The Fire From Heaven

The Bible says that after Solomon’s prayer the fire came down from heaven. Not just a fire, but the fire.

Perhaps this heartens back to Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

This was “a fire” from the Lord. It was their first experience with it. By this time, however, they were familiar with that fire that came from God.

  • It was not a man made fire
  • It was not a natural fire

This was the fire, the same fire they had known before.

  • God demonstrated it first In Leviticus 9.
  • David witnessed it at the alter in 1 Chronicles 21. 
  • Elijah called it down in 1 Kings 18

The great need of our hour is the fire from heaven. We have seen churches aflame with an emotional fire stirred up by the hand of men. We have witnessed revivals of church attendance brought on by events such as great storms or terrible acts against our country. What we need most desperately is a revival directly from heaven. And I am sure, when we see it, we will know it.

 

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1 Chronicles 29:16-17 I Got It From God

One of my summer jobs in high school was driving a wheat truck. I worked for a custom farmer by the name of Turk Ely. Custom meant that he farmed his own land and then hired out to harvest the wheat fields of dozens of other farmers. It meant Turk had the finest equipment. It also meant that our wheat harvest extended weeks longer than many of the other crews.

During harvest I was assigned my own truck. It was mine to keep filled with fuel, oiled, cleaned and lubed and in proper running order. I kept my own things in it. I claimed it as my own throughout the harvest season. It was mine. Even Turk would refer to it as my truck.

Day by day, many times a day, I would position my empty truck where needed and the combines would fill my truck with precious wheat. I would then drive that wheat to an elevator where each load was tested, weighed, dumped and recorded in the name of the owner of that field.

Wait! What! Not in my name?

 

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Preparing Our Children

David enjoyed the great blessing of knowing the plan of God for his son, Solomon. It would be his place to build the house of God. David then had the abundant joy of preparing his son for the Call of God in his life. Every parent too has that same blessing; that of raising up and preparing his children for their place in the house of God, which is a local church.

 

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The Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread

In the Old Jewish faith there was the feast of the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread. They occurred simultaneously, with this distinction;

  • Passover was but one evening.
  • Unleavened Bread continued seven days.
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Behold, I Thought

Naaman here demonstrates what is perhaps the chief cause of disputes between God and the world. Naaman thought he knew what God, through the prophet, would do. Perhaps he thought God was not in the equation at all.

 

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Behold, I Thought

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1 Timothy 2:1-6 Pray For All Men

1 Timothy 2:1-6 (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Every system of biblical interpretation has certain portions of the Bible that are “problems texts” for their theology. It’s because we see through a glass darkly. We have a perfect Word of God but we do not understand it perfectly. One of my joys to consider is that, in eternity, we will be blessed to learn more and more fully the depths of wisdom the Bible contains.

One system, Calvinism, teaches that God has only chosen or elected a certain number to be saved. This position explains for the Calvinist why there are so many people who cannot see the plan of salvation so clearly presented in the Bible. The Calvinist system has numbers of passage that they claim teach their position of the elect. We have in our text one of those that clearly teaches otherwise. “God…. Would have all men to be saved

The Calvinist responds by saying this verse teaches God would have all sorts of men to be saved but not every man particularly.

This interpretation of the passage stretches it to say the least. It would have:

  • Christians praying for all men if they are the elect men, but not if they are not
  • God desiring the salvation of all men who are the elect men, but not if they are not and
  • Christ giving Himself as a ransom for all men if they are the elect men, but not if they are not

Seems to me to be much more reasonable to read the passage for exactly what it says.

Let’s pray for all men, believing that God desires them to repent and be saved and that Christ died so that they might be saved if they repent.

 

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Acts 12:4 (KJV) After Easter?

Acts 12:4 (KJV)
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

This is one of those places the critics of the King James Version like to attack, claiming that the word should be Passover. My intention is not to explain the use of Easter rather than Passover. Others have done so very well.[1] I want to put together some thoughts having to do with what to do when you have no explanation of what critics call a mistake in the King James Bible.

