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Jots and Tittles
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)
Concerning Scripture, Christ taught that every "jot and tittle" (i.e., even portions of letters, not to mention words and phrases) was inspired and would last forever. In many portions of Scripture, the teaching rests on a seemingly rather insignificant component of a word or phrase.
For example, consider the phrase "yet once more" in Hebrews 12:26, quoting Haggai 2:6. We see, in verse 27, that the argument requiring a coming judgment on all of creation hinges on it pointing back to a similar judgment in the past. Similarly, in Galatians 4:9, we see Paul couching his comments to the Galatian believers, who had returned to a legalistic system, in a question that turned on the active voice of a verb rather than passive. We have not only "known God" but "are known of God." In John 8:58, a clever use of verb tense was made: "Before Abraham was, I am," thereby asserting Christ's deity. Note also in John 10:34-36 how Christ cleverly used the mood of a verb while quoting from Psalm 82:6 in order to defuse the charge of blasphemy leveled against Him. Paul's argument in Galatians 3:16 (based on a quotation from Genesis 22:17-18) shows how even the singular or plural form of a word is equally inspired.
Consider Christ's answer to the Sadducees who denied personal resurrection when He said, "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living" (Matthew 22:32). Christ is their God, not simply was. "And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine" (v. 33).
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable." Let us handle Scripture with the same care and love it with the same fervency as did Christ and the apostles. JDM
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

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Friday, January 29, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

There are good reasons why sin is not always punished immediately. The Scripture says about alcoholic liquor, "At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder" (Prov. 23:32). At the last, not at the first. At first wine seems to bring gaiety, fellowship. At the first it is not sclerosis of the liver, the enslaving habit, the broken home, the accident, the poverty, the drunkard's grave. That comes later. - John R. Rice

Let us have no talk of universal salvation, of a Heaven without a Hell. The eternal separation of saved and lost is clearly stated here [Rev. 21] as it is many times in the Scripture. Let no foolish softhead forget how awful is sin, how God hates it, how a righteous God, a just God, cannot be righteous and count the impenitent as good as the penitent, the child of Satan as good as the child of God. God cannot be a God of justice and judgment in some parts of the Bible and say here that sin is inconsequential. It is not. - John R. Rice

In Mark 13:32 He said, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels, which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." Even Christ on earth, in human body, did not know the time of His return. He had laid aside that as part of the marks of deity. He knows now, of course. - John R. Rice

We love the King James version. It has the most beautiful, stately language. It is reverently done. We use the King James Version continually and urge others to use it. We do not recommend any of the paraphrases- Phillips Translation, The Living Bible, Good News for Modern Man, etc. We do not recommend any translation influenced by liberal unbelief like Moffatt's, the Revised Standard Version nor the New English Bible. Some one-man translations are helpful for reference at times but are not adequate to replace the King James or the American Standard Versions. The new American Standard is probably the most accurate of all, though generally we prefer the King James Version. - John R. Rice

Spurgeon spoke once of walking in a busy market place and he heard a man stand up on a box and cry out his testimony for the Lord Jesus. "I ain't got no edication but I want to tell you about my Saviour>" Spurgeon said that the man butchered the King's English and in his heart at first there was some thought, Then why doesn't he leave it to other people who have some education to tell it better! But the man continued, "I ain't got no edication but I have heard it and I've a right to tell it!" And Spurgeon said there leaped in his heart the glad word, Yes, if he heard it he ought to tell it. And so ought all of us. "Let him that heareth say, Come." - John R. Rice

The Lord is saying that salvation is provided; that you don't have to work for it, that you don't have to beg for it- you simply have to accept it. - John R. Rice

We hear silly talk about "easy believism" as if there were some merit in making salvation hard to get! Men speak as if they would like to take credit away from Jesus Christ who paid the whole debt and on the cross cried out, "It is finished." No, God made it easy.
A mother suffers when a child is born but the child does not suffer. Jesus paid a marvelous price, an awful price that equated the torments of the damned in order to save sinners, but the sinner does not have to suffer to be saved, he does not have to weep to be saved; he has only to turn his penitent heart to accept salvation offered. Take the cup and drink it, dear sinner, for it is free! - John R. Rice

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Malachi 2:16

Prophecy Today Devotions  
January 2016 

Jimmy DeYoung
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For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
For further reading - Malachi 2:10-16

Everywhere we turn in our devotional readings, we run into the "prophetic" (futuristic) and the "practical" characteristics of God's Word. Such is the case as we come to the writings of the last prophetic message of the Old Testament, Malachi.

We must first understand the context of our reading before we can see the prophecy revealed. We also need the historic background of this passage to be able to grasp the practical significance of our reading. Let's look at the historic first.

Malachi 2:11 refers to the Old Testament account of the tearing apart of the 12 tribes of Israel. This incident is recorded in I Kings 11. In that passage, it describes the conclusion of the 40 years of the reign of King Solomon over all of Israel.

With the demise of King Solomon, his kingdom will be divided, with 10 tribes moving to the north, and the 2 southern tribes remaining in Jerusalem, I Kings 11:9-40.

The ten tribes who went to the north kept the name "Israel", and the two southern tribes became known as "Judah". The division of the twelve tribes of Israel took place because of the "multiplicity of marriages" by King Solomon, who had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Malachi 2:11 reveals that Solomon's many marriages to the "daughters of strange gods" were an abomination committed in Israel.

God had set the pattern for a "biblical marriage" in Genesis 2:24. Man and woman were to "leave" their parents and "cleave" to their spouse so that they would become "one flesh".

In the New Testament, Jesus added to this directive stating that what He had joined together in marriage, let no man tear asunder, Matthew 19:6. Malachi reinforces this philosophy by stating that God hated the "putting away" of the wife, a divorce.

Now, please don't get angry if you've experienced a divorce. Remember that it's not the "unpardonable sin", and, if you have accepted Christ as your Saviour, all sin is under the blood. However, we must lift high God's standard.

The prophetic aspect of today's reading is referring to the dividing once again of the nation of Israel, as foretold in Ezekiel 37:15-23. This prophetic passage predicted a future division of the 12 tribes of Israel into two Jewish states, Israel and Judah, during the coming Tribulation period. They will only come back together when the Messiah washes away all of their sin, Ezekiel 37:23.

It is possible that you have never heard that there will be two Jewish states in the future, (for more information, you can get the audio series "Ezekiel: Retribution or Restoration" from our bookstore). However, this future division is spoken of by Malachi and Ezekiel, as well as the prophet Jeremiah, Jeremiah 3:18.

There are those who live in Judah and Samaria, (the "disputed territories"), today that are already making plans for a second Jewish state called "Judah". The stage is, at this time in history, being set for the "final drama" to be played out. Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for the "practical" and "prophetic" significance of Bible  prophecy. Help me to live by Biblical principles in these prophetic times.


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