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Hebrew – Law (1)




In addition to the fascinating study of God’s many names, which formed the bulk of our readings in the past, there is another OT subject that has many facets, namely God’sWord. There are, in fact, no less than eight different Hebrew words in Psalms 119 alone that describe the many aspects of God’s Word.


The first such word is law, which is the most frequent of all, appearing some 219 times. The Hebrew is tôrāh (H8451), a feminine noun meaning “direction, teaching, and instruction.” Generally speaking, law most often refers to a body of teaching, and that is precisely what allScripture is. While we will examine in subsequent studies the Mosaic Law and its bearing on NT believers, all Scripture provides direction and instruction. While not all Scripture was written to the church (NT believers), all Scripture was written for the church. In other words, all Scripture provides legitimate application for us in this age.


It’s interesting and instructive that the very first occurrence of tôrāh is in Gen_26:5, long before God gave the Mosaic Law: “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” In other words, God has always had laws. This is further evident in the fact that before God gave the Mosaic Law, some of its basic principles already existed among the Babylonians, Hittites, and other civilizations. This clearly demonstrates that at the very least a basic verbal law had been handed down through the years. It eventually was ignored by the majority after Babel, but there were some, such as Abraham, who retained the knowledge of God’s law. We see the same implication in Job (which predates the Mosaic Law): “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job_23:12). Again, long before Moses, there were commandments, that is, law, which while eventually replaced by the Mosaic Law, was nonetheless a code of behavior and a body of teaching by which man was bound. As we will see, this is the law written in man’s hearts (Rom_2:15), a law he cannot escape.


Scriptures for Study: What do Psa_1:1-3; Psa_119:1 promise to those who keep God’s law, that is, the instruction of His Word in general?




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Hebrew Language – Lord




The Hebrew ’Aḏōnāy (H136) rendered Lord (initial cap and lowercase in contrast to initial cap and small caps for Yāhweh, ) in most English translations, appears well over 400 times. While the singular ’aḏōn is used also of men—Sarah referred to Abraham as “lord” (Gen_18:12) and his servants called him “master” (Gen_24:9-10), Ruth addressed Boaz as “lord” (Rth_2:13), as did Hannah address Eli (1Sa_1:15), and so forth—the “plural of majesty,” ’Aḏōnāy, is used only of God and speaks of His dominion, possession, and sovereignty.


It is extremely significant that the direct NT Greek equivalent is kurios (G2962), which is frequently applied to the Lord Jesus. Again, while “lord” is sometimes used as simply a title of honor, such as rabbi, teacher, master (Mat_10:24; cf. Luk_16:3), or even a husband (1Pe_3:6), when used of Jesus in a confessionalway, it without question refers to His divinity. The simple, but deeply profound, confession Kurios Iēsous (Lord Jesus) is rooted in the pre-Pauline Greek Christian community and is probably the oldest of all Christian creeds. Jesus is Lord!


Another startling fact is that in hundreds of instances, Lord (’Adōnāy) is actually coupled with either God (’Elōhiym; Psa_38:15; Psa_86:12; Dan_9:3; Dan_9:9; Dan_9:15) or “GOD” (Yehōwāh, instead of uppercase LORD; e.g., Gen_15:2; Gen_15:8; Psa_71:5; and more than 200 times in Ezekiel). This dramatically combines the various aspects of each divine name to paint a more graphic picture of who God is.


While a controversial issue, I would humbly submit that ’Adōnāy (and kurios by extension) being coupled with other names also further underscores the importance of emphasizing the principle of Lordship. In a day when the Lordship of Christ means very little in the thinking of many Christians, we must emphasize it all the more. The popular notion of “accepting Jesus as Savior but not as Lord until a later date” is foreign to the NT. Neither is it a historical position in the church; it is, in fact, a thoroughly modern invention, spawned by the relativism, pragmatism, and tolerance of our age. There is simply no salvation apart from Jesus as Lord (Rom_10:9-10). It is a staggering contradiction to say a person can believe in Jesus as Savior but reject Him as Lord simply because a change of life automatically results in a change of Lordship (2Co_5:17).


Scriptures for Study: Read Mar_8:34-38; Mar_12:28-34, and Luk_14:25-35, meditating on their deep significance.




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Subject: How the Internet began


In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?
And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”
And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew To The People (HTTP).
And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.” And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.”
And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.” “YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).
That is how it all began. And that’s the truth.



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Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;
but exhorting one another: and so much the more,
as ye see the day approaching.

