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Lame Excuses

Since the dawn of time man has proclaimed lame excuses for his downfalls and sin against God. Adam blamed the woman God had given him for causing him to sin by eating the forbidden fruit. Eve blamed the serpent for tricking her into being the first to partake of the fruit (Genesis 3:1-13). Moses’ brother, Aaron, blamed the fire for producing the golden calf idol when Moses’ return from Mt. Sinai seemed to be delayed (Exodus 32:1-24). Even King Saul had his share of lame excuses in attempting to blame others for his disobedience.

As King Saul’s patience waned in waiting for Samuel’s arrival in Gilgal, Saul went ahead and took it upon himself to offer the burnt offering for God’s blessing and protection before going into battle against the Philistines, something only a priest could do. Upon Samuel’s arrival as the giving of the offering concluded, Samuel asked Saul, “What hast thou done?” Saul’s defense in disobeying God’s explicit command clearly given in His Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai were numerous: 1) The people were scattered from me;  2) You didn’t come at the appointed time;  3) the Philistines are gathering against me; and, the lamest of all,  4) I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.” (1 Samuel 10:8; 13:8-12)

Saul’s lame excuse concerning the burnt offering did not prove to be his last, for on the occasion of battling the Amalekites for which he was commanded to destroy both life and property for their coming against the Children of Israel in the wilderness, Saul returned from battle with “the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good.” He had also spared the life of their king, Agag, whom he had taken as prisoner. Saul’s lame excuse to Samuel this time was But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.” It is then Samuel replied, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.”

For Saul’s lame excuses and continuing disobedience, God’s judgment was rendered against him. Samuel’s pronouncement from God against Saul was “Because thou hast rejected the Word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king.” It was then Samuel was sent to the sons of Jesse to anoint David the next king of Israel. (I Samuel 15; 16:1-16)

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Hope Thou in GOD

The world seems hopeless, and it is. There are wars and rumors of wars. There are earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. There is violence and death, disease and sickness, hatred and jealousy; fathers against sons, mothers against daughters, children against parents (Micah 7:6; Luke 12:53). The world seems out of control, and it is. But there is Light in the midst of darkness, Life in the midst of death, Hope in the midst of hopelessness.

David’s life seemed totally hopeless as he hid in caves and tried to keep one step ahead of King Saul’s pursuit to kill him. It was because of Saul’s anger and jealousy David had many a sleepness night. Not knowing what the future might hold for him, David in his loneliest hour quizzed himself, “Why art thou cast down , O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?” Suddenly the answer to overcoming his troubled soul came to him, “Hope thou in God,” (Psalm 42:5).

Adam hoped in God to send a Redeemer – Genesis 3:15

Abraham hoped in God to father a nation – Genesis 17

Moses hoped in God to lead His people – Exodus 3-4

Joshua hoped in God to conquer the Promised Land – Joshua 1

Nehemiah hoped in God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem – Nehemiah 4-6

Isaiah hoped in God to be His witness – Isaiah 6

Martha hoped in God for life after death – John 11

Peter hoped in God for forgiveness in denying Christ – John 21

Paul hoped in God to deliver him safely to Rome – Acts 27

 “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart,    

All ye that hope in the LORD.”

Psalm 31:24

 

 

1 CHRONICLES – Book of “Preparing to Build the Temple”

Key Verse:   I Chronicles 29:11,  “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine.” 

Adam to David Family Trees – Chapters 1-8

Priests & Levites to Serve in the Temple – Chapter 9

King Saul & His Family – Chapters 9-10

King David’s Reign – Chapters 11-23

Aaron’s Sons to Serve in the Temple – Chapters24-26

Captains, Rulers & Overseers of David’s Reign – Chapter 27

David’s Instructions & Plans for the Temple – Chapter 28

David Praises God – Chapter 29

 

GENESIS – Book of “Beginnings”

Key Verse:   Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Creation  –  Chapters 1-2

Adam & Eve  –  Chapters 2-3

Cain & Abel  –  Chapter 4

Noah  –  Chapters 6-10

Tower of Babel  –  Chapter 11

Abraham  –  Chapters 12-25

Jacob  –  Chapters 25-36

Joseph  –  Chapters 37-50

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

The Acceptable Offering

The boys had grown into manhood. They had been accustomed to watching their parents year after year bring an offering unto the Lord throughout their childhood. It was God Himself who had killed the first animal in the Garden, spilling its blood to provide a covering for their parent’s sin, who had disobeyed the instruction of the Creator concerning the forbidden tree. The time had come for the sons to bring their own offerings to the Lord.

Abel was a keeper of the sheep; Cain, a tiller of the ground. Abel worked with the animals all year long; feeding them, watering them, keeping watch over them. Cain was a man who had his hands in the dirt; planting seed, watering plants, harvesting crops. In the process of time both brought their offerings to the Lord. Abel brought the firstborn of his flock, a lamb without spot or blemish; Cain brought his best fruits and vegetables from his garden. God accepted Abel’s offering; He rejected Cain’s (Genesis 4).

Although Cain spent many long hours in the hot sun cultivating his plants, keeping the weeds from choking them out, and tenderly plucking the fruit from the vine, his offering was not what God required. It was understood even at that time without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin; God had demonstrated that in the Garden on that fateful day Adam and Eve found themselves spiritually naked before God, their sin obvious for all to see. It was the shedding of blood that would be required for anyone to receive God’s covering for their sin.

Knowing God’s requirement, Cain determined to forego God’s plan and conceive his own plan for redemption. He thought his plan of good works would be sufficient and God would be accepting of him. But God was not, to the point of banishing Cain from His presence after Cain’s anger at God’s rejection of his offering resulted in Cain murdering his own brother. God had warned him sin lay at his door if he refused to follow God’s commands.

All throughout the Old Testament the Temple sacrifices were conducted under God’s direction as described in the Book of Leviticus to provide what was needed to be accepted by God and for one’s sin to be covered. But then came Jesus in the New Testament the perfect Lamb of God who was to be offered once for all time for the sins of man (Hebrews 7:22-28). No more animal sacrifices would be needed as His blood was more than sufficient to make man whiter than snow. Jesus said “I am the Wayno man comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14) Any other way devised by man attempting to come into a right relationship with God the Father is unacceptable, just as it had been for Cain. Only the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary is able to cleanse us from all sin (I John 1:7).

Not by works of righteousness which we have done,

But according to His mercy He saved us;

by the washing of the regeneration and

renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Titus 3:5

 

Back to Babel

It was only a mere 100 years since Noah and his family had stepped off the Ark after the worldwide Flood and were commanded by God to replenish the earth, that their descendants took upon themselves the building of the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar in present-day Iraq. God, knowing the wickedness of their hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) and the future consequences of their endeavor, brought an end to their mischievous deed by confusing their language, thereby ending the work they had collectively begun for their own glory (Genesis 11).

Just as it didn’t take long for Adam and Eve to sin against God in the Garden of Eden after their creation, Noah’s descendants fell into disregarding God’s commands by becoming arrogant and wanting to make a name for themselves apart from God by building a tower that would reach unto heaven. Their disobedience also included a desire not to be scattered upon the face of the earth in defiance of God’s plan for man to inhabit the whole earth.

In today’s world there are those working tirelessly to take mankind back to Babel. They desire to put the entire population of the earth under a one-world government, controlled by a one-world leader, with a one-world economy. In reading Scripture we see the results of such a plan when man goes against God’s commands, as in the building of the Tower, but we also read such a plan will come to fruition in the end times with the coming of an Antichrist who will attempt to “cause all to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads; and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark” (Revelation 13). But once again God will step in and not allow Satan to have the victory. Jesus will come with His Heavenly armies and put down the rebellion of those who rise up against Him, defy His very existence and that of His chosen people (Revelation 17, 19). He will put all things under His feet. Satan’s head will be crushed and only Christ’s heel will have ever been bruised (Genesis 3:15). O Victory in Jesus!