Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on August 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM|
Jumping right in...
The real picture that we are supposed to have of life is the one that God carved out in scripture, and not our own. That's why even though we are in a free society and have the liberty to express our opinions by voting our convictions, we nonetheless have to view it by the constraints of our perception of scriptural prophecy. Where are we, prophetically, in scripture? If we see wrongdoing, can we "turn it around?" Would God be pleased, if we did?
What am I saying...?
Somewhere, we have to decide, is America Israel?
Where do we fit in, as believers?
How are we supposed to be thinking?
What's the bigger picture, here?
What are we called to do, as born again Christians?
How can we please our Heavenly Father?
The issues on the table above trump (pun intended) the issue(s) of political advancements, which usually parlays itself into economic issues, which, in God's eyes, don't always have precedent over spiritual issues. In my opinion, if they were living today, you'd be hard pressed to see the Apostle Paul or Peter at a political rally--(except) maybe of course to pass out gospel tracts or borrow a megaphone to declare the word.
Don't you think there was political unrest during the time they were living? Scripture has very little to say about those things. Why? Because believers were spending time with a bigger issue... "THE resurrection from the dead." "...This Jesus got up, and so can you." The main thing is still the main thing. I'm glad for all my friends and FB friends who are trying to make this world a better place to live. Only, this world is not my final home.
Spend time with what really matters.
|Posted on July 24, 2016 at 4:40 PM|
Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
I don't believe that this American election has any sway on God's prophetic calendar. Let's face it...
“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:37 (Obviously a Second Coming verse )
You can fight all you want to, and you can vote for the best man or woman you think will change the present situation in America, but (Biblically speaking) God will have His way, and your “vote” means NOTHING—nothing to Him. In fact, He has other plans, plans of His own. Those plans include nepotism. If you haven't heard yet, God's son will rule and reign on this Globe for a period of one thousand years (see Revelation twenty).
You wanna do something that will please the Father...? It, surely, won't be for who you cast your "vote" for. That vote won't bring in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You wanna do something that will please the Father...? “While there is still time...” (hackneyed expression) give out the gospel.
|Posted on June 9, 2016 at 1:50 PM|
“Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read....” (Isaiah 34:16)
A Brother wrote...
“Well.....not to be contrary or anything - BUT - since the Bible was not written in chronological order I don't see the need to read it that way. So many preachers put pressure on their people to 'read it through in a year,' and that always struck me as kinda silly. I say just open the Book and let the Holy Spirit take you where you need to go.
And besides, the bulk of my Bible 'reading' is listening to it on my phone. I get so much more out of hearing it then I do out of seeing it....
I READ and LISTEN....and firmly believe that God wrote the Book to be read in modules...because that's how it plays out....I think when people are shamed into reading it front to back it becomes a little monotonous and they only do it to be able to say they did it. To me, that's not really reading the Bible.
And besides - 'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.'"
The first thing that I would like to say is, audio or optical [“the eyes are the window to the soul”], whether it be a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph or the whole book, any form of Bible reading is good. No doubt, whenever and however you receive the light-rays of God's scripture deep down into your soul is definitely profitable.
The reason that I am making an article out of this issue is because I believe that you and OTHERS assume that it's okay to read THE BOOK in a helter-skelter fashion and not attempt to read it through from beginning to the end, as it was intended. (I wrote a book a while back, and, because I know people like to skip around in their reading, make it a point to tell them to, “please, read it from cover to cover” or they WON'T UNDERSTAND what I have written because they won't get the FULL picture. Wouldn't it be the same with God's book?)
The first thing I want to address, is what you said in your first paragraph...
“[S]ince the Bible was not written in chronological order.”
Who told you that? That might be a half-truth or partial truth, but it's not accurate. While it's true that God grouped books of the Bible together like the Law, the prophets and the psalms (see Luke 24:44), but, if you study how the book is situate together, it's presented in such a way that, given all the possibilities that one could fathom, even though they are grouped in different groups, and there are some exceptions as to the chronology date of writing or historical date of occurrence, for the most part they are placed in chronological order. (For further reading, please, see my last chapter in this book...
