Sunday, September 25, 2011


"Ave Christus, morituri te salutamus! "

    Due to Adam's lack of leadership, due to him not fulfilling his role as the spiritual leader, due to Adam not providing the covering and being the protector as was his God ordained role - Eve chooses to sin.  Note the word chooses, Eve had a choice, she was not forced to sin simply because Adam did not do his job.  Inevitably we are all responsible for our own relationship with God and inevitably we are all responsible for our own knowledge, understanding and use of His word.  Scripture plainly states God wants us to study, know, understand and use His word in our own lives;
"You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.  You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates," (Deuteronomy 11:18-20/NASB)

"Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so." (Acts 17:11/NASB)

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15/NASB)

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15/NKJV)
See also - Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-2, & Proverbs 2:1-6
    However simply studying or even knowing the scripture does not necessarily mean someone will understand/interpret and/or use them properly.  This is seen when Christ is tempted in the wilderness;
"...and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,  "HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU"; and "ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE." ' " (Matthew 4:6/NASB)
See also Luke 4:10-11

    It is also seen when Christ addresses the Jewish leaders in John chapter 5
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves." (John 5:39 -42/NASB)
See also 1Peter2:6-8
    In the first example Satan is clearly not "accurately handling the word of truth" and in the second the religious leaders choose not to "rightly divide (interpret) the word of truth" for selfish reasons.  So God gives us four things to keep us from error when we read, study/learn and interpret His word;
  1. His Word
  2. His Spirit
  3. Prayer
  4. Other believers
"Simul iustus et peccator"*
*Martin Luther

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Sunday, September 18, 2011


   In PT 7 of this post three questions were asked;
  • Was Adam with Eve when she conversed with the serpent?
  • Was he with Eve when she ate the fruit
  • Or did he come to Eve after she ate the fruit?
and the first question was answered with "NO". Now let us look at the other two questions;
  • Was he with Eve when she ate the fruit
  • Or did he come to Eve after she ate the fruit?
The answer to both of these is unclear.  We do know that Adam did join Eve at some point as scripture plainly states;
"...She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate." (Genesis 3:6c/NKJV)
    While it is possible that Adam originally tried to stop Eve from eating the forbidden fruit (if he was with her at that point) and he may have originally rejected it, inevitably he chose to listen to Eve rather then God (Genesis 3:17).  In either case it is obvious that he was offered the fruit not long after Eves conversation with the serpent/Satan and chose to disobey God.
   In essence Adam was not doing what he was supposed to so Eve took the lead, or Eve simply followed Adams (lack of) lead*, i.e. Eve did not follow God (sinned) because Adam did not follow God.  However, we are all responsible for our own relationship with God. While 1 Timothy 2:13-14, does show the circumstances leading to her disobedience and those of Adam are somewhat different, and Eve was simply "following" Adams lead this does not negate the fact that Eve sinned as 1 Timothy 2:14 plainly states that she "fell into transgression", i.e. Eve sinned.  Lastly, as stated before, Eves actions demonstrate the condition of her relationship with God and Adam and the condition of Adam's relationship with God.  So, again all roads lead to Adam.

*NOTE; Matthew Henry's commentary - "Adam laid the blame on his wife; but though it was her fault to persuade him to eat the forbidden fruit, it was his fault to hearken to her." (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary of the Bible)

"Simul iustus et peccator"*
*Martin Luther

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Sunday, September 11, 2011



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Sunday, September 04, 2011


"Ave Christus, morituri te salutamus!"

Proverbs 1-3
(New King James)

Chapter 1
The Beginning of Knowledge

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Shun Evil Counsel

 8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 Cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse”—
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path;
16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; it takes away the life of its owners.

The Call of Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city she speaks her words:
22 “ How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “ Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
30 They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Chapter 2
The Value of Wisdom

1 My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,and lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things,
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death, and her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return, nor do they regain the paths of life—
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness,and keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

Chapter 3
Guidance for the Young

1 My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands;
2 For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,
4 And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;
14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold.;
15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.
19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
    “ Go, and come back,
    And tomorrow I will give it,”
    When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways;
32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, but His secret counsel is with the upright.
33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.
34 Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.

"Simul iustus et peccator. "*
*Martin Luther

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Thursday, September 01, 2011