Daily Bible Nugget #372, Luke 20:35

The Nugget:

Luk 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

My Comment:

I received the following very interesting question today from a reader here:

The Question:

I hope you answer a big question of mine in your blog. I know I have read in the Bible that we are “like” angels in heaven and as such there is no marriage frown emoticon

Yet, all of creations screams male and female for eternity. Did God make Eve for Adam for eternity? I have a hard time thinking that people in love who have been married here on earth cannot continue in heaven… married. I was taught as a Mormon that families are for ever and that marriage is eternal. Yet, I see in the Bible this may not be the case and I am confused. Why love if we cannot be with the love of our life forever as one? sigh

My Answer:

Readers: Sit up and take notice. The following answer will be new to you, but you may be sure that what I present below is the teaching of Scripture, to the best of my understanding!

Your question has concerned my wife, too. We do know that we will be able to recognize our loved ones in heaven (Matthew 17:3; Luke 16:23). Therefore, we surely will know our wives or husbands.

The idea that we will not continue the relationship of marriage in heaven as we know it on earth may be based upon Luke 20:35. Most readers of Luke 20:35 understand it to mean that our marriage relationship does not continue in heaven. I wonder if Jesus rather meant that when we get to heaven, we will no longer continue to marry or have children, without denying the continuation of the relationships we have had on this earth in this life. Of course, the Sadducees raised this matter as an argument against the doctrine of a future life and a resurrection from the dead, for if a person had more than one wife or husband, which wife or husband would be the relationship continued in heaven?

I wonder if we might better understand Luke 20:35 in the light of Isaiah 54:1. In Isaiah 54:1, the barren woman is a reference to Israel, and the married woman is a reference to resurrected believers who are united with Christ. In that future time, Israel as a nation will continue forever here on earth, inhabited or peopled by ordinary physical people in the flesh who will continue to marry and be given in marriage, for Scripture clearly teaches that the generations of mankind will continue to live on this earth forever (Psalm 72:5, and its cross references, given below).

The evidence in Scripture is that our Lord Jesus Christ will reign on this earth forever, not just 1000 years, and He will be seated upon the throne of David for ever (Luke 1:32, 33), ruling over the whole earth (Zechariah 14:9), from Jerusalem (Isaiah 24:23).

All who are saved, who are believers in “this age,” will reign with Christ forever, and thus will be the inheritors of His eternal kingdom here on earth. The natural generations of people who continue on earth will be the subjects of the kingdom, the ones who are ruled over by the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Jews, the King of Israel, and Lord of the whole earth. These subjects of the kingdom in their natural, physical bodies will continue to marry and be given in marriage, and have children on into the future here on earth, producing the eternal generations to come. But those who are the inheritors of the kingdom in glorified resurrection bodies will no longer marry and be given in marriage or have children, such that the descendants of natural Israel itself will eventually outnumber we who have been resurrected who are on the earth with Christ reigning with Christ in His kingdom. This ties in to the promises given in the Abrahamic Covenant.

This is where many great teachers, theologians, authors of books, get things wrong.

We will not spend eternity in heaven. We return with Christ to be with Him, to be where He is, and that clearly is upon this earth, where He will reign forever (Revelation 5:10; Matthew 5:5). If we should die before the Rapture takes place, we go immediately to be with Christ in heaven, fully conscious of the fact (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23), until we return with Him to earth to receive our resurrected bodies. Those who are believers here on earth at the time that happens will be transformed into their glorified bodies without experiencing death (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), and will join the resurrected believers to be with the Lord Jesus Christ ever after, not in heaven, for there is no Scripture evidence that I am aware of (after long and careful study, you may be sure) to suggest we return with Christ to heaven.

We meet Him in the air, and continue with Him as He completes His descent to earth, as mentioned in part in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17, 18; but also in Deuteronomy 33:2, and its cross references. Sometimes an event which took place as history (such as Deuteronomy 33:2) is shown to be a picture or type of what God intends to do in the future, and so serves as Bible prophecy too. This is what is established without question by the passages elsewhere in the Old Testament which make reference to Deuteronomy 33:2. The set of cross references at Deuteronomy 33:2, though not many in number, are to me among the most significant cross references to be found anywhere in the Bible, and very instructive about these things.

For those readers who do not have access to The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, let me share with you the more complete sets of cross references that I have compiled since I developed that now out-of-print volume for some of the verses I mentioned:

Psalm 72:5

Psalm 72:5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

Psalm 72:5. They shall fear. Ex 14:31. 1 S 12:18. 1 K 3:28. as long. ver. Ps 72:7, 17. Ps 89:29, 36, 37. +Ge 8:22. Dt 11:21. +Ec 1:4. Is 9:7. 66:22, 23. **+Je 31:35, 36. Da 2:44. *Da 7:14, 27. +**Lk 1:32, 33. +*1 Cor 15:24, 25. Ep 3:21. **Re 11:15. throughout all. +*Ps 89:4, 29, 36, 37. 102:28. **+Ps 145:13. **+Ps 146:10. +*2 S 7:16. Is 34:17. 51:8. 59:21. 60:15. 65:23. 66:22. Je 33:22. Ezk 37:25. Mt 5:5. +**Lk 1:32, 33. generations. +Ge 9:12.

The point of the above set of references is to show the Bible declares natural generations of people will continue on earth for ever, contrary to what is usually taught.

