The Genesis of Knowledge

When Adam gave names to the animals, was he endowed with some type of supernatural, divine ability to know the considerably infinite biological, if not esoteric, complexities of each creature?  Did he fully know the very nature of that which God created and gave into his care?  Let us remember that a “name” in the Biblical sense nearly always represented the essence of that which held title to the eponym.  Adam was looking for someone – something – suitable to be his mate, a created being that would be, or perhaps already was, his equal.  How did he know what he knew about that which God had created before creating him?

The naming of every beast was just part of the holy husbandry Adam was gladly inclined to undertake, at least until he found a female wife who would be equal to him and for whom he would most eagerly consummate a different kind of husbandry.  It was also God’s great pleasure which He declared to be very good (Genesis 1:31).  “Male and female” are not code words, they are coed words.

To be clear, Adam was not some kind of evolved caveman, dragging women around by the hair.  He wasn’t looking for a support animal.  He wasn’t even a carnivore.  He was the image of God, as are we.  He was the glory of God, as are we who believe.  He was a subduer of the earth, as we do (or at least should do with a great sense of holy economy).

Created from the beginning, Adam knew things, I think, that we sophisticated, smart men can only hope to know; yet one day will know when the Second Adam husbands His chosen bride into the reserves of heaven (I Peter 1:4).

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.  So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.  And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”  Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.  (Genesis 2:19-25)

We might even ask other questions, like:

  1. How different was the new creation from what we have today?
  2. Were animals (flora and fauna) not as we know them now?
  3. Did the first man/men have supernatural characteristics about them?
  4. How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam venture in searching for a mate?
  5. How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam and Eve venture when God commanded them to subdue and dominate His creation?
  6. How far and for how long upon the earth did Adam and Eve and their offspring venture?
  7. Was the seventh day, the day of rest, originally an eternal day made, as Jesus said, for man (Mark 2:27)?
  8. And more, much more questions, of course…

Just wondering.

 

 

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Calvinism is the New Circumcision

I’m not a Greek scholar nor a great theologian.  I read the Bible and discover ways to apply what God says, and I encourage others to do likewise and to use the Biblical story to bring joy into people’s lives.

I feel the need to first preempt all the presumptions and judgments about me not knowing what I’m talking about.  I’ve been a student of the Word for nearly 62 years.  “There was a man sent from God whose name was John.”  It’s John 1:6, the first verse my mother taught me to memorize when I was a wee little fellow.  But memorization isn’t everything.  I’ve an education in Christian Education, the Bible, science, engineering, and other things that make me a thinker.  But education (or thinking) isn’t everything.  I’m an adventurer, but no matter where I adventure, it isn’t everything.

The teachings of Jesus is everything.  I gladly and unashamedly embrace and proclaim His Gospel:  He died on the Cross for our sins, according to the Scriptures, was buried, and God raised Him on the third day, according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3-4).  This Gospel is everything and it’s for everyone.  It is Jesus’ Gospel, not John the Apostle’s, John the Baptizer’s, or John Calvin’s.

I am not reformed, thank you very much.  I am transformed, as is the more Biblical way of doing things, or rather, of God doing things.  And I choose to not have my Biblical theology defined by a man, even if his name bears the initials of Jesus Christ Himself.

Circumcision of Abraham, Maître de la Bible de Jean de Sy, ca. 1355-1357

It has occurred to me recently in studying Galatians that there’s a connection with the 21st century’s reformation pushers and the 1st century’s foreskin cutters.  Egads!  Yes, I dare to say it.  I can hear it now (and actually, have heard it):  “If you’re not reformed (or not a Calvinist), you’re not in the kingdom.”  Paul the Apostle battled that similar false teaching:  “If you’re not circumcised (or not Lawed up), you’re not in the kingdom.”

Therefore, I’ve concluded that Calvinism is the new circumcision.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.  Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.  And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.  You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.  For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?  This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.  A little leaven leavens the whole lump.  I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.

