Covering Diptych

Adam closed Paradise by covering God’s face.   2538633[1]

Jesus opened Paradise by covering our offenses.

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Devoted to Duty and Called to Compassion

Duty and compassion are products of the heart and emanate from the very Spirit of God touching the spirit of man.

Both duty and compassion must be selfless.

Duty and compassion join in the Cross.

In the Cross, Jesus yielded to the duty to obey His Father.

Jesus’ compassion compelled Him to call out, “Father, forgive them!”

The duty of disciples is to follow their Lord and forgive.

 

Decomposition Renewal – A Diptych

I was sweeping debris from my deck.  Twigs, crackly leaves and spider webs virtually covered furniture, floor and rail. We live in the woods.  Nature was reclaiming her own.

Spider web

Spider web (Photo credit: lynnmwillis)

I imagined my house, left unattended, dissolving back into its elements.  Man carves nature into useful and even beautiful projects, but when he stops caring for the product of his labor, it will always decompose.  It returns to the earth from which it was taken.

This decomposition is renewal.  The earth renews  itself.  Man can create and maintain, but left unattended the earth will reclaim.

 I gazed at the dappled sunlight glancing on the dense green of our woods.  The idea glowed in me like hope.

Daily Diptych 3 – Jeru-Salem

Jeru – a battle, or contention
Gideon was called Jerubaal, which means He who Contends with Baal.

Salem – same as shalom, peace

So, Jerusalem is The Battle for Peace or The Contention for Peace.

Jerusalem inset, Ashen Altar

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Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11

Battle, Peace?!  These seem like incompatible opposites, but where there is no peace, one must contend for peace.  A battle for peace is a battle for life and freedom.  These three always dwell together; life, freedom, peace.

Daily Diptych 2 -Love God and Love People

Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love others as yourself
Mark 12:30

Two things that go together –

  • Love God
  • Love people

A good diptych  –

Jesus said,
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” 

Matthew 22:40

Daily Diptych 1 – Acquitting the Bad and Convicting the Good

Acquitting the Bad and convicting the Good, both are disgusting to God.
Proverbs 17:15

This is the beginning of my series called Daily Diptychs.  It will feature many Proverbs and other wise sayings in a Tweetable diptych form.  I hope you have fun and find some great quotables.