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Some time ago a friend recommended to me a short daily e-mail audio and text meditation that I’ve been listening to ever since.

Today’s Seedbed Text by J.D. Walt is so timely that I couldn’t think of a better way to follow up my last post by passing along to you a link to “Why the glory of God may not be what we think”.

You can read it. But I’d recommend taking a few minutes and listening by using the audio button between the title and date. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

DailySeedbed Text: J.D. Walt

P.S. If the link doesn’t work, try copying into your browser https://tinyurl.com/lyv88hp

And because Steve from WV had already posted his BTA thoughts this morning—before I posted this, I’m going to bring forward his comment from the last comment string and copy it below.

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95 Responses to “Glory!”

  1. Mart DeHaan says:

    SFDBWV says:
    April 13, 2017 at 5:32 am (Edit)

    In Mark, Judas goes to the high priests just after the woman had anointed Jesus’ feet with oil in order to work out a deal to betray Jesus. In Luke it is said Satan entered Judas for that purpose.

    I am wondering if Satan had to enter Judas in order for him to betray Jesus or if without Satan Judas would not have done so.

    Jesus adds to my wondering when He says “woe to that man by whom He is betrayed.”

    This for me once again opens up the question of whether or not Judas ever had a choice in this part of the story.

    Clearly this entire event is ordained by the actions and will of God. But was it necessary to have a betrayer and if this is God’s will did the betrayer have a choice in being cast into that roll?

    Was Judas damned by the fact that he was open to receive Satan and thus became the betrayer? And so as Jesus stated “woe to that man”, woe because he, Judas, was open to Satan, or was Judas used of God in order to accomplish His, God’s, will?

    The question for me opens up a frightening scenario whereby only by the “sealing” of our salvation through Jesus of Nazareth are any of us safe from the internal influence of Satan.

    There will be trials and as Paul says “fiery darts” thrown at us, but we will forever be safe within the armor of God and under the seal God has put upon us.

    But what of those who are open to Satan’s influence? Apparently they are not safe because they are not sealed.

    Even though Judas spent all that time with Jesus, he did not receive Jesus into his heart nor accept Him as who Jesus is.

    More food for thought.

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  • remarutho says:

    Good Morning Mart & Friends —

    Thanks for the copy of JD Walt’s message for Maundy Thursday, Mart. I also receive the Seedbed messages by email.

    Apart from the surprising critique of Calvinistic theology as anthropocentric, I read with gratitude the question, “What about the idea that we often think in terms of ‘in heaven as on earth’ rather than the other way around?” Shocking.

    It seems to me that glory in earthly (or worldly) terms is a fleeting thing that overtakes the human mind and heart. The images of human glory return to the dust from which they arise. The glory of God — this outrageous, amazing love — endures through eternity.

    Today, we remember the meal Jesus ate with His disciples right before He went into custody at Caiaphas’ house. We see His humility and His wisdom. Jesus rejects every human standard. By partaking of the bread and the cup, we re-member that God’s glory in Christ is only ours when we are in Him (John 17:20, 21) and He is in us.

    Even Jesus did not claim to glorify Himself, but said, “It is my Father who glorifies me.”

    God’s glory is God’s presence (Exodus 40:38; Matt 17:2). Such glory is manifested without any human agency.

    Blessings at Lent,

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