Deuteronomy 33:2

Deuteronomy 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

Deuteronomy 33:2. The Lord came. Jb 33:23. +**Ps 68:7. SS 8:5. *Is 63:1-4. Da 4:13. 8:13. +**Hab 3:3. %Mt 24:26. +*Ac 1:11. Re 10:7n, point 5. from Sinai. Ex 16:1. 19:11, 18-20. *Le 26:46. Nu 10:12. Jg 5:4, 5. Ne 9:13. *Ps 68:7-10, 21, 23. 147:19. Is 11:11n, point 24. +*Je 31:2. Ezk 20:36n. Ho 6:5. +**Hab 3:3. Ga 4:25. rose up. 1 Cor 15:20. from Seir. Dt 11:29. Ge 32:3n. +Ge 36:20. Jsh 11:17. Jg 5:4, 5. he shined forth. Ps 50:2. 80:1. Is 58:10. 66:15. 2 Cor 4:6. from mount Paran. Dt 1:1. Ge 14:6. +Ge 21:21. Nu 13:3n. 1 K 11:18. +**Hab 3:3. 2 Th 1:9. came with. +*Zc 14:5. +*Mk 8:38. +*Jn 14:2, 3. Ac 20:32. +*Ro 8:19. +*1 Th 3:13. +*1 Th 4:16, 17n. +*2 Th 2:1. ten thousands. Ps 68:7, 17. Da 7:9, 10. Mt 16:27. Lk 9:26. Ac 7:53. Ga 3:19. 2 Th 1:7. He 2:2. 12:22. +*Jude 1:14. Re 5:11. 19:14. saints. Ex 19:6. Jb 5:1. Ps 50:5. +*Ps 89:5. +**Ps 149:5-9. +*Zc 14:5. Ep 3:18. +*1 Th 3:13. Re 11:18. a fiery law. Heb. a fire of law. Dt 5:22, 25. 1 K 8:53. Is 30:27. 66:15. Da 7:9, 10. +*Mt 3:11, 12. *2 Cor 3:7, 9. Ga 3:10, 19. He 2:2. 12:20, 29. +*2 P 3:7. for them. Is 33:22. Jn 15:14. Ac 7:53.

Note particularly, for the above references, the emphasis marking “+**” which I supplied for several of the cross references. Several of these are surely Bible prophecy, and just as surely, allude to Deuteronomy 33:2.

Isaiah 54:1

Isaiah 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 54:1. Sing. or, Shout in triumph (CB). FS96B3, +Ge 20:7. Is 12:6. 44:23. 49:13. 52:8, 9. Zp 3:14. O barren. Is 62:4. +*Ge 11:30. 21:6. 24:67. 1 S 1:8. 2 S 2:1, 5. SS 8:8. Je 3:20. Ezk 16:15, 20, 21, 36, etc. Ho 2:4. 4:6. 5:7. *Ho 9:14-17. 10:1. Lk 1:25. Ga 4:27. 1 Tim 5:5. He 11:11, 12. thou. lit. she. FS96D3, +Ge 49:4. break. F/L +Is 14:7. 42:10, 11. 44:23. 49:13. 52:9. 55:12, 13. Ps 67:3-5. 98:3-9. *Zp 3:14. *Zc 9:9. Re 7:9, 10. into singing. Is 12:6. 24:14. 49:13. Zp 3:14. +*Zc 2:10. travail. Is 66:7. Re 12:2. for more. Is 9:3. 27:6. 32:15. 49:17, 18-20. 60:22. +*Ge 22:16-18. 1 S 2:5. +*Ps 113:9. Ec 3:2. Song 3:4. Je 31:27, 28. 33:22. Ezk 36:10, 11, 37, 38. Ho 1:10. Zc 2:3-5. Mk 4:31. Lk 13:19. +*Ac 3:19. He 11:11, 12. 12:22, 23. Re 21:2. are the children. +*Ps 102:28. Ho 1:10. of the desolate. +Is 1:7. 49:21. *Is 62:4. than the children. Ps 22:31. 45:16. Ezk 16:61. +**Mt 7:14. **Lk 20:35, 36. Ro 8:23. married wife. *2 Cor 11:2. *Ep 5:27. *Re 19:7-9.

Luke 20:35

Luke 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

Luke 20:35. accounted worthy. Lk 7:4. +**Lk 21:36. Zc 3:7. Mt 10:37. +Mt 22:8. Ac 5:41. 2 Th 1:5, 11. Re 3:4. to obtain. +*Da 12:2, 3. *Jn 5:29. Ac 24:15. +*Phil 3:11n. **He 6:12. *He 11:35. that. +Mt 12:32. +**Jn 6:54n. world. Gr. aion, +Mt 6:13. Lk 18:30. Is 64:5. +*Mk 10:30. the resurrection. lit. the resurrection that out of dead ones, or the resurrection, that one out of or from among dead ones (Peters, Theocratic Kingdom, vol. 2, p. 299). +*Lk 14:14. from. Gr. ek, a preposition which in this construction signifies out of, from, from among, and when used before a genitive signifies a whole from which a part is taken, as at Ac 3:23; 19:33; 1 Cor 5:13; He 5:1 (See Peters, Theocratic Kingdom, vol. 2, p. 298). +*Lk 14:14. Ac 4:2. 1 Cor 15:22, 23, 42-44. +*Phil 3:11n. 1 Th 4:16. 1 P 1:3. the dead. or, dead people: i.e. leaving them for a subsequent resurrection (CB). Lk 16:30, 31. Mk 12:25. Jn 20:9. Ac 10:41. Ro 6:13. 10:7, 9. 11:15. 1 Cor 15:12, 20. +Phil 3:11n. He 11:19. neither marry. ver. Lk 20:34. Lk 17:27. +*Is 54:1. +*Mt 22:29, 30. 24:38. +*Mk 12:24, 25.

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Daily Bible Nugget #371, Deuteronomy 22:5

The Nugget:

Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

My Comment:

A concerned reader here, newly interested in deeper Bible study, raised the question of how Deuteronomy 22:5 might properly be applied for Christian women of today.

She also mentioned she had some trouble finding a copy in good condition of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, for the copy she purchased on eBay was in very poor condition with missing pages, etc. She asked if my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, was enough alike that she could do without it and make use of Nave’s Topical Bible instead, which she received in good condition.

I thought my reply to her concerns would be of great, even important benefit, to all readers here.

My book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, is not at all the same as Nave’s Topical Bible. Nave’s Topical Bible is arranged alphabetically by Bible topic or subject. For each topic, Nave’s Topical Bible gives a good selection of verses about that topic.

My book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, is arranged just like your Bible, by book, chapter and verse. For each verse I supply the main keywords in the verse, and provide cross references to other passages in the Bible on the same theme or subject. I use the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge far more often than I use Nave’s Topical Bible. You can study individual verses in the Bible using Nave’s Topical Bible by using the index at the back, but it is a tedious process, and should you happen to try it, you will likely find my book far more complete than Naves for illuminating any particular verse in the Bible. The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge also has seven indexes, largely prepared by my wife Susanne, which makes the content of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge far more accessible.

