The Old, Lying Prophet and the Disobedient Man of God

Raavi – 1 Kings 13 is among my favorite Old Testament Scripture. It illustrates an important concept that sounds a little strange. Respect for the elderly is something I often say that we need, but when doing so causes you to disobey the words that God gave you, it can cost you. The old prophet had no qualms about lying, perhaps other sins had long gotten past that righteous title.


1 Kings 13:8-9, “8 But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. 9 For I was commanded by the word of the LORD : ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’ “”


The man of God didn’t have to rest by the tree when he did. He could have gone straight home (by another road that the one he had arrived in, of course.)


1 Kings 13:16-17, “16 The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. 17 I have been told by the word of the LORD : ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’ “”


Having just read C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, it makes me wonder if God had instructed the man of God to repeat the word of the Lord when he got up and when he laid down. When he went into somewhere and when he went out of there. Whenever he had a chance and all along the way.


What I think is even more important, is that we ought to stick to the word of God, that we already have. We shouldn’t believe everybody who says “I’m a prophet and an angel told me …” That’s our danger. When we choose believe the words of a person are better than the Word of God.

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Something About that Name

Poor Richard – The Name of God in General
There are a number of instances where no name of God is employed, but where simply the term “name” in reference to God is used as the point of focus:
(1) Abraham called on the name of the Lord (Gen. 12:8; 13:4).
(2) The Lord proclaimed His own name before Moses (Ex. 33:19; 34:5).
(3) Israel was warned against profaning the name of the Lord (Lev. 13:21; 22:2, 32).
(4) The name of the Lord was not to be taken in vain (Ex. 20:7; Deut. 5:11).
(5) The priests of Israel were to minister in the name of the Lord (Deut. 18:5; 21:5).
(6) The name of God is called “wonderful” in Judges 13:18.
(7) To call on the name of the Lord was to worship Him as God (Gen. 21:33; 26:25).


When we turn to the New Testament we find the same. The name Jesus is used in a similar way to the name of God in the Old Testament:
(1) Salvation is through His name (John 1:12).
(2) Believers are to gather in His name (Matt. 18:20).
(3) Prayer is to be made in His name (John 14:13-14).
(4) The servant of the Lord who bears the name of Christ will be hated (Matt. 10:22).
(5) The book of Acts makes frequent mention of worship, service, and suffering in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:18; 5:28, 41; 10:43; 19:17).
(6) It is at the name of Jesus that every knee will one day bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2:10-11).


Overview of the
Names of God in Scripture
(1) Elohim: The plural form of EL, meaning “strong one.” It is used of false gods, but when used of the true God, it is a plural of majesty and intimates the trinity. It is especially used of God’s sovereignty, creative work, mighty work for Israel and in relation to His sovereignty (Isa. 54:5; Jer. 32:27; Gen. 1:1; Isa. 45:18; Deut. 5:23; 8:15; Ps. 68:7).


Compounds of El:
El Shaddai: “God Almighty.” The derivation is uncertain. Some think it stresses God’s loving supply and comfort; others His power as the Almighty one standing on a mountain and who corrects and chastens (Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 35:11; Ex. 6:31; Ps. 91:1, 2).
El Elyon: “The Most High God.” Stresses God’s strength, sovereignty, and supremacy (Gen. 14:19; Ps. 9:2; Dan. 7:18, 22, 25).
El Olam: “The Everlasting God.” Emphasizes God’s unchangeableness and is connected with His inexhaustibleness (Gen. 16:13).
(2) Yahweh (YHWH): Comes from a verb which means “to exist, be.” This, plus its usage, shows that this name stresses God as the independent and self-existent God of revelation and redemption (Gen. 4:3; Ex. 6:3 (cf. 3:14); 3:12).


