Friday, March 4, 2011

some entries from Anon E. Moose's journal

From the Journal of Anon E. Moose (Da Moose):

Why don’t people seek God??? I ask this question now “from the other side”, having received the answer for myself. If people only knew, if only they could grasp the unspeakable JOY and contentment in all circumstances that God brings, I believe they would truly “hunger and thirst” for more of Him.

“Christianity has to be ‘disappointing’, [my emphasis] precisely because it is not a mechanism for accomplishing all our human ambitions and aspirations; it is a mechanism for subjecting all things to the Will of God.” Simon Tugwell
[disappointing in the sense of worldliness and fleshly desires, but ultimately fulfilling beyond our wildest dreams or expectations]

Entole – Greek for commandment:
1) an order, command, charge, precept, injunction
a) that which is prescribed to one by reason of his office
2) a commandment
a) a prescribed rule in accordance with which a thing is done
3) a precept relating to lineage, of the Mosaic precept concerning the priesthood
4) ethically used of the commandments in the Mosaic law or Jewish tradition
What is the derivative in Greek of “commandment” in the way/sense Jesus used it in Matthew 22 and John 13? The “love” He spoke of was not just “philleo”, but agapao (agape) love, a deep, interpersonal, knowing love. So, does the “commandment” mean something more than “marching orders”, clearly it is not just a request. There is a sense in my heart that it is like the Father disciplining the child . . . it has importance and clear significance for our own good. And, He desires (commands/expects) us to obey willingly and joyfully from our hearts.
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34 (New Living Translation)

16 A simple life in the Love-of-GOD
is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches. Proverbs 15:16 (The Moose Message)

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