Gen1toRev22: The Forgotten Fourteen

Scripture Passage: Genesis 7:2-3

Observations on the Context:

It is often neglected that Noah did not just take two of every animal. He took seven pairs of male and female (14) of every clean animals and bird. Why? Because God commanded it. This is likely because there is some understanding of clean (worthy) and unclean (unworthy) animals for sacrifices and clothing. There would be more of these creatures needed because they were used for purposes that shortened their lives.

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Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

In light of Reformation Day, here is a brief biographical sketch of Martin Luther, plus here are Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. Enjoy these and have a blessed Reformation Day!

I also want to recommend an excellent documentary on Martin Luther available on Faithlife TV. It provides a solid overview of the life of the one who brought about the Protestant Reformation.

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Gen1toRev22: The Time Had Come

Scripture Passage: Genesis 7:1,4

Observations on the Context:

These two verses are connected. The time had come for Noah and his family to enter the Ark. The Lord reiterates that Noah is being preserved because he walks with God—he is righteous before the Lord in his generation.

It is interesting that God tells Noah specifically that it will be seven days before He sends the rain—yet notice how this 7 days before the Judgment appears to parallel the 7 years before Christ’s physical coming where the Church escapes the Great Tribulation by rapture.

The Judgment will be complete—God will blot out all living things from the ground (including birds which must rest on the ground).

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500 Years Ago on October 31st

500 yrs ago on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed these 95 Theses to the door of the church protesting unbiblical beliefs and teachings that were taught by the Roman Church. Today, we still need the Reformation, the back-to-the-Bible-movement. We still protest unbiblical doctrines. Read the 95 Theses here (its not that long):

95 Theses Text on Theopedia

 

Scripture Sunday: Romans 1:17

Romans 1:17–3:21Condemnation. The longest section in today’s reading is on the subject of condemnation. •Cause of condemnation: wicked living in willful rejection of God. •Consequences of condemnation: in summary they are abandoned by God (1:24, 25, 28), and they are sentenced to “tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil” (2:9). •Court in condemnation: the fidelity of the court (“according to truth” [2:2]); the fairness of the court (“render to every man according to his deeds” [2:6] and “there is no respect [prejudice] of persons with God” [2:11]). •Crowd for condemnation: all persons are condemned, both Jews and Gentiles, for “there is none righteous, no, not one” (3:11). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Scriptures for Waiting on God

Waiting

Can I tell you this? Waiting is still important. Noah Webster’s original 1828 dictionary (a great, Biblically-based dictionary) defines waiting as: Staying in expectation. Are you expectantly waiting on the Lord? Psalms 37:7 says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him….” Waiting on the Lord—being in His presence—is our place of rest. We often don’t get an answer from the Lord right away, but we can rest—we can be at peace and total stillness—as we wait upon the Lord. The reason most of us are not still and feel restless is because we do not wait well. Wait patiently, for God will show Himself mighty. Isaiah 48:17 promises us that the “…Lord, thy God [will] teacheth thee to profit, [and] leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”

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Gen1toRev22: Amazing Obedience, 6:18-22

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:18-22

Observations on the Context:

Not only does God reveal what He is about to do in judgment to Noah and instruct Noah how to escape the destruction of sin’s judgment, but God details much more for Noah on what type of catastrophe is coming.

God mercifully establishes a covenant with Noah, God initiates this covenant (like the covenant of marriage) till ‘death-do-you-part.’ The covenant was made with Noah and his family. In addition, God instructed Noah to take a male and female of every living thing (excluding sea creatures) into the ark to preserve them. Noah was also to take a supply of every sort of food that is edible.

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The Church Needs Heresy Hunters

The Church Needs Heresy Hunters

The Church Needs Heresy Hunters

There is yet another piece of logically suicidal propaganda that teaches that heresy hunters are toxic for the body of Christ. They teach that the people who are reading their Bibles and seeking theological accuracy as missing the bigger picture and ruining it for others. What those who propagate this nonsense do not realize is how toxic this teaching actually is for the Church and how it actually gives Atheists less of a reason to believe in Christ.

 

My Argument

The idea that people who are seeking a more accurate theology or even a more Biblically centered teaching are toxic for doing so is nothing more than an ad hominem argument. It neither says how or why people like myself are toxic. The evidence as I will go into Biblically and historically points toward the need for heresy hunters and that they are, in fact, beneficial for the Church.

