Monday Music — Because Life is Serious Enough

After three weeks of songs with the word Beautiful in the title, I promised you that the next Monday Music song would not be Beautiful.

I’ve kept my promise–although laughter is a beautiful thing, so maybe I didn’t?

Enjoy this Monday Music — Because Life is Serious Enough.

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Adam and Eve: Naked and Unashamed

 

I can't believe what I'm seeing!

I can’t believe what I’m seeing!

Naked and Unashamed?

Now, don’t worry. I’m not going to talk about how I’ve suddenly become an exhibitionist. I haven’t. I promise. 

So why talk about it at all?

Because it leads us to a Red Thread Clue!

In Genesis, we see that we were created to be naked and unashamed

 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. (Genesis 2:25)

 but this freedom didn’t last long, for which the fashion industry owes Adam and Eve a huge thank you.

One bite of fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil stripped Adam and Eve of their freedom as their disobedience to God stripped them of their innocence.

Satan had successfully tricked them, enticing them with visions of grandeur.

“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  (Genesis 3:5)

Of course Satan lied about them becoming like God, except that they did now know both good and evil. Evil was standing right in front of them in the form of a serpent.

When their eyes were indeed open, they saw Satan for who he really is—a liar.

They also saw themselves for who they had just become—sinners.

And they saw they were naked. (Genesis 3:7)

If you’re like me, you’re wondering:

Did they really not know they were naked before?

Try this out. Close your eyes. No, wait. First, read the rest of this, then close your eyes.

After you’ve closed your eyes, see if you can tell whether or not you have clothes on.

It’s not that hard to tell, is it?

I have a dear friend who’s blind. She’s never once asked me if she was naked.

So, Adam and Eve suddenly realizing they were naked seems a bit senseless, but I’m about to change your opinion.

What do most very young children love to do? The same thing one of my daughters continually requested to do. “Can I take my clothes off and run around naked as a jay bird?”

She was completely unashamed to run around without a stitch of clothing on. She wasn’t worried about her older brother or dad seeing her.

She was naked and unashamed.HappyChild

She was young and innocent.

She was born a sinner, but life hadn’t yet taught her the harsher things in life that bring shame.

Innocence was still a blissful pleasure for her.

Now consider Adam and Eve. They were born without a sin nature, so for them, they were more innocent than my young child.

They had nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of, until . . .

Satan tempted them, and they fell for it. They believed his lies over God’s truth. Sin entered their hearts and changed them forever. There was no undoing the damage, and the shame they felt was overwhelming.

So they tried to hide their shame—their nakedness.

They thought maybe fig leaves would do it.

Sin Stupidity

Can we all agree that sin makes you stupid?

It’s made me dumber than a brick often. We see evidence of sin stupidity immediately as Adam and Eve don their fig leaf outfits.

They chose something that turns brown and crumbles to pieces after one day? At least they didn’t pick poison ivy.

Sin stupidity shows up again as Adam and Eve attempt to hide from God.

Really? Do you not know Him at all anymore? How are you going to hide from God?

But we’re like that, too.

The shame of sin sends us into hiding

The shame of sin may not send us into the trees like Adam and Eve, but we hide, nevertheless.

We hide the truth of anything that brings us shame—things we’ve done, thought, felt, or said.

And we hide them anyway we think will work.

We don’t want to be fully known by man or God.

And that’s what’s so amazing about God.

He does know us fully, and He loves us still.

God demonstrated this by the first trade He made for Adam and Eve:
their fig leaf suits for animal skin.

It’s an astounding story of grace and Red Thread Clue, and it’s my next post: Adam and Eve: Naked and Ashamed

Have you ever thought about these questions before? Share your comments below. Join the conversation! 




Devokids.com — Free On-Line Devotions (& More) for Kids

Devokids.com

Devokids.com

 

If you’re a parent, you want to know about this website, Devokids.com

 

On DevoKids, you’ll find inspiring Devotions, fun Stories, easy crafts, recipes, games and puzzles, ideas for Homeschoolers, and other engaging activities.

You’ll also find one of my favorite things about Devokids: the opportunity for kids to be published, too.

While learning wonderful truths of God and enjoying experimenting with new recipes and craft ideas, your child can then take what they’ve learned and write their own devotions or stories and submit them to Devokids.

Imagine your child’s excitement when they see that they’re able to encourage other kids around the world to know and love God by submitting their own devotions or stories to Devokids.

Whether you’re a PARENT looking for fun ways to encourage your child in their journey of faith, a HOMESCHOOLER looking for creative ideas, or a budding AUTHOR, both young or old, Devokids.com has something for you.  

Check it out yourself, and will you please take a moment to share this article, Devokids.com — Free On-Line Devotions (& More for Kids,) with others. Just use one of the handy dandy sharing buttons below. THANKS!  




Monday Music ~ You’re Beautiful (by Phil Wickham)

I’m obsessed with this song by Phil Wickham:

You’re Beautiful

I simply can’t get enough of it. I thought maybe you’d feel the same way, so I wanted to share it with you.

There is something uniquely powerful about music that touches the soul in ways nothing else can.

Phil Wickham’s song You’re Beautiful stops me where ever I am. I can’t just listen to it. I enter into it. Does that make sense? 

It’s like it takes me into the very presence of God, and I’m mesmerized. 

