Today’s Devotional – September 2nd (Noble Bereans? Part 1)

By admin On August 12th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – September 2nd

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Noble Bereans? Part 1

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“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 17:11

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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.

 

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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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NOBLE BEREANS TODAY?

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But where are the Noble Bereans today?

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Well, maybe some groups are indeed like those noble Bereans. But other groups are anything but open-minded! This is made manifest, because they spend their efforts in condemning anyone who does not subscribe to today’s mainline popular theology! And they have become the self-imposed watch-dogs for the so-called “orthodox” Church. And these radio and TV ministries tell their audience just who they should listen to and who they must “black-list”, as the common expression goes!

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And somehow they figure that this is what it means to be a noble Berean?!

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And even more than this, these gifted debaters have a way of making us feel like heretics, if we even dare to question their authority!

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And so, what they would have us believe to be termed as being, “noble Bereans”, would actually be better described as being bigoted Totalitarians, who seek to control the consciences of their adherents! 

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“We will tell you who to listen to and who not to listen to”, they might say. And because today’s listeners are quite often too busy in life to do their own personal study, they simply follow these prestigious teachers who not only have the charisma, but also have a big voice over the airways!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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PAUL’S VEILED WARNING

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Paul warned Timothy of such totalitarianism… “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience shttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpgeared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” 1st Timothy 4:1-3

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Now Paul warns that these apostate ones are forbidding the Church to marry. This is actually speaking of the Church marrying Christ. In other words, by their false doctrines and church dogma, Christians become confused as to what is true Salvation. Thus, today’s church-world is filled with many who attend church faithfully, but have never truly become “Born Again”!

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

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THE MEAT OF THE WORD

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And these next words, “commanding to abstain from meats”, is actually speaking of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpgabstaining from the strong meat of God’s Word which is veiled in allegorical language. (see Hebrews 5:14).

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Yes, today’s teachers are commanding the Church to never try to see the spiritual interpretation of God’s Word. They call this their, “Historical, grammatical method of interpretation”. But there is nothing in the Bible which commands us to abstain from the strong meat of the Word, which is found by seeing the spiritual meaning of allegories, as long as we properly and biblically interpret any and every Bible allegory. Yes, we are to compare, “spiritual things with spiritual” when trying to find the deeper spiritual interpretation.

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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“THY WORDS WERE FOUND & I DID EAT THEM”

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And all this concept of spiritual meat is only confirmed in verse, which says… “If thou put the brethren in http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgremembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, NOURISHED UP in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.” 1st Timothy 4:6

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Ah ha! So by accepting this spiritual meat of God’s Word, we will be “nourished up in the words of faith”. So, in other words, Paul is here confirming  just what he was really saying! Being “nourished up” has to do with the eating God’s Word. So this is part of the key to spiritually understanding this above passage from 1st Timothy 4:1-6!

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And in Hebrews 5:12-14, Paul likened the deeper truths of the Bible to, “Strong meat”.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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BIBLE A SPIRITUAL BOOK!

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And so, this passage from 1st Timothy is really just confirming what this devotional is saying: that today’s church-world, while thinking we are like those Noble Bereans, are in reality, forbidding the Church to marry Christ, by commanding the Church not to partake of the deep spiritually allegorical nature of God’s Word!

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And if the reader continues on this website, he or she may discover many deep truths of God’s Word, which heretofore have been veiled behind allegorical language.

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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TO READ PART 2, CLICK HERE…September 3rd (Noble Bereans, Part 2: True Bereans)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me not be led astray with the error of the wicked. But give me a love for truth, which refuses to be satisfied with anything less…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… January 30th (ABC Christianity) or you can also read… ” March 14th (Paul the Ultimate Replacement Theologian!)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

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“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, AN EVIL EYE, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23 

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Please tilt your head to the left. Do you see a man with a very long pointed nose. (Obviously, the sketch to the right is just an exaggeration in order to help you find the face in the photo to the left.)

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Do you see an angry look? His right eye-brow is raised as if he is judging.

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This second face in the Moon appears to be that of a combination of a man as well as a fox. Or maybe a wolf. Doesn’t he have a long narrow nose like a wolf or fox? Maybe even a dog. Nevertheless, the expression on his face, as he appears to look down upon the Earth, is that of scorn. Unlike the first Moon-man’s sad shock and awe; this ‘man/fox/wolf/dog’ appears to be that of anger and scorn. As if he is disgusted at the sinful planet below. He is very moral, you see!

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THIS BEAST WITHIN

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Well, the Bible has much to say about Pharisees. And the Bible has much to https://naturalunseenhazards.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/oregon-dfw-investigation-confirms-lone-wolf-killed-five-sheep-in-umatilla-county-washington-fish-wildlife-officer-shoots-mountain-lion-in-residential-area-massachusetts-policeman-says-dog-wa/say about wolves, and foxes, and dogs. And this wolf-face inscribed in the Moon has much to tell us about ourselves! So if you are a truth-seeker, then this article will be an eye-opener, as we explore just what the Bible has to say about these things. And the fact is, this Pharisee Moon-Beast is in the heart of each and every human. And so, if you (or I) find that this wolf-man has some things in common, please don’t despair! For God is giving us these signs, while there still is time. While there still is hope!

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Gray Wolf. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by scott Flaherty

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THE PHARISEES…

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“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” Prov. 21:24

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Yes this wolf-like beast-face in the Moon, is what the Bible calls a proud Pharisee. They were the morality crowd! They were the finger pointers! They were the scorners! They had an evil eye against others! They didn’t realize that their own pride was even more reprehensible to God than the drunkenness, immorality, or sexual perversions of the unsaved of the world!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner”

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TOMORROW:

“September 3rd (Noble Bereans, Part 2: True Bereans)”

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