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  1. Maybe not physically two thousand years ago, but He definitely was here when He created it.
  2. And Survey says, the number one Biblical/Sunday School answer is: Jesus! Trying to be a little funny - but it is true, He was here before anyone else!
  3. If God says something in His Word, it is not limiting God by believing what He has said - and He has in various places stated that everything that is in this universe (my wording) was created within those literal 24 hour days of creation week. And the story of the world's time being off by two or three days is just a fable, a myth. The astronomers would have had to have perfect knowledge of where everything was astronomically back then and where everything should have been in order to make that kind of declaration. They don't know. The most they can do is look at the placing of all the stars and objects in space, see how far they travel (in their orbits, etc.) in a given period of time, and trace it back to the days of Joshua. There is no way they could tell if a period of time was missing. We believe it because the Bible says it, not because some scientist somewhere thinks he had a way to prove it. If the Bible itself stated where they objects in space were and where they were supposed to be, then maybe someone could calculate that because they aren't where they should have been, some time was missing - but looking back almost 3500 years, we do not have that kind of scientific data. It's just a story told by some (perhaps) good meaning Christian.
  4. If Jesus could have come anytime in the last 1900 years, what about the prophetic portions of Revelation 2-3? I believe each letter in those two chapters also clearly represents 7 eras of church history, from the first century until the rapture of the church (see Revelation 4:1). There are two many things that are fulfilled in church history to be just a coincidence or reading into these chapters. For example, the 10 days that Smyrna will be tried historically refers to 10 literal persecutions of Christians by Roman emperors in the first three centuries, ending when Constantine united church and state in his realm in 312 AD. This is represented by Pergamos, which literally means "elevated by marriage." Right now we are in the age of Laodicea, the time of the great falling away which the NT foretold - and which Paul stated has to come first before that man of sin is revealed. He therefore could not have come in the second or third century AD because the falling away had not yet occured.
  5. I don't endorse Grant Jeffreys - but in one of his books, using the same calculations that Robert Anderson gives to show the fulfillment of the 69 weeks of Daniel (Jesus coming into Jerusalem on April 6th, AD 32), he shows Bible-based calculations that literally show Israel returning to their land in 1948. I read this book like 20 or so years ago, and about 6 months back I tried to explain it as best as I could to some friends as my faulty memory could recall (copied just now from my texts to them). Have you ever read Robert Anderson’s The Coming Prince? In the book he calculated how to show when the OT showed the Messiah would come. Using Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks (70 x 7 years, 490 years). The first 69 weeks (483 years) led to Messiah the Prince (the last seven being the 7 year tribulation period). Dating from the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem - which was 445 BC - 483 years comes out to April 6, 32 AD. He got his calculations by taking 483 years, times 360 days per year (as Revelation shows the Jewish year is), divided by our calendar year of 365 days a year. 483 x 360 = 173,880 days Divided by 365 = 476.38 years Minus 445 BC takes us to 31.38 AD (now add one year because there is no year 0) That takes us to April 6, 32 AD I also remembered the passage and the formula that comes out to 1948. I was reading Ezekiel 4 this morning. See especially verses 5-6. Using the same calculations Robert Anderson used to calculate the date when Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey (Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 AD) 430 days - a day for a year - 430 years minus the seventy years in Babylon. Then times 7 according to Leviticus 26. If they kept walking in rebellion against the Lord, they would be punished seven times more for their sins. Only some of the nation went back to Jerusalem after being released from their Babylonian captivity. The final judgement in Leviticus 26 was for the Jews being scattered around the world in exile, in the lands of their enemies. 360 years x 7 = 2520 years 2520 x 360 days a year (for their year) then divided by 365 days a year (for our years) 2520 x 360 = 907,200 days divided by 365 = 2485.48 (rounded up) According to Wikipedia, the seventy year Babylonian captivity ended in 538 BC 2485.48 minus 538 gives us 1947.48 years (add one year because there is no year 0) If this part matters, it should be easy to verify again, but from what I recall, when they were released from the Babylonian captivity, it was supposedly in the fall. 1948 and 1/2 years brings us to spring 1948. If there is something off in the way I am explaining this or something I am forgetting to connect with it, I am sorry about that - but this shows a pretty clear calculation to the year 1948, when Israel became a nation again. (May 14, 1948)
