Apr 15 2014

Sons of God - Giants after the Flood

Tag: The Bible: Inspired WordSage @ 5:40 pm

Sons of God:
Genesis 6:2 [show/hide]Genesis 6:2 [2]the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. (ESV)
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That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Seth did not have a son until 235 years after creation; and his son did not have a son until 325 years after creation [Gen. 5:3, 6, 9 [show/hide]Genesis 5:3 [3]When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. (ESV)
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Where did these sons come from? They could not have been sons of Seth, for these marriages took place when men began to multiply – in the very beginning of the race before Seth had sons of marriageable age.

The term ‘sons of God’ proves that they were the product of God, not of Seth. They were the fallen angels of 1 Peter 3:19 [show/hide]1 Peter 3:19 [19]in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, (ESV)
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; 2 Peter 2:4 [show/hide]2 Peter 2:4 [4]For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; (ESV)
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; Jude 6-7 [show/hide]Jude 1:6-7 [6]And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day-- [7]just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (ESV)
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See also the Septuagint; Josephus, p. 36; Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. V111, P. 273; and ‘Giants and sons of God’ p. 62 Dake.

Giants after the Flood:
Genesis 6:4 [show/hide]Genesis 6:4 [4]The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (ESV)
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There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Also after that, after those days before the flood, i.e., after the flood, the sons of God again married the daughters of men and produced a second race of giants in the earth who occupied the land of Canaan in advance of Abraham.

The purpose here was the same as before the flood – to corrupt the race and thereby make it impossible for the pure ‘seed of the woman’ to come as predicted. See ‘Giants and Sons of God’ page 62 Dake.

Marriage of sons of God:
Genesis 6:4 [show/hide]Genesis 6:4 [4]The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (ESV)
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When the sons of God married the daughters of men, as before the flood, giants were again born to them. This definitely answers the question regarding where the giants ‘before’ and ‘after’ the flood came from [Gen. 6:1-4 [show/hide]Genesis 6:1-4 Increasing Corruption on Earth [6:1]When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, [2]the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. [3]Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years." [4]The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (ESV)
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6 Outstanding facts in Genesis 6:4 [show/hide]Genesis 6:4 [4]The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (ESV)
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1. There were two eruptions of angels
2. Two times the fallen angels married earthly women
3. Both times the angels became fathers of children born by the women
4. All children so born, were giants
5. One of the times this wickedness took place was before Noah’s flood
6. The other time was after Noah’s flood.
- Dake Annotated Reference Bible: page 14

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Apr 15 2014

Arms Race Goes Supersonic

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 2:49 pm

From Prophecy News Watch.Com

The Pentagon is going hypersonic with an experimental scramjet-powered, ultrahigh speed strike vehicle as its main choice for a new long-range, rapid attack weapon. Two and a half months ago, China successfully tested its first hypersonic missile delivery vehicle, dubbed the Wu-14.

The ultrahigh speed maneuvering vehicle test represented a major challenge for current U.S. missile defenses, which are designed to counter non-maneuvering ballistic missile threats. Pentagon officials have confirmed the Chinese vehicle’s capabilities of penetrating the US missile defense system and delivering nuclear warheads with record breaking speeds. Rick Fisher, an analyst at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, also said that the Chinese were actively seeking global military power to challenge the United States.

For China, this new weapon delivery system was reportedly designed to be launched as the final stage of its intercontinental ballistic missile, which would approach its target at a velocity of up to 10 times the speed of sound. Hypersonic speed range lies between Mach 5 and Mach 10, or 3,840 to 7,680 miles per hour.

According to the Washington Times, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for research and engineering Alan R. Shaffer told a defense industry conference that “we, the U.S., do not want to be the second country to understand how to have controlled scramjet hypersonics.”

The X-51 is the Pentagon’s most promising hypersonic vehicle, a cruise missile-sized weapon powered by an advanced engine called a scramjet. Developed by Boeing, it flies at up to 3,882 mph, or Mach 5.1, and is launched from under the wing of a B-52 bomber. Another Pentagon official has said the futuristic scramjet technology is looking promising as a leading candidate for the U.S. “conventional prompt global strike” mission. Boeing’s X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, propelled by an advanced scramjet engine, could allow the U.S. military to strike targets virtually anywhere around the globe in under an hour from receiving an attack order.

