Good(ness) #AtoZChallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter G

This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.

Good, the word in this post, is particularly important. The search on Bible Gateway for ‘good’ found more than 600 results, including the words ‘good’, ‘goodness’, ‘goods’ and ‘goodwill’.

‘Goods’ means possessions – good things with which God has blessed people. Of these results 23 were for ‘goods’.

To jump to the story The Good News of the Bible’s Message click here.

Creation was good Genesis 1

Tree of the knowledge of good and evil Genesis 2

Exodus 33:9 Moses met with God in the tent of meeting, but God was concealed by smoke. Moses asked to see God’s glory; God’s goodness would pass by Exodus 33:18- 23

Promise of good things Numbers 10:29

All God’s promises were fulfilled. Joshua 21:45 and 1 Kings 8:56, for example.

The temple was filled with God’s presence as a cloud after the people praised him saying He is good, His love endures for ever. 2 Chronicles 5:13

Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Mark1:1 John the Baptist declares the good news

Acts 10:36-38 A reminder about Jesus Christ’s healing ministry, prophesied by Isaiah. (Isaiah 35:4-6)

2 Peter 1:5-7 Character traits to be developed by followers of Jesus Christ include goodness.

Proverbs 14:22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

The Good News of the Bible’s Message

In the beginning God made the world and everything in it. It was good. The first people lived in a garden where there were trees with fruit. God told them they could eat fruit from any of the trees except one. They were disobedient, eating fruit from the forbidden tree.

From then on the story is of a few people drawing close to God and learning from him. Having the conviction that God is good, they passed on their knowledge of him and his instructions to the others.

One such person was Isaiah. He was a prophet in Judah for many years. When he began to prophesy King Uzziah reigned. After him there were two kings – a father and son – Jotham and Ahaz, who reigned for a total of 45 years. The next king was Hezekiah and Isaiah was still prophesying in his reign. (The time was around 740 – 680 BCE.)

Isaiah’s prophesies include some things which happened soon after he spoke about them. Others took hundreds of years to be fulfilled. Some may not have come to pass yet.

The Book of Isaiah is the longest book of prophecy in the Bible. Some of the best known parts of it concern a virgin, who would give birth to a son, named Immanuel, which means God with us. This child would be the Prince of Peace. His kingdom would never end. Isaiah also spoke of miraculous healings, which would happen.

Fast forward to around the year 30CE.

John the Baptiser (or Baptist) had proclaimed good news of the kingdom. Jesus of Nazareth claimed that Isaiah’s prophecies had been fulfilled in his own healing ministry.  The people of his own town did not accept this, but Jesus continued to spread the good news of the kingdom of God in other towns.

The parts of Isaiah’s prophecy, which have not yet come to pass, are about the time when Jesus Christ will return in glory. No-one knows when that will happen, except God the Father.

Sources of information: Bible Gateway, Holy Bible (NIV) with cross-references and concordance, The Amazing Collection for Women published by Big Dream Ministries


G is for Gethsemane, Golgotha and Gospels

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

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On Thursday evening immediately after the Passover meal Jesus and his disciples went to the Mount of Olives. Matthew 26:30. Then they went to a place called Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed and his disciples fell asleep, although Jesus had asked them sit while he went to pray. Matthew 26:36 and  Mark 14:32 Gethsemane is often called the Garden of Gethsemane. There were probably olive trees growing there. The prayer Jesus prayed in Gethsemane is in John 17 (If you click on one link here, I recommend this one.)

Golgotha is another important place in the Easter story. It is mentioned in three of the four Gospels. Matthew 27:33Mark 15:22 and John 19:17.

The name meant the place of the skull. It was a hill where the crucifixion took place. (Letter C)
Those about to be crucified had to carry the heavy cross on which they would be fixed with nails.

The Gospels are the books of the New Testament in which the Good News of Jesus Christ’s life and teaching were recorded by the Evangelists (people who tell the Gospel), Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The first three Gospels contain many similar accounts. They are known as the synoptic Gospels – from the same point of view. John’s gospel is more contemplative or reflective, organising the information in a different way.

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.


G is for Gasman

Once again I have picked a theme for the A to Z Challenge. This time I aim to entertain rather than to educate. My theme is careers or occupations. I begin with a piece of creative writing.

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Gail and Gary work with gas. Gail doesn’t like being called a gasman. She prefers gas fitter or engineer. They install cookers, boilers, gas-fires and meters. They also make safety checks and emergency visits if someone has reported a smell of gas.

Further reading: Flanders and Swann’s song The Gas Man Cometh is very funny (in an English sort of way)

The gas, which is burnt to provide heat and energy, is only one sort of gas. The air we breathe is a mixture of gases – nitrogen and oxygen and lots more. In the UK we call gasoline petrol, but sometimes it is shortened to gas.

In the creation story God breathed life Genesis 2:7