God layed out His books the way He wanted, and you say, It's NOT good enough for me, I need to read them in “modules.”
I'm no scholar, but the little, feeble, study that I've done in this area proved to me that this supernatural “Book” is laid out perfectly. We not only have an Old and New Testament (notice the order), but in the New Testament we have the four Gospels (dealing with the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ), the Acts of the Apostles (dealing with the history of the early Church and Apostles—as far as I can see, in order), Paul's writings (a little disjunctive, but grouped nonetheless together), the general epistles (that have an element of works to them, directed doctrinally to those in the Tribulation—after the church, those who are following Paul's writings, doctrinally, go out) and finally the Revelation that talks about the SECOND coming of Christ (the Gospels being His FIRST).
That looks like good “chronological” order to me.
Let's go further...
Read Ezra chapter eight with me, to verse eight...
1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. (Ezra Eight)
As you can see they read “in the book of God distinctly.” Do you think that they would have jumped around or read it in “modules” or do you think that they read it from the beginning to the end—cover to cover?
What other “book” do you take the liberty of only reading portions and sections where the author purposely laid out the chapters, or, in the Bible's case books and chapters in those books—the way He thought best, so you can read them in the order you choose?
The word 'book” is found one hundred and seventy-five places in the scripture. I challenge you to look them up. Hopefully, reading them, in context, will give you the same conviction that God gave me.
In my opinion, if you mess with the book, you mess with Jesus, who prophetically said...
“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me...” (Psalm 40:7) repeated in Hebrews 10:7 “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
If, from the beginning to the end, the WHOLE volume is about Jesus, that's how it should be read.
|Posted on April 25, 2016 at 10:35 PM|
Just like anything else; Facebook: you get out of it, what you put into it.
It's a tool. And, like any OTHER tool, you can use it for the glory of God or for wrongdoing.
Just like in "real life," you can...
...witness, fellowship, fight, enjoy, learn, read, study, friend people, pass information on and much much more. You can, also, sin, deceive people and be a phony.
Like anything else in this life, you get out of it what you put into it.
What are you doing with it? What are you doing with Facebook?
|Posted on March 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM|
So, I'm reading through my Bible and come across another passage that I don't understand. And, I say to myself, "I know I love what I am reading, but I just don't understand it." Then I think some more and conclude... "Oh, just like my wife... I know that I love her... but, at times, I just don't understand her...."
|Posted on March 21, 2016 at 11:15 PM|
Many years ago, after we had just moved to Ohio, I remember that there was a church that we had visited a handful of times because the pastor was very friendly to me.
This pastor (so I heard) was a Baptist, but he took over a Christian Missionary Alliance work in the center of town and seemed to be happy in his endeavor.
Well, Sunday rolled around, and off to church we went with our four children in tow.
My lingering memory was that I enjoyed myself in the church's short service. Oh, and one more thing—maybe two... The organist was terrific, but she was (in my mind) one of the “ugliest,” homeliest, ladies that I've ever seen.
My next memory of this organist was of her playing a standard hymn for a service. It was wonderful.
Probably the last time or the second to last time I saw this organist, she stood up in church to give a testimony of how good to her the Lord was and presented a gospel tract that she had printed herself, with, of all things, her picture on it! I said to myself, “How could somebody so ugly put a picture like that on a gospel tract—who's gonna read it?!!”
You know what happened next? The Holy Spirit got involved. No, not with her, with me! The Lord showed me that this Lady (I forgot her name. I wish that I hadn't.) was doing the BEST she could with what God gave her ...all, for HIS glory.
Ever since my lesson—my sobering lesson—was learned, I don't look at Christian women anymore like I used to, especially the “ugly” ones.
|Posted on March 14, 2016 at 12:45 AM|
Have you ever heard the expression “So and so is 'a loser?'” I have many times. When judging another person, they'll comment, “He's a loser” or “That guy is just a loser.”
Why am I writing an article like this? I'll tell you why. I've heard this expression, used on more than one occasion; I've heard it from Christian ministers, laity, and those who ought to know better who are using this term towards their own brothers and sisters in Christ.
