The Bible #11 God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Dominion

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

We now come to the crown of God’s creation, man. God delights in man – Proverbs 8:31. He is the last of God’s creation.

Man is created last for two reasons:

First – to keep him humble. God is the creator. That means He’s in charge. We read in Job 38:4

“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.”

Second – to keep us confident in God. We have a special role. God saved the best for last.

Man is special. I pointed out previously how God speaks differently when He creates animals:

“Let the waters bring forth…”

“Let the earth bring forth…”

Up till now God has been commanding His creation. But when it comes to man we read:

“Let us make…”

Note that we have two plurals here. Elohim is plural, and “Us” is plural. Once again we have the plural of majesty. Here it’s doubly emphasized when God creates man. Man is the crown of His creation. His majesty is demonstrated in man. Man is to represent God.

Some think the plural means that three persons in a “Godhead” are having a conference. Others think God is consulting with angels. I am not comfortable with either scenario. I don’t think it fits Scripture.

God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Dominion

Image and likeness. Our Lord used this term “image” in a very interesting way. One day someone brought a coin to Him. The coin had Caesar’s image on it. This means the coin represented Caesar in all his power and majesty. The coin wasn’t Caesar, it was a representation of Him.

Man is God’s image. God is the Creator. God owns everything. That means He is over all, He is Sovereign.

God created this world for man. He entrusted it to man. He delegated partial ownership to man. God owns it all, man has limited ownership. God told man to exercise dominion. That means we are to develop His resources under Him, to subdue them.

When we seek to operate outside of Him, He corrects us. When we do our own wills instead of His, God brings us back in line through correction. This is how World History has proceeded. God will bring the whole world around through corrective measures. God’s corrective measures are to set things right.

This is what is meant by God’s Sovereignty. This is what is meant by man’s dominion.

Genesis three hasn’t altered man’s commission. God created man upright (Eccl. 7:9), and in righteous and holiness of the truth (Eph. 4:24). True, sin has marred this. This is why believer’s are transformed into the same image from glory to glory.

Total Depravity

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.” Genesis 5:3

This verse is made much of by those who promote total depravity. Scripture never talks about “fallen” man or a “fallen” image.

If you compare Genesis 5:3 with Genesis 9:6 and James 3:9 you will see that man never lost the image of God after he sinned. Image and likeness are interchangeable terms. Just compare Genesis 1:26-28 with Genesis 5:1-2 and you will see the terms are interchangeable. Man is the image and likeness of God in the sense that he was given DOMINION over the earth. It has to do with the role God assigned him. God is in charge of everything – He delegated authority to man. That’s what image and likeness is about.

Genesis 5:3 is God’s way of saying that Adam’s children were after his kind. Like begets like. That’s the point. It has nothing to do with a “fallen image.”

Total depravity is not a Biblical doctrine. Neither is the “fallen image” doctrine. These doctrines are fruits of a false holiness philosophy.

Some think that image and likeness refers to man being “a trinity.” The reasoning goes like this: “since God is a trinity, man must be a trinity too.” Augustine taught the human “trinity” doctrine. Just read “The City of God.” Aristotle taught it too. This teaching is a package deal with “total depravity.” I don’t see it.

The Meaning of “Adam”

It’s been said that Adam means “red earth,” or something like that. But let me make a suggestion. When you read through Genesis you will notice that when a person is named there’s a reason for it. For instance, Eve was called Eve because she is “the mother of all living.” Eve means life. When Cain was born Eve said: “I have GOTTEN, or AQUIRED a man from the LORD.” Cain means “gain.” Noah means rest. And on and on throughout Genesis. The names were suitable to the roles people played.

Seeing that each person is named in such a fashion, isn’t a little strange Adam should merely mean “red-earth?”

I think the key to understanding the meaning of Adam’s name is the surrounded words. Those words are image, likeness, and dominion. This is man’s role on the planet. This will be ultimately fulfilled in our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ will have dominion over all. See 1 Cor. 15:20-28.

So Adam’s name is suitable to the exalted role God has assigned him and his descendants. Let’s live up to that name!

Details Left Off: Divine Titles

Notice in verse 27 Moses repeats three times that God created man. This is enforcing the truth that man is a special creation.

Created he them. “Them” refers to Adam and Eve. The details of Eve’s creation are given in Genesis two. Genesis one doesn’t give us all the details. God give us the basics. In chapter two God gives details He doesn’t tell us in Genesis one.

