Posts Tagged ‘Reptiles’


Romans 1:21-25
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

As I flipped to the next chapter this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to note that we are now in the book of Romans, a letter written by Paul to the believers in Rome. He wrote it to give them a concrete theological foundation on which to construct their faith and to serve God effectively. Paul is talking here about us and about how we ignore God even though God’s hand is evident in our lives. One challenge we face as humans is that we need to see and relate our worship and prayers on things we can touch and feel and this has resulted in us creating idols. What is the issue with idol worship if it helps us to focus on God?

Before we go any further, I would like you to read Exodus 20:1-4, 1 John 5:21 and Acts 15:19-20. As you can see, we are instructed over and over against humanizing God into a form that is not appropriate as this is trying to fit God into our paradigm. While it might be easy for us to use our sensory powers to focus on God, what we end up doing is limiting God into what will fit our senses rather than submitting ourselves in faith to him. Paul’s letter to the Romans is also relevant to us today and I pray that you are compelled to seek God through the scriptures and through faith rather than through sight and touch.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

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Acts 10:9-18
Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.

Have you read through a passage in the Bible and wondered why some parts seem out of context. The first time I read the chapter, this vision of Peter’s seemed out of place to me and I could not make the connect. Why would God give Peter this vision? Was it because he was hungry that his mind was hallucinating about food? Couldn’t be because some of the animals were not the kind that people would eat. Did Peter miss the point of the vision and not act on what the Lord was asking him to do? What is the Lord speaking to us through this vision today?

Peter’s first reaction to the vision and the demand of God was to say no because these were not sacrifices that he as a Jew could make and neither were these appropriate food. To the Jews, only certain animals were permitted to be sacrificed and specific meats to be eaten. God’s response clarified the entire confusion. To Peter, the gospel was to the Jews and not Gentiles. God was preparing him to share the gospel with the Gentiles (Non Jews) and he got the point when the Gentiles were at his door to take him to Caesarea (Italy). To us today, we are also happy to talk Church to the Churchgoers and reach out to our family but what about the Gentiles (In our minds)? Has God not created them? What about the people considered low in society, immoral, unclean, poor, devious, etc? Don’t they deserve to know God’s love as much as we do? In God’s sight, we are nothing but SINNERS saved by Grace and so there is no difference between any two humans. Lets share God’s love with the world without our blinders on.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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