Idolatry and pride.

An idolatrous understanding of God is always at the core of the pride of man. But when the holiness of the Law of God is paraded before a sinful heart, it stirs the conscience and humbles a man. It brings him to his rightful place—on his face before Almighty God.

Isaiah 2:17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; The Lord alone will be exalted in that day,

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Deliverance and faith.

Egypt’s deliverance depended upon their faith. Had they not believed Joseph, they would not have bothered to store up for the future during the times of plenty. Our salvation rests on faith in Jesus and God’s Word. If we did not believe that there is a coming Judgment Day, we would not trust in the righteousness of Christ. We would instead gorge ourselves during the times of plenty—in the pleasurable sins of this world.

Genesis 41:30but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land.

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Not like us.

God sees all. He knows all. As human beings, we can hardly contain two thoughts at the same time. God is also omnipresent (see Psa. 139:7–10). He is nothing like we imagine Him to be.

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Hell in the Old Testament.

When witnessing to Jewish people, it is not uncommon for them to claim that the Scriptures (specifically the Old Testament) do not talk about hell. While we must remember that the Bible is a progressive revelation—that is, more and more details and information are revealed over time—the Old Testament makes it clear that hell exists.

Sheol is the Hebrew word for the place of the dead. It can mean several things based on context: a grave or pit or the abode of the dead below the earth. Sheol is translated “grave” 31 times and is translated as “hell” 31 times in the Old Testament. Following is a sampling of verses that mention hell or describe the afterlife.

  • “For a fire is kindled in My anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell; it shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” (Deut. 32:22)
  • “The dead tremble, those under the waters and those inhabiting them. Sheol is naked before Him, and Destruction has no covering.” (Job 26:5,6)
  • “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psa. 9:17)
  • “Your hand will find all Your enemies; Your right hand will find those who hate You. You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; the LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire shall devour them.” (Psa. 21:8,9)
  • “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.” (Psa. 139:8)
  • “The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.” (Prov. 15:24)
  • “Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” (Prov. 27:20)
  • “The strong shall be as tinder, and the work of it as a spark; both will burn together, and no one shall quench them.” (Isa. 1:31)
  • “Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; their glory and their multitude and their pomp, and he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.” (Isa. 5:14)
  • “Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you, all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.” (Isa. 14:9)
  • “You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble; your breath, as fire, shall devour you. And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.” (Isa. 33:11,12)
  • “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Dan. 12:2)
  • “Though they dig into hell, from there My hand shall take them; though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.” (Amos 9:2)

While the Sadducees of the New Testament did not believe in the afterlife, the Pharisees believed in both heaven and hell and the resurrection of the dead (see Isa. 26:19).

It would be wise to memorize at least one of these verses so you can share it in your next witness encounter with a Jewish person.ByTod Friel 

Amos 9:2“Though they dig into hell, From there My hand shall take them; Though they climb up to heaven, From there I will bring them down;

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The daily horoscope.

How many people today read their daily horoscope and bow to what it says about their future? It is not just “harmless entertainment” to appeal to the sun, moon, and stars for advice on how to live. See Deut. 4:19; 2 Kings 23:5.

Zephaniah 1:5 Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops…

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Despair follows…

“Without grace all men are of this kind, but especially the self-righteous. Hence Scripture says and concludes: ‘All men are liars’ (Ps 116:11); and again (Ps 39:5) ‘Every man at his best state is altogether vanity’; and (Ps 14:3) ‘There is none that does good, no, not one.’ But despair follows when a man becomes aware of the reason why he is keeping the Law and recognizes that to love God’s Law is impossible for him, since he finds nothing good in himself but only hatred of the good and lust for the bad.

Then he recognizes that works cannot do justice to the Law. Therefore he despairs of works and disregards them. He ought to have love, but he does not find any and of and by himself can have none. The result must be a poor, miserable, humbled spirit, a man oppressed and frightened through the Law by his conscience, which demands and requires of him what he has not a penny to pay. Yet the Law alone is of benefit to such presumptuous people, for it was given to work this knowledge and humiliation. This is its [the Law’s] proper work…” Martin Luther 

Amos 2:4Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they have despised the law of the Lord, And have not kept His commandments. Their lies lead them astray, Lies which their fathers followed.

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Fresh endeavour.

God’s Spirit was poured out on those who repented on the day of Pentecost. See Acts 2:16–21.

“Whenever, in any century, whether in a single heart or in a company of believers, there has been a fresh effusion of the Spirit, there has followed inevitably a fresh endeavour in the work of evangelizing the world.” A. J. Gordon 

Joel 2:29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservant I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

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