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#323, 6th July 2017
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It Matters to Him About You


In our previous newsletter I shared with you the great truth from I Peter 5:7, "Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" (I Peter 5:7 NKJV). What a powerful truth, and why wouldn't you do your part and experience His care? It is also a great example of just reading what is written (in an essentially literal translation) and believing what God says. If you didn't open the last newsletter, read the article here.

Now I'd like to take the process a step further with the Bible aids available. Many will have what are called Reference Bibles, with a center column of cross-references or the references across the bottom like footnotes. Study Bibles take it a step further and include a commentary on the text. If you read your Bible on your smartphone you might not have these aids available to you, but you can always ask Mr. Google by entering the verse reference.

So using these types of aids, I first discover a parallel verse in the Old Testament: "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you" (Psalm 55:22). This was how God looked after His chosen people Israel, and how He looks after His family now in the Church age. God has a long history of responding to your burdens if you cast them on Him.

Jesus riding on coltI also discover that the Greek word translated "casting" or "cast" is only used twice in the New Testament, so that raises my curiosity. The other usage is in Luke 19:35, "And they brought it [the colt] to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it" (ESV). Now here is a word picture we can all understand. There's no pleading with the colt to take their cloaks, the disciples just throw them on his back. So there's no need to plead with God; just do what He told you to do. How? Tell Him that your burdens now belong to Him.

The word "casting" in the Greek has the sense of "once and for all," the aorist tense (which we don't have in English). Some translations add those words (Amplified, Weymouth, Vincent's Word Pictures), and rightly so. You only need to do it once, a second time would be unbelief.

Sometimes it is valuable to check what word other translations use, especially if the word used is all Greek to you! I found these words for "casting" in I Peter 5:7: putting, tossing, leave, turn over, throw, let them fall. "To throw upon" is the definition of the actual Greek word. Do you get the message?

How much should you throw? "... all your care." All still means all. Once you throw it or toss it, your hands are empty. Don't take your care back! Leave it where it belongs. And the word "care" is a good translation. Other words used are "anxieties, worries, concerns" (Amplified Bible) and "troubles." These are part of the human condition, well-known by everyone, so there is no need to get more specific.

Coming to the second part of the verse, we find a different word used for "care," "... for He cares for you." The word here means "of interest, or concern." The Amplified reads, "for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully." Obviously a different word was needed because God doesn't have anxieties or worries. Others translate it simply, "for he cares about you"; "For his interest is in you" (Moffatt); "it matters to Him concerning you" (LITV).

This reminds me of a lyric by a favorite songwriter of mine, Audrey Meier, who also wrote "His Name is Wonderful." Another of her songs reads, "It matters to him about you | Your heartaches, your sorrow he shares | Regardless of what you may do | He wants you, He loves you, he cares | Oh yes, it matters to him about you | Believe it because it is true | Cling to his hand, He'll understand | For it matters to Him about you" (Audrey Meier, 1959).

Before this subject turns into a book length manuscript, I need to finally point out that I Peter 5:7 is not a complete sentence (in spite of some translations using the word "Cast" instead of "Casting). It is actually a continuation of verse 6, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (7) Casting all..."

"Humble yourself" is in the passive mode in the text, so it should read "Be humbled" or "allow yourself to be humbled," or "bow down" (Knox). And that follows on from verse 5, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble," a quotation from Proverbs 3:34. So we have "The Responsibility -- Be Humbled," "The Recipe -- Casting all your care," and "The Reason -- For He cares for you."
[Please leave your comments online] -- Peter Wade.
GOD TAKES GOOD CARE OF ME
Sung by Jake Hess, song by Henry Slaughter
God takes real good care of me,
Everyday His goodness I can see.
I serve Him with gladness, I have no regrets...

REPRINT:

Take Away the Stone

It is only a repeat if you didn't read it the first time! Here is an teaching from the Billy Graham of the second half of the 1800s:

In the gospel of John, we read that at the tomb of Lazarus, our Lord said to His disciples, "Take ye away the stone" (John 11:39). Before the act of raising Lazarus could be performed, the disciples had their part to do.

Christ could have removed the stone with a word and easily commanded it to roll away. It would have obeyed His voice, like the dead Lazarus did when He called him back to life.

But the Lord wants His children to learn this lesson: They have something to do towards raising the spiritually dead.

The disciples not only had to take away the stone, but after Christ raised Lazarus they were told to also "loose him, and let him go" (John 11:44).
-- D.L. Moody (1884), from To the Work! To the Work!
REFORMAT:

We have started to make our books available as ebooks for the Kindle, and ePubs for the Nook, Kobo, iBooks and other eReaders. Titles available at the time of writing are listed below:
In Christ, A New Creation
Living in the Flow of God's Supply
En Cristo: Una New Creacion [Spanish]
La Dinamica del Vivir Positivo [Spanish]
Since our last newsletter:
God's Seeds of Greatness [from Seeds & Secrets paperback]
The Grasshopper Philosophy [from Seeds & Secrets paperback]

All titles are US$2.99 or less and Kindle ebooks can be found on our Amazon Author Page at http://www.amazon.com/author/peterwade/. Look for "Kindle Edition" below the cover picture. You can also download a free Kindle Reader for your tablet or computer from the Amazon Home Page and select the Kindle Books category.

If you want an ePub version for Nook, Kobo, iBooks etc., at present you need to purchase the Kindle edition and then forward the Amazon confirmation email to epub@peterwade.com and we will send you the ePub version as an attachment. You can then use the USB cable that came with your reader to transfer the book from your computer to the reader (you will find many tutorials on YouTube.com).
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"God Cares for You" Part 1 [#322],
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