Landscape of our Heritage

Methuselah lived 996 years, there being no ultra violet radiation before the world-wide flood and therefore limited ageing, for the globe was watered with a sun-protecting mist.

What will be your longevity?

Throughout life, we stand on land, in the lands and depend on land for our welfare and survival. Where has your life prospered? Our faith in God also has a spiritual landscape that courts our attention, charms our life and captivates our obedience or following of God.

The ‘spiritual landscape’ of the generation we live in, and of our own generation(s) is captured in this eBook I’ve written: Key to the Knowledge, for anyone’s free download.

For the eternal gospel is generational and it’s a scandal by nature:

“We preach Christ crucified, preaching which to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block that springs a snare or trap. And to the Gentiles – meaning all other nations’ peoples and lands – our preaching appears absurd and a load of unphilosophical nonsense!

“But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek, Christ is the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.

“This is because the foolish thing that has its source in God, is wiser than men, and the weak thing that springs from God is stronger than men. For simply consider your own call, brothers and sisters” ~1 Corinthians 1:23-26, clarified Amplified Version.

Methuselah was called “when he dies, it comes”, which is the literal meaning of his name in Hebrew. And when he died, the world wide flood came! Judgment is not a popular word, but it is when anyone knows that they’re called of God.

Any reader may like to see here, for a couple of God’s most gracious and merciful judgments, and they’re made entirely for our sakes.

Imagine in those times before the flood, Methuselah’s mother calling him for dinner as a child, for she’d literally be saying: “when he dies, judgement comes”, dinner’s ready! Have you heard the voice of God calling you and do you know if He’s chosen you? This is our whole security, stability and victory in all of the landscape of life.

If you’ve heard God and followed God by hearing His voice – the voice of the nurturing, consoling, healing and nutrifying Holy Spirit; just like Methuselah’s mother’s voice – then you will know that He’s called you and chosen you, for He cannont lie when He calls you by name: “John”, “Cyndie”, “Terry”, “Joel”, “Harmony” or whatever.

Because then, you know that He knows you.

But then, where do you stand in the landscape of life? Do you stand on a mountain top, courting His right stance and judgments? Do you stand on a hillside, ready to slide or still climbing? Do you stand in a deep, dark valley of woe, or in a fertile valley of delight?

Ages may pass, and it seems like no one cares or has cared, but you’re called by God, and you know He cares, even though you’ve been living a scandal. It’s alright, because God himself is scandalous, He’s used to you, because He knows the exact place in the landscape that you’ve traversed and are now standing in. He can speak to you there.

Interesting! When Methuselah was born, Adam was still alive, and would have easily comprehended Adam’s creation naratives as an adult. So, what if this Bible narrative is true? Will it fit your age?

For simply consider your own call, brothers and sisters ~1 Corinthians 1:26 – for it’s ageless and it’s in the landscaper’s hands by the calling and choosing of the Ancient of Days.

So, for a sense of agelessness, please read this scripture. It’s a heavenly mist. I may need it to become a foundation stone for me, hence-forth!

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Heirs of the World

It seems a common case to me, for “we-as-Christians” to lose our vision in God’s kingdom, and just “rattle around at the bottom of the barrel”, by losing our hope in eternal things.

This may help.

And yet: What do you value?

“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, for he will make me to walk upon my high places” ~Habakuk 3:19

As the author of this post, I’m not intending to explain in detail, what I mean by quoting these scriptures, for the revelation of scripture comes with meditation – see Psalm 1:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 2:13-15, also John 3:5-8.

Therefore, let the reader meditate prayerfully on the comparison colored words. Orange, is for God’s promises; green is for God himself, and purple is for our faith in God and it’s aims in this world, or our own personal faith’s vision and it’s clarity or hope.

My reading of the above quoted scripture in Habakuk today, lead me to read this one in Deuteronomy as a comparison:

But the Lord’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him
as the apple of his eye.

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
the Lord alone guided him,
no foreign god was with him.

He made him ride on the high places of the land,
and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock.
Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
with the fat of lambs, rams of Bashan and goats,
with the very finest of the wheat—
and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape ~Deut. 32:9-14.

This verse:

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,

describes how the Lord God trained Jacob, making him into Israel: “Prince with God”.

It’s like the eagle’s training of her young egrets. She throws them off the cliff face! But then, this parent-eagle catches them, and brings them back to their nest, and she repeats this until they learn to fly themselves.

Learning how to “fly” in God’s kingdom – trusting in His promises so that you see them fulfilled by Him, which itself lifts you above your circumstances through faith in God – is a training ground, and will ever be a training ground “this side” of seeing Jesus face to face.

Hebrews chapter eleven, gives us many examples of the Bible characters from whom we can learn, how to trust God as they did, and “fly”. But we each need to learn to lift ourselves up through our trust in God’s word and Spirit.

“I have given you wings”, says the Lord!

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring (that’s us!) that he (and they) would be heir of the world did not come through the law, but through the righteousness of faith ~Romans 4:13.

Hold on! For I think that Mother-Eagle, will be “tossing us off the cliff” until we become heirs of the world. Let’s learn how to fly, aye.

It’s “fair dinkum”, because the scripture from Deuteronomy 32:9-14, is immediately preceded by the contrasting case of “whose portion it is”, by claiming: “The Lord’s portion is His people” (v9), whereas “the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind. He fixed the borders of the peoples” (v8).

So, the preceding verses were all about dividing up land for social, cultural, economic and even for ceremonial purposes; “but the Lord’s portion is His people”. As Christians, our love for others and for God, is quantified by the degree of love we have for each other – see 1 John 4:20-21 – so, besides being Abraham’s offspring, we are our Lord’s portion.

We “fly” in Him, for He has claimed us as His inheritance!