Today’s Devotional – July 15th (Loopholes in God’s Law!)

By admin On July 12th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – July 15th

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Loopholes in God’s Law

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It is said, that in America’s younger years, many law schools taught contract law, using the Book of Romans, as the model of a perfect contract.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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Well, as we know, the secularists moved in years ago, and soon began removing anything Christian from this society’s public institutions.

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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LOOPHOLES

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Now, as for the contracts of men, we know that the people of the world often put what is known as “loopholes” in thttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Bible,_Notre-Dame_du_Taur,_septembre_2011.jpgheir contracts.

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For instance, a good contract lawyer might slip in a clause which allows his client to slip out of the contract altogether, for this or that reason.

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But would God ever do such a thing? Would God ever put a loophole in His infallible Word?

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Well, let’s explore this Book of books to see if God did put any loopholes in this document.

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BIBLE, A BOOK OF LOOPHOLES!

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Actually, if you think about it, the Bible is a contract made up of one loophole after another!

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For instance, right back in the beginning, God warned our first parents… “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:17

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And so, right there, God made a divine contract to Adam, that should he or his wife eat of that forbidden tree, they would die!

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But then, when they did eat of that tree, they didn’t die did they? Does, this make God a liar?

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Eve – Tizian – Wikipedia – pub-dom

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THE PROMISED REDEEMER

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No, God is not a liar! Adam and Eve began to die in that day! Death entered their bodies on that very day. And though it took many centuries for death to finally put them into the grave, God’s warning proved true and trustworthy.

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But then, right there in the garden, God added another loophole to His contract with Mankind.

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Listen… “And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15

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Yes, right there in the garden, God added a loophole big enough for the proverbial Mac Truck to drive through! Because this little comment He made, was a way of escape from that death sentence hanging over the heads of all Mankind! A Savior was to come into the world! And that Savior would eventually destroy the serpent!

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Mack-dump-truck – Wikipedia – Creative Commons License

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LIFE AND DEATH: A SIMPLE CONCEPT!

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Now this devotional does not have time to explore all the many other loopholes in God’s contract with Humanity.

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But let’s just explore several other places in Scripture, in which God has placed loopholes big enough, for that same Mac Truck to drive through.

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The Bible clearly states in Romans… “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

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So there we have it! The wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is life eternal! Very simple concept! Right?

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THE CREATION SHALL BE DELIVERED

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But if we turn to several chapters later in Romans, we find this statement… “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit,” Romans 8:20-23

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Now this clause in God’s contract is seemingly very ambiguous! Because, it almost seems as if God is saying that the entire Creation, which He refers to as “they” in verse 23, will be delivered into the glorious liberty of the children of God!

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So just what does that above passage mean!?!

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Well, nobody knows for sure! And until Judgment Day has been concluded, nobody but God will fully understand! But the Bible does have other clauses written in, that make any truth-seeker pause and wonder, and ask God, “Just what are you actually saying, Lord?”

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MERCY REJOICES AGAINST JUDGMENT!

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Listen… “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” James 2:13http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_book_magnify2.svg

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OK, so it says here that the unmerciful will be shown no mercy by God. Now that’s pretty plain!

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But then, the very next statement says… “and mercy rejoices against judgment.” So here again, God makes a seemingly clear-cut condemnation, but then says… “And mercy rejoices against judgment”.

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And so, once again, God is giving Himself plenty of wiggle-room in these two statements! But we don’t fully understand just what He means, when He says… “And mercy rejoices against Judgment”, although many think they know!

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THEOLOGIANS MIS-INTERPRET 1st COMING

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When Jesus made His first appearance, 2,000 years ago, the doctors of the law were pretty sure He was a fraud. Yes, they reasoned that he came from Nazzareth, and not from Bethlehem, as Scripture foretold. But little did these over-confident theologians realize, that Jesus was indeed born in Bethlehem, but moved back to His earthly parent’s home in Nazareth. So was God a liar? Of course not!