These differences in details can be explained by the use of Divine titles:

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 – God
Genesis 2:4 – 25 – LORD God.

The titles speak volumes. This is why details are expanded in chapter two. God gives details suited to the name He uses. We will talk about that in another paper.

God Creates Families To Change The World

Be fruitful. This is why the “them” is referring to Adam and Eve. Two men can’t propagate the race. In Genesis five we read that God called Adam and Eve – Adam. She took his name. They were one.

As we stand on the threshold of Scripture we see the importance of families. Man’s dominion over the earth requires stable families. Man is the image and glory of God. Woman is the glory of the man. God begins with families. World blessing begins in a faithful home. Genesis provides an example of this principle:

God raised up a man – Abraham – chapter 12.
He and his wife start a family.
They teach them the way of the Lord – chapter 18.
His family eventually effects a nation.
That nation is to bless the world.

May God raise up loving families to exercise dominion under God on this earth.

Ussher’s chronology says this was Friday, October 28th, 4004 BC.

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The Just Shall Live By Faith

The Just Shall Live By Faith…

What comes to mind when you read the above passage?

Now that you thought about that verse, let’s look at it again. Notice carefully the verse doesn’t say the just shall BE SAVED by faith.

Now read it again.

This passage is a quote of Habakkuk 2:4. It’s quoted in the New Testament three times. Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38.

In each occurrence the word “Live” is used. Not once is the word “Saved” used.

We have a distorted view of what salvation means. We have limited it to one thing. The word “salvation” means more than “salvation from sin and its consequences.” Salvation means life, victory, service, and joy here and now.

We are justified by the faith of Jesus Christ. He LIVED a life in obedience to God. He LIVED by every word the proceeded out of the mouth of God.

Living by faith (Romans 1:16-17) is the opposite of holding the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18-20). Living by faith (Hebrews 10:38a) is the opposite of drawing back to a wasted life (Hebrews 10:38b). Living by faith is putting God’s word into practice in every area of life. It’s the opposite of retreat!

There’s a teaching that says that everything in this life is essentially useless. The best we can do is just get by and wait for the Lord to take us away. The ancient Egyptians taught this as well. This life is meaningless, only the next one counts.

God didn’t deliver us so that we can do nothing but think about our deliverance. God freed us to LIVE. We are justified to LIVE.

Faith is an active thing. If faith isn’t active, the object of our faith is pretty pathetic. But our faith is in God and His Son Jesus Christ. This faith is real because our God is real. Faith leads to action. Faith is dynamic, not static.

God speaks to us through His word. God’s word doesn’t speak to just one area of our life, does it? Does God’s word apply to one area of your life and not another?

The Bible is God’s word. It speaks to our personal and family lives, to our churches, states, schools, business, entertainment, politics, charity, economics, and anything else in life. We can’t claim to believe in God’s sovereignty and the Lordship of Jesus Christ while limiting His authority to a small corner of our lives.

Let’s LIVE by faith. Let’s unleash the word of God on the world. God’s word is powerful. Why would we need such power in a perfect world? It’s needed for this one! There’s not one problem on this earth that God can’t fix.

The just shall LIVE by faith. Man shall not LIVE by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God’s mouth.

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Is Heaven Our Future Home? (Cntd.) What is Heaven?

I have come to the conclusion that the earth, and not heaven, is the future home of the redeemed. I will give you my convictions in this paper. This is in no way exhaustive. Could I be wrong? Sure.

If you’re looking for a “teacher” who thinks he’s always right, you’ve come to the wrong place. I am appealing to students like me.

Most won’t settle matters by the Word of God. Most have their favorite teacher’s quotes on their computer. When they deal with doctrinal matters they just hit copy and paste. That’s what passes off as Bible study today. The partisan followers delude themselves into thinking that this method is “giving adversaries a doctrinal whipping.” Being an expert in the writings of a monthly magazine is not the same as being a student of the Word of God.

The Hebrew word for heaven is: shamayim – it occurs 419 times (Youngs)

The Greek word for heaven is: ouranos – it occurs 284 times (Youngs)

By looking at the concordance you can examine every occurrence of the word and its context. It is my opinion that when you examine every occurrence of the word you will come to the conclusion that the teaching that heaven is our home doesn’t come from the Scriptures.

Let me repeat, the majority view, the popular view, held by just about every religion, isn’t found in the Scriptures. That’s according to my research.