First of all, the term “lose” is a Bible term (see Mark 9:41; Luke 9:24; II John 1:8), but the term “loser” is not. In fact, the term “loser” is a worldly term. (See the definition below...)
Slang definitions & phrases for loser
noun: (also born loser) A person or thing that fails, esp. habitually; bust, dud, lemon, nonstarter (1950s+ Students)
The person casting such aspersions toward their Christian counterparts must really think that they are something, the cream of the crop, the elite. Borrowing here... “I think the term [loser] first appeared around the 1920's as a general social description and is predominantly used by the upper middle class to describe anyone who does not fit their warped criteria of success. They do this because they are not upper class, or blue blood and they think by taking power in the lower aspects of society they can blend in with the elite.”
Is that you...? Does the above description describe you? If it does, you must really think that you are something. Borrowing now from the Apostle Paul... “Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:4)
Say what you want, friend; label him, if you must, but the man or woman that you are calling “a loser” is held up with the same power that you're counting on to hold you up. In fact, that brother or sister that you so quickly refer to as a “loser” is actually a winner! (Oh, they lost some things, for sure... their sins, Hell, possibly the grave—in lieu of the Rapture, a life of guilt, etc.... In that sense they are losers.) They win, however, Eternal Life, Heaven, Hope, Peace, Freedom, Joy, Assurance, Love, Truth, Direction and much, much, more.
In conclusion, a Born again Christian is a winner NOT a loser. He might lose rewards along the way for his actions/works (or lack thereof), but as far as elitism goes, this son of God (John 1:12) is a spiritual winner who has the victory in Christ Jesus his resurrected Lord. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (I John 5:4)
|Posted on February 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM|
In an article I was reading, someone said to "...look it up in 'Snopes.' you idiot" (...or something to that effect), and I thought to myself, after reading the article (below) a few weeks ago, "who can NOW trust snopes?"
...Then, I thought to myself... "I wonder if that's how people who read the newer versions come to the conclusions they come to..." (READ THE ARTICLE below, before you read the next few sentences) "...when they go to a book that's called 'THE Holy Bible' for an authoritative answer to a subject, but the author of the answer turns out to be corrupt himself...."
"For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God..." (II Corinthians 2:17) "...men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." (II Timothy 3:8)
Thank the Lord that we have His perfect word, preserved for us down through the centuries by a sinless Being, contained in one book called the "'AUTHORIZED' Version."
Note: a kind brother sent me this link that says that the story is fictitious. This only proves my point even more. You just don't know, with man's authority. But, God's word never lies.
|Posted on January 27, 2016 at 7:35 PM|
You caught me.
I tell people all the time that I used to work at "Fairyland," when I was a kid. Maybe that helped to shape my lighthearted, friendly, personality.
I was either twelve or thirteen when I would ride my bike a few miles down Queens Boulevard from my Nanny's house (http://soapnwater.webs.com/) to get there.
Well, there was this very moral Roman Catholic man, named Tom Rupp, who was married with two little girls, who sort of took me under his wing. He gave me a "job" at the ticket counter selling tickets. Anyway, I remember that I wanted a compact reel to reel tape recorder (the "in thing" of electronics, back then ) and I pushed Tom so hard to get me one (remember, I didn't have a father growing up), that he gave me my first—maybe my ONLY spanking growing up. One day when he drove me home, he leaned me over the front seat of his car, and let's say got my attention, real good. (If my memory serves me right, after all was said and done, at the last, I got my prize—my "spanking prize," the tape recorder.)
I've often tried to look for Tom, after I got saved, in order to give him the glorious Gospel of Christ. (I Corinthians fifteen) Hopefully, someone reached him with it before he took his appointed trip (Hebrews 9:27) into eternity.
|Posted on December 27, 2015 at 8:35 PM|
Look at that picture. More importantly, look at this verse...
“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
Jesus “caught” Peter.
Even though Peter obeyed Jesus when He tells him on a windy and gloomy near break of day command to walk on the water, when his faith begins to wain, Jesus was right there to catch him.
