4/25/11

The Answer


Obviously, this was a guess.  People will do that; reach for anything that sounds even remotely reasonable, even when it isn't.  To me, this is funny, but then, that's me.  When I saw this I thought of the book of Acts...

Acts 17:22-31 (WEB)


22) Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said, “You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very religious in all things.

23) For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you.

24) The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands,

25) neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things.

26) He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings,

27) that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

28) ‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’

29) Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man.

30) The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent,

31) because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.”

Mankind longs for God, but most do not make it into a close relationship with HIM.  Why, I wonder?  The Athenians were certainly looking, but somehow didn't find God.  Its not that they weren't religious, far from the case indeed; they were VERY religious.  They just needed to know Jesus.  Simple, but true.  Jesus is the answer.  Sometimes the answer is so simple that its very simplicity seems deceptive.  Yet, God is near, God is waiting and waiting and waiting.  Look, feel, think; God is very close indeed.  Just as close as an open Bible and as near as a seeking heart.  And that is no joke, its a blessing!!!

OT Bible Reading 4/25

Apr. 25


Deuteronomy 5, 6

Deu 5:1 Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, Hear, Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that you may learn them, and observe to do them.

Deu 5:2 Yahweh our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

Deu 5:3 Yahweh didn't make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

Deu 5:4 Yahweh spoke with you face to face on the mountain out of the midst of the fire,

Deu 5:5 (I stood between Yahweh and you at that time, to show you the word of Yahweh: for you were afraid because of the fire, and didn't go up onto the mountain;) saying,

Deu 5:6 "I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Deu 5:7 You shall have no other gods before me.

Deu 5:8 "You shall not make an engraved image for yourself, nor any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Deu 5:9 you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them; for I, Yahweh, your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me;

Deu 5:10 and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Deu 5:11 "You shall not take the name of Yahweh your God in vain: for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Deu 5:12 "Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as Yahweh your God commanded you.

Deu 5:13 You shall labor six days, and do all your work;

Deu 5:14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh your God, in which you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your livestock, nor your stranger who is within your gates; that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

Deu 5:15 You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and Yahweh your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm: therefore Yahweh your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

Deu 5:16 "Honor your father and your mother, as Yahweh your God commanded you; that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you, in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Deu 5:17 "You shall not murder.

Deu 5:18 "Neither shall you commit adultery.

Deu 5:19 "Neither shall you steal.

Deu 5:20 "Neither shall you give false testimony against your neighbor.

Deu 5:21 "Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife; neither shall you desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."

Deu 5:22 These words Yahweh spoke to all your assembly on the mountain out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. He wrote them on two tables of stone, and gave them to me.

Deu 5:23 It happened, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

Deu 5:24 and you said, Behold, Yahweh our God has shown us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God does speak with man, and he lives.

Deu 5:25 Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of Yahweh our God any more, then we shall die.

Deu 5:26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?

Deu 5:27 Go near, and hear all that Yahweh our God shall say: and tell us all that Yahweh our God shall tell you; and we will hear it, and do it.

Deu 5:28 Yahweh heard the voice of your words, when you spoke to me; and Yahweh said to me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken to you: they have well said all that they have spoken.

Deu 5:29 Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!

Deu 5:30 Go tell them, Return to your tents.

Deu 5:31 But as for you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.

Deu 5:32 You shall observe to do therefore as Yahweh your God has commanded you: you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

Deu 5:33 You shall walk in all the way which Yahweh your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.



Deu 6:1 Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which Yahweh your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it;

Deu 6:2 that you might fear Yahweh your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son's son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.

Deu 6:3 Hear therefore, Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

Deu 6:4 Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is one:

Deu 6:5 and you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

Deu 6:6 These words, which I command you this day, shall be on your heart;

Deu 6:7 and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Deu 6:8 You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for symbols between your eyes.

Deu 6:9 You shall write them on the door posts of your house, and on your gates.

Deu 6:10 It shall be, when Yahweh your God shall bring you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you, great and goodly cities, which you didn't build,

Deu 6:11 and houses full of all good things, which you didn't fill, and cisterns dug out, which you didn't dig, vineyards and olive trees, which you didn't plant, and you shall eat and be full;

Deu 6:12 then beware lest you forget Yahweh, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Deu 6:13 You shall fear Yahweh your God; and you shall serve him, and shall swear by his name.

Deu 6:14 You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples who are around you;

Deu 6:15 for Yahweh your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; lest the anger of Yahweh your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.

Deu 6:16 You shall not tempt Yahweh your God, as you tempted him in Massah.

Deu 6:17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he has commanded you.

Deu 6:18 You shall do that which is right and good in the sight of Yahweh; that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land which Yahweh swore to your fathers,

Deu 6:19 to thrust out all your enemies from before you, as Yahweh has spoken.

Deu 6:20 When your son asks you in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which Yahweh our God has commanded you?

Deu 6:21 then you shall tell your son, We were Pharaoh's bondservants in Egypt: and Yahweh brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand;

Deu 6:22 and Yahweh showed great and awesome signs and wonders on Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his house, before our eyes;

Deu 6:23 and he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he swore to our fathers.

Deu 6:24 Yahweh commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear Yahweh our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as at this day.

Deu 6:25 It shall be righteousness to us, if we observe to do all this commandment before Yahweh our God, as he has commanded us.