Some words cause us to tremble; like when you are cheerfully carrying on at school as if it were any other day until your friend asks you if you are ready for that killer test or if you have finished that massive project. Originally you did not tremble when the test was announced but now you do. You cram, you sweat, you ask questions, you think of every possible excuse not to take it. You start to fake symptoms of a serious stomach virus that you say has been plaguing your family for decades and alas you also must be doomed for chronic diarrhea. But then again there are the kids who when asked about the test say no and just don’t care.
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It’s funny how some people can be so closely related and so different. Bethany loves to watch John and Kate (and secretly to you [prior to this] I enjoy watching it with her). It is amazing how different the sextuplets are.
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When Josiah was 18 years he made plans for the temple to be refurbished. While the repairs were going on Hilkiah the Priest found ‘the book of the law”, most likely the scroll of Deuteronomy, if not all the Pentateuch. Upon hearing the curse sanction invoked by God upon those who do not heed the words of the law and thereby breaking the covenant stipulations He tore his garments and wept; his heart was tender and penitent. His heart trembled at the word of God. He sent for prophets to inquire of the Lord, and though the curse would surely come upon the people, yet for Josiah’s reign there would be peace. This is the heart that draws the glorious light of the radiance of God’s gracious smile.
Jehoikim was his son. When he was 29 when Jeremiah sent Baruch to the temple to read all of his prophecies against Jerusalem. Again the word of the Lord against Judah came from the temple to the King, but the reaction was very different. The king burned the scroll, having cut off each column after having been read. The text says he was not afraid and that he did not tear his clothes. His lineage was cut off from the throne and He was carried off into Babylonian captivity by Nebuchadnezzar.
So how does one after initially responding in trembling repentance and faith upon hearing the gospel continue to tremble before God’s word. The thought of hearing some words causes me to tremble. I don’t ever want to hear Bethany say, “I hate you”, “I’m leaving you”, or “You don’t love me”, so I behave differently. I don’t ever want to disappoint God, although I daily do. When the work reveals to me both how grotesque sin is and how great my sins are it cause me to tremble.
And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God. …But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. – Deuteronomy 28:1,2,15