Iron Sharpens Iron

I have previously written about the Bible's symbolic use of iron, which is predominantly negative. In 1 Kings 8:51, for instance, God tells us that Tubal-Cain’s metalwork belongs to the slave-holders of Egypt, “that iron-smelting furnace.” Iron is the joy of giants, descendents of the serpent, like King Og of Bashan who slept on a bedstead …

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Even the women and children rejoiced

In Ezekiel 8, the Spirit lifts Ezekiel up between earth and heaven and brings him in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the seat of the idol of jealousy is located. There, Ezekiel witnesses women sitting and weeping for Tammuz, an ancient Mesopotamian god believed to be …

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The Business of Seeing, The Work of Asking

For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14 When God raised us from death in sin to life in Christ, He gave us new eyes (Matt. 13:16-17). But …

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On Earth as in Heaven

Footpath leading to Jacob's Ladder, in Derbyshire, near Sheffield There's a connection my brain is trying to make with the Lord's Prayer. The prayer as a whole seems a concentration of all the things that are true, each line containing something infinitely profound. Taken together, these lines draw us close to the edge of something …

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King and Queen of Vegetables

Vertumnus (Emperor Rudolph II)Giuseppe Arcimboldo In 1 Kings 21, Ahab the anti-Christ sees Naboth's vineyard and his wandering eye wants it (Prov 30:17). But Naboth won't surrender his family's land inheritance, and Ahab sulks, sullen and sour. This petulent king wants what another man has, but he doesn't even know a good thing when he …

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