And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution?  Then the offense of the cross has ceased.  I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this:  “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

Galatians 5:1-15

 

 

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20 Takeaways for Men from the Chaos of Choosing a Supreme Court Judge

  1. Don’t drink.  Not a drop.  It will keep you from being accused of inebriated aggressiveness.
  2. Don’t party.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t go to gatherings and celebrations (okay, parties) with like-minded people, but that like-mindedness should be in Christ.
  3. Guard your virginity.  Guard it to the point that you can proudly announce it and can challenge others (men and women) to declare the status of theirs.  If someone wants to play the whore, run.  Also remember that virginity is not lost on a wedding night.  It is celebrated each and every time of sexual intercourse with your one and only (female) wife.
  4. Be passionate about truth and justice.  Jesus overturned tables.  You overturn lies and false accusations with zeal and righteous indignation, and a little attitude if you must while maintaining your temperament.  Be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove – but even doves will flog their enemy at times.
  5. Don’t make a false accusation.  If you do, be prepared for a Godly man of integrity to fight back.  If you are the falsely accused, fight back.  See #4.
  6. Leave the dirt-making to God.
  7. Leave smear tactics and diabolical character assassinations to liars, cheats, liberal puppeteers, and baby killers.  Don’t be identified with that mob.
  8. Speaking of baby killers, oppose abortion with every fiber of your manly being.  Real men should not shut up.  Real men should not step up because they will already be at the forefront of protecting the lives of babies, the safety of little girls, and the dignity of women.
  9. Have nothing to do with a woman who does not act like a virtuous woman.  You’ll know who they are.  They support killing babies, finding a man guilty until proven innocent, misusing their God-given femininity, prostituting their virginity, and/or abusing others’ rights which they think belong only to them.  The Bible has a few things to say about angry and contentious women.  Learn that.
  10. Always, always, always be prepared and guard yourself for what comes out of the other side of a belligerent woman’s mouth.  Just remember, if she’s married, her problem is really her husband’s problem.  Have pity on him.
  11. Never, never, never trust a woman who has falsely accused you of an indignant or ungentlemanly action.  They will attack you again, and again.  Shut her up.  See #4.
  12. Stand up for hurting, endangered, vulnerable women.  Be the man in the fullest of masculine, gentlemanly ways.
  13. Don’t apologize for something that you did not do or is not your fault.  Don’t do it.  You can tell someone that you might regret the ordeal but don’t say you’re sorry.
  14. If you see other men acting stupidly, call them out.  So what if they’ll never have anything to do with you again.  Don’t be controlled by their stupidity or their wayward convictions.
  15. If you or your family receive death threats and/or other violent threats, carry a gun.  Be sure to do so in a disciplined, legal way.  That’s why we have the 2nd Amendment.  Oh, and carry a knife, have a baseball bat handy, keep your pepper spray fresh, and don’t pull punches.
  16. Walk away from trouble but if it follows you, fight back.
  17. Choose your friends wisely with the Bible as your compass.  Don’t roll the dice on your affiliations.
  18. Read The Constitution of the United States of America.  Often.
  19. Don’t think emotionally.  Think rationally.
  20. It is about religion.  It is about a relationship.  But more than anything, it’s all about the Lordship of Jesus in your life.

 

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The Liberals’ Cat is Out of the Bag, thanks to Brett Kavanaugh

The appalling, disgusting tactic used by puppeteering liberals recently to humiliate, besmirch, and defame Judge Brett Kavanaugh (you know, President Trump’s outstanding nominee for Supreme Court) gives us a periscopic, if not prophetic, look at a monstrous, sinister scheme that could already be in play.  And it’s lower than whale manure, nothing against whales, mind you.

Consider that since 2016, the good judge has been on President Trump’s list of potential picks for the Supreme Court.  Is it possible that liberals have already maneuvered to have in hand their evil ploys for destroying each person on that list?  They’ve had a two year head start to get all their dirty ducks in a row (as proven by the Ford/Feinstein letter), things like poor-me letters to lawmakers, allies to back up false claims, and premeditated time tables with which to release their foul devices.

