Thursday, December 26, 2013

Why All These Crazy Feelings If I Shouldn’t Do Anything About Them Now?

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Since most people marry in their 20s, why do young teenagers begin to have strong feelings for the opposite sex? Why is a 13-year-old fully capable of getting pregnant and bringing a baby into the world, if she must wait until she’s 20 in order to do so?

Why all these crazy feelings if I shouldn’t do anything about them now?

I was thinking about this recently and God shared something very cool with me.

On the day of your wedding you pledge yourself, forsaking all others, to keep yourself only to your husband or wife, as long as you both shall live. All thoughts of others, all interest in others is to be strictly controlled. Once you’re married to the man of your choice, you cannot have a boyfriend too. After your wedding you can’t have a wife and a string of girlfriends.

So how are you supposed to learn how to do that—trial and error after you’re married doesn’t work out so well?!

And that’s the really cool things God showed me: That’s what these teenage romantic feelings are for. There is a reason He designed them to come early! There’s something

Saturday, February 2, 2013

When Was the Earth Itself Created?

The Bible says:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:1-3:

When you read this, you see some interesting things pre-existing the light God created light on day 1 of creation. There was an earth that was “without form and void” and there was water that the “Spirit of God moved upon”.

How long was the earth without form and void? How long did this water exist? Some suggest this could have been millions of years, explaining the supposed geologic age of

The Sabbath A Perpetual Sign—Part 4

By Joseph Bates (adapted)

The Spirit of God directed Moses to write that God “blessed the seventh day” of creation, “and sanctified it, because that in it he had rested (Hebrew: shabath) from all his work”. This shows that the Sabbath has existed from that very day.
(Genesis 2:2-3). See also Exodus 5:5, 16:30, 23:12, 31:16-17, 34: 21 for uses of shabath.

The Bible is just as clear that the “Sabbath” was created on the seventh day, as it is that “man” was created on the sixth day.

Wouldn’t it be absurd to try and prove that Adam was not created in the beginning, but that He came into existence at Sinai? And yet that is just as logical as trying to

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Sabbath A Perpetual Sign—Part 3

By Joseph Bates (adapted)

If the Sabbath was not instituted in Eden, why would Moses mention it in his account of the creation of the world? Why not appropriately reserve mentioning it for two or three-thousand years in his history, until the time when manna fell in the wilderness? (See Exodus 16:23.) Then he could state that this was the institution of the seventh-day Sabbath.

I answer (and for the very best of reasons), that he didn't do that, because the Sabbath wasn’t instituted when the manna fell!

Let’s look at that text: “And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice

Thursday, December 29, 2011

God’s Covenants With Man—Part 4

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Under the Law

Then what of the Old Covenant? Does it serve any purpose at all today?

The Old Covenant stands as a warning to us—showing us the folly of trying to live under the law—something that the New Testament spends much time teaching us:

“Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?” Galatians 4:21.

Under the Old Covenant, Israel was dependent on the law to declare that they were

Sunday, December 4, 2011

God’s Covenants With Man—Part 3

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Ratified Covenant

Paul makes an important point about covenants in Galatians 3:15:

“Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.”

Before a covenant is ratified, you can make changes to it. You can add things to it, and you can take them away from it again. Up until the point it is ratified. Once the blood has been shed in ratification of the covenant you cannot disannul any part of it, or add anything to it.

Since the Old Covenant was ratified in Exodus 24:8, nothing could be added to it or

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

God’s Covenants With Man—Part 2

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Why Another Covenant?

God first made the New Covenant with Adam. Then renewed it to Noah and his children forever:

“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (Genesis 17:7).

Abraham and his decedents were to be saved under the New Covenant:

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of One, And to thy Seed, which is Christ.” “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness.” (Galatians 3:16, James 2:23).

It is obvious that Abraham’s “decedents” would have included the Jews at Mount Sinai. So if they were already offered salvation under the New Covenant, why did God give them another covenant?