June 09, 2019: SOAP #3475:  Ecclesiastes 10-12; Psalm 94; Ephesians 5T Scripture:  Ephesians (NIV) 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Observation:   Chapter five continues the […]

June 09, 2019: SOAP #3475: Ecclesiastes 10-12; Psalm 94; Ephesians 5T

Scripture:  Ephesians (NIV) 5:1 Be imitators of God,therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christloved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice toGod.

Observation:   Chapterfive continues the thought about our being raised with Christ and what thatmeans in putting off some things and putting on others.  Although the thought is not finished, we havehere an “all inclusive” thought. What does it mean, this “putting off” and “puttingon?”  Basically, it means that webecome imitators of God.

We are His children, His dearly loved children. He takes joy in us.  And as alittle child tries to imitate their parents, so we should set about imitatingour Heavenly Father.  No one has done itbetter than Jesus!  

Application:   I oftenwondered why all the scriptures about the tabernacle in Exodus 25-30 arerepeated in Exodus 36-39.  It is becausethe tabernacle was central to what God was doing in Israel.  It was a dwelling for God to live amongthem.  This was the reason for coming outof Egypt and entering the Promised Land. 

I used to wonder why there are four gospels, three which are very similar?  They are NOT the scriptures of Jesus inheaven; they ARE the scriptures of Jesus on earth.  And on earth is where I am living.  I need to know how to live here.  I need to know how to face temptations andtrials here.  I need an example of how tolive here.  Living like Jesus is centralto what God is doing in Leon today. Allowing the Holy Spirit to direct my daily life even as He did Jesus isthe key for Leon to live the Christ-life God desires. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, as earthly parents take joyin their children imitating them, may you take joy in me as the Holy Spirithelps me to imitate you!  Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!