In 2013, after three difficult tests, including one described awkwardly by testers as an “un-ignition event,” the X-51 achieved a test breakthrough when it traversed several thousand miles at Mach 5 speed and reached an altitude of 80,000 feet, all in the span of a 300-second flight. This was the second time it was shown that the scramjet can ignite and give positive acceleration, which according to one official is a great achievement in understanding hypersonics.

Mr. Shaffer said hypersonic weapons, when fully developed, will be less expensive than current jets and cruise missiles powered by complex turbine engines with many parts. A scramjet, or supersonic combusting ramjet, hypersonic vehicle has few moving parts. The weapons will provide “rapid, responsive strike in anti-access/access denied environments” — the Pentagon euphemism for China’s high-technology weapons designed to push U.S. forces out of Asia.

U.S. defense officials have said conventional prompt global strike technologies, once developed and deployed, could offer a partial alternative to the use of nuclear arms under certain circumstances. Some observers, though, have warned that fielding these weapons could introduce new misunderstandings into global crises, and might inadvertently increase the risk of nuclear war.

Hypersonic missile technology is currently a topic of much research and development in the United States, Russia, China, and India. Currently, the title of the fastest cruise missile in the world is held by the Russo-Indian jointly developed BrahMos cruise missile. The technology offers several advantages over conventional or supersonic missiles, namely rapid payload delivery, improved survivability against missile defense systems, and precision targeting.

Russia’s Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center said in its annual report that Russia is building “a new class of hypersonic vehicle” that would “allow Russian strategic missiles to penetrate missile defense systems.” Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said mid last year that Russia was experiencing a revolution in military science, and added: “Neither current nor future American missile defense systems will be able to prevent that missile from hitting a target dead on.” Moscow is also developing the S-500 air and space defense system, with interceptors capable of shooting down hypersonic missiles.

The arms race has definitely entered an interesting supersonic phase.


Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/April09/092.html#sB4mcF7TBsAdVCzt.99

The Pentagon is going hypersonic with an experimental scramjet-powered, ultrahigh speed strike vehicle as its main choice for a new long-range, rapid attack weapon. Two and a half months ago, China successfully tested its first hypersonic missile delivery vehicle, dubbed the Wu-14.

The ultrahigh speed maneuvering vehicle test represented a major challenge for current U.S. missile defenses, which are designed to counter non-maneuvering ballistic missile threats. Pentagon officials have confirmed the Chinese vehicle’s capabilities of penetrating the US missile defense system and delivering nuclear warheads with record breaking speeds. Rick Fisher, an analyst at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, also said that the Chinese were actively seeking global military power to challenge the United States.

For China, this new weapon delivery system was reportedly designed to be launched as the final stage of its intercontinental ballistic missile, which would approach its target at a velocity of up to 10 times the speed of sound. Hypersonic speed range lies between Mach 5 and Mach 10, or 3,840 to 7,680 miles per hour.

According to the Washington Times, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for research and engineering Alan R. Shaffer told a defense industry conference that “we, the U.S., do not want to be the second country to understand how to have controlled scramjet hypersonics.”

The X-51 is the Pentagon’s most promising hypersonic vehicle, a cruise missile-sized weapon powered by an advanced engine called a scramjet. Developed by Boeing, it flies at up to 3,882 mph, or Mach 5.1, and is launched from under the wing of a B-52 bomber. Another Pentagon official has said the futuristic scramjet technology is looking promising as a leading candidate for the U.S. “conventional prompt global strike” mission. Boeing’s X-51A WaveRider hypersonic vehicle, propelled by an advanced scramjet engine, could allow the U.S. military to strike targets virtually anywhere around the globe in under an hour from receiving an attack order.

In 2013, after three difficult tests, including one described awkwardly by testers as an “un-ignition event,” the X-51 achieved a test breakthrough when it traversed several thousand miles at Mach 5 speed and reached an altitude of 80,000 feet, all in the span of a 300-second flight. This was the second time it was shown that the scramjet can ignite and give positive acceleration, which according to one official is a great achievement in understanding hypersonics.

