9/16/20

"THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" The Olivet Discourse - I (24:1-28)


 

 
 
 
 
"THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW"

The Olivet Discourse - I (24:1-28)

INTRODUCTION

1. A challenging passage in the Bible is Jesus' discourse on the Mount of Olives...
   a. Given shortly after He left the temple with His disciples
   b. Recorded in Mt 24:1-51; Mk 13:1-37; Lk 21:5-36
   c. Commonly referred to as "The Olivet Discourse"
   -- Our focus will be primarily on Matthew's account - Mt 24:1-51

2. It's difficulty is apparent as one considers the diversity of interpretations offered...
   a. Some maintain that it is entirely about events preceding the
      Lord's second coming
   b. Others say that it is entirely about events related to the
      destruction of Jerusalem which occurred in 70 A.D.
   c. Yet many believe it contains reference to both of these events

3. Even those who say it refers to both events differ as to when a
   particular event is being described in Matthew's account...
   a. Some say that verses 4-28 refer to the destruction of Jerusalem,
      and verse 29 begins the discussion about the Lord's second coming
      (cf. J. W. McGarvey, The Four-Fold Gospel)
   b. Others contend that verse 35 begins talking about the second coming
   c. Others say Jesus switches back and forth throughout the discourse

4. I have trouble with Mt 24 describing both events in the light of Lk 17...
   a. Where Jesus is talking about "one of the days of the Son of Man" - Lk 17:22-37
      1) Note:  He alludes to the fact there is more than one "day of the Son of Man"
      2) I.e., the Lord will come in judgment in ways prior to His
         final coming at the Last Day
   b. In the discourse of Lk 17, Jesus uses language similar to Mt 24,
      but in ways that do not allow for a simple division of Mt 24,
      either at verse 29 or 35; notice...
      1) Lk 17:26-29 is parallel to Mt 24:37-39 (found after verses 29,35)
      2) Yet Lk 17:31 is parallel to Mt 24:17-18 (found before verses 29,35)
      3) And then Lk 17:34-36 is parallel to Mt 24:40-41 (found after verses 29,35)
   -- If Jesus is describing just one event in Lk 17 (which I believe
      He is), then He is likely describing just one event in Mt 24

[At this time, I view "The Olivet Discourse" in Mt 24 as depicting the
destruction of Jerusalem which occurred in 70 A.D., though it certainly
foreshadows His second coming.  To see why, let's start with...]

I. THE SETTING OF THE OLIVET DISCOURSE

   A. THE WORDS OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE...
      1. His parables depicting Israel's rejection of Him, and its consequence
         a. The parable of the two sons - Mt 21:28-32 (cf. v.31-32)
         b. The parable of the wicked vine dressers - Mt 21:33-46 (cf. v.42-45)
         c. The parable of the wedding feast - Mt 22:1-14 (cf. v.7-9)
      2. His condemnation of the scribes and Pharisees
         a. Who would fill up the measure of their fathers' guilt - Mt  23:29-32
         b. Who kill, crucify, scourge, and persecute the prophets,
            wise men, and scribes He would send to them - Mt 23:33-34
         c. Upon whom the blood of all the righteous would come, upon
            that very generation - Mt 23:35-36
      3. His lamentation over Jerusalem
         a. The city who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her - Mt 23:37a
         b. The city unwilling to accept the love shown her - Mt 23:37b
         c. Whose house would be left desolate - Mt 23:38-39

   B. THE PROPHECY OF JESUS ABOUT THE TEMPLE...
      1. After his disciples were showing Him the buildings of temple - Mt 24:1
      2. Declaring that not one stone would be left upon another - Mt  24:2

   C. THE QUESTIONS OF THE DISCIPLES...
      1. In Mark's gospel, two questions are asked - Mk 13:4
         a. "When will these things be?"
         b. "What will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?"
      2. In Luke's gospel, the two questions are similar - Lk 21:7
         a. "When will these things be?"
         b. "What sign will there be when these things are about to take place?"
      3. In Matthew's gospel, the second question is worded differently- Mt 24:3
         a. "When will these things be?"
         b. "What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
      4. Observations regarding these questions:
         a. Matthew wrote his gospel for a Jewish audience
            1) He likely recorded the questions as asked by the
               disciples, who presumed the destruction of temple would
               mean His coming and the end of the age
            2) Jewish readers of the gospel would likely have the same conception
         b. Mark and Luke wrote their gospels to Gentiles
            1) To avoid possible misunderstanding by non-Jewish 
               readers, they worded the disciples' questions to reflect
               what the discourse is actually about
            2) I.e., the destruction of the temple and the sign when
               its destruction would be imminent

[When the setting leading up to "The Olivet Discourse" is carefully
considered, the subject of Jesus' words become clear.  The destruction
of the temple is the matter under consideration, not the second coming
of Christ.  Now let's proceed to examine more closely...]

II. THE OLIVET DISCOURSE

   A. WHAT WILL "NOT" BE THE SIGN...
      1. Be careful that none deceive you, claiming to be the Christ - Mt 24:4-5
      2. Don't be troubled by wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilence - Mt 24:6-8
         a. Such things will come, but the end (destruction of the
            temple) is not yet
         b. They are only the beginning of sorrows (not the sign of the end)
      3. Anticipate persecution and hard times - Mt 24:9-13
         a. You will be killed and hated for His name's sake
         b. Many will be offended, betray one another, and hate one another
         c. False prophets will deceive many
         d. The love of many will grow cold because of lawlessness
         e. But he who endures to "the end" will be saved -- "the end" refers here:
            1) Not to the second coming (implying one must live until Christ comes again)
            2) Nor to the destruction of Jerusalem (implying once one
               has survived that event, one's salvation is secured)
            3) But to the end of one's life - cf. Re 2:10
      4. The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world- Mt 24:14
         a. As a witness to all the nations
         b. Then the end (the destruction of the temple) will come
            1) This would end the Jewish sacrifices, and other remnants
               of OT worship
            2) That which was nailed to the cross, abolished by Jesus'
               death, would pass away - cf. Col 2:14-17; Ep 2:14-16; He 8:13
         -- Was the gospel preached to all nations prior to the
            destruction of the temple?  Note what Paul wrote prior to
            70 A.D. - Ro 10:16-18; Col 1:23

