Saturday, September 10, 2016

Even Though Rulers Sit and Conspire...

Psalm 119 is an acrostic.  Each eight verses begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Every sentence of the 176 verses in the Psalm has a word that relates to the LORD's word:  word, statutes, testimonies, laws, judgments, precepts, instructions, etc.  Psalm 119:17-24 is the third, or "ג" section.  When faced with contempt and scorn from unbelievers, the faithful finds comfort and instruction in the LORD’s word.  The Psalmist knows he is a foreigner on this earth #r<a'_b' ykiänOa' rGEå . He is not a part of the world’s system, and he needs God’s direction. “Judgments” has the sense of decision making, i.e., good judgment.  We must know the word of the Lord to get good advice (“they are my counselors”) and make good decisions.   Sometimes the world, especially its leaders, are downright in opposition to the faithful: "even though rulers sit and conspire against me" WrB"+d>nI yBiä ~yrIf'â Wbåv.y") ~G:Ü. But the faithful, as God’s servants, commit to meditation on the LORD’s word.  This was exactly the situation with Jesus. When the leaders of this world’s system put him on a cross to die, Jesus was meditating on the word of God (Psalm 22, 31:5).  He drew his comfort and direction from God’s word in the face of severe opposition.  The faithful know that in the end the LORD will rebuke (and destroy, "curse") the wicked arrogant ones who don't accept God's word as the standard for truth.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Let Everything that Has Breath

If you know some Hebrew, open to Psalm 150, and follow along.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Need to Remove God from Our Lives

We as individuals and nations are psychologically (or spiritually) motivated to remove the true God from our lives, because the idea of “God” takes away my autonomy. We need to remove God from our lives so that we can do what we want.  We can justify our behavior if there is no God, or if we make up a god that lets us do what we want.

I want a god who is defined by me, who will serve me, who requires of me what I deem necessary to give him.

But there is a cost for rejecting the true God.  A very high cost. This is worse than biting the hand that feeds us.  This is spiting not just our feeder, but our Maker and Redeemer.  “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Because you have forgotten me and cast me behind your back, you must bear the consequences…’” (Ezekiel 23:35).

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Choice and Accountability

Modern western man places an emphasis on freedom of choice.  Infant murder is even called pro-choice.  What isn’t emphasized is that with choice comes responsibility, even more, accountability.  Yes, God gives mankind choice.  And we will be accountable for our choices.  If we choose to murder someone, we will die. If we choose to deny or ignore God, we will be held accountable.

Monday, August 22, 2016

He comes to judge.

There are many people whose loyalty is to something other than the truth.  But He is coming, He is coming to judge the earth (Psa. 96:13). The mouths of liars will be stopped (Psa. 63:11).

Friday, August 19, 2016

Theory of Evolution and Idolatry

The theory of evolution is like ancient idolatry - a creation of man's imagination, the work of man's hands. Man desires an excuse to reject the true God, and so devised a most incredible theory. My ear developed from the jawbone of lizard “millions” of years ago!  And like old pagan idolatry, sometime in the future the theory of evolution will be considered silly, if it's even remembered at all. As strong a grip as the theory of evolution has on the world today, it will be done away with.

The theory of evolution is a result of man's psychological need to remove God from our lives, not scientific observation.

And when the evolutionist is about to have his very soul taken from him, when he cries out to his theory for help, or shouts "unfair!", like the baalist in the days of Elijah, there will be no answer. Only a frightening silence. He will then know, if even but for a moment, that his theories are nothing. A figment. A delusion. A mistake. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Bible isn't a "scientific book"?

Sometimes I hear it said that the Bible isn’t “a scientific book” in the sense that it doesn't present observable evidence.  You want “scientific”?  Try this:  “You will surely die” (Genesis 2:17).