That means that each prospective supreme juror potentially awaits the sifting of the dirt that currently abides in the garbage cans we know as liberal lawmakers’ offices.  Nothing against garbage cans, mind you.

Come to think of it, it’s a miracle!  Other than God Almighty, I didn’t know anyone else could make dirt.

 

 

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Hurricane Florence

I’m watching “live” weather tracking of Hurricane Florence even as I write this.  The way I see it, Flo’s damage and destruction are not going to be from her great winds or ark-inviting rains or lofty surge.  She’ll hit the Carolinas with all of that.  But her most devilish act will be to use her northeast to southwest rotation to sweep much of the stench and rot of Washington D.C. to more fairer, innocent, undeserving places.

I’ve never advocated for D.C. to be viewed as the swamp, as so many others do.  I wouldn’t wish that upon any lowland and its flora and fauna.  D.C. is a sewer, a septic tank bloated with brute beasts and vile vermin that prattle against life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I’m personifying the District, of course, nothing against any of its fine, upstanding residents.

There is no life where babies are murdered in the womb and pretentious racism abounds.  There is no liberty where a Christian is deemed a villain and a heathen is declared a hero.  There is no happiness where working men struggle in their patriotic course while politicians jubilate in the working man’s struggle.

We’re (Americans) probably being hoodwinked into thinking that Flo will unite us, as past tragedies have tended to do, albeit temporary.  Flo will not.  We’re sorrowfully beyond that now.  It’s too predictable:  The blame for any of Flo’s antics will fall upon compassionate conservatives, probably even compassionate Christian conservatives (I can hear it now:  “Where is your God now?”).  And the Carolinas will be the proving grounds.

 

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Worry about Roe vs. Wade

It’s officially a big deal:  Another Supreme Court vacancy has jumped into the political scene.  A fairly conservative executive branch will likely appoint a judge who is conservative, a Constitutional originalist, and intelligent.

There’s worry, of course.  Of all the cases that are in jeopardy of being reversed or weakened, it’s abortion – the flagship issue of liberal-left puppets and puppeteers everywhere.  If you haven’t heard, Roe vs. Wade (1973) is the case that allegedly found that murdering babies in the womb – that safest of places for children – is fine and dandy.  Now, real, patriotic Americans have a chance to witness the abolition of abortion.

That worries liberals.

Yet for the last 45 years, it has really worried 50 million babies.


For a Biblical defense for life (and adamantly anti-abortion), go to:
This Gross Thing – on abortion

 

 

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Firearms: The Big Problem

There is a big problem with firearms in the United Stated of America.  But it’s only a problem for the emotional reactors to gun-related tragedies.  And it’s a problem for liberal, amoral agenda-pushers who, along with the reactors, are clueless about civics and push to disarm American citizens.  The thing is, disarming and other forms of arms control didn’t work very well for millions of Jews, Bosnians, Rwandans, Kurds, and Native Americans.  At least that’s the truth in non-revisionist history.

Many who have experienced the horrible tragedy of having been shot, shot at, or having a family member or friend shot, have one thing on their mind:  Take away guns from Americans and destroy them.  “We’ll then live happily ever after.  No one will get shot.  We’ll be safe.  Peace will settle in.  It will make everyone feel better about social interactions with others.”  The wise-as-a-serpent-and-harmless-as-a-dove patriot knows that this is a non-workable, wide-open door for giddy madmen to exploit.

This sentiment of arms control spreads quickly to those who sympathize with these victims of atrocity.  And the sympathizers dash headlong to speak or spew venomous lies about that which they know not.  They must do so, for as it is said, “If a lie is repeated often (and passionately) enough people will believe it.”  One cannot be an amoral liberal puppeteer if people have guns.  Let me expose their rationale:  Sympathization can lead to gun registration, then restrictization, then confiscation, and then ultimately communization.  I made up one of the words, but you get the picture.

