June 28, 2010

Is Today Tuesday?

Today's quote comes with a little background:

John Winthrop was Governor of the Massechusettes Bay Colony in New England circa 1620, during the colonization and the forming of the culture from which our Founding Fathers came. He wrote a notable long piece called "A Model of Christian Charity." In this, he verbalizes the mentality of the Puritans who immigrated to the New World: they weren't just coming for a new life, or merely for religious freedom, but for the opportunity to create a colony which honored God even in its basic daily functions, and that by coming to this land with that objective, they were entering into a covenant with God - their obedience for His blessing.

And that's where we get today's quote, which you have probably heard before (famous part is in bold). It's hard to isolate any quote, because according to the custom of the time, they tended to write in strings of long run-on paragraph-length sentences. But I'll do my best. :) (note that I've tried to clean up the 17th-century spelling and grammar, so if it's not exactly the way you've seen it in a textbook, that's why)
The Lord will be our God and delight to dwell among us, as His own people and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness and truth than formerly we have been acquainted with. We shall find that the God of Israel is among us...for we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all the people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word though the world, we shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God and all professours for God's sake, we shall shame the faces of many of God's worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land where we are going....Therefore let us choose life, that we and our seed may live by obeying His voice, for He is our life and our prosperity.
In case you're wondering, yes, I kept my old English Lit books. :)

So, what does it say that the most eventful happening of the weekend
was a bad Pizza Hut experience?

Saturday, SoldierMan got home around noon, as he had hoped. We hung out by the pool for a while and relaxed, and were sure to come back in time to watch the US/Ghana game...which he slept almost completely through (he was awake for the beginning and ending 20 minutes). We were on the couch, the remotes were on his side and there was no way for me to move and change the channel without waking him up. So I had to listen to those horrible horn things for two hours. I don't mind losing to Ghana. The only people we know who REALLY get into the World Cup are from Ghana. :) So it was okay.

By then it was late, and we decided to order Pizza Hut. They said it would be delivered 45-60 minutes. An hour and a half later, our cold pizza finally arrived, and they had messed up the order. So we didn't get to eat dinner until 10:30. Probably not smart, but by that point, it's a matter of principle. I'm eating the freaking pizza!!

We went to church Sunday and it was very good. I really do enjoy our pastor. He's always got a great word to share.

Sunday passed pretty much as uneventfully. Which was nice. We got two days just to hang out and relax.

Anyway, today's installment is Galatians 2. I hope you are reading this through with me. I absolutely love Galatians. It's one of the only letters in the Bible that revolve around a main incident, rather than a theme or series of topics. Here we get the details of the incident that motivated Paul to write this letter: (BTW, the "Cephas" he mentions is the same Peter that denied Jesus 3 times before the rooster crowed, just for reference. The names are interchangeable.)

Galatians 2 - Then after 14 years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. I went up because of a revelation and presented to them the gospel I preach among the Gentiles-but privately to those recognized [as leaders]-so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain. But not even Titus who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. [This issue arose] because of false brothers smuggled in, who came in secretly to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us. But we did not yield in submission to these people for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain for you. But from those recognized as important (what they really were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism)-those recognized as important added nothing to me. On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter was for the circumcised. For He who was at work with Peter in the apostleship to the circumcised was also at work with me among the Gentiles. When James, Cephas, and John, recognized as pillars, acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to me and Barnabas, [agreeing] that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. [They asked] only that we would remember the poor, which I made every effort to do.

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned. For he used to eat with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party. Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas in front of everyone, "If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?" We are Jews by birth and not "Gentile sinners"; yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified. But if, while seeking to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are also found to be sinners, is Christ then a promoter of sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker. For through the law I have died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

Sorry this was so long. :) You know it's a field week when.....


  1. Love the "city on a hill" quote!! I'll give you serious kudos ('cause that's all I got) if you can tell me what city they founded. I so love how history and literature coincide. =)

  2. Great quotes! I love that you're doing a quote week in celebration of the 4th. And sorry about your pizza. Maybe next time you should go for Papa John's!


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