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Counter Balance

GTY_woman_on_scale_kab_140723_16x9_992It is Tuesday morning.  I awaken and the first thing I do is I head to the hall and step on some medical scales that will tell me if I have been a good boy or a bad boy.

These are not those scales with flashing digital numbers, these are the ones that have the two big blocks of steel that run on a slide and when the indicator is balanced, that is your weight.  My weight is measured by a counter weight on the scale. It stands opposing every fat cell in my body, and…  IT DOESN’T LIE!

My weight is determined by the counter weight!  Now that is worth pondering because the Christian life is very similar.

David, the former shepherd now King of Israel, rehearses this idea in one of his songs. In he draws the contrast between two seemingly opposing ideas, two counter balances.  On the one hand he sings of the omnipotence and omniscience of YHWH while on the other he concludes the song with hatred! It does not seem to be fitting conclusion to the song.  Praise then hatred. Strange!

How does one explain such contrast?

Perhaps the Lord gives us a peek here of his COUNTER BALANCES in this Christian walk. Both extremes are seen here, they are vocalized, embraced, and equal and acknowledged by YHWH.

My praise for the Father today also measures my hatred for wickedness.

David sees them both as something that compliments one another. After asserting, “How precious to me are your thoughts O God!  How vast is the sum of them… I awake and I am still with you,” he then concludes the song with:

“O that you would slay the wicked O God.  O men of blood depart from me!  They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take tour name in vain!  Do I not hate those who hate you O Lord? And do I not loath those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.”

And then he seems to challenge the Lord with this audacious claim by saying:

“ Search me O God and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

This appears to be so bold.  His hatred for the wicked is put up for examination before the Lord and he is completely confortable with the test.

The scope of Jesus’ majesty creates in me a single mind, a single eye that puts me at odds with the world. It surrounds me with His omnipotence and at the same time it surrounds me with enemies.

In our day David would be branded a bigot.  Hatred for any reason is politically and socially unacceptable.  But that is an illusion.  Hatred will remain among us until Jesus returns.

Now it must be asked is it wrong to hate the wicked?

David would think it is not.  He hates those who hate the Lord and then opens himself to the highest court for examination.  He seems completely innocent in suggesting that the wicked be destroyed. But how does this flesh out for us with Jesus’ message of loving your enemies?

First, it is completely impossible to love your enemies if they are not your enemies to begin with. I think this is the point David makes in his song. But I would ask, “Should they remain your adversaries?”

David hates his enemies because he sees them as enemies of YHWH. That is why we hate! It is covenantal to hate those who stand against the One we are in covenant with and love the ones who are with Him. David is no stranger to covenant and his comments reflect so. Yet, Jesus comes to broaden the covenant with an invitation for all men calling them to come and lay down their weapons of resistance and become sons of the King.

The surest way to change your enemy is to make him your brother.  For this reason we preach the Gospel to all men, men who were enemies of God but now are made sons through the redeeming task of Christ.

Secondly, Love and hatred always work in tandem with one another.

Amos put it like this, “Hate evil and love good…” () Love and hatred are like the scales I use each day to weigh myself. My weight is counter-balanced with the blocks of steel on the other end.  My hatred is countered by my love and visa versa.

The world will tell you it is “unchristian” to hate but I think the Bible challenges that notion.  Yet we are not at liberty to respond to this hate in the manner the world does. We as His children have been given the grace and the task to meet their wickedness with the love and truth of Christ.

We will not shrink from identifying the wicked nor will we reject them by being silent.  We will proclaim the only One who can change an evil soul into a Saint.

We won’t rant and rave.  We won’t use carnal methods to belittle or strike.

We will simply proclaim!   Wickedness will be addressed either by His grace through Christ or by His wrath in judgment. Either way it will be addressed.

One final note:  Are you over weight with either love or hatred?

Don’t get on the scales unless you are ready to learn the truth but then again you may be at the perfect weight!

HE IS THE PERFECT WEIGHT!

SELAH!


139:1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! (ESV)

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THE FUTURE

Future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is known!

It was told!

It is certain!

The recent decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States have unleashed a flurry of speculation and fear among the religious community.  No one can deny that change is accelerating and our country as well as the world is moving at break-neck speed to a conclusion, one which is debated with much earnest in the social media.

