3/21/13

From Gary... Water, Sound and the Power of GOD



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I was wondering what most people were watching on You-tube and looked at the top ten; most were a complete waste of time and some not even fit to post on this site.  But, the links did lead me to the top ten science videos and so I came to the one that I labeled " A Science Experiment".  This video is amazing; I didn't know sound and water could behave like that!!!!  Then, I remembered the movie: The Ten Commandments, where Moses parted the Red Sea and the Scripture from Exodus that describes this.  If you haven't already clicked on the two links above, please do so NOW before you read any further.

Good, these provide a little insight into the truth....

READ BOTH The Exodus and Genesis chapters please...  (I know its a long read, but its worth it!!!)

Exodus, Chapter 14  (World English Bible)

  1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,  2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn back and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, before Baal Zephon. You shall encamp opposite it by the sea.  3 Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are entangled in the land. The wilderness has shut them in.’  4 I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will follow after them; and I will get honor over Pharaoh, and over all his armies; and the Egyptians shall know that I am Yahweh.” They did so. 

  5  It was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled; and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was changed towards the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”  6 He prepared his chariot, and took his army with him;  7 and he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over all of them.  8 Yahweh hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel; for the children of Israel went out with a high hand.  9 The Egyptians pursued after them: all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen, and his army; and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baal Zephon. 

  10  When Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them; and they were very afraid. The children of Israel cried out to Yahweh.  11 They said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you treated us this way, to bring us out of Egypt?  12 Isn’t this the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it were better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.” 

  13  Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see them again.  14 Yahweh will fight for you, and you shall be still.” 

  15  Yahweh said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward.  16 Lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go into the midst of the sea on dry ground. 17 Behold, I myself will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall go in after them: and I will get myself honor over Pharaoh, and over all his armies, over his chariots, and over his horsemen.  18 The Egyptians shall know that I am Yahweh, when I have gotten myself honor over Pharaoh, over his chariots, and over his horsemen.”  19 The angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them, and stood behind them.  20 It came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud and the darkness, yet gave it light by night: and the one didn’t come near the other all the night. 

  21  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and Yahweh caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.  22 The children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand, and on their left.  23 The Egyptians pursued, and went in after them into the midst of the sea: all of Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.  24 In the morning watch, Yahweh looked out on the Egyptian army through the pillar of fire and of cloud, and confused the Egyptian army.  25 He took off their chariot wheels, and they drove them heavily; so that the Egyptians said, “Let’s flee from the face of Israel, for Yahweh fights for them against the Egyptians!” 

  26  Yahweh said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come again on the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.”  27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it. Yahweh overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.  28 The waters returned, and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even all Pharaoh’s army that went in after them into the sea. There remained not so much as one of them.  29 But the children of Israel walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand, and on their left.  30 Thus Yahweh saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.  31 Israel saw the great work which Yahweh did to the Egyptians, and the people feared Yahweh; and they believed in Yahweh, and in his servant Moses. 

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Genesis, Chapter 1 (World English Bible)

  1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  2 The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. 


  3  God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  4 God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness.  5 God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day. 

  6  God said, “Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”  7 God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.  8 God called the expanse “sky”. There was evening and there was morning, a second day. 

  9  God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 God called the dry land “earth”, and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas”. God saw that it was good. 11 God said, “Let the earth yield grass, herbs yielding seeds, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with their seeds in it, on the earth”; and it was so.  12 The earth yielded grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with their seeds in it, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.  13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day. 

  14  God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs to mark seasons, days, and years;  15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of sky to give light on the earth”; and it was so.  16 God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of sky to give light to the earth,  18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.  19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. 

  20  God said, “Let the waters abound with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of sky.” 21 God created the large sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good.  22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”  23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. 

  24  God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures after their kind, livestock, creeping things, and animals of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.  25 God made the animals of the earth after their kind, and the livestock after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind. God saw that it was good. 

  26  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 birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  27 God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.  28 God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  29 God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.  30 To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so. 

