An Embrace takes Empty Hands

29 Jan

Broke_Chain“When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’” [Luke 11]

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“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] [Matthew 6:9-13]

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We are exploring the unfurling of a wondrous Rose, in our gardens of spirit, considering the Lord’s gift to our lives of the Lord’s Prayer. We have acknowledged that there are two iterations of the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave an “amplified version” to the Multitudes in Sermon on the Mount, and a much leaner version in the Gospel of Luke to the Disciples. We have noted that “thee, thou, thy” is a more familiar form in older English, than “you, your” as we use the words today.

As we look at the Lord’s Prayer, one phrase per post, today we will consider:

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” [Multitude’s Version]

“And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” [Disciples’ Version]

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Just a couple quick notes on this, and then examine what the Lord reveals in your own spirit with your own Rose. These two verses are truly different in the places the words differ. For one thing, that “forgive” is again one of those different “magic Greek thingy words”, that is not just a petition or command, but rather a statement of action throughout time, and in range of scope.

There are two notable differences between these two teachings. For one thing, the Multitudes version uses an actual “debt” word that implies a financial obligation. It reads something like “release us from what we owe to others, to the extent that we release others from what they owe us.” The Disciples’ version is nothing like that. First, the word “sin” there is actually “sin”, “falling short-ness”. The “debt” word is debt, yes. But rather than “to the extent that we release” (Multitude text), the Disciples’ form is more directive… “release us from our sins, because we release everyone who owes us.” The phrasing is much more stark… much more framed as “expectation”.

I suspect that this is the first really confrontive challenge any Christian faces in truly embracing Jesus. Here is an essential “requirement” of what Don Merritt has written eloquently on as the “counter-intuitive”. The internal sense of sin, guilt, or shame is one of the deepest sources of pain any of us ever know. Freedom from this pain passes through the mist of “forgiveness”. But Jesus is very clear here, that to experience the release of forgiveness, one must first execute the release of forgiving.

Contemplate your Rose. Savor its aroma. Embrace the freedom Jesus offers, realizing that to embrace Him and His love, our hands must first be empty of the burdens of others’ offenses.

Grace to thee, Gentle Reader.


Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Quiet Time, Sermon Seeds, Uncategorized


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7 responses to “An Embrace takes Empty Hands

  1. paulfg

    January 30, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    I am beginning to think there is a conspiracy. This “pastor” stuff you have been sharing so lovingly is too exclusive. It unwraps – as here – a present I too can own. Make my own. Do you know of the “Jenga” game? Wooden blocks you pick away at and make the stack grow taller. The stack becomes more wobbly until it falls over.

    I have a picture of that. Seeing everything already “within” me. I am simply finding something and putting it on the top – building my stack higher. Except the lord is here and infills as I do. Words like this highlighting another bit. Always seeing just one more bit I never looked at in the same way before. Halued out and added to the top whereI can see it better. And the lord infilling as I do. And my stack grows, becomes stronger rather than weaker.

    A never ending stack. A never ending infilling. Everything here already.


    • Little Monk

      January 30, 2014 at 5:08 AM

      I enjoy Jenga. 🙂 And I like the concept of “make my own”. That’s really the task, and the challenge for me. My point is not to “see” Truth, or to “teach” Truth… no. The task, is to “expose” Truth and… more than anything… encourage one to handle, poke, sniff, blow, spin and explore Truth. Let it emerge in its own way, different for all, in their own hands. Hard for me to do. My ego wants to be “raising my hand in the front row” (as you put it)., This time, I need to “sit on my hands in the back”.

      Working on it. It’s working on me! Lol! Cheers & grace — LM


  2. vwoods1212

    January 30, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    teach us, remind us how to pray. :))


  3. vwoods1212

    January 30, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    reblogged on thx u.


    • Little Monk

      January 30, 2014 at 5:04 AM

      Thank you, v. 🙂 I’ve never done this study this way. I’ve never seen the “mood & tone” difference in the two teachings. It’s quite a challenge just to “highlight and get out” without a lot of commentary for me. Glad this is of help for you. Please feel free to comment, observe, talk about it. 🙂 Grace — LM


      • vwoods1212

        January 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        thanks for the invite; i might just get a little obnoxious now (joking). But i like different take on material I delight in. W



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