Genesis 20:11 Our Concern

Genesis 20:11 (KJV)
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.

Abraham made a wrong decision based on a false perception. He looked around Gerar and determined that the “fear of God is not in this place.” Based upon that flawed perception, he and Sarah chose to deceive the king and tell him Sarah was his sister. 

Even a casual reading of the passage informs us that Abimelech and the people of his kingdom fell quickly under the fear of God. 

It turned out that Abraham’s eyes were on the wrong subject. He needn’t worry himself with the hearts of the people. What he needed to know was that God was in the place. God put the fear of God into the people in short order. 

Our job isn’t so much to determine who does or doesn’t fear God. All we need to concern ourselves with is being obedient to the Lord. He is at work in those that appear to fear Him and, maybe, especially in those who seem not to fear Him. 

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Genesis 20:11 Our Concern

Genesis 16:9 God Uses Course Things

Genesis 16:9 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

The context of this passage includes, 
Genesis 16:6-10 (KJV)
But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Abraham gave Sarah permission to treat Hagar as roughly as she pleased. When Hagar fled away, God instructed her to return and to submit. Often a submissive spirit will at least calm and reduce rough treatment. 

It wasn’t God’s design to make life easy. God has a plan for humanity that can be very difficult at time but has an eventual outcome that is glorious beyond description. In some regard we can divide the world into two groups:

  • Those who demand immediate gratification
  • Those who by faith wait for eternal glory

I get a bit concerned about the faith of those who claim to be Christians but have no patience for the eternal. 

God uses people to bring about His will in our lives. Some of those people bless us with their kindness. Others bless us with their roughness. If it were not for course and rough things, including course and rough people, there would be no material with which to rub the world off of us.

Of course, the Bible doesn’t have good things to say about the end of those who choose to be course and rough,
Matthew 18:7 (KJV)
Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 

It would be best to praise the Lord for those rough and course people in your life. They serve a purpose. At the same time, be diligent to NOT BE one of them yourself.

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Genesis 16:9 God Uses Course Things

Genesis 14:14 The Art of War

Genesis 14:14 (KJV)
And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

Abraham is a pre-law figure. As such he teaches us much about faith, giving, worship, patience, sojourning in a strange land, and etc. Jews and Muslims both claim him as their spiritual father. I believe the New Testament establishes Abraham as the father of those that believe. 

That said, notice he had “trained servants.”  John Gill says they were, “trained up by him in religious exercises, in the affairs and business of civil life, in the care of flocks and herds, and particularly in the art of war…”

As an example of the faith life of the New Testament believer Abraham teaches us the importance of training and discipline: 

  • In our faith and practice
  • In our means of commerce and income and
  • In this case, our ability to defend ourselves and our family 

The Christian life is meant to be a disciplined life. Exercise some discipline in the skills of self-defense. 

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Genesis 14:14 The Art of War

Genesis 9:11 Never Again

Genesis 9:11 (KJV)
And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

Never has there been an event so attacked, nor as important as Noah and the Flood. 

On the one hand, a worldwide flood, of the magnitude described in the Bible seems impossible to miss, even these four thousand some odd years later. Scientists, both secular and biblical, invest their lives studying the evidence either way. It seems like they would be able to see this evidence, so obvious to everyone, and find some definitive answers. It is unfortunate that secularists spend all of their time creating arguments against the flood and accusing Biblicists of the same. 

On the other hand, the covenant that concluded the Flood foreshadows a future judgment. God will not destroy the world by a flood again. Next time it will be by fire. If the secularist can cast doubt on the Flood, he believes he may reasonably deny the prophecy of future judgment. 

Sea life fossils, all over the world, on the mountain tops. Does one honestly need any more evidence of the Flood? 

The next judgment is coming. Have you made peace with God as HE alone describes it in the Word of God?

Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

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Genesis 9:11 Never Again

Genesis 7:2 It Is His WORD

Genesis 7:2 (KJV)
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

We have the introduction of a concept not previously seen in the Word of God, clean and unclean animals. I think we read into the passage what we have read elsewhere. Noah would not have had such an advantage. 

And here we discover something of that early world of humankind. God’s relationship with Adam and Eve must have been such that they knew God’s character and if not instinctively, at least intuitively, have known what was acceptable as a sacrifice; what was clean and what was not. They knew, as it were, the Word of God because they had known the Word of God. 

Then they must have passed, from generation to generation, what they recalled of that Word of God. Noah recalled enough to know the clean and unclean animals. Job, who lived some time after the flood knew something of the sacrifices and right worship. 

