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Thoughts From Yaks Koffee

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The Magic Chair

Earlier this afternoon I was sitting in my easy chair reading one of the textbooks for my Church History class. In case you’re a new reader, I’m currently a student of the Londen Institute for Evangelism, on my way to a degree in Ministry. From Porn Producer to Pastor? Perhaps.

Hmm… maybe I should contemplate that italicized sentence as a possible book title?

Anyway… where was I? Oh yeah, the easy chair. The chair is a magic chair. No, really, it is. Wendy and I bought it before Caden was born. I used to rock him to sleep in it late at night. Wendy was not a late-night type of person, so when Caden was an infant and woke up in the middle of the night, as infants do, Wendy would nurse him and then I’d take him downstairs to rock him to sleep. I’d pop in a movie and the two of us would have Daddy and Caden time. It was magical.

The magic chair… it wasn’t cheap, which is one of the two reasons why I still own it today, even though it doesn’t match the rest of the furniture in my apartment. One thing about that ex-wife of mine is that she will not settle for cheap furniture. I could tell you stories about the dressers that have been purchased for my son and the bunk bed set she’s currently talking me into buying. I didn’t realize such price tags could attach themselves to bunk beds! But I digress…

As I was sitting in Magic Chair reading A HISTORY OF THE CHURCH FROM PENTECOST TO PRESENT, by James B. North, I started thinking “I could be reading this at Yaks.”

And so… here I sit at Yaks Koffee. But I’m not reading. I’ve got the laptop fired up and am LOOKING at my text books while I type. Does looking count for anything?

Instead of being a good student, reading my textbooks and preparing to write the papers assigned to me, I am instead writing to you, my constant readers, about a few thoughts I’ve been pondering in the last few days. I want to share them with you and ask for your opinions and input.

Random Thought #1: Sin and God’s Jealousy

While driving, I was thinking to myself, “God is a jealous God, right? That’s what I’ve read and heard. But why is that?” The following thoughts came to mind (pardon the example used to illustrate these thoughts – it just seems that I often come to spiritual “realizations” by thinking of events from my life – is that normal?):

When I was playing that horrible game with Belinda I would find myself fighting jealousy from time to time. While it didn’t start that way, it wasn’t long before I was battling for her affections. If an idea was suggested by Mark, I didn’t want Belinda to like it. I wanted her to realize that anything coming from Mark was evil (I guess that didn’t work out quite as I planned because she now lives with him) and anything coming from me was good (of course). If she did happen to think one of his ideas was a good one I’d feel a surge of jealousy. In your own relationship, if you have one, imagine how you’d feel if the person you’re in love with found pleasure or delight in the suggestions of another.

In the case of real-life Good vs. Evil, all good comes from God. His opponent, and ours, creates and perpetuates evil. Most of us can agree on that, I’m sure. So it makes sense to me that when those God loves choose something that was created or suggested by His opponent, He feels jealousy.

I realize this is basic for most of you, but this is a perspective I’d never considered before. Input, anyone?

Random Thought #2: Is There ANYONE God Won’t Forgive and Use for His Good?

Somewhat related to the above line of thought, I began thinking of David, and also of Saul/Paul. As King, David was a man who had it all. He was wealthy. He could do whatever he pleased. He was in a position of leadership, and part of his duties were to protect his people. So when he murdered one of the men who served in his armed forces in order to take the poor man’s wife, in my opinion he deserved to die. How many of us could forgive such a thing if it happened today? But after his sin was called out and he became a broken person, begging God’s forgiveness, God did just that. And he even called David a man after his own heart.

We all know the story of Saul, the Christian killer. He found a lot of joy in hunting Christians down and persecuting them. Yet Jesus met him on the road to Damascus, temporarily blinded him, changed his life and used him to change the world. As the Apostle Paul, 13 books of the New Testament were written by him.

I wonder if God took pleasure in snatching these two men out of Satan’s hands, purposefully using them to do his work, in part, to rub it in Satan’s face? At one point, both of these men must have elicited an enormous amount of jealousy within God. After all, they were choosing to pursue Satan’s “suggestions” over God’s plan.

Gimme your thoughts, will ya?

24 thoughts on “Thoughts From Yaks Koffee

  1. It’s so cool these kinds of thoughts are occurring to you. I’ve had some revelation lately on those exact topics, though phrased a little differently.

    God’s Jealousy
    I was pondering why God said “You shall not worship anything besides me for I am a jealous God”. He reminded me that we become like what we worship. And that behind every idol, false belief and deception stands a demon. If we worship something besides God, we will eventually become enslaved to the demon behind it. God is not jealous because He can’t handle the competition, He’s jealous because He knows the He is the only One who has our best interests at heart. All others seek to enslave, use and destroy us.

