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    Judgment Is Near

    Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:13 AM [General]

    Isaiah 10:1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, 2 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!  3 What will you do on the day of punishment, in the ruin that will come from afar?  To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth?

    First, let it be pointed out that the expression “turn aside the needy from justice” above does not mean giving ‘handouts’ to everyone who says, “I’m hungry.”  People are by no means to sit and wait for handouts without striving to find ways to meet their own needs.  Many are lazy and just want someone to give, give, and give.  There are many who seek every kind of welfare hand-out they can find without even striving to find some way they can serve society.  Christian love is to live in “service” to one another.  We are to SERVE one another, and then expect to care for one another.  To sit back and let everyone else do the serving is abhorrent to our Creator, Who expects us to meet one another’s needs.  Still there are those who are truly in need and not receiving the benefits they should be getting.

    Even so, there are many governments that write laws that help the rich to get richer, and the poor get poorer.  There are too many rich business men who seek to further enrich themselves at the expense of employees who are not treated with the dignity or provided sufficient means to care for themselves as they should.  Do not be deceived.  God is not blind.  His justice will prevail.

    Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.  2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor.  3 The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for the LORD has spoken this word.

    4 The earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the highest people of the earth languish.  5 The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.  6 Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left.

    Not only should the governments and rich business people consider their ways, but also the workers and all people need to consider their ways in the eyes of their Creator.  People may cry out against wicked rulers and rich people, but all should consider whether they themselves are living in God’s love and service to one another.  That Day of Judgment is soon to fall upon us all as a thief in the night.  Neither the rich nor the poor will have anywhere to hide from God’s wrath when it is poured out, and it will be soon.

    Acts 8:22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

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    Judgment Is Coming Soon

    Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:12 AM [General]

    Isaiah 10:1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, 2 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!  3 What will you do on the day of punishment, in the ruin that will come from afar?  To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth?

    First, let it be pointed out that the expression “turn aside the needy from justice” above does not mean giving ‘handouts’ to everyone who says, “I’m hungry.”  People are by no means to sit and wait for handouts without striving to find ways to meet their own needs.  Many are lazy and just want someone to give, give, and give.  There are many who seek every kind of welfare hand-out they can find without even striving to find some way they can serve society.  Christian love is to live in “service” to one another.  We are to SERVE one another, and then expect to care for one another.  To sit back and let everyone else do the serving is abhorrent to our Creator, Who expects us to meet one another’s needs.  Still there are those who are truly in need and not receiving the benefits they should be getting.

    Even so, there are many governments that write laws that help the rich to get richer, and the poor get poorer.  There are too many rich business men who seek to further enrich themselves at the expense of employees who are not treated with the dignity or provided sufficient means to care for themselves as they should.  Do not be deceived.  God is not blind.  His justice will prevail.

    Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.  2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor.  3 The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for the LORD has spoken this word.

    4 The earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the highest people of the earth languish.  5 The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.  6 Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left.

    Not only should the governments and rich business people consider their ways, but also the workers and all people need to consider their ways in the eyes of their Creator.  People may cry out against wicked rulers and rich people, but all should consider whether they themselves are living in God’s love and service to one another.  That Day of Judgment is soon to fall upon us all as a thief in the night.  Neither the rich nor the poor will have anywhere to hide from God’s wrath when it is poured out, and it will be soon.

    Acts 8:22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

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    Greatest Commandment

    Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:31 AM [General]

    Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

    Though most of the leading Jews had major disputes with Jesus, I could not find anywhere that it was disputed that this love for God was the most important commandment from God (Matthew 22: 37- 38).  But how are we to love One Who Is so great in power and majesty.  Solomon built a great temple in which Yahweh was to be worshipped, but even in his prayer he questioned what could man build for One so great.

    2nd Chronicles 6:18 "But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth?  Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built!

    The best way to show your love for God is in living according to His will, and doing as He would have you to do.  Just as the leading Jews did not dispute Jesus declaration that love for Yahweh is the most important commandment, neither did they dispute that the second most important was to love one another.

    Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

    19:33 "When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.  34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

    As can be seen in Leviticus (part of the Books of the Law of Moses, the Torah), love for one another extends beyond simply your neighbor.  It includes even the strangers among you.  Indeed, Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, what is it if you love only your neighbors, because even the heathen do that; but you are also to love even your enemies.  Since mankind was created in the image and likeness of God, then would it not seem wrong not to love others who were created in that likeness and image?

    Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.  18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.  19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

    20 You shall fear the LORD your God.  You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.  21 He is your praise.  He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen.

    Seeking justice means seeking that people care for one another, and that we all strive to meet one another’s needs.  Would that not be demonstrating one’s love for his Creator?

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    Call the Sinners

    Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:13 AM [General]

    Matthew 9:10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.  11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

    12 But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  13 Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'  For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

    When Jesus said that those who were well did not need a physician, he was saying that the Pharisees who had asked the disciples were well.  Sin is like disease, but those who know they are sick go to the doctor.  The Pharisees thought themselves to be righteous (not sick), so they did not see the need to go to Jesus, the Great Physician.  Only those who see their own need for Jesus go to Him for healing.  Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19: 10).  The Pharisees would not admit to being lost.  Just as pride goes before a fall, so does self-righteousness precede eternal damnation.

    Romans 9:27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay."

    30 What shall we say, then?  That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.  32 Why?  Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works.  They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."

    There are many who seek to find God’s grace by working for it.  The Pharisees thought they were doing God’s works, and this would keep them in the grace of their Creator.  God gives His grace because He loves, not because we earn it.  He gives it to those who come to Him in faith, as Abraham had faith (Genesis 15: 6).  There are many today who think that by working for the church, that will secure them a home for eternity with Yahweh.  If you think your works will give you a sure home, you are mistaken.  We could never ‘work’ enough to earn our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  We need to come humbly to Him with faith, then His love will encourage to work to serve Him and others.

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    Why Bible Teachers?

    Thursday, May 7, 2015, 8:30 AM [General]

    Jeremiah 3:15 "'And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

    Ephesians 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

    From the beginning of the Jewish nation as they settled in the Land of Canaan, they had the five books of Moses they called the Torah.  These were the books of God’s law given through the hands of Moses.  Does this seem simple and straight forward enough?  How much wisdom did it take for them to understand God’s law?

    There are many who say we don’t really need teachers, because we can read the Bible and understand it for ourselves.  If this were the case, then why did the Lord consider it necessary to send teachers both in the Old and New Testaments?  Because many people could perhaps read the Bible, but did they read it?  Some could perhaps understand the Bible, but did they understand?  If reading the Bible is so simple and easy to understand, then why would the Lord send teachers?  If it were so simple, then why are there so many different sects and denominations with so many different teachings?  I will not say that one answer will answer all the questions or that one teaching is true and all the others are false, but that each person must study for himself, but listen to the teachings of the teachers, and ask the Lord to help him sort out what each individual truly believes in their own hearts.  It is not what others ‘believe’ that make me who I am in the Lord’s eyes, but what I believe in my heart.  It is not what others ‘believe’ that will make you anything in the Lord’s eyes, but what you believe in your own heart.  You have to consider for yourself the understanding of God’s Word as it works in your heart, and the value of any teacher to help you understand that Word.

    Jeremiah 4:22 "For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding.  They are 'wise'—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not."

    Isaiah 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?"  Then I said, "Here I am! Send me."  9 And he said, "Go, and say to this people: "'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'

    Matthew 13:13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.  14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: "'"You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive."

    When the Jews returned from their captivity in Babylon and they came together for the reading of the Law (God’s Word), they needed teachers (the Levites) to help them understand.  When the Ethiopian eunuch was reading from the book of Isaiah the Lord sent Phillip to help him understand what he read.  These stories are in the passages pasted below.

    Nehemiah 8:7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law, while the people remained in their places.  8 They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

    Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza."  This is a desert place.  27 And he rose and went.  And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

    29 And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."  30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"  31 And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

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