Underneath all of this speculation is a towering fear that things are spinning out of control and the powers that once gave us a complacent life are now in jeopardy. The “monuments of security” such as the presidency, military supremacy, economic stability and moral stability are eroding and it is causing a national angst.

It is a justified fear, if you are standing on your own!

But if you are His, if you have, as Jesus told Nicodemus been “Born Again” the future is not a mystery.

Jesus took his “students” to His favorite classroom, the Mount of Olives and taught them some alarming things. This was not a class that any one had expected.  It was a class on THE FUTURE.

In the middle of His discourse he makes an astounding statement.  “Be on guard; I have told you all things before hand.”  In other words all the things that would challenge us as His children of a different Kingdom in the difficult times ahead, he gave on that lonely hillside.

But what were these things he was talking about?

Their ears stood at attention as he told them of their future, and ours as well! “There will be imposters who come saying they are the Christ and will lead many astray.  Wars of incredible violence and even news reports of such will fill the news media and alarm the population.  Those who are not killed in these wars will be paralyzed by the fear that they are approaching their own borders.  Earthquakes of unprecedented strength will occur even in the most unlikely places causing worldwide famine with millions starving, even in developed countries.  Persecution will arise by unjust laws aimed at Christians, regulations and edicts that will attack their foundational beliefs and force them to choose my law or their king’s. My sons and daughters will be hated by all men, even those in their own family for the stand they take. Teenagers will call 911 to arrest their folks because they refuse to allow their daughters to have an abortion. Tribulation will come that will shake the very soul of man and in that storm of fear one will come forward and declare he is the Christ. “

Jesus continued, “ But when they bring you before the courts let the Holy Spirit form your response. The stage I will put you on is too big for you to take the credit and say anything you want. Use the opportunity wisely and let my Spirit tell you what to say.”

continues with other signs of what is ahead but let it be said,

OUR FUTURE IS KNOWN

OUR FUTURE WAS TOLD

OUR FUTURE IS CERTAIN

The disciples’ heads must have been swimming as they listened.  This was not what they imagined his future kingdom to be like. Most of us do not either.

But two things seem to stand out in his discourse.  One, we have alluded to but will expand on here, namely, our response before our accusers.

Facebook is an excellent platform to communicate with others far beyond your locale but the responses I have seen to the present abrupt changes seem to be mostly responses that have come from emotion more than from The Spirit.

Perhaps we should regard our counterclaims as those that reflect the Risen Lord rather than our rage.

Then coming to the end of we see Jesus’ exhortation to the 12, “STAY AWAKE!”

It is vital for those in power to numb the populace for their agenda to progress.  This numbness comes in a wide variety of ways but regardless how it inflicts its stupor, we are called to remain awake and vigilant.  We are the children of light and see with eyes that can penetrate the darkness.  This ability to see is what will propel many of us into conflict with the current regime.

So, our future was designed for us! You are here in this time at this place for this moment!  He knew you would be here when it all breaks lose and He has invested a heavy price to insure your success.

So fear not!

Be wise!

Stay full!

Live light!

And never retreat!

Even so Lord Jesus… COME!

 

 

 

 

 


13:1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” (ESV)


13:1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” (ESV)

Brothers preach the Gospel in your church!

This article has been stirring in my heart for a number of months. I have wrestled with whether I should do it our not but am now convinced of its need like never before. We are living on the precipice of utter destruction and the only hope for mankind is the Gospel of Christ.  With that in mind I am presenting this article divided in three perhaps four posts. I hope it will encourage build up, rebuke and challenge those of us who declare His word.  Brothers, preach the Gospel in your church!

The gospel 4

Part I

One would think that such an exhortation as the title suggests would not be necessary after over two thousand years of church history but to the contrary, this admonition is more needful today than ever before!

A few months ago I was ministering in a church here in Guadalajara, Mexico. There appeared to be about 230 people in the meeting with a handful of visitors. I felt the Lord directed me to preach on the doctrine of adoption, a theme not frequently expounded on in Mexican pulpits. When it came time to issue the invitation I was astounded at the response.  Sixty-seven people came forward to receive Christ as their Savior.  Frankly I didn’t know whether to rejoice or cry.  How could it be that sixty seven people in a group that size could attend church, enjoy the fellowship of the saints, witness the miracles of God and walk away Sunday after Sunday lost? These were not visitors. They were men and women who had attended this church for several years and yet on this day each one recognized their need to be born again.