  6. It doesn't matter what is filling the gap between these different suns, etc. and us. If God could create a world with mature plants and animals right at the start, surely He could create light sources in the heavens whose lights are already reaching us. Also, the Bible teaches that EVERYTHING in the heavens and earth was created in those six days, and that that creation week was an example for us to follow. Can't follow the example to work for six days and rest for one day if the days were 1000 years for example - the oldest man that ever lived never even made it to 1000 years - so none of us is ever going to be able to follow God's example and be able to rest!! Nehemiah 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. Exodus 20:9-11 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 31:16-17 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
  7. One of the prophecies about Jesus' return had to do with Israel coming together as a nation. Matthew 24:32-34 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. This passage refers to Israel as the fig tree (a symbol used in various other places in the Bible), and states that they will not pass until these things be fulfilled. The word "not" is a double negative and is often indicates something that can never happen: "no, never". That seems to indicate that the generation of Israelites that came together in 1948 to form the modern nation of Israel will not completely pass away (and for the sake of the argument, seems to indicate there will be quite a few remaining, not just a couple of stragglers hanging on). If the average age of that generation in 1948 that formed the nation of Israel were 20 years old (just using this age as a reference point), that means they would now be 93 or more years old. How much longer will they live before they can no longer fulfill the statement Jesus made that they would NOT (no, never) pass away. If this passage has some other meaning that is consistent with Bible prophecy and symbolism, I am not aware of it (doesn't mean there isn't or can't be another meaning - just that it is not being presented or taught that I know of).
  8. Soaring Aloft On Eagle’s Wings Tossed to and fro in the path of the storm, Grey clouds lowering and blocking my view; Growing so weary in this turbulent wind, How do I rise upwards in faith to You? My strength needn’t falter or flag in the air, All I need is to trust and wait on the Lord; When I look up to You in heartfelt prayer, In victory, I find my spirit has soared. Finding courage to face this storm head on; Claiming Your promises and rising above; These clouds won’t hold me back from serving my Lord, I’m soaring aloft on Your wings of love. I’m flying so high up on eagle’s wings, Far above the dreary world below; High over all my worries and my cares – All those fears that once troubled me so. I’m soaring above in the clear blue sky, Higher than those clouds that darkened my day; Rising towards the Sun of Righteousness, His Word, like a beacon, illumines my way. There’s a gentle calmness within my heart, Held aloft by Jesus’ everlasting arms, There’s peace within, no foes to alarm me; Safe in the stillness in the eye of the storm. You calm the winds and still all their waves, You control the course of the water ways; You lift me up above all the noise of strife, Unfettered, my soul soars to You in praise. Flying aloft on these eagle’s wings, No earthly troubles to hinder my view; Heaven’s expanse opened before my eyes, Content and at home, soaring straight towards You. October 18th, 2021 Jerry Bouey Psalms 93 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever. Psalms 84:1-3 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. 1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. Interesting that the word Strength in the verse above has this meaning: “from 5329; properly, a goal, i.e. the bright object at a distance travelled towards… usually (adverbially), continually (i.e. to the most distant point of view).” 24 times this word is translated as “ever”, usually in the phrase “for ever” – which makes me think of a distant point that you are continuing towards on and on, ongoing, not quite reaching the end in this life, but striving towards it nonetheless. Strong’s # 5329 has this definition: “properly, to glitter from afar, i.e. to be eminent… to excel, be bright, be preeminent, be perpetual, be overseer, be enduring.” The picture that comes to my mind is that of travelling towards a city and seeing the bright lights off in the distance, knowing that those lights bring you closer and closer to your destination, your home. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Strength of Israel – He’s the bright object in the distance, dwelling with Him forever in Heaven is the goal we are travelling towards. Our eternal home is in Him.