Compounds of Yahweh: Strictly speaking, these compounds are designations or titles which reveal additional facts about God’s character.
Yahweh Jireh (Yireh): “The Lord will provide.” Stresses God’s provision for His people (Gen. 22:14).
Yahweh Nissi: “The Lord is my Banner.” Stresses that God is our rallying point and our means of victory; the one who fights for His people (Ex. 17:15).
Yahweh Shalom: “The Lord is Peace.” Points to the Lord as the means of our peace and rest (Jud. 6:24).
Yahweh Sabbaoth: “The Lord of Hosts.” A military figure portraying the Lord as the commander of the armies of heaven (1 Sam. 1:3; 17:45).
Yahweh Maccaddeshcem: “The Lord your Sanctifier.” Portrays the Lord as our means of sanctification or as the one who sets believers apart for His purposes (Ex. 31:13).
Yahweh Ro’i: “The Lord my Shepherd.” Portrays the Lord as the Shepherd who cares for His people as a shepherd cares for the sheep of his pasture (Ps. 23:1).
Yahweh Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.” Portrays the Lord as the means of our righteousness (Jer. 23:6).
Yahweh Shammah: “The Lord is there.” Portrays the Lord’s personal presence in the millennial kingdom (Ezek. 48:35).
Yahweh Elohim Israel: “The Lord, the God of Israel.” Identifies Yahweh as the God of Israel in contrast to the false gods of the nations (Jud. 5:3.; Isa. 17:6).


(3) Adonai: Like Elohim, this too is a plural of majesty. The singular form means “master, owner.” Stresses man’s relationship to God as his master, authority, and provider (Gen. 18:2; 40:1; 1 Sam. 1:15; Ex. 21:1-6; Josh. 5:14).
(4) Theos: Greek word translated “God.” Primary name for God used in the New Testament. Its use teaches: (1) He is the only true God (Matt. 23:9; Rom. 3:30); (2) He is unique (1 Tim. 1:17; John 17:3; Rev. 15:4; 16:27); (3) He is transcendent (Acts 17:24; Heb. 3:4; Rev. 10:6); (4) He is the Savior (John 3:16; 1 Tim. 1:1; 2:3; 4:10). This name is used of Christ as God in John 1:1, 18; 20:28; 1 John 5:20; Tit. 2:13; Rom. 9:5; Heb. 1:8; 2 Pet. 1:1.
(5) Kurios: Greek word translated “Lord.” Stresses authority and supremacy. While it can mean sir (John 4:11), owner (Luke 19:33), master (Col. 3:22), or even refer to idols (1 Cor. 8:5) or husbands (1 Pet. 3:6), it is used mostly as the equivalent of Yahweh of the Old Testament. It too is used of Jesus Christ meaning (1) Rabbi or Sir (Matt. 8:6); (2) God or Deity (John 20:28; Acts 2:36; Rom. 10:9; Phil. 2:11).
(6) Despotes: Greek word translated “Master.” Carries the idea of ownership while kurios stressed supreme authority (Luke 2:29; Acts 4:24; Rev. 6:10; 2 Pet. 2:1; Jude 4).
(7) Father: A distinctive New Testament revelation is that through faith in Christ, God becomes our personal Father. Father is used of God in the Old Testament only 15 times while it is used of God 245 times in the New Testament. As a name of God, it stresses God’s loving care, provision, discipline, and the way we are to address God in prayer (Matt. 7:11; Jam. 1:17; Heb. 12:5-11; John 15:16; 16:23; Eph. 2:18; 3:15; 1 Thess. 3:11).

Raising and Falling Pillars: The Acts 2 Church

 Papyrus – When we look at the Acts 2 Church, we can only be impressed that they: “44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” Maybe we are so floored by the concept that the other things they did aren’t put on the same tier. So let’s take a look at them …


What the Acts 2 Church did that we should be doing:  42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles…46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.


