John Knox
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 4 years, 5 months and 9 days.

  I have published 566 blogs and 3,018 comments.

  My blogs average 729 words per blog.

 My most recent blog was published: Feb 26 2017 12:56:22am

 I currently live in: New Zealand.
 About John Knox

a bond-slave of Christ who has been called to this site by the Holy Spirit to minister as directed

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Finding Rest In God
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I had a bad night last night as I seemed to be awake most of the night unable to rest and go to sleep. I am sure that I am not alone with this dilemma. But thankfully this does not happen to me often but when it does I tend to worry. As I lay there in bed, with the darkness closing in around me and my mind going through all the 'what ifs.' What if I cannot go to sleep. What if there is something wrong with me. What if I cannot function in the morning. As I lay there desperately hoping to go to sleep it came to me; is this the kind of faith and trust that God expects of his children? The answer that came to me is probably not, for although I said that I trusted in God to see me through I was not at peace. As these thoughts filtered through into my heart I was made aware by the Holy...
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The sacrifice of surrendered sonship
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Genesis 22 continued – verse 11ff In these verses we reach the pinnacle of the narrative as we discover that Abraham is correct in that the Lord will provide. But I wonder even if Abraham envisaged the manner in which God would achieve this. Many commentaries speak of Abraham having a believe that God would raise Isaac back to life. But we are not told of Abrahams thinking as the writer wishes us to sense the isolation of Abraham’s thoughts. Again in verse 11 we catch a glimpse of the intimacy that Abraham had developed with God. There is sometimes much made of the angel of God as the voice that called out but I do not believe we can read anything into this, for the writer is seen to have belonged to the Elohim tradition which saw angels as Gods...
The direction of duty from genesis 22
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Continuing our study from Genesis 22 As we come to the apex of this ancient narrative we begin to realize the majestic manner in which the writer has lead us in this tension stretched story. We realize that we have encountered deep torturous thoughts on behalf of the two sojourners. We have been held in suspense as we have journeyed with Abraham and Isaac following the voice of God to walk out an outrages task. We have witnessed the perfecting of father and sons obedience of faith. The obedience is not so much in the sacrifice, but more so I believe in Abraham’s willingness to accept a revelation when it seemed to contradict Gods promises to him. Hence we arrive at verse nine to eleven. We are not told how Abraham knew that this was the place to build the alter, but we are...
The goal of unreserved resignation from genesis 22
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Genesis 22 cont… As we continue through this epic and tension ridden walk following the call of God we begin to come to the ‘crunch.’How will Abraham follow the call from God?Will he renege and say he was mistaken?Or will he say the voice he heard must have been the voice of the Devil?We the readers are carried along with these thoughts ticking over in the background of our mind. Up to this point there has hardly been any meaningful communication concerning the purpose of the journey.Isaac is silent before his father and Abraham is silent before God and God is silent before both of them. Hence we come to verse eight where Abraham breaks the silence in response to his sons penetrating question in verse 7.Isaac asked a good question, a logical one in the...
The lonely path of god from genesis 22
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Genesis 22 series cont. We have come to verse five where we notice that the silent tension is ratchet up a few notches as the two servants are told to stay behind as Abraham and Isaac ascent to mountain to worship. There is no mention from Abraham of the true nature of the climb for worship is not the same as sacrifice. Was Abraham misleading the servants? Even more of a misrepresentation is Abraham’s comment that Isaac and himself will return shortly. Why the pretence? Was Abraham concealing the truth? Maybe a hopeful wish? An embarrassed confused statement? Or did Abraham really believe against all hope that God would see him through? As the narration continues we discover, to some readers, the amazing reason that Abraham truly believed that the Lord who had called him would do...
Gods call to come up higher genesis 22
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The series from Genesis continues Verse two records the call of Abraham to take his only son whom Abraham loves and go to the region of Moriah, which we learn in the following verses is about three days journey away. When one goes in the Hebrew we find that the call is expressed in the language of a request as the words used indicate a softness and close intimate call. Today we would say, ‘I would like you Abraham to take your only son and go the region of Moriah.’ What can we learn from this? 1/ God never makes urgent demands of us as he always gives us a way out to decline. I call this a freedom of choice which I believe is a result of being made in the image of God. Other Biblical scholars may call this ‘mans free will’ and decry its use and understanding...
Testing, trials, trust, temptation genesis 22
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As I suspected there is more than one blog from this highly explosive and ‘punch-in-the-stomach’ chapter. As I have been mulling over these words from Genesis 22 it seemed good to me to return to my exegetical roots and work my way through the chapter. Hence verse one Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Tested: the Hebrew is (nis·sāh) which occurs here and in 1 Samuel 17:39 and is translated into English as Test/Prove. The KJV wrongly translated the Hebrew as Tempt. What can we learn from this? 1/ God will always choose the time and place of our testing. I caution against putting God to the test as some believers are prone to do citing Gideon and the fleece narrative in Judges 6. 2/ The...
The supreme sacrificial climb genesis 22
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Some time back I said to the Lord that I would like to blog on a teaching topic and left it at that. Earlier this week my thoughts were directed to Genesis 22 with the implication that this was to be the blog for my next posting. I was not particularly thrilled hence my normal Friday blog came and went as I struggled with this assignment. Finally I could not be disobedient. Therefore I pray for clarity as I pen this blog so as to be able to bless those who read this posting. As it happens this chapter captivated my attention while I was at Theological College for the way it was crafted to build up tension and suspense. Note the abrupt beginning and stark, emotionless fraught construction. It is absorbing, confusing, riveting and infuriating. This terseness and starkness is seen ever so...
Discerning the times and seasons of 2017
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I stumbled across this vewrse from Proverbs the othert day and never gave it a second thought until the Holy Spirit pulled me up and said ‘Look again.’ Because of this rebuke I begin this blog with this verse from Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. My devotional reading this morning contained the thoughts that God sets the time and seasons and it is our responsibility to discern the times and seasons that we are now in. Daniel know this spiritual truth for he set himself aside abstaining from the Kings rich food to spend time in prayer seeking Gods will and direction in for his people who were living in a foreign land. Today more than ever with the nations in uproar and un certainty sweeping around the world...
Jesus is weeping we are praying
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The Holy Spirit has drawn my attention to a number of verses concerning Jesus’ attitude towards Jerusalem that we have tended; at least I have, over looked its significance. It is recorded in the gospels that Jesus wept twice and in Hebrews we are told that Jesus cried with loud cries to Him who was able to save him. But the incident that has been pressed into my heart is recorded in Luke 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it Ironically Jesus had just ridden into Jerusalem on the donkey and was hailed as King. Amidst the celebration, laughter and positive vibes Jesus breaks down and weeps over the city. What a complete contrast to the atmosphere that he been generated moments before. As I type this I wonder how the disciple reacted. Here they were,...
Seven truths for the week
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I wish for you to meditate on these seven truths; one for each day of the week. 1/ Hold onto your first Love. Remember God is Good and Loves you We walk by faith and not Sight 2/ Expect God to visit you this week with his Presence. 3/ Declare the riches of God over your day. 4/ Seek the Lord with all your heart and mind for new Revelation from his Word. 5/ Work out your salvation. 6/ Put on the full Armour of God and stand firm. 7/ Pray for workers to go out into the field for the harvests are due. To those who have been struggling against a raging enemy, look up because I have planned an outrages blessing to flow and fill your life. I am planning to bring you up higher. Stand firm on Christ’s sacrifice for you will be resurrected into newness of life. Choose to believe my word and...
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