Monday, February 13, 2012

Remove the Stone---for good!

Genesis 29:8 (NLT) 8 “We can’t water the animals until all the flocks have arrived,” they replied. “Then the shepherds move the stone from the mouth of the well, and we water all the sheep and goats.”

The Bible is so incredible. Every name, every number, and every event can be packed with revelation for a believer. This verse above is a great example. This verse says that God's children come to church on Sunday and experience the grace, compassion, and love of God. However, during the week they disconnect themselves from God. They believe that they have to meet a certain level of righteousness to remain connected to God. Throughout the week they do not experience the wonderful intimacy that they enjoyed at church. So how do I get all of that from this verse?

This comes from a story in Genesis chapter 29. The story is about Jacob and the first time he meets his two wives, Rachel and Leah. Beginning in verse 5, we uncover an interesting message by interpreting the names mentioned. The Bible says in Genesis 29:5, "Then he said to them, "Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?" And they said, "We know him." The first name, Laban, means glorious white. Nahor means, one who breaths through nostrils. When we translate the names, the question becomes; Do you know the glorious white Son of Him who breaths through nostrils? They responded by saying that they know Him.

We know that the glorious white Son is Jesus because we know that God breathed life into Adams nostrils (Genesis 2:7). Now the question becomes---do you know Jesus? They said yes. So we know that this message is about Christians. Now study verse 8 at the top. The shepherds are the pastors of the church. On Sunday, they preach grace and remove the stone [the law]. The law was written on stone tablets and it separates us from our life source. Our life source is God.

Many Christians believe that they have to meet some level of righteousness to fellowship with God. The Bible tells us in Romans 6:14, "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace." So no matter what your week is like, talk to God continually. He loves you no matter what. When you stay connected, you will experience the power of God in wonderful ways. Unhealthy desires will fade away. Healthy desires will begin to take over and you will experience a true life worth living. Find time to read your Bible. God will talk to you through His Word. One word from God can change everything.

Be Blessed!

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