Brenda couldn’t come today, so Bessie brought Courtney and Courtney’s 9-week-old nephew Aiden.

Bessie immediately began with Isaiah 44:6 and said that she had been wrong to say that the “repurchaser” was Jesus Christ.  “It is talking about Jehovah there”…  I nodded in agreement.  She looked confused. 

Of course, Bessie!  That’s what the bible SAYS… it really isn’t confusing! 

Thus says the LORD (Jehovah), the King of Israel and his Redeemer (their bible says “repurchaser”), the LORD (Jehovah) of hosts (theirs says “armies”):
‘I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.’

We went on to read through verse 8.

WHO is the Redeemer?  WHO is the Repurchaser?  WHO PAID THE PRICE AND BOUGHT THE PEOPLE OUT OF SLAVERY?!?

We looked at verse 24 and then flipped over to Colossians 1- after all it was Bessie and Brenda who, a few weeks ago, agreed with me (because I kept reading when they wanted to use the first 8 words of Colossians 1:15 in the attempt to explain that Christ is NOT God- they read “He is the image of the invisible God” and stopped there!) that all things were created through Christ and for Him (my desire to prove His preeminence at that time)… ANYWAY… I ramble!

… because they agreed a few weeks ago that all was created through Christ and for Him, we hiked from Is. 44:24; 45:7, 12, 18 to Col.1:16-17 and Bessie declared that Jehovah USED Christ to create everything, therefore JEHOVAH is the creator and Christ is the tool!  WHAT?!?  JEHOVAH is the Redeemer/Repurchaser and Christ is the tool!  WHAT?!?  I couldn’t say a thing!  I could only pray.  What on earth?!?

“Tina, do you think that Jehovah and Jesus are one?”

I looked at her stunned.  What have we been talking about these many weeks?!?  What did I just read to her from Isaiah?

Am I casting pearls before swine?  Should this be the end?

Pray!

I became angry and JEALOUS… I was BURNING and having a hard time being gracious as her rambling continued.

“You are calling God a liar, Bessie.  Either you are sitting in my living room, calling Him a liar, or you are completely confused and illogical!  We agree that there is ONE TRUE GOD!  We talked about this last time!  Yet you tell me that Jesus is god!  Answer me!  Is He false?  How do you reconcile THAT?!?  Your JEHOVAH has told you that He is IT!  NO ONE ELSE!  NOTHING ELSE!  He’s the only true one!  What is the deal?  You have not satisfied me because you have tampered with God’s word, you take things completely out of context and you sit here, making God a liar.  Tell me!  (calming down) Explain it to me… using YOUR BIBLE!  Is Jesus a god and if he is… then he must be false because there is only ONE TRUE ONE, right?”

I need to figure out how to keep Bessie on a subject.  When she is at a loss, she quickly changes the subject… she began talking about the Kingdom and how our purpose on earth is plain as day in Matthew 24:14:  “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughtout the whole world as a tesimony to all natinos, and then the end will come.”  We are to be quiet servants…  and then she started talking about how the Jehovah’s Witnesses are everywhere… about how they don’t have the names of men on their signs… about Jeopardy (again) saying that their bible was the most accurate translation…  I’m not sure what that had to do with anything… but then she asked about whether we paid our pastor and other “servants” in the church and then she bragged that NO ONE in the Jehovah’s Witnesses is paid…  she’s a bus driver and told me, disgusted, that a boy on her bus told her he want to be a preacher because they make good money.  WHAT?!?  What are we talking about now?  She was rambling now…  How did we get from her calling God a liar to the Jehovah’s Witnesses being God’s great servants?

I interrupted.

Wait.  You have not reconciled the Word of God to me.  I don’t want you to tell me about the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  I am not interested in what they do.  I am interested in what the Word of God says.  If you won’t tell me WHO Jesus is, then tell me, what must I do to be saved? 

She turned it onto me, “What do YOU think you need to do?”

YAY!!!  While I would LOVE to hear her answer, THANK YOU, FATHER, for having her ask me!!!

“Well, Bessie, the bible says to ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.'”

“And that’s all you think you have to do- just believe?  You don’t have to walk like Jesus?  You don’t have to be like Him and be His follower?”

“Wait a minute!  You asked about what we needed to do to be SAVED.  The Bible says to repent and believe!  If I repent and believe and I am wooed by the King of all of Creation… don’t you think I’m going to want to be LIKE Him?!?  Don’t you think it’s going to be earth-shattering and life-changing?!?  Walking like Him and being like Him is a natural outpouring of a heart that has been saved from the wrath of God!  It will NOT save me, though!  I could never HOPE to be as good as Him!  Can you?”