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They just didn’t take into account that the Bible also said, concerning Jesus… And He shall be called a Nazarene” Matthew 2:23.

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Well of course, all these statements have a much greater spiritual meaning. For instance, the name,  “Bethlehem” is made of the three words “House of Bread”, which no doubt signified that Jesus is “The Word made flesh”. And so there was and is a double fulfillment to the prophecy that Jesus was to come from Bethlehem, the Word of God.

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Brooklyn Museum – The Pharisees Question Jesus – James Tissot – US Public Domain – Wikimedia

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MEEKNESS REGARDING KNOWLEDGE

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And so, if we were smart, we would do well not to play the fool like those theologians in Jesus’ day, and get so dogmatic about the Bible, especially concerning future events! Listen to Paul… “And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” 1st Corinthians 8:2.

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As this above verse reveals, we need to realize that knowledge, true knowledge, is the gift of God, and that God hates human pride. And God will make us as fools if we begin to get dogmatic about future events! Oh yes, we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But we need to quit making ourselves as if we are some sort of know-it-all authority concerning the details of the Judgment Day before us!

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After all, the Bible says… “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1st Timothy 2:5, 6. Now just why did God say… “To be testified in due time”? After all, we all know that Jesus paid for this sins of all Mankind. So why does it say that this truth will “be testified of in due time”?

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Brooklyn Museum – What Our Lord Saw from the Cross – James Tissot

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THINGS HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD!

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The fact is, the whole Bible is filled with countless similar, puzzling statements! And only a fool would dare to say that he or she knows what Judgment Day will be like. Oh yes, the Bible makes plenty of well-known statements concerning that Day! But the fact is, the Bible also makes many statements which many of us completely overlook! And any Bible teacher who is worth his salt, will be very nervous and self-distrusting whenever he teaches Bible doctrine, especially concerning future events!

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Now of course, the Bible presents many clear-cut statements! For instancehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpg, God says… “I hate divorce!” Malachi 2:16. And there is no getting around that statement! And God says that He hates all sin! And so, there are many things which the Bible has made as clear as noonday.

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But when it comes to many other things, God says… “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 2nd Peter 3:16.

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You see, God doesn’t reveal everything. He has withheld many things from us, for His own reasons.

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Listen… “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29. Those who are wise take note of such passages as this, and consequently, temper their doctrines and teachings to include this and other similar passages. In other words, they refrain themselves from becoming too confident and too dogmatic about what the Bible actually teaches.

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain

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And so, perhaps the words of the wise-man are appropriate to end this little discussion…

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“Keep thy foot when you go to the house of God,

and be more ready to hear,

than to give the sacrifice of fools:

for they consider not that they do evil.

Be not rash with thy mouth,

and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:

for God is in Heaven, and you upon earth:

therefore let thy words be few.

For a dream cometh through the multitude of business;

and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the gift of meekness of wisdom. Let me not be self-assured. But help me to search the Scriptures with the purpose of getting to know Thee, more and more…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Martha, the “Doer” & Mary, the “Hearer”” or you can also read… November 22 – (The Greatest Jig-saw Puzzle Ever!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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WIKIPEDIA STAR-CHART

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This constellation was identified on May 22nd, 2014. It is simply five stars, two from the Serpens Constellation, and stars from the Hercules Constellation.

Wikipedia Star-Chart - Corona Borealis

Wikipedia Star-Chart – Corona Borealis

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What gives this constellation impetus and significance is that it appears as five evenly positioned stars, in a slight oval pattern, as if they were sitting in a meeting, listening, or perhaps watching someone.

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Second, they appear to be gathered in front of The Crown of Revelation 12 Constellation. (just below Corona Borealis in this Wikipedia star-chart, in which the editor of this site sketched in these two constellations)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Wise Virgins Stars” or you can also read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”

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TOMORROW:

” July 16th (But I Am A Worm!)”

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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