Have you ever believed that God was treating you unfairly? I think everyone has at one time or another. I know I have and the Bible tells us about a man named Job who felt this way.
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.
His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
Job feared God and turned away from evil. He cared about the welfare of his children and offered sacrifices for them in case they had sinned, and God had blessed him with great wealth. It appeared that he was all set to live a life of piety and comfort. Read the rest of this entry
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
Who were these sons of God? There are three theories as to their identity. Read the rest of this entry
Acts 27:1-28:16 describes Paul’s voyage to Rome to stand trial before Caesar. It was late in the year, when sailing on the Mediterranean was dangerous. At one point they had to decide whether to continue to Rome or spend the winter where they were and finish their voyage the following spring.
Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.”
They rejected Paul’s advice and continued their journey.
But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
A storm rose and the crew of the ship gave up all hope of survival. Read the rest of this entry
Suppose a couple that was expecting a baby had a sonogram and found that their child would be born without arms of legs. Many would say that they should abort the child because someone with these handicaps has no chance of living a happy or productive life. Anyone who thinks this has obviously never heard of Nick Vujicic. Here is what Wikipedia says about him.
Nicholas James “Nick” Vujicic (/ˈvɔɪ.ɪtʃɪtʃ/ voy-ich-ich;[note 1] Serbian: [ʋûjitʃitɕ]; born 4 December 1982) is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with phocomelia, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of legs and arms.
Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1982, to Dušanka and Borislav Vujičić, devout Serbian Orthodox emigrants from Yugoslavia. He was born with phocomelia without some fully formed limbs.
Vujicic has two small and deformed feet, one of which he calls his “chicken drumstick” because of its shape. Originally, he was born with the toes of that foot fused. An operation was performed to separate the toes so that he could use them as fingers to grab, turn a page, or perform other functions. He has been able to use his foot to operate an electric wheelchair, a computer and a mobile phone. Vujicic notes that he had an “amazingly normal childhood”.
On 12 February 2012, Vujicic married Kanae Miyahara. The couple has two sons and live in Southern California.
When Paul visited Jerusalem for the last time the Jews started a riot in the temple that led to his arrest by the Romans. The Romans brought him before the Jewish council for trial and he was acquitted. Acts 21:27 – 23:11
Many of the Jews wouldn’t accept this and were determined to kill him.
When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. There were more than forty who made this conspiracy. They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
Paul’s nephew learned of the plot and warned Paul and the Roman commander. The commander sent Paul to Caesarea so he would be safe from the Jews. Acts 23:12-35
When reading this I have often wondered whether the Jews who swore not to eat and drink until they killed Paul kept their oath. Did they die of thirst and starvation? Read the rest of this entry
This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Later in the same letter he tells us what some of these light afflictions were. Read the rest of this entry
God commanded that the animals sacrificed to him be free of any defects. Sometimes the Israelites failed to do this. Here is what the prophet Malachi said about their failure.
A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name.
But you say, “How have we despised your name?” By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, “How have we polluted you?” By saying that the LORD’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil?
He gave them a standard by which they could measure the acceptability of their offerings.
Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts.
One of the first commands God gave to Noah after he left the ark was one prohibiting murder.
And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
In 1973, in the case of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that in the United States one class of humans, unborn children, was not entitled to protection by the laws prohibiting murder. Since that time 59,000,000 children have been murdered without their killers suffering any punishment. This failure to uphold God’s law places our country in danger of divine intervention.
You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
Most people believe dinosaurs became extinct before any humans existed, but many cultures have legends of creatures called dragons that closely resemble dinosaurs. This fact indicates that the extinction of dinosaurs must be very recent. (There are some who believe that there are still living dinosaurs. newanimal.org/ ) Some of these dragon legends speak of dragons that breath fire. Is it possible that such a creature actually existed? The best way to answer that question is to look at an animal that we know does exist, the bombardier beetle. Here is what Wikipedia says about it. Read the rest of this entry
John’s gospel records what Jesus taught his disciples at the Last Supper. After he finished he and his disciples left and went to the garden where he would be arrested.
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
There was a brook called the Kidron between the room where the Last Supper was held and the place where Jesus was betrayed. Of course they had to cross it. At first this seems like an unimportant detail, but there is an incident in the Old Testament which shows the significance of going across this brook. Read the rest of this entry
The hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” contains this verse:
Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.
Charles Wesley, the author of the hymn, may have had this passage in the Bible in mind when he wrote it.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
This describes what will happen when Jesus Christ begins his reign on earth. All of the physical defects we now suffer from will be eliminated. There will be no deaf people; everyone will have perfect hearing. Read the rest of this entry
For a long time after World War I the war was referred to by many as the Great War, meaning that it involved more nations and people than had any other war up to that time. When an even greater war began in 1939 people stopped using this term and began calling it World War I and calling the new war World War II. But there is another war going on right now which really does deserve to be called the Great War and most of the world is completely unaware of it. Here is how it began.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
till unrighteousness was found in you.
In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.
This is addressed to the king of Tyre, but it obviously doesn’t refer to the human ruler but to Satan, who was the real ruler. Read the rest of this entry