Was thinking about the idea of Remnant last night.
Yeah- in scripture there is sort of a scarlet thread- a teaching- that runs thru both the Old and New testaments.
It goes like this;
There are times when there are bunches of people following God- on the Bandwagon so to speak.
Often times all is great- you know- ticker type parade in NY type stuff.
Then- lo and behold- stuff gets hard- and people bail out.
Okay- the Remnant are those who after the bailout- they are still standing in the rubble.
There are a few notable stories like this in the bible- Gideon’s ‘army’- etc.
Jesus taught this in his Parables-
He said the kingdom was like someone planting seeds- some fall on good ground- others- not so good.
He said some ‘endure for a while- but when tribulation arises because of the word they are offended and leave’.
The other day I taught a little form John’s gospel- chapters 13-15.
I didn’t’ hit on a conversation Jesus and Peter had.
Peter ‘why can’t I follow you now- I am willing to die for you’?
Jesus ‘’Willing to die? Before the rooster crows you will deny me 3 times’.
The very thing Peter stated as his mindset- being sold out to death- was in fact the actual thing that kept him form following to death- he was afraid to die.
We all know the story- he denies the Lord and falls hard.
Jesus told Peter ‘I have prayed for you- that your faith fail not- and after your are converted- strengthen your brothers’.
Converted?- after the change has come.
Peter was a type of the remnant- he told Jesus at one point- right after others walked away [John’s gospel chapter 6- because Jesus said unless you drink my Blood and eat my Flesh you have no life- The Jewish followers were forbidden to eat blood from the teachings of Moses- so after Jesus said this many left].
Jesus asked Peter ‘will you go too’?
Peter’s reply ‘where can we go- you have the Words of eternal life’.
In essence- even though things got very hard at that stage- Peter was around long enough to recognize that Jesus was speaking to them at a different level- he seemed to be ‘more real’ than the many preachers of the day.
So- Peter and a few others stayed.
The other day I mentioned my buddy Tim- the homeless friend who I have been running into on my walks.
I saw Tim a few weeks back- he stopped at ‘my camp’ [my spot by the water where I pray and hang out].
He was heading into town- he was gonna stop at my favorite spot- half price books- and get some stuff to read.
I had my Dylan book [Chronicles- came out in 2004- excellent book] in my Navy Sea Bag- and I asked him if he liked Dylan.
He told me he loves Dylan.
I gave him the book- he was grateful.
It was the 2nd time I read it- I have given away many of my books over the years- I see it as ministry.
One piece of advice I liked;
Dylan was asking a buddy about his move to NY city- he told Bob ‘get some good boots- you’ll be doing a lot of walking’.
I laughed- I have been walking in work boots for the past 4 months- I mean hundreds of miles [yeah- hundreds!- some days I do about 15- 20 in a single day].
As we all have our own journey to walk- I’m trying to document- and share relevant stuff- things that will last.
One of my favorite journalists of all time was Hunter Thompson.
He’s the character that Johnny Depp played in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas- a Thompson book turned into a movie.
Hunter wrote for Rolling Stone back in the day- he covered politics and eventually wrote for ESPN.
He lost his edge as the years went by- and he knew it.
One day he had his family over- they enjoyed a good day together- after the many years of drugs and stuff he got into.
He was sick at the end- and he walked out of the house- his family heard a shot- Hunter took his life.
It was sad- but he felt like he had nothing left to give.
Yet he lives thru what he wrote.
Morrison [the Doors] was a student of philosophy and a smart guy [did you know that?]
That’s where he got the name for the group- Doors.
He said we only live on thru our songs and poems- sort of the legacy we leave behind.
It’s important to document stuff for the next generation- for the Remnant- if you will.
Sure- there will be some who walked with you for only parts of the journey.
And that’s fine- God had a purpose for you and them at that stage.
Hunter had a saying- he loved riding Harleys- and he said some times he would still get on his bike and head out late at night.
He would up the speed- to a point of No Return.
Sort of like that Runners High- you get to a point where you are feeling high [I get that in my walks- but only after hours of walking with no stopping].
Hunter said- when you reach that point- some slow down.
But he said others- they go past that point- and that’s where they see stuff that you can only see when you push past that point.
I feel like the Remnant- those who stick around like Peter- they have good stuff coming.
It just takes time to let the dust settle- to re-gain your equilibrium-
then get back on the bike.
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