Back to the victims.  They need time to heal, at least as much as can be made well.  We need to be the rational voice in this time of their distress.  And we need to stand guard against emotional, immature social engineering.  That means to not play into the liberal puppeteer’s hand nor affirm the immature rationale of children.

Some of us get it.  I, too, have had family members gunned down, and at least one friend.  In every case, the firearm leapt out the drawer or holster, loaded itself, aimed at my kin, and shot them to pieces.  It then went around looking for another family member to satisfy its cold-steel thirst for blood until no one was left standing.  Yep, that’s a gun for you.  Of course, I’m being sickly cynical, but doesn’t that paint the picture we’re presented by emotional reactors and liberal puppeteers?

Really though.  In one case (or more, we stopped counting after one) my family members were shot and killed by drunkards and druggies.  In another case, my cousins, who couldn’t fill the middle of this “o” with their combined brain matter, did the killing, which, by the way, maimed their own mother (who also slung lead during the family feud).  And my friend was gunned down at his school by a drive-by shooter.  So please don’t tell me that I don’t know what I’m talking about.  (I hesitate to add that some nitwit shot at me during a dove hunt – I ducked behind a tree but still had lead shot bounce off my thankfully-heavy hunting jacket.)  Incidentally, at one time, I owned the gun that shot down my uncle.  After that deadly incident, I rescued the pistol and it lived a peaceful life until I traded it away for a more menacing firearm which has yet to fulfill the fatal fantasies of the gun-control/gun-constraint/gun-confiscate adherents.

This goes deeper than naive school children know and feigning adults admit.  It’s the societal-cultural structure that’s at fault, and which has been patiently and progressively pieced together in the last few generations.  It masquerades as a polite, humble worldview while in reality it is a vulgar, brutal regimen.  And now a younger generation blames people like me, and inanimate objects, and peaceful organizations (like the NRA of which I’m gladly a life member, and which has taught more children firearms safety than all other organizations combined) for the hostilities, mostly because these kids have been brainwashed to believe that the following issues are settled law, social norms, and sanctioned responses:

  • The Christian Bible has no place in the classroom.  Leave it at home or better yet, burn it.  It’s an embarrassing piece of fake literature.
  • Christian symbols are to be ridiculed and removed.  Unrelentingly shout down those who wear a cross or display a manger scene because they have no freedom of speech or religion.  Or just pee on baby Jesus.  It’s okay because that’s real free speech.
  • Speaking of Jesus, don’t.  But you are free to read and quote out loud Allah, Buddha, Malcolm X, Marx, Satan, Witch Hazel, and others who have earned your admiration and devotion.
  • Christian “convictions” are intolerable gestures by wacky religious hypocrites.  Don’t tolerate them.  Malign and censure them because they know nothing about toleration.
  • Christianity has no place in our society because there is a wall of separation between church and state.  Its public expression should be disallowed, with insolent action if necessary. According to the Constitution, we must suppress it.  (For the record, separation between church and state is not in the Constitution; and although the deist Thomas Jefferson mentioned it in a letter, the phrase was coined by the Christian Roger Williams in the 1600’s to describe a movement that sought to protect people from the heavy-hand of a government that wished to be head of the church.  What goes around comes around.)
  • Church shootings are not as important as school shootings.  Who needs those Christians anyway?  (My own observation is that there is not nearly the amount of call for gun-control, or any action for that matter, after a church shooting as there is after a school shooting, especially when the bad guy with a gun is stopped by a good guy with a gun as happened at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017 – and the good guy had a…  dare I say it…  an AR15 response rifle – note that it was not an assault rifle. And dare I say this:  An armed citizen took action there, much to the dismal contrast of four “highly trained,” armed law enforcement officers standing around outside a school in Florida while inside a madman was gunning down kids.  Egads, people!)

