Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 15, 2019

All Powerful

Is God all powerful, all knowing, all loving?  According to the Southern Baptist Convention:

In the Baptist Faith and Message (Article II.A.), Southern Baptists confess that God is all of these things: “all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.” We believe these attributes properly describe the character of God, because that is how the inspired Bible presents Him. Unfortunately, some people have downplayed or denied one or more of these attributes of God. They have difficulty reconciling the Bible’s presentation of God with their own limited and uninspired observations.  (http://www.sbclife.net/article/1700/god-the-father-%E2%80%94-all-powerful-knowing-loving-and-wise)

This is based on Isaiah:  “Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding. He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless.”  Isaiah 40:28-29

It doesn’t actually say God is all powerful.  It seems to say he is all knowing.  It’s silent on love.  While the creator of the whole earth is certainly extremely powerful, does that mean he controls everything?

This author thinks not.  If people and animals and angels have true free will, then by definition they aren’t controlled.  But God in his wisedom has put strict limits on our freedom.  I might will to jump over a tree, but gravity prevents me.  I might wish to do something diabolical, but God has the power to kill me.  “But the Lord considered it evil for Onan to deny a child to his dead brother. So the Lord took Onan’s life, too.”  Genesis 38:10

It is like parents and children.  When children are little, parents have to physical power to overpower the child if necessary.  This does not negate their free will, it just overwhelms it.  This answers to the question of evil.  God has allowed some evil into the universe, else true love is not truly free.  We might not like the arrangement, but Paul counsels:

“Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not!  For God said to Moses,

“I will show mercy to anyone I choose,
    and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”

So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.

For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, “I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth.”  So you see, God chooses to show mercy to some, and he chooses to harden the hearts of others so they refuse to listen.

Well then, you might say, “Why does God blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what he makes them do?”

No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?”  When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into?  In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction.  He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory.  And we are among those whom he selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles.”  Romans 9:14-24

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 18, 2019

Herd Immunity

Suppose there are 100 people on a desert island.  99 have natural lifetime immunity from a disease because they had the disease.  Is the other one immune?  No.  Simple common sense tells you that that person is susceptible to the disease.   Yet media and the medical establishment are constantly harping that at least 95% need to be vaccinated to protect the other 5%.  This makes no sense.  Such is Babylon.

“A second angel followed and said, “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’ which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”  Revelation 14:8

Obviously, this process isn’t yet complete!  Satan is the author of confusion.  Truth and error are like oil and water.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 12, 2019

Holy Kiss

“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.”  Romans 16:16  There are at least 4 references to this in the new testament.  I heard a sermon on this and it got me thinking.  The church is the bride of Christ.  Married people kiss.  But Christ’s bride will be many just as Solomon’s were.  Solomon had 1,000 wives/concubines; Jesus will have 144,000+(?)  It will be a case were polygamy works. Or maybe this view is wrong.  Christians should be careful not to be too dogmatic.

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.  Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.”  Revelation 7:1-4

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.  And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.  And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.  These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb.  No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.”  Revelation 14:1-5

The bride of Christ could also consist of 144,000 on earth and 144,000 in heaven.  Notice the numbers in 1 Chronicles:

Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king.  Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord—they numbered 288.”  1 Chronicles 25:6-7

“This is the list of the Israelites—heads of families, commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and their officers, who served the king in all that concerned the army divisions that were on duty month by month throughout the year. Each division consisted of 24,000 men.”  1 Chronicles 27:1

Notice that David had 288 musicians and 288,000 soldiers who rotated service monthly.  Further, notice who’s in charge in the future:

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.  I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.  They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

“‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.  They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever.  I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.   My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.  Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.”  Ezekiel 37:20-28

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 25, 2018

Micah 5 Messiah

“Marshal your troops now, city of troops,

    for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler
    on the cheek with a rod.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
    to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
    will reach to the ends of the earth.

And he will be our peace
    when the Assyrians invade our land
    and march through our fortresses.
We will raise against them seven shepherds,
    even eight commanders,
who will rule the land of Assyria with the sword,
    the land of Nimrod with drawn sword.
He will deliver us from the Assyrians
    when they invade our land
    and march across our borders.