They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching – That which makes up our New Testament was the only teaching of significance to them.
to the fellowship – their families may not have understood what they were going through, but their fellow believers did. Fellowship is more than just getting together to clear out the pantry, it’s supporting one another through the tough times and encouraging each other along the way.
to the breaking of bread – comunion was a common practice for them. It saddens me how churches these days don’t always do it often enough.
to prayer – it’s not an easy skill to get right. There are times when we get too busy to talk to God. There are times when we just don’t know how. Remember this: “Practice makes perfect.”


Remember that this is the very first church. They had no idea what the church would look like two thousand years later. I just like the last two verses – they met together in the temple courts, the city’s religious street if you will. There were all sorts of people going to seek God, what better place would there have been to spread the good news? They broke bread in their homes. They didn’t have to go to the temple courts to take comunion. Here’s the good news for the Southern Baptists, even the Acts 2 Church ate together, so the food fellowships do go way back. What was left for them to do but to praise God? Look at the results, peole liked them and were added to them.


Maybe we can’t pull off verses 44 and 45 in our society today, but we can give every now and them. We can though, follow the rest as an outline of a good church. So if you’re church ain’t up to some of these things, I have no idea what to tell you. Maybe, though, just maybe, we’ll eventually be able to follow all the verses that describe the Acts 2 Church.

The Fellowship of the Believers II: The Two Covenants

 

The Old Covenant Compared to the New Covenant




Throughout the Church Age, there have been many religious institutions and groups that have advocated the keeping of certain Old Testament laws. The two most popular O.T. laws today are tithing and sabbath keeping. Some groups take the concept so far as to wear fringes on their underwear! We realize that there is nothing wrong with someone setting aside money or time to the Lord, but there is something wrong with using Old Testament laws as the basis for doing so. Christians are to rely on the Holy Spirit for our direction and not the Mosaic Law. The following table shows conclusively that the Mosaic Law was fulfilled and is no loger in effect, and that the Law of the Spirit is the present manifestation of God’s direction for our lives.






















































































































































































































