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Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Ge 7:1).

At this point in the scriptures only Noah is seen as righteous in God’s eyes, yet all that come into the protection of Noah’s ark, all that are ALLOWED in by God, are saved with Noah. Noah is most definitely a TYPE of Christ figure. In other words, Noah like so many others in the Old Testament, lived out their lives, even in the midst of their human failures and sin, pointing to one who would succeed where they failed.  The reality of the Old Testament is that all of the great people and their stories that fill those pages were looking for One who wouldn’t fail but rather One who would fulfill.  They were looking for Christ.

Noah’s salvation though great is only temporary, for ultimately all humanity will die.  Noah’s righteousness though beneficial is only temporary, for ultimately he fails, as do all other men throughout biblical history.  We read of the righteousness of Noah, and the salvation that God worked through Noah, but when we read…the rest of the story of Noah we realize that ultimately Noah falls short, he sins, yes, but also he dies!  And though Noah’s salvation through the flood saves himself and his family, that salvation is not sufficient for me, or for you today.

Only Christ is sinless, only Christ is sufficient, and only Christ’s righteousness can save us eternally.  Yes Noah is seen as righteous in Gods eyes, and all that come into the protection of Noah’s ark are saved with Him. Noah is a type of Christ figure. If Noah saved those in the Ark with him and those alone, and yet they all still died…how much more will we be saved eternally from death and from eternal judgment through the righteousness found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Look to Christ alone, trust in Christ alone.

Study to know Him.

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Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Praise the LORD!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Ps 104:35). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


ImageIn all this Psalm, the greatness, majesty and power of God is displayed (in Creation) not the invisible heaven which we cannot see. God does what he does so that we can SEE his invisible attributes, and more importantly his supremacy, and we can choose to obey as ALL of creation obeys.

However, no other creation has the ability like we do to see and understand Gods beauty and the fact that we are his crowning creation.

Will I choose today to sing praises to God while I have being? Will my meditation be pleasing to God? Will I rejoice in the LORD?

Because God goes to such great lengths to demonstrate his Love to us, God is just in that he hates sinners! That is why Jesus died so that we might be reconciled to Him, enemies (hated) no more. God’s wrath poured out on Jesus is sufficient to cover the sins of those who find forgiveness in Christ. The day is coming when those who stand outside of Jesus’ righteousness, the wicked, will be consumed. And God’s hatred of sin, and those who embrace it will be punished for all eternity.

Without a doubt God hates sinners–in our sin we are enemies of God. In Christ we are adopted sons and daughters, enemies no more. Why would we not tell our family, our friends, even our enemies that they need Jesus? God forgive me when I in my sin, neglect the opportunity to tell someone the good news.

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Logos Software

Logos Software

Let me start this post by saying, I am not addicted to Facebook, I am just adamantly committed to friendships!  There, makes it kind of hard to refute that argument, doesn’t it.  Today I was reading through status updates and Logos Bible Software posted their Great Bible Giveaway premium Bible winners for the month of August.  I’m thinking, how awesome that Logos would give away such expensive resources.  Logos by the way is completely committed to providing, for those willing to study God’s word, electronic resources which are invaluable.  Using tools such as Logos we can study God’s word to depth’s never even dreamed of decades or centuries ago, and do so with accuracy and speed our forefathers would love to have had.

Anyway, as I was reading their updates I noticed a post by a gentleman condemning Logos and others for their apparent gluttony over the production and distribution of these “extravagant” Bibles.  His words were, and I quote, “whenever I see a Bible priced over $50 and advertised as “premium”, the Scriptures prohibiting gluttony immediately come to mind. N.Korean Christians use hand-written scripture on balloons floated in from VOM workers, yet publishers crank out these ridiculously extravagant Bibles? How is God honored by this excess I wonder?”

Now, I applaud this individual for his perspective.  His apparent purpose is to seek to answer this question; Are we in our extravagance here in America neglecting those in countries where God’s written word is not allowed? My hope is that he will not simply ask the question, like most people do, and never struggle through to an answer, but in his own heart and mind will evaluate his life and seek to answer for himself how he can best fulfill this need to spread the truth of God’s word to these very people!  Well this is the purpose for my post, I too want to seek to answer the question, and what remains here in this post is a beginning…

First off, I applaud Logos for seeking to put into people’s hands the resources needed to help us study God’s word. So that we can seek to fulfill the words found in them. Passages like Romans 10:14-17 comes quickly to mind.  

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him uof whom they have never heard?3 And how are they to hear vwithout someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent?

u Eph. 4:21; [John 9:36; 17:20]
3 Or him whom they have never heard
v [Acts 8:31; Titus 1:3]
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ro 10:14-15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

(The scripture and its footnotes are possible thanks to Logos Bible Software)

Regardless of the cost of a Bible, the thing each and everyone of us will have to answer for one day is what we did with what God blessed us with! Reminds me of Jesus’ parable in Luke 12:48 when he says concerning these servants who were given care of the Master’s house, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.”

Be careful condemning God’s provision of his written word to us, and be more concerned about how to use this provision to bless the billions who are lost and dying, who even if they had the word, might be like the Ethiopian Eunuch who though reading the Scriptures himself needed someone to guide him. Acts 8:31 (The Eunuch needed someone to lead him, instruct him, someone who was knowledgeable).  In other words God sent Philip because Philip most definitely knew the way!  God’s word is best understood by those who have been blessed to sit under and study under those who know the way.  Hence God’s OT command to the Father’s, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut 6:7

One closing thought, which I struggle with in my own life at times.  People complain about the “extravagant” packaging of God’s precious words to us in leather and ink, yet they claim to have the very precious living word of Christ in them, and they could care less what its packaging–how they live, talk and act–looks like to the world around them.  Now that is a waste!

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:11-12

Study to know Him,

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