Someone might say, “Well perhaps many of them just came forward because they were not sure.  Let’s assume to take away all of those who came to the front because that’s what they do every time a visiting preacher comes, they always go forward. Then let’s take away those who struggled with the issue of assurance but on that day God birth a genuine assurance and confidence in their hearts that they were truly born again. And then finally let’s take away those who perhaps did not understand despite my urgent and clear presentation with sincere pleading.  Take all of these away and you would still have a disturbing number of men and women who attended church for a lengthy period but were not born again. Why is this so and is this a common or unique condition in the modern church?

I walked away scratching me head wondering why has this happened?  It was a good church where the pastor loves God there is a sweet unity among the saints and on occasion the Lord displays His abrupt power of unusual miracles.  After pondering this and asking the Lord I feel like I began to see the background for why such a condition exists.  Observing not only this church but many here in the metropolis of Guadalajara and other cities in Mexico I have concluded that we are preaching the benefits of the Gospel and yet not preaching the Gospel itself.  The pulpits are proclaiming the rich benefits of the new birth without calling men and women to repentance and salvation. Who wouldn’t want to be healed or prosper or have success in all they do? But these promises are offered across the board to any and all without any call to repentance or salvation. So, you end up with a deceived congregation composed of men and women who have touched the goodness of God but are unregenerate.  A typical scenario could go something like this…

Stay tuned for part two.

A Day Forgotten

News print, land telephones and postage stamps are becoming historical emblems, memories of a time gone by.  Gasoline driven cars will surely be replaced with electric ones, and the citadel of marriage may become a thing of the past.  Changes happen and they happen rapidly, some for good and some for the worse. But there is one change that is having a very real and negative impact on our culture and country. That is the loss of the Sabbath.

D.L Moody once said, “You show me a nation that has given up the Sabbath and I will show you a nation that has got the seeds of decay.” Something tells me he saw the small beginnings of this “decay” back in his time.

I remember when I was a young man (I don’t mean in the time of Moody,) there was what was called the  “Blue Law.” This law required that all the stores be closed on Sunday. Nothing was open, only gas stations, small zippy marts and Hospitals. The big shopping strips were empty. Malls didn’t exist then. It was a civil law to regard the Sabbath and to allow people not to have to work on Sundays so they could go to church.  In those times not everyone went to church on Sundays but the government by declaration of such laws recognized and honored that one special day.  But I am afraid that the Sabbath is headed in the same direction as the postage stamp here in America.

Today Sunday is play day!  The “Blue Laws” have long been abolished. Now it is a time to cruise the malls, watch sports, and wash the cars, hunt, fish or visit friends.   We have our freedoms with no archaic laws restricting them and…. are no better for it. Our liberty has birthed disrespect for the day of the Lord, not just among the lost but among many Christians. It seems we as Christians have so over-spiritualized this issue that in our attempts to make every day the day of the Lord, we have in reality made no day as the day of the Lord. They are all alike. But this clearly is not the intention in . Great promises are given to those who honor, observe and respect the Sabbath. Promises like encountering inexplicable joy in the presence of the Lord, riding the heights of the earth over the obstacles that await you at lower altitudes, and the enjoyment of a heritage that exceeds the here and now.  Thomas Watson said of the Sabbath, “The Sabbath is the market-day of the soul, the cream of time!”  I like that, THE CREAM OF TIME. But for many it is a day to recover from the night before, a day to get ready for work on Monday, a day that forgets God.

I would think that I am not alone in this matter. One could despair at the sight of the multitude and His children along beside them playing and disregarding this most special time. However I do have hope. The great Puritan Richard Baxter 1651-1691 recalls his childhood experience in an English village when,

“We could not on the Lord’s Day either read a chapter. Pray, or sing a psalm, or catechize or instruct a servant, for the noise of the piper and taber, and shouting in the streets, continually in our ears and we were the common scorn of all the rabble in the streets, and we were called Puritans, precisionists, hypocrites because we rather chose on the Lord’s Day to read Scriptures rather than what they did.”

