Speaking for myself, I need this Psalm today. Let me share it with you.
In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.
The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence, His soul hateth.
Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; His countenance doth behold the upright.
The evil men and women of this age will die and be judged; and their works will perish, too. There are foundations that they have no power to destroy. When Christ reigns, we will not be able to find these wicked people.
Nope, no idols here!
When Jacob finally left his service with Laban, his wife, Rachel, Laban’s daughter, stole Laban’s gods (Genesis Chapter 31). Jacob didn’t know, so when Laban came after them and demanded his gods back, Jacob said he could search the camp. Rachel sat on the loot, wrapped up in a camel blanket, and pretended she couldn’t move because it was her time of month.
Did Rachel Steal Her Father’s… Gods?
The Hebrew word here translated as “gods” or “idols” is terephim, and its meaning has grown obscure over the centuries.
But what about us? Do we have idols? Do we worship the work of our own hands? Are things more important to us than God?
The answers might prove embarrassing.
The New Testament includes St. Paul’s epistle to the church at Colosse (Colossians). How many of us know anything about this place, besides that?
Colosse’s church is not mentioned in Revelation; but its next door neighbor’s, Laodicea’s, is. Laodicea is warned that spiritual indifference leads to death.
In Paul’s time, Colosse was pretty much a backwater, a city that had seen much better days. He took the time to write to them and minister to their church, although we don’t know that he ever came there in person. Anyhow, the town’s glory days were some 500 years before that.
Whatever you do, Paul exhorted the Colossians, do it in the name of the Lord, do it as if you were doing it for the Lord. Had nearby Laodicea already earned a reputation for being lukewarm?
Another reason Paul might have written to the church at Colosse would be to encourage Christians to keep themselves distant from their city’s notorious habit of syncretism–mixing together several religions and winding up with false religion. Colosse was also known for being home to an “angel cult.” Evidently they’d mixed Greek and other pagan gods with the angels they’d heard about from Christian missionaries.
Colosse was destroyed in a civil war in 1192 A.D. and never rebuilt. It has yet to be systematically studied by archaeologists. It seems to be a backwater for archaeologists, too.
But for Paul the Apostle there were no backwaters.
In 2 Kings 6: `17-20, the prophet Elisha and his servant are about to be mown down by the bad guys and the servant is losing heart. So Elisha asks God to show the servant the army of angels that’s protecting them.
When Elisha Saw God’s Army
Today the wicked and ungodly run rampant, unrestrained, gobbling up our countries and our institutions, working overtime to destroy our families… How are we to stand against them?
But God is not as far away as we might think.
We don’t really think the Lord will let the bad guys win, do we?
And meanwhile, in case the End Of The World isn’t quite yet, there’s plenty of work for all of us to do in the service of Christ’s Kingdom. Don’t let a bunch of smarmy globalists wipe out “Occupy until I come.”
A plague of our time–false prophets, lying teachers.
Is the Bible ambiguous? In a word, no.
Is the Bible Ambiguous?
God says what He means and means what He says. His word is recorded for us, for all time, in the Bible.
One of the plagues of our time is our bumper crop of false prophets, false Christs–more of ’em than you can shake a stick at! But then He did warn us this would happen, didn’t he (Matthew 24: 24)?
The Bible will not lead us wrong.
Noah’s Ark, as interpreted by Currier & Ives
I like to run this post from time to time because you never know whom might be out there as a first-time viewer, and might derive some benefit from reading it.
And if you’re afraid you’re the only one who believes what it says in the Bible–well, don’t! Because you’re not. You have a lot of company.
Is the Bible Just Stories?
And I am happy to say that my Christian friend who didn’t seem to believe much of the Bible, seven years ago… doesn’t fit that description anymore.
Read the Word with an open mind and observe what happens in this fallen world. You’ll come around.
Reading the Bible regularly, one eventually gets the impression that God’s people just about never listen to God’s prophets, and are more likely to kill them than to heed them. The ultimate example of that, of course, is Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
Correct me if I’m wrong; but isn’t it so, that the only people in the Old Testament who listened to a prophet, and repented… were the freakin’ pagans in the Assyrian capital of Nineveh!
Couldn’t get Israel to listen. Couldn’t get Judah to listen.
Does America listen? Will she, before it’s too late?
I don’t know.
Fat-head Bible Scholars Inc. would have you believe that nothing in the Bible is true, none of those things ever really happened. More fool them.
The story of Joseph conflicts with no known facts, shares many similar details with generally accepted history–and there is no reason it cannot be true.
Who Was Joseph’s Pharaoh?
Ah, there’s the rub! Genesis doesn’t tell us the name of the Pharaoh who made Joseph his prime minister.
Well, so what? Egyptian bigwigs, especially royals, had lots of names, used interchangeably depending on the occasion. Ramesses for this, User-Maat-Re for that, Steverino for his niece’s wedding, and so on. The Bible does give us a few Pharaoh’s names; but the ones we’d really like to know–Joseph’s and Moses’ Pharaohs–are not given.
For the Bible’s purposes, the names of those two rulers just weren’t that important.
Don’t ask me where I saw this or read this, because I didn’t write it down at the time and anyway, it wasn’t in just one place.
There is a suggestion, going back centuries, that Christians don’t need the Old Testament, all that crazy animal sacrifice, long-dead kings, and so much else that just ain’t happenin’ now. All right: the New Testament itself (see several chapters of Hebrews) explains why the animal sacrifices aren’t necessary anymore, given that Our Lord Jesus Christ has sacrificed Himself. In the Book of Acts, the apostles–men who’d known Jesus face to face–ruled that new Christians did not have to adopt Jewish dietary laws and customs (although they found no reason not to, if such was one’s desire to honor God).
Take out of the New Testament all quotations from the Psalms, all references to the prophets (especially Isaiah), and the word of Our Lord Himself, for whom the Old Testament was Scripture, and who used it in His teaching–remove all that, and you’re left with a pretty thin little book. In fact, there is no New Testament without the Old.
There are plenty of bent clergy types who very much want “Christianity”–they still use the label, and ought to be ashamed of doing so–to be severed from the Old Testament. They want a nice “spiritual” religion of nothing in particular: the Church of Nothing in Particular. All those irksome restrictions on our sex lives! And what harm does an idol do, anyway? It’s just an old-fashioned smart phone!
I think it’s risky to get out of bed without the whole Bible in your life.
Pharaoh’s army will not make it to dry land.
My Bible-reading has again brought me around to Proverbs–which turned out, yesterday, to be exactly what my spirit needed. Let me share these verses with you (Chapter 1: 29-33).
“For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
“But whoso harkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
What with our midterm elections coming up, and the whole world knowing that the Democrats will cheat, with exceedingly wicked and ungodly persons in positions of vast wealth and power looking to impose their wickedness on all the nations… we do need some assurance that God will only let them go so far before He intervenes to save us.
O Lord! Deal with your enemies as you dealt with Pharaoh’s armies at the Red Sea; and let our eyes and souls see the work of your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.