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Friday, June 13, 2014, 11:44 AM
Sorry- I haven't been able to get here as much as I would like.
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV)
Both words- ‘wickedness’ and ‘evil’- above are translated from the same Hebrew רעה רע rah, or rawaw'. It can mean any type of bad, evil, wicked.
Genesis 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (KJV)
The word ‘corrupt’ in the passage above is from the Hebrew- שׁחת shawkhath'. It’s meaning is more like to ‘decay, ruin, destroy’. This same Hebrew word used as ‘corrupt’ above is also used as ‘destroy’ in the same passage above.
The word ‘violence’ in the above passage is from the Hebrew - חמס châmâs and can mean according to how it’s used ‘violence’, ‘unjust gain’, ‘damage’, ‘false’, ‘injustice’ ‘oppressor’, ‘unrighteous’.
Psalm 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. 5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. 6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. 7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (KJV)
In the Genesis passages above, the Lord was beholding the wickedness of humans on the face of the earth and was determined to destroy all but Noah who found grace in His eyes. This chapter tells of God’s observing the wickedness and telling Noah to build the ark because there was going to be a flood to destroy all that was on the earth except those saved in the ark.
The Bible shows God to be constantly watching over His creation, and as He sees the wickedness, He will bring judgment in His time. But there would come a time when the wickedness would again reach the point that all but His chosen ones would be destroyed, and then all would be brought before His judgment throne.
The word translated ‘hateth’ in Psalm 11: 5 above could also be translated as ‘enemy’ or ‘foe’. Remember Jesus said that we are to love our enemies. And the Bible teaches that God loves sinners (those who are wicked) enough that He sent His Only Begotten Son to die for our sins. So when the Bible says ‘hate’, it doesn’t necessarily mean ‘hate’ in the sense that we may use it as an hostile loathing emotion. It often indicates that something is rejected (hated) compared to something that is accepted (loved). Even so, rejection from God our Creator means separation from Him to a place of eternal torments.
But the punishments for wickedness may well begin on this earth. The flood came on this earth to the wicked at that time. The Jews suffered many times for straying from God during the judges, and were eventually carried into captivity because they continued in disobedience. Though it doesn’t always work this way. Many wicked have prospered and continue to prosper without any sense of judgment in this life. Christians are told to expect the world to treat us as it treated Jesus, and He was spit on, beaten, and crucified. Christians are told to expect tribulations, and if one didn’t seem to experience tribulations, then one could certainly question his Christianity (though you don’t hear much preaching on that because preachers may not make much money preaching that). (See: Acts 5: 41; Romans 8: 17- 18; 2nd Corinthians 1: 5, 7; Philippians 1: 29; 2nd Timothy 2: 12 & 3: 12; 1st Peter 2: 21) Though we may see many who do not know the Lord that seem to have great health, jobs, enjoyment of life, the Scriptures teach that those who do not know the Lord will be eternally separated from Him, and apart from Him, there is no other place but torment.
But all Christians are to experience the suffering of afflictions or tribulations. Sometimes the suffering is because we are not perfect, and if we fall into our imperfection, we must remember that God, our Heavenly Father, chastens and scourges, all who come to Him. It is not a pleasant thing to suffer for sins, and should discourage any from it- but this is for those who come to the Father (those who believe and are saved). Christians are to expect suffering for the cause of Christ. This is different from suffering because of sin. It’s true purpose may only be revealed when we reach our Heavenly home. But if you see someone who says they are Christian, but they indicate that they have never had to truly experience suffering, affliction, or tribulation, and their life seems to always be so great, be suspicious, because this is not what the Scriptures teach we are to expect in this life. If you see someone who seems so involved with the earthly material enjoyment of life, be suspicious. Jesus said that we were to hate this life, but love our abundant life that we would have beyond the earthly, material experience of this world. To have the abundant life in this world does not mean abundance with earthly materialism.
But there will be a judgment that will come swiftly upon the whole earth. Beware- We see wickedness all around as in the days of Noah. We are to love sinners, but hate sin. To love them does not mean we are to support them or their position. We are to love our enemies, but it does not mean we are to give them guns to shoot us with. But people better open their eyes and realize that the violence is becoming full throughout all countries and wickedness is proliferating throughout the earth, and sudden judgment is due at any time. The signs are there that God is beginning His earthly warnings of coming woes.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:26 PM
A major employer in a nearby city had 230 job openings. They had 6,000 applicants for those openings. Do the math= 6,000- 230= 5,770 of those applicants were left looking for jobs. Now the city may have had other places, but this being a major employer, and the size of the city didn’t leave nearly enough places for employment as were seeking. So the population is increasing so much faster than the number of jobs available. So many people are without work. Many people are being left jobless, homeless, and hungry.