Now about Deuteronomy 22:5. The least that can properly be affirmed from that verse is that women should not wear men’s clothes. Many Christians understand that to mean that women can wear slacks and pant suits designed for women, for they are not men’s clothes. That is the position my wife takes, and on these matters I greatly respect her judgment. We live out in the country, and to work outside in the garden and yard, riding the garden tractor to cut the grass, she does not wear a dress. But when attending church she wears a dress that is very modest, high neck line, and dress reaching to mid-calf. Because my wife is tall, particularly long-waisted, she has to sew her own clothes. Store-bought clothes just don’t fit her.

Yet I have known many women, including Christian female students in my public school classes, who always wore full-length dresses. I always appreciated the effort they and their parents made to have the girls dress modestly. I have had some girls who I dared not look their direction because of the clothing they wore to class–it was far too revealing.

I told the reader, When you finally do get your own copy of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, you will note that the Subject Index has the entry, “Modest apparel, 1 Timothy 2:9,” an entry my wife made sure I included!

I wrote to tell her, now that you have Nave’s Topical Bible, you can find the topic “Women” which starts on page 1412. On page 1413, notice the topic “Forbidden to wear men’s costume, Deut. 22:5. Wore hair long, 1 Cor. 11:5-15. Rules for dress of Christian, 1 Tim 2:9, 10; 1 Pet. 3:3, 4.

This is where The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge comes in handy. You can look up those verses cited in Nave’s Topical Bible to find more verses that shed light on the passages Nave has cited.

The key in this matter is that a woman’s character is revealed most by her face. Her clothing should to some degree help others focus upon her face rather than other areas of her body.

In the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge I have placed a rather full discussion of a matter closely connected to this issue at 1 Corinthians 11:5. Some believe and teach that some of these regulations pertaining to dress, head covering, hair length, and the like only pertain to the people living at that time and in that culture, not ours. I have written in my note about that issue that we must take care in our culture to not imitate the dress of harlots and prostitutes or go-go girls, lest Christian women be associated with them. The Bible teaches plainly enough that we are to be very different from those in the world about us.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 200 for Deuteronomy 22:5.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 219 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Deuteronomy 22:5.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 139 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Deuteronomy 22:5.

Deuteronomy 22:5. woman shall not. Note: This prohibition was no doubt intended to exclude the idolatrous customs of the heathen, as well as to prevent the evil which would be produced by the introduction of such customs. Nothing was more common among idolaters, than for men, in the worship of several of their gods, to put on the garments worn by women; particularly in the worship of Venus, to which that of Ashtaroth among the Canaanites bore a striking resemblance, the women were accustomed to appear in armour before her, and the men in women’s apparel. But independently of this, the practice has produced the greatest confusion in society, and has been productive of the grossest crimes. Hence Clodius, who dressed himself as a woman, that he might mingle with the Roman ladies in the feast of the Bona dea, was universally justly execrated. +Je 10:2. *1 Cor 11:4-15. +*1 Tim 2:9. Titus 2:4, 5. 1 P 3:3-5. neither shall a man. **Zp 1:8. +*1 Cor 6:9. abomination. See on Dt 18:12. 25:16.

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Daily Bible Nugget #370, Jeremiah 10:6

The Nugget:

Jeremiah 10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

My Comment:

The twelfth attribute of God on my list of well over 40 attributes found in the Bible is the attribute of God being unequalled. If there is no one like God, He is surely unequalled.

In context, Jeremiah is speaking against idols and idolatry. God warns and commands, “Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them” (Jeremiah 10:2).

This is a clear message from God to us that we must not learn the way of the heathen. That means that genuine Bible believing Christians ought to stand out as being different in their values and way of life, compared to the pagan culture around us.

In my own experience, I have found that people will notice that I am not like them. I tried to hide that the first day on the job when I worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. By the end of the day my co-worker who was training me asked, “Are you going to be a preacher?” To this day I do not know what prompted that question or observation on his part. I had purposely not said one word about the Bible or the Lord. I learned from that incident that our testimony shines through even if we do not express it verbally.

By the way, I am not a preacher. I became an English teacher, a world and American history teacher, a reading specialist, and a writing specialist and consultant at the high school level. But I have continued to read and study my Bible.

But if God is unequalled, and we truly know and belong to Him, we should not be following the latest fad, agreeing with supposed majority opinion, using the same ungodly vocabulary, or blending in with the world about us. Our values must be rooted in God’s Word. But for that to take place, we must be reading and studying God’s Word. I hope you will do just that. Then God can use you as an instrument in His hands to bring others to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 806 for Jeremiah 10:6.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 832 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Jeremiah 10:6.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 473 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Jeremiah 10:6.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Jeremiah 10:6. none like. ver. Je 10:7. +**Ge 18:25n. +Ex 8:10. *Ex 9:14. *Ex 15:11. *Dt 32:31. 33:26. 1 S 2:2. 2 S 7:22. 22:32. 1 K 8:23. 1 Ch 17:20. 2 Ch 6:14. Jb 36:22, 23. *Ps 35:10. 77:13, 14. 86:8-10. 89:6-8. 96:4, 5. 113:5. Is 40:13, 14, +*Is 40:18, +*Is 40:25. 46:5, 9. 55:8, 9. %+*Mt 8:27. +*Mt 28:19n. thou art great. Je 32:18. Ex 15:7. Dt 3:24. 1 Ch 16:25. +1 Ch 29:11. 2 Ch 2:5. Ne 4:14. 9:32. Jb 25:2. Ps 48:1. 77:13, 14. 95:3. 96:4. +*Ps 104:1. 145:3. 147:5. Is 12:6. +Da 2:45. 4:3, 34, 35. Mal 1:11, 14. thy name. +Ps 20:1. 75:1. might. Jsh 4:24. Jb 36:22, 23. +Jb 42:2. Ps 50:1. Lk 1:49.