The reason Atheists add this to their reason as to why not to believe in Christ is simple. If you believe that the Bible is the most important book in the world, that it was so important innumerable people have died for believing and defending it then why do you only take it at face value? Why do you not research the intricacies of the passages? Why do you not want to know what the theological belief of the Bible? I’m sure as some people are reading this they’re thinking, “Because Jesus taught it was more important to love others than understanding theology.” The irony of this is that the statement they just thought is a theological statement in of itself and this is part of the point I’m getting at. Because of the Biblical illiteracy and failure of Christians and their leaders to teach sound doctrine, it is up to the “Heresy Hunters” to use logic, reason and Biblical truth to correct the lies and bring the Church on the right track.

 

Protestant Denominations Exist Because of Heresy Hunters

Most teachers who teach the anti-theology idea are ironically part of Protestant (non–Catholic) Churches. The reason this is ironic is because the entire reason there are more Churches than the Catholic Church is because of a Heresy hunter known as Martin Luther. If it were not for Martin Luther’s convictions with the corruption of the Catholic Church and the doctrine of indulgences he would never have done what he did and by extension most of the denominations might not be here today.

Now he could have just as easily kept his mouth shut and got with the program. He could have just said, “There is no perfect Church” and continued serving under the corrupted state of the Church and teach the false doctrine of indulgences and no one would have bat an eye because very few knew any better and those that did could not possibly care less. These are the results of the anti–discernment belief.

 

The Bible Supports Seeking an Accurate Theology

“The Brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” –Acts 17:10-11 (ESV)

The Jews in Berea were more honorable because they actually received the word with all eagerness and examining the Scriptures to make sure they were true. Already the Bible has discredited the anti–discernment movement. But for those who think that only one passage isn’t enough evidence to discredit the anti–discernment movement, (Which is a non–sequitur; lack of evidence does not nullify truth) here is another article I wrote on my personal blog on 7 ways the Bible praises discernment. http://treyzimmerman.blogspot.com/2017/02/7-ways-bible-praises-discernment.html

 

Conclusion

Biblical discernment is Biblical, historical, logical and beneficial to the growth of the Church. And those who teach or defend the anti–discernment theology are either covering the truth with lies, blind to the truth or going insane denying the truth. I’m sure there are those who are thinking the hearts of these people are in the right place. And they probably are in the right place, but the Bible says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” –Luke 10:27 (ESV) They can have their hearts in the right place but if their heads are not in the right place they still fall short.

Gen1toRev22: Make an Ark, 6:14-17

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:14-17

Observations on the Context:

God confides in Noah that a worldwide flood is coming which will destroy all life. But God’s will is for Noah and his family to live. So here’s what God instructs them to do, build an ark. A boat with three decks (verse 16), out of a specific type of wood (verse 14) and covered inside and out with pitch (verse 14). In addition, God gives the dimensions of the Ark. Now, the Lord instructs Noah according to cubits. A cubit is the distance from the elbow to the middle finger. Usually it is around 18 inches and at times in ancient history was slightly above 20 inches. Regardless, lets be conservative and assume an 18-inch cubit. That would put the Ark at 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet tall. Skeptics attack these dimensions and say that the boat would be too big. Well, take a look at this chart from AiG, now the Ark is not inconceivable:

Apply It:

God loves those who walk with Him. He alone preserves their life.

It is interesting to note later on in this section of Scripture some similarities with the New Testament. There is one door into the ark which is sealed shut by the finger of God. Jesus Christ is the one way to eternal life and our place in Heaven is sealed by God’s promise. The ark was covered inside and out with pitch. We are covered by the blood of Jesus when we trust in Him for salvation. The ark is a vessel to preserve from global judgment. Salvation preserves us from eternal judgement.

Do you see redemption’s fingerprints in the Flood account?

Pray It:

Father, thank You that You love those who walk with You. Father, You preserve the lives of those who are Your people; You spare them from judgment that the world deservers. Thank You for Your mercy, Father. May I walk with You as Noah. May I obey as Noah did. Lord, may I believe as Noah did. In Jesus name, amen.

Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:105

Today’s reading is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. Its theme is the Word of God. There is a direct reference to God’s Word in all but six of the 176 verses (verses 3, 37, 80, 121, 122, 132). In this Psalm the Hebrew uses at least nine different synonyms for God’s Word (the KJV uses eight synonyms—word, precepts, testimonies, law, commandments, ordinances, judgments, and statues). Also a reference to Deity occurs in every verse except verse 121. Read more