God’s revelation is progressive. He’s revealed things line by line. There are instances where God’s past revelations were superseded by later ones. For instance:

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

Then a few years later He said:

35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Note the change. One revelation canceled out a previous one.

How does this apply to heaven? In Psalm 37 we read this:

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

In these passages God talks about the place where the redeemed will be blessed. Some say this only applies to Israel. Those who say that need to prove that those who aren’t part of Israel have a destiny that’s different.

What was Melchizedek’s destiny? How about Abimelech? How about Job?

The Psalmist says that those who are blessed of God will be given a portion on this earth.

I know the Lord will bless me in the future. Where will He bless me? I believe it’s on this earth. Many will have different blessings depending on their service. But that doesn’t mean certain ones will enjoy those blessings in a different sphere. No matter how great our blessings are, they will still be enjoyed on this earth.

Back to the matter of progressive revelation. Is Psalm 37 God’s final word about man’s future home?

Many years later our Lord spoke about this matter. But He never altered the words of Psalm 37. Listen to our Lord:

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

From Psalm 37 to Matthew 5 God never altered the future home of His redeemed. If nothing has changed since Matthew 5, we must say that earth is the future home of God’s redeemed.

Has there been an alteration since our Lord spoke? I used to think so. But then I studied the word “heaven.”

The Hebrew word for heaven means “height.” It’s something that’s over and above. Read Genesis 1 for the first occurrences. The Greek word has the same meaning.

These words are applied to any place, person, or thing that’s above. In Luke 15 we read,

“I have sinned against heaven.”

That meant he sinned against God. Heaven is put for God. He is above all. (See Bullinger’s Figures of Speech)

The Hebrew word “shamayim” is used for God and earthly rulers. It’s used for people in high places. The word “heaven” has more than one meaning. It refers to the place where the birds fly, where the sun is, to God, and rulers.

The Greek word “ouranos” means to “raise up.” It’s just like the Hebrew word. We saw how it was used for God in Luke 15. The man didn’t sin against the planets or the sky, he didn’t sin against the birds or Mars, he sinned against God.

Ouranos in the plural is used of celestial beings. In Ephesians 4:10 we read:

“He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.”

If that refers to “places,” then Christ ascended outside all “places.” That’s a little strange, isn’t it? So what does this passage mean?

Man is a little lower than the angels. Read Psalm 8. Thus, it’s proper that angels can be referred to as the heavens, or the “raised up ones.” Christ ascended over and above the angels! This fits the context. Christ isn’t above all “places,” He’s above “beings.”

This word is also used in Acts 2:5 and Colossians 1:23 for earthly rulers. Read those passages carefully. Heaven is put for “men in high places.” See also Jeremiah 14:22.

Heaven has to do with that which is exalted. In Ephesians 1:4 we read:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

The word “heaven” here is an adjective with the prefix “epi.” This makes it more intensive. An Adjective gets its meaning from the word or words which it qualifies.

The KJV supplies “places.” The idea here is “high places” or “exalted beings.” We are blessed with every spiritual blessing among exalted beings. Believers are future aristocracy. It’s not about heading due north, but about position – in my opinion.

Our Lord said to Nicodemus:

12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

I was taught that this meant,

“If I told you things concerning Israel and their earthly calling, and you don’t believe, how shall you believe if I tell you about things concerning heaven and the body of Christ?” No, that won’t do.

This passage can be paraphrased as follows:

“If I told you basic things, and you don’t believe, how shall you believe, if I told you more advanced things.”

Heavenly things here means “advanced things.”

This is food for thought. Get out the Concordance. There will be more to come in the future. I hope this stirs you to search and see.

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Is Heaven The Future Home Of The Believer? Hell-Day Hangover – Tradition vs. Scripture

Ancient religions believed in the immortality of the soul. This means they had to create a place to put the soul when it left the body. The Egyptians had their “Book of the Dead” and the Ka, the Greeks had Elysium, the American Indians had their happy hunting grounds, the Hindus had their Nirvana, the Norse had Valhalla, and on and on it goes. The teaching of the immortality of the soul is the common thread of all religions.

But what about Christendom? Were Christians infected with the pagan theology concerning the soul?

Please patiently listen to what I am about to say. I am not bashing anyone. If anything, I am bashing myself. What I am about to say is not by way of scolding or finger pointing. It’s a conclusion I have arrived at after carefully studying the Word of God since 1990. I am changing a position I have held for many years.