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Daily Bible Nugget #369, Isaiah 40:25

The Nugget:

Isaiah 40:25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. (KJV)

Isa 40:25 Who then seems to you to be my equal? says the Holy One. (Basic English Bible)

Isa 40:25 The holy God asks, “Who compares with me? Is anyone my equal?” (CEV)

My Comment:

There is no one equal to God. He is absolutely unequalled. Notice the Common English Version’s rendering, “Is anyone my equal?” This is a question that expects “No” for the answer.

Isaiah 40:25 is a verse in the Bible that directly asserts God is unequalled, which is the twelfth attribute of God on my list of over forty attributes of God on my list.

Now, one might be tempted to ask, “So what?” The answer is found in the context of Isaiah chapter 40. That context was written to show the foolishness of idols and idolatry. Idols are usually thought of as physical representations of a pagan god. But checking further into what the rest of the Bible has to say shows that idols can be in our heart (Ezekiel 14:3, 4). Certain sins, like greed or covetousness, are associated with idolatry (Colossians 3:5).

The issue is, God wants us to be totally committed to Him, and to His written Word in the Bible. Jesus both spoke to and illustrated in practice this very principle when He confronted Satan’s temptations in the wilderness (Matthew 4:10). Any priority in our lives that comes ahead of our commitment to God and the Bible in some measure is idolatry.

God should be unequalled in our own lives. How we spend our time shows directly what our priorities are. We will be richly blessed if we “take time to be holy” as the Gospel hymn I have quoted in full on this site more than once says.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 758 for Isaiah 40:25.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 789 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Isaiah 40:25.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 451 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Isaiah 40:25.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Isaiah 40:25. To whom. +ver. Is 40:18. **Is 55:9. Dt 4:15-18, 33. 5:8. Ps 8:5n. 77:13. 147:5. liken me. %Ge 1:26. %Ge 3:5, 22. %Ge 5:1. Ex 8:10. 15:11. Dt 3:24. 33:26. *2 S 7:22. 1 K 8:23. 1 Ch 17:20. Ps 35:10. 71:19. 86:8. 89:8. 113:5. +Je 10:6. 49:19. 50:44. +*Mic 7:18. Ro 1:23. shall I be equal. Is 46:5. Ps 135:5.

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Daily Bible Nugget #368, Isaiah 40:18 Part Two

The Nugget:

Isa 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

My Comment:

God is unequalled. This is the twelfth attribute of God on my list of the attributes of God, a list that so far extends to over 40 characteristics God possesses as they are given to us in the Bible.

In the immediate context of Isaiah 40:18, the Bible tells us that since God is unequalled, there are no lesser gods, and idolatry is mistaken.

The specific term “equal” is applied in direct reference to God by His own statement, when He said “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One” (Isaiah 40:25).

In my last post I discussed some of the theological ramifications of Isaiah 40:18 and the fact that God is stated in the Bible to be unequalled, the twelfth attribute of God on my list of over 40 Divine Attributes attributed to God in the Bible.

This time I want to apply the practical ramifications of the context of Isaiah 40:18, a context which is a strong and logical refutation of idolatry.

I’m sure almost no one today believes in idolatry. At least that is what they likely think in their own mind. But if you were to search the Scriptures on this subject, you might be very surprised at what the Bible has to say on this subject. Consider the following verse from the New Testament:

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (KJV)

Col 3:5 So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry. (NET Bible)

Col 3:5 Then put to death your bodies which are of the earth; wrong use of the flesh, unclean things, passion, evil desires and envy, which is the worship of strange gods; (Basic English Bible)

Col 3:5 Don’t be controlled by your body. Kill every desire for the wrong kind of sex. Don’t be immoral or indecent or have evil thoughts. Don’t be greedy, which is the same as worshiping idols.
(CEV)

If we are greedy, if we are covetous, we are guilty of idolatry.

The sin of covetousness as described and as commanded against in the Bible covers a broad range of issues and concerns. The commandment itself is found in Exodus 20:17. Paul discusses this commandment in Romans 7:7, 8.

In Isaiah 40:19 we read of the making of a physical idol. Evidently the very poor people who cannot even afford to make an offering to the true God scrape together enough resources to afford an idol of wood, gold, and silver. The idolater does not consider Who has made the visible creation, and Who is in ultimate control of all that goes on in the sphere of government and politics and the justice system (Isaiah 40:23).

The sin of idolatry involves making wrong choices. Wrong choices about how to use our limited resources, wrong choices about what we choose to be interested in, wrong choices in how we spend our time.

If God really is Who He says He is, then this understanding about God should make an impact in our lives and influence all we say and do.

Are we really committed to God? Do we really believe in His written word in the Bible? As to the Bible, our actual belief is demonstrated by the level of commitment we have made to take the proper amount of time to not only read the Bible, but study the Bible for ourselves.

Do you love the Bible? Does reading and studying the Bible bring deep joy to your life?

The Bible writers themselves confessed to the joy they had from the reading and study, literally inwardly digesting, the Word of God. Take just one example, the prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

If you are not yet to the place in your life where you can confess, like Jeremiah, that the Bible is the joy and rejoicing of your heart, decide today to re-set your life priorities and take the time to read and study God’s written word in the Bible every day. The more you read the Bible, the better you will understand it, and the more interesting and helpful it will become in your life. Don’t let the “cares and riches and pleasures of this life” choke the word in your life, as Jesus taught about in Luke 8:14, when he spoke of the seed of the Word of God falling among thorns! Take care that the Word of God in your life has fallen upon the good ground that brings forth much fruit (Luke 8:15).

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Daily Bible Nugget #367, Isaiah 40:18 Part One

The Nugget:

Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

My Comment:

God is unequalled. This is the twelfth attribute of God on my list of the attributes of God, a list that so far extends to over 40 characteristics God possesses as they are given to us in the Bible.

In the immediate context of Isaiah 40:18, the Bible tells us that since God is unequalled, there are no lesser gods, and idolatry is mistaken.

The specific term “equal” is applied in direct reference to God by His own statement, when He said “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One” (Isaiah 40:25).

In terms of Biblical theology, this concept raises the hackles of non-Trinitarians, because Jesus Christ is repeatedly called God in the New Testament. See John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The Jehovah’s Witnesses and their teaching authority, the Watchtower, get around this verse by claiming the King James Version is mistaken here. The Jehovah Witness Bible translation, The New World Translation, “corrects” the King James alleged mistranslation by rendering “and the word was a god.”

