Teachings from Mighty Mouse

“Here I come to save the day! That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!”

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For those of you not familiar with Mighty Mouse here is his theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsPa8QgGGkc

There are a lot of Jesus teachings in the Mighty Mouse theme song. I do not intend to demean Jesus by comparing him to Mighty Mouse, but the theme song has so many Biblical parallels.

Shall we take a look?

Mr. Trouble never hangs around when he hears this mighty sound. “Here I come to save the day.”

Jesus conquered death. He is greater than Satan. If we are willing to submit to Him He will be there for us. We are told in 1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

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Am I In?

I didn’t know if my resume’ was a bridge or a roadblock. I sat on one side of the table. He sat on the other. It separated us or united us. I couldn’t tell. His smile gave me no hint.

“So, why don’t you tell me why you should be part of our organization?”

“Well,” glancing down at my resume’ then back up at him “I’ve detailed my accomplishments.”

I forced a grin. He just smiled back.

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Was It Worth the Price?

It takes from 8 to 10 hours to travel the 50 mile passage that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Was it worth the price?

It was first thought of in the 1500s by King Charles I of Spain. Actual construction did not begin until 1880 by France. Faced with mudslides, malaria, and yellow fever, it was abandoned in 1888. American president Theodore Roosevelt purchased the French assets in 1902. Construction by the Americans began in 1904.

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Called Up Called Out

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Jeremy walked into the kitchen, stopped, and stood speechless.

“What’s wrong?” Karen inquired.

“It’s official. War has been declared. The Commander-in-Chief has order the mobilization of the military.” Jeremy responded.

Karen returned a blank stare.

“We both have been called up” announced Jeremy.

“But we’re in the reserves” pleaded Karen.

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The Finger of God

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Is God a man? Is He made like a man? Does He have physical characteristics like a man?

Did He really write the Ten Commandments with His finger?

Exodus 31:18 When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.

Moses wrote most of the laws as spoken by God.

Moses had been on Mount Sinai for forty days. God had given him instructions regarding the tabernacle, the priests, and the rules of conduct for the nation of Israel.

Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.

Moses also received the Ten Commandments from God. These ten laws were not written down by Moses. According to scripture they were written by God in stone then given to Moses.

Is Exodus 31:18 just symbolic and not to be taken literally?

  • According to Strong’s Concordance
  • The word ‘finger’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning the forefinger.
  • The word ‘written’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning ‘to write.”
  • The word ‘God’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning God.
  • The word ‘gave’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning ‘to give.’

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God’s Plan A

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You know what happened. God created Adam and Eve and placed them in a perfect environment call Eden. The one and only condition was clear. Don’t eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That’s in Genesis chapter 2.

That was it. One rule. And they broke it. Satan in the form of a serpent convinced Adam and Eve to disobey God.

God expelled them from Eden and covered their naked bodies. Then He made a promise. One would come to defeat Satan and restore the relationship between God and mankind.

A few thousand years later God sent Jesus. He was that Promised One who defeated Satan. The opportunity for a restored relationship with God was now available to everyone.

However, Jesus went back to Heaven. But before He left He revealed in a command the unique plan of God to let the world know. We call it the Great Commission. Jesus told His followers they were responsible for letting people know how they could have a relationship with God through Jesus.

You and I are God’s plan A. Amazing isn’t it? The perfect God sent His perfect Son to bridge the gap between God and man. Then He placed His imperfect followers in charge of telling their friends and neighbors. And those that accepted what Jesus did were responsible for telling their friends and neighbors.

So it has been for around 2000 years.

What if we fail? What if plan A doesn’t work out? That’s the screwy part. There is no plan B. We do this or it doesn’t get done.

Plan A people fit into two categories. One group has heard the command but has chosen to leave it to others. The excuses vary, but the result is the same. They don’t tell anyone.

The other group has heard the command and has decided to obey it. There is one problem with this group. They feel unqualified. They really want to do what is expected, but they don’t know how to get started.

For those who have chosen to be obedient help is available. When Jesus returned to His home in Heaven He sent a Helper. We call Him the Holy Spirit.

Here’s the deal. Once my relationship has been restored to the way God intended it to be then there is nothing more I can do to improve my life. Others must come before me. I can’t do it by myself, and God knows that. So I have the Holy Spirit available to help me fulfill the command we call the Great Commission.

What’s your relationship with God like? Has it been restored by the sacrifice of Jesus? Yes? Great. Now we both can focus on others.

I admit I’ve neglected my responsibility in this area. If you have also maybe it’s time for both of us to rethink our lives.

Others need to hear. That’s the plan. We are God’s Plan A.

Exodus 19 – Clean Garments

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How do we approach our holy God? Is just showing up all that’s required? Is there some kind of ritual we need to go through?

As Exodus 19 begins, the Israelites were in month three of their escape from Egypt. They were learning, albeit slowly for some, to depend on God. Now they were going to learn a new lesson about their God.

He is holy.

Because He is holy He expects and is worthy of obedience.

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible.

‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;

and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel. – Exodus 19:5-6

Moses spoke God’s words to the Israelites, and they responded.

All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD. – Exodus 19:8

So far, so good.

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