   B. WHAT WILL BE THE SIGN...
      1. The "abomination of desolation" - Mt 24:15; Mk 13:14
         a. Standing in the holy place (the holy city Jerusalem)
         b. As foretold by Daniel - cf. Dan 9:26-27
      2. When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies - Lk 21:20
         a. Luke therefore explains the "abomination of desolation"
         b. In 70 A.D., Roman armies surrounded and besieged Jerusalem
            prior to destroying it and the temple
      -- Thus Jesus answers the disciples' question:  "What sign will
         there be when these things are about to take place?"

   C. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SEE THE SIGN...
      1. Those in Judea are to flee to the mountains - Mt 24:16-22
         a. Don't delay by going to your homes and getting your clothes
         b. It will be a difficult time for pregnant and nursing mothers
         c. Pray that your flight be not in winter (when travel is
            difficult) or on the Sabbath (when city gates are closed to travel)
         d. For there will be "great tribulation", though shortened for
            the elect's sake
            1) Luke specifies the nature of this tribulation - Lk 21:23b-24
            2) A Jewish general taking captive by the Romans just prior
               to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 offered this summary:
               a) All the calamities which had befallen any nation from
                  the beginning of the world were but small in 
                  comparison with those of the Jews
               b) In the siege of Jerusalem, no fewer than 1,100,000
                  perished (it was during the time of the Passover,
                  when more than 3,000,000 Jews were assembled)
               c) In surrounding provinces 250,000 were slain
               d) 97,000 were taken captive, some killed by beasts in
                  Roman theaters, some sent to work in Egypt, others sold as slaves
               -- Flavius Josephus, Jewish Wars (as quoted in Barnes
                  Commentary on Matthew)
            3) The "elect" were Christians, spared by a shortened siege
               a) The Jews in the city engaged the Romans in battle
               b) Titus, the Roman general, being called to return to
                  Rome, proceeded to end the siege and stormed the city
                  (Barnes Commentary)
      2. Don't be misled by false christs and false prophets - Mt 24:23-28
         a. Even those who show great signs and wonders to deceive
         b. For the coming (judgment) of the Son of Man will be like
            lightning across the sky
            1) Do not expect to find Him in the desert or in inner rooms
            2) When He comes in judgment, it will be swift - cf. Lk 17: 22-24
         c. Where the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered
            1) Alluding to Jerusalem surrounded by armies
            2) This is the "sign" to warn them it is time to flee
               Jerusalem and Judea!

CONCLUSION (Part One)

1. So far, all this depicts a local, escapable judgment...
   a. Where Jesus warned those in Judea of what is to come
   b. Where they are given a sign to let them know when to flee
   -- Indeed, many believe that up to verse 29 (or 35), Jesus is
      foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem (and its temple) that
      did occur in 70 A. D.

2. It certainly does not fit a worldwide, inescapable judgment...
   a. As will characterize the second coming of Christ
   b. As Paul and Peter taught Christians throughout the Mediterranean
      world - cf. 1Th 5:2-3; 2Th 1:7-10; 2Pe 3:10-12

3. Our next study will continue "The Olivet Discourse", starting with verse 29...
   a. Which certainly sounds like the second coming of Christ
   b. But is it?  Or was Jesus still describing events pertaining to
      the destruction of Jerusalem?

Eusebius (ca. 300 A.D.) in his "Ecclesiastical History" wrote that
Christians heeded the warnings of Jesus in Matthew 24, and fled 
Jerusalem when it was surrounded by the Roman army.

May we likewise heed the words of Jesus and not be misled by false
prophets and false christs, not be troubled by wars, famines,
pestilence, earthquakes, or even persecution, but endure to the end by
remaining faithful to Him, and look forward to His final coming at the
Last Day!

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2016

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The Mayan Calendar and the End of the World by Dave Miller, Ph.D.

 

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=4544

The Mayan Calendar and the End of the World

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

You’ve no doubt heard the hubbub: Supposedly, the ancient Mayans predicted that the world will end on December 21, 2012 at 11 p.m. A recent poll found that “nearly 10% of people believe that the year 2012 on the Mayan calendar signifies an apocalyptic collapse” (“New Mayan…,” 2012). What is one to make of such claims? How concerned ought we to be?

In reality, the only reliable source of information concerning end-time events is the Bible. It is, in fact, the only book on the planet of divine origin (cf. Butt, 2007). All other books that claim to be from the one true God do not bear up under objective scrutiny. Only the Bible possesses the attributes of inspiration. Only the Bible can provide humans with accurate insight into the future. That being the case, one would hardly expect a pagan, idolatrous civilization to serve as a legitimate source for ascertaining the truth regarding the end of the world.

So what does the Bible say on the matter? Throughout the thousands of years of human history, bona fide representatives of the one true God frequently predicted future events with complete accuracy. The Old Testament is filled with prophecy and prediction concerning a host of historical occurrences—all of which came true as predicted (cf. Thompson, 2003). In stark contrast, however, the Bible goes out of its way to avoid setting a date for the end of the world. In fact, Jesus stated unequivocally the truth on the matter: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36, emp. added).

But why? Since the Bible contains hundreds of prophecies of future events, why would God refrain from giving signs, indicators, and predictions concerning the end of the world? For one thing, it would be unfair to do so, because it would give people living long before the end the advantage of knowing Jesus would not come in their day. It would be contrary to God’s nature since it would imply that He is partial.

