The Joy of Rest

God commands us to rest one day in the week.  In Exodus 20 we read “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

     In an agricultural society, there is always work that needs to be done.  There is always a fence to be mended, a stall to be mucked out, a weeding to be done.  The natural tendency is to work, work, work.

In a computer/smart phone society, there is always work that needs to be done.  There is always a report to be written, a bill to be paid, a checkbook to be balanced, an item to be updated.  The  natural tendency is to work, work, work.

But God says – stop.  Rest.  Don’t work.  Your brain and body need a rest.  And your soul needs to be refreshed.

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for commanding us NOT to work, and to rest.  Thank you for church where we can thank and praise you with prayer and song, be fed by your word, and enjoy the communion of the saints.  Amen.

Heritage of the Lord – Children

Note:  after three years of silence, the blog is back up.  Part of the problem was we had experienced a long delay from our internet service provider.

King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote:

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

Children, boys and girls, are a heritage from the Lord.  Note that in China, the fertility rate is 1.3 per couple.   Thus, the population will begin to shrink or perhaps has begun already to shrink.

Thank the Lord for children.  They are truly a heritage.

The Wrong Debate

There are cries for Governor Northham to step down because of the photograph in his yearbook of a Ku Klux Klan – see post from two days ago.

But this has overshadowed a larger issue – the one of infanticide.  He tried to help out Delegate Tran who would have permitted abortion while a woman was in labor.  Governor Northam, who is also a pediatrician doctor, stated “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen.  The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable.  The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” 

In other words, the child would be born, and then the parents would decide if they wanted to keep the child or not.  That is infanticide, something Dr. Hippocrates would never have consented with.

Interestingly, the coverage of infanticide was one time on the 2nd page of the newspaper.  The coverage of the evil of racism was front page news for several days on end.

Lord, drive the evil of infanticide from our land.

Ku Klux Klan

In our Commonwealth, there has been much brouhaha over Governor Northham’s medical school yearbook where he has a picture of a white guy with a blackened face standing next to a person dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, white sheet with face covered and tall conical hat.

Racism is evil.

Lord, forgive us for our past sins.

Abortion Today in Virginia

On 09 January 2019, Delegate Kathy Tran introduced House Bill Nr 2495, Fall Cankerworm, a bill to prohibit the spraying of pesticides to protect this caterpillar.   She also introduced House Bill Nr. 2491,  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+ful+HB2491

On 29 January they debated the bill. 

Todd Gilbert (R):  “Where it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth…would that be a point at which she could still request an abortion?”

Kathy Tran (D):  “My bill would allow that, yes.”

Thankfully, that bill was voted down.

Thank you Father for not allowing this bill to pass.

 

Hippocratic Oath

Hippocrates, (460-370 B.C.) was an early Greek doctor and he wrote his oath for the medical profession.  Originally, it started out “I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia.”  Today, when the medical doctors swear this oath, they swear by God, not by the old Greek gods. 

But because of common grace, he wrote this:   “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.  Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy.  In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.”

Bottom line:  Hippocrates was pro-life.  He was against killing the euthanasia and against abortion.

Thank you Father for giving us a pagan doctor who knew right from wrong – one who tried to heal, not kill.

Common Grace

Common grace is God blessing us with His grace.  Thus, non-Chrisitians can perform deeds of mercy.  Christians do not have a lock on truth; non-Christians can be excellent historians, scientists, doctors, etc.  For example, I would rather have eye surgery done by a pagan medical doctor than by a Christian who is a brick layer or an auto-mechanic.  Common grace makes this world inhabitable.

Thank you Father for your common grace.

Infanticide

Infanticide – killing of infants.  A pagan practice by the Canaanites who offered young ones (up to two years in age) to the god Molech.  In Carthage, they found a cemetery with nine levels of newborns.

Jesus Became God??

Mr. Bart Ehrman, a New York Times best selling author and “Bible scholar,” wrote the book, How Jesus Became God:  The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. 

He has this completely backward.  The wonder is not how a human became God, but that God became man.  NO religion teaches that except Christianity.  All others teach that man can aspire to become god, but only Christianity teaches God becomes man.

Testing the Spirits

The other day I was approached by a member of the cult. They said “We are CHRISTians” even though they deny that Jesus is the Christ, the one and only Son of God.
I John 4:2 “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge that Jesus is not from God.”
A cult will try to pass themselves off as Christians. But the way you test them is to discuss Jesus Christ. Is Jesus from eternity? Is He eternal? If He was created or if He came after God, then that is heresy, a cult.