Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Note what is the purpose behind the Nazarite vow as stated in Numbers 6:8, "All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD." Those who were to take upon themselves the vow of the Nazarite, such as Samson the judge and Samuel the prophet, were to separate themselves from several things. For instance, a Nazarite could touch no dead thing, could not even bury his own family, could not cut his hair, could not eat nor drink of anything that grew on the vine, could not use vinegar, along with other criteria. Why did God set those laws for the Nazarite? The purpose was to be holy unto the Lord. Holiness is consecration; it's dedication; it's sanctity; it's devotion. Although it must be needful to turn away from many things, all of those ideas in actuality point toward something greater, that is, a relationship with the Lord.
Why would God give mankind the opportunity to take on this vow of the Nazarite? By doing thusly, He opened the door to whosoever would desire a relationship with Him to do so. He presented them the opportunity, the means, and the benefits. Why? He desired relationship. Isn't that the underlying theme of the entire Bible? Isn't that why God created man? Isn't that why God called Abram out from Ur? Isn't that why God chose David to rule his people? Isn't that why God gave us the Song of Solomon? Isn't that why God reached for so long for a nation who played the harlot? Isn't that why, ultimately, He robed himself in human flesh, taught, and performed miracles, all just to suffer rejection, be beaten until His visage was marred more than any other, receive a crown of thorns to his head and spikes to his hands and feet, and die on a rugged tree? That, friend, is precisely why. Relationship is what drove our Saviour to Golgotha. Relationship is what refrained Him from calling for legions of angels to come to His rescue. Relationship is why He arose the third day. Relationship is why He poured out His Spirit of whom we are recipients.
Seeing the great God of the universe in that light should cause us all to stop and self-assess. Am I fulfilling the dream of my Saviour by my godly lifestyle and my prayer life and my consistency in studying His Word and adhering to His perfect law of liberty? Or am I treading under foot the Son of God by ignoring His call to devotion or by rejecting his precepts and seeking instead to satisfy my own lusts? Paul said in Romans 12:1, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
I propose that we search our hearts and ask God to search our hearts thoroughly. I do not want to squander my allotted time on earth on my own selfish whims and desires. I do not want to pass up such a rich opportunity to actually become a friend to the wonderful and holy Creator of the Universe. Abraham didn't miss it and I don't intend on missing it either.
Yours in Christ,
Monday, April 25, 2011
Top notch quality!
For instance,It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the distant sound of thunder and the smell of fresh rain in the air.
When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh cut hay.
In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks and smoked ribs.
In the seafood department, the fresh, clean, crisp smell of the ocean and the sound of waves slapping the shoreline greets you.
When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.
The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread & cookies.
I've stopped buying toilet paper there...
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Here's one such example of the fish's natural habitat, the mighty Rimac river.
As well as this tortoise piggy-back riding a croc.
And right before we went on to the big animals, here is where my camera died, because I forgot to charge it the night before. However, I found some people who had a camera that worked, so please enjoy the following pictures of animals that we saw.