His times were similar to ours but in the greatest darkness a change came.

The story of the change can be traced to Richard Greenham who influenced his son-in-law to preach on the subject in 1586.  He later wrote a book on the fourth commandment that was published in 1595 and made a strong impact on society at large.  According to historian Daniel Neal through this book,  “A mighty reformation was wrought.”

I don’t propose that somebody write a book. I think it is already written and makes the fourth commandment very clear, a commandment that is just a valid today as it was it when it was written, and a commandment that we should return to.

Voltaire that great enemy to Christianity once said, “If you want to kill Christianity, you must abolish Sunday.”

Isaiah said if you want to ride on the heights, then observe it!

Voltaire is dead and in Hell and the Sabbath is still with us. Will we observe it and stand blessed as a peculiar people or justify Voltaire’s comment?

Saddle up friend, enjoy Sunday as it is meant to be and I will see you in the heights of victory!


58:1 “Cry aloud; do not hold back;
lift up your voice like a trumpet;
declare to my people their transgression,
to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me daily
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that did righteousness
and did not forsake the judgment of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments;
they delight to draw near to God.
‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,
and oppress all your workers.
Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to hit with a wicked fist.
Fasting like yours this day
will not make your voice to be heard on high.
Is such the fast that I choose,
a day for a person to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast,
and a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
11 And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.

13 “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
from doing your pleasure on my holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;
14 then you shall take delight in the Lord,
and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (ESV)


20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” 21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

22 And the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold. 24 An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it. 26 And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.’ (ESV)

The Princes of Zoan

Part 2

Egypt was about to fall. Her wise men were fools and Pharaohs counselors were confused, perverse, and deceived. The impotency of natural mans intelligence was coming to the forefront for all to see. Yet, God would do something that no one would ever suspect. He would leave himself a place, no not just one but five cities in Egypt where he would find a people who swear allegiance to the Lord of Hosts!

Isaiah put it like this in Isa.19:18-21 (and again I am using the Amplified Bible)

“In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of [the Hebrews of] Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts. One of them will be called the City of the Sun or Destruction. In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. And it will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a savior, even a mighty one, and he will deliver them. [.] And the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt,”

I told you in part one how this chapter arrested me while I was spending some time with Dr. Owen, but when I got to these verses I just could not leave them. For days they stood before me like the painting Mona Lisa beautiful yet filled with mystery and wonder.

I noticed two distinct things here, five cities and an altar. Does that mean that in these times we will see five American cities become known as havens of refuge, places where His name will be exalted and recognized? And the altar, what does that mean? Well, the five cities could literally mean five cities but I would tend to think that it signifies towns or communities where the church is vibrant, the testimony pure, the worship deep and the obedience unchallengeable. To me it clearly shows that regardless where Egypt heads, there will be a host of people who will not take their eyes off the Lord or bend their knees to Egypt’s idols. The “Altar of the Lord in the midst of the land” could very well mean a special outpouring, a very notable move of God some where in the mid west.

The oppressors will rant and rave, but “He will send them a Savoir, even a Mighty One and He will deliver them.” These pronouns are not capitalized which means they could be any one but I would think that the One we shall see lifted up and recognized in the days to come will be our Savoir! O and by the way His address is not 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.!

How ever this all plays out there is one thing for certain, “…The Lord will make Himself known to Egypt!” Some will know Him as the Savoir they mocked and rejected while others will see Him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Some will tremble and others will rejoice in awe. Regardless of their response they will know Him!

When the final curtain is opened we will all stand amazed! The brilliance of His presence will make the “princes of Zoan” shrink before Him.

The strong arm of man will be seen for what it is, a shriveled stub with no strength.

The tongues that wagged nonsense will be silent.

All flesh will see and shudder!

THEY WILL KNOW HIM!


18 Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.

Judges 3:9

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

Judges 3:15

18 Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.

Judges 3:9

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

Judges 3:15

15 Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The people of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. (ESV)

The Princes of Zoan

Advice that will cause a nation to stagger

Judy was in Alaska and I was in my chair on a quiet night enjoying my time with a guy named John Owen. Dr. Owen and I have been meeting for about two years now and he has taught me to see things that others miss. He has that kind of ability and not only is he able to see he also has that knack for being able to express it in a very impacting way. Of course Dr. Owen has been dead for about 340 years but through his books he still speaks, at least he does to me.

