Words In Pictures

There’s a passage of Scripture that has left me baffled for a long time because it didn’t make gramatical sense to me.

It baffled me because I knew there had to be a meaning if it was left in the bible that way.

Read with me: ‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me and what answer I am to give to this compaint’- Habakuk 2:1

Do you see my grammatical confusion yet? It on the line that says ‘look to see what He will say…’

From my basic understanding of scripture, you look at what is shown, you listen to what is said.

So why the seeming confusion?

God cleared it up for me with a simple but personally relevant question.

Why do you (me) prefer books to movies?

The more I thought about it, I realized it ia because words create pictures in my mind and the details provided in the books always create a richer motion picture in my mind than the movies ever do.

That’s the reason I have always asserted that the movies made from books never do the books justice.

Same rule applies here. When words are spoken, the create pictures in our minds.

Whose words are creating the pictures playing in your mind today, God’s words or the words of the world- the world news perhaps?

Who is saying what you are seeing today?

I choose to see what God is saying.

Who’s With me?
Tobiloba

LIVING SACRIFICES

I’ve been pondering on a scripture and I just realized a funny grammatical fact. It contains an Oxymoron- Two words with opposite meanings used together. Here it is:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.[1]

The words ‘living sacrifice’ is the oxymoron-just in case you’re still wondering.

This verse just won’t let me rest so here are my discoveries:

The first word that strikes me is the word ‘offer’. Other translations of the bible use the word ‘present’. It still has the same effect- It denotes a choice on the part of the ‘offeror’/presenter to give something.

What are we to give? ‘Our bodies’. I’ve wondered why it’s not our spirit that should be the offering and this is what I’ve discovered: Our bodies are the physical representation of Christ on earth and he wants us to give it back to Him.[2]

How are we to give it? ‘As living sacrifices’ I called these two words an oxymoron earlier and I’ll explain now. A sacrifice is usually dead. It has no will, and cannot decide its fate.

Think about it. If you’re offering an animal as a sacrifice, it is killed before it is offered.

Yet God wants us to be sacrifices that are alive- meaning we willingly go to the altar and lay aside our choices, our will and our desires and our ability to decide our fate.

Ouch! That’s going to hurt! Badly!-That’s why it’s called a sacrifice. If you’re not hurting, you’re not yet sacrificing.

You see, the problem with living sacrifices is that they can crawl off the altar. It takes more than human will to keep them there.

If I’m going to remain on God’s altar as a living sacrifice, I need to consciously choose to do so and ask God to help me.

It is when I do this that I have begun to truly and properly worship God

I need to crawl back to the altar. I need to remain a living Sacrifice.

Lord Help!!!!

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba


[1] Romans 12:1(NIV)

[2] I Corinthians 6:19