September 15th, 2020

Tuesday Reads

Tuesday Reads

Bible/Leviticus/Old Testament

'A Commentary On Leviticus' by Andrew Bonar

'Biblical Theology According to the Apostles: How the earliest Christians told the story of Israel' by Chris Bruno, Jared Compton & Kevin McFadden

'Puritan Reformed Theology: Historical, Experimental, and Practical Studies for the Whole of Life' by Joel R. Beeke

'The Life of Samuel Johnson' by James Boswell

'Red Pill' A Novel by Hari Kunzru

'Birds of Ottawa County, Michigan: An Annotated Checklist' by Chip Francke, Carl Manning, & Judi Manning illustrated by Amelia Hansen

"You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD' Lev. 19:18

"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another" Gal. 6:14,15

'Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD, your God am holy" Lev. 19:2

"but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."" 1 Peter 1:15,16
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the Abrahamic blessing comes by means of faith in the crucified Christ

It is 12:06 PM Tuesday afternoon in the flow of the history of mankind. It is a warm sunny day here in West Michigan.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM and found my wife getting ready to meet a friend for breakfast in South Haven. My wife has many friends here and in other places. This friend my wife hooked up with this morning she has known her entire life/they grew up together. I wish I had friends from my childhood days. I never had friends growing up. Before I was married I had several girlfriends/lovers but no male friends. I had male friends when we attended Reformed Bible College and Seminary. But those friendships disappeared after we left college and seminary. Now I have one friend here where we have lived going on 30 years. Like the old saying goes "to have friends you have to be a friend". I am poor at starting and maintaining friendships. I am a loner. I have my own little private world in the Godhead.

So I got up this morning and immediately got a cup of coffee and messed with our main computer. Carol left around 8:30 AM to drive to South Haven to meet up with her friend for breakfast. I spent the morning reading the Bible/Leviticus/Old Testament and a commentary on Leviticus by Andrew Bonar.

I also read this morning from a book titled, 'Biblical Theology According to the Apostles: How the earliest Christians told the story of Israel' by Chris Bruno, Jared Compton, & Kevin McFadden. I also filmed a video this morning for my Youtube channel. So went by the morning hours and we are now into the afternoon hours. Existence keeps zooming by!

Last night we watched some television/PBS and Carol went to bed early. I stayed up and read till Midnight from a novel titled, 'Red Pill' by Hari Kunzru. This afternoon I plan to read 'The Life of Samuel Johnson' by James Boswell.

I will close to drift through the rest of this day. We are now in the middle of the month.

Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always,
And feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children,
Help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing
His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy,
The world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret,
With Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus,
Like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct
His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy,
Let Him be thy guide;
And run not before Him,
Whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow,
Still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus,
Still trust in His Word.

Take time to be holy,
Be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive
Beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit
To fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted
For service above.
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a quote from Samuel Johnson's biography of Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738)

Boerhaave's religious thinking

But his knowledge, however uncommon, holds, in his character, but the second place; his virtue was yet much more uncommon than his learning. He was an admirable example of temperance, fortitude, humility, and devotion. His piety, and a religious sense of his dependance on God, was the basis of all his virtues, and the principle of his whole conduct. He was too sensible of his weakness to ascribe any thing to himself, or to conceive that he could subdue passion, or withstand temptation, by his own natural power; he attributed every good thought, and every laudable action, to the father of goodness. Being once asked by a friend, who had often admired his patience under great provocations, whether he knew what it was to be angry, and by what means he had so entirely suppressed that impetuous and ungovernable passion, he answered, with the utmost frankness and sincerity, that he was naturally quick of resentment, but that he had, by daily prayer and meditation, at length attained to this mastery over himself.

As soon as he arose in the morning, it was, throughout his whole life, his daily practice to retire for an hour to private prayer and meditation; this, he often told his friends, gave him spirit and vigour in the business of the day, and this he, therefore, commended, as the best rule of life; for nothing, he knew, could support the soul, in all distresses, but a confidence in the supreme being; nor can a steady and rational magnanimity flow from any other source than a consciousness of the divine favour.

He asserted, on all occasions, the divine authority and sacred efficacy of the holy scriptures; and maintained that they alone taught the way of salvation, and that they only could give peace of mind. The excellency of the christian religion was the frequent subject of his conversation. A strict obedience to the doctrine, and a diligent imitation of the example of our blessed saviour, he often declared to be the foundation of true tranquility. He recommended to his friends a careful observation of the precept of Moses, concerning the love of God and man. He worshipped God as he is in himself, without attempting to inquire into his nature. He desired only to think of God, what God knows of himself. There he stopped, lest, by indulging his own ideas, he should form a deity from his own imagination, and sin by falling down before him. To the will of God he paid an absolute submission, without endeavouring to discover the reason of his determinations; and this he accounted the first and most inviolable duty of a christian. When he heard of a criminal condemned to die, he used to think : Who can tell whether this man is not better than I? or, if I am better, it is not to be ascribed to myself, but to the goodness of God.

Such were the sentiments of Boerhaave, whose words we have added in this note. So far was this man from being made impious by philosophy, or vain by knowledge, or by virtue, that he ascribed all his abilities to the bounty, and all his goodness to the grace of God. May his example extend its influence to his admirers and followers! May those who study his writings imitate his life! and those who endeavour after his knowledge, aspire likewise to his piety!
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