Mosaic Covenant New Covenant
Old covenant II Cor. 3:14 New covenant II Cor. 3:6
First covenant Heb. 8:7, 9:1 Second covenant Heb. 8:7, 10:1-9
Came by Moses John 1:17 Came by Christ Heb. 8:6, 9:15
Law of Moses Acts 13:38-39 Law of Christ Gal. 6:2
Law of sin Rom. 7:5-6 Law of righteousness Rom. 9:30-31
Law of the flesh Rom. 7:5-6 Law of the Spirit Rom. 8:2
Not of faith Gal. 3:2 Law of faith Rom. 3:27
Yoke of bondage Gal. 5:1 Law of liberty Jam. 1:25
Ended by Christ Rom. 10:4 Established by Christ Heb. 8:6, 10:9
Law of death II Cor. 3:7 Law of life Gal. 3:11, 6:8
Entangles Gal. 5:1 Makes free John 8:32, 36
A shadow Col. 2:14-17 The reality Heb. 10:1-18
Fulfilled Mat. 5:17-18 Now in force Heb. 8:6, 10:9
Leaves imperfect Heb. 7:19 Makes perfect Heb. 7:19
Glorious II Cor. 3:7 More glorious II Cor. 3:8-10
Powerless to save Heb. 9:9, 10:4 Saves to uttermost Heb. 7:25
Many sacrifices Heb. 9:12-13 One sacrifice for sin Heb. 10:12
Temporary priest Heb. 7:23 Eternal priest Heb. 7:17
Remembers sins Heb. 10:3 Forgets sins Heb. 8:12, 10:17
Yearly atonement Heb. 10:3 Eternal atonement Heb. 10:14
Priests have sin Heb. 5:1-4 Sinless priest Heb. 7:26
Aaronic priesthood >Heb. 7:11 Melchisedec priesthood Heb. 5:5-10, 7:21
Out of Levi Heb 7:11 Out of Judah Heb. 7:14
Animal sacrifices Heb. 9:12 Human sacrifice Heb. 9:14-28
Earthly tabernacle Heb. 9:2 Heavenly tabernacle Heb. 8:2
Imperfect mediator Gal. 3:19 Sinless mediator I Tim. 2:5
No inheritance Rom. 4:13 Eternal inheritance Heb. 9:15
Instituted upon animal blood Heb. 9:16-22 Instituted upon blood of Christ Mat. 26-28
Law of works Rom. 3:27 Law of grace and faith John 1:17
Works wrath Rom. 4:15 Saves from wrath Rom. 5:9
Non-redeeming Heb. 10:4 Redeems Gal. 3:13, Heb. 9:12-15
Non-pleasing Ps. 40:6 Pleasing to God Heb 10:5-18
Abolishment predicted Is. 51:6 Establishment predicted Heb. 8:7
Circumcision Ex. 12:48 No circumcision Rom. 4:9-12
Made to change Heb. 7:12, Gal. 3:25 Made eternal Heb. 13:20
Faulty Heb. 8:7 Perfect James 1:25
Weak Heb. 7:18 Strong Heb. 7:25
Unprofitable Heb. 7:18 Profitable Heb. 7:19,25
Natural program Heb. 9:10-14 Spiritual program II Cor. 3:6, 18
Daily program Heb. 7:27 Finished program Heb. 10:10-18
Infirm high priests Heb. 5:2, 7:28 Perfect high priest Heb. 7:26
Made priests by law Heb. 7:12, 28 Made priests by an oath Heb. 7:21, 28
No salvation Heb. 10:2-4 Eternal salvation Heb. 5:9, 10:10
Perfected nothing Heb. 7:19 Perfects believers Heb. 7:19, 10:14
Earthly priests Heb. 5:1-4 Heavenly priest Heb. 9:24, 10:12
Repeated inability Heb. 10:11 Glorious success Heb. 10:10-18
Many offerings Heb. 9:7 One offering Heb. 10:10-14
Good promises Dt. 28:1-14 Better promises Heb. 8:6
A good covenant Rom 7:12 A better covenant Heb. 7:22, 8:6
Many high priests Heb. 7:23 One high priest Heb. 7:24-28
Typical tabernacle Heb. 9 True tabernacle Heb. 8:2, 9:11
No mercy Heb. 10:28 Complete mercy Heb. 8:12
Handmade things Heb. 9:1-5, 24 Not handmade Heb. 9:23-24
An old way Heb. 8:13 New and living way Heb. 10:19-20
Unavailing ministers Heb. 7:18 Able ministers II Cor. 3:6
Carnal ministry Heb. 9:9-10 Spiritual ministry II Cor. 3:6
Ministration of condemnation II Cor. 3:9 Ministration of righteousness II Cor. 3:9
Glory covered II Cor. 3:13 Glory uncovered II Cor. 3:18
Brings bondage Gal. 4:24-25 Brings liberty II Cor. 3:17
Cannot justify Gal. 2:16 Does justify Acts 13:38-39
Brings a curse Gal. 3:10 Redeems from the curse Gal. 3:13
Live by works Gal 3:10 Live by faith Gal. 3:11
Cannot give life Gal. 3:21 Does give life John 6:63-68
Exposes sin Gal 3:19 Covers sin Rom. 4:1-8
Under law Rom 6:14-15 Under grace Gal. 3:22-25
Done away II Cor. 3:7-14 Not done away II Cor. 3:11
Abolished II Cor. 3:13 Continues glorious II Cor. 3:11
Ministry of death II Cor. 3:7 Reconciliation ministry II Cor. 5:18
For Israel only Dt. 4:7-8, 5:3 For all men Luke 22:20, Mark 14:24

 (In conclusion – if you are going to point out that the Old Testament says ‘Don’t cut yourself for the dead or mark yourselves with tattoos.’ you had better be certain that you’re clothes are made from one type of fabric. Good luck with that because most clothes these days are 98% Cotton and 2% Polyester and you would be breaking the commandment the same as anybody with a tattoo. If, however, you happen to have tattoos and multi-fabric clothing, the New Covenant has some good news for you – you’re free!)

