Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lesson #7 The Bloodbath

Here is the next post if anyone wants to work a bit ahead.

Lesson # 7 Walking the Bloodbath

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lesson #5 The Preface

There will be two files for this lesson, the first will be the audio file...

The Preface Audio Link

The second is a pdf file...

The Preface PDF

Monday, February 08, 2016

Lesson 4 A Misplaced Curse

Here is the next recording for your listening pleasure!

A Misplaced Curse

Marty Solomon from Impact Campus Ministries teaching at a site in Israel/Turkey BEMA trip 2014

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thoughts on Tov Meod in Genesis 1

Last week at our table discussion we spent a good bit of time discussing the concept that when God saw all that he created it was no longer good, it was tov mood or very good. This is before Adam has done anything or produced anything.

Genesis 1:26-27, 31
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
    27 So God created man in his own image,
        in the image of God he created him;
        male and female he created them.”

31 “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

Excerpt From: Crossway Bibles. “ESV Study Bible.” iBooks. 

In the discussion, I made a comment about being tired of hearing church leaders constantly refer to us as being horrible wretches etc.  In fact, I think I said I wanted to throw or smack them with my Bible the next time I heard it.

For me this comes out of a couple different places.  One is that there are many who seem to get hung up on the fall of man in Genesis 3 as if the accounts of Genesis 1 and 2 don't exist.  They are, in my humble opinion, some of the most important parts of Scripture.  It shows the love, and the creative beauty of God in it's purest form.  The very first phrase... In the beginning God created  is a key belief to the rest of Scripture.

A question has been asked "If our fundamental posture toward God isn't one of unworthiness and sinfulness, why to we need to be restored?"

To clarify what is running around in my brain, we are created to be very good.  God has placed his image in his, we are his living likeness.  His love is not dependent upon us, he loves us because he created us.  But because Genesis 3 happened, we do need to be restored.  Anyone who accepts the love and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and raised from the dead are restored by His blood.  I think that is why I get irritated with a constant barrage of "we are such wretches and horrible people."

In Galatians 3:26 Paul says that through faith in Jesus Christ we are all sons of God.  Heirs of Jesus Christ, and sons of God, not because we are worthy of our own accord but because we are restored by the blood of Christ.  As soon as sin entered the world, God set plans in place to redeem creation.  I bristle at self deprecation because we are restored once and for all as long as we place our faith in Him and don't walk away.  Paul calls the believers Saints in almost all of his letters, not because they were perfect and sinless but because they were restored by the blood.

1 Peter 2:9-10
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Excerpt From: Crossway Bibles. “ESV Study Bible.” iBooks. 

I wanted to clarify that I wasn't meaning that we didn't need to be restored or saved by the blood of Jesus.  In face, as we will look later at Old Testament practices, we will see that only the high priests had access to God in the tabernacle and later the temple to offer sacrifices on behalf of the people.  Once this was accomplished on the cross, all who place their faith and belief in Jesus have that access.  The idea of unworthiness and royal priesthood don't mesh together.  There will always be those times we sin against God but humility before God, repenting and asking for forgiveness isn't the same as spiritual self deprecation.

It's kind of like being a parent, when my kids do wrong things, fight with each other or say horrible things like kids sometimes do, they are not any less worthy of my love.  Even though they sometimes have to apologize and ask for forgiveness.  Hopefully this clarifies my thought process and doesn't muddy the waters!

Friday, January 22, 2016

BEMA #3 The Bow in the Sky

Here is Bema lesson 3

The Bow in the Sky

This is the another recording for 1/27/16

BEMA #2 The God that Knows When to Say Enough

Here is link for lesson 2 for Wednesday 1/27/16

The God that Knows When to Say Enough

Looking forward to the discussion

Tuesday, January 19, 2016