I appears to me that God has always had a special place to meet with and spend time with His people. We find in the book of Genesis that God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening. Exodus chapter 25:22; God gave Moses instructions about the mercy seat, and said “And there I will meet with thee, and commune with thee…”. Who among us can forget the meetings that Abraham and Jacob had with God at Bethel (the house of God)? When the tabernacle was constructed God made an appearance unto Moses and said; I will meet my people at the door of the tabernacle. When the people entered their land the temple was constructed and yearly people traveled from where they lived to worship at the temple. Today, the church (the people-not the building) is where God meets His people.

Do not misunderstand, each of us pray and talk with God through the week. Yet the evidence is clear, God has the desire to meet with His people in an assembly. I believe He loves us so much, He wants to be with us as a family. My mom and dad always looked forward to a visit from one of their children. They were thrilled, ecstatic, beside them selves when all seven children and spouses and grandkids and great grandkids visited at the same time. God our Father has set a day for a family reunion where we sing together, pray together, and worship together. There are many reasons for this, but let me interject one; it is practice for when we are all together in the presence of the Lord.

If you don’t like getting together with God’s wonderful people, you probably won’t like heaven and you just might have a spiritual relationship problem that needs to be taken care of.  I am going to that place God has appointed to meet with Him this morning. I will be in the house of God with all His wonderful people. How about you?

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A Legalistic society in a Lost and Dying World


There is a term I hear occasionally from a few people that claim to be saved and others that say they are preacher’s of the Gospel. That term is legalism. It is often used to deride those that teach and preach the full counsel of God. May I be more specific at the risk of offending some that have sensitive feelings? (Even though these same people would not give a second thought to loudly and demonstratively make their declarations without any thought to the feelings of some one else.) May I inject an aside here – Is it not amazing that these people, with authority and finality, will make a statement that they have not researched and have absolutely no scripture to support what they say and then expect you accept that statement at face value then refuse to discuss it further? To be specific about this term legalism that is bandied about so loosely: There are those that object to the declaration that lifestyle defines us as Christians. They would also object to the statement that we wear our best to the house of the Lord on the Lord’s day to worship Him. These they would say are not Biblical and therefore not to be practiced. There are many more objections to various things preached and taught.

I have an answer for the specific claims made in the above paragraph. I do believe we can agree that it is natural for a sinner to sin. A lost person is a sinner and that is their lifestyle and they can do nothing except sin. It should also be natural that a person that has been born again and Jesus has come and made his abode with him and the Holy Spirit indwells and seals them to the day of redemption would desire to become more like the Savior.

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Salvation is an inward change that expresses an outward manifestation. Paul expresses a dilemma over this very situation when he declares –

Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Paul uses the term – I do. This term refers to the physical part. He was very much aware that the inward change had already taken place and now he was to “work out his salvation in fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12. This is his expression of a lifestyle change so dramatic that others would notice. Why were they first call “Christians” at Antioch? Because the outward or physical, their practice in personal life and business was so different from the others it was noticed.

It is deceptive to take a term an change it’s meaning to suit what we want. Should I take the term of salvation and change the meaning to anything besides the New Birth, I would be confusing and deceptive. Matt. 19:16 records a ruler that came to Jesus and asked, “what good thing shall I do, that I may have everlasting life?” This is legalism. Legalism is trying to attain heaven by keeping the law, or performing a good work. It would be the same as saying you may be saved by being baptized or joining the church or being good and having your good works outweigh your bad works. You and I know that salvation is a gift of God and cannot be attained by good works. Legalism has everything to do about salvation.

Act 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

These men form Judea were teaching legalism. Salvation by the law is legalism.

So why would some misuse, redefine and abuse the meaning of the word? I can only surmise several reasons. One is, they are ignorant of the meaning of the word and have been taught that expecting a person that has been gloriously saved by the grace of God to change their life and be transformed in character and lifestyle and to conform to the image of Christ is not to be expected.

Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Paul wraps it up here. We are to be spiritual. (Oh yes, what about how we dress. Give of your best to the master. If you will be diligent and open hearted in your study of God’s Word, you will find we dress to please Him, not self.)

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Here we have the desires of the flesh entering into our conversation. This another reason to change the meaning of legalism.

Preacher’s having a desire to grow their congregation want to loosen things up so that worldly people feel comfortable. The come as you are crowd, the no church discipline crowd do not want to offend any one and therefore they have to change the meaning.

One last note: why would anyone desire to pull down someone that is living a Christ honoring life? Could it be jealousy? Could it be that one that feels the tug of sanctification and being set apart and are trying to live that separated life through the” renewing of the mind” brings conviction to the wanton living saved person? Why destroy a righteous living child of God.

One last last note: There are those that want to spiritualize what a Christian is. To that intent, they say the Bible does not really say what it says. You cannot take the pronouncements of God literally. Welllllll – Moses did, Abraham did, Jacob did, Paul and Silas did, Peter did, therefore I will.

Nuf said.


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