Thursday, October 25, 2007

Jephthah's tragic vow

Judges 11:29-40 - Jephthah's tragic vow. Sacrifices his only daughter.

Moral of the story - It is best to keep your word to God? Jephthah did right in the Lord's eye by keeping his promise to God even if under such difficult circumstances?

No! Jephthah was a paganized Israelite, plain and simple. He had bought into the worldview that surrounded the Israelites. They were worshipping other gods for so long, he was ingrained with the multiple gods and recognized them all. This is made clear in Judges 11:23-24. In fact the narrator of Judges purposely puts on display how screwed up Jephthah was theologically. He gets the gods mixed up. (Chemosh was not the god of the Amorites, it was the god of the Moabites).

If good ole Jephthah was so concerned with doing right in the eyes of our Lord, he had multiple places to turn. Remember, his only daughter's life was at stake! Why not turn to Leviticus 27:1-8. He could have redeemed her life by a payment devoted to God. Why did Jephthah not remember Deuteronomy 12:31, where child sacrifice was an abomination before God? Answer, he was a Paganized Israelite! Saving his own skin and leadership position by appeasing false gods.

How often do we think we are doing right in the eyes of God, when in fact we are nothing but paganized christians making a mockery of God's will? Making idols of the world's wisdom? Proclaiming Christ when it suits are needs, or denying and editing His word so that it fits our modern paganized worldviews?

Just as Jephthah negotiated his way into the position of a Judge (11:9), he thought he could negotiate with the god's, whether it be the one true God, or the pagan's gods. Obedience to God is not negotiable. Denying the authority of scripture will bring judgement. We are not to do what is right in our own eye. We are to immerse ourselves in the holy and perfect word of God. We are to be holy because God is holy. Obedience - Blessing, Disobedience - Judgement, anything else is a false god and an abomination before the Lord.

How blessed we are that God is faithful even when we are not.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A parallel biblical message of Sodom, and consequences

Judges Chapter 19:
22 While they were celebrating, behold, the men of the city, certain worthless fellows, surrounded the house, pounding the door; and they spoke to the owner of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring out the man who came into your house that we may have relations with him."
23 Then the man, the owner of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my fellows, please do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not commit this act of folly.
24 "Here is my virgin daughter and his concubine. Please let me bring them out that you may ravish them and do to them whatever you wish. But do not commit such an act of folly against this man."
25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them; and they raped her and abused her all night until morning, then let her go at the approach of dawn.

She is brutally raped all night, and left for dead.

27 When her master arose in the morning and opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way, then behold, his concubine was lying at the doorway of the house with her hands on the threshold.
28 He said to her, "Get up and let us go,"but there was no answer. Then he placed her on the donkey; and the man arose and went to his home.
29 When he entered his house, he took a knife and laid hold of his concubine and cut her in twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout the territory of Israel.
30 All who saw it said, "Nothing like this has ever happened or been seen from the day when the sons of Israel came up from the land of Egypt to this day. Consider it, take counsel and speak up!"

I would ask the same today. Consider the utter depravity, wickedness, and sexual unholiness we accept today in complete silence. In fact, many celebrate it! This is a clear Biblical warning of where we will find ourselves when we live our lives like the final verse of this story:

Judges Chapter 21:
25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his
own eyes.

Friday, October 12, 2007

President George Bush's moronic statement

For the first time ever the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the Islamic holy period of Ramadan and commending Muslims for their faith. The President went even further, hosting his 7th "iftar" at the White House inviting Muslim officials and clerics to join him for prayer and dinner in observance of Ramadan. In an interview with Al Arabiya, the President stated that all religions "whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, pray to the same God."

No Mr. President, slaves of Christ do NOT worship the same God as Muslims. You certainly are entitled to your own weak useless relative faith sir, but in the words of Cal Thomas..
"If we all worship the same God, the president should answer the call of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden, convert to Islam and no longer be a target of their wrath. What difference would it make if we all worship the same God?"

What's next Mr. President, all religions are the same, there is no right and wrong, there are no absolute truths? Your comment Sir has revealed to the world you have no Knowledge of Christ, you simply have a belief, and even morons have a set those. I suggest you leave the Methodist church and head straight over to a Universalism type church. I hear they are quite popular these days.