From Earth

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.

John 3:31

John the Baptist explains the difference between himself and Jesus.

John knew his earthly role like perhaps few people do. He was a true visionary and prophet, and could see with more clarity the difference. All of us are earthly. We belong to the earth and speak from an earthly perspective. We can’t help it. But I think it is important to be aware of it and recognize it, and to seek after God, and try to understand His heavenly perspective.

Mere Mortals

Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, “LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. LORD, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.

2 Chronicles 14:11

King Asa of Judah calls out to God when he and his fighting men are faced by an enormous army of Cushites.

Sometimes in life, when we feel powerless against the mighty, we are rescued. Sometimes we are not. But, there is no one like God. Sometimes we think that mere mortals are all that there is, and we forget about God. Sometimes we think that mere mortals are more than they are, and we don’t properly assess the situation; we don’t calculate God in the equation. We don’t seek Him, we don’t look to Him, we just see things as mere mortals do, living out our earthly life.

As for us, the LORD is our God

“As for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him. The priests who serve the LORD are sons of Aaron, and the Levites assist them. Every morning and evening they present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the LORD. They set out the bread on the ceremonially clean table and light the lamps on the gold lampstand every evening. We are observing the requirements of the LORD our God. But you have forsaken him. God is with us; he is our leader. His priest with their trumpets will sound the battle cry against you. People of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed.”

2 Chroncles 13:10-12

Announcement by Abijah, King of Judah, from Mount Zemaraim to King Jeroboam of Israel and his army, as he both warns and appeals to them. The army of Judah numbered 400,000 fighting men, while the army of Israel had 800,000. Guess who won.

Be Kind to the Needy

The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
but the rich have many friends.

It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

– Proverbs 14:20-21

Arise, shine

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
 See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Isaiah 60:1-3

To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice

And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:22

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Proverbs 21:3

And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

(Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees.) Matthew 12:7