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

By admin On August 12th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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

When Paul made his exit from Thessalonica, he came to Berea, where he was met by a large group of citizens from that city, who were open-minded enough to search the Scriptures daily in hopes that what he was preaching was true! Yes, they searched the Scriptures daily “to see if these things were so.” 

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Now today, there are groups which like to claim that they are “noble Bereans”. In other words, these groups today, claim to have the same open-mindedness that those noble Bereans had in Paul’s day.

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

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NOBLE BEREANS TODAY?

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Well, maybe some of these groups are indeed like those noble Bereans. But others of these 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, “noble Bereans”, would actually be better described as being 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 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 veiled, 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, hermeneutic of literal 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 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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LETTING OTHERS CONTROL ME

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Listen, if I am so fixated on the dogmas taught by my “acceptable” theologians, or if I am so afraid to entertain any idea which contradicts today’s popular current of opinion, then how can I possibly consider myself to be a “noble Berean”? No, the reality is, I am merely letting my leaders become my conscience, being willing to follow them over the precipice of conformity!

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Listen… “But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” 1st John 2:27.

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Dear Christian, we must dare to be a Daniel! We must be willing to stand alone. Yes, those “Ministers of Righteousness” talk loudly as they try to scare you into submission to their church-doctrines. But 1st John here tells us that we, “need not that any man teach you”! That’s right, we are not required to be under any person’s authority! Not even this website! The Bible is sufficient!

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Bible Study Group – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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GRIEVOUS WOLVES

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“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” Acts 20:29

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So this above verse reveals that Satan would waste no time infiltrating the Church, immediately after Paul’s demise!

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Yes, and of today’s church-world it may be said… “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:” Hosea 4:6

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And again, Isaiah cries out in God’s stead… “O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isaiah 3:12

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We shouldn’t think that just because these are Old Testament prophecies, that they do not apply to us today! No, they are probably more relevant for the Church today, than they were back then!

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And so, in the light of what has been said in this devotional, don’t you think it is time to stop letting others tell us what we should and shouldn’t believe? And shouldn’t we begin studying the Bible for our own self, with fresh eyes, enlightened by indwelling of God’s Spirit?

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

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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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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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