fallen] descendants of Abraham [to reach out to them a helping and delivering hand].
So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people's sins.
For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].

Romans 8 (Amplified)
For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],

Jesus was not born through Joseph having sex with Mary resulting his sperm impregnating her. Rather, the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary, and Jesus was born the Son of God.

Thus, in Mary’s womb, He was able to take on true humanity (humanity originally created without sin).

The flow God’s Wisdom and Logic never ceases to amaze me from this point on:
1. Jesus is fully human (yet without sin) while retaining His identity as being fully God. Mary’s womb was the, as it were, “holding area” of the body of Jesus as it was formed inside of her.
2. Because Jesus was fully human, through fierce determination of His will and dependence on the Father, Jesus “condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power]”. Thus, Jesus overcame sin and the devil through His daily life.
3. At Jesus’ death—because He was without sin—His body was the vehicle used to bear my sin.
4. When Jesus rose from the dead, He had totally sin, every consequence of sin, death, and the grave. His body now becomes the vehicle for His life to be transmitted to me.

Of course, I have to understand the following basic ideas and receive Jesus as Lord by faith.
A. identification and incarnation (Jesus identified with me by becoming human
B. Substitution (Jesus, in His body, took on God’s wrath for my sin)
C. Replacement (Jesus, in His body, gives me God’s love to replace my sin

Isn’t that amazing?


Trivia question:

Any significance or relationship to "Mary had a little lamb, His fleece was white as snow"?

Thought just came to mind yesterday.

Luke 2:9-12 NIV
9. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, 10. but the angel reassured them. Don't be afraid! he said. I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 11. The Savior-yes the Messiah, the Lord-has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12. And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manager wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!

My thoughts:
I prefer the King James version best when reading the Christmas story, it is as follows:

9. And, lo the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10. And the angel said uont them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clohtes lying in a manger.

My thoughts: Which ever translation you prefer just remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. I would like to wish all my fellow bloggers, and especially Mike our Blog host, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and blessed New Year

To Adrien,
Interesting thought, especially when you read the final verse about love.
But, from below apparently there was no religious meaning intended:
Mary had a little lamb
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Mary had a little lamb is a popular nursery rhyme. Here it is in its entirety:

Mary had a little lamb,
little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
and everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day
school one day, school one day,
It followed her to school one day, which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play,
laugh and play, laugh and play,
it made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school.
And so the teacher turned it out,
turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out, but still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
patiently about, patiently about,
And waited patiently about till Mary did appear.
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
"Why does the lamb love Mary so," the eager children cry.
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
The lamb, you know, the lamb, you know,
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know," the teacher did reply.
It was first published as a poem by Sarah Hale on May 24, 1830, prompted by the incident described below.

As a girl, Mary Sawyer (later Mrs. Mary Tyler) kept a pet lamb, which she took to school one day at the suggestion of her brother. A commotion naturally ensued. Mary recalled:

"Visiting school that morning was a young man by the name of John Roulstone, a nephew of the Reverend Lemuel Capen, who was then settled in Sterling. It was the custom then for students to prepare for college with ministers, and for this purpose Mr. Roulstone was studying with his uncle. The young man was very much pleased with the incident of the lamb; and the next day he rode across the fields on horseback to the little old schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem…" (The Story of Mary’s Little Lamb, Dearborn, 1928, p. 8).
There are two competing theories on the origin of this poem. One holds that Roulstone wrote the first twelve lines and that the final twelve lines, more moralistic and much less childlike than the first, were composed by Sarah Hale; the other is that Hale was responsible for the entire poem.

Thomas Edison recited the first stanza of this poem in testing his invention of the phonograph in 1877, making this the first audio recording to be successfully made and played back. In 1923, Henry Ford moved a building to the grounds of the Wayside Inn from Sterling, Massachusetts, which he believed was the original schoolhouse mentioned in this poem. Paul McCartney and Wings released a version of the song, with a new melody by McCartney, as a single in 1972. Nu-Metal band KoRn also included a part of this rhyme in their song Shoots and Ladders. In their live shows, they often attach the part of the song which contains this rhyme with Metallica's One's crescendo.

The rhyme has gained a rather darker meaning in recent science fiction as an archetypal mantra against telepathy, featured in at least Babylon 5 and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri— focusing on it helps shield other thoughts from intrusion.

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