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Global Conflict Centers on God’s People
“God that made the world . . . hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” (Acts 17:24, 26)
The foundation for global conflict lies in God’s promise to Abraham: “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). The son of promise (Isaac) and the son of the bondwoman (Ishmael) are at the crux of the issue (Galatians 4:22-31). In eternity’s eyes, all the petty politics and power plays of the nations are “dust of the balance” (Isaiah 40:15).
Anyone familiar with biblical history will know that God dealt with the nations of the world as tools of influence, reward, and punishment to Israel. After Abraham generated the beginnings of Israel’s enemies through Ishmael and Jacob began another line of enmity through Esau, the stories of the Canaanite conquest under Joshua and the subsequent 400 years of the time of the Judges relate the conflicts that culminated in the united kingdom under Saul, David, and Solomon.
Nearly half of the remaining Old Testament records the efforts by God to deal with Israel and Judah after the civil war begun by Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. That concluded with the Assyrian captivity and disbursement of the northern 10 tribes and the 70-year captivity of Judah under Babylon.
The nearly two millennia from Abraham to the coming of the Messiah have been followed by two millennia of a spiritual “déjà vu” through the church the Lord Jesus started. God’s promise is that both Israel and the church will find satisfaction and success when He returns to finalize and fulfill the promise made to Abraham so long ago. HMM III
From the Institute for Creation Research
Do we play favorites? We know that often leads to inequity and trouble which are not necessary. The Lord commands us to love all as He does.
So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe. But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him. (Genesis 37:3-4)
Relate: Which is your favorite class? While not common, this is a question I have been asked more than a few times. Right up there with it is, “Who is your favorite student?” Over the course of a week I have eleven different classes I will be teaching. A year ago at this time, in Istanbul I was in seventeen classes with about twenty students in each class. You can imagine how often such a question might occur. The grade teacher for each class wants their class to be my favorite.
I will admit that it is not easy to avoid playing favorites…
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Keep me true Lord Jesus, there’s a race that I must run ! There are victories to be won
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
Relate: There are a very few times in my life when I truly thought I was going to die. There was a time I was climbing one of the cliffs of Letchworth without any ropes or gear. I slipped about five feet before stopping my fall. There was another good hundred-fifty feet to fall had I not.
Another time I was in the passenger seat of a car when we were T-boned by another driver running a stop sign. He didn’t even slow down and was going about 45mph on impact… directly on to my door. Our car spun a full 360, hit a tree, and bounced back into the road. The air pressure from the collision caused the rear windshield to blow outward. My door was knocked in seventeen inches. Although I…
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Let God Be True
“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written. That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” (Romans 3:3-4)
Many Christians are so intimidated by the arrogant unbelief of the supposed intellectuals of the world that they either reject or compromise or ignore the difficult teachings of Scripture. This is a grievous mistake, for all of God’s “sayings” are “justified” and He will surely “overcome” all those who presume to “judge” Him and His Word.
The only reason to believe in evolution, for example, is the fact that most such intellectuals believe it. There is no real evidence, either in the Bible or in science, for evolution or any other form of unbelief, yet many professed believers in Christ seem to have “loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43). Therefore they assume that God does not really mean what He says in His Word, thereby making faith in His Word “without effect.”
God’s truth is not determined, however, by taking a vote, or by the opinions of skeptics, or by metaphysical speculation. It is determined by God Himself, and none other, “for the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4).
Therefore, as our text commands: “Let God be true, but every man a liar.” The very criterion of truth is the Word of God. It is good to explain God’s Word to those open to its truth, but never to explain it away, by some compromising accommodation to current scientism. “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Psalm 119:160). The Lord Jesus confessed, unreservedly, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17), and so should we. HMM
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Roland Mitchell1 month ago
Adonai means My Lord and Adonai is the way to honor our Elohim. In Isaiah 6: 1-3, it says: I saw Adonai (My Lord) seated on a high and exalted throne … But the Seraphs invoke him saying Kadosh (Holy) Kadosh (Holy) Kadosh (Holy) YAHWEH. They name it YAWWEH. Reading the scriptures we see that Abraham, Moses, David and Isaiah knew what Adonai means and they once said My Adonai YAHWEH (My Lord YAHWEH). It is good to know what we say. Shalom.
Jesus keep me near the cross, on my own I am prone to wander.
These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob: Genesis 35:21
Relate: If I were to ask a question, “How many tribes of Israel were there?” I am willing to bet nearly everybody (except those reading the title and expecting a trick) would have answered 12. This answer is to be expected because pretty much everywhere they are mentioned in the Bible, they are listed as twelve. There are twelve sons of Jacob (renamed Israel) but there are actually thirteen tribes in the nation Israel. How so?
In the next few days of our reading through the Bible (click the link above, slackers) Joseph is going to be sold into slavery. From there he will have a roller coaster ride that will end with him raised up to the role of VP (vice Pharaoh). Somewhere along the line he is going to have…
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