Speaking in A.D. 30, Jesus stressed very firmly that, while there would be clear signs heralding the destruction of Jerusalem 40 years later in A.D. 70 by the Romans (Matthew 24:1-35), He was equally adamant that no such signs would mark the end of the world and His second coming (Matthew 24:36-25:46). In stark contrast, the return of Jesus and the end of the world will be comparable to Noah’s day:

But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be (Matthew 24:37-39, emp. added).

The return is also compared to the arrival of a thief: “[I]f the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:43-44, emp. added; cf. 2 Peter 3:10—“[T]he day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.”). Jesus further declared: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). [NOTE: The quibble that suggests that Jesus merely meant that you cannot know the hour or day, but that you can know the year or the general time, sidesteps the force of these verses and evades the very point that Jesus was making, i.e., the time of the end is unpredictable and unknown to humans.]

Mayan Calendar Details

So what are the specific details surrounding the Mayan calendar? One must turn to the experts—the scholars who have spent their lives studying Mayan civilization. The fact is that they speak with one accord. The 2012 hype comes—not from the studied authorities of Mayan civilization—but, as noted by Susan Gillespie, University of Florida anthropologist, “from media and from other people making use of the Maya past to fulfill agendas that are really their own” (MacDonald, 2007). Maya archaeoastronomer and curator of the Florida Museum of Natural History, Susan Milbrath, explained: “It would be impossible [that] the Maya themselves would have known that” (MacDonald). What’s more, she says, “we have no record or knowledge that they would think the world would come to an end at that point” (emp. added).

The facts of the matter are that December 21, 2012 on the Mayan Long Count calendar is simply the day that the calendar will go to what scholars call the next “b’ak’tun” or cycle. Sandra Noble, executive director of the Mesoamerican research organization FAMSI, noted that “for the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle” (“The Long…,” n.d.). Hence, she considers the alleged December 2012 hoopla to be “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in” (“The Long…”). The Mayan calendar simply shows the ancient Mayans’ fascination with ongoing “cycles of time”—with no indication that they even entertained the notion of the end of the world (Vance, 2012). Further, scholars have just recently discovered wall writings in Guatemala show Mayan calendars that go well beyond 2012 (Vergano, 2012; Potter, 2012).

Nothing New

Indeed, such sensational allegations are not new. Legion are the instances over the last 2,000 years in which individuals and groups have set “firm” dates for the end of the world. Consider a few. [NOTE: The following is taken from “Library of Date Setters…,” n.d.] Events leading up to the year A.D. 1000 were viewed by many as harbingers of the end. These included a solar eclipse in 968 that created panic in the German army of Emperor Otto I and Hailey’s Comet in 989. The decade preceding January 1, 1000 saw people giving their worldly goods to the poor, pilgrims massing in Jerusalem to meet Jesus, buildings left in disrepair, fields unplanted, and even criminals released from jails. Thirty years later, the approach of A.D. 1033 was believed by many to be the onset of the millennium, since they thought it marked 1,000 years since the crucifixion of Christ. A terrible famine struck France in 1030, together with an eclipse and a massive earthquake the same year, convincing many of an imminent end, eliciting penitential processions, including a mass pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

To Londoners in 1666, the end of the world must have seemed self-evident. In addition to the bubonic plague, which killed some 100,000 people, the Great Fire of London swept the city the same year. Since 1666 was a millennium (1,000 years) coupled with the mark of the beast (666), many were firmly convinced the end was near. In 1843, William Miller attracted much attention and many followers when he announced the return of Christ between 1843 and 1844. Though a spectacular meteor shower in 1833 was seen as a harbinger, the predicted date of March 21, 1843 passed without incident. In 1910, the return of Hailey’s Comet was again seen by some to be an indication of the end. Impetus was gained when the Earth actually passed through the comet’s gaseous tail. Charles Taze Russell, along with the establishment of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, commenced an end-times movement that has repeatedly set the time of the end, the first in 1914—with many to follow. With each failure, recalculations are made and theology is adjusted accordingly.

Circumstances surrounding the formal establishment of the modern state of Israel in May of 1948 unleashed a flood of endless predictions, speculations, and allegations that continue to this day—all claiming the end is near. These include Hal Lindsey (Late Great Planet Earth, 1970); Ron Reese (“In the Twinkling of an Eye”); Moses David (The Children of God); the True Light Church; Walter Simmons (The Day of the Lord, 1978, The Final Warning Sign); Bill Maupin (Lighthouse Gospel Tract Foundation); Edgar Whisenant (“Rapture in Rosh Hashanna”); David Koresh and the Branch Davidians; John Hinkle (Christ’s Church, Los Angeles); and Harold Camping (Are You Ready?). And of course, Y2K unleashed a whole new round of doomsday conmen who proposed everything from massive natural disasters (e.g., Jack Van Impe), to WWIII, and worldwide shutdown of computer systems.

While most of these would-be prophets have claimed affiliation with Christianity, the non-Christian community has had its own share of prognosticators—including the Harmonic Convergence predicted by New Age proponents in 1987; California psychic Sheldon Nidle, who predicted 16 million space ships would converge on Earth in 1996; the International Association of Psychics in 1997, who claimed that 92% of their 120,000 members had the same end-time vision; a Russian scientist who, relying on Nostradamus prophecies, predicted the end in 1997 in the form of a shifting of the Earth’s axis, causing massive flooding and the arrival of aliens; the Sacerdotal Knights of National Security who predicted an alien invasion November 11, 1997; psychic Edgar Cayce who alleged the end in 1998 with massive disruption to the Earth; psychic Charles Criswell King who predicted the end in 1999; and many, many others. In fact, the present hype surrounding the Mayan calendar comes largely from New Age writers misinterpreting the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (cf. Lawrence Joseph’s Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation Into Civilization’s End; spiritual healer Andrew Smith’s The Revolution of 2012: Vol. 1, The Preparation; and Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2012; see “The Truth About…,” n.d.).

Gamaliel rightly warned his contemporaries concerning those who would lead people astray 2,000 years ago:

For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed (Acts 5:36-37).

