10/2/11

Oh, to be a butterfly!!!


I wonder what it would be like to be a butterfly?  To live such a short life, to accomplish little and then perish?  Yet, this butterfly is unusual; you can see right through it!!!  In a way, Jesus was like this butterfly; when you saw him, you saw the father and that was a beautiful sight to see.  Which reminds me of this passage from the book of John...

John 14:6-11 (WEB)
6) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.
7) If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him.”
8) Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
9) Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’
10) Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works.
11) Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

God revealed himself through Jesus.  Want to know something about God...look to Jesus.  Jesus' words were those of the Father, his actions pleased HIS Father and his sacrifice was the will of the Father.  Which leads me also to the followers of Jesus.  Question: when someone looks at you do they see Jesus?  Are my thoughts, actions and will like his?  If not, why not?  Maybe we should all be more like the butterfly in the picture, in that when people see us they can see right through us and see God.  Maybe being a butterfly isn't such a bad idea after all...

OT Bible Reading 10/2

Oct. 2
Psalms 125-127

Psa 125:1 Those who trust in Yahweh are as Mount Zion, which can't be moved, but remains forever.
Psa 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so Yahweh surrounds his people from this time forth and forevermore.
Psa 125:3 For the scepter of wickedness won't remain over the allotment of the righteous; so that the righteous won't use their hands to do evil.
Psa 125:4 Do good, Yahweh, to those who are good, to those who are upright in their hearts.
Psa 125:5 But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, Yahweh will lead them away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be on Israel.
Psa 126:1 When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream.
Psa 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, "Yahweh has done great things for them."
Psa 126:3 Yahweh has done great things for us, and we are glad.
Psa 126:4 Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh, like the streams in the Negev.
Psa 126:5 Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.
Psa 126:6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.
Psa 127:1 Unless Yahweh builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless Yahweh watches over the city, the watchman guards it in vain.
Psa 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to stay up late, eating the bread of toil; for he gives sleep to his loved ones.
Psa 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage of Yahweh. The fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psa 127:4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.
Psa 127:5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. They won't be disappointed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

NT Bible Reading 10/2

Oct. 2
2 Corinthians 12

2Co 12:1 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. For I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2Co 12:2 I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I don't know, or whether out of the body, I don't know; God knows), such a one caught up into the third heaven.
2Co 12:3 I know such a man (whether in the body, or outside of the body, I don't know; God knows),
2Co 12:4 how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
2Co 12:5 On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in my weaknesses.
2Co 12:6 For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, so that no man may think more of me than that which he sees in me, or hears from me.
2Co 12:7 By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, that I should not be exalted excessively.
2Co 12:8 Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.
2Co 12:11 I have become foolish in boasting. You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for in nothing was I inferior to the very best apostles, though I am nothing.
2Co 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty works.
2Co 12:13 For what is there in which you were made inferior to the rest of the assemblies, unless it is that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong.
2Co 12:14 Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I seek not your possessions, but you. For the children ought not to save up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
2Co 12:15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the less?
2Co 12:16 But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception.
2Co 12:17 Did I take advantage of you by anyone of them whom I have sent to you?
2Co 12:18 I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Didn't we walk in the same spirit? Didn't we walk in the same steps?
2Co 12:19 Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.
2Co 12:20 For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don't desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;
2Co 12:21 that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lustfulness which they committed.