It’s impossible for our finite minds to grasp the pure beauty of God, but this song gives us powerful glimpses that come fabulously close.

And that’s why I’m obsessed with this song.

So now, click the play button, sit back, and enjoy the experience of You’re Beautiful. 

(After you’ve listened to it a hundred times, will you please share it on Pinterest or your favorite Social Media? I have little share buttons that make it easy to share. Spread the obsession!)

Do you have any songs you’re obsessed with? Please share them with me below in the comment section.




God Still Pardons Murderers

Would you rather a cold-blooded murderer walk free on your streets or a physician? 

But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One
and asked for a murderer to be granted to you”
~ Acts 3:14

Barabbas - God still pardons murderers

“No, not Him. Give us Barabbas!” (John 18:40)

The Jewish leaders demanded that Pilate release Barabbas, a convicted thief and murderer, instead of Jesus, the Man who’d fed over 9,000 people and healed the sick and raised the dead.

They wanted Jesus crucified, not the murderer.

Did they think about what they were asking?

They wanted the murderer free, not Jesus.

Did they consider the consequences? 

 

...asked for a murderer to be granted to you...

…asked for a murderer to be granted to you…

On October 26, 1974, Willie Horton and two accomplices brutally murdered a 17-year-old boy. Willie was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole—but apparently not without the possibility of a weekend holiday. 

On June 6, 1986, the Maryland prison released Willie on “weekend furlough.”

What could possibly go wrong with that idea? 

Willie didn’t report back to prison.

Wow! Never saw that coming.

On April 3, 1987, Willie displayed his evil nature again. Fortunately, he was recaptured.

The sentencing judge refused to send Willie back to Maryland fearing he’d be given another weekend holiday. The judge said, “This man should never be allowed to draw a breath of free air again.”[1]

So, now I ask you to reconsider the scene when Pilate asks the crowd who they want released:
Jesus or Barabbas?

They asked Pilate to release a cold-blooded murderer into their streets; to let him be free to approach their children.

They preferred a murderer in their streets over the Holy One. They wanted the One who did only good His entire life to suffer and die.

But’s it even bigger than that.

Look at the murderer’s name. Barabbas.

Barabbas means “son of father.[2]

Barabbas, the son of his father, is released
instead of Jesus, The Son of the Father.

But that’s not all.

Think about who Barabbas’ father is.

I’m not talking about his biological father, but his spiritual father. When they say, “He looks just like his dad,” who would you say he looks like?

“You are of your father the devil,
and you want to do the desires of your father.
He was a murderer from the beginning,
and does not stand in the truth
because there is no truth in him.
Whenever he speaks a lie,
he speaks from his own nature,
for he is a liar and the father of lies.
~ John 8:44[3]

Barabbas may not have had his father Satan’s eyes, but he certainly had his father’s heart—dark and evil. 

It was out of the evil of their own hearts that the Jewish leaders and the crowd demanded Barabbas be free and Jesus crucified, but this was also God’s plan.

Satan meant it for evil, but God intended it for good.

God CHOSE for Barabbas, the son of his father Satan, to be pardoned instead of His own Son—and He did it for us.

 God would not allow His Son to be pardoned,
so that we—murderers, liars, sons of Satan—could be.

Don’t get offended that I’ve just compared us to Barabbas or Willie Horton.

Hopefully you’ve never done anything compared to what these men have done, but had you lived the life they lived, can you honestly say with absolute certainty that you wouldn’t have done what they did?

As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

~ Romans 3:10-12

This includes you—and me.

Let this reality soak in and refresh you.

We are ALL guilty, but God still pardons Murderers.

I’m one of them. No, I don’t have anyone buried in my back yard, but I’ve hated people (not you, of course—others), and Christ likens that to murder.[3]  And trust me, I’ve done much worse than murder people in my heart.

Makes me thankful for Romans 8:1:

“Therefore there is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

~ Romans 8:1

That’s a full pardon, not based on merit, but on grace.

Extravagant grace!

The next time you think about Barabbas, or Willie Horton, or you see a murderer on the news, let that remind you of when God would not allow His Son to be pardoned, so that we—while we were still His enemy—could be pardoned.

Have you accepted His pardon?  

If not, Romans 10:9 teaches how to receive that full pardon:

Romans 10-9

If you have accepted His pardon, walk worthy of your extravagant reprieve. You deserved death, but received life. AMEN!

I’m so glad God still pardons murderers. Whew!

red thread

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[1] Wikipedia: http://ow.ly/u8KZO

[2] Barabbas [N] [H] [S]  i.e., son of Abba or of a father, a notorious robber whom Pilate proposed to condemn to death instead of Jesus, whom he wished to release, in accordance with the Roman custom (John 18:40 ; Mark 15:7 ; Luke 23:19). But the Jews were so bent on the death of Jesus that they demanded that Barabbas should be pardoned (Matthew 27:16-26 ; Acts 3:14). This Pilate did. (These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.)

[3] In this passage, Jesus is talking with the Jewish leaders who were seeking to kill Him. The truth in this passage can also be applied to Barabbas, as anyone who does not believe in Jesus as the only way to the Father, is not in the family of God. There are only two families/two kingdoms: God’s and Satan’s.

[4] Matthew 5:21-22