Believing Right and Right Believing

Palatino Linotype – It’s difficult to describe the place that you now find yourself. There is a big empty sky that meets with the flat green grass in the distance. The stone path ends at a garden. You can see through the wall easy, for it appears to be a wall of gates. You try to pull open the nearest gate, but the locking and swinging mechanisms dissapear. That wasn’t the way in. You try the gates the left and right, but the same thing happens. Eventually, you find that there are only two true gates. The one to your left is plenty wide enough for even a pick-up truck to go through. In fact many people call over to you that they are on their way in for a big party. The gate to the right is small, in order to get through you’ll have to squeeze through sideways. Not as many people travel through the small gate, but nearly all of them plead with you to try it. Everything you have done in your life pushes you on toward a certain gate, you are anxious as you approach it, but it just seems right…


People who believe in God are believing right, but believing that Jesus is not the only way is not right believing. We grow up in the religion of those closest to us. In some countries we may not have a choice what that religion is. Sometimes God puts people in our path to nudge us toward the narrow gate. I’ve even heard tell of people getting closer to God because they were witnessed to in their dreams. In this country though, we are without excuse. Some of our biggest holidays really are holy days – Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, for example.


Now think of it this way, there are two bottles before you. They both carry water, but one of them also carries a poison. Wouldn’t you want somebody to tell you how to tell the difference? Or would you go on believing that the one in your hand is the good one? If I was not believing right, I would want somebody to tell me and help me get it all sorted out. So here it goes, Jesus is that narrow gate, to travel that wide gate is to suddenly fall into a pit trap that had been dug out for you ages ago. It’s there and it’s a nasty one. To take that narrow gate is the only way in.

Turning Right Round

Microsoft Sans Serif –


John 6:60-70, “60On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
66From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67″You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
70Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71(He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)”


We have studdied the twelve disciples in various times every now and then. We break down John into bite-sized pieces and we walk along with Matthew as he describes his time with Jesus. We take away from Paul that being a Christian isn’t a walk in the park. We even know some of Jesus’ other disciples, namely the women who played a big part at the end of His ministry. We don’t know the other disciples. The ones that were sent ahead to where Jesus would visit. They followed Jesus through thick and thin, but not all of them.


Jesus had just provided a feast for five thousand, (though some experts say twenty thousand would be more accurate,) walked on water, and done some serious teachings. They had seen miracles with their own eyes, they had eaten the bread, and they heard Jesus’ words. Somehow, many of His disciples turned back. They rejected His words and no longer wanted to be in His presence.


We all know the statistic concering Christain college students. By the time most of the graduate,  most of them stop being Christian.


2 Timothy 2:11-13, ” 11Here is a trustworthy saying:
   If we died with him,
      we will also live with him;
 12if we endure,
      we will also reign with him.
   If we disown him,
      he will also disown us;
 13if we are faithless,
      he will remain faithful,
      for he cannot disown himself.”


How can the students disown that which they never had in the first place? Even Peter once – er, thrice – disowned Jesus, but he was restored. Jesus will restore us as well.

Learning Things

Maiandra GD –


But it’s not just learning things that’s important. It’s learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things at all that matters. – The Phantom Tollbooth

 

The average kid, upon completion of High School, enrolls in college. Since a number of them have no clue what they want to do with their life, they take general studies until they figure it out. In this world, the more you know, the better off you are. The more you know about everything the better chance you have of winning big on Jepordy. The more you know about your given subject the more people will respect you. The more you know about the ways of the street, the longer you will last on them. People have an amazing capacity to learn and know things.

 

The capacity for wisdom, on the other hand, isn’t so easy to grasp. It can come from experience. It can come from time. Proverbs has many good words on the subject. Proverbs contrasts wisdom with foolishness. The ways of the world is foolishness, and the quest for knowledge is just as foolish without the wisdom of what to do with that knowledge.