God’s Calling ( Old and New Testament )

Background

I wanted to journal a bit on people of God’s calling.

Bible

  1. Moses
    • Exodus
      • Signs for Moses
        • Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” ( Exodus 4:10 )
        • The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
          Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
          ( Exodus 4:11-12 )
        • But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
          ( Exodus 4:11-13 )
        • Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.
          ( Exodus 4:11-14 )
        • You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth. I will help both of you to speak, and I will teach you what to do. ( Exodus 4:15 )
        • Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,  and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed.
          And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
        • The LORD answered Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.
          You are to speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron must declare it to Pharaoh so that he will let the Israelites go out of his land.…
          ( Exodus 7:1-2 )
      • The Ten Commandments
        • 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

          20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

          21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

  2. Isaiah
    • Isaiah
      • Isaiah 6
        • Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts
        • And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
  3. Ezekiel
    • Ezekiel
      • Ezekiel’s Call to Be a Prophet
        • He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
        • He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.  The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’
        • And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them.
        • And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.
        • You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.
        • But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
  4. Daniel
    • Daniel
      • Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
        • 20 “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;wisdom and power are his.
          21 He changes times and seasons;
          he deposes kings and raises up others.
          He gives wisdom to the wise
          and knowledge to the discerning.
          22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
          he knows what lies in darkness,
          and light dwells with him.
          23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
          You have given me wisdom and power,
          you have made known to me what we asked of you
          ( Daniel 2:21-23 )
  5. Amos
    • Amos
      • Then Amaziah said to Amos,“Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.

        But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

        Now then, hear the word of the Lord.

  6. Gideon
    • Judges
      • The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Am I not sending you?
        ( Judges 6:17-18 )
      • Gideon answered, “If I have found favor in Your sight, give me a sign that it is You speaking with me. Please do not depart from this place until I return to You. Let me bring my gift and set it before You.
        And the LORD said, “I will stay until you return.”
        ( Judges 6:17-18 )
      • When Gideon realized that it was the Angel of the LORD, he said, “Oh no, Lord GOD! I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face!”But the LORD said to him, “Peace be with you. Do not be afraid, for you will not die.”
        ( Judges 6:22-23 )
  7. Saul/Paul
    • Acts
      • The Road to Damascus
        • He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?
          Who are You, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied.…
          ( Acts 9:4-5 )
        • Paul’s Testimony to Agrippa
          …About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions.
          We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice say to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ ‘Who are You, Lord?’ I asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied.…
          ( Acts 26:13-15 )
  8. John, The one who Jesus Love
    • Jesus is Coming
      • And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
        ( Revelations 22:6 )
      • And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
        ( Revelations 22:8 )
      • Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
        ( Revelations 22:9 )
      • I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of Davidand the bright and morning star.
        ( Revelations 22:16 )

 

 

Rav Daniel & Mirian Burg – “On Being Found”

Lyrics

Dear Evan Hansen

Even when the dark comes crashing through, you will be found
Like you could fall and no one hear
When you need a friend to carry you
When you are broken on the ground
Let the sun come streaming in
You will be found

 

Sermons

  1. Neighborhoods as Sacred Space (Beth Am & IFO)
    • Profiles
      • Beth Am Synagogue strives to be “In, For and Of” its neighborhood of Reservoir Hill in Baltimore, MD. See how relational work in an historically Jewish and African American neighborhood can soften boundaries, challenge assumptions and lift up positive stories of collaborative being.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Beth Am Synagogue
        Published On :- 2018-April-15th
        Link
  2. On the Precipice of Violence (Rav Daniel Burg’s 10.27.18 Shabbat sermon)
    • Profiles
      • Rav Daniel’s sermon Shabbat morning during the Pittsburgh shooting focused on potential and actual violence. At the conclusion of his remarks his wife Rabbi Miriam Burg, just informed of the Tree of Life Shooting, shares the news — which Rav Daniel then shares with the congregation. May the souls of our murdered brethren be bound up in the bonds of eternal of life, and may their memories be for a blessing.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Beth Am Synagogue
        Published On :- 2018-Oct-27th
        Link
  3. In the Aftermath of Violence: The Choices Before Us (Rav Daniel Burg on the Pittsburgh Massacre
    • Profiles
      • Rav Daniel speaks on the first Shabbat morning after the most lethal antisemitic attack in US history.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Beth Am Synagogue
        Published On :- 2018-Nov-3rd
        Link
  4. Rav Daniel Burg Sermon on Sukkot: First Freedom, First Trauma and the Kavanaugh Hearing
    • Profiles
      • Rav Daniel reflects on Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in the context of Sukkot and our ancestors’ journey from slavery to freedom.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Beth Am Synagogue
        Published On :- 2018-Oct-15th
        Link

 

In depth

Nabeel Qureshi – These things remain – “Faith, Hope, & Love”

Background

It has been a tough couple of days for me.
On Tuesday I realized the parting of Brother Nabeel Qureshi and I have been down ever since.
Took a mental, psychological Day Off from work yesterday.
Was able to ride the Coastline and I am just so thankful.

