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Blogging thru the Bible/False Piety

“Does Adonai take as much pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying what Adonai says?  Surely obeying is better than sacrifice and heeding orders than the fat of rams.          For rebellion is like the sin of sorcery, stubbornness like the crime of idolatry.  Because you have rejected the word of Adonai, he too, has rejected you as king.  I Samuel 15:22,23 (CJB)

For years, I thought I was pleasing God because of all the “religious” thing the church taught I should do, none of which were commanded by God, while at the same time, neglecting to do what He had commanded.  I would never have dreamed of committing witchcraft or idolatry, but my disobedience to His written word made me just as guilty.  At some point, I had to make a decision to choose the commandments of God over the traditions of men.

Although we may have the approval of those around us, we need to remember that apart from obedience to HIS commandments, we will not have His approval, though we may fool ourselves into thinking we are pleasing Him.

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Blogging thru the Bible/Will God Turn a Deaf Ear?

Will there come a time when God will turn a deaf ear to our prayers?   God told the Israelites to go into the land.  They refused to trust Him, even though He promised to go ahead of them and fight for them.  So He pronounced judgment on them and told them to head for the desert.  THEN, they decided they would go, even though He said it was too late, He wouldn’t be going with them.  So they got whipped & came back crying to God, but He wouldn’t listen.

I think the following verse is kind of scary.

Deuteronomy 1:45 (CJB)  “You returned and cried before Adonai, but Adonai neither listened to what you said nor paid you any attention.”

We need to quit putting God off while we go our own way, thinking we will use Him when we are in a foxhole, promising to obey when we are in dire straits.

Deuteronomy 4:1 (CJB)  “Now Israel, listen to the laws and rulings I am teaching you in order to follow them, so that you will live:…”

Maybe there’s a reason He says NOW.

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Blogging thru the Bible/ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!

How many times did you repeat yourself to your children?  The same thing, over and over again.  Why?  Two reasons.  Children are forgetful.  We must remind them of what is really important.  Our heavenly Father knew that.  Below are only a few verses repeating the same instruction.  I CHALLENGE YOU to take a Strong’s concordance and look up every occurrence of the word “sabbath” in the Bible, both O.T. and N.T. Then tell me whether the scriptures themselves agree with commonly accepted Catholic and Protestant doctrine on this subject.

People tell me the Sabbath is only for the Jews.  These verses do not indicate that at all.  Read carefully the purpose of the sabbath.  Anyway, Genesis 2:3 indicates God set the seventh day apart as holy before there were any Hebrew people.  No one is able to show me where HE decided it was no longer holy.  Sadly, there is ample historical evidence to show that it was man and man-made religion who made the decision the seventh day was no longer holy.  Look it up.

Exodus 31:13 “You are to observe my shabbats: for this is a sign between me and you through all your generations; so that you will know that I am Adonai, who sets you apart for me.”

Exodus 34:21  “Six days you will work, but on the seventh day you are to rest—even in plowing time and harvest season you are to rest.”

Exodus 35:2 “On six days work is to be done, but the seventh is to be a holy day for you, a Shabbat of complete rest in honor of Adonai.”

Leviticus 19:2  “Every one of you is to revere his father and mother, and you are to keep my Shabbats; I am Adonai your God.”

Leviticus 19:30  “Keep my Shabbats, and revere my sanctuary; I am Adonai.”

Leviticus 23:1,2  “…The designated times of Adonai which you  are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times.  Work is to be done on six days; but the seventh day is a Shabbat of complete rest, a holy convocation; you are not to do any kind of work; it is a Shabbat for Adonai, even in your homes.”

ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!  (I promise it will change your life and you will be blessed.)

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Blogging thru the Bible/Be Separate

“All the people answered as one, ‘Everything Adonai has said, we will do..”   (Ex. 19:8, CJB)

“Moshe stood at the entrance to the camp and shouted, ‘Whoever is for Adonai, come to me.'”  (Ex. 32:26, CJB)   “Moshe said, ‘You have consecrated yourselves to Adonai, because everyone of you has been against his own son, and against his own kinsman, in order to bring a blessing on yourselves today.'”  (Ex. 32:29, CJB)

Although the Hebrew people had vowed to do everything God commanded them to do, a short time later, they built an idol and plunged into idolatry and revelry.  Words are cheap.  Many claim to follow God.  Few really follow through.  It means more than just a mental assent to what He says.

Moses demanded a separation for those who were really serious about obeying God. Moses was the symbol and conduit of God’s teachings and instructions, or Torah.  So those who wanted to escape God’s judgment had to align themselves with Moses, even at the cost of leaving behind their own loved ones who refused to embrace His laws.  There is a parallel verse in the NT.

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.”  (Matt. 10:37, NAS)

If we fit in with the majority, there’s a chance we may not be really concecrated to God.

 

 

 

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Blogging thru the Bible/I’m Sorry vs. Repentance

Ex. 8:4  “…Intercede with Adonai to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let the people go…”  (CJB)

Ex.  Ex. 8:22  “But when Pharaoh saw that he had been given some relief, he made himself hardhearted and would not listen to them just as Adonai had said would happen.”  (CJB)

Ex.  9:27  “…This time I have sinned:  Adonai is in the right:  I and my people are in the wrong.” (CJB)

Ex.10:  16 , 17   “..I have sinned against Adonai your God and against you.  Now, therefore, please forgive my sin just this once; and intercede with Adonai your God…”  (CJB)

I have often heard that included in the formula for salvation propagated by many in the religious community is the need to acknowledge that we are a sinner.  I have even been told by some in an evangelical church, that repentance isn’t even necessary for salvation.   It seems to me repentance is a constant theme throughout scripture, and without it, there is no forgiveness from God.

Well, just saying you are sorry and admitting that one is a sinner certainly isn’t repentance, as we can see by Pharoah’s words and actions.  He admitted more than once he had sinned, then when God showed mercy, he continued with his outright defiance of God.  His defiance and lack of true repentance led to the death of every firstborn in his kingdom as well as his army, and presumably his own destruction.

Like Pharaoh, we are given many opportunities to repent.  But there is eventually an end to those opportunities.

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Blogging thru the Bible/Bloom Where You’re Planted

Genesis 39:23   “The prison warden paid no attention to anything Yosef did, because Adonai was with him, and whatever he did, Adonai prospered.” (CJB)

Now, you would think Joseph would be languishing in prison, or at least complaining a little.  Of course he wanted out, especially since he had been unjustly imprisoned, but he didn’t just lay around feeling sorry for himself. He got busy and took over the prison and made himself useful, which won him favor with the warden.  How could God bless him if he just sat around and felt sorry for himself?  His servant attitude and willingness to work not only made his own life better, but also those around him.

Notice that Joseph, although destined to rule Egypt as 2nd in command, didn’t start out there.  He started out in Potifer’s household as a slave, and if that wasn’t bad enough, he wound up in prison for something he didn’t do.

Sometimes life just doesn’t go the way you think it should or the way you had envisioned it.  Mine certainly hasn’t.  Has yours?  We have a choice.  We can complain and wallow in our disappointment and focus on what we don’t have, or we can use the situation God has given us, or allowed in our lives to bless those around us.  God help us to make the right choice even in the midst of disappointment and sometimes great injustice.

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