  9. Numbers In The Bible Series 10 - Grace To Fret Not Day Ten - Grace To Fret Not Psalm 37:1-2 (A Psalm of David.) Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. I found myself in a situation recently where some money that was owed me did not come in when I was expecting it - and when I figured I needed it to pay a bill. Because of that, I started complaining and stewing - I started fretting about the money and the person. Then the Holy Spirit pricked my conscience and showed me exactly what I was doing. He brought Psalm 37 to mind, and there I found five commands to do good instead of fretting. Five is typical of God's grace. Often we think of grace that is necessary for salvation - and forget that grace is so needful for service, for walking with the Lord everyday! Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. The word for teaching means "to train up a child, i.e. educate, or (by implication), discipline (by punishment)." God's grace trains and disciplines me as His child to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. It was certainly ungodly for me to fret. His grace also teaches me to live right - to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Soberly means to be of a "sound mind" - to be thinking right. Righteously means to be doing right - not walking in a manner that would be displeasing to the Lord. Godly means to be like God, Christlike, living in a way that reflects my Saviour living in me. What we see in Psalm 37:1-11 is a fivefold lesson on how grace teaches us to "fret not," and reasons for not fretting. First of all, what does it mean to fret? Strong's Concordance gives this definition: "to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy." Notice also the word range that is given in the King James Bible: "be angry, burn, be displeased, fret self, grieve, be (wax) hot, be incensed, kindle, be wroth." Webster's 1828 Dictionary gives these as some of his definitions of this word: "To rub; to wear away a substance by friction... To agitate; to disturb; to make rough... To tease; to irritate; to vex; to make angry... To wear away; to chafe; to gall... To be agitated; to be in violent commotion... To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions... Agitation of mind; commotion of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret." From this word picture, we can clearly see that fretting is not a good thing! It carries the idea of seething or burning within - and brings to my mind the idea of worrying at something, letting it eat at us within, until it wears us out - emotionally, physically, and spiritually! Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. The fear of the Lord teaches us to depart from evil - and it is the grace of God that teaches and enables us to do so. It is beyond the scope of this present study to cover this, but it is worthwhile to read through Psalm 37; 73, and see the end of the wicked contrasted with the end of the righteous. I've read the end of the Book and know how it all works out - our temporary troubles that we experience because of the wicked will all eventually be righted. Psalm 37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. Those who know the Lord will be rewarded and delivered, and the wicked who refuse to repent and trust the Saviour will be judged for their wickedness. With our eyes on eternity, God will give us the grace to fret not! 1) Trust In The Lord, And Do Good. Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. To fret and be envious of the wicked is evil - yet God commands us to counter that with trusting in the Lord - ie. leaving the wicked in His hands, for Him to take care of in His time - and doing good. The word for trust here means "properly, to hie for refuge; figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure." To run to for refuge. When we are tempted to fret, we need to find a refuge for our hearts and minds - we need to have God's peace within, regardless of what those around us are doing. We need to have that inward assurance and faith-based confidence that the Lord is still in control, and what He has allowed in our lives - even if caused by those same wicked people we are fretting about - He will use and even turn around for our good. Then we are commanded to do good. Being filled with anger and letting that control our actions is wrong (see Ephesians 4:26) - instead we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and let His Word control our actions. We need to dig deeper into the Word of God, find promises that fit our situations, claim them and persevere in well doing, so that we will reap a harvest of righteousness, not wickedness in due time. True trust will result in putting feet to that faith - ie. trust and do. Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. When we trust in the Lord and do good, this is God's promise to us: so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. The word for fed here means "to tend a flock; i.e. pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively)." This is the same word that is translated as shepherd in the Old Testament (for example, Psalm 23:1). As Sister Kate has already covered in her devotional on Day 6 in this series, The Nine Cares Of A Shepherd, it is the caring job of a shepherd (whether the Lord Himself or a faithful pastor) to feed his flock, as the following passages bear out: John 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Feed means "to tend as a shepherd of (figuratively, superviser)." Not only does the Lord physically feed us, He spiritually feeds our souls. We could never live by bread alone - and our Heavenly Father knows that, so He provides for us spiritually as well - through the indwelling Spirit of God, and through His precious Word. We don't have to be like Elimelech and his family in the book of Ruth, that ran away foolishly to "greener pasture" when famine came to Bethlehem. The Lord will meet our needs even in the time of famine - if we keep our eyes upon Him. (See Psalm 37:19) We are the sheep of His pasture (see Day 5 in this series, Sevenfold Praise - Part Two), and the Lord Jesus Christ promises to meet all our daily needs as we walk in right fellowship with Him. Fret not! 2) Delight Thyself In The Lord. Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. The word for desires here means "a request; petition." When the Lord is truly our delight – when our affections are set on Him and on sincerely doing His will, then He will give us the desires He Himself has placed in our hearts. We don’t need to fret when we know that all that concerns us has been placed in the loving hands of our Heavenly Father – and He will take care of that concern according to His perfect will. Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Albert Barnes stated this in his commentary: "What you really 'desire' will be granted to you. That is, (a) the fact that you seek your happiness in him will regulate your desires, so that you will be 'disposed' to ask only those things which it will be proper for him to grant; and (b) the fact that you do find your happiness in him will be a reason why he will grant your desires." Psalm 21:2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. The Holy Spirit puts godly desires within our hearts, helps us pray about those desires - and then fufills them because they are according to the will of God: Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. We can have God’s peace within our hearts and minds when we know that we have poured out our hearts before Him, and by faith have that assurance that He will grant our requests and our godly desires: Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. "A pleasant duty is here rewarded with another pleasure. Men who delight in God desire or ask for nothing but what will please God; hence it is safe to give them carte blanche. Their will is subdued to God's will, and now they may have what they will. Our innermost desires are here meant, not our casual wishes; there are many things which nature might desire which grace would never permit us to ask for; these deep, prayerful, asking desires are those to which the promise is made." (Charles Spurgeon, Treasury Of David) Matthew Henry proposes this question: "What is the desire of the heart of a good man? It is this, to know, and love, and live to God, to please him and to be pleased in him." Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. We do not need to fret or be envious of the wicked when they are prospering in their wickedness, because when we are in the center of God's will and seeking Him, our desires are met in Him and by Him. Fret not! 3) Commit Thy Way Unto The Lord. Psalm 37:5-6 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. The word for commit means “to roll (literally or figuratively).” That is very picturesque. We are to cast our burdens upon the Lord, and roll our way unto Him. The word way means “a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action.” When taken together, this verse is stating we are to give the Lord our whole life, our whole future, and trust Him with it. When we do so, when we leave our plans and goals and dreams firmly in His hands, then we see Him working them out according to His will. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Charles Spurgeon makes this comment, "Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord. Leave with Jehovah not thy present fretfulness merely, but all thy cares; in fact, submit the whole tenor of thy way to him. Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, leave all with the God of all. What a medicine is this for expelling envy!" Verse six tells us that when we place our lives in the Saviour’s hands, when we are accused wrongly, slandered, or persecuted for doing what is right in His sight, then He Himself will vindicate us – in His timing, He will make manifest to all the truth. There is no need to fret. We only need to persevere in well doing, and trust the Lord to bring forth our judgment as the noon day. It will happen, because God is faithful! From Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible: "That is, if you are slandered; if your character is assailed, and seems for thee to be under a cloud; if reproach comes upon you from the devices of wicked people in such a way that you cannot meet it - then, if you will commit the case to God, he will protect your character, and will cause the clouds to disperse, and all to be as clear in reference to your character and the motives of your conduct as the sun without a cloud." 1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. Matthew 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Whether in this life or in the life to come, the truth will be made manifest to all; therefore, fret not! 4) Rest In The Lord, And Wait Patiently For Him. Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Quit striving and fretting, stop being agitated and unsettled in your mind, stop fighting against the Lord and trying to take back the reigns of your own life! Rest in the Lord. Come before Him and just rest in His presence. Be still and know that He is God, and that He is the one in control of your life - not the wicked person that you are fretting about. