No, there was no theology post for the two Calvinists who read this blog. This morning I woke to a set of cars. My mother had gone through all her old stuff and found my baptismal certificate, my original birth certificate, old photos of me in a schoolboy rugby team, and letters I wrote to my Gran. Many of them from primary school. She attached a card written by her and Dad which praised God that I’d been around for 60 years. This left Kea and me in tears. I am profoundly grateful that I was raised by them.
Kea had some thoughtful gifts. The main one is to come: we will celebrate this weekend with those who are local. (Yes, I;m taking a few days off).
The day before the key switches and keycaps arrived, so Son Two’s present is now functional and placed where it will be of most use.
Enough of that. Onto scripture. And praise. This one is for Dad.
A Psalm of David.
25 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
4 Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
According to Your lovingkindness remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
I appreciate what Mum and Dad wrote. But I am not perfect. I would not meet the staandards of Exekiel. None of us do. But if we repent, and turn, God is merciful, and sent Christ to cover our sins and evil. So we could have fellowship unending. Sixty years has gone in the blink of an eye. We need much longer/
5 “But if a man is righteous and practices justice and righteousness, 6 and does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor’s wife or approach a woman during her menstrual period— 7 if a man does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing, 8 if he does not lend money on interest or take increase, if he keeps his hand from iniquity and executes true justice between man and man, 9 if he walks in My statutes and My ordinances so as to deal faithfully—he is righteous and will surely live,” declares the Lord God.
10 “Then he may [a]have a violent son who sheds blood and who does any of these things to a brother 11 (though he himself did not do any of these things), that is, he even eats at the mountain shrines, and defiles his neighbor’s wife, 12 oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore a pledge, but lifts up his eyes to the idols and commits abomination, 13 he lends money on interest and takes increase; will he live? He will not live! He has committed all these abominations, he will surely be put to death; his blood will be [b]on his own head.
14 “Now behold, he [c]has a son who has observed all his father’s sins which he committed, and observing does not do likewise. 15 He does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor’s wife, 16 or oppress anyone, or retain a pledge, or commit robbery, but he gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing, 17 he keeps his hand from [d]the poor, does not take interest or increase, but executes My ordinances, and walks in My statutes; he will not die for his father’s iniquity, he will surely live. 18 As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was not good among his people, behold, he will die for his iniquity.
You do not want to be relying on the good you have done. Better to bend the knee, and confess our imperfections. That which we confess, God will account for: in him we are new.
32 And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this promise [a]to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son; today i have begotten You.’ 34 As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the holy and [b]sure blessings of David.’ 35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘You will not [c]allow Your [d]Holy One to [e]undergo decay.’ 36 For David, after he had [f]served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and [g]underwent decay; 37 but He whom God raised did not [h]undergo decay. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through [i]Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and [j]through Him everyone who believes is [k]freed [l]from all things, from which you could not be [m]freed [n]through the Law of Moses. 40 Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:
41 ‘Behold, you scoffers, and marvel, and [o]perish;
For I am accomplishing a work in your days,
A work which you will never believe, though someone should describe it to you.’”
It is not me that has got here. It is by the grace of God. To him be the glory.