In his book on “Communion with God” he makes some interesting observations about the natural intelligence of man and its inability to bridge the gap between mans soul and God. He states that “Learning is the product of the soul’s struggling with the curse of sin.” He makes the argument that all the intelligence that man has as a result of the fall is aimed at trying to reconcile this great abyss that separates us from all the joy and fulfillment we can only find in God through Jesus Christ. Latter on the same page he writes, “The whole design of learning is but to disentangle the soul from the issues of sin.” To me this says that natural man applies his efforts to resolve the result of sin. Isn’t that what our greatest minds attempt? Doctors seek to rid the earth of sickness and plague, scientist attempt to invent things to make our lives better, politicians try to govern to reduce conflict, enhance peace and strive to synchronize the human effort towards a beneficial goal. But despite the brightest minds, the most acute intelligences mankind continues to walk the path of self destruction. The fact is man’s intelligence will never bridge the gap of sin that only the blood of Jesus can accomplish. Sin has a devastating influence on the intelligence of men and now as never before we are beginning to see the effects of it.

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One may observe that the minds that are trying to resolve the enormous conflicts we face today are the same ones that created the problem yesterday. This whole issue of the impotence of natural wisdom was brought to a focus while reading . Let me put it here from the Amplified Bible.

“The princes of Zoan [ancient capital of the Pharaohs] are utterly foolish; the counsel of the wisest counselors of Pharaoh has become witless (stupid). How can you say to Pharaoh, I am a son of the wise, a son of

ancient kings? Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you now [if they are so wise], and let them make known what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt [if they can]. The princes of Zoan have become fools, and the princes of Memphis are confused and deceived; those who are the cornerstones of her tribes have led Egypt astray. The Lord has mingled a spirit of perverseness, error, and confusion within her; [her leaders] have caused Egypt to stagger in all her doings, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.”

When I saw this passage I noticed many similarities with our country much of which I will leave the interpretation to you the reader. It is clear that our “Princes of Zoan” have become witless! Decisions made by seemingly intelligent men will cause the nation to stagger as a drunken man staggers in his vomit. The list would be too long to support this claim. But one can pick up the newspaper or scan the web and see that “intelligent” men are grossly limited in their wisdom and the results will be seen swiftly.

As Dr. Owen says “The whole design of learning is but to disentangle the soul from the issues of sin,” I would surmise that our greatest attempts are to do just that, remove the horrible consequences of sin. But the Bible clearly shows us that all attempts without Christ are futile and vain. The only solution that can resolve the issue of sin and its fruit is the blood of Jesus Christ!

So how should we respond in the days that lay before us? How should the one who stands as a son of the Most High engage in this struggle? Two things, pray for the princes of Zoan, and proclaim with all your might the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Saints, freedoms are being eroded at warp speed but there is one freedom that no government and no devil can take from you, the freedom of being who you are, a child of the King!


11 The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;
the wisest counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the wise,
a son of ancient kings”?
12 Where then are your wise men?
Let them tell you
that they might know what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan have become fools,
and the princes of Memphis are deluded;
those who are the cornerstones of her tribes
have made Egypt stagger.
14 The Lord has mingled within her a spirit of confusion,
and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,
as a drunken man staggers in his vomit. (ESV)

H1N1 and the Saints

It was just over a week ago when the news hit. A viral strand of flu had lakemetamorphosed and had begun to spread. Mexico closed down everything, governments nervously responded, vaccines were produced and today I can’t even find a mention of it on the Drudge Report. My, how time seems to heal everything, at least in the minds of the media. But the absence of such in the news in no way declares we are safe. Plagues will continue as we rush towards the final chapter of mankind, but in that chapter there is revealed a people who will stand and declare “A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand but it will not come near me!” ()

The history of the church is replete with examples of saints responding in times such as this. One of theses saints was an ex-millionaire who left all to go to Africa. John G. Lake took with him only the strong confidence that God is supremely powerful but little did he know how that would be tested shortly after reaching Africa.