Do you know what that tells me, Christian?
It tells me that at the last sustainable minute of faith a frail believer who might not have the strength to see it through to the end needs to remember that Jesus is there ready to catch him when he begins to sink.
When the Lord makes it clear to us to do Him service, we should always act on it right away. As time goes on, though, and opportunity affords us a chance to reason it out, it almost never fails; the seeds of doubt seem to always find a way to creep in and begin to grow, making this wonderful opportunity of service, at the last possible moment of completion—mind you, become an importunity (imposition). During those times of failure, thank the Lord, He is there to catch us. Remember, Jesus was near enough to Peter to catch him.
I believe that the reason that the Lord gives us a big task—something that we would not ordinarily do stemming from our own volition, is just to see if we are willing to capitulate. Once we act by faith, we need to keep in mind that He is always near enough to bring us through it to safe completion. Remember, He was the one who beckoned to Peter to walk on the water—walk, not sink. And, He is the one who calls us today to service—service, not failure. Let me ask you, if He is the one who has called us to complete a task, do you really think that He wants us to fail?
Calling Simon Peter to come to Jesus on the water was a simple test of his faith. I'm sure, though, as time went on, there were more pressing issues that would surface in Peter's life that required a more intensified sustainable faith. It's the same with us. Simple faith is all that is required in most matters to complete a task, but—and, yes the Lord does catch us many times if/when we fail—as we grow stronger in our faith we find that those simple spiritual milestones have made us stronger. So, don't be surprised, Christian, as you get older in the Lord, when He calls you to a more intensified test of your faith. Along those lines, if you have been saved for a while now, how has the Lord tested your faith, lately? Has He called you to do something that would require you to trust Him more than when you were first saved?
Has He revealed to you what it is, yet...?
If He has... are you willing to do it? Will you obey? Will you get started? Will you trust Him to bring it to pass?
All that's required is your faith.
|Posted on December 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM|
A Brother in our group asks...
“Soul mates....does anyone think that is scriptural?... if you can back it up with scripture please....”
For my answer, I will quote Elihu, who said...
“For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.” (Job 34:3)
While we mull over the words/term “soul mate” in our ears, let's see if we can pick up it's flavor.
Webster's Dictionary says...
Full Definition of SOUL MATE
1: a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament
2: a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs
Since this Brother asked if it is scriptural, I will do my best to see what the scripture bears out about this subject.
(Borrowing from another Brother on the group...)
“Although it is not necessary ... it is possible for hearts between two people to be knit together in love...
Col 2:2a That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love ...
And God did something like that between David and Jonathan...
1 Sam 18:1b ... that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David ...
And combining those two with 'one flesh' Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh....”
After reading the last few sentences (from this other Brother on the group), I thought to myself, “those are my thoughts, exactly.”
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God....” (Psalm 62:1)
“...my soul thirsteth for thee [God]...” (Psalm 63:1)
I believe that once we get saved that our spirits become one with the Lord (I Corinthians 6:17). Man retains the spirit of man, but we are baptized into one spirit...
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (I Corinthians 12:13)
Our souls are saved and we are one Spirit with the Lord. Since we have the same Spirit, can we call what we have in common with the Lord “Spirit mates?”
If we are one Spirit with the Lord, aren't our souls (that are eternally saved) intertwined somehow with His—making us bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh? (See Ephesians 5:30)
How can fleshly beings be connected to an Eternal Being? How can we be all be “one?” (I Corinthians 6:17; 10:17; 12:11-12)
There is an easy answer to this question, and it is found in Ephesians 5:32. The Bible calls being “one” (in this case “flesh”) a “mystery.” In other words, you might come close to understanding it, but you will never figure it out.
The Lord in Ephesians five used the mystery of the intertwinings of a man and a woman (see Proverbs 30:19) as an ensample of what we are to Christ.
“...they two shall be one flesh.” (Ephesians 5:31)
Now, go back a verse...