The remnant of Jacob will be
    in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the Lord,
    like showers on the grass,
which do not wait for anyone
    or depend on man.
The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations,
    in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
    like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which mauls and mangles as it goes,
    and no one can rescue.
Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies,
    and all your foes will be destroyed.

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will destroy your horses from among you
    and demolish your chariots.
I will destroy the cities of your land
    and tear down all your strongholds.
I will destroy your witchcraft
    and you will no longer cast spells.
I will destroy your idols
    and your sacred stones from among you;
you will no longer bow down
    to the work of your hands.
I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles[e]
    when I demolish your cities.
I will take vengeance in anger and wrath
    on the nations that have not obeyed me.”  Micah 5

Surely this speaks of His birth, but also His reign.  “Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son…”  Does this refer to the great diaspora?  Israel was virtually abandoned for 1800 years until recent times.  Who is she who bears a son?  Mary?  Or something bigger.  “And the rest of his brothers return?”  A resurrection?  Does Isaiah refer to the woman who is in labor: “Sing, barren woman,
    you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
    you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants will dispossess nations
    and settle in their desolate cities.”  Isaiah 54:1-3

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 9, 2018

Continental Jogging

Here’s an interesting geology video speculating about Noah’s flood:

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 25, 2018

Pigs and rats

About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.  He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.  He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners.  It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.  Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”  “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”  The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”  This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.”  Acts 10:9-16

Many suppose this to change the law against the ‘unclean’ foods of Leviticus 11.  But a prophecy shows otherwise: “Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one who is among those who eat the flesh of pigs, rats and other unclean things—they will meet their end together with the one they follow,” declares the Lord.  “And I, because of what they have planned and done, am about to come and gather the people of all nations and languages, and they will come and see my glory.”  Isaiah 66:17-18

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 9, 2018

1517

October 31st, 1517 is given as the date Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the doors of Castle Church in Wittenburg, Saxony, starting the Protestant Reformation.  Eric Metaxas’ biography shows that he probably posted them several days later amongst many other things posted on that public bulletin board.  The Metaxas biography is very much worth reading and shows many currents and political issues surrounding the Reformation.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 15, 2018

Moses’ body

And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said.  He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. ”  Dueteronomy 34:5-6

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”  Jude 1:9

Why was Satan disputing about the body of Moses and why does no one know where he is buried?

Many think that Satan wanted to use Moses’ body for the Israelites to idol worship.  This would have been a huuuuge stumbling block for the Israelites.  They needed to focus on conquering the promised land under Joshua.  It is telling that YHWH himself buried Moses!

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 4, 2018

Feminism

Divide and conquer is a favorite strategy of Satan.  One area Satan has attacked humanity is the difference between the sexes.  There is no doubt we live in a fallen world and things are not the way they should be:

To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”  Genesis 3:16-19

But modern technology has alleviated some of the curse.  Technology makes childbirth less painful and work less drudging.  And yet we complain.  Even one of the richest women on the planet (Melinda Gates) complained:

“For those who think it can’t be done, Gates offers an example from her personal life. Though Bill and the couples’ children would always help with after-dinner cleanup, she nevertheless was always the last person left in the kitchen, “doing those last few little things.”

Finally, she issued an edict: No one leaves the kitchen until mom does.”  From the Atlantic Monthly

There’s nothing wrong with everyone contributing fairly, but it is the anger that many women show that is interesting.  A quick search under ‘chores’ will pull up thousands of pages showing how men are lazy slobs not doing their fair share.  Women always get the moral high ground on this one.  Really?  Or is this a campaign to malign men?  How is it that a woman worth billions, who could hire a small army to do every single chore for her, is angry?  With modern technology, chores are a nothing burger!  (Excepting washing cloth diapers!) This author has had care of three children for a week multiple times while mom is gone on business.  Chores never take me more than an hour a day.  When is the last time you heard of men complaining about mowing the lawn?  Or that their wives “aren’t helping me”?  No.  Men for the most part accept their lot in life and do what they need.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 3, 2018

Dust

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”  Genesis 2:7

Many assume this statement is about the material Adam was made from, but it can also represent man’s mortality:

“You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”  Psalm 90:3  Written by Moses.

Thus, without access to the tree of Life, Adam and Eve would have died even if they hadn’t sinned!

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