Even regarding the signs that Jesus said would precede the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, He warned: “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it” (Matthew 24:23, emp. added). Why? Jesus said, “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:27). Similarly, when God brings about the end of time, no one will need any input from any other human to know of its occurrence; the end will be so cataclysmic that it will be evident to all (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).

While the world may well end this month—it will not be due to the Mayan calendar or any other would-be prophet knowing it. But do not take the scholars word for the truth about the Mayan calendar. Just wait until 11:00 p.m. December 21 to see for yourself. When the alleged end fails to materialize, rather than breathe a sigh of relief and go on your merry way, you would do well to turn to the Bible for the unchanging truth and solid rock of God’s Word. We are again reminded of the unerring words of the Savior of the world in His assessment of His return:

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect (Matthew 24:42-44, emp. added).

Are you ready?

REFERENCES

Butt, Kyle (2007), Behold! The Word of God (Montgomery, AL: Apologetics Press).

“Library of Date Setters for End of the World” (no date), http://www.bible.ca/pre-date-setters.htm.

“The Long and Short Count ‘Mayan Calendar,’” Spanish Institute of Merida, http://www.simerida.com/courses/longandshortcalendar.php.

MacDonald, G. Jeffrey (2007), “Does Maya Calendar Predict 2012 Apocalypse?” USA Today, March 27, http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2007-03-27-maya-2012_n.htm.

“New Mayan Calendar Artifacts Discovered” (2012), June 29, FoxNews.com, http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/29/new-mayan-calendar-artifacts-discovered/#ixzz22WYnFYg8.

Potter, Ned (2012), “Oldest Known Maya Calendar Found; No Signs of 2012 Doomsday,” ABC News, May 11, http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/05/oldest-known-maya-calendar-found-no-signs-of-2012-doomsday/.

Thompson, Bert (2003), In Defense of the Bible’s Inspiration, /pdfs/e-books_pdf/idobi.pdf.

“The Truth About the ‘Mayan Calendar,’” Spanish Institute of Merida, http://www.simerida.com/courses/mayancalendar.php.

Vance, Erik (2012), “Mayan Calendar: World Will Not End In December 2012, Expert Says,” Scientific American, July 8, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/08/mayan-calendar-world-will_n_1655135.html.

Vergano, Dan (2012), “Newly Discovered Mayan Calendar Goes Way Past 2012,” USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/story/2012-05-08/maya-apocalypse-calendar-2012/54879760/1.

The Marriage of Joseph and Mary by Dave Miller, Ph.D.

 

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=5398

The Marriage of Joseph and Mary

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Q:

Were Mary and Joseph actually married, just not in a consummated relationship, before they travelled to Bethlehem, or had they only had the betrothal ceremony of marriage?

A:

The Jewish concept of betrothal is unique and unlike the American concept of “engaged.” Under Mosaic Law, unfaithfulness during the betrothal period was tantamount to adultery and elicited the death penalty (Deuteronomy 22:23-28; Leviticus 20:10; Ezekiel 16:38; cf. John 8:5). A betrothed couple were essentially considered to be husband and wife—as evident from the fact that during the betrothal period Joseph is identified as “her husband” (Matthew 1:20). The angel instructed Joseph: “Do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife” (vs. 20). This phrase means to “recognize her as such, and to treat her as such.”1 Did he obey the angel and proceed to take her as his wife? He did: “Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife” (vs. 24, emp. added). This action of marriage preceded Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, as McGarvey observed, “several months prior to the birth of Jesus.”2 Though the couple was officially married prior to Jesus’ birth, the text makes clear that the couple refrained from sexual relations: he “did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son” (Matthew 1:25).

Endnotes

1 Albert Barnes (2005), Notes on the New Testament: Matthew and Mark (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker), p. 6, emp. added. By “treat,” Barnes meant to treat her as his wife rather than as a non-wife, with no intention to refer to the sexual relationship.

2 J.W. McGarvey (no date), The Fourfold Gospel (Cincinnati, OH: Standard), p. 27.

The Land of Nod by Eric Lyons, M.Min.

 

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=696

The Land of Nod

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

After Cain killed Abel and was declared a “fugitive and vagabond” by God (Genesis 4:12), the Bible says that he “went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod” (4:16). It was in this land that “Cain knew his wife” (4:17), and it was here that his son, Enoch, was born.

When a person reads about Nod in Genesis 4, he often pictures a land where a large group of people already were dwelling by the time Cain arrived. Because the Bible gives this land a name (“Nod”), many assume it was called such before Cain went there. Furthermore, many believe that it was in this land that Cain found his wife. Based upon these assumptions, some even claim that God must have specially created other humans besides Adam and Eve, otherwise there would not have been a land of Nod, nor would Cain have been able to find a wife there. Are these assumptions and conclusions correct? What can be said about these matters?

It is very likely that when Moses wrote the name “Nod” (Genesis 4:16), he was using a figure of speech called “prolepsis” (the assignment of something, such as an event or name, to a time that precedes it). People often use prolepsis for the sake of convenience, so that the reader or audience can better understand what is being communicated. For example, I might say, “My wife and I dated two years before we got married,” when actually she was not my wife when we were dating, but a very dear friend. We may see a special on television about when President George W. Bush was a boy, but the fact is, George W. Bush was not President of the United States when he was a child. From time to time, even the Bible uses this kind of language. In John 11, the Bible speaks of a woman named Mary who “anointed the Lord with ointment” (11:1-2), yet this anointing actually did not occur for about three months. John merely spoke about it as having already happened because when he wrote his gospel account this event was generally known. Another example of pro­lepsis is found in Genesis 13:3 where we read that Abraham “went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel.” This area actually did not wear the name Bethel until years later when Jacob gave it that name (Genesis 28:19). However, when Moses wrote of this name hundreds of years later, he was free to use it even when writing about a time before the name actually was given.