By comparing Scripture with Scripture–perhaps the best method of Bible study easily available to every Bible reader, the fact that God is unequalled (Isaiah 40:18) lets us know right off that there can be no “lesser gods,” which Jesus Christ must be, if Jesus is merely “a god,” and not God Almighty. This is reinforced by the statement in Deuteronomy 32:39, where God declares “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me…”

Every passage I might produce to demonstrate that Jesus Christ is full Deity, that Jesus Christ is called God (such as John 20:28; Acts 7:59; Acts 20:28; Titus 2:13; 1 John 5:20), has been contradicted by the Jehovah’s Witnesses repeatedly in their literature and Bible translation. Yet each of their efforts to contradict what the Bible properly translated most definitely says has been carefully answered by recognized Bible scholars who have no denominational axe to grind. I have answered many of the mistaken positions of the Watchtower on this and other matters in depth and in detail both here on this website and in my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (see its Subject Index entry, “Jehovah’s Witnesses: Answers to Doctrinal Errors,” on page 1562).

How can you or I be sure that the Bible doctrine we believe is the correct Bible doctrine? The answer is that correct doctrine matches what the Bible teaches. This means we must study the Bible carefully for ourselves. We must be “Berean Christians” (Acts 17:11), which is the direct opposite of being denominational Christians. I have driven by a relatively new local church congregation that has the name “Berean Baptist Church.” Now that is (unwittingly, I’m sure) a contradiction in terms!

I mean no offense to anyone who may be Baptist by denomination. The point is, anyone who continues to do what I call Real Bible Study will study himself or herself right out of any denomination he or she may now adhere to. That doesn’t always require that we separate ourselves from a sound Bible-believing church. But we eventually learn that no denomination fully adheres to the teaching of Scripture.

We don’t need to stir up trouble in our own church when we learn from careful study that our church is wrong on doctrinal issues about which good Christians differ. It does mean that when we know what the Bible teaches, we do not emphasize those doctrinal and denominational distinctives which turn out to be unsupported by the Bible.

Take the issue of the mode of Christian water baptism. Some churches sprinkle, some pour, and some immerse. Which way is correct according to the Bible?

This matter creates serious conflict when one must move to a new location, a new neighborhood, due to job change, or other reason. It may not be possible to find a church that matches what you are used to in your home church.

If you were brought up Methodist, Episcopalian, or Presbyterian, you may discover that in your new location the only Bible teaching church you can find is Baptist. But if you wish to join the Baptist church, you must be or have been immersed.

I have for many years been associated with Baptist churches. I taught the college and career age Sunday school class at the Covenant Baptist Church in Detroit for several years. I taught the college and career age class at the Heritage Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida. I was brought up at Highland Park Baptist Church, in Detroit, Michigan. That is where I was first given the opportunity to teach Sunday school. Then someone checked and found I was not officially a member of the church. To continue to teach in the Sunday school, I must join the church (never mind that I had attended Highland Park Baptist Church from the time that my parents carried me there as an infant!). When I asked what I must do to become a member, I was told I must be baptized. I told them that I had just been baptized at the Methodist church two blocks away from my parents’ home. When they learned I was baptized by sprinkling, not immersion, I was told that does not count. So I agreed to be immersed at Highland Park Baptist.

My Methodist pastor, Pastor Laphew, of Thoburn Methodist Church, had given me the option to be baptized by any mode I wished. I chose sprinkling, and was baptized there before I was baptized by immersion very soon after at Highland Park Baptist Church.

Many years later, I met an elderly friend who everyone called “Uncle Frank.” Turns out he lived in the hotel next door to the apartment building where I lived at the corner of Fort Street and Hubbard in Detroit. Frank raised the mode of baptism issue as we talked one day out in the apartment building parking lot. He offered to share with me a book by Reverend G. E. Hughey, The Scriptural Mode of Christian Baptism, published in 1907.

I read that book carefully. Hughey was an expert debater in his day. I had myself extensive debate experience in high school and college. I could see Hughey demolished the position of the Baptists on the subject of the Scriptural mode of Christian baptism. In essence, he took all the water out of my tub, or baptistery!

Some have repeatedly objected to my change of position on this subject. They object that I did not go by the Bible alone and in its entirety, studying from a plain text Bible on Robinson Crusoe’s Desert Island, has I frequently urge others to do. After all, I admitted I learned this new doctrine from another man and his book, not from my own direct and independent study of the Bible.

The trouble with that objection is (1) Hughey writes about the Scriptural Mode of Christian baptism, so he appeals to the Bible and to the lexical and grammatical evidence on this subject; (2) I have no objection to learning something new from the Bible when the details of the subject are carefully derived from Scripture, even though I learn those new things from someone who has written a book on the subject.

As for baptism, I have learned (1) all modes are possible in terms of the original language terms employed in the Bible, but not all modes are supported in terms of examples of the practice in the Bible narrative; (2) the original Greek and Hebrew words that pertain to the act of baptism in some sense actually in themselves are non-modal: that means the words tell what was done, but not how it was done. (3) There are no provable examples of the immersion of persons in water for any religious purpose whatsoever anywhere in the Bible, Old or New Testament.

This last fact eliminates from any possible consideration the mode of immersion for Christian baptism; it is utterly unsupported by any example or command found in the Bible.

If you think you can find either a verse or example that proves immersion, please share it in a comment below!

So yes, you can choose to “follow the Lord” in immersion if you wish, but there is no warrant in the Bible for doing so.

Therefore, it is morally and ethically wrong to teach one must be baptized by the mode of immersion in order to have a valid Christian baptism. All Baptists must be warned and cautioned about this matter.

It is most wrong, therefore, for a Baptist church to reject the membership of genuine Christian believers who happen to have been baptized by a mode other than immersion. It is a direct violation of the command of Christ regarding baptism itself, for He did NOT command the use of immersion, neither did He or the New Testament apostles ever make use of the mode of immersion anywhere in the New Testament. It is a serious violation of the command in Romans 15:7, “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” I have shared in full the cross references for Romans 15:7 in a series of posts under the category to the right, “Verse by Verse Studies.” I believe the evidence from Scripture itself is that anyone who fails to obey Romans 15:7 is very likely not to be genuinely saved. Read the cross references I have posted in full and judge for yourself. This is a very, very serious matter–reflecting what may be the chief failing of the contemporary Church.

