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A Sabbath Sunday

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Overall, a happily fruitful Sunday:

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Malachi 2:17-3:18 for Sunday sermon – clarified some thinking about tithing which i hadn’t quite articulated to myself – the 10% tithing and co-relation between tithing and blessing was particular to the Old Testament when God still dealt with that people while they were living in a land he had brought them to – it was a direct commandment and a form of taxes for the upkeep of the nation’s temple and the Levites (priests). But all this was a foreshadowing of the reality that God’s people were more than just the nation of Israel and that God’s land was the heavenly kingdom not an earthly one. Therefore, the commendation at the present time is to give of one’s own accord, as much as one wishes. This should not be governed by any specific church regulations, though what one spends on is an indication of where one’s heart is, so there is the commendation of the church in Macedonia in 2 Corinthians 8 that they gave generously from their poverty because of the abundance of joy that came from knowing God and the eagerness to see God’s people taken care of) – that is to say, the motivation for giving was commended, rather than the generosity of the giving per se. What one’s credit card statement looks like would also show if one thinks like the fool of Luke 12:16-21 who, having ample goods, told his soul to relax, eat, drink and be merry, not realising that God would ask for the return of his soul. But a specific obligation of the church is to feed the people who take care of the church (1 Corinthians 9:7-11), though this is likened to feeding an ox treading the grain rather than stuffing the coffers of a dictator (furthermore, many of the apostles declined to make use of this right),

just not enough time to talk to all the people i wanted to catch up with between services, having a baby fall asleep on me after 30 seconds (i know i’m really boring but that’s really a new low, i said on facebook, and 30 people liked it),

The Merry Men Kitchen + Bar, Robertson Blue Heart-stopping Hashies. The Merry Men Kitchen + Bar

a heart-threatening run along the Singapore River with the flu bug in the system, a grocery run at Meidiya supermarket in Liang Court, then an artery-clogging fry-up (advertised on the menu as “Heart-stopping Hashies: Two hash browns topped with wilted spinach, scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, crispy bacon bits and creamy hollandaise sauce”) and a Bloody Mary for brunch at The Merry Men Kitchen + Bar (86 Robertson Quay, #01-02 Robertson Blue),

Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay
Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay Brew Bar. Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay
Resident coffee plant getting some sun. Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay A pot of Toby's Estate Earl Grey and some work. Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay

knuckling down and getting work done at Toby’s Estate (8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay) on the first study for the upcoming camp (Mark 1:1-15: (i) the prophets of old (Isaiah and Malachi) testify concerning John the Baptist and Jesus as messenger and the Lord respectively; (ii) God himself testifies concerning Jesus saying that he is his son with whom he is well-pleased; (iii) Jesus’ own actions testify that he is all the nation of Israel, also called God’s son, could not be),

Christopher Ash's "Remaking A Broken World"taking delivery of a Jill Sander x UNIQLO +J pin-striped jacket, my old second generation ipod and a copy of Christopher Ash’s Remaking a Broken World,

Brunch menu, Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay Drinks menu, Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay
Pastries, Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay Pastries, Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay
Piccolo Latte, Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay Sticky cinnamon bun, Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Robertson Quay

having someone join me after choir practice so we could enjoy the short but fascinating Book of Ruth together – not the cheesy love story so many make it out to be, rather a narrative of how God sovereignly worked through the disobedience of Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion (who were all Israelites who ought to have known God’s laws), and the obedience of Boaz (unlike his ancestor Judah – Tamar incident (Genesis 38)) and Ruth the Moabite (born into a nation that was an enemy of God’s people). The book repeatedly commends their insistence on doing right before God despite what seems to be detriment to self – Boaz impairing his own estate by marrying Ruth and giving the first boy to Naomi for her old age, and Ruth not just risking it as a foreigner in the violent Judges-era land of Judah  but also seemingly giving up her own happiness by not going after unrelated or younger men who were not Naomi’s redeemers. From this unlikely union would come Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of great king David, the father…many generations later of the greatest king, Jesus,

Christmas Tree, Verre Wine Bar, 8 Rodyk Street Cellared Wines, Verre Wine Bar, 8 Rodyk Street
Nicoise Salad, Verre Wine Bar, 8 Rodyk Street Beef bourguignon, Verre Wine Bar, 8 Rodyk Street
Domaine Joseph Roty Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire 2007,Verre Wine Bar, 8 Rodyk Street Warm Salt Chocolate Cake, Verre Wine Bar, 8 Rodyk Street

a shared dinner at Verre Wine Bar (facebook. 8 Rodyk Street. Dinner set at S$35 with a choice of starter and main or main and dessert, and a glass of wine), and a chat, then going home in the rain, inspired to cook beef bourguignon for tomorrow’s dinner. (Earworm: Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat Op. 9 No. 2. Played by Vladimir Ashkenazy, rather than, say, Arthur Rubinstein)

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