Yes, you must have heard. Only about a year ago excited anthropologists that worship at the shrine of Evolution (I mean the transmutation of species and not just "change") found the skeleton of a small humanoid type being. They called them "Hobbits".
Imagine their joy! Imagine also their eagerness to add new wrinkles to the story of our evolution from inorganic material to evolutionary anthropologists (and other things—like HIV=AIDS advocates). So thrilled were they that they were sure they’d have to reconstruct the chain of descent. Fancy that!
Their experts even drew a picture of what the "hobbit" must have looked like. Well, you know how wise and skilled these people are. They can look at a rib, an eyebrow ridge and an ankle bone and draw a picture as if they were drawing from full life. In any case, the drawing was something like a small ape-man walking upright with a club over his left shoulder (now there’s a surprise!). Don’t you love a great story? I suppose they found the club next to the left-handed skeleton.
Well, the rest of the story is reported in the UK newspaper The Daily Mail (7th May, 2005 and mentioned in The Christian Worker for June 2005 which is where I read it—pictures included). It seems that they’ve since come across a community of "hobbits". All very human, all looking very human, all decked out in modern clothes and not a left handed club-carrier among them. (Wouldn't you think they would have checked out if there were any people living in this remote area before getting their amazing find in the news? Helloooooo?)
I suppose these poor marvellous little humans will now have a group of WHO medical people descending on them checking them out for an alleged HIV virus that allegedly produces AIDS (whatever that is now said to be). They did that to the pygmies last year, remember?
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"THE FIRST EPISTLE TO TIMOTHY" That Your Progress May Be Evident (4:13-16) INTRODUCTION 1. In 1Ti 4:13-16, we find Paul telling Timothy things to do... a. Until Paul was able to come to him b. That would make Timothy's progress evident to all c. That would save himself and those who heard him -- These instructions were related to Timothy's work as an evangelist 2. Yet are there not applications that all Christians can take from this passage...? a. As we await the coming of our Lord? b. That would make our own progress evident to all? c. That would save ourselves and those near us? -- Indeed, these instructions are worthy of our careful consideration as Christians! [With this in mind, what can be gleaned from Paul's charge in this passage so "That Your Progress May Be Evident"...?] I. GIVE YOUR ATTENTION A. TO READING... 1. In Timothy's case a. It may refer to public reading of Scripture, a custom in the synagogue that was continued in the church -
Lk 4:16-20; Ac 13:15; 15:21; 1Th 5:27; Col 4:16; Re 1:3 b. It may also include private reading, for the benefit of personal growth - Josh 1:8 2. In our case a. We should certainly give attention to daily Bible reading for spiritual growth - Ps 1:1-3 b. We might also read other books to encourage our walk with God - Php 4:8 -- At the very least, reading God's Word is essential to our spiritual progress! B. TO EXHORTATION... 1. In Timothy's case a. It likely refers to public teaching or preaching, in which one exhorts others - Ro 12:8 b. It may also include private exhortation, as one encourages another - 1Th 5:11 2. In our case a. We exhort one another by our frequent assembling - He 10: 24-25 b. We can also exhort one another daily - He 3:13 -- Exhorting another person not only blesses them, but ourselves as well! C. TO DOCTRINE... 1. In Timothy's case a. This refers to the teaching or instruction he would do as a minister - 1Ti 4:6 b. It was a charge that was especially given to him - 1Ti 4:11 2. In our case a. We may teach in various ways, in public or private, in example or word, but teach we must - He 5:12 b. We may be limited where we may teach, but teach we must - 1Ti 2:12; Tit 2:3-4 -- Those who teach, benefit greatly through the preparation required to teach! D. TO YOUR GIFT... 1. In Timothy's case a. It referred to a gift given through the laying on of hands - 1Ti 4:14 b. He had a gift imparted by the laying on of Paul's hands, that required some reminding; likely a miraculous gift - 2Ti 1:6 2. In our case a. There are gifts given related to our function in the body of Christ - Ro 12:3-8 b. It is important that we administer our gift in service to our brethren - 1Pe 4:10-11 -- Certainly as one exercises their gift, their progress will be evident to others! [Paul's instructions to Timothy can easily be applied to ourselves, can't they? Let's now endeavor to apply his remaining charges to Timothy, which can be summarized by the phrase...] II. GIVE YOURSELF ENTIRELY A. MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS... 1. Dwell upon the things commanded in this passage 2. Are you reading that which will build you up? 3. Do you exhort your brethren, are you teaching them in ways that benefit them? 4. Are you utilizing your God-given abilities and opportunities, or are you burying them? -- Perhaps the parable of the talents will help in your meditation - Mt 25:14-30 B. TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF... 1. Do not neglect your own spiritual development (which is why you should read) 2. Do not neglect your own brethren (which is why you should exhort them) 3. Do not neglect your own opportunities (which is why you should teach them) 4. Do not neglect your own gift (which is why you should develop and utilize it) -- We can be so busy, that we neglect ourselves and not be prepared - cf. Lk 21:34 C. TAKE HEED TO THE DOCTRINE... 1. We must be true to the Word of God 2. We must avoid being misled by false teachings 3. We must be sure that what we teach others is true -- Fellowship with God and brethren are affected by doctrinal faithfulness - 2Jn 9-10 D. CONTINUE IN THEM... 1. These exhortations are not to be soon forgotten 2. These duties require perseverance -- Eternal life comes to those who patiently continue to do that which is good - Ro 2:7 CONCLUSION 1. What benefit could Timothy expect by heeding these admonitions...? a. He would save himself! - 1Ti 4:16 b. He would save those who heard him! - 1Ti 4:16 2. Is that not a goal worthy of... a. Giving attention to these things? b. Giving ourselves entirely to them? So if we desire to have progress evident to all, and in the process save ourselves and others, then apply these admonitions as though they were written to us...!
Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011
The World English Bible
Gen 7:1 Yahweh said to Noah, "Come with all of your household into the ship, for I have seen your righteousness before me in this generation.
Gen 7:2 You shall take seven pairs of every clean animal with you, the male and his female. Of the animals that are not clean, take two, the male and his female.
Gen 7:3 Also of the birds of the sky, seven and seven, male and female, to keep seed alive on the surface of all the earth.
Gen 7:4 In seven days, I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights. Every living thing that I have made, I will destroy from the surface of the ground."
Gen 7:5 Noah did everything that Yahweh commanded him.
Gen 7:6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came on the earth.
Gen 7:7 Noah went into the ship with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, because of the waters of the flood.
Gen 7:8 Clean animals, animals that are not clean, birds, and everything that creeps on the ground
Gen 7:9 went by pairs to Noah into the ship, male and female, as God commanded Noah.
Gen 7:10 It happened after the seven days, that the waters of the flood came on the earth.
Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep were burst open, and the sky's windows were opened.
Gen 7:12 The rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.
Gen 7:13 In the same day Noah, and Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, entered into the ship;
Gen 7:14 they, and every animal after its kind, all the livestock after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort.
Gen 7:15 They went to Noah into the ship, by pairs of all flesh with the breath of life in them.
Gen 7:16 Those who went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him; and Yahweh shut him in.
Gen 7:17 The flood was forty days on the earth. The waters increased, and lifted up the ship, and it was lifted up above the earth.
Gen 7:18 The waters prevailed, and increased greatly on the earth; and the ship floated on the surface of the waters.
Gen 7:19 The waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth. All the high mountains that were under the whole sky were covered.
Gen 7:20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.
Gen 7:21 All flesh died that moved on the earth, including birds, livestock, animals, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.
Gen 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, of all that was on the dry land, died.
Gen 7:23 Every living thing was destroyed that was on the surface of the ground, including man, livestock, creeping things, and birds of the sky. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ship.
Gen 7:24 The waters prevailed on the earth one hundred fifty days.
Mat 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Mat 4:2 When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.
Mat 4:3 The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
Mat 4:4 But he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.' "
Mat 4:5 Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
Mat 4:6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will put his angels in charge of you.' and, 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don't dash your foot against a stone.' "
Mat 4:7 Jesus said to him, "Again, it is written, 'You shall not test the Lord, your God.' "
Mat 4:8 Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.
Mat 4:9 He said to him, "I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me."
Mat 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.' "
Mat 4:11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.
Mat 4:12 Now when Jesus heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee.
Mat 4:13 Leaving Nazareth, he came and lived in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
Mat 4:14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
Mat 4:15 "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,
Mat 4:16 the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned."
Mat 4:17 From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, "Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."
Mat 4:18 Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
Mat 4:19 He said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men."
Mat 4:20 They immediately left their nets and followed him.
Mat 4:21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them.
Mat 4:22 They immediately left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Mat 4:23 Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.
Mat 4:24 The report about him went out into all Syria. They brought to him all who were sick, afflicted with various diseases and torments, possessed with demons, epileptics, and paralytics; and he healed them.
Mat 4:25 Great multitudes from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and from beyond the Jordan followed him.
Sunday, the lady on the right (Terri Justice) gave me a CD full of pictures. Among them was this one. It struck my eye because of the reality of it. This couple (and their teenagers) has been attending church for over a year now and I have seen looks like this over and over again. Seems to me that someone has been reading their Bible....
Ephesians, Chapter 5
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it; 26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, 27 that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without defect. 28 Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. 29 For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord also does the assembly; 30 because we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones. 31 “For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and of the assembly. 33 Nevertheless each of you must also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Christ loves us; why is a mystery (verse 32 above), but where is it written that we must know everything. Looking at this picture made me think of a look Christ may give us one day. Can't wait...