The sign said “STOP.” I didn’t. So I said to the judge …
1. I think every person has the right to choose his own interpretation of this word.
2. My mother did not believe in stopping. If I were to stop, I would be condemning her.
3. My family never stopped. If that was good enough for them, it is good enough for me.
4. I have gone so long without stopping, I don’t think I can start now.
5. My preacher says I don’t have to stop.
6. My parents made me stop when I was young, so I don’t do it now. Continue reading
Peter once said to Jewish leaders about preaching the Gospel, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). God told Jeremiah, when he called him to be a prophet, “Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you” (Jeremiah 1:8).
We trust God and fear Him above anything man has to say or offer to the discussion. Culture must never be allowed to override what God says. Yet, that never stops the vanity of humanity when it comes to the Word of God.
Once again, mankind is more frightened of being criticized by humans than they are of the Divine God and His wrath to come. Dictionary.com is discussing how translations of God’s Word are changed and whether that will have an impact on the meaning of Scripture. Of course, many publishers don’t care as long as money rolls in.
What are your thoughts about the article entitled, What Words Will be Changed in Two New Editions to the Bible?
I wrote about this once before, and the date is quickly approaching. April 1st is the day I selected to fulfill my word (“Marathon for Fools,” I’m calling it, though I don’t think anyone else will be running except me, but there will be brethren present having a good time at my expense!). I will be traveling 26.2 miles on foot around a country “block” (it will mean about 7 laps for me to cover by either running, jogging, walking, crawling, or any combination thereof).
How did this all transpire? A Christian couple here were training for a marathon and the wife was telling a group of us that she didn’t know if she would finish under the 7 hour time limit. I told her that would be slightly less than 4 miles an hour and that a quick walk for 7 hours would get it done–even without running. She observed that it was easy for me to say so, since I wasn’t running. I told her I was confident I could cover the same distance in under 7 hours without training. She scoffed. Thus, I gave her my word that I would do so this year if she was successful (extra motivation for her, indeed!). She finished at 6 hr 18 min, so now I will try my best to keep my word, all the while reflecting upon Psalm 15:4. My only “training” has been reading a few articles on long-distance running. I’ve never ran more than 3 miles at one time.
When I get up enough strength to get back on the computer afterward (assuming I survive), I’ll let you know how it went. I’m hopeful I can beat her 6 hr 18 min finish. The pace won’t be a problem, just the endurance aspect. Will my body and will power hold up that long? I think I’m strong enough, but only time will tell!
This is Just-a-minute with Ed Boggess. Guess what? I am a totally different person than I was last year. And I’m not happy about it. Jan 13th a Minneapolis astronomer named Prof Kunkle announced that the Zodiac was being adjusted and a new sign added. Evidently the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth over the centuries caused the Earth to wobble a bit and the stars are somehow realigned. It has turned my world topsy-turvy! I used to be a happy Aquarius, but now I discover that I’m not an Aquarius at all. I’m a Capricorn. It’s like your mother telling you that you were adopted! As soon as I heard it, I knew I was in trouble. So I looked it up. An Aquarius is honest, loyal and independent. But a Capricorn is controlling, conceited and distrusting. So what’s the solution? I think I will go with what Jeremiah said long ago: “do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven.
“On March 24, 2011, a controlled burn in Ludowici, Georgia spreads on the wings of high winds. Exceedingly dry conditions and the fuel of Georgia Pines accelerate the conflagration. Fire trucks and emergency services swiftly move into action. Smoke billows into the sky sounding the alarm for miles around.”
Read and contribute study notes to Acts 5, based on the NET Bible here. Previous contributions to notes and the original project description are under the Study Bible notes tag.
The more people contribute, the fuller and more useful will be the final document to be shared at the end of the project. At left (click to enlarge) is a view of the format the Acts Study Bible will have.
Here are my headings for the major sections of Acts 5:
- Ananias and Sapphira (1-11)
- Unity, Growth and Healings (12-15)
- Angel Frees Imprisoned Apostles (16-32)
- Gamaliel’s Counsel (33-42)
1. The Israelites are now prepared for their departure; their departure is not one to be leisurely engaged in, but with haste they are to leave Egypt. With this departure, the last plagued having been administered, the Lord will have executed judgment on all the gods of Egypt (12:12, pun intended).
2. The Passover. The institution of the feast consisted of the following requirements (all from C-12). One male lamb, a year old, without blemish per household. This lamb will be killed at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month (Abib). The blood of this lamb will be used to mark each Israelite home (12:7). The meal for the occasion will be one that consists of lamb’s flesh, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs (12:8). Nothing boiled or raw will be consumed. What is not consumed will be burnt. The apparel that is to be worn when eating is clothing that is prepared for a journey (12:11). This feast will be kept annually, and in conjunction with the Passover feast there is the feast of Unleavened Bread,” a continued reminder of not only the deliverance, but of the journey ahead of them. These seven days are “bookended” with a holy assembly (12:1-28). No foreigner (uncircumcised male) shall eat of the Passover. It will be eaten inside the home of the one who sacrificed the lamb, nothing will be removed from the home, and neither will the lamb’s bones be broken. One law to the whole nation applies (12:43-51).
3. With the Passover ordinance in front of the Israelites they are now going to experience the significance of the occasion. What the king of Egypt tried to do (resist) he could no longer do.
4. Application: In a boastful tone the king said he did not know the Lord and neither would he let the Israelites go free from their slavery. Now, in a defiant tone the Egyptians are plundered by the ones they held in strict bondage (12:36). It has been said that he who boasts the loudest will be the one who is humbled the quickest. The humble circumstances the Israelites endured – they carried their possessions with them (12:34) – leaves an impression on me. We are a people richly blessed and how it is that I hear many complain about this or that. Yet, reflect as well as you can on what it was the Israelites had when they left. There was family and what little belongings they had.