PROPITIATION?

We use  many words in the Christian church that the world does not even know the meaning of; words that are second nature to those who have been Christians for many years. But to the outside world it just sounds like religiosity. A few translations help with the meaning but sometimes leave out the term that is so precious to us.

Propitiation. The dictionary is sometimes comical, sometimes annoying, sometimes not helpful at all. Propitiation: The act of propitiating. Helpful. Very helpful.

So I looked up the verb instead of the noun and I like the simplicity of the beautiful meaning.

To commemorate the resurrection of our Lord, let’s look at the verses that use propitiation but replace the word with one of it’s meanings : to make favorably inclined.  I am not saying that God was not inclined toward us before Easter. He loved us so much that he gave his Son on the cross for us. Yet, with that giving and with it’s forerunner in the Old Testament there is a special powerful love that inclines Him toward us in a remarkable way. The willingness, joyful, painful willingness of sacrificing his Son to make us also be his children. He could have lived happily through eternity as a triune God leaving us to perish. But he chose to become inclined toward us, to put away our sins and forgive by the death and resurrection of his Son through faith. He inclined himself toward us not because we did anything to make ourselves pleasing but He did it without our initiation or goodness.

In some of the following verses I added another translation which uses the sacrificial atonement wording for propitiation.  Each one of them speaks of his inclination while we were still sinners.

Sink your eyes and your soul into what God has done for us! Happy and Glorious Easter weekend!

 He becomes so favorably inclined toward us for our sins, and not for ours only
but also for the sins of the whole world. 
I John 2:2

 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us
and sent his Son to be favorably inclined toward us for our sins. 

I John 4:10

 whom God  put forward his Son to became favorably inclined by his blood, to be received by faith.
God displayed publicly and made himself favorably inclined in His blood through faith. 

Romans 3:25

(For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,)

 to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful
and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make Himself favorably inclined  for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2:17

(For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.)

 You shall do no servile work in the time of this day: because it is a day  for God’s inclination to be favorable toward us that the Lord your God may be merciful unto you. 
Leviticus 23:28

(For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.)

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Catching Up

It has been a while, hasn’t it? I ended my last blog on December 22, 2017 by saying Christ has brought me through.  He is still carrying me. It turns out that as the pain revved up in my back again after the ablation I was told it could take up to 6 weeks to get relief. Six weeks came and went.

I only got what I perceive as about 30% success. The pain is still heavy but it is dull not so sharp as before the procedure. It limits me significantly. My doctor at the pain clinic has me scheduled for another procedure on April 5 to calm a nerve that is causing much of my pain.  From what I have read, this procedure helps 50% of those who do it and for those 50% it can last from one week to one year. Not good odds but when you are suffering, you will reach for any straw.

My right hip has been bugging me for quite a while but I didn’t think it was anything serious. Since January, however, the pain has increased significantly. The hip is giving way on me much more often. I rarely go out without a wheelchair because my hip may cause me to stumble at any time.

We are now preparing for a total hip replacement in April after the back procedure.

I have the world’s greatest physical therapist. He is my age and has known pain himself so he goes at it gently. “It” being exercising and kneading the muscles that support my back and hip. My favorite parts of the session are the ultra sound and electric current.

Judge took off five weeks this year through the family care act (Is that what it’s called?) . It is the federal program that guarantees him a job when he returns to work. With my back and my hip as they were, I could not care for myself. I couldn’t even do crafts or hobbies to pass the time. Crying and moaning? I had plenty of time for those activities. Financially it has been rough. No work, lots of  medical bills.

My mom moved into assisted living in October of last year but her dementia progressed rapidly. In January she was put into rehab because of some falls but she was unable to advance very much. She is now in a good nursing home. It is a short walk from our front door (for Judge not for me!). I am so glad we are able to keep her close. She still knows us, loves to get her hair done and listens to Elvis. When I visit I always ask her if she knows me. Last week she said, “Why, yes.” “You’re Judge Pippin’s wife.”

Life can change so quickly.  2017 was a year of increased pain and personal chaos. I am praying that ’18 will be a year of healing and peace.

On a younger note, Eli turned three in March. We with family and school mates celebrated at Premier Athletics. Emmy will be one on Easter Sunday. They bring us so much joy! Seth and Mallory are such good parents. My younger son, Stephen, will graduate this spring. He has worked his butt off putting himself through college. We’re really proud of him!

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I don’t know what I will do about the blog. At least for now I thought it would be a good way to catch you up on what’s going on with us.

It seems like a litany of physical complaints. But God is growing us up just like the daffodils in my front bed. Through the cold and snow those daffodils continue to hold their heads high.