Comforting Words

As Ravi Zacharias said on one of his lectures, irrespective of the gifts and words of an Apologist what often wins out is Love.

Amir Yunas

A Tribute to Nabeel Qureshi

Nabeels Life summarized by his true childhood friend. I Don’t promote the teachings of Nabeel whatsoever, however, this is childhood friend, and I feel sad, so I shared my heart.
Link

 

Hear, O Israel : the Lord, our God is one Lord

Reunite me with my children and my family once again
For a guy in a strange place ( earth ) tends to get lonely
And, I have a lot of distress and anxiety over my little children
It feels almost like when I remember them, I melt and dissolve away
However, I have thrown away the reins and leashes controlling my affair
To the One who handle the affairs of our lives in strange and mysterious ways
He is one Compassionately forgiven, Always around me, and my source of Shelter and Refuge
With his will and support, to Him do I humbly supplicate, bessege, and turn in repentance
My God, you know how my situation is
So my master, is there relieve Close By
Oh Rewarder of the Day of Judgement, Relieve!
( Relieve)  My Concerns that keep creeping into my heart.
And, tie my rope to the rope of your pleasure, and look to me, and turn to me, so that I can turn back to you

And, overlook ( shepard) my protection take control of my support
And, strengthen my vulnerabilities when I am exposed to problems
And, inspire me to praise you throughout my life

For indeed, with your remembrance, this worldly life becomes pleasant
And, say to the servant of the most merciful and whoever comes after him
For them, is a share from the valleys of our kindness

Therefore my thoughts regarding you are beautiful
My support and lifeline ( God )

And, the pastures of my sweet tasting hopes and wishes are fertile
And, send blessings upon the prophet and his people for as love as the Nightingale sings on the Arak Tree

 

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Mortal Choice

Link

Basis for True Spirituality

  1. Natural Balava
    • In regards to me two groups of people should be destroyed.  He who loves me too much that love takes him from what is correct; and he who hates me too much that hate takes him from what is correct.
    • In regards to me, it is he who follows the middle course.
      And, so be with him, and be with the great majority of muslims, because Allah’s hand of protection is with the maintenance of unity, you should  beware of division
    • The one isolated from the group is a prey to Satan, just as the one isolated from the flock is a prey to the wolves
  2. Mercy
    • When they found Allah they found him to of great mercy
  3. Benevolence
    • Allah is forgiven. All of them were following a “nair?” which we suppose to be good.
      You can not base a spiritual life on suspiciousness, cursing and allocating blame.
    • If you want uprightness in the world, make sure you do it in yourself.
  4. Community
    • You can not go your own
    • Benefit Inclusiveness

Scriptures

  1. Holy, yet Merciful
    • The LORD said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. ( Leviticus 16:2 )
  2. God Entreaty
    • Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.
      The LORD spoke to Gad, David’s seer…
      Now, therefore, consider what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.”
      David said to Gad, “I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the LORD ( 1st Chronicles 21 )
  3. God Knows
    • But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his” ( 2nd Timothy 2:19 )
  4. Motives
    • but the Lord weighs the spirit  ( Proverbs 16:2 )
    • For the word of God is living and active … and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ( Hebrews 4:12 )
  5. Moderation
    • He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. ( Proverbs 16:32 )
  6.  Mourning
    • David Mourns for Abner
      …So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the will of the king to put Abner the son of Ner to death.
      Then the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil.”… ( 2nd Samuel 3:37-38 )
  7. Cursing
    • Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. ( Ecclesiastes 10:10 )
  8. Laying Down Our Departed
    • The Death and Burial of Sarah
      …And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.
      He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there. ( Genesis 23:13 )
  9.  Offering
    • Cost Nothing
      David Builds an Altar
      …”Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.”
      However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
      David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.
      ( 2 Samuel 24:23-25 )
    • “But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King,” says the LORD of hosts ( Malachi 1:14 )

In personal expressions

Brother Nabeel, you encouraged and emboldened so many.

Great Lord of Hosts, you have given us and always give us your best.  Ever so often  you do ask for our best, as a qualifier of a great pledge on your part.

Though young, yet weaned, as Hannah did centuries before “we turn Nabeel over to you Lord”.

We are accepting that “No one knows the things of God, except God’s Spirit.”