Two Trees

There is a tree set broad and high,
Partake of it, if you would die.
There, on its branches, plain to see
A feast for thee.

“Take and eat”, O hear the Lie
I live still, and yet I die
Good and evil now I see
O cursed me.

But, see –

There is a tree set broad and high,
Partake of it, if you would die.
There, on its branches, plain to see
A feast for thee.

“Take and eat – my flesh I give”
Die I do, and yet, I live
Shattered curse by Thy decree,
O blessed Tree.

– Jen Wilkin

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Fallen angel dragons

First, everything in this fallen created order “answers to” something unfallen […] In other words, the dragon is the archtypical emblem of sly, crafty, rebellion – and this goes back to the Garden. Satan is that ancient dragon. If we read our Bibles rightly, we will pay attention to the symbols. Honor the symbols, people.

But of course Satan was a fallen something, and that something was, before he fell, an unfallen version of that same thing. My personal view is that he was one of the seraphim, which means that the seraphim are glorious, unfallen dragons, privileged to cry holy, holy, holy in the presence of God.

But in this world, the one we live in, dragons still mean what they mean. That meaning was assigned to us. Shifting the meaning of everything around in this metamorphing way seems to me to be not so much a testimony to our literary prowess as to the continued craftiness of the serpent.

Doug Wilson

(food for my thought and a warning as well.)

Faith according to our Lord’s teaching in this paragraph, is primarily thinking;

and the whole trouble with a man of little faith is that he does not think. He allows circumstances to bludgeon him. …

We must spend more time in studying our Lord’s lessons in observation and deduction. The Bible is full of logic, and we must never think of faith as something purely mystical. We do not just sit down in an armchair and expect marvelous things to happen to us. That is not Christian faith. Christian faith is essentially thinking. Look at the birds, think about them, draw your deductions. Look at the grass, look at the lilies of the field, consider them. …

Faith, if you like, can be defined like this: It is a man insisting upon thinking when everything seems determined to bludgeon and knock him down in an intellectual sense.

The trouble with the person of little faith is that, instead of controlling his own thought, his thought is being controlled by something else, and, as we put it, he goes round and round in circles. That is the essence of worry. … That is not thought; that is the absence of thought, a failure to think.

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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Audience of One

To play in front of thousands may be nice
To share my heart with strangers in the night
But there is an audience far greater
His entertainment is my delight

The night begins and I sing my song
The crowd clap their hands and they move right along
But there is audience who stays with me
He’s given me all that I am and I’ll ever be

He is the audience of one
I’m playing for my King
It’s for the audience of one
I lay down everything
Before the audience of one
My hopes, my dreams, my fears
I give the audience of one
My Saviour

You’re awesome in these songs, here in my heart
And I’d like the world to sing the songs I have to give
But the greatest song of all is written every day
It’s written in the things that I do and the way I live

It’s for the audience of one
I’m playing for my King
It’s for the audience of one
I lay down everything
Before the audience of one
My hopes, my dreams, my fears
I give the audience of one
My Saviour

– PCLC Revolution Worship, Closer (2004)