Mr. Shaffer said hypersonic weapons, when fully developed, will be less expensive than current jets and cruise missiles powered by complex turbine engines with many parts. A scramjet, or supersonic combusting ramjet, hypersonic vehicle has few moving parts. The weapons will provide “rapid, responsive strike in anti-access/access denied environments” — the Pentagon euphemism for China’s high-technology weapons designed to push U.S. forces out of Asia.

U.S. defense officials have said conventional prompt global strike technologies, once developed and deployed, could offer a partial alternative to the use of nuclear arms under certain circumstances. Some observers, though, have warned that fielding these weapons could introduce new misunderstandings into global crises, and might inadvertently increase the risk of nuclear war.

Hypersonic missile technology is currently a topic of much research and development in the United States, Russia, China, and India. Currently, the title of the fastest cruise missile in the world is held by the Russo-Indian jointly developed BrahMos cruise missile. The technology offers several advantages over conventional or supersonic missiles, namely rapid payload delivery, improved survivability against missile defense systems, and precision targeting.

Russia’s Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center said in its annual report that Russia is building “a new class of hypersonic vehicle” that would “allow Russian strategic missiles to penetrate missile defense systems.” Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said mid last year that Russia was experiencing a revolution in military science, and added: “Neither current nor future American missile defense systems will be able to prevent that missile from hitting a target dead on.” Moscow is also developing the S-500 air and space defense system, with interceptors capable of shooting down hypersonic missiles.

The arms race has definitely entered an interesting supersonic phase.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/April09/092.html#sB4mcF7TBsAdVCzt.99

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Apr 15 2014

Wishing you a Joyous Passover

Tag: Israel TodaySage @ 1:27 pm

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Wishing you a Joyous Passover

A Jewish family celebrates Passover, breaking together the unleavened bread
called matzah.  The book on the table is the Haggadah (Telling); it sets the
order for recounting the story of the deliverance of the Jewish People from Egypt.

Happy Passover,

At our offices here in Israel, we watched an hour ago the blood moon which was streamed on the NASA website.

It’s no coincidence that this happened on the first day of Passover!  Something BIG is going to happen here in Israel over the next few months and we will keep you posted.

Blood Moon on April 15, 2014 - first day of Passover.

The last time this happened was in 1949 and 1967!
Each time it was after agreements were signed regarding Jerusalem! And after Israel’s two biggest wars, the first   establised the modern State of Israel and the second established Jerusalem as its capital!
Both fulfilled Bible Prophecy!

And today on the first day of Pesach (Passover) we invite you Sylvia to celebrate with us this eight-day festival with us, as we remember our Jewish family’s history and their redemption from bondage in Egypt and long for the redemption that will come through the Messiah.

“In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day.”  (Exodus 12:18 [show/hide]Exodus 12:18 [18]In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. (ESV)
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Last night, millions of Jewish People all around the globe and of course in every home here in Israel, gathered together with family and friends for a special meal called a Seder to recount how God saw our affliction and took us out from Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.

Tonight outside of Israel, many will enjoy a second Seder, retelling the story of physical redemption without understanding that Yeshua (Jesus) is the prophetic fulfillment of this wonderful holiday.

“For Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.”  (1 Corinthians 5:7 [show/hide]1 Corinthians 5:7 [7]Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (ESV)
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On the eve of the Israelite’s deliverance from Egypt, the blood of the lamb was placed on the doorpost so that the wrath of God would “pass over” that household.

That shed blood foreshadowed the death of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah), our Passover Lamb, whose blood was shed for sin (1 Peter 1:19 [show/hide]1 Peter 1:19 [19]but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. (ESV)
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“Yochanan (John) saw Yeshua coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” (John 1:29 [show/hide]John 1:29 Behold, the Lamb of God [29]The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (ESV)
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Today, however, the vast majority of the Jewish people do not yet recognize that Yeshua is their Passover Lamb who brought spiritual redemption.