“For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” (Ephesians 5:30)
Now, I know that the word “soul” or the word “mate” is not found in any of these verses, but, either way, we are sure closely connected to Jesus. So close, in fact, that God used the example of a marriage between a man and a woman as THE example of what we are to Christ.
Is there such a thing as “soul mate” found in the Bible? You are right, it doesn't look that way. You won't find that expression anywhere. But, could being a “soul mate” be scriptural. Well, that's another story. (As was said above, it seems like David's soul was joined to Jonathan's.)
Obviously, “soul mate” is different from the words “help meet” (Genesis 2:18), but don't let that throw you.
Darby Bible translation says...
“And Jehovah Elohim said, It is not good that Man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate, his like.”
It seems to me that someone along the way stole the term “help meet” and changed it to “help mate” from a perverted bible, giving us the term/thought of there being a “soul mate.”
The Authorized Version uses the words “help meet” for a reason. The word “meet” means...
“Fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose.”
That's what “help” Mother Eve was to be to Father Adam.
As far as God was concerned, the woman that He created from man's rib was a perfect match for Adam.
Given this information, perhaps a better term than “soul mate” might be a “soul meet.”
Is that term in the scripture? No. Is it scriptural? Given the above information; maybe.
|Posted on December 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM|
When all the bad things were happening to Job, in Job 1:13-19, he never mentioned Satan one time. He only acknowledged “the Lord.” Look at these verses...
Job1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Read through those verses one more time. See if you can find any reference from Job to “Satan” or “the Devil.” You can't.
Now go to Job chapter two. This time, when Satan was allowed to mess with Job's “skin” (Job 2:1-7), Job again attributed his physical dilemma to God. He said...
“...What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?...” (Job 2:10) Job never mentioned “Satan” one time.
What am I saying here?
A “...perfect and upright...” man—Job, attributed evil toward him as coming from a good God.
Revelation of scripture reveals that Satan, indeed, is one of our enemies (Matthew 13:39), but as sons of God who are living in a crooked world, whatever our lot, “upright” Job has showed us to keep our eyes on the Lord, NOT Satan. Knowing this, we can sing...
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
|Posted on November 14, 2015 at 8:25 PM|
No matter how a person excuses or spins lying, stealing, abuse, disrespect, greed or laziness- it is all wicked.
Depraved human nature always makes an excuse for failure or rebellion opposed to owning it an adjusting their course.
In the psychology world we call those kind 'yeah-butters.' Yes, but but but...
They are wrong ONLY when evidence is irrefutable -then they go to the mode of excuses to justify immoral behaviour or gross lack of character.
The classic excuse was I was busy, or I did not know. If the the victim card won't work out comes the stupidity card.
If it angers and makes me sick, I can only imagine how the Lord God feels. Those same responses preceded getting expelled from the Garden of Eden.
Yet, there is where the problem lies, "For there is no fear of God before their eyes." To the sniffling liberal, carnal or crook, they will call what I've said harsh or legalistic.
A better word is moral. A better commentary is God's, "be sure your sin will find you out." Have we forgotten integrity and a passion to do what is right? Placators and enablers are in constant orbit with criminals and takers.
They are equally responsible for not making crooked paths straight or calling "a spade a spade." Covering up rebellion only gives license for those out of bounds around us to continue.
In the criminal justice world they are called criminals, with dx attached, such as "Co Dependent," "Antisocial" personality disorder or "Sociopath..." They are all sick, better yet 'immoral.'
The concept of: 'if it is right do it, an if it is not right quit it' -is nowhere in their loop, as God's expectations an laws do not apply to them... but indeed they do, and [let's not forget] there is a pay day some day.
Today to discern, qualify, verify and make a judgment call, a person is viewed as a terrorist, hater etc.
The Gospel according to Rodney king. after he endangered many folks in a high speed chase and was severely beaten, was "can't we all just get along?"
Sadly, we can't get along unless we are alike following the same rules. Neither should we! Peace comes not by an absence of war but by ending what causes war. Selah
When people lie to themselves long enough or have others as wicked as they, cosign their folly or actions, it is never indicative that the equation has magically arrived at morality.