There’s more.  The societal-cultural structure now includes a huge wing that harbors, fertilizes, and caters to the devaluing of human life and the defense of immoral choices:

  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Bullying (oppression or whatever you want to call it)
  • Narcissism (self-absorption)
  • Moral dissonance
  • Lifestyle demands
  • Arming children with violent video games, putrid music, dysfunctional families, crummy education, and sports idolatry while at the same time dishing out the ammo of alcohol, marijuana, condoms, revisionist history, and entitlements.

We’re now told, commanded, expected, demanded, forced, and legislated – under penalty of giving up our own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness – that we HAVE TO accept and condone murdering babies, and homosexual marriage, and trashing of our religious practices, and tossing out of our own Biblical and moral values.  Not to mention surrendering our right to bear the arms of our choice.

Talk about having a gun stuck in your face.

The bottom line is not firearms.  Thank God we have them.  Thank you Jesus that I have them (invading criminals and evil nations beware, school children and church-goers be glad).  The real bottom line – the BIG problem – is the culture of devalued life and glorified death that is now embraced and enforced from sea to shining sea.  Don’t believe me?:  It’s okay to joyfully go about murdering millions of children in the womb; oh, but let us be sensationally-sensitive to murdering dozens of children in the room.

Who really loves kids more than guns?

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A.D. 95 Revelation

Finally!  I’ve completed my reading of The New Testament:  As It Was Written (reading through the New Testament in the order of which the books and epistles were written, approximately).  Here are my notes for Revelation:

Ch. 1 – How long is shortly (v. 1)?  Does that mean it will happen soon or will happen quickly?

Does reading Revelation out loud bring blessing to only the orator or must a hearer be present (v. 3)?  Perhaps to claim this blessing, we (believers) should read Revelation to each other AND commit to keep that which is written in it.

What does it mean to have pierced Jesus (v. 7)?  That obviously doesn’t just mean the soldiers who crucified him.  Who, then, are those who pierced him, and is the piercing spiritual or physical?

What does the “sound” of the Word – the voice of Jesus – sound like (v. 15)?  That is, what is the sound of many waters?

Chs. 2 & 3 – The Manly Response to the Seven Letters of the Asian Churches:

The Ephesus Letter – Men, lead your church to repent of walking away from her first love, that of loving Christ.  He knows your works and how well you have done, but works do not mean that you love Him.  Return to loving Him.  (2:1-7)

The Smyrna Letter – Men, lead your church to not fear the works of Satan.  Model how to endure suffering, testing, and tribulation with your faith still intact, and with a conquering and overcoming spirit.  You never know…  (2:8-11).

The Pergamos Letter – Men, lead your church to repent of following and falling for false doctrine.  Return your church to the Truth.  Hate evil.  Jesus hated it.  (2:12-17)

The Thyatira Letter – Men, lead your church to turn away from sexual immorality.  There are some who do not know the depth of the depravity Satan has unleashed on the world.  Protect them.  (2:18-29)

The Sardis Letter – Men, wake up!  Strengthen the things which are on the verge of dying:  purity and honor.  (3:1-6)

The Philadelphia Letter – Men, you have an open door for ministry.  Only God can close it – no one and nothing else can do so.  Go through it.  Keep the Word.  Do not deny the name of Jesus. Others will learn the hard way that I love you.  Just hang in there.  Do not lose hope!  (3:7-13)

The Laodicea Letter – Men, lead your church to repent of her puffed up, boastful ways.  Get on fire for Jesus before it’s too late.  Listen to Him.  Walk through the open door and meet with Him.  Eat with Him.  This is more valuable than gold, more appealing than fine garments, more healing than the best medicine.  Lead your church to be rich in His mercy, clothed in His righteousness, and healed by the washing away of sin by the Blood of Jesus.  (Oswald Chambers said, “Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a baby.”)

Ch. 4 – Note that all things exist and were created (v. 11).  However, the tense here is that all things existed.  Has time ended by now?  Are things in a suspended time?  Has creation and existence of things come to an end or are they in the process of coming to an end at this point in Revelation, or is the timeline not as we would think?

