I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.
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"LOST REVERENCE FOR GOD AND THE BIBLE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN
LOST REVERENCE FOR GOD AND THE BIBLE
DO YOU FEEL STRANGE BEING CALLED GOD'S CHILD? DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE JOINT HEIRS WITH JESUS? THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT WE ARE BOTH OF THESE. LET'S JUST READ WHAT IT SAYS IN ROMANS 8:14-17 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."
THE WORD "ABBA" WAS A WORD USED BY THE ROMANS MEANING "FATHER" BUT WE COULD USE IT AS "DADDY". I KNOW GOD IS MY HEAVENLY FATHER BUT I FIND IT HARD TO CALL HIM DADDY. IT JUST SOUNDS SO ORDINARY OR COMMONPLACE FOR OUR GREAT HOLY GOD.
I BELIEVE WE HAVE LOST A LOT OF REVERENCE FOR GOD AND THE BIBLE. WHEN THE SCRIBES WERE WRITING THE TORAH, WHICH IS THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE, ALSO CALLED THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES, THERE WERE A LOT OF THINGS THEY COULD AND COULDN'T DO. BEFORE BEGINNING A NEW SCROLL, THEY WOULD HAVE TO RECITE A FORMULA DECLARING THEIR INTENT TO WRITE THE SCROLL FOR A HOLY PURPOSE. TO MAKE SURE THEIR TOOLS WERE FIT FOR THE TASK, THEY WOULD TEST THE QUILL AND INK BY WRITING THE WORD "AMALLEK" ON A PIECE OF PARCHMENT. THEY WOULD THEN HAVE TO CROSS IT OUT WITH A NUMBER OF STROKES IN ORDER TO FULFILL THE COMMANDMENT OF BLOTTING OUT THE NAME OF AMALEK, A BIBLICAL ENEMY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
THEY COULDN'T WRITE THE SCROLL FROM MEMORY EITHER BUT WOULD HAVE TO REFER TO THE TIKKUN, A CORRECTION GUIDE. WHENEVER THEY WOULD WRITE THE NAME OF GOD, THEY WOULD FOCUS ON THE TASK BY DECLARING, OUT LOUD, THEIR INTENTIONS TO HONOR GOD BY WRITING HIS HOLY NAME. NOW DON'T YOU THINK WE HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE LAX?
WHAT UPSETS ME IS THE FACT THAT ALL THE WORK THAT WENT INTO GIVING US GOD'S WORD, AND ALL THE HARDSHIPS THE TRANSLATORS WENT THROUGH, A LOT OF CHRISTIANS DON'T EVEN READ IT. WHAT IF YOU HAD TO HIDE TO READ YOUR BIBLE SO YOU WOULDN'T BE JAILED OR EVEN KILLED. THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD RIGHT NOW. CHERISH YOUR BIBLE. IT IS THE WORD OF OUR LIVING GOD AND A GUIDE FOR OUR LIVES. IF MOST OF THE CHRISTIANS WOULD TREAT IT LIKE THEIR CELL PHONES, I BELIEVE WE COULD TURN THIS COUNTRY AROUND IN NO TIME. GOD IS CALLING, ARE YOU GOING TO ANSWER?
IF WE ARE TRULY GOD'S CHILDREN AND JOINT HEIRS WITH JESUS, THEN WE SHOULD START ACTING LIKE IT. I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE PROFESSING TO BE CHRISTIANS AND IF I WAS A NON BELIEVER, I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT WANT TO HAVE WHATEVER THEY HAVE . THIS GOES BACK TO WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER DAY, 1ST THESSALONIANS 5:22 "Abstain from all appearance of evil." YOU NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT BE WATCHING.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.