Today, we ponder the silence of God. [At least to us (Jesus was actually making a triumphal pronouncement in Tartarus (1 Pet 3:18-20; 2 Pet 2:4)]
In the history of the disciples 2000 years ago, they had THE most discouraging day of their lives. They had spent several years with the Man they thought was the Messiah. He had said and done all the right things. They even watched the triumphal procession into Jerusalem just a few days before. The contact with the religious leaders of the Passover week was a crescendo. It was only a matter of moments in their view and He would reveal Himself as the Messiah to the world and they would be in on the Greatest Reversal of all time – the Jewish people under the thumb of Rome, paying taxes to Rome and giving allegiance to Rome – would be reversed!. Now was “their” moment when all of that would be changed!. The Romans would recognize Jesus as Messiah and they were in on the “ground floor”!
But then tragedy. Their hopes were dashed. Their leader was crucified the most heinous of deaths. Their adrenaline took a deep dive. Temporary depression set in. They were bewildered. “What happened?”
Has that ever happened to you?
On Saturday, the disciples would likely have been wondering, “What just happened? What do we do now? We left everything and the very thing we were hoping for, counting on and trusting in…was gone!”
Has that ever happened to you?
Indeed, God was silent to them. Sometimes God intentionally is silent, because He wants us to be silent. To meditate on the promises of God, the power of God and the presence of God, even when we can’t see it, experience it and to know we need to remember them.
The Sons of Korah wrote, Psalm 46. Verse ten says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Ps 46:10)” IN FACT, the rest of the Psalm is incredible for this day.
As you ponder anew the silence of God, and maybe you are experiencing the silence of God, consider what happened in just one more day 2000 years ago. The Silence of God means He is ready and able to do a truly Great Reversal!
Our hope is in Him! Always!
I appreciate books that provide different views on theological issues. (see my discussion on “Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?” Wayne Grudem, ed.) It’s important for objectivity to hear, read and understand opposing arguments or approaches to issues facing Christians today. That challenge is to find people who will communicate in an understandable way and be objective themselves. In this volume, there are four authors approaching Divine Providence: God causes all things, by Paul Kjoss Helseth; God directs all things, by William Lane Craig; God controls by liberating, by Ron Highfield; and God limits His control, by Gregory A. Boyd. Continue reading
Legalism was a big religious word in the 60s and 70s. I remember the expression, “Don’t drink or chew or go with the girls who do.” Fortunately, there is no legalism today, or is there? Continue reading
It’s obvious that William Cox loves the Lord and is personally committed to rightly divide the Word of Truth from his perspective. He no doubt understands salvation, grace, the holiness of God and wants to do what is right. According to Cox, he used to believe in Dispensationalism, but laid it aside for Reformed Theology. According to him, he says he saw too many inconsistencies in Dispensationalism. His argument seems to be to expose the “bad” character of Darby as the “founder” of Dispensationalism and thus declare Dispensationalism as wrong. Continue reading
There are people like David, whom God continued to honor, in spite of his sins. David wasn’t perfect, but there was something about David’s life that God continued to honor and hold as a standard of dependency on God and humility. Then there are people, like Pharoah, that God uses to show how dumb people can be and how powerful He is. Then people are in the spectrum in between and there is a spectrum of how much He blesses people, like Israel going into the land. Israel didn’t obey the Lord completely, so we read in Judges that God draws a line, Continue reading
In a few short weeks, I’ll begin writing about the Angelic Appeal Trial. It will include a study of angels, the Divine trial that is going on right now and how you and I are part of that appeal trial. The existence of angels is not questioned by most people. However, there are many liberal theologians who conclude that the representations of angels in the Bible are merely poetic devices for the superstitions prevalent in that day. Continue reading
This is Part 9 of 9 parts answering the basic and very important question, “What does Canonicity mean and why is it important?”
What about the New Testament? Why were those books collected? Was the Old Testament not enough? Continue reading
This is Part 8 of 9 parts answering the basic and very important question, “What does Canonicity mean and why is it important?” Part 9 will be posted tomorrow.
In review of Canonicity: Canonicity Discovered and Distinctions.
- God determines Canon, the church discovers Canon.
- God is the author of Canon, the church is the recipient of Canon.
- God is the judge of Canon, the church is the witness of Canon.
- God is the master of Canon, the church is servant of Canon.
Why are these extra-biblical writings, like the Apocrypha (and the Pseudepigrapha), not considered part of the Canon? Reading through the various writings and books, it may not seem like all the books were that different. However, Continue reading
This is Part 7 of 9 parts answering the basic and very important question, “What does Canonicity mean and why is it important?” Parts 8-9 will be posted on succeeding days.
The writings included in the “Pseudepigrapha” were rejected by all as spurious or false. While the Apocrypha was a collection of writings connected to the Old Testament, the Pseudepigrapha was a collection of writings associated with the New Testament. Continue reading
This is Part 6 of 9 parts answering the basic and very important question, “What does Canonicity mean and why is it important?” Parts 7-9 will be posted on succeeding days.
What about the Apocrypha? Apocrypha, which means “hidden,” was hidden from the normally accepted writings of Scripture. Continue reading