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Blogging thru the Bible/Keeping the 9 Commandments

Incidentally, I discovered recently that the first commandment is not what I thought it was.  Instead, see:  Exodus 20:2  (CJB)  “I am Adonai your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery.”  (See my very first blog about this. 9/11/11)

I always wonder why, in the churches most of us grew up in, we were taught to keep only the 9 Commandments.  Last time I checked, there were ten (at least).  Every time I read through the Bible, over and over again, I read that God set apart the 7th day, starting in Genesis 2:3.  The commandment to keep Sabbath is repeated numerous times in the scriptures.  God even wrote it in stone.  But somehow, our religious leaders come up with all kinds of convoluted reasons why we do not have to keep it.  None of the passages they quote, are quoting God, who instituted the Sabbath.  Seems to me, He is the only one qualified to abolish or make it UNholy.  (See Matthew 5:17 & following.)

Also, if you really want to know the truth, get a concordance and look up every reference on the Sabbath and I think, like us, you will come to a whole new understanding of the Sabbath.

What people don’t seem to understand is, that it is a gift, #1 & #2, it is supposed to be about God.

Exodus 16:29  (CJB)  “Look, Adoinai has given you the Shabbat… each of you is to stay where you are; no one is to leave his place on the 7th day.”

Exodus 20:8, 11  (CJB)  “Remember the day, Shabbat”  to set it apart for God.” “This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for Himself.”

See also, Leviticus 23 and Isaiah 56:6,7 & 58:13, 14.

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Blogging thru the Bible/MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!

“If it seems bad for you to serve Adonai, then choose today whom you are going to serve! Will it be the gods your ancestors served beyond the River?  or the gods of the Emori, in whose land you are living?  As for me and my household, we will serve Adonai.”  Joshua 24:14, 15 (CJB)

God has always given people a choice.  But, like the Israelites, people often SAY they are going to serve God and then proceed to serve the god of this world along with everyone else.  Then when disaster or war overtake us, we cry out again to the one true God to save us.   (Remember 9/11??)  Just because we SAY we are going to serve God  doesn’t mean we follow through.  Our actions must follow our decision.   Well, here is His response to those who cry out for His help when they clearly chose other gods:  “Go and cry to the gods you chose; let them rescue you when you’re in trouble!”  Judges 10:14 (CJB)

The most popular religion in our world today, it seems, is moral relativism.  You can’t judge ANYTHING as being wrong, whether actions or belief systems.  Nothing new.  Many times in the Bible we see the same thing.  “At that time there was no king in Isra’el; a man simply did whatever he thought was right.”  Judges 17:6, 21:25 (CJB)

When we just do whatever we think is right, even though the majority may agree, unless it lines up with the Word of God, we have made a choice to serve another god–the god of this world.   II Corinthians 4:4.


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Blogging thru the Bible/A Fair Fight?

“Y’hoshua captured all these kings and their land all at the same time, because ADONAI, THE God of ISRA’EL FOUGHT ON ISRA’EL’S BEHALF.”  Joshua 10:42  (CJB)

It seem that the whole world, once more, is against Israel.  Anti-Semitism is on the rise across Europe and even America.  Terrorists blew themselves up in cafes and buses in Israel, but the news was how cruel the Israeli police were.  Hamas shoots hundreds of rockets into Israel, but all you hear is how Israel’s response is out of proportion.  Again, the nation is threatened on every side with total annihilation. But, as we see many times in Scripture, and in every war Israel has fought since 1948, Adonai will once again fight for Israel.  Kind of evens things up, don’t you think?

Puts things like this in perspective.

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Blogging thru the Bible/Do You Feel Like a Failure?

“Yes, keep this book of the Torah on your lips, and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it.  Then your undertakings will prosper  and you will succeed.”  Joshua 1:8  (CJB)

If I had to choose one “life” verse, this would be it.  The Word of God is the only 100% sure anchor and roadmap for our lives.  To the extent we learn it, meditate on it and DO it, we will prosper and succeed.  If you don’t read and study it, you won’t know it.  If you don’t know it, you won’t do it.

When my life is in the greatest turmoil and strife, it’s usually because I haven’t been doing what this verse says.  Doesn’t mean I won’t have sorrow, or great trials.  But it does mean in the midst of them, I will have peace –shalom–the true security and well-being that comes only from the Father.  It doesn’t mean I will be famous or have great wealth, but it does mean I will be accomplishing what the Father has set before me to make a difference in His kingdom.  It does mean that I will be blessed, because the Father cannot bless disobedience.

The enemy knows this verse probably better than we do, because he throws so many roadblocks in our way to keep us from the Torah/Word of God.  Some of them are frivolous.  We live in such an entertainment, “I deserve it”, oriented world that we often spend an inordinate amount of time being entertained.  Some of the roadblocks are seemingly “good” things that take our time.  Trust me, I’m a type A personality & I always have a long list of things I really need to get done.  All very important.

When we cannot find time for the Word of God in our lives, we really do not believe what this verse says.  We usually manage to eat three times a day.  We should be able to find time to feed on the Bread of life at least once in 24 hours.



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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/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/Discouragement

“Moses said this to the people of Israel.  But they wouldn’t listen to him because they were so discouraged, and their slavery was so cruel.”  Exodus 6:9  (CJB)

Moses was trying to tell the Israelites that God had promised to deliver them   But they were so discouraged, they wouldn’t listen.  The enemy uses discouragement to prevent us from listening to the Word of God.  He convinces us that everything is hopeless and nothing will ever change  We are so overwhelmed with discouragement we don’t seek out the one thing that can rescue us and give us hope.

God give us eyes to see and ears to hear in the midst of overwhelming pain and discouragement.

“For I know the plans that I have for you ‘declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NAS)

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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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