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Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.
We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?
Photos of ‘Big Jesus’ appeared in ‘The Guardian’ photos of Pride around the world!
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1 We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking only to learn that it is God shaking them.
2 Don't judge others simply because they sin differently than you.
3 The greatest faith of all is to live day by day trusting Him.
4 Preaching grace produces fruit. Preaching law produces nuts.
5 No two Christians will ever meet for the last time.
Extracts from 'Abraham Continued' Genesis 17:1-5
If you go for a walk with a dog lover they are irresistibly drawn, as if by a magnet, to every dog they see. And they think every dog is gorgeous! They love them all and see only what is lovely and wonderful about them. They are looking through eyes of love….More of that later!
In Genesis 17 the story says that God appeared to Abraham and said
‘I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be perfect’
Or, according to the Hebrew, did God Almighty say? No. The Hebrew word that gets translated as ‘God Almighty’ is ‘El Shaddai’. Shad means breast and El means God. This is a female, Mother God with breasts to nurture her children.
Abraham was relating to a feminine, nurturing God.
In Jewish Rabbinical writings the spirit of God was always seen as female. Now we often repeat ‘God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit’. In the Trinity if there is a Father and a Son surely there has to be a Mother.
The Holy Spirit, our guide and comforter is our Mother and there are many places in scriptures picturing God as a mother:
Is 49:15 God compared to a breastfeeding mother: “Can a woman forget the baby she breastfeeds, even if she forgets I will not forget you’
Hos 11:3-4 God described as a mother: “...I was to them like a woman who lifts a baby to her cheek. I bent down to them and fed them.”
Is 66:13 God as a comforting mother: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Ex 6:3 it says ‘I appeared to Abraham… by the name of El Shaddai, he did not know me by my name Yahweh.’ (El Shaddai is a nurturing,mother, Yawheh is a judge.)
In my own Christian past I knew the fear of having God as my judge, Yahweh. My current experience is of our Mother God who gives us peace by her total, unconditional love.
So, God said to Abraham, ‘I am El Shaddai (Mother God) walk before me and be perfect’.
‘Walk before me’ is from a good mother always having her child in her sight. Always looking out for her child, ever watchful, always protecting, forever being the guiding hand.
‘Walk before me and be perfect’ Be perfect is not an instruction but a description. Its like saying, ‘Walk before me so I can see how perfect you are to me and I’m proud of you!’
Mother God sees her much loved children through the eyes of love. Remember the dog lover? When we look through eyes of love we only see the good, we are blind to faults.
God changed Abe’s name from Abram to Abraham by putting the letter pronounced ‘heh’ in Hebrew in the middle. The ‘heh’ is is pronounced as a breathe out, an exhalation.
God had breathed the Holy Spirit into Abram and wanted this to be shown in his name. So ‘heh’, a breath, in the middle of Abram’s name makes him Abraham.
The letter ‘heh’ is the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, five is the spiritual number for grace. God gave Abraham the Holy Spirit out of grace, a gift not earned.
Grace and spirit are integral to Abraham’s name; a change of name for a change of character and a change in destiny.
As grace and spirit are integral to us in our life in God. By grace we come alive to God. By the Holy Spirit we experience closeness to God and come aware of God’s presence.
Many of us here at Liberty have had ‘a gift not earned’ that has changed our destiny, lives taken in a new direction, a direction we always knew we were originally designed for.
Abraham’s new name, containing the breathe of God, means ‘the father of many’. This was his destiny. And Paul writes in Galations 3:16 about the promises God gave Abraham.
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his offspring were the promises made. He didn’t say offspring plural but singular as of one, I quote ‘to your offspring’, meaning one who is Christ Jesus.
As spiritual children of Abraham, and as brothers and sisters to Jesus we are therefore also children of God. We are in a close relationship greatly favoured and greatly loved.
Our destiny is to live in this relationship with God due to God’s grace and Spirit within us.
Each one of can say along with Jesus ‘I am God’s favourite’. Each one of us can say, ‘I am the apple of Mother God’s eye’.
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