Deuteronomy 17: 18-20 (NKJV) 8-28-18
Also it shall be, when he (the King) sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.
Back in the early days of Israel being a nation and Kings were being chosen, they had some strict guidelines to follow in regards to the early scriptures at that time. They were told to write down a copy of the scriptures for themselves. Wow, what a challenge to do. Then they were told to read it, probably meaning daily. They were told to observe (to follow) all the words of God. It was not debatable. The reason for all this was that the Kings Heart would be Right and that he would treat the people properly. One of the side benefits of this is that his life would be prolonged and his children would benefit also.
This is a good example for us today to follow under the new covenant of Grace in Jesus. We are told in John 1:1-3 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” In Psalms 138:2 we read that God has exalted above all things His Word. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalms 119. It is written in 22 segments of 8 verses each which makes it easy to read. This is a powerful good chapter to read and meditate on every day. It speaks in many ways how we should live and these verses strongly emphasize the strength and power of the “Word of God”.
We need to find Gods will for our lives and then ultimately follow His will for our lives. This can only be done by getting into the Word of God, The Bible. There are many Physical and emotional benefits of being in the word on a daily basis. Romans 10:17 says that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”
Blessing to all as you get into the Word on a regular basis!
Chet Wiswell, Elder.
From 1952 until 2008 Paul Harvey, a radio broadcaster and commentator, hosted a program called, “THE REST OF THE STORY.” He usually chose a well-known person or event that was familiar to nearly everyone and then wove a fascinating tale with little-known facts and finished with a surprise twist. He always signed off by saying, “And now you know the rest of the story.” Movies, TV and novels today often start with the circumstances or history of the main plot by outlining the background context of the events or narrative of what is about to happen. This has been named backstory.
If Christians today really want to know the rest of the story, they will become Biblical researchers like the Bereans. ( Acts 17:11) They would be a news editor’s dream reporters because they not only would search for the---Who?, What?, Where?, When?, and How?, of a situation, but also the Why? The backstory!
Several years ago someone decided to publish a Bible with all the words spoken by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry highlighted with red ink. Far too many people believed these were all that mattered or needed to be obeyed. Let’s explore the “rest of the story.” We know that men such as Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul wrote most of the New Testament. However, the true authorship was by the Holy Spirit. ( Eph 3: 4-5) ( 2 Pe 1: 20-21) Which words did the Holy Spirit inspire? Were they only the red-lettered ones? Jesus said to the apostles that the Holy Spirit would teach them ALL things and would remind them of EVERYTHING He had said to them. The Holy Spirit would testify about Jesus ( Jo 15:26) and guide the apostles into ALL truth, ( Jo 16:13) speaking not on His own , but taking from Jesus what is His and making it known to them. ( v 13-15) Maybe all that the Holy Spirit inspired should also be written in red?
It might seem as if that is all the story, but Jesus himself said, “ …These words that you hear are not my own, they belong to the Father who sent me.” ( Jo 14: 24) The Spirit also searches the deep things of the Father and knows His thoughts which He then reveals to Christians. ( 1 Cor 2:10-14) Could we not say then that the words we read in the Bible ( in both read and black ink) are the words of the Godhead? Isn’t that why we call the Bible, THE WORD OF GOD? We now have the backstory and the REST OF THE STORY.
Long before such modern inventions such as the airplane and the drone, the best and cheapest heavier-than-air crafts must have been kites. Very probably ancient people saw birds and perhaps leaves or other objects soaring and floating in the air and wished for the same type of freedom. Kites are able to defy gravity by having surfaces that “react against the air to create lift and drag.” Obviously it is more complex than that, and if one has the gift of an engineer’s mind, one can explain the geometrics of a kite in detail. Most need a bridle and a tail to guide the face of the kite so that the wind can lift it. There are a huge variety of shapes, sizes and color of kites including: Box, Triangle, Diamond, Butterfly, Dragon, and many other configurations. The one constant in nearly all kites is a tether in the form of a rope, chain or string which keep them under the control of the operator.
In some ways God created humans to be like kites. We all seem to have the inborn desire to soar and be free from the constraints of this earthly condition. We want the freedom to explore new horizons and leave behind the restrictions and responsibilities of this mundane existence for at least a little while. Several songs have been written expressing this feeling. “ Come fly with me,” “You are the wind beneath my wings,” “You raise me up,” are a few.
But ultimately a kite and a human need that tether or they will fly off to their own destruction. ( Ps 119:133) (Jer 10:23) My limited experiences at flying a kite often resulted in the wind whipping it in circles until it crashed. If humans allow God to exert the proper amount of control and pressure to our tether this won’t happen to our lives. We have a conscience (Rom 9:1) the example of Christ, ( Jo 13:15) ( 1 Cor 11:1) the indwelling Holy Spirit, ( Eph 3:16) and the inspired scriptures (2 Tim 3:15) ( Acts 17:11) as tethers to keep us from crashing and burning. God will only allow this if we refuse to love the truth and believe a lie and follow after a strong delusion. ( 2 Th 2:10-11) Christians can enjoy the freedom we have in Christ ( 2 Cor 3:17) ( Jas 1:25) ( Gal 5:1) to soar like a kite yet know that He cares enough to gently bring us down safely.
2 Chronicles 1:10-12 King James Version (KJV)10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people that is so great?
11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:
12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
When asked by God what he wanted, Soloman asked for Wisdom and Knowledge, that he may go out and come in! In following this out in the scriptures we see this had to do with “war” and how to come in and go out from the presence of God. So weather he won or lost he wanted to know how to go into the presence of God and how to leave the presence of God. The ultimate challenge was with the Queen of Sheba, the richest and most powerful woman alive at that time. The “interaction” was over when she saw how Soloman behaved in the presence of God.
Look at the following scripture to carry on this thought for today!
Ezekiel 46 (KJV)
But when the people of the land shall come before the Lord in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it. (Enter and Exit by a different Gate, A choice we make)
So each time we enter into the house of worship, we come in one way, but, we should always strive to leave a different way. Meaning we should lift up our God in Prayer and Praise and be glorifying him and not self. When we leave a worship service we should be changed…for the good. We should be strengthened. In other words, we are not the same person that entered the worship service; we are better and stronger. Note Romans 10:17. (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Chet Wiswell, Elder.
Let Faith cometh! Let’s worship together. Let’s grow together!
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