Genesis 11:10 Here, Here!

Genesis 11:10 (KJV)
These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

Shem would have been 98-99 years old when the Flood happened. Since Noah built on the Ark for the better part of 120 years, he was 20 years into the project when Shem was born.

Shem did not start the construction with his dad but grew up watching his father build and very likely hearing his father preach. When the time came he was old enough he probably got started working alongside. I can imagine the young child asking to help:

  • Picking up his father’s hammer
  • Packing materials to his father
  • Pretending to preach just like his father

As he grew older, time and experience would have developed in him building skills of his own. He picked up his own hammer and saw.

Then came the day of his own adulthood. He had done what his father did because his father did it. Now he must choose to follow his father by conviction.

It is no small thing that, for perhaps 80 years, Shem worked alongside his father. He was born into this calling. It was not His by free will from the beginning and yet, when the time came, Shem carried on his Father’s teaching and practice.

Here here! for the young person who will carry on what his teachers have given him without altering or changing it when they have the means to do so.

 

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Genesis 11:10 Here, Here!

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John 12:1-5 Why Jesus Didn’t…

John 12:1-5 (KJV)
Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

This, to me, is an almost inconceivable event.
They are sitting at a dining table with a man who had been dead and buried four days. They all know it. There were people coming just to see him. Jews were leaving their religion to follow Jesus because of him. The Pharisees were plotting to kill Lazarus and get rid of this, so very visible, proof of Christ’s deity.

I can’t imagine being in anything but awe.
How could you talk or eat, let alone squabble over the woman and her alabaster box? I can only think of one reason; the people were so used to His miracles that they had become commonplace to them.

Imagine that!
Imagine becoming used to Jesus’ miracles. It’s not that Jesus walked around throwing away miracles.

  • He did not heal every sick person.
  • He did not resurrect everyone dead and buried.
  • He did not give food to every hungry child
  • He did not heal every cripple or calm every storm.

But He did such amazing miracles frequently enough that the disciples were not shocked at them. On the other hand, neither did those miracles correct them.

  • They still bickered
  • They still misplaced priorities

Ever wonder why Jesus doesn’t heal every cripple and resurrect every dead soul or feed every hungry person? It’s because that would not lead to correction. To take account of sin and to turn from it requires:

  • Believing faith
  • Enduring patience and
  • Suffering difficulties

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Genesis 8:21-22 While The Earth Remaineth

Genesis 8:21-22 (KJV)
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

In within the promise there is a prophecy of coming judgment. “While the earth remaineth…” things will continue as they were from the fathers. We need not fear. Summer will be followed by fall:

  • fall by winter,
  • winter by spring

until it is summer again.

There will be:

  • Cold and heat
  • Wind and rain
  • Dew and dryness

So that we may:

  • Plant our crops
  • Tend our herds and
  • Manage our businesses

While the earth remaineth.”

Men may:

  • Set their clocks
  • Plan their calendars and
  • Prepare for their futures

because, “while the earth remaineth” millennia will go by with relative consistency.

But we must never lose sight of the prophecy; the earth will not remain forever. One day this earth all that is in it will melt with a fervent heat.[1] God will create a new heaven and a new earth where only righteousness dwells.

Be sure you have prepared to be there.

[1] 2 Peter 3:12 (KJV)
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

 

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Genesis 8:21-22 While The Earth Remaineth

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John 9:3 God’s Not Dwelling On Our Sin

John 9:3 (KJV)
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Every word of God must be considered in light of the whole Word of God.
We know that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.[1] That would include this man and his parents. These two passages are in no way contradictory. Neither was Jesus ignorant of the sinful nature of this family. His words must simply be considered in context. No one in this family had committed a sin responsible for his blindness. There was, in this case, a specific purpose for the blindness[2] but it was not their sin.

We learn the lesson not to make a judgment from a single verse without context or consideration of the whole Bible.

  • Many a heresy has been developed from this error.
  • Many a disagreement among Christian friends has arisen from the same.

We also find encouragement in the context.
Jesus undoubtedly knew of sins committed by this man and by his parents but did not bring them up in this context. They were irrelevant to the conversation and to the subject at hand. Isn’t it comforting to think that God does not dwell on every sin we have committed and will commit?  This is not an excuse to sin but it does relieve that weight of oppression some people live under.

God:

  • Forgives our sin in Christ
  • Only judges sin when Christ is rejected and
  • Views sinners as objects of His love and not subjects of His wrath

[1] Romans 3:23

[2] There isn’t in every case. Sometimes blindness, and other bad things happen to people just because we live in a sin cursed world.

