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Something Deep And Binding

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Walter and Deborah, May 22, 2022.

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    Sunday 5-22-22 1st. Day Of The Weekly Cycle, Iyar 20, 5782 64th. Spring Day

    Omer Counting

    Day 35 – Iyar 20 – May 22 - Malchut of Hod: Nobility in Humility
    Psalm 132:1-9; Psalm 24:7-10

    1 Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions:

    2 How he sware unto the Lord, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;

    3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;

    4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,

    5 Until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

    6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

    7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.

    8 Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.

    9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.

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    Psalm 24:7-10

    7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

    8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

    9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

    10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

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    Walking humbly is walking tall. Dignity is the essence of humility and modesty. The splendor of humility is majestic and aristocratic.

    Humility that suppresses the human spirit and denies individual sovereignty is not humility at all.

    Does my humility make me feel dignified? Do I feel alive and vibrant?

    Exercise for the day: Teach someone how humility and modesty enhance human dignity.

    Something Deep and Binding

    Read: Genesis 1:26–28 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 16–18; John 7:28–53
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    God created mankind in his own image. Genesis 1:27

    Amina, an Iraqi immigrant, and Joseph, an American from birth, attended a political protest on opposite sides. We’ve been taught to believe that those who are separated by ethnicity and politics carry unbridled animosity toward each other. However, when a small mob accosted Joseph, trying to set his shirt on fire, Amina rushed to his defense.

    “I don’t think we could be any further apart as people,” Joseph told a reporter, “and yet, it was just kinda like this common ‘that’s not OK’ moment.” Something deeper than politics knit Amina and Joseph together.

    Though we often have genuine disagreements with one another—substantial differences we often can’t ignore—there are far deeper realities that bind us together. We’re all created by God and bound together in one beloved human family. God has created each of us—regardless of gender, social class, ethnic identity or political persuasion—“in his own image” (Genesis 1:27).

    Whatever else might be true, God is reflected in both you and me. Further, He’s given us a shared purpose to “fill” and “rule” God’s world with wisdom and care (v. 28).

    Whenever we forget how we’re bound together in God, we do damage to ourselves and others. But whenever we come together in His grace and truth, we participate in His desire to make a good and flourishing world.

    Who seems to be completely different from you? What would it be like to spend time with them, sharing what you have in common?

    God, the way the world is right now, it’s hard to believe that because of You every person shares something deep inside. Help me see this truth.

    The Latin term imago Dei means “image of God.” Biblically speaking, the lofty notion that humans are created in the likeness of God is rooted in Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ ”

    Contextually understood, humans are created by God and are like Him in unique ways that allow them, on His behalf, to “rule over” (to have dominion over) what He’s created. This grand governing assignment includes the capacity to reason critically, to judge wisely, and to create with beauty and utility. These and other aspects of being like God are included in humans being “crowned . . . with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5).

    By Winn Collier|May 22nd, 2022

    Church Unity Genesis One:26-28

    26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

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