Psalm 84:4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Psalm 84:6 Blessed the man who finds refuge in you in their hearts are pilgrim roads.
Pilgrims are not foreigners per say but one from abroad visiting religious sites from one site to another, not staying for long. It is not like a foreigner coming to Singapore for work or holidays. A pilgrim is a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons. The root word is from latin, peregrinue which means foreign. The word used for a bird, Peregrine Falcon in medieval latin. Their long flights were migratory pilgrimages.
So too as Christians we go on this flight on a long pilgrim journey to lands unknown to find the presence of God and ourselves, perhaps even being a blessing to many. We may not stay in one place for long, being led by the Holy Spirit of God. Surely, we have always been foreigners for our abode on earth temporary whilst waiting to go back home to God’s kingdom in heaven.
It is commonly said that Love is of God, and God is love. Period. But this is not blibical. In John 3:16, it does not end with “For God so loved the world”, but ends with “that He gave His only begotten Son…”. It was not sending His Son for a holiday but to be sacrificed at the Cross of Calvary so that God’s righteousness can be fulfilled. To declare that God is love, period, misses the most important point the balance between God’s love and His righteousness.
Luke 16:2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’
In luke 16:1-9, Jesus was contending with a group of Pharisees. He called them the stewards in the house who was not doing their duty. Therefore, when the master of the house investigates, ie indirectly referring to Jesus Christ, they would be cast out as unfaithful servants. The story could have ended there because the religious pharisees were serving two masters – money and God, and money would always prevail. The same issues is occurring in the mega churches where they handle large sums making money a potential god.
But there was a twist, because one of the steward was very smart by reducing the debt owed by the clients to the master, knowing the end was coming made preparations so that he would not die when we was casts out.