Ch. 5 – Prayers of the saints do not vanish or go unheeded.  They are collected and kept in at least 28  golden bowls which are presented before Jesus when He opens the un-openable scroll at the end of days (v. 8).

Ch. 6 – Wild animals on the earth will take the lives of many people at the end of days (v. 8).

Ch. 7 – Saints in heaven are innumerable (v. 9).  They come out of the great tribulation (v. 14).  When does this tribulation occur?

Ch. 9 – Those who are sealed – Christians – are not harmed during the events (or at least during some of the events) at the end of days (v. 4).

Time is apparently still ongoing when the end of days is drawn to a close.  Note that there is an exact time for end of days events, known only by God for He is the one who prepared and will release the four angels who will kill a third of mankind.  (v. 15)

Ch. 10 – When the seventh trumpet sounds (see 11:15), then the mystery of God will be fulfilled (v. 7).  Is this the final end of days?  What is the mystery of God?

The mystery of God is that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel (Ephesians 3:6).  Paul elaborates on this mystery in Romans 10:24-25, specifically:  For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  Other Scripture mention this mystery:

– Mark 4:11
– Romans 16:2
– I Corinthians 15:51
– Ephesians 1:9; 3:1-13; 5: 32; 6:19
– Colossians 1:26-27; 2:2; 4:3
– I Timothy 3:9, 16

Ch. 12 – If this birth is Jesus, and the woman is Mary, where is Joseph (the earthly father of Jesus) in this story (verses 1-6, 13-17)?  Is the earth (v. 16) a reference to the earthly fatherhood of Joseph over his Son, Jesus, perhaps being the only man who was man enough (and the only man equipped by God) to protect the Christ-fetus/Christ-baby/Christ-child?  (At least until John was charged by Jesus from the cross to take care of Mary – after all, where was Joseph then?)

Ch. 13 – That which has been set in motion from the beginning, that is, from the foundation of the world, cannot be changed, except by God (verses 8-10).

Ch. 14 – About those 144,000…  Could Melchizedek be of this order?  (v. 4)

Ch. 18 – Note throughout the judgment on the great city Babylon that it is said that the devastating downfall will occur in a single hour (verses 10, 17, 19).  Is there still the telling of time at this point?

The great city Babylon deceives everyone by sorcery, that is, somehow by use of drugs.  (v. 23)

Ch. 21 – Men, note the seven types of evils that God calls out (closely related to 22:15):

  • cowards
  • unbelievers
  • abominable ones
  • sexually immoral ones
  • drug users/abusers/dealers (sorcerers)
  • idolators
  • liars

A cubit is the measurement system used by angels.  One cubit was measured from the tip of the middle finger to the end of the elbow.  What significance is there in this, from an angel’s perspective?  (v. 17)

Ch. 22 – Just as in the beginning God created all things (Genesis 1:1), Jesus’ grace is to all.  (v. 21)

 

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Nativity

Homes and hotels fill with family, friends, and native travelers.
A harmless, helpless baby lies in the feeding trough of cows.
While tables fill with food and drink, and walls contain the warmth and laughter,
there, in the barn is barely found safe rest.  Yet one man bows
to offer thanks for life and to worship Whom the manger
holds above the dirty ground, and yields Him to His mother.

He looks into His mother’s eyes and grins, and also cries
for He, like any mortal baby, has need to eat and need for love.
He looks into His father’s eyes; He looks into His Father’s eyes,
and offers hope, though yet to come.  The livestock moves,
the father guards the manger so his son will not die.
The Father knows His Son will die, yet still He sends His love.

The cool air smells like sheep.  The newborn covered with cloth,
those strips of cloth, gently wrapped around His body, keep Him warm
and safe.  Throughout the night, Mary lifts Him from the trough,
cleans the straw from His hands and face, wanting nothing sharp to harm
her son.  But in her heart she knows that one day He will yearn for her soft
touch, on a dreadful day a few miles from this barn.

