OYB April 1
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- 2009 Apr 01
18:2 God's chosen ones are His priests (NT references). He is their inheritance. Beautiful thought!
18:10-12 Anybody here have a problem with Harry Potter or Twilight? I will take a stand and say I don't for the life of me understand what Christians are thinking who believe that reading dark supernatural fantasy (or letting their kids) is okay. I know of two pastors who let their kids read this stuff, which discredits parents who are trying to raise their kids according to the ways of the Lord. Their kids will say, "But mom, the pastor let's his kids do it." And then we parents look like the evil, extreme mothers and fathers.
18:14 The people you are about to displace consult with sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things. Consult means "consider: to ask the advice or opinion of: to refer to. Isn't reading about the same as considering or referring to? When in doubt, ask yourself, "What is the fruit of this activity?" That is key.
18:15-19 This prophet is probably Samuel. But in the repeat cycles nature of the Bible, it is probably also a Messianic prophecy.
18:22 I've heard self-proclaimed "prophets" get it wrong and say, "not everyone can get it right all the time." God is clear. Either you are a true prophet or not. True prophets won't get it wrong when they are speaking in God's name, or they won't speak. For more information on true prophets, feel free to read my article, "Do Prophets Still Exist Today? "
20:1 When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you safely out of Egypt, is with you! The question isn't "if," it's "when." Fighting against your "enemy" isn't an option as a believer. It will look scary at times, but the battle has already been won!
To understand what is happening, be sure to check back in the readings for Matthew and Mark, since we thoroughly covered these events. You can find the corresponding passages in a concordance (or on studylight.org), and then look up which days those readings are in the One Year Bible online. Then go to that date on this blog. Simple!
No questions today!