She changed the subject AGAIN!  Before I could get into Romans and Ephesians!  I know… I can’t ask any questions… not even rhetorical… or she’ll change the subject as soon as I take a breath!

It kind of worked, though… she wanted to go BACK to the diety of Christ… I feel like a ping-pong ball!  I’m pooped.

That’s fine!  My God is the God of the Bible and it’s all His turf… what have I to fear?  NOTHING!  My purpose is to glorify Him.  That’s all I need be concerned with! 

She’s flipping to Isaiah again… REALLY?!? Oh, GOODY!!! 

She declares again that the Redeemer/Repurchaser is Jehovah and that Jehovah USED Christ.

Back to that again?  Okay… well… Let’s look at Isaiah 45:21 and 22 in light of Acts 16:31!!!

What now?

“If Jesus is God, why was he praying in the garden that the cup would pass from Him?  Why was He always praying to the Father?  Why was He tempted all of the time?”

(Gushing and trying NOT to be weepy over the unbelievable love and condescension of my Creator):  We talked about our sympathetic High Priest.  We talked about the willing subordination of Christ. 

I can’t remember what she began talking about next… I was just blown away by her comment, “Jehovah was sad about what happened when Jesus was on the torture stake and made the whole earth get dark and shake.”

“WHOA!  Wait a minute!  Show me that!”

“Show you what?”

“Show me that God was sad about it all.”

“Well, I’ll have to look for it.”

“Okay.  Please do, because the bible says that it PLEASED God to CRUSH His Son.”

“Where?”

“Oh Goody.  Let’s turn to Isaiah 52!  This is great.  This is AWESOME!  It’s TERRIBLE!  And WONDERFUL!  And HUMBLING!  And HEART-RAVAGING!  Look at verse 13 and we’ll read all the way through chapter 53:

52:13  Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
   he shall be high and lifted up,
   and shall be exalted.
14  As many were astonished at you—
   his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
   and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
15  so shall he sprinkle many nations;
 kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
 for that which has not been told them they see,
   and that which they have not heard they understand.
53:1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
   And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
 he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
   and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
   a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
   he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 4 Surely he has borne our griefs
   and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
   smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
   he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
   and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
   we have turned—every one—to his own way;
 and the LORD has laid on him
   the iniquity of us all.

 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
 like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
   and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
   so he opened not his mouth.
8By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
   and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
   stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
 and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
   and there was no deceit in his mouth.

 10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
   he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
   he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
 the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
 make many to be accounted righteous,
 and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
 and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
ecause he poured out his soul to death
   and was numbered with the transgressors;
 yet he bore the sin of many,
   and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Before I could really get gushy and comment on anything, Bessie said, “Well, my bible says that it delighted God… but I’m going to do some research and find the verse I’m thinking of but we’ll talk about it next time because we have to go right now.”

WHAT?!?  Unbelievable!

You know what, though, our good God let me read Isaiah 52:13- 53:12 uninterrupted!  The seed is the Word!  He has to woo her.  It’s got nothing to do with me.  Pray with me!  Pray for Bessie and Brenda and Courtney (who didn’t utter a word).  Pray that the seed will be watered and harvested!  Bessie is coming again Tuesday morning at 11.  I don’t know who will be with her.  Pray with me, though!  As long as I have a chance to read the LIVING WORD OF GOD and to talk about my Savior… I will.  Pray that I won’t be tired.  I admit it.  I already mentioned it to my sweet friend, Angel:  The last thing I wanted to do this morning was have Bessie here.  I’m nursing an injury.  I’m tired.  I went to the obgyn yesterday and that is NEVER fun, even though mine is the BEST.  I just was not up for it!  It’s a GORGEOUS day that could be spent with my fun babies outside!  But they were coming, regardless and as I poured over the Word of God, He reminded me that whether I feel like it or not… He is WORTHY to be proclaimed!!!  And you know what… His reminding me of His value… of COURSE made me EXCITED about proclaiming Him!  He is so good!  I could hardly wait for them to get here!  He’s faithful.  Pray that He will continue and that I won’t be selfish.  Pray that my babies will continue to do well.  Above all, pray that God will be honored in EVERYTHING that transpires in this happy house!

And I welcome your thoughts about how long this should go on… and the direction it should take… as long as it’s biblical!  :o)

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