Hyperboles in the Bible.

The Bible often uses hyperbole, contrasting love with hate, for the sake of emphasis. To say that God is “all loving,” as the ungodly so often maintain, is to create an idol to worship. God is love, but He is also just, holy, and righteous. He loves us because He chooses to; He is not a slave to sentiment.

Malachi 1:2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” Says theLord. “Yet Jacob I have loved;3 But Esau I have hated, And laid waste his mountains and his heritage For the jackals of the wilderness.”

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“Did Jesus abolish the Law?”

Skeptics claim that this passage and Eph. 2:13–15 abolish the Law, in contradiction to Matt. 5:17: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”

The skeptic has no understanding of the reason Christ suffered and died. He came to fulfill the Law so that those who trust in Him could be justified (declared not guilty and made clean in the sight of God).

Think of two brothers who each have large court fines. They have no money and are about to be sentenced to prison. Their kindly father loves them and pays their fines. He satisfies the demands of the law by fulfilling the court’s requirements. Both men are then free to go. However, one of them refuses to accept the payment. He is therefore still under the law’s penalty and is sentenced to a long prison term. He was thrown in prison even though the father satisfied the law’s demand through his payment.

Jesus didn’t come to do away with the moral Law. It is eternal and will be the standard of judgment on Judgment Day. He came to satisfy its demands for those who trust Him—making provision for our forgiveness by paying our fine in His life’s blood.

Christians (both Jew and Gentile) are no longer under the wrath of the Law, because they trust in Jesus Christ. However, those who are outside of Christ (refusing His blood payment) are still under its wrath (see John 3:36).

Hebrews 7:18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

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Prophecy being fulfilled today.

Few within the Church would deny that we are seeing Bible prophecy being fulfilled before our very eyes. These are certainly “perilous” times. Men’s hearts are failing them for fear of what is coming on the earth. There are suicide bombings, terrorist acts, nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom. The neighbors of Israel are boldly escalating their hatred of the Jews. Lawlessness and the love of sin abound on every side. Economies are collapsing, and as political leaders try to keep a brave face, I can see fear deep in their eyes. They fail to even acknowledge the God who gave them life, and I think of the psalmist’s prayer, “Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O LORD, that the nations may know themselves to be but men” (Psa. 9:19,20).

In the midst of speaking about the dark and frightening signs of the end of the age, Jesus shone a beacon of wonderful light: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).

You and I can be a part of fulfillment of Bible prophecy. God has entrusted us (as the Church) to be lighthouse keepers, especially at the end of this age. We are to steer perishing sinners into the God-given safe haven. So make sure you show your brilliance by embracing the work that God has called us to do. If ever you were needed, it is now.

For more signs of the end times, see 2 Pet. 3:3.

2 Timothy 3:1 But know this, that tin the last days tperilous times will come…

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“What was a concubinage?”

“Concubinage was practiced in many ancient cultures, especially in Mesopotamia…where a private citizen might have one or two concubines in addition to his primary wife…A concubine was often a slave or part of the booty of war (Judges 5:30). A man might have a concubine simply as an economical form of marriage, since no dowry or bride-price was required. A concubine could add to a man’s prestige by giving him two wives and thus an increased capacity for children. Such offspring were normally delivered onto the knees of the legal wife, thus establishing their legitimacy as family members. The concubine was also another servant to add to his work force.” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible 

1 Chronicles 3:9 These were all the sons of David, besides the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.

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“I listen respectfully, but…”

“Though these strangers feared Jehovah, and were willing to learn the way of his worship, yet they stuck to their old gods. ‘Ah,’ said the Babylonian, ‘I listen respectfully to what you have to say of this God, of the land; but Succoth-benoth for me; when I go home I shall offer sacrifice to him.’ The men of Cuthah said, ‘Verily this is good doctrine concerning the God of Israel; but the god of our fathers was Nergal, and to him will we cleave’; and the Sepharvites, though they wished to hear of the pure and holy Jehovah, and therefore learned from his law the command, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ yet still they passed their children through the fire to Moloch, and did not cease from that most cruel of all religious rites. Thus you see that this mingle-mangle religion left the people practically where they were: whatever their fear might be, their customs and practices remained the same.” Charles Spurgeon 

2 Kings 17:41 So these nations feared the Lord, yet served their carved images; also their children and their children’s children have continued doing as their fathers did, even to this day.

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Clear to sinners.

Our aim when preaching the gospel is to make the issue clear to sinners. We must put the writing on the wall—that God has seen their sin and will judge them for it. When God gave His Law, “so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling”’ (Heb. 12:21). It is the thundering of the Law, echoing in the resurrected conscience, that makes the sinner’s knees tremble. Felix “trembled” when Paul reasoned with him about “righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25).

Daniel 5:5 In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.6 Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and histknees knocked against each other.

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Every soul…

Every soul that is added to the Church is a soul from the camp of the enemy.

2 Samuel 3:1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

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