Meditation – The Write-Right Rite

If my last name was Wright this post’s title would have been Meditation – Wright’s Write-Right Rite. 😉

I try to post something hopefully-useful every day. This means I spend perhaps over an hour per day meditating on the Word of God as I work out what I am going to say. It has become part of my daily discipline, and I have been blessed by doing it.

32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”
Proverbs 8:32-36 NKJV

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates reproof is stupid.
Proverbs 12:1 NASB

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
Luke 9:23-24 NKJV

I have benefitted much by trying to write something helpful every day. If you are not doing something similar, I recommend you start. It doesn’t have to be public, you can keep your thoughts confined to a private notebook. But I urge you to try, and to look up relevant Bible verses and write them too. I’m convinced it is a good way to implement this verse:

Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalms 119:11 NKJV

Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

I Filled Another Notebook!

It’s hard to describe my feeling when I run out of pages in a Bible study notebook. It’s not pride, but it is genuine happiness. I suppose I could prove in a court of law that the Bible is so important to me that I spend time (almost) every day simply writing what the Bible says. My notes are few, and usually just in the margins.

This notebook lasted from April 18 through July 26, 2019, and has about 157 pages of written Scripture. 🙂

I run pens out of ink, mostly blue pens for Proverbs and green for Psalms. One ran out today.

Writing Scripture I feel led to write makes me slooooow down and consider every word. I have gotten much understanding by writing that I would have missed by just reading. If you haven’t tried writing Scripture, I suggest you try it. I think it is a form of meditation. 🙂

Jesus is coming very, very soon. Be ready!

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

I Will Never Leave You Nor Forsake You

I am wanting to encourage myself in the Lord by meditating on this wonderful promise.

No one shall stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so will I be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Joshua 1:5 BSB

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5 ESV

I am going to think about the promise over and over, emphasizing one word at a time.


I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.


Feel free to meditate on this promise too!

Jesus is coming back very soon. Be ready to meet Him!

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

The Deliverance Process – Psalms 40:1-4

I spent a considerable amount of time meditating on the first part of Psalms 40.

1 I waited, waited for יהוה;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
And He drew me
Out of the pit of destruction,

Out of the muddy clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock,
He is establishing my steps.
Then He put a new song in my mouth;
Praise to our Elohim;
Many do see it and fear,
And trust in יהוה.
Blessed is that man who has made יהוה his trust,
And has not turned to the proud,
And those turning aside to falsehood.
Tehillim (Psalms) 40:1-4 TS2009

I came to understand that this is describing the deliverance process. My part is to pray, to cry out, and wait. (I don’t like the waiting part.)

1 I waited, waited for יהוה;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.

At the right time from His perspective, the Lord then acts on my behalf.

And He drew me
Out of the pit of destruction,

Out of the muddy clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock,
He is establishing my steps.

Then He gives me new joy!

Then He put a new song in my mouth;
Praise to our Elohim;

And it is obvious to many others that God is the One who delivered me, and they react positively to Him!

Many do see it and fear,
And trust in יהוה.

Praying and waiting is the definition of trusting in God.

Blessed is that man who has made יהוה his trust,
And has not turned to the proud,
And those turning aside to falsehood.

Trusting is a choice.

Blessed is that man who has made יהוה his trust,
And has not turned to the proud,
And those turning aside to falsehood.

However tempting, he or she does not turn to the world’s answers.

Blessed is that man who has made יהוה his trust,
And has not turned to the proud,
And those turning aside to falsehood.

I realized this same idea is in Psalms 91! Notice the “you have made“.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
Psalms 91:9-10 NKJV

Though I would much prefer “instant answers,” this passage shows waiting is part of the whole faith/belief/trust thing. Some prayers will not be answered before we Jesus, but God still sees that as “speedily.”

Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?
Luke 18:6-8 NKJV

Hebrews verifies the idea of answers postponed until the next life.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:13-16 NKJV

Trust God. Pray and wait.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV

Oh, and if you haven’t tried “Meditation With Colored Pencils” I suggest you try it. I am convinced the process of highlighting with colored pencils gets more of my brain involved, and increases my understanding. 🙂 These are my notes from which I got the deliverance process understanding.

So when you read your Bible, if you feel there is “something more” in a passage, write it out on paper. This causes you to consider every word. Then take your time emphasizing different words. And be prepared to receive understanding. 🙂

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

The Cana Wedding Crashers

This post is a lot of speculation, and naturally I may be wrong. But I might be right too. 😉

Last night I was reading and meditating John 1 and 2. I was using my movie screenwriter and director meditation technique. That is, as I read, I pause and think about how the words could show up in a movie. I think about reactions, gestures, emotions etc. It really helps the Scripture “come alive” to me. Consider this part of John 1. Two of John the Baptist’s disciples leave John and follow Jesus.

35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?”

They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
John 1:35-39 NKJV

This is a rough draft of a possible script.

FADE IN:

NEAR BETHANY ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE JORDAN RIVER - DAY

JOHN THE BAPTIST and two of his disciples, ANDREW and UNNAMED.

John the Baptist and his two disciples are standing, having a casual, friendly conversation.

JESUS, the Son of God.

John the Baptist shifts his eyes from the two disciples and stops talking in mid sentence. The two disciples turn to look where John is looking. They see Jesus walking parallel to them about 20 yards away.

JOHN THE BAPTIST
(softly, with love and reverence)
Behold the Lamb of God!

The two disciples become visibly excited. Several times they change between looking at Jesus and looking at John the Baptist. When they look at John, their eyes clearly say they want to leave John and follow Jesus. But they do not say a word.

John's expression shows he understands their unspoken wish. He smiles, but the smile has just a hint of sadness. Looking at his two disciples, he raises his right arm to chest level, and motions them away by waving his fingers, palm down. The disciples understand, smile, and quickly turn and hustle off after Jesus, who is now further away. John watches them leave.

JOHN THE BAPTIST
(softly, to himself)
He must increase; I must decrease.
(chuckles)
That's a pretty good saying. I'm going to remember it.

The disciples walked very quickly as they left John the Baptist. But as they get closer to Jesus, they slow down. Their expressions and manners show they are both very excited and very apprehensive about meeting The Lamb Of God. Unable to work up the courage to catch up to Jesus, they follow Him about six steps behind. The three of them walk some distance like this. The smile and expression on Jesus' face shows he knows they are behind Him, and He loves them. He stops without turning around. The two disciples stop. Jesus takes two steps and they take two steps. The disciples are so excited and apprehensive they have had about all they can take. Jesus decides to give them a break. He turns around.

JESUS
What do you seek?

The two disciples make nervous motions and their lips move. It is obvious they want to ask "Are You really the Messiah?" or "Are You really the Lamb of God?" But they are just unable to ask something that important. The two disciples exchange a look and finally speak.

ANDREW
Rabbi,
(pauses, unable to continue)

UNNAMED
(spoken quickly, almost a blurt)
Where are you staying?

From their expressions, it is obvious all three know the real question which the disciples were unable to ask. Jesus smiles, and motions with his head that they should follow Him.

JESUS
Come and see.

The disciples walk towards Jesus. When they get close enough Jesus puts an arm on each of their shoulders. All three walk in the direction Jesus was going.

They must have had a wonderful conversation where Jesus was staying because of what Andrew immediately told his brother.

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).
John 1:39-41 NKJV

This part of John 1 is now very “real” to me. 🙂

John 2 starts with the story of Jesus changing water into wine at wedding in Cana in Galilee. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about a movie of the first five verses:

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.
John 2:1-5 NKJV

I haven’t made a full script of this yet, but these are some of my thoughts.