You can make a difference during this prophetic Biblical Spring Festival by helping us share with the Jewish People the Good News of Yeshua HaMashiach.

Wishing you a blessed Passover from all our ministry staff here in Israel!

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Apr 15 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 15th April 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 12:42 pm

From PJ Media.Com

Our Psychodramatic Campuses
By Victor Davis Hanson
Dartmouth College students recently staged an overnight sit-in the office of their president Philip Hanlon. They had over seventy demands. Apparently, they grew out of their alleged suffering at the hands of “racist, classist, sexist, heterosexist, trans-homophobic, xenophobic, and ablest structures.”
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Feminist Says Actress Kirsten Dunst Too ‘Dumb’ to Have an Opinion on Gender
By Walter Hudson
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Gender theory? All Dunst did was express her personal preference. Since when did personal preferences become subject to expert review?
Asians Derail Affirmative Action In California
By John Rosenberg
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The express train hurtling to return racial preference admissions to California — in the form of State Constitutional Amendment 5, which if placed on the ballot and approved by voters would have overturned Prop. 209 —has just been derailed by an outburst of opposition from Asian Americans.

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Is the internet changing how we think? Can man escape his flawed nature? Hear Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle discuss a topic submitted by PJTV member ProbablySane.
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One in four California prisoners are getting high. Are union guards the problem? Watch John Phillips, Leo Terrell, Tammy Bruce and Scott Ott discuss the issue.
What You May Have Missed
Black Lives, Democrat Lies (Andrew Klavan)
Up or Down: Proving You’re Gay in the UK
Obama Lies about Voter Fraud and DOJ Investigations Before Paranoid Audience (J. Christian Adams)
Obama’s America: Children Liable for the Government Debts of Their Parents (Rick Moran)
Justice Stevens and Flexible History (Clayton E. Cramer)
Sexism Sent Me To the ER! (Helen Smith)
Religion, Politics & Screaming at the Internet (Susan L.M. Goldberg)
Israeli Women, Part 3: The Jews’ Iron Lady, Golda Meir (P. David Hornik)
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Apr 15 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 15th April 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 12:37 pm

From Jihad Watch.Org

Officials warn that more Boston Marathon-type jihadis lurk

Apr 14, 2014 11:49 pm | Robert Spencer

Of course they do. Authorities are aware that they’re out there, but they’re hamstrung in their ability to track their activities by the politically correct willful ignorance about their motives and goals, imposed by the Obama Administration in October 2011 — as I explain at length in my book Arab Winter Comes to America. And […]

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Chag Pesach sameach

Apr 14, 2014 11:24 pm | Robert Spencer

Wishing a sweet Passover to all Jihad Watch readers tonight. Yes, as always, this year once again I mean all of you, not just Jewish readers, although to them the greetings are of course particularly directed. Israel remains on the front lines of the global jihad, and is increasingly isolated and vilified as that jihad […]

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‘iPriest’ launches Arabic app for Catholic prayers to skirt Islamic bans

Apr 14, 2014 12:01 pm | Robert Spencer

The fact that this app is necessary at all is telling. In all too many Muslim countries, non-Muslims are subject to strict censorship. In non-Muslim countries, non-Muslims censor themselves to avoid offending the delicate sensitivities of Muslims. Where in the world can the truth about Islam and jihad be spoken freely? In a rapidly diminishing […]

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Nigeria: Islamic jihadists murder 71 with bombs at bus station

Apr 14, 2014 11:50 am | Robert Spencer

Even as Islamic jihadists murder still more people, Muslim leaders in Nigeria have the audacity to complain about the plight of Muslims and demand special accommodations from President Goodluck Jonathan. The shamelessness with which they maintain the victimhood narrative, even as their coreligionists are murdering people wholesale in accord with texts and teachings of their […]

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New Robert Spencer book, Arab Winter Comes to America, out today

Apr 14, 2014 10:06 am | Robert Spencer

A New Terror War At Home Overlooked by our media, purposely obscured by our own government, and unnoticed by the vast majority of Americans, the turmoil of the Islamic world’s “Arab Spring” has become an “Arab Winter,” bringing new threats of terror to America. New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer, an expert on Islam […]

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US government promoting Islam in the Czech Republic

Apr 14, 2014 06:06 am | Robert Spencer

Is this Constitutional? No one particularly cares — to care about such questions would be “Islamophobic.” But imagine the outcry if American taxpayers were funding grants from US Embassies to promote Christianity. That would make the front page of the New York Times and be the top story on all the nightly news shows. “US […]

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Nigeria: Muslim leaders decry “plight of Muslims,” get “Special Adviser on Islamic Affairs”

Apr 14, 2014 05:54 am | Robert Spencer

Islamic supremacist groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) routinely claim victim status in the U.S., trying to curtail counter-terror efforts by charging that they victimize innocent Muslims. This, however, makes Nihad Awad and Ibrahim Hooper look like pikers. In a country in which Islamic jihadists murder Christians and others with impunity […]

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UK: Inquiry into Muslim school takeover plot widens to 15 schools

Apr 14, 2014 05:28 am | Robert Spencer

It’s a good thing that British authorities are investigating this. If this plot had succeeded, then “hardline Muslims” would be teaching British schoolchildren that it is “racist” and “bigoted” to object to Muslims jeering at and attacking British soldiers returning from Afghanistan, and that those who oppose jihad terror and Islamic supremacism are “not conducive […]

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Malaysia: Muslim group complains of Malay language in Easter pageant

Apr 14, 2014 04:58 am | Robert Spencer

Fresh off forbidding Christians to use the word “Allah,” Muslims in modern, moderate Malaysia are objecting to their using Bahasa Malaysia in an Easter pageant. That would be tantamount to “proselytizing,” you see, and Christians are strictly barred from proselytizing in that progressive, forward-looking land. The adjectives are not sarcastic. Sharia restrictions on the freedom […]

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Gavin Boby and David Wood on The Glazov Gang

Apr 14, 2014 04:34 am | Robert Spencer

Put down that channel changer. This is the chat show to watch. This is the up-and-coming chatfest in which the guests are not coked-out Hollywood heroines pushing their latest dodgy and cringe-making film romance. No, the guests on this week’s Glazov Gang, hosted by The Great Glazov himself, are those whom the world, if freedom […]

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Apr 15 2014

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon - 15th April

Tag: Verse of the DaySage @ 12:17 pm

Morning

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“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” / Psalm 22:1 [show/hide]Psalm 22:1 Why Have You Forsaken Me? To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. [22:1]My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
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We here behold the Saviour in the depth of his sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which his cry rends the air–”My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” At this moment physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy through which he had to pass; and to make his grief culminate with emphasis, he suffered spiritual agony surpassing all expression, resulting from the departure of his Father’s presence. This was the black midnight of his horror; then it was that he descended the abyss of suffering. No man can enter into the full meaning of these words. Some of us think at times that we could cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” There are seasons when the brightness of our Father’s smile is eclipsed by clouds and darkness; but let us remember that God never does really forsake us. It is only a seeming forsaking with us, but in Christ’s case it was a real forsaking. We grieve at a little withdrawal of our Father’s love; but the real turning away of God’s face from his Son, who shall calculate how deep the agony which it caused him?

In our case, our cry is often dictated by unbelief: in his case, it was the utterance of a dreadful fact, for God had really turned away from him for a season. O thou poor, distressed soul, who once lived in the sunshine of God’s face, but art now in darkness, remember that he has not really forsaken thee.

God in the clouds is as much our God as when he shines forth in all the lustre of his grace; but since even the thought that he has forsaken us gives us agony, what must the woe of the Saviour have been when he exclaimed, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Evening

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“Lift them up forever.” / Psalm 28:9 [show/hide]Psalm 28:9 [9]Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
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God’s people need lifting up. They are very heavy by nature. They have no wings, or, if they have, they are like the dove of old which lay among the pots; and they need divine grace to make them mount on wings covered with silver, and with feathers of yellow gold. By nature sparks fly upward, but the sinful souls of men fall downward. O Lord, “lift them up forever!” David himself said, “Unto thee, O God, do I lift up my soul,” and he here feels the necessity that other men’s souls should be lifted up as well as his own. When you ask this blessing for yourself, forget not to seek it for others also.

