Archive | June 2012

SON SHINE

Don’t we love the sunshine in spring and summer, especially after a cloudy winter? Sunshine always makes me feel good. The sun also provides nutrients for plants to grow and  Vitamin D for us.

There is another ‘son’ which shines upon us and that is Jesus, the Son of God. We need the shine from this son just as much as we do from nature’s sun. The light which shines from Jesus’ face is the shine of righteousness and salvation.

The writer of Psalm 80 calls out, “Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”  (verse 3)

Peter, James and John witnessed  Jesus’ transfiguration. We are told in Matthew 17:2, “There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.”

The righteous, the believers in Jesus, will see that light for themselves someday.  ” The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” ( Revelation 21:23)  When Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom here on earth there will be no more need for the sun and moon. The light from Jesus will be the only light we will need.

For now we also have a light we can shine. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Is the light of Jesus shining through you? Are you going to be experiencing the light shining from Jesus when He returns?

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SILVER

The final color in this series of blogs is silver. Once again I looked to raisedpraise.com for the meaning of silver – “paid price for redemption; price of a soul; Word of God; grace; strengthened faith”.

When I looked in my Strong’s Concordance I was shocked at the number of Bible verses which mention silver. A lot of the Old Testament references deal with either the Tabernacle or the Temple. Others talk about silver having to go through a refining to be pure representing trials we go through.

The verses I’ve chosen today tell about the paid price for redemption. “When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. . . . So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” (Matthew 26: 3 and 5)

Several hundreds of years prior to this incident Zechariah wrote these words, ” I (the Lord) told them, ‘If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.’ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’ – the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord to the potter.” (Zechariah 11:12-13)

Notice the similarities in these two references. The handsome price they priced the Lord in Zechariah and the amount Judas received to betray Jesus are the same. Both show the thirty pieces of silver being thrown back into the Temple. Later in Matthew 26 we read that the priests took the silver and bought a potter’s field to use as a burial ground. Verses 9-10 then tell us, “Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: ‘They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on Him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

No amount of money can pay for what Jesus gave to us. Through His sacrifice we have salvation. You can’t put a price tag on that.

PURPLE

The final color of the rainbow is purple. The color purple has been associated with royalty and wealth. Paul tells us in Acts that Lydia was a seller of purple. Today we are going to look at two New Testament passages. The first verse (Luke 16:19) talks about wealth, “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury everyday.”

In Biblical times if a person wore purple everyone knew he/she was a person of means. The dye to make purple was extracted from a mollusk found on the shores of the city of Tyre (in present day Lebanon). Only the wealthy could afford it. Roman emperors wore purple trimmed in gold metallic thread. White tunics with a strip of purple were worn by Roman Senators. (information from Wikipedia).

Royalty was designated by the wearing of purple. When Jesus was arrested He was mocked, ” The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head. They clothed Him in a purple robe and went up to Him again and again saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ And they struck Him in the face.” (John 19:2-3). Since Jesus was called the King of the Jews the Roman soldiers thought He should be dressed in purple to look the part.

There are several references to purple in the Old Testament especially in reference to the Tabernacle God told Moses to build.  Look them up. Many are found in Exodus.

This is the end of looking at the colors of the rainbow. I hope you enjoyed these last six entries and maybe even learned something new. Tomorrow I’m throwing in one more color. Stay tuned.

BLUE

What can we learn about the color blue? From the source raisedpraise.com here are some things represented by blue: eternal presence of Yahweh, God’s throne, healing, authority, color of God’s chosen nation, prayer. According to crystal-cure.com blue represents the Virgin Mary.

Ezekiel 1:26 tells us, “Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.” Then verse 28 says, “Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around Him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.”

This vision of Ezekiel’s shows the magnificent throne raised above everything else with Jesus sitting on it. What a sight that will be to see someday!

Isaiah prophesied of the future glory of Zion (Jerusalem) when the Lord returns. Isaiah 54:11 tells of the afflicted city and how it will be healed/restored, ” O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted. I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires.

 Crystal-cure.com says turquoise is the symbol of youth and has a soothing affect. It is used in amulets to represent health, confidence and strength. At Jesus’ return Jerusalem will be restored to be a city of confidence and strength.

Look through a concordance and find all the other places a shade of blue is mentioned in the Bible.

GREEN

The rainbow color today is green. I love in the Spring when everything turns green again. The brown deadness of winter fades and new life unfolds. In the Bible green shows new life, freshness, restoration, health. (raisedpraise.com)

Psalm 23:2 talks about how God provides, giving us restoration, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.”

When God created the world He provided food for life and good health. “And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food. And it was so.” (Genesis 1:30)

Also, God will keep us fresh so we can continue to bear fruit for Him as told in Psalm 92:12-15, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; He is my Rock and there is no wickedness in Him’.”

I especially like the verses in Psalm 92 because I am getting near retirement age. It is good to know God will keep me going so I can still spread His word even as I get older.

New life, freshness, restoration – that’s the color green.

YELLOW/GOLD

“Glory of God, divine nature, eternal deity, purification, majesty, trial by fire, power”, these are some of the words by raisedpraise.com for yellow/gold.

“Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.” (Revelation 4:4)

“I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one ‘like the son of man’ with a crown of gold on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.” (Revelation 14:14)

When we see crowns we think of royalty, kings and queens. Tiaras are placed on the heads of beauty pageant winners to show they are the best. The gold crowns in the verses from Revelations denote the majesty and glory of God. Gold was used a lot in building the great temple in Jerusalem. Gold is mentioned several times in Revelations as John described his view of heaven. The Bible also uses the refinement of gold by fire as a symbol of trials we go through bringing us closer to God in the process.

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine, and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (I Peter 1:6-7)

The third color of the rainbow is gold. May it continually remind you of the majesty of God and the refinement of your faith.

ORANGE

This color is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, but according to crystal-cure.com orange stands for “vitality with endurance“. Endurance is a trait of God.

Psalm 9:7 “The Lord reigns forever; He has established His throne for judgment.”

Psalm 102:12, “But You, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; Your renoun endures through all generations.”

God is not going away. He was, He is, He will forever be. That’s endurance.

God also expects endurance from us. ” All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:13)

We will experience trials and grief, but if we endure and don’t lose faith we will grow from the experience. Our relationship with the ever-present God will continue to build. When you see the color orange think of God’s endurance as well as your endurance to stick with Him.

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