Items posted on 26 May 2010
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Proverbs 16.4 & Colossians 1.16 The Purpose of Creation
Posted: 26 May 2010 in Colossians, Proverbs

The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

If ever we are tempted to think that the world was made for our benefit, these two verses can put us right about that, and also put right the man centredness of much modern theology and religious thinking.

The world is not here for our benefit, but to fulfill God’s purposes, whatever they may be, and we are here to do our part in fulfilling those purposes.

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Leviticus 3.2 – Vocation
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And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.

Here reference is made to the fact that Aaron’s sons had the exclusive right to execute the priestly office in ancient Israel. As Hebrews has it, “No man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God.” The central idea here is that of vocation, and of allowing God to determine the role we are to fulfill in life. We can spend many long years trying to arrange things for ourselves, and get nowhere, but sooner or later we must surrender to God’s will.

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