When Moses used the name Nod in Genesis 4, the reader must understand the land probably was not given that name until sometime after Cain moved there. This is consistent with the meaning of the name Nod (“wandering”), which in all probability was given because God told Cain he was to be a wanderer upon the Earth (Genesis 4:12). Thus, the land of Nod almost certainly was not an area filled with people whom Cain would eventually befriend. It would become that in time; nevertheless, it probably was not such a place upon his arrival.

But, someone might ask, did Cain not find his wife in the land of Nod? Actually, the Bible never tells us that Cain’s wife came from Nod. The text simply says that Cain “dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch” (Genesis 4:16-17).

To conclude that God specially created others besides Adam and Eve because “there was a large group of people living in Nod when Cain arrived” and “from this group Cain got his wife” is faulty reasoning and sheer speculation. Scripture does not teach the above premises, nor does it ever hint that God specially created others than Adam and Eve. In fact, the Bible teaches the very opposite when it explicitly states that Adam was the first man (1 Corinthians 15:45) and that Eve would be the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20, emp. added). It seems clear that there could have been no other people on the Earth contemporaneous with them (except, of course, their own children). Even though some allege that God specially created other people in addition to Adam and Eve during the creation week, such cannot be defended logically in light of what Scripture teaches.

The Eye of Discernment by Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

 

The Eye of Discernment

Ron Thomas tells a story about an elderly woman who stood on a very busy street corner in rush hour traffic. She was fearful, confused, and hesitant to cross by herself.

Finally, a gentleman came up to her and asked if he could cross the street with her. Grateful and very relieved, she took his arm and stepped into the busy intersection. As they proceeded, she grew progressively alarmed as he zigzagged randomly across the street, to the blare of horns and screech of locked brakes.

Finally, after reaching their destination, she turned to the man and complained, “You almost got us killed! You walk like you’re blind.”

“I am,” he replied. “That’s why I asked if I could cross with you.”

Life is full of choices. Discernment is required for making good decisions. Obviously, this lady made a poor choice. The very one who she thought would provide her safety and security, was in desperate need for guidance himself. It reminds us of Jesus’ observation: “If the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matt 15:14).

As we continue our theme this year, “20/20 Vision: Restoring Our Focus,” it’s imperative that we develop discernment. Spiritual discernment.

This was Paul’s prayer for the Philippian brethren.

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil 1:9-10)

The English word translated “discernment” is from a Greek word that Thayer describes as “perception, not only by the senses but also by the intellect.” A. T. Robertson defines it as “delicate spiritual perception.”

It is the judicious ability to see with our spiritual eyes. It is an enlightenment that Hendricken says is “born of experience.” He further observes that it “is the ability of mind and heart to separate not only the good from the bad but also the important from the unimportant.”

Joseph M. Stowell, in Fan the Flame, writes that “Discernment in Scripture is the skill that enables us to differentiate. It is the ability to see issues clearly. We desperately need to cultivate this spiritual skill that will enable us to know right from wrong. We must be prepared to distinguish light from darkness, truth from error, best from better, righteousness from unrighteousness, purity from defilement, and principles from pragmatics.”

This text reminds us that love is not enough. Our love, while well-intentioned might be blinded by our lack of knowledge, insight, and perceptiveness. People can fool us. Emotions can deceive us. Situations are not always what they appear to be. Discernment is necessary to see below the surface.

In fact, even knowledge by itself without spiritual discernment will leave us short-sighted. It’s possible to intellectually understand God’s Word, but fail to see how it applies in our lives. How it regulates relationships. Guides the home. Directs our decisions in the workplace. And provides principles that aid us in our day to day choices.

Furthermore, knowledge is learning what God has said and done, but discernment is understanding why God said it or did it.

The Bible says that God “made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel (Ps 103:7). The people got to see what God did, but Moses was able to understand why. Discernment offers deeper insight and aids in answering the “why” questions of life.

Discernment is vitally important because we live “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” Because “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” our culture, like Isaiah described the ancient world, calls “ evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isa. 5:20).

The redefinition of marriage. Abortion on demand. Gender identify confusion. Animal rights activists. Extreme environmentalism. Sexual perversion. The rejection of moral absolutes. And add to all of this the confusion caused by Cultist religions and corrupt Christianity. No wonder people have lost their way in the confusing maze and moral mess in which we live. More than ever an eye of discernment is required.

The English writer and lexicographer, Samuel Johnson, was right when he wrote, “The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things–the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

IF RELIGIOUS LEADERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND SALVATION REQUIREMENTS.......? by steve finnell

 

http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com/2017/02/if-religious-leaders-do-not-understand.html

IF RELIGIOUS LEADERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND SALVATION REQUIREMENTS.......? by steve finnell


If religious leaders do not understand God's requirements for salvation, then why would anyone think that they would not teach false doctrines?

Example: Joyce Meyer
Prayer for salvation: If you need Jesus and want a personal relationship with Him, pray this very simple prayer out loud: "Father God, I love you. I believe in you. I need you. I'm sorry for my sins. Sorry about the way I've lived. Sorry for shutting You out. I want You in my life. I surrender. I yield. I receive Jesus as my Savior and my Lord. I believe He died for me. He rose from the dead. He's alive today. Come into me. Take me just the way I am. Now make me everything You want me to be. I believe I'm saved. I'm on my way to heaven, and I'm going to enjoy the trip. Amen."

The Joyce Meyer plan of salvation is not God's plan of salvation.

God's plan of salvation: Faith---John 3:16, Galatians 3:26---Confession---Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:34-38---Repentance---Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, --Water Immersion--- Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 5:24-27, Colossians 2:8-13, Romans 6:3-7, 1 Peter 3:20-21,

Joyce Meyer Quote
“During that time He entered hell, where you and I deserved to go (legally) because of our sin. He paid the price there … no plan was too extreme … Jesus paid on the cross and in hell” 

Joyce Meyer believes Jesus dying on the cross was not sufficient for man's atonement. She believes Jesus went to hell for three days to be punished for the sins on mankind. [NOTE: For more information, google search, Joyce Meyer false teacher.]

Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross. He was not punished three days in hell for the sins of mankind. 

1 Peter 2:21-24.....24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed. (NKJV)

It should not surprise anyone that a person who teaches an erroneous doctrine of salvation would teach other doctrines that are false.


Is it a result of wisdom to look for spiritual guidance from those who do not teach God's terms of salvation?

Which is the most egregious false doctrine?

1. Saying, Jesus had to be punished in hell three days so the sins of mankind could be forgiven.

2. Saying, faith in Jesus is not essential for salvation.

3. Saying, confessing Jesus as Lord and Christ is not essential for salvation.

4. Saying, repentance is not essential for salvation.

5 Saying, water baptism is not essential for salvation.

Where do you look for God's truth? If it is not the Bible, then you are looking in all the wrong places.

Arrogance and pride stand in the way of God's truth.

How Then Can a Christian Say: I am Not Supported? by J.C. Bailey

 

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Bailey/John/Carlos/1903/Articles/howthen.html

How Then Can a Christian Say:
I am Not Supported?

(This article was written for Christians in India after they suffered loss by storm.)

The Lord has promised spiritual power in the gift of the Holy Spirit. He has promised the needed temporal things. Can we say as Paul said, "I believe God that it shall be even as he told me?" (Acts 27:25).

We must face life with the assurance that Paul had, "I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13). Then we turn to verse 19 in the same chapter: "And my God shall meet every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." And we read further: "Be ye free from the love of money, content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee, so that with good courage we say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear: what shall man do unto me" (Heb. 13:5-6).

Jesus knew poverty, for he said, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head" (Matt. 8:20).

Would you say that Jesus was not supported?

We shall not quote the list of Paul's troubles as he tells them in 2 Cor. 11:23-28. None of us has trouble as he had, but he said, "I can do all things in him that strengthens me." There was a group of preachers working together. Paul was one of them. He said, "Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'."

The support of the Lord is not necessarily in American money.

There was war between the Northern and Southern States in the USA. The government was in the North. The South during the war issued its own currency. When the war was won by the North, the currency of the South was valueless. There was no one to help the churches in the South except the Lord, but they grew and prospered. These brethren did not say, "We are helpless." No, they had faith in the Lord. They went to work. There is no verse in the Bible that is better known than John 3:16 -- God loved, God gave. We love, then we give (I John 4:19).

One of the most encouraging things is the fact that despite this terrible storm, some are giving very liberally toward this new building in Kakinada. Some are giving for flood relief. Over against this we have those who, after 26 years, have never been known to give. Jesus said give, not get (Luke 6:38).

Do we realize there is grave danger in not giving properly (Malachi 3:8-10)? James said that they did not have, because they asked amiss, that they might spend it on their pleasures. There have been hundreds and more hundreds of requests for Bibles. We picked out one man and sent him some money for Bibles. We had a letter today saying he got the money and "Send us more money for Bibles." He had no consideration for the hundreds of places that received no money for Bibles. Selfishness is never Christian.

I have work to do in India. The church in Raytown has a work to do in India. That work is not to do your giving for you.

For a moment we can look at John 3:16. That has been called the Golden Text of the Bible. The believer need not perish. What does the believer do? He obeys (Heb. 5:9). With this terrible storm the opportunity to give scripturally is apparent. The widow gave a very small amount, but Jesus said she gave more than they all. She gave out of poverty.

The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). The power that works in us is Jesus working by our faith. He can do more than we can ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

A brother approached a son of mine not long ago. He said, "Your father is getting old, and you must be prepared to take his place." That cannot be. No one can take my place. No one can take anyone else's place. We each have our own work to do. When life is over it must be as with Paul, "I have finished my course."

If I have taught you faith in Christ, and if you have learned and obeyed, then all will be well. You and I have the power of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit with us, if we believe and obey the gospel (His will for us). We can say as the man said to Jesus in Mark 9:24, "I believe, help thou my unbelief."

J.C. Bailey, 1990, Bengough, Saskatchewan

Published in The Old Paths Archive
(http://www.oldpaths.com)

Bible Reading for September 16 and 17 by Gary Rose

 

 

Bible Reading for September 16 and 17

World  English  Bible


Sept. 16

Psalms 74-76

Psa 74:1 God, why have you rejected us forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?

Psa 74:2 Remember your congregation, which you purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your inheritance; Mount Zion, in which you have lived.

Psa 74:3 Lift up your feet to the perpetual ruins, all the evil that the enemy has done in the sanctuary.

Psa 74:4 Your adversaries have roared in the midst of your assembly. They have set up their standards as signs.

Psa 74:5 They behaved like men wielding axes, cutting through a thicket of trees.

Psa 74:6 Now they break all its carved work down with hatchet and hammers.

Psa 74:7 They have burned your sanctuary to the ground. They have profaned the dwelling place of your Name.

Psa 74:8 They said in their heart, "We will crush them completely." They have burned up all the places in the land where God was worshiped.

Psa 74:9 We see no miraculous signs. There is no longer any prophet, neither is there among us anyone who knows how long.

Psa 74:10 How long, God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme your name forever?

Psa 74:11 Why do you draw back your hand, even your right hand? Take it out of your pocket and consume them!

Psa 74:12 Yet God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Psa 74:13 You divided the sea by your strength. You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.

Psa 74:14 You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces. You gave him as food to people and desert creatures.

Psa 74:15 You opened up spring and stream. You dried up mighty rivers.

Psa 74:16 The day is yours, the night is also yours. You have prepared the light and the sun.

Psa 74:17 You have set all the boundaries of the earth. You have made summer and winter.

Psa 74:18 Remember this, that the enemy has mocked you, Yahweh. Foolish people have blasphemed your name.

Psa 74:19 Don't deliver the soul of your dove to wild beasts. Don't forget the life of your poor forever.

