Romans 15:4 Patience +the Scriptures = Hope

Romans 15:4 (KJV)
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

I like to remember this verse, and one like it in 1 Corinthians 10, as keys to properly applying the Old Testament. Through them we learn what the purpose of preserving the Old Testament history is. They were written for our learning, but not just our intellectual advancement, they were written and preserved by God for our spiritual benefit. 

See in this verse a Biblical formula,
Patience +the Scriptures = Hope

Patience
Enduring difficulties over a long course of time. That’s life on planet earth. We are here for our average seventy years. It’s not all difficult, but it almost always has its challenges. 

The Scriptures 
Those things written aforetime. It’s obvious the Holy Spirit does mean everything that was written but those things He knows to be Holy Scripture. 

I notice the word comfort. We endure our difficulties by finding comfort in the Scriptures. There are lessons to be learned from the accounts of those who have gone before us, especially those God preserved in the Scriptures. Those lessons give us direction in making decisions through our own difficulties. We see similarities between them and our circumstances and we learn from them and find solace, guidance, help, and comfort in them. 

Hope
As we patiently apply those lessons to our circumstances, we gain confidence, hope in the work of God in our own case. 

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Romans 14:6 Soul Liberty and Truth

Romans 14:6 (KJV)
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

It is important to note that the Bible does not, in this passage, say in regard to eating meat, there is no Scriptural truth. Paul insists both here, in 1 Timothy, and in 1 Corinthians, that there is nothing wrong with eating meat so long as it is not being eaten in worship of an idol. Even in teaching us the importance of soul liberty he took the opportunity to teach truth. Each man must be persuaded in his own mind but that implies that a persuasion was made and not that he was left to merely figure out his own way. 

What is important to note, and maybe more difficult than ignoring people who think differently, is that after persuasion was attempted Paul still advocated love and respect for the one with whom he disagreed.[1] Don’t shy from giving the truth as you understand it. But don’t shy from loving the one who understands it differently. 


[1]There is still a place for separation. Different persuasions ought to assemble around their persuasion. For the sake of peace, remaining separate is necessary. But even in the separation we may have genuine care and concern for others.

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Genesis 6:18 Enjoy the Covenant

Genesis 6:18 (KJV)
But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

We find here the first mention in the Bible of a covenant. I notice:

That it is God’s possession
“My covenant.” It wasn’t Noah’s or his wife’s or his sons’. It was God’s covenant.

That it is God’s doing
“I will establish.” This wasn’t the result of Noah’s righteousness, his work in building the ark or his faithfulness in preaching. This was God’s doing.

That it is God’s progression 
We know that this covenant passes not to all his sons, but to one. And through him to very specific persons. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, then David and finally to Jesus.

That it is ultimately about Jesus 
The covenant was never about what people might do but about what God would do. Multiple generations come and go. Good people whose names are significant enter into the narrative:

  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • Joshua
  • Later
  • Solomon 
  • Daniel

But these men, though shining examples in many respects, are merely enjoyers of the covenant. 

Thank God you and I can enjoy the covenant of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. 

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Genesis 4:1 Children, from the Lord

Genesis 4:1 (KJV)
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

Here is the record of the first child born into this world. More importantly it is the record of the first child born with the sin nature. Eve’s reaction to this birth was, “I have gotten a man from the Lord,” that her son was from the Lord is:

A theological truth
And a universal one as well. There is no such thing as a child born from the devil or even from the nature of the flesh. Though conception and birth are natural, it is because God made it so. 

A particular truth 
There have been a handful of births that supersede the universal nature of childbirth: Isaac’s conception was supernatural, miraculous. There are indications that the same was true of Esau and Jacob, Moses’s parents saw in Him something more than a typical child.  The conception of John the Baptist was certainly from the Lord. That the conception of Christ was miraculous and from the Lord is foundational to every truth in the Word of God. If that isn’t true nothing about the Judeo-Christian faith is true. 

In the case of Eve, her reaction was also
Wishful thinking 
I imagine every parent hopes their child will grow to be a reputable, honest, hardworking person. We would almost all wish our children to be moral, good and successful. In a way, we wish our children to be our saviors. We wish them to redeem our family, to be better than we have been. We hope our kids will lift the family that follows to levels higher than we could provide them. 

It didn’t happen with Cain, did it? 

The lesson? Love your kids. Raise them in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord. Thank God for your kids. But don’t worship your kids. That belongs to God alone. 

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Genesis 3:6 She Took

Genesis 3:6 (KJV)
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

It would be an error to say that the word “took” is always negative. In obedience to the Lord, Joseph took the young child, Jesus, and His mother and went to Egypt. On the other hand, it is evident that, in this case, Eve took of this fruit in disobedience. The word itself speaks of willfulness. Among the definitions the Brown Driver Briggs Dictionary gives for the Hebrews word in this passage is:

  • To capture
  • To seize
  • To take away

Picture Eve here. She stopped to reason with the serpent, and he won. Being deceived, she entertained a notion God had undeniably forbidden her. And she took. 