2 Corinthians 12 1    (WEB, Darby, Young's)
It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
Well, it is not of profit to me to boast, for I will come to visions and revelations of [the]
Lord.
To boast, really, is not profitable for me, for I will come to visions and revelations
of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12 2
I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I don`t know, or whether out of
the body, I don`t know; God knows), such a one caught up into the third heaven.
I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago, (whether in [the] body I know not, or out of
the body I know not, God knows;) such [a one] caught up to [the] third heaven.
I have known a man in Christ, fourteen years ago -- whether in the body I have not
known, whether out of the body I have not known, God hath known -- such an one
being caught away unto the third heaven;
2 Corinthians 12 3
I know such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I don`t know; God knows),
And I know such a man, (whether in [the] body or out of the body I know not, God knows;)
and I have known such a man -- whether in the body, whether out of the body, I
have not known, God hath known, --
2 Corinthians 12 4
how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a
man to utter.
that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable things said which it is not
allowed to man to utter.
that he was caught away to the paradise, and heard unutterable sayings, that it is
not possible for man to speak.
2 Corinthians 12 5
On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in my
weaknesses.
Of such [a one] I will boast, but of myself I will not boast, unless in my weaknesses.
Of such an one I will boast, and of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities,
2 Corinthians 12 6
For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I forbear, so
that no man may account of me above that which he sees in me, or hears from me.
For if I shall desire to boast, I shall not be a fool; for I will say [the] truth; but I forbear,
lest any one should think as to me above what he sees me [to be], or whatever he may hear
of me.
for if I may wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for truth I will say; but I forebear,
lest any one in regard to me may think anything above what he doth see me, or
doth hear anything of me;
2 Corinthians 12 7
By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively,
there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be
exalted excessively.
And that I might not be exalted by the exceeding greatness of the revelations, there was
given to me a thorn for the flesh, a messenger of Satan that he might buffet me, that I
might not be exalted.
and that by the exceeding greatness of the revelations I might not be exalted
overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of the
Adversary, that he might buffet me, that I might not be exalted overmuch.
2 Corinthians 12 8
Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
For this I thrice besought the Lord that it might depart from me.
Concerning this thing thrice the Lord did I call upon, that it might depart from
2 Corinthians 12 9
He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on
me.
And he said to me, My grace suffices thee; for [my] power is perfected in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of the Christ may
dwell upon me.
and He said to me, `Sufficient for thee is My grace, for My power in infirmity is
perfected;` most gladly, therefore, will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the
power of the Christ may rest on me:
2 Corinthians 12 10
Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in
distresses, for Christ`s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.
Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in necessities, in persecutions, in
straits, for Christ: for when I am weak, then I am powerful.
wherefore I am well pleased in infirmities, in damages, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses -- for Christ; for whenever I am infirm, then I am
powerful;
2 Corinthians 12 11
I have become foolish. You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for in
nothing was I behind the very best apostles, though I am nothing.
I have become a fool; *ye* have compelled me; for *I* ought to have been commended by
you; for I have been nothing behind those who were in surpassing degree apostles, if also
I am nothing.
I have become a fool -- boasting; ye -- ye did compel me; for I ought by you to have
been commended, for in nothing was I behind the very chiefest apostles -- even if I
am nothing.
2 Corinthians 12 12
Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, by signs and wonders and
mighty works.
The signs indeed of the apostle were wrought among you in all endurance, signs, and
wonders, and works of power.
The signs, indeed, of the apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in
signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds,
2 Corinthians 12 13
For what is there in which you were made inferior to the rest of the assemblies, unless it is that
I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong.
For in what is it that ye have been inferior to the other assemblies, unless that I myself
have not been in laziness a charge upon you? Forgive me this injury.
for what is there in which ye were inferior to the rest of the assemblies, except
that I myself was not a burden to you? forgive me this injustice!
2 Corinthians 12 14
Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I
seek not your possessions, but you. For the children ought not to save up for the parents, but the
parents for the children.
Behold, this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be in laziness a charge;
for I do not seek yours, but you; for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but
the parents for the children.
Lo, a third time I am ready to come unto you, and I will not be a burden to you, for
I seek not yours, but you, for the children ought not for the parents to lay up, but
the parents for the children,
2 Corinthians 12 15
I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the
less?
Now *I* shall most gladly spend and be utterly spent for your souls, if even in abundantly
loving you I should be less loved.
and I most gladly will spend and be entirely spent for your souls, even if, more
abundantly loving you, less I am loved.
2 Corinthians 12 16
But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception.
But be it so. *I* did not burden you, but being crafty I took you by guile.
And be it [so], I -- I did not burden you, but being crafty, with guile I did take you;
2 Corinthians 12 17
Did I take advantage of you by anyone of them whom I have sent to you?
Did I make gain of you by any of those whom I have sent to you?
any one of those whom I have sent unto you -- by him did I take advantage of you?
2 Corinthians 12 18
I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Didn`t
we walk in the same spirit? Didn`t we walk in the same steps?
I begged Titus, and sent the brother with [him]: did Titus at all make gain of you? have
we not walked in the same spirit? [have we] not in the same steps?
I entreated Titus, and did send with [him] the brother; did Titus take advantage
of you? in the same spirit did we not walk? -- did we not in the same steps?
2 Corinthians 12 19
Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in
Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.
Ye have long been supposing that we excuse ourselves to you: we speak before God in
Christ; and all things, beloved, for your building up.
Again, think ye that to you we are making defence? before God in Christ do we
speak; and the all things, beloved, [are] for your up-building,
2 Corinthians 12 20
For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I
might be found by you as you don`t desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy,
outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;
For I fear lest perhaps coming I find you not such as I wish, and that *I* be found by you
such as ye do not wish: lest [there might be] strifes, jealousies, angers, contentions, evil
speakings, whisperings, puffings up, disturbances;
for I fear lest, having come, not such as I wish I may find you, and I -- I may be
found by you such as ye do not wish, lest there be strifes, envyings, wraths,
revelries, evil-speakings, whisperings, puffings up, insurrections,
2 Corinthians 12 21
that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of
those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality
and lustfulness which they committed.
lest my God should humble me as to you when I come again, and that I shall grieve over
many of those who have sinned before, and have not repented as to the uncleanness and
fornication and licentiousness which they have practised.
lest again having come, my God may humble me in regard to you, and I may bewail
many of those having sinned before, and not having reformed concerning the
uncleanness, and whoredom, and lasciviousness, that they did practise.