Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

A Study in Trust, Isaiah 22: 15-25

A short excerpt from “The Prophecy of Isaiah, J. Alec Motyer” that in my opinion has contemporary ramifications.

A Study in Trust (Isaiah 22:15-25) pg 186

Shebna found his identity as a person in the “this worldly” benefits of  his office, and he set about securing his “place in history” (legacy) by his own efforts.  He enjoyed a position as the king’s right hand man in charge of the palace (15).  He went in for ostentatious display (splendid chariots; 18) and he intended to perpetuate his memory in a grandiose tomb (16).  He was, therefore, individually what the nation was collectively: wedded to present satisfactions and self confident in the face of the future.  Thus, Isaiah holds up a mirror to his contemporaries.

Eliakim, in contrast, ran the risk of becoming the one whom others trust (see below on verses 23b-25) and in this exposes another alternative to the way of true faith.  The reliable office-holder attracts to himself the respect and confidence of people, but should this become a reliance on a human person replacing reliance on the Lord, the end is calamity (25)—both for the person who is thus foolishly trusted and for those who find their security in him or her.  Thus human beings are neither self-sufficient (Shebna) nor sufficient to others (Eliakim).  In each case there is a fatal usurpation of the place due only to the Lord.  Isaiah reiterates the message of 2:22, “Stop trusting in man”.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Monday, January 26, 2015

No Rest

And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: ....So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them....and on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

A voice speaking from heaven to Theistic Evolutionists.....
“Well done, creatures. Thanks to the sacrifice of the less fit and to the victories of the more fit, you have completed the work of creation; you have brought man into being.” (Wm M Schweitzer)
(....but don’t you take a "sabbath rest", because in the evolutionary scheme of things...the work is never done!   Sorry...no rest.  Dave Van)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Conundrum

Natural selection, the blind, unconscious, automatic process which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and apparently purposeful form of all life, has no purpose in mind. It has no mind and no mind's eye. It does not plan for the future. It has no vision, no foresight, no sight at all. If it can be said to play the role of the watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker.
Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker


So how, then, can Carl Sagan, a Darwinist, say the following?:
“(Man’s) appeal for the unknown has been meticulously crafted by natural selection.” (Wanderers, short film narrated by Carl Sagan)

Crafted, definition:
to make or manufacture (an object, objects, product, etc.) with skill and careful attention to detail.
(now for even greater emphasis add...”meticulously”)


I suppose, if Sagan and Dawkins knew what they were talking about, one need no longer wonder whether or not Darwinism or Natural Selection is a religion, requiring “blind faith” in a “blind watchmaker” god that can meticulously craft.

“Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth...”  (St Paul, Acts 17:23ff)  Read more about the Christian God in the verses that follow..here

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sound Theology

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The End is Near....Again

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(Cartoon Inspiration)
In much of popular literature about Bible prophecy, eschatological matters, are read through the lens of current events, with Bible-prophecy experts correlating biblical texts to current geopolitical crises.  This not only gives the Bible great relevance, we are told, but also ensures a never-ending stream of prophecy books designed to show how the Bible explains that a particular current event was foretold by the Hebrew prophets.  (A Case for Amillennialism, Kim Riddlebarger)