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Daily Devotional – July 23

The Matrix – Final

Jesus, takes the Bible from your hand, feeling its weight, it looks natural in his rough and calloused hands. 

“The first step to becoming a soldier is to learn your weapon.  Your life and the lives of others depends on it.  It’s use requires instruction and practice.    As with all weapons, it comes with responsibility.   

You look in awe at the simple book, both dread and anticipation in your chest.   

“It’s multifunctional–two edged–it can be used two ways.”   

“How so?” you ask.

“It has been irresponsibly and improperly used for milenia by the ignorant and the wicked.  It has been used by man against mankind to destroy; justification for its wars, its hatred.    Millions of lives have been lost because of failure to understand its proper use…” Jesus pauses, his eyes sad and thoughful.  “…and many more to come.”

His eyes harden as his gaze meets your own; his countenance a mixture of anger,  resolve, sadness and challenge.  

“This book can be used to fight and destroy the spiritual enemy, the real one–it can be brought against spiritual principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

“But you mentioned that it could be used two ways…” your voice trails off as he places the book back in your hands.

“In the hands of my father it was used to build…”

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July 23, 2007 - Posted by | Matrix

13 Comments »

  1. May we use the word to build community and fellowship with God and man.

    Comment by helenl | July 23, 2007 | Reply

  2. Is war wrong?

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 23, 2007 | Reply

  3. Amen, Helen!

    Voice, war is the result of sin:

    James 4:1 From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members?

    Throughout history, though, mankind has used the Bible to justify wars–from the crusades to the inquisitions, and everything since. We are entering a time when Christianity is once again promoting militarism as a means to raise Christianity (so-called) to a world power. More on this to come.

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | July 24, 2007 | Reply

  4. Preach Paul!!!

    Comment by helenl | July 24, 2007 | Reply

  5. Is being in the military a sin?
    Are there Christians in the military?

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 24, 2007 | Reply

  6. Voice, you ask good questions. War is a result of sin, as is all evil. Living with evil thrusts responsibilities upon mankind that ordinarily he would not have to contend with. A good example of necessary violence being brought upon those who were perpetrating evil would be Jesus in the temple. When the house of God had been turned into a house of merchandise (John 2:13-16), Jesus had to resort to methods that one would consider “unorthodox.” Even though he resorted to violence to overthrow an evil, he remained sinless in both action and spirit. (Keep in mind, also, that Jesus is God!) So too, there may be righteous reasons for maintaining a military as a means of protecting the weak. As a matter of fact, the Bible tells us that a man who won’t provide for the basics (security, etc.) for those he loves is a deplorable individual:

    1Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

    So I would have to say that being in the military is not a sin any more than one raising a hand in defense to those weaker.

    And I think you can answer the second–you know that salvation is by grace and grace alone–Christians can be military, strippers, prostitutes, thieves, philanderers, you name it! (Not saying that being in the military is commiserate with being a thief mind you.)

    Hope this helps.

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | July 25, 2007 | Reply

  7. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

    Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

    Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;

    Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

    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:

    But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

    And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

    Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

    Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

    And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

    And when ye come into an house, salute it.

    And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

    And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

    Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

    Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

    But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

    And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

    But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

    For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

    And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

    And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

    But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

    The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

    It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

    Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

    What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

    And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

    But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

    Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

    Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

    But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

    Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

    For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

    And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

    He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

    And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

    He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

    He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

    He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

    And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 25, 2007 | Reply

  8. Matthew 10

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 25, 2007 | Reply

  9. Matthew 5

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 25, 2007 | Reply

  10. Matthew 15
    Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

    Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

    But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

    For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

    But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

    And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

    Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

    This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

    But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

    And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

    Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

    Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

    But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

    Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

    Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

    And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 25, 2007 | Reply

  11. Hi Voice,

    Thanks for dropping back in on the discussion.

    I have some questions for your consideration.

    Note the following verses in Matthew 5:

    3 Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
    5 Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
    6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
    7 Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
    8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
    9 Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
    10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    11 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

    Now don’t these statements strike you as odd–or even seem to at variance against verses such as Ephesians 2:8-9:

    8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Above, it seems we see Jesus saying that it IS good works that sanctify and justify the sinner–leading one to salvation, and then we have that contradicted later, saying that it is GRACE alone.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | July 25, 2007 | Reply

  12. 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
    Did you know hebrews was written before John?

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 26, 2007 | Reply

  13. But to whom?

    Many scholars believe this to be the case, but it can be questioned. What do you think the purpose of the book of Hebrews is?

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | July 26, 2007 | Reply


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