What should a newcomer to a church decide to do if they have already been baptized by sprinkling or pouring, if they wish to join a Baptist church? If there are no other Bible believing, Bible teaching, Bible preaching churches that are non-Baptistic available, it should be no problem to go ahead and be immersed to satisfy the requirement at the Baptist church. I did that as a teenager newly saved. My parents were most upset at my decision, for they (unknown to me at the time) did not believe in immersion. Now, many years later, I have learned that my parents were right, though they were either unable or unwilling to explain to me the basis of their own conviction at the time.

My wife disagrees with me. She has never been immersed and does not ever intend to be immersed. Her argument is, “Why should I agree to be baptized in a manner that is absolutely wrong in terms of what the Bible actually teaches? Immersion is clearly wrong, and I won’t submit to being immersed because it is contrary to what the Bible teaches.” So for her, the option is not to attend any church that insists on immersion.

Disagree with me about these matters? Have further questions? I invite you to post a comment giving in your own words any contrary evidence or argument you may have. I always welcome discussion and disagreement here. If your evidence is good enough, you may cause me to change my mind. That is one thing I openly declare: I believe the Bible. If you can prove that I am mistaken by sharing proper evidence and interpretation of the Bible that follows the now 24 Rules of Interpretation given in the October, 2010 archives here, I will most certainly change my position. I am always open to correction. So, post a comment, whether in agreement or disagreement. Or, post a question you may have.

This post has grown long. I went in a different direction than I thought I would when I started writing. So I’ll continue the discussion on another point I originally intended to raise at the beginning of this post next time, the Lord willing and enabling.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 758 for Isaiah 40:18.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 788 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Isaiah 40:18.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 451 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Isaiah 40:18.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Isaiah 40:18. To whom. ver. +*Is 40:25. *Is 46:5, 9. +Ex 8:10. 9:14. *Ex 15:11. +Ex 20:4. Dt 4:15, 16. 33:26. 1 S 2:2. Jb 40:9. Ps 8:5n. 86:8-10. 89:6, 8. 113:4, 5. +*Je 10:6, 16. Mic 7:18. *Ac 17:29. +**Col 1:15. +*He 1:3. what likeness. Ex 32:4. Nu 12:8. Dt 3:24. 4:12, 15. Jg 17:3. +*2 S 7:22. 1 K 8:23. 1 Ch 17:20. Ps 35:10. 71:19. 77:13. 106:20. Je 50:44. Ro 1:23. compare. Ps 88:6.

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Daily Bible Nugget #366, Psalm 119:155

The Nugget:

Psalm 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. (KJV)

Psalm 119:155 Salvation is far from evil-doers; for they have made no search for your rules. (Basic English Bible)

My Comment:

Why is it that so many individuals are not saved? They have not been seeking out the truth by reading the Bible for themselves.

Consider carefully Psalm 119:155. This is what I have called a “cause/effect relationship” verse. Such verses are especially instructive. “Salvation is far from the wicked” is the effect portion of the verse. “For they seek not thy statutes” is the cause portion of the verse. To avoid the undesirable effect, reverse the behavior which constitutes the cause. This is not hard to do. Read your Bible and believe what it says! If you don’t or won’t read your Bible, you are far from salvation, and you are an evil-doer according to the Bible.

Calvinists often stress Romans 3:11, “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Calvinists misunderstand what Paul wrote because they refuse to consider the context. Romans 3:11 is a quotation from Psalm 14:1, 2, 3 and Psalm 53:1, 2, 3. The context of the source text in Psalms is necessary to consider when understanding what Paul states in Romans 3:11. The ones who do not understand, the ones that do not seek after God, are the ones the Psalmist speaks of as fools.

You do not have to remain a fool in God’s eyes. You can decide to read the Bible to become “wise unto salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15, 16).

Here is another verse which ties in to Psalm 119:155,

Proverbs 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. (KJV)

Proverbs 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely. (ESV)

Clearly, those who fail to carefully study the Bible to learn what God has to say about important issues have a mistaken view of what is going on in the world about them. They do not understand justice. They have their priorities backwards. They do not understand what is right and what is wrong. On a personal level, they are far from salvation. They are without hope, eternally lost, unless and until they hear and believe the message of salvation found in the Bible.

Taking just five to twenty minutes a day to read the New Testament would remove the darkness most people live in today, and bring them to the eternal light of salvation in Christ. Eternity is a very long time. Those who are wise prepare for their eternal destiny by getting acquainted with their Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ by spending quality time reading His written word in the Bible now.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 634 for Psalm 119:155.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 678 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Psalm 119:155.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 400 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Psalm 119:155.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Psalm 119:155. Salvation. ver. Ps 119:123. *Ps 73:27. *Ps 85:9. Jb 5:4. Is 46:12. %Is 54:14. 57:19. *Lk 16:26. *Ep 2:12, 13, 17, 18. is far. Ps 10:1. 22:1. 38:11. 65:5. Is 59:11. La 3:17. from the wicked. Ps 14:1, 2. +*Pr 28:5. Is 3:11. 57:20, 21. Ro 2:8, 9. Titus 1:16. for they seek not. ver. %Ps 119:10, %Ps 119:94, 150. *Ps 10:4, 5. %Ps 94:12, 13. *Jb 21:14, 15. *Pr 1:7. %+*Pr 28:5. Je 44:23. +Mt 21:16. Lk 16:24. Jn 5:39. Ac 17:11, 12. %Ro 2:7. +*Ro 3:11. thy statutes. ver. +Ps 119:5. Jn 20:31. 2 Tim 3:15, 16, 17. James 1:18, 21. 1 P 1:23.

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Daily Bible Nugget #365, Job 11:7

The Nugget:

Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

My Comment:

This is a verse that ties into the eleventh attribute of God of my list of over 40 Divine Attributes, in this case (11) unsearchability.

