A few thoughts gained while pondering the word of God
Luk 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds were told good tidings, they were told about a Saviour being born. They heard the angels sing glory to God in the highest. These shepherds then went to see Jesus lying in a manger. Shepherds went to see the Lamb of God lying in a manger. Are these the things you ponder? What do you ponder? Do you ponder Jesus, the Son of the most high God, or do you ponder the next episode of such and such, or the next football or baseball game? What matters in your life? Do you ponder all the evil in the political world, or the Governor of the world? We need to dwell on the things of God.
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Mat 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
It’s interesting how Jerusalem is troubled at the coming of her own Messiah. I mean the news of Jesus’ birth should have been good news. They did not desire this King of the Jews because they were a rebellious house. The Bible says that Jerusalem was the one that killed the prophets of God.
Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Jerusalem knew their own sin, and perhaps this is what troubled them. Look at the Psalm below.
Psa 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
The Lord is known by his judgment. And the wicked shall be turned into hell. Think about it. If you knew that the Lord was a just judge, and you also knew that you were wicked, the coming of the Lord would trouble you too. What these people did not know is that the Lord came not into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:17)
What was not true for the first coming will be true to the second. When the Lord comes back it will be…
A blessed hope to the saved. (Titus 2:13)
Damnation to the unbelievers. (2Thes. 2:12)
The Lord came into the world the 1st time so that you do not have to be troubled about his second coming. Be a wise man and seek out the Lord while he can be found.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Isa_55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Babies, the Age of Accountability, and the Bible
The subject of where babies go when they die is a subject that is rarely addressed in the Bible. In fact, there are no verses that say precisely where they go, though there are some principles laid down in scripture that help us understand what happens to them. Because of the sensitivity of this subject many people have not declared Bible truth. It seems to me that most christians assume that babies must go to heaven. Out of this thought line comes the idea of the “age of accountability”. The truth of the matter is this, there is absolutely nothing in the Bible about the age of accountability. And the Bible is pretty clear about what happens to people who die in their sins without Christ. It is unscriptural for people to say all babies go to heaven. There does, however, seem to be room in the Bible for the idea that some babies do indeed go to heaven through the gospel.
I want to start out by explaining why all babies do not go to heaven. I will give the bad news, but then I will give the good news. Look at the below verses to see why all babies cannot go to heaven Read More…
A short, Biblical English Lesson
“Word of God” or “word of God”, and should pronouns referring to God or Christ be capitalized
In the realm of the Bible and christianity there is a great lack of understanding concerning how God’s word uses the English language. All I want to do is point out that most English courses tell christians to write in a different manner than in the manner which the Bible is written. You see, English courses will say to capitalize every reference to God’s word, such as “scripture”. It also teaches us to capitalize all pronouns referring to Christ. I see absolutely nothing wrong with doing those things, however the Bible does not do those things. And it seems to me that to lose sight of that fact would be a mistake. Read More…
The Devil’s Tactics
While reading and studying through the book of Matthew I noticed something interesting about the way the Satan tempted Christ. He was real sneaky about it. He didn’t come right out and say, “You shouldn’t worry about God”. No, he knew better. He tried to trick Christ into sinning by perverting the meaning of scripture.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
“You are God, why don’t You just turn these stones into bread? You’re hungry, You need food, just make some bread. It won’t hurt nobody. Everyone needs food, make some now and eat it.” Read More…
I was reading along in my Bible and I came to Numbers chapter 7. You know, the chapter that says, “And so and so gave 1 of these, 1 of those, 1 of these, 1 of those, 1 of these, 1 of those, 1 of these, 2 of those, 5 of these, 5 of those, and 5 of these. And that was so and so’s offering.” And then the Bible goes through that 11 more times, taking up almost the entire 89 verse chapter, and takes what seems to be forever to read. To me it has always been a passage that seemed like it had nothing important in there. “Why is this in the Bible?” I thought, after I read this. And that is when not one, but two thoughts came to me.
The Bible says that Nahshon made the first offering, and he gave a lot of stuff. He didn’t give a little, but that is beside the point. The point to be made here is that the eleven princes that gave after him gave exactly what he gave. Nahshon may not have known this, but he set a standard with his gift. If he had given half what he gave, then everyone else would have most likely followed suit. This is a good example for us. In this life we have followers, and we need to be sure to set a good standard for them to follow, because they will never go beyond us; they will try to be exactly like us. Are we that good example? Read More…