  • Weddings are some of the best-planned events ever. The planning for the WWII D-Day landings on Normandy was a slap-stick operation by comparison to some of the weddings I know about. 😉 I think this is especially true of Jewish weddings. With all the teaching I have heard about Jewish weddings from Matthew 24, that the wedding was planned for a full year, it seems impossible to me that the wedding “just ran out of wine” for lack of planning.
  • The text says, “Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.” Oh, really? I assume the invitation went out quite some time before, probably months. But as I read John 1 and John 2, one week before the wedding Jesus had no disciples. “The next day…” 1:35; “The next day…” 1:43; “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.” 2:1. Therefore my current set of suppositions is that Jesus and His mother Mary had formal invitations to the wedding, and when Jesus made it to Cana He left His disciples on the edge of town. But someone heard about His posse and they were invited too. “Oh, come and celebrate with us. We have plenty!” And those ‘invited wedding crashers’ were more thirsty than hungry and the wedding ran out of wine.
  • In the “movie in my mind” with the supposition Jesus’ disciples were “invited last-minute guests” who were quite thirsty, Mary’s two statements more or less “guilt” Jesus into performing the miracle. She was a Jewish mother, after all. 😉 Not that Jesus would be moved by guilt, but by love. 🙂

So how many disciples went to the wedding in Cana with Jesus? John 1 names five: Andrew, Unnamed, Simon Peter, Philip and Nathanael. But we know from the replacement-for-Judas story of Acts 1 that there were at least three more.

21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
Acts 1:21-22 NKJV

There had to be at least three, because they selected two.

And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
Acts 1:23 NKJV

There may have been many more. Jesus sent out “the twelve” and “seventy others.”

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luke 9:1-2 NKJV

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
Luke 10:1 NKJV

I may be completely wrong about the disciples being last-minute invitees (“crashers”) to the Cana wedding. But it makes an interesting mind-movie, and potentially explains much. 🙂

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

The Golden Rule is Mandatory

This may seem a “Well, duh!” post, but it really jumped out at me in Bible study last night how much this command is not a suggestion, it is not just a good idea, no, it is a command.

 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Galatians 5:14 NKJV

“You SHALL love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s not an option, it is a command!

I was studying Psalms 82, how wicked people judge unrighteously, but they don’t have a clue what they are going to reap from this sowing!

How long will you judge unjustly,
And show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.

They do not know, nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are unstable.
Psalms 82:2-5 NKJV

As is my habit, I wrote related references and verses in my notebook. As I was writing Galatians 5:14, it almost exploded in me how loving my neighbor as myself is mandatory!

These are Jesus’ words on the subject.

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:12 NKJV

Writing Scripture is a form of meditation for me. Even using shorthand, I write much slower than I think. So as I’m writing my thoughts are “revolving” the words I’m writing, and the parts of my brain that control the writing process are involved too. Time after time after time it has happened – I get insight during the process of writing a very familiar Scripture. If you’re not in the habit of writing or typing Scripture, I suggest you try it.

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

What I Learned in January 2019

I now know the most important things from my January 2019 Bible study for each day, each week, and for the whole month.

This is a very, very powerful meditation technique. I reviewed my notes to pick out the most important things from each day. Then I reviewed those to choose the most important things for the week. Then I picked out the most important things for the whole month.

Often, the summaries do not directly correspond to my notes in a word-for-word sense. Not only do I make the summary entries as short but understandable as possible, the entries are often a synthesis of many notes over several days or even weeks. The summarizing process itself brings me insights and understandings. Yes, it’s work and it takes some discipline, but there are Bible passages that support those. 🙂

For receiving the discipline of wisdom,
Righteousness, right-ruling, and straightness;
Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 1:3 TS2009

The fear of יהוה is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 1:7 TS2009

Become strong in discipline, do not let go;
Watch over her, for she is your life.
Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 4:13 TS2009

He dies for lack of discipline,
And in the greatness of his folly He goes astray.
Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 5:23 TS2009

For more information, and to download the summary PDFs to make your own summaries, visit this post. Hearing God’s Voice Over Time.

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.