Warning, This Might Be Confusing

When you read the Bible do you get confused? 

When is “She” a “He” and “He” a “She”?

When you read the Bible have you ever said, “I never noticed that?” 

Have you ever noticed how you can read the Bible one day, and then, read it another day in a whole new way? 

Well!  It happen to me.

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This might be confusing

The story of Balaam’s ass (a donkey) in Numbers 22 is unusual.  For one thing Balaam holds the only record of a Biblical person who spoke to a donkey, and then, the donkey spoke back!  Yeah, you remember the story.  Balaam was a Mesopotamian prophet who was hired by Balak, an enemy of Isreal, to curse Isreal.  It all started, when a poor donkey transporting Balaam balked, because the donkey saw an angel and was scared.  The donkey spoke to Balaam about the angel.  Numbers 22:28 says, “Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and “SHE” said to Balaam, what have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”    This is interesting because 2 Peter 2:16 says, “But he (Balaam) was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey–a beast without speech–who spoke with a “MAN’S” voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.”  When did “SHE” become a “MAN”?  “Confusing!”  You betcha!  Read it, and see for yourself!

Let’s be clear.  Donkeys were all-purpose vehicles used for transportation, carrying loads, grinding grain, plowing fields, and carrying people on their backs.  They were usually highly respected, dependable, and had good value.  But most of all they were reliable and dependable, which explains why Balaam lashed out at the donkey.  We sometimes also strike out at blameless people who get in our way because we are embarrassed or our pride is hurt.  Lashing out at others can be a sign that something is wrong with us.  We must not allow our own hurt to lead you to hurt others, animals or other things.  It doesn’t matter if the voice was a “SHE’ or a “HE”, God can speak in any voice “GOD” chooses. Wouldn’t you be, a bit startled, if not scared, if you were visited by an angel?  

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Last One Standing

Last one standing

The Book of Revelation in the Bible needs some clear definition.  First of all…it is what it is…A Revelation of Jesus Christ (or Apocalypse) to John, to be written down.  It is expected to be understood.  Much of it is frighteningly clear.  Some symbols are explained, others are not.  The general theme given to John is divided into three parts.  John is instructed to write:  (1) What he has seen, (2) What he is now seeing, (3) What will take place.

The number seven plays a critical role in Revelation.

seven There are seven letters addressed to the seven churches in Asia Minor.

There is a seven year period of terrible suffering and tribulation coming.

There are seven lamps sitting before the Throne of God—Blazing.

There’s a lamb with seven horns, and seven eyes.

There’s a leopard-like beast with seven heads.

There’s a scarlet-colored beast with seven heads.

In the Book of Revelation, there are seven seals, seven trumpets, seven vials, seven candlesticks, seven stars, seven angels, seven Spirits, seven thunders, and seven mountains.

The Bible begins with seven days of creation and ends with a book of sevens!

Reading the Book of Revelation will take you about an hour or so.

Studying the Book of Revelation could well take the better part of a lifetime.

Be prepared, don’t be the last one standing when the first trumpet sounds.

Bottom Line

Just as God finished the work of creation (Genesis 2:1-3) and Jesus finished the work of redemption (John 19:30), so the Trinity will finish the entire plan of salvation by inviting the redeemed into a new creation.  Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.

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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend?

Diamonds are a Girls best friend

Who said that?  Is it true?  Depends on who you ask doesn’t it?  Or does it depend on the size of the diamonds?  Do zirconium’s count?  Can diamonds replace best friends (humans)?  What kind of person puts people above gems, anyway?  A famous saying usually brings to mind a famous person.

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Who said: “Let ‘em eat cake!”  Who said: “We have peace in our time!”  Who said: “God is dead!”  Who said: “I am not a crook!”  Who said: “I did not have sex with that woman!”   Considering all the circumstances, do you see a pattern?  See any arrogance?  See any pride?  Marie Antoinette, Chamberlin, Nietzsche, Richard Nixon, and Billy Clinton all had something in common—an overdose of hubris.  John Newton (author of Amazing Grace) once said: “I am not what I hope to be, I am not what I desire to be, but by the grace of God, I am not what I once was!”    Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend; but best friends sometimes disappoint.  Famous people full of pride will always say things that come back to bit them; hubris destroys to the utmost.  Only God’s son, Jesus Christ, is everyone’s hope and best friend for eternal life—if, they are a believer.  For those who do not believe, judgment won’t be so friendly.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Who said “No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down on my own accord.  I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.  This command I received from my father!”  Jesus said that in John 10:13  Now, that’s a gem of a statement.   Jesus’ death and resurrection, as part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world, was under God’s full control.