There are three ways in which God’s people require to be lifted up. They require to be elevated in character. Lift them up, O Lord; do not suffer thy people to be like the world’s people! The world lieth in the wicked one; lift them out of it! The world’s people are looking after silver and gold, seeking their own pleasures, and the gratification of their lusts; but, Lord, lift thy people up above all this; keep them from being “muck-rakers,” as John Bunyan calls the man who was always scraping after gold! Set thou their hearts upon their risen Lord and the heavenly heritage! Moreover, believers need to be prospered in conflict. In the battle, if they seem to fall, O Lord, be pleased to give them the victory. If the foot of the foe be upon their necks for a moment, help them to grasp the sword of the Spirit, and eventually to win the battle. Lord, lift up thy children’s spirits in the day of conflict; let them not sit in the dust, mourning forever. Suffer not the adversary to vex them sore, and make them fret; but if they have been, like Hannah, persecuted, let them sing of the mercy of a delivering God.

We may also ask our Lord to lift them up at the last! Lift them up by taking them home, lift their bodies from the tomb, and raise their souls to thine eternal kingdom in glory.

- Bible Gateway.Com

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Apr 15 2014

Heedlessness in religion

Tag: Sermons - Charles SpurgeonSage @ 12:12 pm

‘But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.’ 2 Kings 10:31 [show/hide]2 Kings 10:31 [31]But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin. (ESV)
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Suggested Further Reading: Luke 6:37 [show/hide]Luke 6:37 Judging Others [37]"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; (ESV)
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Jehu was very angry at other people’s sins, and we may be without being delivered from our own. It is a very fine sight to see a man work himself up into a furore against drunkenness; he himself has never been guilty of it. It is true that all the indignation which he pours upon it, it well deserves; for is it not the great net of the devil, in which he catches multitudes? I may be very furious against adultery, or theft, or immorality of some other kind, which I do not happen to practise myself, yet my own sins may cry out against me; and it will not be possible to compound for my own sins by denouncing those of others. That is a very cheap sort of virtue; bullying other people’s vices. The easiest thing in all the world is to be constantly denouncing popular faults; but to wring the neck of one of my own bosom sins is a harder work by far, and a much better sign of conversion. To be earnest against the sin of others may be praiseworthy, but it is no sign of grace in the heart; for natural men have been some of the greatest leaders in this matter. To loathe my own sin, to humble myself on account of my own personal faults, and to endeavour in the sight of God to renounce every false way, is a work of something more than human nature. Will you also notice Jehu was very bitter against one sin. The very mention of the name of Baal brought the blood into his face, and there are persons in the world who cannot bear some one sin to which they have aversion; they love to hammer away against that; their whole soul takes fire at the mention of it. This is all very well; but, unless you hate all sin, unless you hate especially the besetting sin which is most congenial to your own nature, you need to be converted.

For meditation: The Lord Jesus Christ could rightly be described as ‘the friend of sinners’ (Luke 7:34 [show/hide]Luke 7:34 [34]The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' (ESV)
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; 15:2), but never as ‘the friend of fault-finders’ (Matthew 12:2,7 [show/hide]Matthew 12:2 [2]But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." (ESV)
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; Mark 7:5 [show/hide]Mark 7:5 [5]And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?" (ESV)
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–9; Luke 5:30 [show/hide]Luke 5:30 [30]And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" (ESV)
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–32; 7:39,44–47; 11:38–40,42; John 8:3 [show/hide]John 8:3 [3]The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst (ESV)
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–7). What fault do you habitually find in others?