The conscience is dulled when we rationalize or minimize our failures or wickedness.
At the end of our journey our work will speak for itself. Solomon said that, "even a child is known by their work."
As for me, "the right thing is the only thing!" This is what 40 years of studying God's book produced.
I would much rather lose relationships or promotions than to offend God.
Jesus said, "if you love me, keep my commandments." Such a simple standard to live by.
It is impossible to go down the wrong road and expect to arrive at the right place.
|Posted on October 5, 2015 at 10:35 PM|
Tell me time frames aren't important.
Dispensations are important, too. I want to prove that to you by presenting the next thing God does after he destroys Achan and his entire family for taking of “the accursed thing” [For the record, I'm not saying that “time frames” equal dispensations—a dispensation is the way a household is run. A time frame might not be a dispensation, but they are certainly similar in some respects. In this case they are close.] that even though God does this a different way the next time Israel is at war (chapter eight) Achan has fittingly died under the former set up.
God says to Joshua in chapter seven of his book...
“And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.” (Joshua 6:18-19)
God says to Joshua that those things are accursed because He (God) wants them to go into the treasury—His treasury. If they go anywhere else they become a curse to Israel. [In this case, by one man's disobedience the whole nation was cursed.]
Well, as you know, Achan gets discovered and gets punished for his disobedience against God and his crime against his brethren. (Joshua 7:16-26)
Now turn the page to the very next chapter. Look what God tells Joshua this time...
“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.” (Joshua 8:1-2)
Do you see it? Look again at verse two...
“...only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves.”
Even though Achan payed the ultimate price for disobeying God's command concerning the spoils hardly a chapter before, now it was okay to keep them.
What changed? A better question, here, would be “Who changed?” God did. For what reasons the Lord changed how He divvied out the spoils, we don't know. Scripture doesn't say. All I know is if someone kept them for themselves after He changed His mind they would have been okay.
My question to you, dear friend, is “Have you found out—or, are you finding out what God is doing today by way of Salvation? Has He changed the way He was doing things before His Son was begotten into the world from the old way (Hebrews Eight) things were done into something new? Will He change the way things go after the church of God gets caught out to marry His son?” Would God be wrong for making slight changes to HIS set up? As His children who study His words to get light, shouldn't we confess to Him that these things are “too wonderful” (Psalms 139:6) for us to grasp and understand (Job 42:3) and that we need to just believe them?
Borrowing from Acts 26:8... “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should...” change His mind from one war to the next or dispensationally speaking from one way of achieving His plan to something else? After all, it is His plan, you know; not our's. He designed it and set it into motion, and He is the One who will see it through until it is completed. All we can do is sit back and watch it unfold.
Think about it for a while. If the incident with Achan happened in chapter eight and not in chapter six, he wouldn't have had to die. Interesting, wouldn't you say? And, if someone died before the prophesied Saviour showed up, their sins were covered but not taken away. (Hebrews 10:10-18) This, too, is very interesting.
|Posted on September 30, 2015 at 10:20 PM|
Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a garbage picker.
Here's my story...
A few days ago, while dumping some trash in the dumpster where I live, I peeked in some black plastic bags that looked shinny and new. I thought to myself, “Who knows what treasures might lie inside?” To be honest with you, my curiosity got ahold of me, and I spent the next ten minutes rummaging through about five of the ten bags that lay pell-mell inside.
What I saw to me was astounding. In those bags were tons of books, magazines, video tapes, files, cards and letters. Again, out of curiosity, I looked at the date of one of the letters. (Actually, it was the postmark.) It was from nineteen sixty-six! “Man,” I thought, “that was fifty years ago.”
Again, I thought, “Whoever these things belonged to saved this stuff for at least fifty years, and now all that effort is in the trash.”
Then a sterling thought entered my mind, “This person is probably dead, lying in a box themselves somewhere and now everything he or she thought was so important—important enough to amass for most of their entire life—was now also lying in a box (the dumpster).” “They're in a box, and their stuff was in a box,” I thought.
This made me think—think more about what's really important in life.