As the team landed on African soil in January 1910, a plague was raging over portions of the nation. In less than a month, one quarter of the entire population had died. In fact, the plague was so contagious that the government was offering $1000.00 to any nurse who would car for the sick. Lake and his assistants went to help free of charge. He and one assistant would go into the houses, bring out the dead, and bury them. But no symptom of the plague ever touched him.

At the height of this horrible plague, a doctor sent for Lake and asked him: “What have you been doing to protect yourself? What is your secret?” To this Lake responded:

“Brother , it is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. I believe that just as long as I keep my soul in contact with the living God so that His Spirit is flowing into my soul and body, that no germ will ever attach itself to me, for the Spirit of God will kill it!”

Lake then invited the doctor to experiment with him. He asked the doctor to take the foam from the lungs of a dead plague victim and put it under a microscope. The doctor did so, and found masses of living germs. Then Lake astounded the people in the room and as he told the doctor to spread the deadly foam on his hands, announcing that they would die. The doctor did so and found that the germs died instantly in Lake’s hand. Those who witnessed the experiment stood in amazement as Lake continued to give glory to God, explaining the phenomenon like this:

“You can fill my hand with them and I will keep it under the microscope and instead of these germs remaining alive the will die instantly.”

God’s Generals, Roberts Liardon, p.182-183

Lake stayed many years in Africa and his exploits are legendary and time and time again he demonstrated that the power of God is certain and mighty to overcome any work of the devil.

I think the issue here is found in . “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty!” The whole matter is the one of residence. Where do you reside? Some visit this refuge in times of crisis or perhaps every Sunday but here he is talking about making his prescience your permanent address. We cannot afford to visit the “stronghold” on a weekend outing! The terror of the night, the pestilence that stalks in darkness and the destruction that awaits the day alerts us to the fact that we must abide in Him!

So my friends, keep your heart clean, eyes fixed on the Savoir and your residence under His shadow and when the terrors come there you will find refuge and peace. Don’t play at the border of his shadow! The consequences may be devastating!


A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you. (ESV)


91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” (ESV)

Tea Parties and beyond

Today thousands are gathering to express their frustration and even anger to our politicians in Washington who think that our money is theirs to do with as they please. I cannot but think that today’s actions will start a series of actions that will most certainly grow as time advances.  Where are we headed with all of this?

Yet I get another glimpse of something behind the veil. I don’t think things are unraveling, instead I think we are rushing towards the the results of a well designed and lovingly planned conclusion.

The author of Hebrews tell us in that although we cannot see it now, all things have been put under subjection to the One who sits on the Throne!  To me that would mean that He really is in control!  I cannot express what comfort that gives me in the maddening pace of our demise.

We live in a country that affords us the right to speak. We have a rare privilege to let our voice be made known to those in Washington, something that very few nations have.  But just as we have the freedom to hold our tea parties and express our concern to the government let’s lift our voice up to the One who has all things in control, the One who numbers the hairs on your head, the One who sees every sparrow fall to the earth, the One who know your tomorrow.

Joseph was in stocks, BUT GOD HAD A PLAN

Israel suffered slavery, BUT GOD HAD A PLAN

Jesus was crucified, BUT GOD HAD A PLAN

The clock is ticking… AND GOD HAS A PLAN!!!!

Lift your voices saints!  Your redemption draws nigh!


putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. (ESV)

Jabba the Hut and Ethnic Religious Diversity

It was years ago when I sat in a movie watching the famed “Star Wars.” Harrison Ford broke on the silver screen with aplomb as well as another character, Jabba the Hut. Remember him, that fat slimy slug that took up a whole half of a room to sit to eat and belch simultaneously? Remember the bar he owned? The weirdo’s of the universe found their favorite drink there. It was a bizarre place, kind of like Los Angeles.

Recently I was in Jabba’s home town, Los Angeles and there can be no doubt that his creation was inspired by some writer walking the boulevards of Hollywood. Los Angeles is a very interesting place. It is filled with diversity. Entire communities exist around a national identity. There are the Chinese, the Mexicans, the Koreans, the Muslims and a host of others who live in conclaves of cultural isolation. They speak their native languages, eat their native foods and worship their native gods. For many, the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac and Jesus Himself is merely an addition to the list of native deities. Jehovah is just another name in the pantheon of gods. It reminds me of Israel and the mixture that she experienced during a very difficult period in her history.

