MARCH 5, 2021

TODAYS BIBLE READING:

Numbers 32 to 34

Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes

NAME OF GOD TO LEARN THIS WEEK:

Jehovah Mekaddishkem - The Lord Who Sanctifies You (Exodus 31:13, Leviticus 20:8)

TODAY'S WORSHIP SONG:  

City of Refuge - 4Him

THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE:

"And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, 'If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."

~Mark 9:35

NOTE FOR TODAY:

The art of debating ethics and morality is taught at every level of education and is featured on every television network. This art only exists because most choose themselves and their own intellect and power of reasoning as the standard of what is right from wrong, rather than what is clearly stated in Scripture. Once you move from the moral absolutes of the Bible into the realm of moral relativism, the court of public opinion becomes the new societal norm. I am unashamedly both pro-life and for capital punishment for murder. In a debate, this is when the other side would yell hypocrite in my direction, and if this was a publicized debate the audience would probably applaud my being called that. Most, even in Christian circles, do not hold Scripture, and especially the Old Testament as relevant to answer current debates. I have heard many refer to the Old Testament as a bunch of dos and don'ts. But doesn't God, our Creator, get to tell us what is right vs. wrong. The false god, Moloch, often represented as a metal statue of a man with a bull's head, with outstretched arms and a hole in its abdomen, would be heated. This was used for child sacrifice, where unwanted children would be burned alive. God clearly speaks against child sacrifice in Leviticus 18:21, and other places, "And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech...". In Exodus 21:22-24, the penalty for causing harm to the unborn child is clearly outlined, including the term, "life for life". Concerning capital punishment, there are many areas that pertain to it, but concerning murder, we read about it in Numbers 35. If it is accidental, then there was refuge for them. But we clearly read in Numbers 35:31, "Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death." It goes on to explain in 35:33, "So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it."

We live in a sea of false allegations and unsubstantiated claims. Most workplaces, in order to protect the one bringing the complaint, allow for witnesses to remain anonymous. These complaints can be forwarded anonymously anywhere and everywhere. Based on these allegations, often in which the witness is not called into question as to the validity of their character or statements which are made, people are destroyed. Again, in the court of public debate and public opinion, these unsubstantiated comments can destroy one's reputation and one's life. Every blog site on the internet is full of opinions which many read as fact. We read in Numbers 35:30, "Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the testimony of witnesses; but one witness is not sufficient testimony against a person for the death penalty." Elaborating further on this in Deuteronomy 19:15-21, we read, "One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, then both men in the controversy shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. And the judge shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you. Your eye shall not pity; life for life, eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." If we upheld this standard, the "news", and the so-called "experts", would have a whole lot less to say, if they feared their unsubstantiated comments could result in the punishment they seek to afflict on the one they are slandering and falsely accusing.

Lastly, when debating creation vs. evolution, many have stated that the Bible cannot be used in this debate because the opposing side does not agree with the Bible. This is a debate that should not be entered into. The Bible is our source and should be the most elevated source of credible information. In fact, the argument that science substantiates the Bible already has it wrong. It is the Bible that substantiates science. The world of science has elevated theory to science, and they often argue from a false position of intellectual superiority. The Bible has discussed gravity, a round earth, the rain cycle, and the creation of the world as we know it long before the so-called "experts" who like to yell ignorance. Jesus gave wonderful advice in Matthew 7:6, "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under your their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces." Those who choose to cynically discredit the Bible, often in total ignorance to what is contained within it, will often not be swayed by the facts contained in it. We, Christians, who though living in this world, are not of this world, rather we are citizens of heaven and ambassadors on earth (Philippians 3:20), must live in His Word and abide in His Word as our source of what is credible and what is not. A Christian who chooses to remain biblically ignorant does so at his own peril. He or she chooses to remain defenseless in a world that does not understand God. As we continue in His Word may we use it to firm up our beliefs and our resolve in the world in which we live.

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