Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Block 100 God

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Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”    1 John 4:8

The first song I learned in Sunday school was “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” I suspect this is one of the first songs that most American Christians learn.  I never thought about it until now, but the significance of this being the FIRST song is profound.  Of course it is the first song.  God is love.  God demonstrates every day that He wants us to know, believe, trust, feel and see that He loves us.  Unconditionally. 
God’s love is perfect.  God’s perfect love begins with faith.  With God’s love, faith takes the place of fear and worry.  When we need comfort or protection, we can physically feel God’s loving arms around us.  Solomon 2:6 assures us “His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.” 
God’s love is steadfast.  He will never leave us.  Deuteronomy 31:8 reminds us that “… He will never leave you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.” 
God’s love saves us from the punishment of hell.  God loves us so much, He sent His son to die for us.  No matter how many mistakes we have made, no matter how unworthy we think we are, God still loves us and wants us to turn to Him and share His love with others. 
If we would JUST love others as God has loved us, there would be no war, no strife, no crime, no back-stabbing, and no ill-will toward others.  Peace and plenty would rule the Earth.  This utopia IS possible.  We know this because God has given us the greatest love story ever written — the BIBLE.  Yes, Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so!

I created an original block, simply named LOVE to represent God and the limitless love that he shows for us, day in and day out. 

You will note that the Contrast color (representing God) surrounds the heart, just as God surrounds us with his love.  The center of the heart is comprised of three block units, representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Block 99 Satan

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“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  James 4:7

Who do you think Satan is?  Is he the little red devil who sits on your shoulder and tells you to do naughty things?  Is he real, or is he a concept — the personification of evil? Yes.  The answer is, he is all of the above and so much more.
Satan was created (by God) as a holy angel named Lucifer.  He was a cherub — the highest level of God’s angels.  Lucifer became arrogant about his beauty, intelligence, power and status.  He  developed a “god complex” and thought that he should be seated on a throne, above GOD!  Lucifer’s selfishness and pride led to his fall.  God cast him out of heaven and banished him from heaven forever.  When Lucifer (name means morning star) was cast out of heaven, he was renamed Satan (name means adversary).
With nowhere else to go, Satan set himself to become the ruler of Earth.  With each passing day, he is working aggressively to thwart God at every turn.  In his own way, Satan is still trying to place himself above God, and will accomplish this if he can turn every heart against God.  But what Satan doesn’t know (or he knows, but doesn’t want to admit) is that his fate is already sealed.  He will NEVER be able to elevate himself above God.  Satan will spend his eternity in a lake of fire. 
Like us, God gave Lucifer free will. He would have been happy and fulfilled if he would have chosen to worship only God.  Like Lucifer, we are given free will to choose who we will worship.  Will we choose to worship money, power, prestige, food, possessions, pleasure, ourselves, or others?  Or will we choose to worship God?  If we choose to worship anything or anyone other than our Creator, He will honor our choice, but will hold us accountable for those choices.  Free will can be a blessing or a curse.  The choice is up to us, every minute of every day. 
God grant me the strength to repel Satan in all aspects of my life.  Let me love you with all my heart, my mind and my soul, so that Satan will be powerless over me. Almighty Lord, help me to love and forgive others as you have forgiven me. 


I chose Devil’s Claws to represent Satan.  Satan takes every opportunity to get his claws into us.  We have to be steadfast, diligent and faithful to make certain that the Devil has no hold over us.

You will note that the Satan block is the only block in the quilt that does not include the Contrast fabric.   Satan is the only character in this pattern series who has demonstrated that God has no impact in his actions.  Satan worships ONLY himself.


Block 98 Jephthah

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whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”  James 4:17
Jephthah was from the wrong side of the tracks.  His father was a man named Gilead, and his mother was prostitute.  Jephthah’s half-brothers disowned him and made certain that Jephthah would not receive any portion of their inheritance.  With no family and no friends, Jephthah ran away to the land of Tob where no one knew of his illegitimate birth.  In Tob, Jephthah distinguished himself as a mighty warrior and man of valor.  He formed an elite military force who were known for their strength and expertise.
Around the same time the Ammonites were making war and consistently defeating the Israelites.  The leaders had heard of Jephthah’s success, so they appealed to him to come and defeat the Ammonites.  Jephthah was offended and angry.  He wasn’t good enough for them before, but now that they wanted something from him, they were treating him differently.  He probably wasn’t thinking clearly when he made a deal with them.  Jephthah agreed to fight the Ammonites if the Israelites would name him their leader.  With nothing to lose, the Israelites agreed and gave Jephthah authority to lead an army against the Ammonites.
Jephthah gave the king of Ammon fair warning, but the king would not back down.  So Jephthah prayed to God that he would be victorious.  Jephthah made a promise to God that if God allowed him to return home a victor, Jephthah would give as a sacrifice the first thing that came out of his house to greet him.  Imagine his excitement as he came home the victor, marching down the street  in his home town.  Finally, he would be given the respect he deserved!  Ashe neared his house, he expected his pets to rush out and greet him, but his daughter rushed out first instead, and the magnitude of his vow hit him like a brick wall!    As a man of his word, Jephthah offered his daughter as a sacrifice to God, and to this day, her memory is honored annually by Israeli virgins.
Sometimes in an act of desperation, we are willing to promise anything to God if he will bend his will to our own.  Are we really ready to follow through on what we promised? Or are we making a vow in haste, with no intention to fulfill the vow?



I chose the Depression block to represent Jephthah.  Imagine how depressing it was when he was forced away from his homeland and family.  Then imagine how depressing it must have been for him to realize that he had sealed his daughter’s fate with his vow to God.

Block 97 Barak

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“...because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours... Judges 4:9

For about 350 years, different judges ruled the Israelites (they did not yet have kings).  During this time, the Israelites were often in trouble with God, were conquered by other nations, and needed to be saved.  Occasionally, God enabled the judges to deliver them from oppression.  When the prophetess Deborah was judge, she found herself in a similar situation, but did not personally have the strength or experience to lead a battle.  The Canaanites had ruled over Israel for 20 years.  Deborah needed some help, and sought out Barak to assist her.  Barak was a successful  military general from Nephtali in the land of Kadesh.  Deborah knew that God had chosen Barak to free Israel, yet he never went to battle.  Deborah took matters into her own hands and called for Barak to come to her.  She questioned him why he had not followed God’s will, but Barak had no good answer.
Deborah instructed Barakto lead an army of 10,000 against the mighty Canaanites.  She assured Barak that God would grant him a victory, but Barak did not trust Deborah and did not trust God.  He agreed to go into battle, but only if Deborah went with him.  Deborah agreed, but added that Barak would not receive the honor for the victory.  That honor would go to a woman.  Barak agreed. Together, with Deborah by his side, Barak attacked the Canaanite military leader, Sisera and his army.  It was a bloodbath — every Canaanite was slain.  Barak chased Sisera, who had escaped from the field of battle.  Later, Barak found Sisera, dead.  He had been killed by a woman, Jael, with nothing more than a tent peg.  The prophecy that Deborah had foretold had come to pass, God allowed Barak and his troops to defeat the Canaanites, but the honor of killing Sisera, the Canaanite leader, went to a woman, Jael.  Barak, now confident that God was with him, went on to destroy Jabin, the king of Canaan, and peace settled on Israel for another forty years.
Like Barak, God sometimes asks us to take a risk to fulfill His divine plan.  And like Barak, we are sometimes hesitant.  We need to have confidence that God has our back and will not let us down.

I chose Ladies Wreath to represent Barak.  Due to his hesitance to go into battle by himself, the honor of the victory was bestowed upon a woman.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Block 96 Samson

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“Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.Judges 17:6
Who doesn’t love a story with a hero, the strongest man in the Bible — a man who was given his strength from God?  The Bible stories we heard as children describe Samson as a hero with a miraculous birth.  An angel came to his barren mother and told her that she would soon give birth to a son who was destined to deliver Israel from the Philistines.  The angel went on to explain the “rules” as to how Samson was to be raised — dedicated to God at his birth, and never allowed to cut his hair or drink wine.  In return, God bestowed Samson with superhuman strength and install him as the 15th judge of the Hebrews.  The children’s version of the Bible stories depict Samson as a hero who first slayed a lion with his bare hands.  Later he captures 300 foxes, ties their tails together, set them on fire and used them as a living torch to burn the Philistine crops.  Then he slew 3000 Philistines with nothing more than a donkey’s jawbone.  The children’s stories also told of Samson’s weakness — Delilah.  She tricked Samson into telling the source of his strength, his long locks.  She cut his hair, and he was captured by the Philistines and blinded.  When his hair grew back, God returned his strength.  Samson  knocked down the columns of the Philistine temple, killed the Philistines and killed HIMSELF.  A hero’s death.
The details not included in the children’s stories were Samson’s weaknesses and sins.  Many times, Samson showed total disregard for God’s law.  He was to dedicate his life to God in the Nazirite tradition, yet he touched the dead lion and ate from his carcass (against Nazirite teaching), he sought revenge against the Philistines (again, against teaching), but his greatest disregard came when he fell in love and married a foreign woman, a Philistine, the sworn enemy who he was supposed to defeat.  Samson’s disobedience resulted in his capture, and later, his death.  He did what was right in his own eyes, but not in the eyes of God.  (In Samson’s defense, this was not uncommon among the Hebrew judges.  But just because other judges followed their own judgment, did not make it right.)  Samson’s true legacy was the lesson that God can use sinners to accomplish His purpose.  Samson’s other lasting lesson is the caution that we should do what is right in God’s eyes, not our own.


I chose Fox and Geese to represent Samson as a reminder of one of the stories of his heroic strength (which resulted in a violation of his Nazirite tradition).