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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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John OBviously isn't from tree hugging Oregon where "Mother Earth" is definitely worshiped as a god by the raving environmentalists here. 

 

Random fact:  Most people even Christians who claim they have read the bible don't know that Moses was married to a black woman (Ethiopian).  And that marriage may be the first recorded "racial tension" uprising in the world.  By the way, the chastisement from God against the people fomenting the rebellion or uprising was MUCH harsher than His punishment of Moses for his disOBedience to the statue that the Jews only marry within their race.  

 

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John OBviously isn't from tree hugging Oregon where "Mother Earth" is definitely worshiped as a god by the raving environmentalists here. 

 

Random fact:  Most people even Christians who claim they have read the bible don't know that Moses was married to a black woman (Ethiopian).  And that marriage may be the first recorded "racial tension" uprising in the world.  By the way, the chastisement from God against the people fomenting the rebellion or uprising was MUCH harsher than His punishment of Moses for his disOBedience to the statue that the Jews only marry within their race.  

 

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The Bible doesn't say the Ethiopian woman was black. In those days the higher officials often were from other nations, thus her race and ethnicity is unknown.

 

Also, the assumed "racial tension" may not have been the case, as it was considered a violation for any Jew to marry any non-Jew.

 

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and witchcraft carried the punishment of death, which makes clear how serious such was/is.

 

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live is often cited by witches/wiccans as an example of Christian intolerance and a sign they are a persecuted class deserving of special favor.

 

Indeed, though God named this planet (Genesis 1:10), the wicked have come up with their own false gods of Mother Earth and Mother Nature and they exploit these to full effect.

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The Bible doesn't say the Ethiopian woman was black. In those days the higher officials often were from other nations, thus her race and ethnicity is unknown.

 

Also, the assumed "racial tension" may not have been the case, as it was considered a violation for any Jew to marry any non-Jew.

 

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and witchcraft carried the punishment of death, which makes clear how serious such was/is.

 

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live is often cited by witches/wiccans as an example of Christian intolerance and a sign they are a persecuted class deserving of special favor.

 

Indeed, though God named this planet (Genesis 1:10), the wicked have come up with their own false gods of Mother Earth and Mother Nature and they exploit these to full effect.

 

I let the bible define it's own terms.  I do not go down the path of "surely God didn't mean that, there must be some other explanation".  

 

Jeremiah 13:23 (KJV)
23  Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 

 

The bible does not say this woman was "from" Ethiopia.  It calls her an Ethiopian and the only time that term is defined it describes skin color.  To try and rationalize it by saying that "maybe God meant she was some non-black ruler or high level official from Ethiopia' and not the plain interpretation of Ethiopian provided in His word is a dangerous and slippery path I never go down.  

 

The very first attack on God by Satan that is recorded in scripture has Satan casting doubt on the word of God.  

 

Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV

4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 

 

Satan called God a deceptive liar, or your interpretation of what He plainly said must be wrong.  What God "really meant was"...

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I let the bible define it's own terms.  I do not go down the path of "surely God didn't mean that, there must be some other explanation".  

 

Jeremiah 13:23 (KJV)
23  Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 

 

The bible does not say this woman was "from" Ethiopia.  It calls her an Ethiopian and the only time that term is defined it describes skin color.  To try and rationalize it by saying that "maybe God meant she was some non-black ruler or high level official from Ethiopia' and not the plain interpretation of Ethiopian provided in His word is a dangerous and slippery path I never go down.  

 

The very first attack on God by Satan that is recorded in scripture has Satan casting doubt on the word of God.  

 

Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV

4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 

 

Satan called God a deceptive liar, or your interpretation of what He plainly said must be wrong.  What God "really meant was"...

The Bible doesn't mention the skin color, race or ethnicity of the Ethiopian, only their national affiliation. Just as after the Ptolomy's began their ruling dynasty in Egypt they were known as Egyptians, so too were those in the royal courts of the various nations known by the name of that nation.

 

Was Moses' Ethiopian wife black? Maybe, maybe not, we don't know because the Holy Ghost didn't deem it an important factor to mention.

 

What we do know is that Jews marrying non-Jews was considered unacceptable. That makes this the most likely point of contention regarding Moses taking an Ethiopian wife. Also, in the overall context it seems Miriam's real complain had to to with power and recognition; the wife issue was simply a convenient point to attack to set the stage for her real complaint.

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(Remember, not all the nations and peoples of that time were known by the same names as today nor were they all located in the same places as today)

 

 

12:1-9 The patience of Moses was tried in his own family, as well as by the people. The pretence was, that he had married a foreign wife; but prOBably their pride was hurt, and their envy stirred up, by his superior authority. Matthew Henry

 

 

for there is no reason to believe he was married before he went to Midian; nor was this some Ethiopian woman he had married since, and but lately, Zipporah being dead or divorced, as some have fancied; but it was Zipporah herself, as Aben Ezra, Ben Melech, and so the Jerusalem Targum, which represents her not as truly an Ethiopian, but so called, because she was like to one; indeed she was really one; not a native of Ethiopia, the country of the Abyssines, but she was a Cushite, a native of Arabia Chusea, in which country Midian was, from whence she came; hence the tents, of Cushan, and the curtains of Midian, are spoken of together, Habakkuk 3:7. Now it was not on account of Moses's marriage with her that they spoke against him, for that was an affair transacted in Midian some years ago, which at first sight may seem to be the case. Gill

 

 

Nu 12:1-9. Miriam's and Aaron's Sedition.

1. an Ethiopian woman—Hebrew, "a Cushite woman"—Arabia was usually called in Scripture the land of Cush, its inhabitants being descendants of that son of Ham (see on [77]Ex 2:15) and being accounted generally a vile and contemptible race (see on [78]Am 9:7). The occasion of this seditious outbreak on the part of Miriam and Aaron against Moses was the great change made in the government by the adoption of the seventy rulers [Nu 11:16]. Their irritating disparagement of his wife (who, in all prOBability, was Zipporah [Ex 2:21], and not a second wife he had recently married) arose from jealousy of the relatives, through whose influence the innovation had been first made (Ex 18:13-26), while they were overlooked or neglected. Miriam is mentioned before Aaron as being the chief instigator and leader of the sedition. Jamieson-Fassett-Brown

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In 2007, it was ESTIMATED that there are ABOUT 875 million firearms in the world, of which ABOUT 270 million are in the US. There are about 1,135 companies world wide that make about 8 million firearms a year.

Divide that by 7.125 billion people and you get:  one weapon for each 8.14 people.  So keep your heads down.

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One of our famous politicians, Warren G. Harding said, "The business of America is business."  Well I guess one of those business' is selling arms to anyone who can afford to buy them.  And if they don't have the cash they can always borrow it from the banks, they seem to have an endless supply.  Another famous politician, Neville Chamberlain I believe, said "peace in our time."  Yeah, right!

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