Slowly, as time progressed and as more people chose to reject what was known of God, this innate knowledge became blurred and nearly dark. God refreshed it through the writing works of Moses, recording under inspiration of God what was recalled of human history: man’s relationship with God, fall, and God’s work of calling out a people to Himself. God, through the Pentateuch, gave clarity concerning the clean and unclean animals. God did not invent this for Moses’ generation but made a written and official record of it so it would not be lost again. 

The mind of man tends to decline away from God. It is His Word that brings us back to those truths concerning His character, His worship and what is a right relationship with Him. 

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Genesis 7:2 It Is His WORD

Genesis 3:11 Who Told You That?

Genesis 3:11 (KJV)
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

When God asked the question, “Who told thee…?” There were only a couple of possible answers. There just were not that many voices available to them. They had been created specifically to fellowship with God. Obviously, they were getting some “fellowship” from another source:

Adam said it was Eve
Eve said it was the serpent 

He, the serpent, the devil, Satan, is at the bottom of every lie we hear. 

The original sin, and the one that plunged mankind into corruption, happened when God’s people accepted fellowship with those who were not God’s people. 

And so it is with almost every problem we get ourselves into. 

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Genesis 3:11 Who Told You That?

Malachi 3:14 Is It Vain to Serve God?

Malachi 3:14 (KJV)
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

I imagine a number of Americans feel this way this morning. I think it is a misplaced sentiment based upon putting hopes in politics and not God. The response of so many today is evidence that we have not learned our lesson. God has a plan for all of this, and He has an answer. 

Fear the Lord
Vs 16, 
From chapter 4:2, But unto you that fear my name shall of the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings……
He arises only to those who fear his name.

Speak often one to another
Vs 16
No wonder governments wish to restrict this. Whether we agree that COVID-19 is a threat or not, it is apparent that government is using it to curtail gatherings of spiritual nature. I do not believe it is possible for them to prevent gatherings of true believers. 

Discern between the righteous and the wicked
Vs 18
I believe that the current state is manifesting the two quite clearly. I read the other day that the number of attendees that define a large church has gone down from 400 to 250. I imagine that number will continue to decline.

When those who fear the Lord speak often one with another, in the current climate we will soon discern between the righteous and the wicked and the Lord will bring healing, not to this lost world, but to those who look for and to Him alone.  

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Malachi 3:14 Is It Vain to Serve God?

Zechariah 14:9 We All Want Peace

Zechariah 14:9 (KJV)
And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

It seems to me that everyone wants just about the same thing; we want peace on earth. 

  • We want no wars
  • We want no enemies 
  • We want to dwell safely all the days of our lives

It also seems to me that just about everyone believes that there is but one way to achieve this peace, world unity. 

The trouble is that we all want unity around our faith. 

  • The Muslim
  • The Communist 
  • The Liberal even
  • The Atheist 

All seek to create a unified world by forcing everyone in the world to conform to their worldview. 

This is not a new concept. It is in fact the plan of God. Satan and all his variations of view have copied God’s plan and are doing their dead level best to make it so, only around themselves and not the Lord. 

It won’t work. God’s plan is immutable. It’s also unique to theirs in that it is not forced. God only gathers in one those who seek Him. 

Worldviews all seem to be in a horse race to come out on top and declare themselves the winner. These days it appears that any one of them might come out ahead. Any one that is but the Lord. 

He’s not in the race. 

He crossed the finish line at Calvary. 

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Zechariah 14:9 We All Want Peace

Zechariah 8:2 Inside the Walls

Zechariah 8:2 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

My interest is in the title, the LORD of hosts. God is LORD, master, sovereign. In this case He wants us to know He is that over the hosts. 

The term comes from an ancient pictograph of a man on his side and a tent. It represents he who is inside the walls. The one who is protected by the walls. The term developed to mean a garrison or army. “That which goes forth.” 

God is LORD of His forces. He may use them at His will to protect and enclose those He loves and the people of His interest. 

Elisha’s servant came to discover he was walled around by the host of heaven. 

The believer, so assured, need never fear.

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Zechariah 8:2 Inside the Walls

Zechariah 7:11 A Common Problem

Zechariah 7:11 (KJV)
But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

I think what is expressed in this chapter is a common trouble among men. 

Certain men had come to pray before the Lord and to seek answers from the priests. They seem, at first blush, to be sincere. 

  • They want to pray
  • They want to fast
  • They want to seek spiritual answers

They had done these things for many years

But Zechariah’s answer to them is different than they likely expected. I image had he told them to keep praying and fasting and attending to the services they would have been fine. 

What he did say was that their faith ought to produce action, change of behavior.

It was that which they refused to hearken. It was that about which they pulled away and stopped their ears. 

The common problem among men is that we are willing to perform acts of worship so long as they do not require a change in action, attitude and lifestyle.

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Zechariah 7:11 A Common Problem

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