MARCH 1 – Is There Not a Cause?
1Samuel 17:29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
Is there not a cause? David’s brother attributed some characteristics to David that was wrong. David was surprised that the men in the service of the King would not answer the challenge of Goliath. David believed that someone should step up and be depending on the Lord to answer the challenge of Goliath. We certainly have challenges today that we need to step up to.
We need to step up to the challenge of soul-winning. We render excuses for why we cannot win lost souls to the Lord. He has given us all the equipment we need to be soul-winners. He has given us His Word that we are to speak. Get comfortable speaking it. He has given us a voice that we use to speak to people with. We even speak to strangers about the weather, the ball game of family. While shopping with my wife, we saw a baby in a buggy. Yes, comments had to be made about the baby. Yes, the mother and the grandmother had to pull out their phones to show pictures so yes, my wife pulled out her phone because she is a proud grandmother/great-grandmother. Before the two ladies left, the Lord and the Church had been spoken of. There is a cause.
There is a cause. We need to step up to the truth. We have the Word of God which is the final authority. This inspired Word fitly spoken give people divine direction. So many today lack purpose, meaning, and direction in their life. Those without purpose are living meaningless lives and have no direction and no goals. We need to step up with the truth that there is a Savior that give meaning to life. When one is saved, the Holy Spirit gives purpose. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. We have direction, becoming a new man in Christ. Our goal is a new place. That heavenly home.
There is a cause: Exalt Christ, Worship Christ, and serve Christ.
William Andrew Dillard
BIBLE TERMS REQUIRE PROPER UNDERSTANDING AND DISCRIMINATE USAGE
“I think I know what you mean, but that is not what you said.” So goes the common misspeaking, or misunderstanding of daily communications. Using the right term is important, especially in matters of the Word. One such instance is the oft-confusing of “spirit” and “soul.” But, for present consideration are the Greek terms “GE” (earth) and “COSMOS” (world) as translated in the Bible.
The term “Ge” is very different in both appearance and meaning from “Cosmos.” Yet, no small number of folks continue to use the terms interchangeably. This leads to misunderstandings and too bad theology.
In the Bible, the word “world” is most often used as the translation of “cosmos.” This is proper, and when reference is made to the planet on which we live, the Greek term from which the reference is translated will be “Ge.” The ancient Greek word “cosmos” references a working system designed to produce predictable results. Hence the universe of planetary bodies is referred to as the cosmos as it is a definite, predictable working pattern. The order of the world of men is a cosmos because it is framed in the predictable order of sin and death. A clock is a cosmos since it is a working system designed to produce predictable results. Additionally, they call that stuff women use to make themselves pretty “cosmetics.” That, too, is from the cosmos because it transforms a female from an ordinary human being to a predictable system designed to attract the opposite sex. In summation: “world” is from “Cosmos.” It designates a system. It is not a designation of the planet earth.
Of course, there is a term designating the planet. It is (as mentioned) “Ge.” Furthermore, that root word in its expansion gives us such words as “geology, geography, geometry, geophysics, Georgia,” etc., all having to do with the physiology of the planet.
Being discriminatory with words goes a long way toward eliminating the confusion of ideas. It helps the speaker to think more precisely, and the audience to infer more properly what exactly has been implied, connoted, or denoted. Most all of us would profit from a review of etymology ( a study of root words, prefixes and suffixes). It would most likely stoke our love for our mother tongue as well as open pleasurable avenues of ideas not previously, personally known.
Upon hearing this detailed explanation a student was asked, “Now do you understand the difference between “earth” and “world?” to this he replied, “Gee!” Oh, NO!!