    God’s Sovereignty
    He delights in taking what Satan intends for evil and bringing blessings for us out of it. It demonstrates how powerless our enemy really is and how good God is. He does not necessarily cancel the bad, but if we surrender to Him totally, He demonstrates His perfect qualities (sovereignty, love, righteousness) by causing blessings to spring forth. He turns our garbage into gold.

    Enjoy your coffee. 🙂

  2. It’s so cool these kinds of thoughts are occurring to you. I’ve had some revelation lately on those exact topics, though phrased a little differently.

    God’s Jealousy
    I was pondering why God said “You shall not worship anything besides me for I am a jealous God”. He reminded me that we become like what we worship. And that behind every idol, false belief and deception stands a demon. If we worship something besides God, we will eventually become enslaved to the demon behind it. God is not jealous because He can’t handle the competition, He’s jealous because He knows the He is the only One who has our best interests at heart. All others seek to enslave, use and destroy us.

    God’s Sovereignty
    He delights in taking what Satan intends for evil and bringing blessings for us out of it. It demonstrates how powerless our enemy really is and how good God is. He does not necessarily cancel the bad, but if we surrender to Him totally, He demonstrates His perfect qualities (sovereignty, love, righteousness) by causing blessings to spring forth. He turns our garbage into gold.

    Enjoy your coffee. 🙂

  3. Of course God can handle the competition. But in this battle, God’s power isn’t the deciding factor. He gives us the free will to choose who we’ll serve.

    When we choose to serve his opponent, that’s gotta be a major contributing factor to His jealousy, don’t you think?

  4. Of course God can handle the competition. But in this battle, God’s power isn’t the deciding factor. He gives us the free will to choose who we’ll serve.

    When we choose to serve his opponent, that’s gotta be a major contributing factor to His jealousy, don’t you think?

  5. Sure.

    What came home to me was that His jealousy comes from His love for us.

    And your last comment was the perfect seque into a discussion on free-will vs. the sovereignty of God. But I’ll pass, except to say that both are true. 🙂

  6. Sure.

    What came home to me was that His jealousy comes from His love for us.

    And your last comment was the perfect seque into a discussion on free-will vs. the sovereignty of God. But I’ll pass, except to say that both are true. 🙂

  7. From Porn Producer to Pastor.

    Defines your story and gets right to the point. It is what I’ve always liked about your writing.

    I was also wondering if you were going to address “The Game” with the book. I guess I can stop wondering.

  8. From Porn Producer to Pastor.

    Defines your story and gets right to the point. It is what I’ve always liked about your writing.

    I was also wondering if you were going to address “The Game” with the book. I guess I can stop wondering.

  9. Um.. Never mind!

  10. Um.. Never mind!

  11. We cause Christ to be crucified anew each time we sin. We must choose life over death, light over darkness, and Christ over sin.

    We must cease being slaves to our sinful nature and become slaves to Christ.

    – David

  12. We cause Christ to be crucified anew each time we sin. We must choose life over death, light over darkness, and Christ over sin.

    We must cease being slaves to our sinful nature and become slaves to Christ.

    – David

  13. hi donny,

    one of my profs did his doctorate work on godly jealousy. you might want to check out his book.
    it’s awesome to see how God’s jealousy is intrinsically related with his steadfast, perfect love for us.

    Godly Jealousy: A Theology of Intolerant Love
    by K. Erik Thoennes

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/184550027X/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

  14. hi donny,

    one of my profs did his doctorate work on godly jealousy. you might want to check out his book.
    it’s awesome to see how God’s jealousy is intrinsically related with his steadfast, perfect love for us.

    Godly Jealousy: A Theology of Intolerant Love
    by K. Erik Thoennes

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/184550027X/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

  15. In my “budding” study of Greek/Hebrew, (VERY budding!!!!), I’m wondering if the definition of “jealousy” might just be a little more from our current understanding than the true meaning from Scripture. It is beyond me how we can compare our “emotions” to those of Creator God. In our human understanding of jealousy, it’s hard to define it very positively because most, if not all, jealousy is terribly damaging. How could Creator God have a “damaging emotion”? Just mabye our understanding of this word is a bit confused.

    In II Cor. 11:2 God’s “jealousy” is defined as a “strong affection towards, to be ardently devoted to, show of affection and devotion towards.” This seems a far cry from being the same “emotion” Donny felt when not getting the desired response from Belinda.

    Donny compares God’s emotion when we choose to listen to satan’s deception. Being solidly His children forever, He does ardently, devotedly, pull us back to His will with a “still, small voice,” circumstances, or possibly a stern discipline to get our attention. I can’t see Him exhibit our human jealousy.