Now there are those who are going to be angry with me for what I am about to write. I will probably lose friends. I won’t be angry with you if you write me off. I have discovered that anger and grudges are too exhausting. They are self-indulgent too. I would rather direct my energies to putting the Word of God into practice by walking in love and as a child of light. May we all do that.

Remember, there are no arbitrating judges in Biblical matters today. There’s no supreme court to appeal our case to. There’s no priest-class to pronounce a decision in favor of one party over another. But we DO have the Bible, the hunger to study it, each other, and, hopefully, sanctified common sense.

Ok, here it goes.

Christians took the Biblical word “heaven” and made it the place where they supposed departed souls go when they leave the body. Of course, in some portions of Christendom they stick bad souls in a place called purgatory or hell. Many have taught that nature, matter, and substance are evil, a spirit world is pure. This teaching is a by-product of the immortality of the soul doctrine.

The Bible is clear about life and death. Death is the end of life. The next life begins in resurrection. Those who believe the Bible don’t need an imaginary place for souls to go between the time of death and resurrection.

Now among those who believe the truth about death and resurrection, there are those who say that some resurrected people will live on earth and some will live in heaven. Some say everyone is going to heaven.

I have come to the conclusion that this teaching about heaven is some of the old baggage carried over from the immortality of the soul days. In other words, people who dumped the immortality of the soul doctrine, kept the heaven part, but pushed our move in date back to the future resurrection instead of at death.

My point is this: the whole concept of the immortality of the soul and “going to heaven” go hand in hand. Most who have seen the truth about death haven’t investigated the “heaven” teaching with the same amount of care. Most have just taken it for granted.

I believed in the immortality of the soul until 1999. Then I saw the truth about death. From that point on, I held the position that some will be in heaven, and some on earth. I minutely studied the nature of the soul – all 857 references! I studied every occurrence of Hebrew and Greek words that had to do with the soul, death, and resurrection. However, I took the “heaven” teaching for granted. I carried some of the baggage of the old days over with me by teaching that heaven is the home of the believer. I just adjusted heaven to accommodate resurrected souls instead of departed ones. My teaching about heaven was a hangover from the hell days.

But in the last few years I have found some problems with that view. The more I taught about heaven the more I realized how flimsy ground I was on. I have held my tongue until this writing. I have spoken about it privately with friends. I’ve asked a few of them to prove to me that heaven is our home. What’s shocking is the pause I get when I ask the question. Most haven’t thought this through!

After examining all the verses used to teach that heaven is our home, and after hearing it explained by others, I have come to the conclusion that we are forcing the Scriptures to teach what we want them to teach.

Here’s what I see today: Earth, not heaven, is the future home of the redeemed.

Pick yourself up off the ground. You ok?

I’m sure that right now you are thinking of Scriptures to contradict that statement. You might have reacted harshly when you read my statement. May I ask you to be patient before you judge? Those Scriptures that just came to mind that you think prove me wrong, I believe them as you do. But I would like to suggest that you ponder two statements about those passages:

First, you don’t have many.

Second, not one of them actually say we will live in heaven.

I don’t consider a person who teaches that heaven is our home in “serious error.” I have taught it for years. I am appealing for further investigation. If I am wrong, then God will just have to tell me to come up higher when I’m resurrected. That will be the extent of my “guilt” if I’m wrong.

I remember a few years back doing a radio show with a friend. We were discussing Romans Eight. We were talking about how the hope of the believer today under Paul was different than the hope of Israel. We go to heaven, and Israel gets the earth. We were using Romans Eight and First Thessalonians Four to prove our point. I’ll never forget thinking to myself, “Are we proving too much? These passages don’t say anything like we are saying.” But I quickly dismissed those thoughts because my favorite teachers taught it. Plus, I didn’t want to rock the boat with my friends.

Romans Eight is interesting. There’s nothing there about going to heaven. It’s about the glorious liberty of the sons of God on this earth! It’s a millennial passage. The redeemed in Romans Eight are on the earth when they are revealed! Paul never says they are in heaven. Then I noticed that the First Thessalonians Four passage doesn’t say anything about believers going to heaven. Believers are welcoming their Lord to this earth! It’s the second coming, not the first GOING. I was forcing Romans and Thessalonians to teach what I believed. I meant well. I wasn’t purposely being deceptive. I was sincere, but now I think I was sincerely wrong.

God’s good with that! He allows for plenty of growth and learning.

I am going to ask that you take the time to examine the Scriptures on this topic. Look at the Scriptures that you think say we will live in heaven. Make a list of them. Do they actually say we will live in heaven? Have we read too much into those Scriptures?

1. What Scriptures do you think say we will live in heaven?
2. Do they actually say that?
3. Where do the Scriptures say that Christ will meet believers in the air, then take them to heaven?
4. Is the teaching that heaven is our future home based on tradition or the Word of God?
5. Have we settled on a teaching for personal, social, or financial reasons?

This article will be unsatisfactory to many because I haven’t gone into the Scriptures in detail. This is a suggestive article to let you know where I am at. I am asking you to prove for yourself if the “hope of heaven” is a Biblical concept, or a traditional concept. Too often we champion a doctrine we never really proved.

Too often we defend a doctrine ignorantly. We are like soldiers who rush into a battle to defend a teaching without taking with us the sword of the Spirit. I have been guilty of this! We want to be right. Because we want to be right, we settle. We defend what we’ve settled on because it makes us feel like we are champions for God.

I have found the teaching that “heaven is our home” is not found in the Bible, but in the imaginations, the creeds, and the hymns of Christendom. The earth is the Lord’s. It’s the stage where God’s plan of redemption is carried out. It’s where Christ came and died. It’s where His redeeming work will be carried out to finality.

Let us search and see together. I hope I’m still your friend.

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Elohim – The Plural of Majesty

“In the beginning God…”

The word “God” is plural in Hebrew. It’s not like the plural we use in English. Some teach that this points to God being a “trinity.” I don’t think that’s true. Not even Calvin thought we could construe the plural to mean that. He said:

“Moses has it Elohim, a noun of the plural number. Whence the inference is drawn , that the three persons of the Godhead are here noted; but since, as proof of so great a matter, it appears to me to have little solidity, I will not insist upon the word; but rather caution readers to beware of violent glosses of this kind.”

I like that! Beware of violent glosses! Way to go Johnny!

I think Elohim in Genesis 1:1 is the plural of majesty. The plural of majesty teaches us that God is awesome, majestic, and eternal. Calvin seems to agree with that interpretation:

“For me it is sufficient that the plural number expresses those powers which God exercised in creating the world.”

I think Calvin had the right slant on that. That’s the plural of majesty.

I’ll give you another use of the plural of majesty. In Genesis nine we read about people dwelling “in the tents of Shem.” It means that one great tent of Shem. Here’s how that works out: The descendants of Shem were to be the priests of God. God dwelt in their midst. They were a chosen people. As a result, they had a majestic position and responsibility. The whole world was to be blessed through them. Shem’s descendants had the true God in a world of idols. That’s how the plural of majesty is used.

Another example is in Exodus 7:1:

“And the LORD said unto Moses, ‘See, I have made thee a god (elohim) to Pharaoh.”

This does not mean that Moses was “three persons.” It means that Moses was da man! He was the great leader that was to speak before Pharaoh. He had a majestic position.

Adore the awesome God who created the world we live in.

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It’s Not Me, It’s The Lord???? Why I Use My Name And Personal Pronouns

J Vernon McGee told a story about a woman who approached a preacher to tell him how much she enjoyed his message. After she thanked the preacher for the message he replied to her in a pious tone:

“Oh, don’t thank me, thank the Lord.”

The woman replied,

“Don’t misunderstand me, it wasn’t THAT good.”

The woman had sense, the preacher didn’t.

Some friends have criticized me for using my name on my web site and facebook page. They think it’s a sign of arrogance that I use my name.

So is Dan Sheridan arrogant for using his name?

My background was with the Plymouth Brethren, the exclusive branch. Whenever the brethren wrote books or pamphlets they only used their initials. They wanted to avoid using their names at all costs. They believed it was the Lord speaking and writing, and not themselves. As a result, they only put their initials so “the Lord would get all the glory.” Whenever someone spoke in a meeting, it was the Lord speaking, NOT the guy doing the talking.

I say this with charity: that attitude is a bunch of pious hogwash. It’s actually more arrogant not to use your name.

Here’s why I use my name: So people know that what I write and speak is what I, me, Dan Sheridan, writes and speaks. Not everything I say is of God. I may be wrong about many things. I have incomplete information. I am not so deluded and inflated with self-importance to keep my name off a document.

I’ve heard folks get very upset with teachers for using personal pronouns. More pious hogwash. Listen to Caleb:

6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea.
7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.
8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God.
10 And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.

Count the pronouns. Caleb says “I”, “Mine”, and “Me” multiple times. A false humility would say,

“Caleb, it wasn’t you, it was the LORD!!!!”

But the man of God said,

13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

Joshua blessed Caleb. That means he spoke well of him. He said, to paraphrase,

“Caleb, buddy, you’re the man! If I had more like you we would have whipped these Canaanites a long time ago.”

Listen to the Apostle Paul:

16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Count the personal pronouns. But some pious soul might say,

Why Paul, why are you using personal pronouns? Don’t you know that “only the Lord saves people?” It wasn’t YOU Paul! How dare you say “you did it!”

Using the personal pronoun is important. Paul used it. Caleb used it. And every man who ever served God used it. They didn’t have a false piety.

Folks, it isn’t the Lord speaking, it’s me speaking. I’m not so inflated with pride so as to think my words are the very words of Jesus Christ. I want to teach what He taught as pure as possible. However, I don’t have perfect knowledge. I’m giving my opinions based on my studies of God’s word.

Signed,

Daniel W. Sheridan, Me, Myself, and I.

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The Bible #11: Moses vs. The Monophysites – Let Animal Lovers And Purina Say Amen!

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

We’ve arrived at day six. Please refer to our previous lesson on the sea animals for more information.

God said on day five “Let the waters bring forth.” Here God says “Let the earth bring forth.” God is populating the earth with souls. The word “creature” is the Hebrew word “nephesh,” which is “soul.” Each soul is “after his kind.” Moses repeats that phrase five times. This eliminates all evolutionary theories as to “the origin of species.” Dogs don’t birth cats or rats. Fish don’t birth horses. Like produces like.

The list here includes cattle, creeping things, and beasts.

Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible notes in the margin that “cattle” are the tame animals, and “beasts” are the wild animals. That sounds good to me.

Cattle: These are the tame animals that are most useful to man. Those that help man in his work as well as those that provide food and clothing. Some provide companionship for man too. Dog and cat lovers get that.

Creeping things. These are the small animals that roam the earth. Their smallness doesn’t diminish their incredible design and abilities. Ant hills and spider webs are enough to make one marvel.

Beasts. Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!

And God made… verse 25. Notice how Moses begins verse 25 with the last group of animals mentioned in verse 24. He reversed the order. This is frequently done in Hebrew.

The ancient Egyptians had an interesting account of the creation of animals. It was a corruption of the Biblical account. It went something like this:

The wet ground was dried by the sun. Somehow this process made the ground fruitful enough to produce life. The night air brought a mist to further nourish the ground. Then creatures began to appear. The flying creatures came from the driest ground, the land animals came from ground that was less dry, the fish came from moist ground. Similar views were taught by Zeno the Stoic and Archelaus. The latter dude was the guy who many think taught Socrates. The accounts of the ancients as well as the philosophers differ in certain details, but one thing they have in common is this: the animals were produced by forces of nature. They were evolutionary in their faith. Evolution is as ancient as the pyramids.

Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. Egyptologist John A. Wilson (1899–1976) discovered that the ancient Egyptians were Monophysites from very early times. This is the belief that everything from a vegetable to a god has one nature. Everything had the potential of becoming a god. It’s an evolutionary faith.

Moses went to the universities where this faith was taught. He thought his professors were crazy. Even in Moses’ day professors weren’t always the smart ones! There’s nothing new under the sun. I can imagine Moses sitting in class biting his tongue as he listened to the “liberal” professor spewing out what passed for “Science.” It wasn’t. It was a religion. I’m sure Moses just listened good enough to get passing grades. After all, you can’t have good debate with the professors, right?

Moses was at odds with the Egyptian faith. He attributed the creation of animals to the power and word of God. If Moses mentioned this in class he would have been sent down to the Dean! State funded education has its pitfalls (See “The Messianic Character of American Education” by Rushdoony; See “Shadow University: The Betrayal Of Liberty On America’s Campuses” by Kors and Silvergate).

Dog and cat lovers should thank God for this study! So should Purina and Pedigree!

God saw that is was good. Animals are practical. They are useful. They are beneficial. Let all animal lovers say Amen!

According to Ussher’s Chronology this was Friday, October 28th, 4004 BC.