  31  God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. 


This thing in common to all this is God and the power HE HAS over all things.  He speaks and it happens, period!!!!  And if by just speaking, God could create all things, then isn't it reasonable to consider that HE could give Moses the power to move water??? Who knew that sound could make water reverse its flow?  Until today, NOT ME!!!  Is it then such a far fetched idea that both Genesis Chapter 1 and Exodus Chapter 14 are TRUE???? Those who choose to disbelieve God do so because they want to; as for me today's little science video just reinforced what I already knew--- God works miracles!!!!  I wonder, what will it take to make a believer out of you???????

From Gary... Bible Reading, Mar. 21



Mar. 21
Exodus 36, 37

Exo 36:1 "Bezalel and Oholiab shall work with every wise-hearted man, in whom Yahweh has put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all the work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that Yahweh has commanded."
Exo 36:2 Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab, and every wise-hearted man, in whose heart Yahweh had put wisdom, even everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to the work to do it:
Exo 36:3 and they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, with which to make it. They brought yet to him freewill offerings every morning.
Exo 36:4 All the wise men, who performed all the work of the sanctuary, each came from his work which they did.
Exo 36:5 They spoke to Moses, saying, "The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which Yahweh commanded to make."
Exo 36:6 Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, "Let neither man nor woman make anything else for the offering for the sanctuary." So the people were restrained from bringing.
Exo 36:7 For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.
Exo 36:8 All the wise-hearted men among those who did the work made the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, blue, purple, and scarlet, with cherubim, the work of the skillful workman, they made them.
Exo 36:9 The length of each curtain was twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. All the curtains had one measure.
Exo 36:10 He coupled five curtains to one another, and the other five curtains he coupled one to another.
Exo 36:11 He made loops of blue on the edge of the one curtain from the edge in the coupling. Likewise he made in the edge of the curtain that was outmost in the second coupling.
Exo 36:12 He made fifty loops in the one curtain, and he made fifty loops in the edge of the curtain that was in the second coupling. The loops were opposite one to another.
Exo 36:13 He made fifty clasps of gold, and coupled the curtains one to another with the clasps: so the tabernacle was a unit.
Exo 36:14 He made curtains of goats' hair for a covering over the tabernacle. He made them eleven curtains.
Exo 36:15 The length of each curtain was thirty cubits, and four cubits the breadth of each curtain. The eleven curtains had one measure.
Exo 36:16 He coupled five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves.
Exo 36:17 He made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was outmost in the coupling, and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain which was outmost in the second coupling.
Exo 36:18 He made fifty clasps of brass to couple the tent together, that it might be a unit.
Exo 36:19 He made a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering of sea cow hides above.
Exo 36:20 He made the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing up.
Exo 36:21 Ten cubits was the length of a board, and a cubit and a half the breadth of each board.
Exo 36:22 Each board had two tenons, joined one to another. He made all the boards of the tabernacle this way.
Exo 36:23 He made the boards for the tabernacle: twenty boards for the south side southward.
Exo 36:24 He made forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for its two tenons, and two sockets under another board for its two tenons.
Exo 36:25 For the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side, he made twenty boards,
Exo 36:26 and their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
Exo 36:27 For the far part of the tabernacle westward he made six boards.
Exo 36:28 He made two boards for the corners of the tabernacle in the far part.
Exo 36:29 They were double beneath, and in like manner they were all the way to its top to one ring. He did thus to both of them in the two corners.
Exo 36:30 There were eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; under every board two sockets.
Exo 36:31 He made bars of acacia wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle,
Exo 36:32 and five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the tabernacle for the hinder part westward.
Exo 36:33 He made the middle bar to pass through in the midst of the boards from the one end to the other.
Exo 36:34 He overlaid the boards with gold, and made their rings of gold for places for the bars, and overlaid the bars with gold.
Exo 36:35 He made the veil of blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twined linen: with cherubim. He made it the work of a skillful workman.
Exo 36:36 He made four pillars of acacia for it, and overlaid them with gold. Their hooks were of gold. He cast four sockets of silver for them.
Exo 36:37 He made a screen for the door of the tent, of blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twined linen, the work of an embroiderer;
Exo 36:38 and the five pillars of it with their hooks. He overlaid their capitals and their fillets with gold, and their five sockets were of brass.