It is found in . The king Hosea was captured and taken to Assyria by its Shalmaneser. The entire population was overrun and transported to Assyria leaving behind all their wealth for the occupying force. The Bible says that “This occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt.” But the towns of Samaria would not be vacant for long. The king had an idea!

He then sent a vast number from his overcrowding cities to occupy Samaria. They came to those towns and lived in houses they did not build, enjoyed the crops they did not plant and drank from wells they did not dig. With their families they brought their customs and their idols. They had their language, their politics and their idols, and this just didn’t sit well with Jehovah God! The fact is, they did not recognize Jehovah for who he was!

Lions out of no where

All of this resulted in a rather bazaar thing. Seemingly out of no where lions appeared and attacked many. This was not just one or two incidents but rather enough to garner the attention of the king. People were being eaten by wild lions. Paradise had a dark side.

It was decided that these attacks occurred because the people did not know the customs of the god of the land so the king’s response was to get a priest from the host of prisoners and send him back to Samaria to teach the people the law of the Lord.

His success was at best “muted.” They learned about God but it was mere superficial knowledge. They were merely entertained with the thought that there was another god to add to the list. So, “They feared the Lord but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.” It was worth it to just stop the lions!

The unknown author of Second Kings goes on to say in “However they would not listen but they did according to their former manner. So these nations feared the Lord and served their carved images. Their children did likewise and their children’s children – as their fathers did, so they do to this day.”

I read that thinking that things haven’t changed very much since then. My impression of what I saw in LA and in many other places as well is that you can fear God and at the same time serve your idols! You can be respectful to the Lord with tokened expressions of recognition and all the while be running hard after your idols. And let me add something else. You don’t have to be born in another culture for this to happen. You can be a home grown USA, blue collar worker, and still give pittance to God while you serve your idols.

It disturbs me to realize that I have the potential to embrace idols and fear God at the same time. Does it disturb you too?


17:1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea the son of Elah began to reign in Samaria over Israel, and he reigned nine years. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, yet not as the kings of Israel who were before him. Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria. And Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute. But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year. Therefore the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison. Then the king of Assyria invaded all the land and came to Samaria, and for three years he besieged it.

In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria, and he carried the Israelites away to Assyria and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

And this occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel, and in the customs that the kings of Israel had practiced. And the people of Israel did secretly against the Lord their God things that were not right. They built for themselves high places in all their towns, from watchtower to fortified city. 10 They set up for themselves pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree, 11 and there they made offerings on all the high places, as the nations did whom the Lord carried away before them. And they did wicked things, provoking the Lord to anger, 12 and they served idols, of which the Lord had said to them, “You shall not do this.” 13 Yet the Lord warned Israel and Judah by every prophet and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes, in accordance with all the Law that I commanded your fathers, and that I sent to you by my servants the prophets.”

14 But they would not listen, but were stubborn, as their fathers had been, who did not believe in the Lord their God. 15 They despised his statutes and his covenant that he made with their fathers and the warnings that he gave them. They went after false idols and became false, and they followed the nations that were around them, concerning whom the Lord had commanded them that they should not do like them. 16 And they abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made for themselves metal images of two calves; and they made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven and served Baal. 17 And they burned their sons and their daughters as offerings and used divination and omens and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 18 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight. None was left but the tribe of Judah only.

19 Judah also did not keep the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the customs that Israel had introduced. 20 And the Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel and afflicted them and gave them into the hand of plunderers, until he had cast them out of his sight.

21 When he had torn Israel from the house of David, they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. And Jeroboam drove Israel from following the Lord and made them commit great sin. 22 The people of Israel walked in all the sins that Jeroboam did. They did not depart from them, 23 until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had spoken by all his servants the prophets. So Israel was exiled from their own land to Assyria until this day.

24 And the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the people of Israel. And they took possession of Samaria and lived in its cities. 25 And at the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear the Lord. Therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. 26 So the king of Assyria was told, “The nations that you have carried away and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the law of the god of the land. Therefore he has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the law of the god of the land.” 27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, “Send there one of the priests whom you carried away from there, and let him go and dwell there and teach them the law of the god of the land.” 28 So one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and lived in Bethel and taught them how they should fear the Lord.