 

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John 9:3 God’s Not Dwelling On Our Sin

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John 8:19 Jesus, According to Jesus

John 8:19 (KJV)
Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

John 8:54-55 (KJV)
Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

The Jews and the Muslims are in the same boat as the

  • Mormons
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses and
  • Modalists

they do not know the Biblical Jesus and therefore they do not know the true and living God the Father.

Mind you,

  • Each of them claims that God the Father is their God.
  • Each of them teaches some position on Jesus (the Jews would say He is a false Messiah) but
  • Each of them denies Jesus’ testimony concerning Himself

John 8:14
Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

The only way to ever know God in Spirit and in truth is to know Jesus as He describes Himself.

 

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John 8:19 Jesus, According to Jesus

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John 7:42 No wonder There Was Division

John 7:42 (KJV)
Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

No one was really thinking clearly here.

  • One argued that Jesus is the Christ, but their whole basis appears to be experience
  • Others argued from the scriptures that He could not be the Christ, but they did not consider all Scripture regarding Christ

No wonder there was division among them.

Scripture must always be our basis of faith. Experience will never suffice. Experience, consistent with the Scripture can be a powerful encouragement in our faith but it can never replace faith in the Word of God.

Scripture, not studied in context with the whole, is deceiving and dangerous.

  • We must believe based on the Bible.
  • We must see the Bible as a whole truth to be taken only as a whole.

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John 7:42 No wonder There Was Division

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John 6:62 Life Altering Truth

John 6:62 (KJV)
What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

Jesus affirmed that He not only would go to heaven but that He had already been there. His Pre-existence is intricate to His deity. He is not created. There was no time that He did not exist. There was only a time that He did not dwell among men.

This is that thing that most offended His hearers. There would be little reason to be upset that someone went to heaven. But Jesus came from heaven and, in His good time, ascended back from whence He came.

  • This is the earth shattering, life altering truth.
  • This is that thing that changes eternity
  • This is that for which we must give account

Jesus came from heaven to earth, died in the stead of sinners and returned to where He was before. He is God.

Do you believe this?

Do you trust Him alone for eternal salvation?

 

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John 6:62 Life Altering Truth

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John 5:13-15 I’m Gonna Tell

John 5:13-15 (KJV)
And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

At the first the man who was healed didn’t have much to say because he didn’t know much. He went about his way, walking in his knew, whole life and happy to do it.

Of course this new life created a stir.

  • It was different for his family
  • It was different for his friends and acquaintances
  • It was different for his religious peers

He was not the same. And, though he was happy not to be the same, he couldn’t much explain why he wasn’t the same.

Jesus didn’t leave him there. Jesus gave him more information; He taught him more perfectly in the way, if you will.

And then he told. He immediately went to find people to tell.

What a picture of salvation.
We need know very little to be happily saved. But we need never remain in that state. Jesus never leaves us. There are always future visitations from God and opportunities for spiritual growth.

When they happen, go tell on Jesus.

 

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John 5:13-15 I’m Gonna Tell

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Malachi 3:6 He Alone Does Not Change

Malachi 3:6 (KJV)
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

People are in a perpetual state of change.

  • We change ages
  • We change sizes
  • We change activities
  • We change health
  • We change in experience
  • We change dependencies
  • We change beliefs
  • We change convictions
  • We change in our understanding
  • We change relationships

And for this reason we are little to be trusted. A promise made today may be altered or rendered null based on our change of circumstance.

The Lord does not change. Like the stars at night that can guide the mariner through any part of the world’s waters, the Lord can be trusted because He is forever the same.

Faith ought to be placed in God alone for He alone does not change.

 

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Malachi 3:6 He Alone Does Not Change

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Malachi 2:10 Spiritual Treachery

Malachi 2:10 (KJV)
Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

The covenant is obviously speaking of the relationship of Israel to God. They had done a treacherous thing, not by turning from that covenant but by making it ordinary, common and worldly. They had turned a walk with God into a mere religion in which, though they required much out of its followers, they devised means to make it cost as little as possible for themselves.

Charles Spurgeon called it a downgrade.

These days it is realized by professing Christians who:

  • Know nothing of the Bible
  • Spend no time in prayer
  • Have no standard of separation
  • Make no distinction between themselves and the world
  • Withhold no worldly pleasure from their enjoyment

Whatever our spiritual fathers taught them, those fathers, they believe, were legalistic and wrong. They turn from the covenant of our fathers, sometimes because it was the covenant of our fathers (they desire to “negotiate” their own covenant with God.)

It is treachery.

Spiritual treachery.

 

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Malachi 2:10 Spiritual Treachery

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