God is so far above us we can hardly suppose that we have Him completely figured out, or completely understood. Fortunately, God has chosen to reveal Himself in His written Word, the Bible. You can search the Scriptures (Acts 17:11), and ought to search the Scriptures (John 5:39), but you will never exhaust the truths about God and his character or attributes as revealed in the Bible. So, keep reading your Bible, and start or continue studying your Bible. That is the way to get to know God better (Psalm 9:10), and to draw closer to Him (James 4:8).

The wonderful thing about the Bible is that the more you read and study it, the more you learn about God. But there is more. You do not merely learn about Him, you can get to know Him in a personal way and experience a personal relationship with Him. He will lead and guide you if you will let Him do so.

It is possible for anyone to choose to seek God (1 Ch 16:11), or God could hardly with integrity ask that we do so. Your search for God will not be in vain (see Isaiah 45:19) if you will search for Him in the right place–your Bible.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 500 for Job 11:7.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 557 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Job 11:7.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 349 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Job 11:7.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Job 11:7. Canst. FS85S, +Jb 4:17. by searching. Jb 5:9. 9:10. +1 Ch 16:11n. 28:9. Is 45:19. Je 29:13. +*He 11:6. find out God. Jb 26:14. 36:26. 37:5, 20, 23. Ge 32:29. Ex 3:14. Dt 29:29. 1 Ch 28:9. 2 Ch 15:2. Ps 8:9. 36:6. *Ps 77:19. 86:10. 139:6-10. 145:3. Pr 25:2. 30:3. Ec 3:11. 7:24. 8:17. 11:5. Is 19:12. 40:12, 28. +**Je 31:37. +Da 4:3. Mt 11:27. *Ro 11:33. 1 Cor 2:10, 16. 13:9. Ep 3:8, 19. the Almighty. Ge 17:1. Ru 1:20. unto perfection. Ex 33:23.

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Daily Bible Nugget #364, Proverbs 23:10

The Nugget:

Pro_23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

My Comment:

Ezra Pound once said or wrote, “Literature is news that stays news.” Thomas DeQuincey wrote an outstanding essay in the nineteenth century that discussed two kinds of literature: the literature of knowledge, and the literature of power. He pointed out that the “literature of knowledge” soon goes out of date, because new information has come to light which makes the old information either invalid or no longer useful. The “literature of power” never goes out of date and never needs to be revised, like the works of Shakespeare and the Bible. That is why the Bible is news that stays news. It is more up-to-date than next month’s news headlines.

We ought not to forget the message of some of our great hymns and gospel songs. To forget them is to remove the old landmark, much to our great loss. We ought to still be singing them. They are better by far than any of the supposedly modern or contemporary music now used in some of our churches. Let me share the words of just two hymns you need to learn, pray, and follow. Based squarely on Scripture, they can change your outlook and your life.

1. LEAD ME TO SOME SOUL

In memory of D. L. Moody, who said, “I must speak to one soul each day about Christ.”

Lead me to some soul today,
O teach me Lord, just what to say;
Friends of mine are lost in sin,
And cannot find their way.
Few there are who seem to care,
And few there are who pray;
Melt my heart and fill my life.
Give me one soul today.

2. TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY

Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always,
And feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children;
Help those who are weak;
Forgetting in nothing
His blessing to seek.

Do you know how to lead a soul to Christ? In order to lead a person to Christ you need to learn several Bible verses to share with them. I would suggest you consider sharing the following verses which you would find it helpful to learn by heart. Learn both the words and the “address,” that is, Bible book name, chapter number, and verse number. Knowing these verses by heart makes it possible to share them anywhere, anytime, even if you do not have a Bible with you.

The first verse I recommend that you consider is a verse of motivation for yourself. It is Romans 1:16,

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

We should never be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. Other people feel free to talk about what they are interested, even deeply interested in. You should feel free to talk about your faith in Christ and how another person can come to have that same faith.

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God. It does not depend upon how skilled or persuasive you are. The Gospel of Christ is the power of God, not the power of you or me! And it is powerful, because it changes lives, and brings individuals into a right relationship to God and to Christ.

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. What does it take for a person to be truly saved? They need to come to the place where they believe the Gospel of Christ.

Just who can be saved? Everyone who believes.

What is it that a person must believe in order to be saved? Paul tells us that in Romans 10:9, 10.

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The person who really believes in Jesus Christ will confess or declare with their mouth that Jesus is their Lord. A person who really believes in Jesus Christ believes the record of what the Bible tells us about Jesus Christ, particularly that God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus rose bodily from the dead by the power of God. This we call the bodily resurrection from the dead. Only bodies die physically, so only bodies are raised physically. Jesus was not raised a mere “spirit creature” as some false cults and teachers claim.

Lastly, notice what Jesus Himself said about these matters in John 5:24.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Jesus says whoever keeps on hearing his word and keeps on believing on him [God] that sent him, now has or better, is having everlasting life. Anyone who keeps on hearing and believing shall not come into condemnation or judgment, but has been passed from death unto life. That is the promise of Christ, and I have paraphrased the verse to reflect the meaning of the underlying Greek verbs to emphasize the necessity of continuing belief, and continuing hearing required to receive the promised benefit. Notice especially that Jesus declares that you can have eternal life starting now in this life, even today. You do not have to wait until you get to heaven to find out if you have everlasting life, as some false churches and cults teach. The Bible plainly declares that you can have eternal life now, and you can positively be sure that you know that you have eternal life in the here and now (1 John 5:13).

Jesus emphasized that those who believe on Him must continue in His word (John 8:31, 32). Today, that means continuing to read His Word found only in the Bible. If you are not reading the Bible regularly, even daily (Acts 17:11), you can hardly consider yourself continuing in His word. How can you continue in His Word if you don’t take time to read it? You can’t. Don’t fool yourself. To grow spiritually, you must regularly read the Bible. The Bible is our spiritual food (1 Peter 2:2). Just like we must take time to eat regularly every day to stay healthy (Job 23:12; Jeremiah 15:16), so spiritually we must spend time reading the Bible daily. I recommend spending 20 minutes a day reading from the New Testament. Some days you might just get in only five minutes, but give yourself more than 20 minutes on days when you have the opportunity. To get time to read God’s Word, cut out some of the time you spend watching TV or other mass media. Make your time count for eternity by using it wisely on the best and most important things.