Exo 37:1 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood. Its length was two and a half cubits, and its breadth a cubit and a half, and a cubit and a half its height.
Exo 37:2 He overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold for it around it.
Exo 37:3 He cast four rings of gold for it, in its four feet; even two rings on its one side, and two rings on its other side.
Exo 37:4 He made poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold.
Exo 37:5 He put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.
Exo 37:6 He made a mercy seat of pure gold. Its length was two and a half cubits, and a cubit and a half its breadth.
Exo 37:7 He made two cherubim of gold. He made them of beaten work, at the two ends of the mercy seat;
Exo 37:8 one cherub at the one end, and one cherub at the other end. He made the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends.
Exo 37:9 The cherubim spread out their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces toward one another. The faces of the cherubim were toward the mercy seat.
Exo 37:10 He made the table of acacia wood. Its length was two cubits, and its breadth was a cubit, and its height was a cubit and a half.
Exo 37:11 He overlaid it with pure gold, and made a gold molding around it.
Exo 37:12 He made a border of a handbreadth around it, and made a golden molding on its border around it.
Exo 37:13 He cast four rings of gold for it, and put the rings in the four corners that were on its four feet.
Exo 37:14 The rings were close by the border, the places for the poles to carry the table.
Exo 37:15 He made the poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold, to carry the table.
Exo 37:16 He made the vessels which were on the table, its dishes, its spoons, its bowls, and its pitchers with which to pour out, of pure gold.
Exo 37:17 He made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of beaten work. Its base, its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its flowers were of one piece with it.
Exo 37:18 There were six branches going out of its sides: three branches of the lampstand out of its one side, and three branches of the lampstand out of its other side:
Exo 37:19 three cups made like almond blossoms in one branch, a bud and a flower, and three cups made like almond blossoms in the other branch, a bud and a flower: so for the six branches going out of the lampstand.
Exo 37:20 In the lampstand were four cups made like almond blossoms, its buds and its flowers;
Exo 37:21 and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of it.
Exo 37:22 Their buds and their branches were of one piece with it. The whole thing was one beaten work of pure gold.
Exo 37:23 He made its seven lamps, and its snuffers, and its snuff dishes, of pure gold.
Exo 37:24 He made it of a talent of pure gold, with all its vessels.
Exo 37:25 He made the altar of incense of acacia wood. It was square: its length was a cubit, and its breadth a cubit. Its height was two cubits. Its horns were of one piece with it.
Exo 37:26 He overlaid it with pure gold, its top, its sides around it, and its horns. He made a gold molding around it.
Exo 37:27 He made two golden rings for it under its molding crown, on its two ribs, on its two sides, for places for poles with which to carry it.
Exo 37:28 He made the poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold.
Exo 37:29 He made the holy anointing oil and the pure incense of sweet spices, after the art of the perfumer.




