Moving the ark

After David had overcome his enemies and become king of Israel, he decided to  bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem.

David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with every leader. And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and from the LORD our God, let us send abroad to our brothers who remain in all the lands of Israel, as well as to the priests and Levites in the cities that have pasturelands, that they may be gathered to us. Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.” All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

So David assembled all Israel from the Nile of Egypt to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD who sits enthroned above the cherubim. And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.
1 Chronicles 13:1-8

But something unexpected happened.

And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God.
1 Chronicles 13:9-10

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Our debt to Caesar

Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  He was responding to a question about the legality of paying taxes to Caesar and his answer shows that we must pay our taxes.  Some people protest government activities that they consider evil or immoral by withholding the percentage of taxes that goes to support such actions.  Jesus’ statement does not give Christians the option of doing this.  We must pay all the taxes imposed on us; if Caesar misuses the tax money we provide in ways that are contrary to God’s will, he will answer to God for his actions.

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Tips for good writing

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A soft answer and a harsh word

A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

There will be times when others are angry at us.  We can’t avoid this but we can choose how we respond to their anger.  We can either give a soft answer, which will turn their wrath away, or we can respond with a harsh word, which will increase their anger.  Two of the judges of Israel, Gideon and Jephthah, encountered the wrath of others in nearly identical circumstances but responded differently. Read the rest of this entry

Molech

The Israelites were often tempted to worship the gods of the Canaanites and the surrounding nations.  One of those gods was called Molech or Moloch.  He required that his worshipers sacrifice their children to him.  Here is what Wikipedia says about him.

Rabbinical tradition depicted Moloch as a bronze statue heated with fire into which the victims were thrown. This has been associated with reports by Greco-Roman authors on the child sacrifices in Carthage to Baal Hammon, especially since archaeological excavations since the 1920s have produced evidence for child sacrifice in Carthage as well as inscriptions including the term MLK, either a theonym or a technical term associated with sacrifice. In interpretatio graeca, the Phoenician god was identified with Cronus, due to the parallel mytheme of Cronus devouring his children.

Moloch

It seems inconceivable that anyone would be willing to kill their own children.  Perhaps it makes more sense when we understand the power behind idolatry. Read the rest of this entry

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Not a hair of your head will perish

Jesus told his disciples that a time was coming when they would be persecuted for their faithfulness to him: Luke 21:12-19.  He made this promise, “Not a hair of your head will perish.”

This is a wonderful promise but it seems to contradict what Jesus said immediately before.

You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish.
Luke 21:16-18

Jesus told the disciples many of them would be put to death and immediately after promised that they would suffer no harm.  How can these two statements be reconciled? Read the rest of this entry

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Creation Manifesto

I believe that God created the earth in six literal days, just as the first chapter of Genesis says.  The scientific “evidence” that supposedly contradicts the Bible’s account is based on the belief that all the natural processes we see today have always been going on and there has never been any divine intervention in the operation of the universe.  This belief is such a pervasive part of our culture that even Christians have accepted it and have tried to interpret the first part of Genesis to accommodate it.  I have written several posts in support of the biblical view and the Recommended Sites page has links to sites that support it.

I have recently learned of a blog called apolojedi.com.  It contains a post called Creation Manifesto which I consider to be one of the most complete summaries of the biblical and scientific arguments in favor of the Bible’s creation account.  The main part is made up of links to others posts on the blog.  My previous post contains a link to the manifesto but I think the subject is important enough to merit a post of its own. Read the rest of this entry

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20 loaves of bread

Anyone who is familiar with the Bible knows of the miracle Jesus performed when he fed 5,000 men, along with their wives and children, with five loaves of bread and two fish.  Few are aware that the prophet Elisha performed a similar miracle.

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “Give to the men, that they may eat.”

But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred men?”

So he repeated, “Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”

So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
2 Kings 4:42-44

This miracle was on a much smaller scale than the one Jesus performed since Elisha had twenty loaves while Jesus only had five.  We aren’t told how big the loaves were but they must have been smaller than the loaves we buy at the grocery store today or feeding one hundred men with them wouldn’t have been a problem.  If the disciples had recalled this incident perhaps they wouldn’t have been so surprised when Jesus fed a much larger crowd with a smaller amount of food.

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Two kings who repented

Judah had many kings, some good and some evil.  The worst of them was Manasseh.

Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the people of Israel.
2 Chronicles 33:9

As a result of his sins God allowed the Assyrians to capture him and take him to Babylon.  While he was imprisoned there he repented and was restored to his kingdom.

When he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
2 Chronicles 33:12-13

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Pray for the Ark Encounter

The organization Answers in Genesis is building a full sized replica of Noah’s ark.  It is almost complete and is scheduled to be open to the public on July 7.   You can learn more about it here:  arkencounter.com.  Christians need to pray that it will accomplish its objective of proving that the world wide flood described in the Bible actually took place.  Here are some specific requests posted on the Answers in Genesis site. Read the rest of this entry

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