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. As David has already taught us: trust in the Lord and do good, delight yourself in the Lord, commit your way unto Him, rest in Him, and wait for Him to work out your situation according to His perfect will and timing. Leave it all in His hands. Like Ruth, wait for the Lord to perfect that which concerneth you (see Psalm 138:8) Ruth 3:18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day. Like the people in King Hezekiah's day, rest upon the Word of your King, rest upon His promises: 2 Chronicles 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. James 5:7-9 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Be longsuffering with the wicked, set your eyes steadfastly on the Lord, don't murmur against one another - the Lord Jesus Christ is coming, and He will right all wrongs when He returns. Fret not! 5) Cease From Anger, And Forsake Wrath. Psalm 37:8-11 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. To cease means "to slacken," and to forsake means "to loosen, i.e. relinquish." The command the Holy Spirit gives us here is to let go of our anger, let go of our fuming and mental agitation - to turn away from our fretting, and to put it out of our hearts and lives. We can become angry at the sin of the wicked, become angry at their mistreatment of us - but these words in this passage show a spirit that is no longer in control: the word for anger means "to breathe hard, i.e. be enraged" (ie. passionate anger) and the word for wrath means "hot displeasure, furious, heated anger." Together they indicate being out of control emotionally, losing our temper and sinning towards the wicked ourselves! This is something we are not to do! Ephesians 4:26-27 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. It is interesting that David states the meek shall inherit the earth. This is not just a Psalm for the nation of Israel - in fact, Jesus refers to this verse in His sermon on the mount: Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Meek means "mild, i.e. (by implication) humble; gentle." The solution to turn from our fretting and receive God's grace to overcome this sin in our lives is to humble ourselves (ie. be meek) before Him, and to wait upon the Lord. Vengeance is His after all - and He knows the end from the beginning. He knows the best way to deal with each situation and each sinner in light of eternity. James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 1 Peter 5:5-6 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: What does it mean to inherit the earth? While our inheritance in Christ is a rich subject indeed, I leave you the following passages to consider: 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. In light of God's fivefold commands: His grace to enable us to trust in Him and do good, His promise to give us our hearts' desires when we delight ourselves in Him, His faithfulness to bring to pass our way when it is committed to Him, the commands to rest in Him and wait upon Him, and His admonition to forsake our anger and wrath, is it any wonder we are exhorted to fret not? To God thy way commending, Trust him whose arm of might, The heavenly circles bending, Guides every star aright: The winds, and clouds, and lightning, By his sure hand are led; And he will, dark shades brightening, Show thee what path to tread. Although to make God falter, The powers of hell combine, One jot they cannot alter Of his all wise design: All projects and volition Of his eternal mind, Despite all opposition, Their due fulfilment find. No more, then, droop and languish, Thou sorrow stricken soul; Even from the depths of anguish, Whose billows over thee roll, Thy Father's hand shall draw thee: In hope and patience stay, And joy will soon shed o'er thee An ever brightening ray. All faithless murmurs leaving, Bid them a last good night, No more thy vexed soul grieving, Because things seem not right; Wisely his sceptre wielding, God sits in regal state, No power to mortals yielding, Events to regulate. Trust with a faith untiring In thine Omniscient King, And thou shalt see admiring What he to light will bring. Of all thy griefs, the reason Shall at the last appear: Why now denied a season, Will shine in letters clear. Then raise thine eyes to heaven, Thou who canst trust his frown; Thence shall thy meed be given, The chaplet and the crown: Thy God the palm victorious In thy right hand shall plant, Whilst thou, in accents glorious, Melodious hymns shall chant. (Poem by Paul Gerhard, quoted in Spurgeon's Treasury Of David) June 7th, 2007 (Preached June 6th, 2007) Jerry Bouey
  10. It was a generic god that loves everybody. No truth or Gospel presented in the show at all. No one could have gotten saved from its worldly, religious influence.
  11. Numbers In The Bible Series 09 - The Eight Rocks Of Scripture Day Nine - The Eight Rocks Of Scripture While I was on the phone with my dear friend, we were discussing the possibilities of doing a 30-day series on the verses containing the word "rock." As I searched out this possibility, the Lord impressed upon my heart to search for each time the word "rock" was capitalized - Rock. When the results surfaced, I began to weep tears of joy along with my dear friend. My eyes rested on seven verses containing the word Rock and the seventh verse had two occurrences, totaling eight! There is no greater feeling in the world than that of finding a nugget in God's Word that will blow your socks off! How perfectly the Eight Rocks of Scriptures fell into this series that Brother Jerry Bouey and I are doing. As I started digging into the eight occurrences, I saw that they all had a common denominator. Let's dig for these golden nuggets together. (1) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4) This Rock's work is perfect. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (Hebrews 9:11) All this Rock's ways are judgment. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (Revelation 19:11) This Rock is truth and is without sin. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) Just and right is this Rock. For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. (Psalm 33:4) In summary, this Rock is the Word of God - Jesus. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. (1 Corinthians 13:10) This Rock is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. (2) But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. (Deuteronomy 32:15) This verse references the Rock of salvation. Acts 4:10-12, Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (10) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (11) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (12) (Emphasis mine) In summary, this Rock represents salvation. This Rock is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. (3) Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. (Deuteronomy 32:18) This Rock is the one that formed us. