Daily Devotional, Year 4: January 1 (Noble Bereans, Part 32: “Killing The Messenger”)

By admin On January 13th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 4: January 1

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Noble Bereans, Part 32: “Killing The Messenger”

To read part 1, click here…”September 2nd (Noble Bereans?)”

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“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,

which killest the prophets,

and stonest them that are sent unto thee;

how often would I have gathered thy children together,

as a hen doth gather her brood

under her wings, and ye would not!

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate:”

Luke 13:34, 35

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So, in this little series, the subject of those noble Bereans has been introduced. And today, it is still worthy of a little more exploration into another area of concern.

St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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Let’s review the key Bible passage… “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10, 11

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St Paul Preaching (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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Okay, so those in Berea were more noble, because they:

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1. “Received the Word with all readiness of mind.”

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2. “And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

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And so, the Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed, “orthodox” teachings of that day.

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Thus there was an open-mindedness which permeated their hearts, and a willingness to search the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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La Bible, Notre-Dame – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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There is a very old saying within the Church, which goes like this, “If you can’t kill the message, then you must kill the messenger!”

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“BUT ME IT (THE WORLD) HATETH”

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Yes, Jesus was the prime example of what it means in the above saying…“If you can’t kill the message, then you must kill the messenger!”

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That’s exactly what they did to Jesus, because they could not kill the message that He brought to the world.

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Nailing Jesus to the Cross – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE WORLD RULED OVER BY SATAN

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Listen to the Lord’s testimony about His own self…“The world cannot hate you (Jesus’ unsaved brethren); but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” John 7:7

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Yes, here was the fundamental problem with Mankind…“men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19

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As this above verse reveals, Mankind loves the darkness of the sin which rules over this selfish world. And so does their ruler, “the god of this world”. (see 2nd Corinthians 4:4)

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Therefore, “the god of this world”, along with the people of this world (yes, we’re all guilty), ultimately “killed the Prince of Life”, Jesus. (2nd Corinthians 4:4 & Acts 3:15)

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“JERUSALEM WHICH KILLEST THE PROPHETS”

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But Jesus was not the only messenger killed because of His message. No, as today’s opening verse reveals…“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate:” Luke 13:34, 35

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Here is the testimony from the lips of Jesus during His earthly ministry, that the very people whom God called to love Him, hated not only Him, but hated all those messengers sent by Him.

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Stephen Stoned Acts 7:57-60 lavistachurchofchrist.org

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“THEREFORE, THE WORLD HATETH YOU (Christians)”

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But please don’t think that the rest of us are innocent of His blood!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NOMG01ThankGodForSatan.jpg

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Just listen to this next verse…“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19

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Here is Jesus’ indictment against the entire world! Yes, the whole world hates Jesus, even most of those who profess to love Him.

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This is because we love this present evil Antichrist world-system, and hate the unselfish kingdom of Heaven!

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March – Protest – Thank God For Satan – Wikimedia – GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later version

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“YE…KILLED THE PRINCE OF LIFE!”

Acts 3:14, 15

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And so, all through history, the world, along with the apostate portion of the Church has gone https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-Christian_sign_in_Federal_Plaza_Chicago.jpgabout to destroy the messengers which God has sent to us!

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We all stand guilty of this crime. The world could not kill the message brought by Christ and His fellow messengers, so we instead killed them!

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Now this fact has been true even in New Testament times. From the days of the early Church, to the Reformation era, and even to the present day, Satan and his loyal citizens have engaged in killing all those who faithfully proclaimed the message of the Gospel of Jesus!

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Oh yes, not all of Christ’s faithful followers were literally killed. But even such messengers as Wycliffe and Luther were verbally stoned by the world (and by the world-loving portion of the Church).

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Protest – Anti-Christian rally in Chicago – Wikimedia

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TO BE CONTINUED IN TOMORROW’S DEVOTIONAL...January 2 (Noble Bereans, Part 33: “Killing The Messenger” CONTINUED)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ” FEBRUARY 10 (The Deserted Island Theologian!)”, or you can also read…JUNE 13 (Why The World Didn’t End on May 21, 2011) or you can also read…October 29 (Noble Bereans, Part 25: “The Message of the Second Angel of Revelation 14”

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FINALLY WALKING UPWARD INTO THE HIGHWAYS OF ETERNITY

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Day by day, you will find yourself walking, like the Disciples, spreading the precious Gospel seed wherever the Spirit leads.

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Taking the lovely name of Jesus, with every word spoken. Walking through this sin-darkened world, witnessing to those who take notice that of a truth, Jesus is present within you. Even like faithful Enoch, walking through the highways and byways of life in this world, spreading the Gospel-seed of unpretentious love.

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Day by day, you will become more and more closed in with God. Moment by moment, your heart will become intertwined with God’s heart, eventually two hearts beating as one heart.

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And just like Enoch, when the appointed time of sojourning on earth is finally done…you will walk onward…and upward…and into the highways and byways of eternity. (“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24).

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ThomasCole-Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey wikimedia US public domain

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW…

January 2 (Noble Bereans, Part 33: “Killing The Messenger” CONTINUED)

 

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THE GREAT CONTROVERSY BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This 44 chapter audio book is a brief history of the Church, from the Cross of Christ forward to the Return of Christ. This is a 20 minute introduction…

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Martin Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…This is Open Forum Show #50

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons lic.

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