Sermon no. 685 / 15 April (1866)—Charles Spurgeon

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The parable of the sower

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“A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:5-8 [show/hide]Luke 8:5-8 [5]"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. [6]And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. [7]And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. [8]And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold." As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." (ESV)
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Suggested Further Reading: Colossians 1:1-10 [show/hide]Colossians 1:1-10 Greeting [1:1]Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, [2]To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. Thanksgiving and Prayer [3]We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, [4]since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, [5]because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, [6]which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing--as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, [7]just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf [8]and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. [9]And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, [10]so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (ESV)
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The ground was good; not that it was good by nature, but it had been made good by grace. God had ploughed it; he had stirred it up with the plough of conviction, and there it lay in ridge and furrow as it should be. And when the Gospel was preached, the heart received it, for the man said, “That’s just the Christ I want. Mercy!” said he, “it’s just what a needy sinner requires. A refuge! God help me to fly to it, for a refuge I sorely want.” The preaching of the gospel was the vital thing which gave comfort to this disturbed and ploughed soil. Down fell the seed; it sprung up. In some cases it produced a fervency of love, a largeness of heart, a devotedness of purpose, like seed which produced a hundredfold. The man became a mighty servant for God, he spent himself and was spent. He took his place in the vanguard of Christ’s army, stood in the hottest of the battle, and did deeds of daring which few could accomplish,—the seed produced a hundredfold. It fell in another heart of like character;—the man could not do the most, still he did much. He gave himself, just as he was, up to God, and in his business he had a word to say for the business of the world to come. In his daily walk, he quietly adorned the doctrine of God his Saviour,—he brought forth sixtyfold. Then it fell on another, whose abilities and talents were but small; he could not be a star, but he would be a glow-worm; he could not do as the greatest, but he was content to do something, even though it were the least. The seed had brought forth in him tenfold, perhaps twentyfold.

For meditation: Quantity of fruit is desirable, but quality of fruit is essential—fruit that has gone mouldy is useless. The Lord Jesus Christ is looking for fruit in quantity and fruit which lasts (John 15:5,16 [show/hide]John 15:5 [5]I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (ESV)
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Sermon no. 308 / 15 April (1860) —   Charles Spurgeon

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C.S. Lewis Daily - On forgiveness

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C.S. Lewis Daily

On forgiveness

I find that when I think I am asking God to forgive me I am often in reality (unless I watch myself very carefully) asking Him to do something quite different. I am asking Him not to forgive me but to excuse me. But there is all the difference in the world between forgiving and excusing. Forgiveness says “Yes, you have done this thing, but I accept your apology, I will never hold it against you and everything between us two will be exactly as it was before.” But excusing says “I see that you couldn’t help it or didn’t mean it, you weren’t really to blame.”. . .

Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse, after all allowances have been made, and seeing it in all its horror, dirt, meanness and malice, and nevertheless being wholly reconciled to the man who has done it.

From The Weight of Glory

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Your Father’s Arms

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“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father… encourage your hearts and strengthen you.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16 [show/hide]2 Thessalonians 2:16 [16]Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, (ESV)
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A talented young athlete, the son of a star baseball player, was struggling in the minor leagues and expected to be released any day. During one game, he came to bat having already struck out once and quickly rang up two more strikes. Then the catcher trotted away for a conference with the pitcher. The umpire, standing behind the plate, spoke to the young man. “You hold the bat just the way your dad held it,” he said. “I can see his genes in you. You have your father’s arms.” On the next pitch, the young man knocked the ball out of the park. His play improved remarkably, and soon he was called up to the major leagues. When asked what changed his game, the young man gave credit to the umpire’s words. “After that,” he explained, “whenever I swung the bat, I just imagined that I was using Dad’s arms instead of my own.”

In your ministry of encouragement in your marriage, remember to use your Father’s arms. Maybe you recall the biblical example of Barnabas, whose name means “son of encouragement.” The Bible says he was “full of the Holy Spirit and faith” (Acts 11:24 [show/hide]Acts 11:24 [24]for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. (ESV)
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), and his gift was invaluable in helping the apostle Paul lead others to Christ during their missionary journeys.

Do you sometimes feel inadequate to help others? God Himself is ready to encourage you—and to bless you with His strength to encourage those you love.

Just between us…

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What’s your favorite form of encouragement?

In what ways do I encourage you without words?

How can we best tap into God’s resources to encourage each other?

Almighty God, thank You for Your gifts of encouragement and comfort to us.

Help us to draw on Your strength as we encourage one another. Amen.

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