Monthly Archives: September 2015

HE Who Sustains the Whole Earth

In man’s vile attempts to proclaim mankind alone as able to sustain the viability of the whole Earth, the Psalmist puts forth very plainly Who is the only True Sustainer of this planet we call home. In Psalm 104 David writes:

“O Lord my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment: Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who layeth the beams of His chambers in the waters: Who maketh the clouds His chariot: Who walketh upon the wings of the wind: Who maketh His angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire:

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At Thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of Thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which Thou hast founded for them. Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild donkeys quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. He watereth the hills from His chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of Thy works.

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which He hath planted; Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

 O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! in wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom Thou hast made to play therein. These wait all upon Thee; that Thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

That Thou givest them they gather: Thou openest Thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest Thy face, they are troubled: Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.  Thou sendest forth Thy spirit, they are created: and Thou renewest the face of the earth.”

“The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever:

the Lord shall rejoice in HIS works.”

Reading to Understand

How many of us open a book, flip through its pages, reading a sentence here and there? We wouldn’t do it with any book we pull off the library shelf, yet we do it with God’s Holy Book, The Bible. Reading a verse here, a verse there from the Old Testament and/or New, then closing the Bible and remarking how it is so difficult to understand. Surely any book read that way would not make sense to anyone.

God’s Word is just like any other book in respect to meaning to be read from the beginning to its end in order. Each page of Scripture connects to the previous page, each chapter connecting to the previous chapter. The sixty-six individual Books contained in Scripture fit together like a puzzle revealing God and HIS desire for mankind to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth for Who HE Is.

In order to understand the Bible it is imperative to read the first five books, Genesis to Deuteronomy. Those books are the foundation upon which the remaining books of Scripture rest. Each of the books that follow reference back to the writings of Moses set down from Creation to the Children of Israel’s imminent entrance into the Promised Land. Even the Book of Leviticus is important to be read with all the laws of God written out for His Children to live an abundant life in the land He had chosen for them.

In reading all the Books of the Old Testament it is revealed how sinful man truly is and how each person is in need of the Savior. The New Testament opens with the birth of Christ, His life, death, burial and resurrection written from the perspectives of four different authors who were contemporaries of Christ. Many utterances Jesus makes in the Gospels refer back to Old Testament people and events the reader needs to be familiar with to understand His words, especially His words pertaining to placing their trust in HIM as God’s Only Begotten Son sent to be the Redeemer of all who call upon His Name.

It is man that makes the Bible hard to understand in how he approaches the Scriptures. With God all things are done decently and in order. It is Satan who is the author of confusion, especially attempting to confuse man concerning God’s Word, one of his chiefest ploys to keep man from placing his total faith and trust in the Only ONE who is able to bring him into a right relationship with God.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…

for instruction in righteousness.”

II Timothy 3:16

Chosen by God

God chose Adam to care for His Garden – Genesis 2:15

God chose Noah to build an ark – Genesis 6:13:14

God chose Abraham to father a nation – Genesis 15:5

God chose Moses to lead His people – Exodus 3:10

God chose David to kill a giant – 1 Samuel 17:32

God chose Isaiah to foretell the birth of Christ – Isaiah 7:14

God chose Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to walk with Him in a fiery furnace – Daniel 3:24-26

God chose Daniel to share a den with lions – Daniel 6:22-23

God chose the Apostles to walk with Him – Matthew 10:1-4

God chose Paul to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles – Acts 9:11,15

God chose the Apostle John to write of future events – Revelation 1:1

God chose YOU to be His child“But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” John 1:12