By the way, the content of this post is what we talked about at lunch today in my home. Talking to those who are in the proverbial “choir” will hopefully motivate them to share their faith with others when they are with people outside of home or church who are not in the “choir”!

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Daily Bible Nugget #363, Isaiah 3:9

The Nugget:

Isaiah 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. (KJV)

Isaiah 3:8 For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence.
Isa 3:9 For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.
Isa 3:10 Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
Isa 3:11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him. (ESV)

Isa 3:8 For Jerusalem has become feeble, and destruction has come on Judah, because their words and their acts are against the Lord, moving the eyes of his glory to wrath.
Isa 3:9 Their respect for a man’s position is a witness against them; and their sin is open to the view of all; like that of Sodom, it is not covered. A curse on their soul! for the measure of their sin is full.
Isa 3:10 Happy is the upright man! for he will have joy of the fruit of his ways.
Isa 3:11 Unhappy is the sinner! for the reward of his evil doings will come on him. (Bible in Basic English)

Isa 3:8 Jerusalem certainly stumbles,
Judah falls,
for their words and their actions offend the LORD;
they rebel against his royal authority.
Isa 3:9 The look on their faces testifies to their guilt;
like the people of Sodom they openly boast of their sin.
Too bad for them!
For they bring disaster on themselves.
Isa 3:10 Tell the innocent it will go well with them,
for they will be rewarded for what they have done.
Isa 3:11 Too bad for the wicked sinners!
For they will get exactly what they deserve.
Isa 3:12 Oppressors treat my people cruelly;
creditors rule over them.
My people’s leaders mislead them;
they give you confusing directions. (NET Bible)

Isa 3:8 Jerusalem and Judah, you rebelled against your glorious LORD– your words and your actions, made you stumble and fall.
Isa 3:9 The look on your faces shows that you are sinful as Sodom, and you don’t try to hide it. You are in for trouble, and you have brought it all on yourselves.
Isa 3:10 Tell those who obey God, “You’re very fortunate– you will be rewarded for what you have done.”
Isa 3:11 Tell those who disobey, “You’re in big trouble– what you did to others will come back to you.”
Isa 3:12 Though you are God’s people, you are ruled and abused by women and children. You are confused by leaders who guide you down the wrong path.
(CEV)

My Comment:

Isaiah 3:9 is a most appropriate text of Scripture to consider in the light of recent utterly misguided decision by the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is wrong again (like it was historically in the Dred Scott decision) for (1) it has departed from all valid legal precedent and legislated popular social change from the bench; (2) it contravenes the Christian moral basis upon which the United States was founded, as any serious and fair reading of what the founders of this nation themselves wrote and declared; (3) it is ludicrous to think that nine men have the authority to redefine “marriage” to include Sodomy as its moral and legal equivalent.

Truth is never determined by a majority vote.

“The law of nature and of nature’s God” as expressed by the Founding Fathers is an explicit reference to the Divine Revelation contained exclusively in the Bible.

This woeful decision of the U.S. Supreme Court hardly settles the issue. It ought to wake up genuine Bible believing Christians to the urgent need to obey the Bible and communicate the Gospel message. Quit mere preaching to the choir. Get out into the streets, the highways and byways, and share the light of the Gospel to all who are still in darkness.

Watch out for how the enemy frames the argument. Watch out for how the enemy tortures the language. The enemy practices very evil propaganda techniques to brainwash the masses to promote the change the propagandists desire. Turn off the sources of this evil propaganda, and take the time you gain to read the Bible faithfully and take the message of the Gospel to those who are outside of Christ.

No one who truly believes the Bible either promotes or tolerates the practice of Sodomy. Renaming Sodomy as “gay rights” does not change the sin, it just butchers the language. By whatever name, God condemns it, God forbids it, and it ought to be condemned and forbidden by everyone else–even those who do not believe the Bible. The practices of those who engage in this terrible sin bring upon those involved medical issues that are borne in some sense financially by those who do not engage in such things. In terms of the direct effect upon Sodomites themselves, the Bible mentions their shortened lifespan. The Bible mentions the brazen demands of such individuals, who are never satisfied, but always “push the envelope” and stridently demand still more. The Bible also plainly declares that individuals who practice such things “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10, 11). In plain language, all who engage in Sodomy forfeit their opportunity to be part of God’s future kingdom; they are unsaved, and do not possess eternal life, but are lost sinners in need of the one and only Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The way to reverse these current evil trends in our society is to (1) introduce more people to the Saviour; (2) to do this, encourage more people to read the New Testament regularly, consistently, until its message brings about the vital life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ it was written to produce (John 20:31) in their lives too.

That is all it takes to change society once again for the better (Romans 1:16).

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 714 for Isaiah 3:9.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 747 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Isaiah 3:9.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 425 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Isaiah 3:9.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Isaiah 3:9. The shew of their countenance. ver. +Is 3:16. 1 S 15:32. 2 S 13:4. 2 K 9:30. Ps 10:4. 18:27. 73:6, 7. Pr 6:17. 30:13. *Je 3:3. 6:15. Ezk 16:49. Da 7:20. Ho 5:5. Ac 23:14. and they declare their sin. *Ge 13:13. *Ge 18:20, 21. 19:5-6, 7, 8, 9. 1 S 2:23. Je 8:12. 44:16, 17. Ezk 23:16. Jn 18:5. 1 Cor 5:2. as Sodom. Ge 19:34. *Le 18:22n. +Dt 23:17. +**Jb 36:14mg. Ezk 16:30. Re 17:5. hide it not. FS144D, +Ge 40:23. Nu 25:6. +*Nu 32:23. 2 S 16:22. Ezk 3:7. 16:25. 21:24. 23:18, 39. 24:7. 1 Cor 5:2. **Ep 4:19n. Woe. *La 5:16. *Ho 13:9. soul. Heb. nephesh, +Ge 12:3. rewarded evil unto themselves. +Jb 36:14mg. Je 2:19. +**Ro 1:27. 1 Cor 6:18.

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