    My dear Donny, we ALL deserve to die, even if we haven’t murdered someone’s husband or hundreds of the Way followers. Thus is our greatest necessity for the benefits of GRACE! That great love of His was extended to all of us who will Believe, Receive, Rest, Enjoy, and Serve!! (That last sentence was stolen from a wonderful pastor you and I both know!!) If the angels in heaven rejoice over one soul believing, receiving, resting, enjoying, and serving, then you can bet God must be pretty happy about it too! Sounds like a God Who’s very jealous – a strong affection and ardently devoted to us. I’ll take it!!

    That’s my two cents. Thanks for listening.

  16. In my “budding” study of Greek/Hebrew, (VERY budding!!!!), I’m wondering if the definition of “jealousy” might just be a little more from our current understanding than the true meaning from Scripture. It is beyond me how we can compare our “emotions” to those of Creator God. In our human understanding of jealousy, it’s hard to define it very positively because most, if not all, jealousy is terribly damaging. How could Creator God have a “damaging emotion”? Just mabye our understanding of this word is a bit confused.

    In II Cor. 11:2 God’s “jealousy” is defined as a “strong affection towards, to be ardently devoted to, show of affection and devotion towards.” This seems a far cry from being the same “emotion” Donny felt when not getting the desired response from Belinda.

    Donny compares God’s emotion when we choose to listen to satan’s deception. Being solidly His children forever, He does ardently, devotedly, pull us back to His will with a “still, small voice,” circumstances, or possibly a stern discipline to get our attention. I can’t see Him exhibit our human jealousy.

    My dear Donny, we ALL deserve to die, even if we haven’t murdered someone’s husband or hundreds of the Way followers. Thus is our greatest necessity for the benefits of GRACE! That great love of His was extended to all of us who will Believe, Receive, Rest, Enjoy, and Serve!! (That last sentence was stolen from a wonderful pastor you and I both know!!) If the angels in heaven rejoice over one soul believing, receiving, resting, enjoying, and serving, then you can bet God must be pretty happy about it too! Sounds like a God Who’s very jealous – a strong affection and ardently devoted to us. I’ll take it!!

    That’s my two cents. Thanks for listening.

  17. Donny: I forgot to say I LOVE your magic chair. I have a few myself!! Good going, dad!

  18. Donny: I forgot to say I LOVE your magic chair. I have a few myself!! Good going, dad!

  19. Hey Donny – I am feeling the pain of writing those papers too (and all that darn research). I am late on one term paper and barely finished by paper for church history.

    At any rate, keep up the thinking nd I am glad you’re not waisting the great mind God gave you.

    Michael
    The Confessions of a Porn Addict

  20. Hey Donny – I am feeling the pain of writing those papers too (and all that darn research). I am late on one term paper and barely finished by paper for church history.

    At any rate, keep up the thinking nd I am glad you’re not waisting the great mind God gave you.

    Michael
    The Confessions of a Porn Addict

  21. The title….it’s a bit on the nose, don’t you think?

    We have to find you a catchy title, then use that as the subtitle. Let’s see….

    Pimp at the Cross

    (Yeah, strictly speaking, ‘pimp’ doesn’t fit, but you were selling women for money. Granted it was just pictures, but you see what I’m saying? And…it’s definitely catchy :))

    X-Rated Faith

    Living to Offend YOU (Actually, I kinda like that one)

    …I dunno. Still thinking.

    As for the rest, the only contention of your points is that you’re writing them in terms of human time. You’re saying that until a certain point, God felt jealous because of, say, Paul’s decisions, then a switch flipped and then God approved of them. If God is above Time (and he is), that he knows the end already (and he does), then I don’t think our human definition of jealousy fits. If God already knew that Saul would be saved days later, how would jealousy enter in when Saul had someone stoned for the faith before that time? Do you see what I mean?

  22. The title….it’s a bit on the nose, don’t you think?

    We have to find you a catchy title, then use that as the subtitle. Let’s see….

    Pimp at the Cross

    (Yeah, strictly speaking, ‘pimp’ doesn’t fit, but you were selling women for money. Granted it was just pictures, but you see what I’m saying? And…it’s definitely catchy :))

    X-Rated Faith

    Living to Offend YOU (Actually, I kinda like that one)

    …I dunno. Still thinking.

    As for the rest, the only contention of your points is that you’re writing them in terms of human time. You’re saying that until a certain point, God felt jealous because of, say, Paul’s decisions, then a switch flipped and then God approved of them. If God is above Time (and he is), that he knows the end already (and he does), then I don’t think our human definition of jealousy fits. If God already knew that Saul would be saved days later, how would jealousy enter in when Saul had someone stoned for the faith before that time? Do you see what I mean?

  23. Oooh! How about:

    Living to Offend God
    (And how That got all Screwed up)

  24. Oooh! How about:

    Living to Offend God
    (And how That got all Screwed up)

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