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (Colossians 1:16) In summary, this Rock is the Creator. This Rock is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. (4) How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up? (Deuteronomy 32:30) This Rock chastises those He loves. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Hebrews 12:6) The born-again believer is now a son/daughter of God. This child now receives chastening so that we can be molded into the image of Christ. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12) In summary, this Rock chastens us. This Rock is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. (5) For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. (Deuteronomy 32:31) There is none other that is like this Rock. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) Allah cannot qualify. Buddha cannot qualify. Joseph Smith cannot qualify. In summary, there is only one Rock. This Rock is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. (6) The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. (2 Samuel 23:3) This Rock is God. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (1 John 5:7) This Rock speaks to His people. John 10:14-16, I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. (14) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (15) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (16) In summary, this Rock is the God who speaks to His people, both the Jew and the Gentile. This Rock is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. (7) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4) The beautiful Jesus, the Perfect Sacrifice for all men (the number for man is six) is the Rock of all Rocks. The spiritual Rock referenced here, Jesus Christ, is the seventh time the word "Rock" (capitalized) is mentioned. The seventh (perfect) appearance of the word Rock refers to the perfection of Jesus Christ. There is no other Rock from which we can receive salvation - this is our perfect spiritual drink. Only Christ can give the living water which we need - eternal life. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38) "That Rock was Christ" is the eighth appearance of the word Rock! Only the Rock of our salvation can give us a new beginning - only Jesus Christ can provide perfect and complete salvation for all mankind! None other! Dear God... The living waters flow from You The Rock that is higher than I You freely gave, my freedom paid To the Perfect Rock I draw nigh. Devotional by Kate Plourde
  12. Your opinion. Every commentator I have ever read refers to divorce and remarriage in that passage. However, it is difficult to have more than one wife if you only ever married and stayed faithful to one. Regardless, the NT certainly is against polygamy.
  13. Numbers In The Bible Series 08 - The Lord's Eight Provisions Day Eight - The Lord's Eight Provisions Psalm 121, [A Song of degrees.] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (1) My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. (2) He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.(3) Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (4) The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. (5) The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. (6) The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. (7) The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (8) Although I have done a devotional on this Psalm in the past, the Lord laid it on my heart again this morning. As I read through it, I saw it in a different light. I noticed there were eight promises given to us. God is so Good, isn't He? Let's look at the eight promises of Psalm 121. (1) My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. God promises that our help comes from Him. The Creator of heaven and earth is able to help us - He's wanting to help us! I would imagine that my problems are a cinch for the Creator of the universe, wouldn't you? David knew where to go for his help. He encouraged himself and exhorts us to do the same. Are you running to others to solve your problems? Are you running to your spouse to comfort you? Are you running to your friends so they can help you carry your burdens? The Word says that our help comes from God, who made heaven and earth. I believe David knew who his God was and did not need to state that He was the maker of heaven and earth. I think David was telling us that the Creator of all is the One who will help us. This is not just anyone, my friend. This is the only One who is able to help us perfectly and thoroughly! (2) He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: God is promising us that despite the dangers and trials in our lives, He will not allow us to be moved. The Word has several verses which state that God "will not suffer": For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. (Exodus 12:23) Surely it's not a coincidence that this is the first occurrence of "will not suffer" - the fact that Christ's blood over us preserves us for all eternity. The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked. (Proverbs 10:3) The born-again believer will never famish spiritually because God has promised to feed us. We have His living Word to eat from. Brother Jerry's devotional yesterday (Day 7 - Fourfold Picture of Water from the Rock), was filled with how God provided for us through the water from the Rock. