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“For you formed my inward parts”

(Old Facebook Post – Revised)

Here’s a prompt for a fascinating Bible study from Psalm 139. One oft-overlooked word (“for”) can mean so much:

…Darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb…
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance… (Ps. 139:12-16)

David knew that God could see in the dark. How did he know this? Because God had seen him even when he was in his mother’s womb!

When David remembered this, he concluded that there was no use running from God. And because the God that saw him in his mother’s dark womb was a good God, who shaped him in marvelous and wonderful ways, David knew there was also no reason to run from God.

Suddenly God’s thoughts about David became “precious” to him! In fact, David begged the God who knew and shaped him in the womb to continue thinking about him and shaping his path:

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! (Ps. 139:23-24)

This has huge implications for all who are running from God… and for all who doubt that they are created wonderfully… and for all who deny that the unborn are persons cherished by God. What other implications to you see?

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“The difference between Christians and the rest of mankind”

(Old Facebook Post – Revised)

An excerpt from The Epistle to Diognetus, written about the end of the second century:

“The difference between Christians and the rest of mankind is not a matter of nationality, or language, or customs. Christians do not live apart in separate cities of their own, speak any special dialect, nor practice any eccentric way of life… They… conform to ordinary local usage in their clothing, diet, and other habits. Nevertheless, the organization of their community does exhibit some features that are remarkable, and even surprising. For instance, though they are residents at home in their own countries, their behavior there is more like that of transients; they take their full part as citizens, but they also submit to anything and everything as if they were aliens… Like other men, they marry and beget children, though they do not expose their infants. Any Christian is free to share his neighbour’s table, but never his marriage-bed… Their days are passed on the earth, but their citizenship is above in the heavens. They obey the prescribed laws, but in their own private lives they transcend the laws. They show love to all men–and all men persecute them.

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