Psa 74:20 Honor your covenant, for haunts of violence fill the dark places of the earth.

Psa 74:21 Don't let the oppressed return ashamed. Let the poor and needy praise your name.

Psa 74:22 Arise, God! Plead your own cause. Remember how the foolish man mocks you all day.

Psa 74:23 Don't forget the voice of your adversaries. The tumult of those who rise up against you ascends continually.


Psa 75:1 We give thanks to you, God. We give thanks, for your Name is near. Men tell about your wondrous works.

Psa 75:2 When I choose the appointed time, I will judge blamelessly.

Psa 75:3 The earth and all its inhabitants quake. I firmly hold its pillars. Selah.

Psa 75:4 I said to the arrogant, "Don't boast!" I said to the wicked, "Don't lift up the horn.

Psa 75:5 Don't lift up your horn on high. Don't speak with a stiff neck."

Psa 75:6 For neither from the east, nor from the west, nor yet from the south, comes exaltation.

Psa 75:7 But God is the judge. He puts down one, and lifts up another.

Psa 75:8 For in the hand of Yahweh there is a cup, full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours it out. Indeed the wicked of the earth drink and drink it to its very dregs.

Psa 75:9 But I will declare this forever: I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

Psa 75:10 I will cut off all the horns of the wicked, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.


Psa 76:1 In Judah, God is known. His name is great in Israel.

Psa 76:2 His tabernacle is also in Salem; His dwelling place in Zion.

Psa 76:3 There he broke the flaming arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah.

Psa 76:4 Glorious are you, and excellent, more than mountains of game.

Psa 76:5 Valiant men lie plundered, they have slept their last sleep. None of the men of war can lift their hands.

Psa 76:6 At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both chariot and horse are cast into a deep sleep.

Psa 76:7 You, even you, are to be feared. Who can stand in your sight when you are angry?

Psa 76:8 You pronounced judgment from heaven. The earth feared, and was silent,

Psa 76:9 when God arose to judgment, to save all the afflicted ones of the earth. Selah.

Psa 76:10 Surely the wrath of man praises you. The survivors of your wrath are restrained.

Psa 76:11 Make vows to Yahweh your God, and fulfill them! Let all of his neighbors bring presents to him who is to be feared.

Psa 76:12 He will cut off the spirit of princes. He is feared by the kings of the earth.



Sept. 17

Psalms 77-79

Psa 77:1 My cry goes to God! Indeed, I cry to God for help, and for him to listen to me.

Psa 77:2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord. My hand was stretched out in the night, and didn't get tired. My soul refused to be comforted.

Psa 77:3 I remember God, and I groan. I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed. Selah.

Psa 77:4 You hold my eyelids open. I am so troubled that I can't speak.

Psa 77:5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.

Psa 77:6 I remember my song in the night. I consider in my own heart; my spirit diligently inquires:

Psa 77:7 "Will the Lord reject us forever? Will he be favorable no more?

Psa 77:8 Has his loving kindness vanished forever? Does his promise fail for generations?

Psa 77:9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he, in anger, withheld his compassion?" Selah.

Psa 77:10 Then I thought, "I will appeal to this: the years of the right hand of the Most High."

Psa 77:11 I will remember Yah's deeds; for I will remember your wonders of old.

Psa 77:12 I will also meditate on all your work, and consider your doings.

Psa 77:13 Your way, God, is in the sanctuary. What god is great like God?

Psa 77:14 You are the God who does wonders. You have made your strength known among the peoples.

Psa 77:15 You have redeemed your people with your arm, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

Psa 77:16 The waters saw you, God. The waters saw you, and they writhed. The depths also convulsed.

Psa 77:17 The clouds poured out water. The skies resounded with thunder. Your arrows also flashed around.

Psa 77:18 The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind. The lightnings lit up the world. The earth trembled and shook.

Psa 77:19 Your way was through the sea; your paths through the great waters. Your footsteps were not known.

Psa 77:20 You led your people like a flock, by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


Psa 78:1 Hear my teaching, my people. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.

Psa 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old,

Psa 78:3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

Psa 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, his strength, and his wondrous works that he has done.

Psa 78:5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a teaching in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children;

Psa 78:6 that the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born; who should arise and tell their children,

Psa 78:7 that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments,

Psa 78:8 and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that didn't make their hearts loyal, whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

Psa 78:9 The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.

Psa 78:10 They didn't keep God's covenant, and refused to walk in his law.

Psa 78:11 They forgot his doings, his wondrous works that he had shown them.

Psa 78:12 He did marvelous things in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

Psa 78:13 He split the sea, and caused them to pass through. He made the waters stand as a heap.

Psa 78:14 In the daytime he also led them with a cloud, and all night with a light of fire.

Psa 78:15 He split rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.

Psa 78:16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.

Psa 78:17 Yet they still went on to sin against him, to rebel against the Most High in the desert.

Psa 78:18 They tempted God in their heart by asking food according to their desire.

Psa 78:19 Yes, they spoke against God. They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

Psa 78:20 Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out, and streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Will he provide flesh for his people?"

Psa 78:21 Therefore Yahweh heard, and was angry. A fire was kindled against Jacob, anger also went up against Israel,

Psa 78:22 because they didn't believe in God, and didn't trust in his salvation.

Psa 78:23 Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven.

Psa 78:24 He rained down manna on them to eat, and gave them food from the sky.

Psa 78:25 Man ate the bread of angels. He sent them food to the full.

Psa 78:26 He caused the east wind to blow in the sky. By his power he guided the south wind.

Psa 78:27 He rained also flesh on them as the dust; winged birds as the sand of the seas.

Psa 78:28 He let them fall in the midst of their camp, around their habitations.

Psa 78:29 So they ate, and were well filled. He gave them their own desire.

Psa 78:30 They didn't turn from their cravings. Their food was yet in their mouths,

Psa 78:31 when the anger of God went up against them, killed some of the fattest of them, and struck down the young men of Israel.