  • She seized what was not hers
  • She laid hold of what she was forbidden, and in doing so,
  • She took away what God had promised the two of them 

We live in a world filled with takers.

  • Some take without giving
  • Some take what is not theirs to take
  • Some take believing they deserve to have it
  • Some take the life of another without compassion

What we need right now is a world full of givers yes, but also a world filled with people who will receive as God gives and rejoice in it.

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Genesis 1:5 Cannot Get Away From God

Genesis 1:5 (KJV)
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

I remember thirty nine years ago, when I first got saved, how preachers pointed out that even the unsaved and the most wicked of men acknowledged Jesus every time they said what year it is. Currently it is 2019 A.D. Anno Domini, “The year of our Lord.” That is of course in contrast to B.C. “Before Christ.” 

I thought, even way back then, some atheist would change that some day. These days they have done it. They now reference B.C.E. “Before Common Era” and C.E. “Common Era.” Of course, these terms are inadequate for their purpose because any curious mind will discover that the difference between before and common is Jesus.

I read this passage today and mused, sooner or later they’re going to have to change the terms day and night too. These words come directly from God. These are the names God Himself gave them. Therefore, to call the day by its name is an acknowledgement of God. Of course, the original language was not English. That is a moot point. Day and night, in whatever language, is still the name God gave them because He created the light and the darkness. Any change of term, in order to be an effective change, would have to change light and darkness. 

No matter how much this arrogant world wishes, they just cannot get away from God. 

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Malachi 3:1 Suddenly

Malachi 3:1 (KJV)
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

The Lord whom the Jews had sought, came suddenly 
Though there was plenty announcement, it didn’t go to those to whom they all thought it would go. 

The announcement came:

  • To a lowly couple preparing for their wedding
  • To shepherds watching in their fields
  • To wise men miles and miles away. 

When He about 30 years old John the Baptist once again announced His arrival. Multitudes heard it, but they were in the desert and not in the major cities. 

He came so suddenly, so unexpectedly that most missed him. 

The Bible warns us that the next He comes will be just as suddenly, just as unexpectedly and with the majority missing Him. 

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Malachi 1:14 When Worship, Isn’t

Malachi 1:14 (KJV)
But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

The Jews of this time were very religious, but they weren’t at all dedicated to the Lord. There’s was a commitment to a religious culture. They were committed to preserving a heritage. They had little to no real faith in God or His Word. 

This revealed itself in a number of ways, one of them being their halfhearted performance in giving. They gave, but they did not give their best. They gave but they did not give obediently. They gave but they did not give sacrificially.[1]

Their trouble, God tells them, is that they had lost hold of the truth that God is “a great King.” 

I wonder how many professing Christians are in this same trouble? When we got saved, we expected God to do great things in our lives. The truth has been that mostly we have lived normal lives but with the instructions of His Word instead of the reasoning of this world. At some point, many Christians begin to think of faith as a point of view, one of many in this world. We may not abandon that point of view, but we loosen our dedication to it. We forget the greatness of the God who gave it to us. And when we do that, we cease to worship Him even as we worship Him. 


[1]Is this an oxymoron? Their sacrifices were not – sacrifices. They did not sacrifice sacrifices but only animals.

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Zechariah 13:9 The Lord Is My God

Zechariah 13:9 (KJV)
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Scofield gives this passage the subheading, “Result of the Gentiles Invasion under the Beast.” It would be difficult for a literal interpreter of the Bible to miss the connection of this passage to the Tribulation. 

Of course, the primary subjects of the passage are the Jews. The Tribulation will be especially difficult for them as it will be in their land the Antichrist sets himself up to be worshipped. It will be their God he targets through them. It will be the purpose of God in the Tribulation to bring them to faith. 

But they are not the only people affected by this Tribulation. They will not be the only ones refined. They will not be the only ones to come to faith in this period. Revelation tells us an infinite number of every people group will be saved. 

What a blessing it is to say with confidence, “The Lord is my God.”

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Zechariah 11:17 The Idol Shepherd

Zechariah 11:17 (KJV)
Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

It would be easy to misread this text if it were read in haste. This is not a judgment of laziness and lack of busyness. The word is idol, not idle.

This shepherd may be one who leads people into idolatry. Who would have ever thought there would come a day when well-known pastors would yoke up with Islam? Who would have ever envisioned a time when a preacher would say he could not have been a Christian if he had not also been a Buddhist? The pastor who will point his flock anywhere so long as he increases the size of his crowd is undoubtedly an idol shepherd. 

Another interpretation, and a valid one in the context would be the shepherd who is an idol to his flock. In our day of celebrity worship, it is natural that some people would worship the preacher rather than the Lord. Characters in the Bible, Paul and Barnabas, and the angel of Revelation rebuked people for worshipping them. Too many preachers today accept that praise and worship. Some encourage it because it aides in their influence over their constituents. 

These idol shepherds are smitten. They have no power from God and no understanding of the Word of God. They are blind and only lead their followers into the ditch.

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