“What things am I going to leave behind,” I thought “that will wind up one day in a dumpster.” Once again, I had to admit to myself that some things in life are not that important “…They're not as important as I make them.”
One of the wisest men ever to live once said...
“I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:4-11)
If you are looking for an end to this article, I will end it in a prayer...
Lord... “...[T]each us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalms 90:12)
Update (a few weeks later)
As you see by the adjoining picture, I passed by the same dumpster again, only to open a few more fresh laid shiny black bags, a few weeks after the first one's were carted away by the garbage truck. What I discovered was astounding. I discovered by the next installment of garbage that I was viewing this second time that this man was probably a believer. Besides seeing a copy of Dr. Ruckman's B.B.B (From 1998) and one of his soulwinning tapes. I saw multitudes of Dr. Tabb's tapes (brand new, in boxes) bulletins and Christian effects. Yep, he had saved all the other things for years; no doubt he had ferreted these things away as well.
After closer examination of this voluminous stash that was waiting for a rainy day to tackle, I was thankful that, as far as I know, this man had gotten saved, and had spent much time and money investing in those things that truly mattered: eternal things.
I wonder if he knew the scripture that says...
“Buy the truth, and sell it not...”? (Proverbs 23:23)
He sure bought and saved a lot of it.
|Posted on September 8, 2015 at 11:30 PM|
The question was asked recently if “it is still okay to gain understanding of the shadows in the 'holy days'/feasts and the prophetical picture they hold. e.g. seasons, beginning the countdown for Jacobs 70th week ...that week being a specified length of days...”
Today, as I was reading Exodus thirty one, I got my answer...
“Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.” (Exodus 31:15)
Then my mind went to Genesis 2:2...
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
I said to myself... “Why did God rest, here? Surely, He didn't need to rest. He wasn't tired!”
Let's face it, after everything that the Lord wanted to create was created, He could have made the week to last only six days, with NO rest. (Imagine that. We would have only had a six day week.) Ah, but there was a picture that He wanted to show His new creation that we would not have been able to grasp, had the week been shortened by a day. So, instead of a day of rest to mean a rest from being weary from working (for six days, end to end), the “rest” that He wanted us to see was a break – a break in time. He wanted us to understand that from His Creation to the End of Time there would be six thousand years that would end human history (as we know it) with a “rest” – a break of a thousand years at the end (2 Peter 3:8).
Let's sum that last paragraph up by saying that God rested in order to show us something monumental that He planned would occur sometime after the first six thousand years of history was expired. That something, as we know, will be the Millennium, when His Son will rule and reign, bringing in perfect peace and rest.
Now to your question...
There are other pictures that God, also, wanted us to see that are included in the times, seasons and feasts that can be studied out that will help us determine prophetical events that are yet to come. Borrowing from Clarence Larkin, here is a series of sermons I did some years ago that might help you see what I'm saying...
|Posted on September 3, 2015 at 10:45 PM|
Those who are on God's side are under His protection and care. When judgment comes on the unsaved hard-hardened world, the believer is safe and secure. “...[I]t shall not come nigh thee...” declared the Psalmist. (Psalm 91:7) In fact. “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” (Psalm 91:9-10)
You talk about security.
When God's judgment was being out-poured on Pharaoh's land, no harm came to the Hebrews. Read it for yourself. When there was “...hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt …[o]nly in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.” Why? God had protected them. (Read the account yourself. Exodus 9:22-26.)
If you are a believer—a TRUE believer in Jesus Christ, you have protection from God's wrath and light and life that unbelievers do not possess. We see in Exodus ten that while the whole nation was in darkness, only God's people had light...
21 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
ONLY THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HAD LIGHT IN THEIR DWELLINGS. The Apostle Paul said “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness....” (I Thessalonians 5:4) We have Jesus, the light of the world.
And, finally, may I remind you that, while God's judgment was being executed on the heathen, no wrath came upon those who offered a sacrifice. Life to those with a blood sacrifice. Death to those who lacked one. (Exodus chapter twelve)
We learn from the lessons of bondage in a heathen world that a believer can enjoy the ride along the way, if we would only consider and remember God's security, light and life.