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William Tyndale And The Plow-boy

I have a copy of William Tyndale’s New Testament (1525). It’s one of my greatest treasures.

Every time I look at it I’m reminded what it cost others to get me God’s word in English. Tyndale gave his life for the Word of God.

Church leaders for centuries made sure the common people couldn’t get their hands on God’s word. They set up a priest class. This class was built on the belief that the common people were too dumb to understand the Scriptures. A special gifted priest class was needed to teach the common folk.

In reality, the priest class wasn’t about teaching the masses, it was about controlling the masses. A thinking people are a threat to the prestige and power of the elite “doctors of divinity.”

One day Tyndale was dealing with a Roman clergyman. The clergyman said it was a heresy to spread the Scriptures to the common man. They said that God’s Word was too hard to understand without the help of the approved Church “Doctors.” The “Priest” went so far as to say that the Scriptures aren’t necessary for the common man.

The priest boldly said:

“We are better to be without God’s laws than the Pope’s”.

Tyndale replied:

“I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life ere many years, I will cause the boy that drives the plow to know more of the scriptures than you!”

His prayer was answered. Millions of people have since reveled in the grace of God at kitchen tables, on sea shores, in rocking chairs, in family gatherings, during lunch breaks, and on park benches.

God has spoken. He hasn’t spoken to an upper class. He’s spoken to the common class. We have in our possession the precious treasure of God’s written revelation of Himself.

If God chooses the foolish things of the world, why would we think He would commit the greatest treasure to the world’s wise?

“Man, not select men…shall live by every word…Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts…”

Willie Nelson wrote:

There’s a family Bible on the table each page is torn and hard to read

But the family Bible on the table will ever be my key to memories

At the end of day when work was over and when the evening meal was done

Dad would read to us from the family Bible

And we’d count our many blessings one by one

I can see us sittin’ round the table when from the family Bible dad would read

I can hear my mother softly singing rock of ages rock of ages cleft for me

Now this old world of ours is full of trouble this old world would also better be

If we’d find more Bibles on the tables and mothers singing rock of ages cleft for me

I can see us sittin’ round the table…

Rock of ages rock of ages cleft for me

Find the song here:

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The Desire of Nations

The most important event in history is the coming of the Savior into the world. Mankind’s deepest longings were answered in Christ.

Man longs to hear from God. How’s that fulfilled?

Christ is The Prophet. He speaks to man for God. That’s why he’s called the “logos.”

Man longs for a mediator with God. How’s that fulfilled?

Christ is the Great High Priest.

Man longs to serve God. How’s that fulfilled?

Christ is The King. As King He directs our service.

Christ is so important that our calendars acknowledge Him as the center of History. We use the terms BC and AD. The former means “Before Christ.” The latter is “Anno Domini” which means, “in the year of our Lord”.

The years before Christ came into this world were the countdown to His birth. The years after document His influence till God’s goal is reached. The History of the World before Christ was preparation. The years since are progress toward the goal.

Christ came in the fullness of time, the perfect time. The world had been properly prepared. The preparation period proved that man needed redemption. Christ came and accomplished it.

No wonder Christ is called “the desire of all nations.”

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Plowing In Another Field: Trafficking In Un-felt Truths

“When thou comest into thy neighbour’s vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel. When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour’s standing corn.” Deuteronomy 23:24-25

A farmer works hard to produce a crop. The law said it was lawful to enjoy his product. You could stand there and eat until you were full. It was a provision for a weary traveler.

What was forbidden was to fill your vessel with their products or get out a sickle and harvest it. Why?

God allowed a person to find temporary needed refreshment off another’s work, but he didn’t allow him to LIVE off another’s work.

” It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

God’s word is compared with food. Each one of us is a farmer. The farmer’s work and the work of a Bible student are similar. Each one of us is duty bound to study our Creator’s farmers manual for ourselves. We can enjoy the labors of others. We should enjoy the labors of others. But we must harvest our own.

If our whole sustenance is from our neighbor’s standing corn or vineyard, we are living off the work of another. We are, figuratively speaking, putting the sickle to their standing corn. One person described this as “trafficking in un-felt truths.”

All of us need refreshment from time to time. You are doing your brother a dis-service by not farming for yourself. If you aren’t cultivating a crop for yourself, your friends may go hungry in a time of need.

Open the Book! God delights to teach us. I look forward to eat from your vineyard when I need refreshment.

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