Shepherds live out in the fields.  The Father’s glory shines around them.
An angel of the Lord proclaims a Savior born, and gives a sign:
Placed in a manger, wrapped in cloth, among the sheep in Bethlehem.
The angels praise the Heavenly Father.  Shepherds race to seek, to find
what they believe the Lord made known.  And at a feeding trough they find Him
with His parents.  The Lord’s salvation brought to all mankind.

Lives lived away from God; all are sinners, without hope.  But Christ has come
to forgive, to heal, to wrap with Love.  He takes the sins of many lives
upon Himself.  Mary watches as her son endures what He won’t have undone,
on that dreadful day a few mile from the barn.  He looks into His mother’s eyes,
He looks into His Father’s eyes, and says, “It is finished, it is done.”
Peace on earth has finally come.  The baby, now a man, is God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

(Copyright 2005.  Don Hamlin.  All rights reserved.)
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90-95 A.D. – Letters of John

My notes from the Letters of John:

I John, Ch. 1 – Jesus is from the beginning (v. 1).  Does this mean the beginning of time or the beginning of His introduction by John the Baptizer, or what?

I John, Ch. 2 – Jesus is the propitiation for our sins (v. 2), and not just ours, but for the sins of the whole world.  That means everyone.  Apparently, there is no Divine choosing or selecting (predestination?).  God’s forgiveness is for everyone.

Verses 12-14 give another Biblical outline for a lesson in fatherhood.  If we as Christian men are to be like God – Christlike – then we have this to follow:

1.  Know Christ.  Fathers, confess Him as Lord.  Learn everything you can about Jesus.  That means living in and by the Eternal Word, Jesus.

2.  Overcome Satan.  Young men, live for Jesus, not like the devil.  Be strong.  That means living in and by the Eternal Word, Jesus.

3.  Be intimate with your dad.  Sons, adore and admire fatherhood, even if your dad is dead or deadbeat.  Your Christian father, or at least the knowledge of Biblical fatherhood, can help you overcome the wicked one.  Dads, be aware of your Godly responsibility to your son.

Verses 15-17 appear to elaborate more on Godly manhood, both fatherhood and sonship.

Verses 18-19 tell that many antichrists have gone out from “us.”  Are these the “disciples” who turned back, no more to follow Jesus (John 6:66)?  Whoever they are, they have been plainly known (manifest, v. 19).  How do we recognize them?

I John, Ch. 3 – When Jesus comes (again) and believers see Him as He is, we will be like Him.  What is Jesus like now, post-resurrection and post-ascension?  What will He be like at His next coming.

Jesus not only forgives our sin (and has already) but He also takes it away (v. 2).  How does He take it away?

Satan sinned from the beginning (v. 5).  Was that  before creation?  Jesus must – and has – destroyed the works of Satan.  He’s the only One who can (or did).  What were/are the works of Satan?  How much does Satan even know about his ultimate demise?

Satan has children (v. 10)?  Who is a son of Satan?  Cain is the example (v. 12).  He is a murderer, that is, he lacks love for life.  The son of Satan has works of evil and lacks love for life.

I John, ch. 4 – The test for an antichrist (verses 1-3):

  1. He denies that Jesus is God.
  2. He denies that Jesus is from God.
  3. He denies that Jesus came in the flesh.

An antichrist cannot know God at all under these denials.  Those who deny are deceivers (II John 7).  They are ungodly and worldly.  These include “religious” people like Jews, Muslims, theists, etc.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God (v. 15).  The confessional statement is “Jesus is Lord.”  This equates to confessing that Jesus is born of God (I John 5:1).

I John, Ch. 5 – How to overcome the world:  Believe that Jesus is the Son of God (v. 5).


II John – Do not compromise Biblical doctrine (verses 10-11).  Be spiritually pure.  Have nothing to do with false and opposing doctrines (but see I Corinthians 5:8-13).


III John – The greatest joy a man has is knowing that his children walk in the truth (v. 4).  These include his own children and his children-in-the-faith.

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