I approach the Bible as correct even when I can’t explain it
There are any number of Bible passages that are too high for man. We can’t explain them; we can only believe them. It’s called faith. Obviously the God described in the Bible is too high for finite man to fully comprehend. Should it surprise us then that we can’t fully comprehend His Word? When I see something I don’t understand I accept that I have not grasped it yet, not that the Bible is wrong.

I accept the King James Bible as without error even when I have no answer for the critics.
This is because I approach the Bible as having to be without error in order to be the Bible. My understanding is that God has in fact preserved His Word. I do not need to prove it. I accept it as fact.

The critic, as much as he would argue this, operates from the position of proving the Bible wrong. He wants to find mistakes so he can justify changing the Bible to suit his fancy.

The critic will often use the argument of intellectual honesty. He says the evidence is too strong to claim the Bible has no mistakes and that intellectual honesty demands he admit those mistakes and seek and correction for them. I claim intellectual honesty too. I am honest enough to claim my intellect will never completely understand why God did what He did and said what He said. I accept that His thoughts are higher than my thoughts .

Specifically regarding the use of the word Easter, and other passages like it, the critic will say that even the KJV translators were fallible and admitted they may have made mistakes.

My response is that Moses was fallible, David was fallible Jeremiah was fallible but God used them to do infallible work. The translators were not inspired as Moses, David and Jeremiah were but they did not have to be. They had the Bible. All they needed to be was illuminated and guided by God. They were that perfectly. Someone may ask, “Why couldn’t the same claim of perfect illumination be made for a different, more modern version?”

The plain answer is that none of them have ever made that claim and the claim has never been made of any of them. They were all translated from the premise that the Bible could never be perfect. The King James Translators never made the claim that their work was perfect. That claim was made some time after and was embraced by scores, even the majority of believers. The translators did work from the basic premise that the Bible was the infallible word of God. They believed the Bible to be without error. This was a fundamental difference between them and modern translators.

I believe the word Easter is the correct word because it is the word the translators settled upon. There are others who have explained why they settled upon it but I do not need to be satisfied by their explanations to be satisfied that the Bible is infallible. I am satisfied because I believe God’s intent was to leave us an infallible Bible.

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[1] I refer any reader to the work of Sam Gipp if interested.

Acts 6:1-2 (KJV) Uneducated and Unlearned

Acts 6:1-2 (KJV)
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

Stephen was, as far as the elite of Israel was concerned:

  • Uneducated and
  • Unlearned

He was here in an incredibly stressful situation. And yet he was able to clearly and accurately cover the whole of the Old Testament and drive the point to Christ. There is only one reason this could have happened; Stephen was a student of the Bible. He may not have been learned in the various ideas of modern thought but he did know his Bible.

Far more important than knowing the ideas of man is knowing the Word of God. Fortunately no one needs a formal education for that. Colleges, even Bible colleges, aren’t famous for teaching the Bible. A person learns the Bible best by faithfully reading the Bible and attending the services of his local church.

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1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV) Faith, Patience and Confidence

1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV)
David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

David was not a perfect man and the very next chapter will chronicle what I believe to be one of his failures. But in this text we find what is one of David’s strongest qualities; that of trusting God when it’s it would be easier (for the moment) to take matters into his own hands.

For a second time Saul was delivered to David so completely that everyone would have thought it was God’s will for him to kill his enemy. This time one of his men offered to kill him for David and to do so in a manner that would respect the office of the king. Again David refused to harm the Lord’s anointed. David explained that he trusted God to remove Saul in His time.

The passage is:
A display of faith
He trusted God.

A demonstration of patience
He would wait on the Lord.

A display of confidence
He knew God would work because He knew God’s Word.

Faith, patience and confidence are all products of the knowledge of God’s Word.

 

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1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV) Faith, Patience and Confidence

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