Truly, “happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” (Psalm 144:15)
|Posted on August 20, 2015 at 9:10 PM|
|Posted on July 6, 2015 at 10:35 PM|
I never saw this before. Did you...?
“Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?” (John 21:20)
Apparently, in all of Peter's defense (John 18:10) and denial of Jesus (John 18:15-27), he never learned—until AFTER the resurrection, who at the table betrayed Him.
Remember John 13:24...
“Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.”
At that point, even John didn't know...
“He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” (John 13:25-26)
Notice verse twenty-nine...
“For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.”
No one including Peter knew who betrayed Jesus.
Why am I bringing this up?
Here it is, almost the end of the Gospel of John (five verses from the end, to be exact) and the one question that keeps bugging Peter is “who done it, Lord?” “Who betrayed you?”
Now to my thought...
We are now done reading the Gospel of John. Turn the page and we are in the book of Acts. Here we read that before ascending to Heaven (Acts 1:9-10), Jesus teaches his disciples for forty days “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3) But, Peter is still bothered by that question—the question he asked Jesus in the end of John. How do we know that? We know that by observing the first thing that Peter does. Do you know the first thing that Peter does after Christ ascends up into Heaven? Well, it's NOT going door to door soul-winning. Nor is it going street preaching.
Jesus must have given Peter the answer to his question (John 21:20). We know this by Peter's FIRST order of business after His ascension...
Acts 1:15 ¶ And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Believing that at any moment King Jesus would set up His kingdom, Peter, KNOWING THAT TWELVE JUDGES WERE NEEDED (Matthew 19:28), went into action to replace the one he just discovered “by transgression fell” (Acts 1:25).
Yes, Jesus gave Peter the answer he needed. “Judas.” What did Peter (the leader) do with that information? He—without yet receiving the Holy Ghost [Acts 1:8], looked in the scripture and determined that what he was presently experiencing in that exact moment of time was prophesied by David. By seizing and acting on this scriptural revelation, Peter understood that this body of believers—now incomplete by one, the one who betrayed their King—must be made complete.
And, it was made complete. Here is the rest of the story...
Acts 1:23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
P.S. Good Christians say that, by choosing Matthias, Peter made a mistake. They say that the Holy Ghost was not yet given and they were basically gambling for the next apostle.
I believe that if their choice was not of God that, once they received the Holy Ghost, one of the first things these men would have done would be to repent of their decision and choice. Obviously, this is never happened.
|Posted on June 10, 2015 at 6:25 PM|
A Brother writes...
“Looking for the differences between From the dead Acts 13:34, Among the dead Lk. 24:5 and Of the dead Mt. 22:31 and Acts 24:21”
I'm gonna put these in a different order, to make it easier...
1. Among the dead... “And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5
The context here is the bodily resurrection of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus. So, what was being asked by the angels was, why are you looking for a living person “among the dead?”
2. Of the dead... “But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Matthew 22:31-32
“Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.” Acts 24:21
The context in these two verses has to do with a general resurrection. The Jews believed that, at the end, there would be a general resurrection or a resurrection “of” the dead culminating in a general judgment. In the second verse you quote (Acts 24:21), Paul (before Felix) makes his defense by saying...
Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
The “they” of verse 14 is referring to the Pharisees. The Pharisees (which Paul was one, Acts 22:3 and Acts 23:6-8; 26:5, Philippians 3:5) believed in a general resurrection...
“But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.” (Acts 23:6)
3. From the dead... “And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Acts 13:34”
The context of this last verse is a little different than just a general resurrection. It speaks of an specific individual who comes up FROM the dead. That individual is mentioned in the preceeding verses...
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. 23 Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: 24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose. 26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemninghim. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. 29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. 30 But God raised him from the dead: 31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Please, notice verse 30 and 33. God specifically raised up Jesus “FROM the dead.” (See Acts 3:15; 4:2; 4:10; 17:31, Romans 1:4; 10:7, I Corinthians 15:12, Colossians 1:18, I Peter 1:3; 1:21)