Birds of the Heavens

“And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field!”  1st Samuel 17:44   Here is David about ready to begin the battle against Goliath.  Please read about it in 1st Samuel 17:19-58.   This story was well known by most adults until the past generation or so.  Nearly every child was taught about David verses Goliath and there are still references made to this day regarding this famous passage of the Holy Scriptures, where David slew Goliath by faith, trusting in the Lord.  Yet how many of those churches that do still proclaim these things, as factual, actually believe it in their heart or even understand it?   Now one problem is many who are professing Christians are indeed not truly Saved, some are deceived (Romans 9:6), others are simply pretenders (Acts 20:29).  In fact, even those who do believe such things, how many really understand it?   Oh…they can ‘sing’ about David, as the others sung about him after his victorious battle (1 Samuel 18:6-7); (the battle was truly Jehovah’s (1 Samuel 17:47)).  The reality is most so-called professing Christians would turn tail and run, most likely never allowing themselves to be in that position.   Was not Goliath taunting Israel, who proclaimed to serve God Almighty, for forty days (1 Samuel 17:16), yet not a professing Believer would dare to take a stand?   “When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.”  1st Samuel 17:11   So too God has...

Out of What One Has

“I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love through the diligence of others.  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.  And in this I give advice: It is profitable for you not only to be doing what you began and were intending to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was an eagerness to purpose it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.  For if something is presented eagerly, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.  For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack; that there may be equality.   As it is written, He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”  2nd Corinthians 8:8-8:15   I should think that of most of the financial troubles that people get themselves into, that this little concept found in this passage of the Bible, if followed, would probably prevent the vast majority of troubles caused by spending too much.    The principle found here is ‘according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.’  While the context is not exactly the same and a simple study of...

Onlyist

“For truly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled.”  Matthew 5:18   “But the Word of Jehovah was to them, Precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little; that they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught.”  Isaiah 28:13   My understanding about ‘jots’ and ‘tittles’ is that they were the small parts of the written Hebrew language.  So therein is the seriousness of how everything will be fulfilled (Isaiah 42:9) right down to the smallest detail is declared.   Perhaps I should have used the King James version Bible to write this article, let me explain to you a trapping that I became witness to today.   For years there has been this discussion amongst some about the King James onlyist ‘cult’.  I briefly studied these things out, myself at the time using the 1769 Authorized King James version of the Bible, pondering when I was younger whether I should be using the 1611 version.  So from my research and collaboration with the man who taught me so much about the Bible, the conclusions about why some of the KJV-only crowd were wrong were the following:   1.) Some believe that it is ‘infallible’ as if it is the original Holy Spirit propelled men (2 Peter 1:21) in the Hebrew/Aramaic/Greek.  Some believe it is without any error.   2.) In most cases, as I am at least aware of, most KJV-only people tend...

Good Stewards

“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without murmuring.  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the words of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the strength which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and might forever and ever. Amen.”   One thing that we must remember is that all Christians represent Christ and are in Christ (Romans 6:11).  We are His good stewards and this outward behavior of stewardship should be evident to all, Saved or unsaved.  Let’s start with the definition of what it means to be a steward, a word not used so often anymore:   Steward, n. — A man intrusted with the management of the household or estate of another; especially, among the wealthy, one employed to manage the domestic affairs, superintend the servants, collect the rents or income, keep the accounts.     Stewardly, a. – Provident; attentive; economical.  (Prov.Eng.)     Webster’s Universities Dictionary Unabridged, 1942     We are intrusted with the affairs, not of this world (2 Timothy 2:4), but the affairs where our heavenly citizenship is at (Philippians 3:20).  We are servants of Jesus Christ.   “No one is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the...

You Must Actually Fail

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6   The problem with faith is that you must actually fail.  Too often when we run into obstacles where our faith is and will certainly be tested (1 Peter 1:7), we can easily come to the conclusion that we are wrong or our faith is in vain…in certain cases we can even think that that even the foundations are gone!  (Psalms 11:3)   “But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the devoted things; so the anger of Jehovah burned against the children of Israel.  Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is next to Beth Aven, to the east of Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, Go up and spy out the land. And the men went up and spied out Ai.  And they returned to Joshua and said to him, Do not let all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and strike Ai. Do not make all the people toil there, for they are few.  So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai.  And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck...

The Dead Stirred Up

“Sheol from below is excited over you, to meet you at your coming. It stirs up the dead for you, all the chief of the earth. It has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.  All of them shall speak and say to you, Are you also as weak as we?  Have you become like us?  Your arrogance is brought down to Sheol, and the noise of your lutes. The maggot is spread under you, and the worms cover you.  How you are fallen from the heavens, O shining one, son of the morning!  How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!  For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into the heavens, I will exalt my throne above the stars of the Mighty God; I will also sit on the mount of the appointed assembly, in the recesses of the north.  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.  Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the recesses of the Pit.  Those who see you shall stare at you and consider diligently, saying, Is this the man who made the earth to tremble; who shook kingdoms; who made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed its cities; who did not open the house for his prisoners?”  Isaiah 14:9-17   Now this is interesting indeed and something that very few people ever hear about.  Just a little more thought into the following verse:   “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil...