Life is Like the Sun

sunsetriseNo, life isn’t like the sun because without life or the sun we’d die. Life is like the sun because it is something beautiful. Everyone I know loves seeing a sunset or sunrise. The sun stretches out as far as it can go at sunset and sunrise. It tickles the furthest clouds with red fingers of light.

Now, imagine life sort of like that sunset. A gift from God and a delight to see and interact with. Also imagine a world without sunsets or sunrises . . . or the sun. Life is important, just like the sun. Protect life . . . watch the following video:

On the Brink – Bitter Words

cemetery25Psalms 64:3:

Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

Everyone communicates somehow. Some are better than others. Some are more offensive than others. Some people I know don’t even have to try to be annoying, they just naturally come off that way.

Over a week ago I was told something that I think is definitely worth repeating:

Be careful what you say to people. You never know what has happened to that person so far that day, and you never know if what you say next might push them over the edge.

That really got me thinking. Could I really be the cause of a drastic action taken by someone to stop the hate and teasing? Even if what I said was just a joke or innocent in my eyes?

Yes, I could be capable of that. People live crazy lives. We don’t know every detail of each person’s life, and we could never be sure if, when we tease, insult or joke about someone, how much it leads them toward the wrong decision. We are not to blame, but why help in any way?

You know what the rest of that chapter says about the ones who shoot out bitter words?

Psalms 64:7-8

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

Soteriology – Part 12

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In the Bible, I would say Isaiah is the most complex book. It is full of poetry, prophecy, accounts and so many beautiful descriptions of God. And, as it so happens, it is also full of references to Salvation!

1. The purpose of Salvation

Isaiah 65:11-16:

11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget My holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before Mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, My servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, My servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, My servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
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Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call His servants by another name:
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That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

Isaiah was speaking to a group of people who had turned from God. As you can see, he gives quite a list of things that they missed out on because God cannot reward wickedness. However, God wants to save us, but it is our own choice . . . often we don’t pick that option.

1. The purpose of Salvation – To give us all the blessings He has for us

2. The prophecy of Salvation

Isaiah 65:17:

17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

God tells mankind that when Salvation is delivered, all things are new. This is a prophecy of Salvation that is always there: when Salvation comes, it changes thing. Salvation makes things new. The old is cast away and killed and the new is put on and brought to life through Christ.

2. The prophecy of Salvation – Salvation does not come without a promise of a new creation in Christ

3. The prescription of Salvation

Isaiah 65:18-19:

18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

People often say that the Old Testament depicts God as a God of War and destruction, hating humans. However, reading theses verses I get the impression that it accurately describes Him as the loving, merciful God He is Who loves seeing His children rejoice in His Salvation.

3. The prescription of Salvation – Rejoicing and being glad in God’s Salvation

4. The proclamation of Salvation

Isaiah 65:20-25:

20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

God concludes the chapter with a proclamation about Salvation. Someone who is 100-years old will be young in the new world, they will build houses and keep them, not having to worry about landlords, taxes or other things. They will plant their own food and reap the benefits. God wraps it up perfectly with, “they shall not labour in vain, not bring forth for trouble”. Everything they do will come back to them even better. This is quite a proclamation of Salvation for the world we live in today!

4. The proclamation of Salvation – The world will be changed at Salvation

Cannot Detect It

It takes no brains to be an atheist. Any stupid person can deny the existence of a supernatural power because man’s physical senses cannot detect it. But there cannot be ignored the influence of conscience, the respect we feel for the Moral Law, the mystery of first life . . . or the marvelous order in which the universe moves about us on this earth. all these evidence the handiwork of the beneficent Deity . . . that Deity is the God of the Bible and Jesus Christ, His Son.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower