Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Words of Comfort: Ark of the Covenant.

Everything about the Ark of the Covenant was symbolic of the Messiah. It was made of wood, indicating the Messiah would be a human. It was overlaid with gold, signifying the Messiah would be divine. It contained three objects: the tablets of stone, a pot of manna, and Aaron's rod that budded. The tablets signified that the Messiah would have the Law of God in His heart. The manna meant the Messiah would be the Bread of Life. The rod with blossoms was a prophecy that the Messiah would arise from the dead. The lid of the Ark was called the Mercy Seat. Once a year the High Priest sprinkled blood on the Mercy Seat to atone for the sins of Israel. The Mercy Seat pointed to the fact that through the work of the Messiah the mercy of God would cover the Law. The blood foreshadowed the fact that the Messiah would have to shed His own blood to atone for our sins.

Jesus fulfilled every prophetic type of the Ark. He was God in the flesh (John 10:30). He had the Law in His heart (Matt. 5:17). He declared Himself to be the “Bread of Life” (John 6:35). And He shed His blood on the Cross, atoning for our sins and covering the Law with Grace (Rom. 3:21–26). By Dr. David R. Reagan

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Words of Comfort: His Holiness = Our Death.

What a fearful thing it was when God gave His Law. And this was when He came in peace. He was not manifesting He terrible wrath, but simply giving His Law to Israel through Moses, yet it was an unspeakably fearful sight. A number of times in this chapter God warned Israel to be careful not to approach the mountain, “lest the LORD break out against them.” The holiness of God would fall upon sinful man quicker than a massive bolt of lightning would consume a dead ant. Think of an unrepentant murderer, who has raped innocent young girls then callously cut their throats, standing before a judge. As the good judge looks upon the devious criminal, he is filled with anger as he brings down his gavel and passes the death sentence. Desire for justice fuels his wrath. How much more will a perfect and holy God be wrath-filled and break out on sinful humanity for our wickedness! No man can stand in God’s presence and live. His holiness demands our death. The only way we can live is to be sheltered in Jesus Christ.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Words of Comfort: Rest?

It is often said that we should “come apart” before we come apart. We should make sure we take the time to rest. If you are overwhelmed with your work for God, delegate, but don’t just do nothing while sinners sink into Hell. It is far better to burn out than to rust out. Pray always. Preach the word, in season and out of season...always laboring in the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain. We will have eternity to rest.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Words of Comfort: Amalekites.

A skeptic writes: “God said He would blot out all remembrance of Amalek. The Bible itself disproves this by mentioning Amalek to this day.”

God told Moses to “write this for a memorial in the book,” and God preserved the Book for 5,000 years so skeptics would know that God keeps every promise He makes. The phrase “I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven” means that He will blot them out as a nation from the earth. There are no descendants of the Amalekites on the earth. They don’t exist.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Rod of God.

We hear sermons about Aaron and Hur holding up the hands of Moses, as Joshua led Israel in a battle against Amalek, as examples of intercessory prayer. As long as Moses’ hands were held up, Joshua prevailed. But it’s also relevant to notice that Moses was holding “the rod of God.”

When we lift up the rod of the Law in the battle for souls, we will prevail. Scripture and church history testify to that. The enemy hates the use of the moral Law (the Ten Commandments) in witnessing, because he knows that if our evangelistic efforts (with the help of God) produce genuine converts, they will in turn reproduce their own kind, set our churches on fire and bring revival to this dying world.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Rock.

“The apostle says that Rock was Christ, 1Co 10:4, it was a type of him. While the curse of God might justly have been executed upon our guilty souls, behold the Son of God is smitten for us. Let us ask and receive. There was a constant, abundant supply of this water. Numerous as believers are, the supply of the Spirit of Christ is enough for all. The water flowed from the rock in streams to refresh the wilderness, and attended them on their way towards Canaan; and this water flows from Christ, through the ordinances, in the barren wilderness of this world, to refresh our souls, until we come to glory.” Matthew Henry

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Words of Comfort: Dusty Bible.

Make sure you daily gather sustenance from God’s Word. If you suspect that someone is a false convert, ask when he last read the Bible. His response will indicate whether he is close to or distant from the Lord. False converts, who let sin into their hearts, will often still pray to their concept of God but will stop reading His Word. Like the manner from Heaven which spoiled overnight, the Word becomes odious to them because of their sin.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Words fo Comfort: Supernaturally-Naturally.

A skeptic wrote: “God violates the laws of nature and of logic.”

His very omniscience is illogical. How can He be aware of every thought of every human heart at one time (see Psa. 139:1–10)? We struggle to entertain two thoughts at once. Neither is it logical that old movies invisibly and instantly (in full color) speed through the air and manifest themselves on my TV screen, phone or iPad.

So many natural things that we now take for granted defy the logic of earlier days. So it is not logical to reject the idea that the Creator of this universe—the One who created the laws of nature—could turn water into wine, still storms, curse a fig tree, and raise the dead. God made the sea; He can part it if He so desires. He can also walk on it. Since He created the human body, He can fix it without medicine. He can create pillars of salt, pillars of fire, and pillars of goose feathers, if He wants. Virgin birth? No problem. Resurrection—easy (see Acts 26:8).

If I acknowledge that a supernatural Creator exists, everything supernaturally becomes possible. Naturally.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Words of Comfort: Eating a live, fat, blood-filled, wriggling worm.

"Didn't you say before that it was impossible for God to lie? Which is it? Are all things possible or not? I'm not taking anything out of context. Ray Comfort has said that it is impossible for God to lie, and now he is saying with God, all things are possible.  It can't be both. Logic... It's important." Brad Gurney

Let me try and show you how it can be both. It would be impossible for me to eat a live, fat, blood-filled, wriggling worm. Of course it is possible for me to eat it--all I need to do is put it in my mouth and chew, but it is such a disgusting thought, I draw on the strength of the word "impossible" to substantiate the claim. Lying is so against God's holy nature, so repulsive, so disgusting and distasteful to Him the Bible calls on the strength of the word "impossible" to substantiate the claim. It is “impossible” for God to lie. That means you can totally trust every promise He makes.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words of Comfort: I Want Logic.

"I want logic. Either God can do all things, or he can't. It's not a matter of whether or not he wants to. If you want to prove that to me, then you can try. But it needs to be done with logic and reason and evidence.” Brad Gurney

Okay, let's have some logic. Tell me, do you like a blue sky? Do you enjoy a good sunset? How about a sunrise? Where to you, is "here"? Pinpoint "now." Where is up (point to it)? Now point to down.

The sky isn’t blue. It doesn’t have any color to it. The sun never rises, nor does it set (the earth turns). “Now” cannot be pinpointed. The millisecond you pinpoint it, it becomes “then.” There is no such direction as up, or down. Those who point up in the northern hemisphere, point in a different direction to those at the equator or in the Southern Hemisphere.

We can’t be sure of anything. Two hundred years ago the thought of flying 400 people in a steel can at 33,000 feet was illogical and impossible. iPads are illogical. It makes no sense that someone can see me and talk to me at the speed of light from 7,000 miles away.

You say that these things become logical when explained.  That’s our point when it comes to God. If you want to shut your eyes to the genius of His handiwork (evidence for His existence) then go ahead, but make sure you realize that what you are doing is illogical, unreasonable, irrational and ridiculous, in the truest sense of the word.  

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