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) God is so compassionate that He will never give us more than we can handle. Our Heavenly Father is the parent who protects His child. He is the Shepherd who watches over His flock and makes sure that we don't slip or go down the wrong path! Our Father will not allow us to be moved spiritually, my friend. The Word does not say maybe - or might - or probably. The Word says that He shall keep us from falling! When we do fall, it is by choice - not because the Father could not stop us. (3) Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Don't you feel comforted by these words? We have a God who never sleeps. He is ever vigilant and always watching out for us! Nothing gets pass the Lord. God has promised that He will never sleep, therefore you are protected while on His watch! My son is joining the Marine Corps. He has collected so many "Marine" sayings. One of his favorites is: "Sleep well tonight, the Marines are on watch!" While I am comforted and truly appreciate that the United States Marine Corps is protecting my dear country, I am all the more comforted because my God never sleeps and nothing will happen to me on His watch which He has not permitted! (4) The LORD is thy keeper: Jehovah also promises to be our Keeper, my friend! Like the Shepherd, God keeps us securely and faithfully. The Hebrew word for keeper is: H8104 שׁמר shâmar shaw-mar' A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc. The Lord has placed a hedge of protection around us. He protects us and attends to our needs! Job experienced this hedge of protection from God. See Job 1:10. How can we be afraid of anything that comes our way when we are promised that Jehovah God keeps us? (5) The LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The temperatures in Northern Virginia have been quite high as of late. I can truly appreciate the need for shade! I absolutely love the way David wrote this verse! His God, Jehovah, provided him with shade during the heat of the day! Spiritually speaking, I believe the Lord is showing us that even at the height of our heated trials and tribulations, He provides us with His protection - His shade. We've all been outside on a hot and humid day. How refreshing it was to stand under a tree's shade, where it was a good 10 degrees cooler! We, too, can find rest, comfort and shade from our trials under the Lord's right hand. I also noticed that although we are sitting in the shade, the heat of the day is still out there. So it is true for our pilgrim's walk. The heat of the trial is still there but the Lord provides us shade (comfort and rest) so we can endure the trial. (6) The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. Do you notice that this is a complete day? God promises to be in everything in the course of our day. There is not any part of the day for which He is not there to protect us. He's not just there in the afternoons or in the dark of night. Jehovah is there all the time. Matthew 28:20b and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (7) The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The word "preserve" is used twice here. He preserves us from evil and He preserves our soul. I love the definition that Noah Webster used for the word preserve: 1. To keep or save from injury or destruction; to defend from evil. God did send me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45. O Lord, preserve me from the violent man. Psalm 140. 2. To uphold; to sustain. O Lord, thou preservest man and beast. Psalm 36. 5. To keep or defend from corruption; as, to preserve youth from vice. The Lord promises to keep us from the evil one but He also promises to keep our souls. Our soul is eternal - God has promises to preserve our soul through eternity! From the moment we are born again, we are promised to be kept by God Himself. Our salvation not only was provided by Him but it rests in His care! (8) The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Here is a blessing within a blessing as far as numbers from the Bible are concerned. My Lord preserves me for all eternity from the moment I am saved. Notice how David pointed out three different times in this verse that Jehovah shall preserve us. The Lord God Almighty shall preserve us as we go out - from the beginning of our Christian walk. He shall preserve us until we come in from our Christian walk - when we die. He also shall preserve us throughout eternity! Three times Jehovah preserves us in this one verse. The number for the Trinity, the total Godhead, will preserve those covered under the number eight - those of the new beginning - the born again believer, for all eternity! I surely do not think it is a coincidence that the God (all three of the Godhead took part in my creation - see Genesis 1:26) who created me is involved in preserving me. He played a part in my earthly creation, my new born-again life and my eternal life. Praise the Lord! Oh Christian, do you not want to jump for joy when you read these promises - these eight provisions? Our perfect Triune God makes promises He will never break. Doxology (Thomas Ken) Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Dear God... I praise You, Three in One For all You've done for me You are the One I seek From now through eternity! Devotional by Kate Plourde
  14. Some OT believers had more than one wife - and we see the fallout and problems that caused. However, preachers are something found in the New Testament - and it is the New Testament that teaches clearly the Biblical example (especially for those in church leadership) is to be the husband of one wife. Of course, the primary context is referring to not being divorced and remarried, YET it would certainly cover not having more than one wife at a time too. Also, for the sake of clarification, there were no OT prophets that were preaching the Word of God that ever had more than one wife (yes, David, Solomon, and Jacob all had more than one wife - but we are not given the Book of Jacob). I am not sure how David's and Solomon's writings fit what you are asking about; however, today, we have further revelation and instruction - especially when it comes to Christian conduct and the leadership and examples in the church.
  15. It is another word translated as forever. I was reading the definition a couple of days ago and thought it was interesting.
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