Today’s Devotional – December 5 (The most boring man who ever lived!)

By admin On December 2nd, 2013

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Today’s Devotional – December 5

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THE MOST BORING MAN WHO EVER LIVED!

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On Thanksgiving, while sitting at the table, a certain person (not present, of course) came up in the conversation. One person made the comment that this certain person was always talking about religion. And everyone pretty much agreed that this certain person talked too much about religion. Unfortunately nobody at the table came to this certain person’s defense. And the dinner of roast turkey continued.

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Our (Almost Traditional) Thanksgiving Dinner wikimedia share-alike license

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HEAVEN WOULD BE BORING!

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Now, these types of conversations are not rare.

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And why should Christians be surprised if they are spoken of in this way, by other church-going professors of Christianity?

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But one would have to wonder, just how are all these people going to handle Heaven? After all, what do they think the conversation is going to be centered on up there?

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And if I can’t take being around one person who talks about heavenly things, then how can I ever expect to be happy in Heaven for all eternity, where EVERYBODY loves to talk about Jesus and heavenly things?

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Second Coming – Resurrection Morning – Jan Luyken – Bible – Wikipedia – US Public Domain (2)

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SO WHO IS THE MOST BORING?

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But the title of this devotion is, “The Most Boring Man Who Ever Lived”. So who would that be? Just who gets the dubious honor of being dubbed, “The Most Boring Man Who Ever Lived”?

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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

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Perhaps Peter? Listen to Peter… “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;” 1st Peter 4:11. Well, if Peter follows his own counsel here, then perhaps Peter’s the most boring of all men. After all, Peter admonishes… “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;” 1st Peter 4:11.

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MAYBE PAULhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Decapitaci%C3%B3n_de_San_Pablo_-_Simonet_-_1887.jpg

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Or perhaps it was Paul. Listen to Paul… “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 2nd Cor. 2:2. Well Paul must have bored those worldly-minded Corinthians to death, if all he talked about was “Jesus Christ, and Him crucified”!

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Decapitación of Paul – by Simonet – 1887 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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MAYBE JESUSSadducees Question Jesus by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com public domain

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Or what about Jesus? Listen to Jesus… “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. So why do you think they put Jesus to death? Because they didn’t like what He was saying, and they couldn’t shut Him up.

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Well, probably any one of these three men would not be somebody that most people would want to “hang out” with for very long.

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THE WORLD LISTENS TO THE WORLD

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Well, one thing is for sure, it surely isn’t the people of the world who might be considered to be the most boring to be around.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cheers!_(3162940696).jpg

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Listen to John’s testimony… “They (Anti-Christs) are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1st John 4:5, 6.

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So it says here that the people of the world speak of the world and the world hears them. But it also says here, that we Christians are of God, and the world does not hear us.

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Hands Toasting Drinks – Cheers! Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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MAYBE US!

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Well, the above passage from 1st John plainly declares, “he that is not of God heareth not us.” So if they’re not lhttp://blog.travelpod.com/travel-photo/jeastty/3/1303829593/mall-witnessing.jpg/tpod.htmlistening to us, then just maybe we Christians are the most boring of all people! Well, this next passage only confirms it.

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Listen… “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life…” 2nd Corinthians 2:15, 16.

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Now here’s a real indictment against Christians. To those of the world we are the “savour of death unto death”.

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama

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WHO WOULD WANT TO

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“HANG OUT” WITH HOLINESS, ANYWAY?

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Just think about it! If we are living the Christ-like life, who in the world would want to “buddy around”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christonmountolive.jpg with us anyway!?! Only another Believer would dare hang around us, if we are truly Christ-like. Do we suppose that Jesus had secular friendships?

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Or Paul, perhaps?

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Or even the Apostle John?

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Certainly the Bible makes no mention of these three having secular friendships. Only those who were contemplating becoming followers of Jesus were interested in His companionship. Everyone else wanted Him dead!

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Christ on mount olive wikipedia public domain

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“THE WORLD HATETH YOU”

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Now, on the other hand, if we find that secular people do happen to enjoy our http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anger_during_a_protest_by_David_Shankbone.jpgcompany, then what could we conclude? Well, perhaps we are still worldly and carnal. And so they can relate to us on a worldly level.

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Listen to Jesus… “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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Just something to think about.

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Anger during a protest – by David Shankbone – Wikimedia – Share-alike-License

 

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WORLDLY COMPROMISE NOT BIBLICAL

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“And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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Now, some people have the notion that they must be witty and worldly, in order to evangelize the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cano_-_San_Juan.jpgworld. They erroneously surmise that by mingling the purity of Heaven with the commonness of the world, that this will somehow prove more effective in bringing in new converts.

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But never do we ever read anything about secular relationships with those three Christian role-models (Jesus, Paul & John). And, in spite of their holiness, these three evangelized more successfully than any other humans on this planet.

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John The Apostle by Alonzo Cano 1635-1637-wikipedia-public domain

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CONCLUSION

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So just who is the most boring of all men?

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Well, you might say, it’s a draw!

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First of all, Jesus would be considered boring to http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABible-Study-Group.jpgthe world. Then Paul. Then Peter, then John and the other Apostles. And last but not least, every true worshipper of God. We’re all boring to the world! And even though we tend to mostly keep silent about Jesus, when in the company of unbelievers, we just don’t share in the same “gusto” that unbelievers have toward their world, and it more or less shows.

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But when true worshippers of God get together, then to talk about Jesus and Heaven is the most exciting thing on earth! 

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“…and in His temple doth every one speak of His glory.” Psalm 29:9 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, help me to not run to the same excess of riot when in the company of unbelievers. But help me instead, to merely smile a warm smile of love, which is by far, the best sermon ever preached…

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READ MORE…

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To explore into similar subjects, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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.Ark of the Covenant & Cross/Scepter & Flower of the Field Constellations-you may share

“And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” Revelation 11:19

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THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

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In the days of Moses, some 1400 years before Christ, God instructed that great man of faith, to make ahttp://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A7%D7%95%D7%91%D7%A5:Holman_The_Tabernacle_in_the_Wilderness.jpg portable tabernacle for the children of Israel to take from place to place as they sojourned in the deserts of the wilderness for 40 years. This tabernacle was, of course, for the purpose of performing the animal sacrifices for the sins of the people of God…the Hebrews.

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Moses was given specific instructions as how to make that tabernacle: “And look that you make them after their pattern, which was showed you in the mount.” Exodus 25:40. The Lord God Himself, showed Moses, while on that fiery mount, just how that elaborate tent was to be constructed, and how it was to be furnished.

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In the heart of this tabernacle was a room called the Most Holy Place. In it was the Golden Ark of the Covenant (Law). Nobody but the high priest (symbolizing Christ) was allowed in that room. This room was where the once-a-year Atonement for sin was made with the blood of the animal sacrifice (representing Christ’s blood).

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Now in this Ark were 3 symbolic items:

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1. a golden bowl of manna (bread),

2. the 2 tablets of the Law, and

3. Aaron’s rod that budded with almonds, showing that Aaron (symbolizing Christ) was the chosen high priest.

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Now this rod of Aaron was a type of kingly scepter. In other words, it was the forerunner of a king’s scepter which became a common symbol of power in most kingly courts around the world.

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(Above photo: Moses and Joshua in the Tabernacle, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836-1902) at the Jewish Museum, New York. Public domain.)

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THE ARK IN THE HEAVENS

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So what importance tTwo Turtledoves birds & Flower Of The Field Constellationso us is all this information? Well, if a person goes out at night, beginning in April (earlier in southern-most latitudes, and later in northern-most), in the pre-dawn hour, they just might locate the constellation commonly referred to as the Sagittarius Constellation . It is located in the southern sky. (Each night it appears a little earlier, slowly inching Ark of the Covenant Constellationwestward, through the summer, until it finally disappears below the western horizon in November.) At first, it simply appears as two twin birds flying westward. But if you look once again, it just might appear as a long box-like figure, with one star on the right, as you face it, and two stars on the left. The box, of course would be the Ark, and the stars on either side would represent angels, which are sometimes referred to as stars in the Bible (for instance, “the seven stars are the angels…” Revelation 1:20). To the right is a star-chart from Wikipedia, in which the editor of this site has sketched in this Sagittarius Constellation, to show how God created it to appear.

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Star-chart to right is from Wikipedia. Editor has sketched over Sagittarius to show this Ark Constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place” 

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TOMORROW:

December 6 (Harvesters of Light)

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