Observations from the Word by The Barking Fox

Divine Refrigerator Rights

Casual relationships with people leave us unsatisfied because they have neither depth nor the capability of enduring hardship. What does that say about a casual relationship with our Creator? 

Genesis 18:1-22:24; 2 Kings 4:1-37; Ezekiel 16:48-50; Luke 17:7-10; John 15:12-17

Music: "Prayer for a Friend,” Mark Hall, Casting Crowns, The Altar and the Door, Reunion 2007.

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A Name and A Destiny

Identity may be the most important aspect of our humanity, both as individuals and as people. That must be why our adversary takes so much effort to rob us of our identity. However, even if we don't know who we are, our Redeeming God makes a way for us to know who we can become. 

Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16; Matthew 3:7-9; John 8:39; Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:22-24

The Last of the Clan, Thomas Faed, 1865. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. (Photo: Glasgow Museums) 

Music: "How Deep the Father’s Love,” Celtic Worship, Morningtide, Integrity Music 2021.

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Trapped in Time

Is time an enemy, a friend, or a measure by which we gauge the value of our lives? If there is no eternity to consider, then the answer can be very depressing. 

Ecclesiastes 9:10-12; Luke 12:18-21; Philippians 3:7-16

Music: "Time,” Hootie and the Blowfish, Cracked Rear View, Atlantic Records 1994.

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I Have A Friend

Which is better: to see a person healed, or to help them bear up under constant suffering when the healing doesn't come?  

Job 31:1-40; Ezekiel 4:16; Matthew 9:20-22; John 5:2-9, 9:1-3, 17:15

Melancholy, Edvard Munch, 1892. National Museum of Norway, Oslo.

Music: "Stand By Me,” Ben E. King and The Drifters, Stand By Me, ATCO Records 1961.

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Worthless Things, or Abundant Mercy?

We might smile at Jonah's predicament in the great fish, but is there a lesson in that bigger-than-life tale that we might have overlooked?  

2 Kings 9:1-10, 14:23-27; Ezekiel 14:1-5; Hosea 11:1-7; Jonah 2:2-10, 4:1-10; Romans 11:20-24

Jonah Under the Miracle Plant, Jan van de Velde II, 1603-1641, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Music: "Jonah," Zion Harmonizers, Thank You Lord, Sound of New Orleans 1996.

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Poisoned Well, or Spring of Life?

It seems that all humanity has longed for an end to war and conflict. God promises a time when we won't learn war anymore, but in the meantime we hone our skills at conflict with every opportunity. Do we have to wait until the Kingdom comes to live in peace, or is there something we can do about that now?

Genesis 1:28; Deuteronomy 30:19; Jeremiah 2:13, 17:5-8; John 4:13-14

In None But the Brave, Japanese and American warriors find a way to suspend their hostility and work together to sustain life. (Warner Brothers 1965 Lobby Card, imaged by Heritage Auctions.)

Music: "Cool Water," Bob Nolan, performed by Vaughan Monroe and His Orchestra with The Sons of the Pioneers, RCA Victor 1948 (I've Heard That Song Before, Reader's Digest 2006).

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Sleepwalking Into Eternity

One surprising thing about the human story is not that the world around us changes so often, but rather how rarely we notice the changes. The cares of each day tend to obscure the profound historical developments happening right in front of our eyes. Does that mean we're actually sleepwalking through life?  

Deuteronomy 10:12; Micah 6:8; Matthew 7:21-23; John 21:22; Acts 1:7

The Return of Rip Van Winkle, John Quidor, 1849 (Washington, National Gallery of Art).

Music: "Rip Van Winkle,” Ray Sanchez, The Devotions, Roulette 1964.

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Walking Like An Egyptian

Sometimes it takes extreme measures to get God's people to switch their focus from seeking peace in their current circumstances to seeking the Creator's intent for the next step in His plan of redemption.  

Exodus 1:22, 3:7-10; Psalm 116:15; Jeremiah 16:16-19; Matthew 6:10; Revelation 6:9-11

Israel In Egypt, Sir Edward Poynter, 1867. (Guildhall Art Gallery, London, via Wikimedia Commons.

Music: "Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles, Different Light, Columbia 1985.

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Repenting For Nothing

No one wants to be like a dragon. That is, we don't admit - at least publicly - that a dragon is our role model. But then, did we ever stop to think how closely our most precious thoughts, desires, and dreams might resemble those of a dragon?  

Job 13:15-16, 41:1-34, 42:5-6; Isaiah 14:12-15, 27:1; 53:1-12; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Philippians 2:1-11; Hebrews 5:8-8; Revelation 12:1-17

Princess Tamatori retrieves a precious pearl from the Dragon King in this illustration of the medieval tale Taishokkan. (Vignette from The Great Woven Cap, Edo Period (1615-1868) Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Art.) 

Music: "Finlandia,” Jean Sibelius, Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Sibelius: Symphonies No. 5, 6, & 7 Tone Poems, IndieBlu Music 2003.

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What We Shall Be

We know the Kingdom of Heaven exists for eternity, but we don't know much about it yet. However, that hasn't stopped us from trying to figure out who will be there - or who won't be there. Maybe a better use of our time and energy would be getting to know the Eternal King and living in such a way that others would want to know Him as well.

Ezekiel 11:14-21; Matthew 15:24, 23:13; John 10:11-18; Galatians 3:28-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; 1 John 3:1-3

As the International Space Station orbits the earth (top), crew members Shane Kimbrough (USA) and Thomas Pesquet (France) work to install new roll out solar arrays (bottom). (NASA photo, 2021

Music: "Ice Station Zebra Overture,” Michel Legrand, Movie Themes From The Past, Soundtrack Classics, 2012.

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