Psa 78:32 For all this they still sinned, and didn't believe in his wondrous works.

Psa 78:33 Therefore he consumed their days in vanity, and their years in terror.

Psa 78:34 When he killed them, then they inquired after him. They returned and sought God earnestly.

Psa 78:35 They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God, their redeemer.

Psa 78:36 But they flattered him with their mouth, and lied to him with their tongue.

Psa 78:37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they faithful in his covenant.

Psa 78:38 But he, being merciful, forgave iniquity, and didn't destroy them. Yes, many times he turned his anger away, and didn't stir up all his wrath.

Psa 78:39 He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes away, and doesn't come again.

Psa 78:40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness, and grieved him in the desert!

Psa 78:41 They turned again and tempted God, and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

Psa 78:42 They didn't remember his hand, nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;

Psa 78:43 how he set his signs in Egypt, his wonders in the field of Zoan,

Psa 78:44 he turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, so that they could not drink.

Psa 78:45 He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.

Psa 78:46 He gave also their increase to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust.

Psa 78:47 He destroyed their vines with hail, their sycamore fig trees with frost.

Psa 78:48 He gave over their livestock also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

Psa 78:49 He threw on them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, and a band of angels of evil.

Psa 78:50 He made a path for his anger. He didn't spare their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence,

Psa 78:51 and struck all the firstborn in Egypt, the chief of their strength in the tents of Ham.

Psa 78:52 But he led forth his own people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

Psa 78:53 He led them safely, so that they weren't afraid, but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

Psa 78:54 He brought them to the border of his sanctuary, to this mountain, which his right hand had taken.

Psa 78:55 He also drove out the nations before them, allotted them for an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

Psa 78:56 Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God, and didn't keep his testimonies;

Psa 78:57 but turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers. They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

Psa 78:58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their engraved images.

Psa 78:59 When God heard this, he was angry, and greatly abhorred Israel;

Psa 78:60 So that he forsook the tent of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;

Psa 78:61 and delivered his strength into captivity, his glory into the adversary's hand.

Psa 78:62 He also gave his people over to the sword, and was angry with his inheritance.

Psa 78:63 Fire devoured their young men. Their virgins had no wedding song.

Psa 78:64 Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows couldn't weep.

Psa 78:65 Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep, like a mighty man who shouts by reason of wine.

Psa 78:66 He struck his adversaries backward. He put them to a perpetual reproach.

Psa 78:67 Moreover he rejected the tent of Joseph, and didn't choose the tribe of Ephraim,

Psa 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which he loved.

Psa 78:69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which he has established forever.

Psa 78:70 He also chose David his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds;

Psa 78:71 from following the ewes that have their young, he brought him to be the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and Israel, his inheritance.

Psa 78:72 So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.


Psa 79:1 God, the nations have come into your inheritance. They have defiled your holy temple. They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.

Psa 79:2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants to be food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your saints to the animals of the earth.

Psa 79:3 Their blood they have shed like water around Jerusalem. There was no one to bury them.

Psa 79:4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors, a scoffing and derision to those who are around us.

Psa 79:5 How long, Yahweh? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?

Psa 79:6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that don't know you; on the kingdoms that don't call on your name;

Psa 79:7 For they have devoured Jacob, and destroyed his homeland.

Psa 79:8 Don't hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us. Let your tender mercies speedily meet us, for we are in desperate need.

Psa 79:9 Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name's sake.

Psa 79:10 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes, that vengeance for your servants' blood is being poured out.

Psa 79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death.

Psa 79:12 Pay back to our neighbors seven times into their bosom their reproach with which they have reproached you, Lord.

Psa 79:13 So we, your people and sheep of your pasture, will give you thanks forever. We will praise you forever, to all generations. 

 

Sept. 16

1 Corinthians 12

1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual things, brothers, I don't want you to be ignorant.

1Co 12:2 You know that when you were heathen, you were led away to those mute idols, however you might be led.

1Co 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no man speaking by God's Spirit says, "Jesus is accursed." No one can say, "Jesus is Lord," but by the Holy Spirit.

1Co 12:4 Now there are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1Co 12:5 There are various kinds of service, and the same Lord.

1Co 12:6 There are various kinds of workings, but the same God, who works all things in all.

1Co 12:7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all.

1Co 12:8 For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;

1Co 12:9 to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit;

1Co 12:10 and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages.

1Co 12:11 But the one and the same Spirit works all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires.

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.

1Co 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit.

1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.

1Co 12:15 If the foot would say, "Because I'm not the hand, I'm not part of the body," it is not therefore not part of the body.

1Co 12:16 If the ear would say, "Because I'm not the eye, I'm not part of the body," it's not therefore not part of the body.

1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be?

1Co 12:18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body, just as he desired.

1Co 12:19 If they were all one member, where would the body be?

1Co 12:20 But now they are many members, but one body.

1Co 12:21 The eye can't tell the hand, "I have no need for you," or again the head to the feet, "I have no need for you."

1Co 12:22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

1Co 12:23 Those parts of the body which we think to be less honorable, on those we bestow more abundant honor; and our unpresentable parts have more abundant propriety;

1Co 12:24 whereas our presentable parts have no such need. But God composed the body together, giving more abundant honor to the inferior part,

1Co 12:25 that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.

1Co 12:26 When one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. Or when one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

1Co 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

1Co 12:28 God has set some in the assembly: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracle workers, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, and various kinds of languages.

1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all miracle workers?

1Co 12:30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with various languages? Do all interpret?

1Co 12:31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you. 

 

Sept. 17

1 Corinthians 13

1Co 13:1 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

1Co 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.

1Co 13:3 If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing.

1Co 13:4 Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,

1Co 13:5 doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;

1Co 13:6 doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

1Co 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1Co 13:8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.

1Co 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;

1Co 13:10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.

1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.

1Co 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.

1Co 13:13 But now faith, hope, and love remain--these three. The greatest of these is love.