Rich preachers, and those who follow them tell people to trust the Lord and He will take care of you. How does the Lord take care of people? By using the hearts of His children to follow His law of love and reach out to those in need. Yet many of these people who listen to these rich preachers already have jobs. Some are getting by and thankful for that; others are fairly well off and praising God for their material prosperity. Yet how many are truly learning God’s law of love and reaching out to those in need? Indeed, many are simply saying that if they would follow the Lord, they wouldn’t have to worry. Who is showing them how God’s law of love works.
Jesus said, “Woe unto those who are rich; they have their rewards.” Yet people would rather listen to rich preachers than to listen to what Jesus said about the rich. Why? As the Bible says, people with itchy ears (they want to hear what they want to hear) will find teachers who tell them what they want to hear. They listen to rich preachers because the rich preachers tell them what they want to hear. Who listens to preachers who tell them what they don’t want to hear? The Bible teaches that there would be those who would seek to use the Gospel of Christ for earthly gain. So how do these rich preachers get rich without seeking for earthly gain?
Jesus taught that we were not to seek our rewards for serving Him in this life, but to store up our rewards for the eternal life. Jesus taught that if we followed Him, we could expect this world to treat us as it treated Him. How did this world treat Him? Jesus said there would be false teachers leading people away from the truth. Who would want to listen to a preacher who said that if you became a Christian, you may be spit upon (as Jesus was), or beaten (as Jesus was), or hung on a cross (as Jesus was)? Who would want to listen to a preacher who said that if you follow Jesus you may be thrown into a dungeon, or thrown into an arena with lions, or hung on a cross, or burned on a stake, as many Christians throughout history have had happen? But this is how Jesus said that it could happen. Who wants to hear what Jesus said, when these rich preachers can tell people what they want to hear?
Jesus said there would be many who would stand before the judgment throne and tell the Lord how many good works they did, but He would tell them to depart from Him, because He never knew them. Why did they believe they knew Jesus? Because they listened to false teachers. All through the Scriptures there is talk about those who follow false teachings. The Bible teaches that it is wrong to use God’s Word for the purpose of seeking earthly, worldly, material wealth. True preachers have never been known to have a history of becoming mega-rich by preaching God’s Word. People don’t generally expect to get rich by teaching the truth. False teachers get mega-rich pan-handling God’s precious Word. We need to put a stop to supporting these false teachers.
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 11:01 AM
The LORD God does not begin any works that He does not intend to finish. The LORD God does not make promises He does not intend to keep. The LORD God does not leave His children alone in the midst of their trials and tribulations.
Dear LORD, I am so far from perfect. LORD have mercy on me a sinner. LORD, my faith is so far from what it should be. LORD, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief. LORD God, please help my loved ones and myself to open our ears to hear Your Word; our eyes to see what You would have us to see; and our hearts to know Your will and what you would have us to know and do.
Dear LORD, You see that I am in dire straits. My budget is gone and I am in deep debt. LORD, please search my heart and make it in keeping with Thy will. LORD, help me and those I love in our hour of deepest need. In Jesus name, Amen.
Monday, May 26, 2014, 10:38 PM
Do you know what faith means? Faith doesn’t necessarily mean that you “know” something will happen because you “believe” it will happen. Faith means that you keep on going even if you don’t have a clue how it will happen, even though you may have doubts and fears. True- doubts and fears sound like contrary terms to the meaning of faith. Remember, the Lord knows we are human, we are not perfect. Perfect love removes fear. God’s love is perfect- and His love for us can remove our fears. But in our own imperfections (meaning that our love, which is His law, is so far from perfect) then we fall prey to doubts and fears. Doubts and fears do not mean that we do not have faith, or that we don’t have God’s law of love in our hearts; it means that our faith is weak and that our love is not yet perfect. In doubts and fears we may often not see a way and think something is impossible. Even so, faith means that even when we think that something may be impossible, we never forget that with God, all things are possible. We may not see how it could possibly be, but we know that God can make it possible, even if it seems ‘impossible’ to us.
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9:25 PM
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (KJV)
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (KJV)
2nd Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (KJV)
Jesus said that we are to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. Many people say that God asks for 10%, but that is not what Jesus said. We are God’s creation and we belong to Him. There are those who are His children because we come to Him and He accepts us, and there are those who never come to Him who never become His children. All in all, we are all His property because He created all. What are we to give Him? Ten percent? No! We belong to Him, and we are to give Him our all. We are to give and give and even if we gave everything, we have never given anything that didn’t already belong to Him to begin with. So those who believe that if you give 10% and He will fill your life with earthly, material blessings, you better remember that Satan is the ruler of this world, and Satan may allow you many material rewards just to keep you from coming to the truth. Christians have been thrown into the arena with gladiators and lions; they have been thrown into dungeons, hung on crosses, burned at the stake, and I’m not sure what all else. Rich people may love to say that they are blessed by God, and I cannot say that some may not be, but we need to never forget that earthly blessings are not necessarily a sign of God’s blessings. The Bible clearly teaches that Christians should not expect to be treated well by this world.