29 But every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the shrines of the high places that the Samaritans had made, every nation in the cities in which they lived. 30 The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima, 31 and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 They also feared the Lord and appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the shrines of the high places. 33 So they feared the Lord but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.

34 To this day they do according to the former manner. They do not fear the Lord, and they do not follow the statutes or the rules or the law or the commandment that the Lord commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel. 35 The Lord made a covenant with them and commanded them, “You shall not fear other gods or bow yourselves to them or serve them or sacrifice to them, 36 but you shall fear the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm. You shall bow yourselves to him, and to him you shall sacrifice. 37 And the statutes and the rules and the law and the commandment that he wrote for you, you shall always be careful to do. You shall not fear other gods, 38 and you shall not forget the covenant that I have made with you. You shall not fear other gods, 39 but you shall fear the Lord your God, and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.” 40 However, they would not listen, but they did according to their former manner.

41 So these nations feared the Lord and also served their carved images. Their children did likewise, and their children’s children—as their fathers did, so they do to this day. (ESV)


40 However, they would not listen, but they did according to their former manner.

41 So these nations feared the Lord and also served their carved images. Their children did likewise, and their children’s children—as their fathers did, so they do to this day. (ESV)

Erosion

Crumbling Foundations

I was about nine years old when I saw it. There in front of my eyes and soon to be under my feet was the leaning tower of Pizza. Our family had taken a vacation while Dad was stationed in France and we were going to do what few others have been able to do, climb the tower. It was a task indeed. I can still see my mother gasping for breath as my sister and I scampered up the steps.

At the top were the bells. Enormous and heavy, these bells were to send warnings and news of special events throughout the city. One thing stands out in my mind about the tower. The steps that led to the top were worn much so that each one had a deep indentation where countless feet had made the same climb. This monument had been experienced by many! Upon returning to its base we all had our pictures taken at the different angles of its foundation. On one side the foundation was equal while on the other side it sank about two feet. The tower was definitely leaning and one day it will ….

This childhood memory came flooding back as I meditated on . David said, “If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do? The implication here is that the foundations will topple! Then what?

“The foundations,” what is this? To me this would imply the moral fiber, the basic laws of human decency, and the civilized nature that promotes security, democracy and peace in a society. Most societies have this, some do not and we in the United States are losing it. The moral foundations of our country are eroding each year. They are like the polar ice caps and the great northern glaciers that are melting foot by foot under the warming of a planet being ruined by man’s industriousness.

As we have traveled through the states on our time home, it seems that the moral brakes have been taken off. “If it feels good do it,” is the predominant philosophy that grips the masses. “If it doesn’t then take something until it does!” We are like the frog in the kettle. The water is being heated up little by little and we do not perceive it. Then without warning we are cooked. But Judy and I are able to see it a little differently. We come home once a year and dip our finger in the pot and notice the heat is rising! Friends, the tower is leaning! “If the foundations are destroyed what will the righteous do?”

But praise God. David does not leave us hanging on the precipice of collapse! In the next verse he throws out the life line, the life raft to those living in a sinking society. The Lord is in his holy temple. The Lord’s throne is in heaven!” Laws may lose their power to restrain. The foundations of moral decency may crumble – but there is a throne in heaven and One who sits upon it who is unmovable, consistent with Himself and will never fade, change or crumble. His throne is no leaning tower! It is not threatened nor is it in jeopardy. It stands strong, secure, erect and for ever!

This present system of moral justice was never meant to be permanent! It is good and noble but it is not eternal! It is passing. Decaying. It is pale and will one day die. The tower will fall! But, then it will be replaced with a New Heaven and a New Earth and in that place His throne will rest. The foundation will stand secure for all eternity!

That is where our hope lies. So as we make every effort to let the voice of just plane moral decency be heard in our culture, taking the fight to all those who oppose righteousness, let us feast our eyes on the immutable and everlasting God where change is not a part of His job description.

Then the end will be The upright shall behold His face!”


if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?” (ESV)


For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face. (ESV)