Mar. 21, 22
Mark 13

Mar 13:1 As he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Teacher, see what kind of stones and what kind of buildings!"
Mar 13:2 Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone on another, which will not be thrown down."
Mar 13:3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,
Mar 13:4 "Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?"
Mar 13:5 Jesus, answering, began to tell them, "Be careful that no one leads you astray.
Mar 13:6 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and will lead many astray.
Mar 13:7 "When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don't be troubled. For those must happen, but the end is not yet.
Mar 13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines and troubles. These things are the beginning of birth pains.
Mar 13:9 But watch yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them.
Mar 13:10 The Good News must first be preached to all the nations.
Mar 13:11 When they lead you away and deliver you up, don't be anxious beforehand, or premeditate what you will say, but say whatever will be given you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Mar 13:12 "Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.
Mar 13:13 You will be hated by all men for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.
Mar 13:14 But when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains,
Mar 13:15 and let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house.
Mar 13:16 Let him who is in the field not return back to take his cloak.
Mar 13:17 But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babies in those days!
Mar 13:18 Pray that your flight won't be in the winter.
Mar 13:19 For in those days there will be oppression, such as there has not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be.
Mar 13:20 Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, he shortened the days.
Mar 13:21 Then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there!' don't believe it.
Mar 13:22 For there will arise false christs and false prophets, and will show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.
Mar 13:23 But you watch. "Behold, I have told you all things beforehand.
Mar 13:24 But in those days, after that oppression, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light,
Mar 13:25 the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.
Mar 13:26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
Mar 13:27 Then he will send out his angels, and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.
Mar 13:28 "Now from the fig tree, learn this parable. When the branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near;
Mar 13:29 even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know that it is near, at the doors.
Mar 13:30 Most certainly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things happen.
Mar 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Mar 13:32 But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Mar 13:33 Watch, keep alert, and pray; for you don't know when the time is.
Mar 13:34 "It is like a man, traveling to another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, and to each one his work, and also commanded the doorkeeper to keep watch.
Mar 13:35 Watch therefore, for you don't know when the lord of the house is coming, whether at evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning;
Mar 13:36 lest coming suddenly he might find you sleeping.
Mar 13:37 What I tell you, I tell all: Watch."

From Gary V. Womack... Living Hope




LIVING HOPE

1 Pet. 1:3-21 A living hope whose faith is aimed at an incorruptible inheritance

vs. 3 A living hope - not dead, but an 
        expectation of its object.

vs. 7 Faith must be tested to determine its
        genuineness.

vs. 8 Faith is based on HOPE - an expectation
         not a wish

I may hope to win a million dollars in the lottery. But I don't expect to win because I haven't played the lottery. I don't have a reason to hope because it is not based on an active participation (faith). In reality, I have no hope of winning.

Heb. 11:1 Hope (expectation) for that which is 
                unseen is based on evidence that 
                gives reason for hope.

"Faith is the substance (essence, litv) (assurance, 
               alt) (substantiation) of things [being] 
               hoped for (or, confidently expected), the 
               evidence (or, confident assurance, or, 
               proof ) of things not seen."

Example

vs. 3 "By faith we understand (or comprehend ) that the worlds [ages] (universe) were framed (prepared / thoroughly completed) by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."

Gen. 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens 
               and the earth."

Importance - Not a passive faith or an indifferent 
                     hope.

vs. 6
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

The testing of our faith

Jas. 1:2-3 Trials prove or test our faith. Faith 
                must be proven by action.

Jas. 1:22-25 Continuing in our conviction by 
                    action - obedience

Jas. 2:14-20 Faith that is not substantiated by 
                    works is dead.

Example - Abraham Gen. 22:1-19 
                                 cf Heb. 11:17-19

Jas. 2:21-24 Abraham acted upon his conviction  
                    against the unseen:

The raising of the dead which had never been done before Without previous evidence of such, Abraham acted on trustIn God's power
The immutability (unchangeableness of His word promises His mercy

Mt. 3:1-10 Jews boasted in Abraham - They 
                 couldn't ride on Abraham's coat tails,
                 but needed to prove their faith in 
                 obedience as he did.

Heb. 4:12 Word of God is living (not dead) &
                 powerful

It has the power to discern 
                             [kritikos] = be critical [from krites
                             = judge, discriminate

Compare

Acts 2:37 it pricked the hearts of those on Pentecost



INVITATION­

Is our hope an expectation that is built upon an active faith?


Acts 22:16 "And now why are you waiting? Arise 
                   and be baptized, and wash away your 
                   sins, calling on the name of the Lord."

Acts 2: 21 Hosea quoted: "And it shall come to 
                 pass that whoever calls on the name of 
                 the Lord shall be saved."

Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and 
                let every one of you be baptized in the 
                name of Jesus Christ for the remission of 
                sins; and you shall receive the gift of the 
                Holy Spirit."