VIDEO Tov L’Hodot/ It is Good to Give Thanks

May 29, 2010

Shalom Chaverim/Friends!

On this Memorial Day weekend (in the U.S.) I thought, B”H, that I would release this video to serve as a reminder to US ALL (Kol Adam/All Mankind) to REMEMBER to ALWAYS joyfully & willingly offer Thanksgiving to HaKadosh Baruch Hu / The Holy One Blessed Be He, Who has graciously given unto us Breath and Life! Everything good that we have is from His Hand and therefore we should strive to love HIM with all of our hearts, our souls and our resources with great GRATITUDE! I bless us all to learn of HIM who has given us His ALL and has made a WAY for us, Jew and Gentile, to have ABUNDANT LIFE filled with JOY, surrounded by the Shechinah, wrapped in the Beauty of Holiness and VICTORIOUS through the TORAH of LIBERTY!

Here is My Second Video “Tov L’Hodot” shot recently in Holy Jerusalem, Ir HaKodesh! Hope it blesses everyone who watches and even those who don’t! I also hope and pray that we would be encouraged to ALWAYS give Thanks to YHVH for everything He’s given unto us and for ALL He has done, is doing and will do on behalf of ALL those who have put their trust in HIM, in His Character and GOODNESS!!! May we all live to see the Goodness of YHVH in the Land of the Living! Amen!

Shalom Aleychem! PEACE be unto you ALL!

Micha’el,
His Beloved Watchman!

Does Genesis Matter to the Gospel?

creation Q A
A man once told me he was a “New Testament Christian,” meaning he did not believe in Genesis as history, but he did believe in Jesus.

I asked him if he could think of any New Testament teaching not based in Genesis. He couldn’t. Can you? Tight historical links show that the core ideas of the gospel hinge on Genesis.

The Romans Road to Salvation highlights four verses from Romans that summarize what a condemned sinner needs to know and do to be saved from judgment. Each stop along the road reveals an essential link that securely anchors the gospel to Genesis.

At the first stop, we learn that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”1 But what is sin? It means breaking God’s holy law. God gave the first law to Adam and Eve in the Garden, saying, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.”2

The second stop on the Romans Road says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”3 Death refers to separation, including body from soul or a person from God. Of course, Genesis 3 records the origin of death. When the real Adam and Eve disobeyed God, His justice demanded the death penalty. According to evolutionary history, man did not descend from Adam and Eve but evolved from animal ancestors that had been living and dying for billions of years. Those who believe this man-made version of history see no Adam in their past, so they struggle to understand the last Adam, Jesus.

Now for some good news. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”4 This says that although our crimes against God earn death, God the Father sentenced His own Son in our place. Genesis 3:15 promised help through a descendant of Eve, and that help came with Christ’s birth. His life, death, and resurrection provided a way to escape everlasting death, just as the Lord long ago provided an ark as the escape from dying in Noah’s Flood.5 Only eight people believed God’s message of coming judgment and entered the Ark to be saved.6 Matthew, Luke, Hebrews, 1 Peter, and 2 Peter all refer to Noah as a real person.7 Plus, Jesus descended from Adam through Noah, according to Luke 3:23-38. If Jesus did not descend from Adam as a historical person, then how could Christ’s payment apply to any of Adam’s descendants?

He paid our death penalty and defeated death with His resurrection, so even though our sins have earned eternal separation from God, the Lord Jesus can now save all those who trust in Him.

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.8

Where do we first learn the benefit of believing God? Of course, it’s in Genesis, when Abraham “believed in the Lord; and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”9

So, God’s glory, God’s law, man’s sin, a death penalty, a way of escape, and believing God’s Word all tightly link the gospel to Genesis history. I can think of no reason why the “New Testament Christian” I met shouldn’t just become a “whole Bible Christian.”

References

Romans 3:23. In addition to providing its historical anchors, Genesis also tightly links to the gospel because the power and beauty of His magnificent work in the creation week reflects “the glory of God” of which we fall short. How can we sinners draw near to this Creator? By following the Romans Road.
Genesis 2:17.
Romans 6:23.
Romans 5:8.
The Flood showed that God takes sin seriously, and continent-spanning rock layers containing fossils of mostly sea creatures show that God really flooded the whole world.
“[God] did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly” (2 Peter 2:5).
Matthew 24:37-38; Luke 17:26-27; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5.
Romans 10:9-10.
Genesis 15:6.

by Brian Thomas, M.S. is a Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Brian Thomas, M.S. 2015. Does Genesis Matter to the Gospel?. Acts & Facts. 44 (8).

Success Blocked?

Isaiah 41:10-11

Our almighty God desires that we reach His goals for our lives. But we also have an enemy who would love to prevent our progress. Scripture identifies obstacles that can impede achievement. However, if we know what the roadblocks are, it is easier to identify and overcome them.

• First, when we experience fear, our focus shifts from Jesus to the very thing we want to avoid. Such apprehension can become bondage. The antidote is to bring our focus back to the Lord.

• Second, doubt is a lack of assurance that God will help us to succeed. Past failures, negative influences, and ignorance of His Word can all lead to this obstacle.

• Third, excuses are an effort to make disobedience more comfortable. “I haven’t had the same opportunities others have” or “I am too busy” are false justifications, as was Adam’s attempt to blame Eve for his bad decision. God always gives us what we need in order to obey Him.

• Fourth, procrastination—or delaying an action that causes discomfort—also inhibits success. Related to that is a fifth roadblock: laziness. This ungodly behavior can, for obvious reasons, prevent us from achieving God’s purpose for our lives.

Wise people check their habits and behavior to identify anything that inhibits following Christ fully. If any of these roadblocks are hindering you, push them aside. Find scriptures to help battle temptations. And ask God for strength so you can live freely and purposefully in the way He has planned.

OT and NT Faith

“And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6)

It may come as a surprise to some that both Old and New Testament believers are justified only by faith. In fact, four New Testament epistles base their arguments on justification by faith on two Old Testament passages, each quoted three times, but with each one emphasizing a different aspect.

In our text, we see that Abraham was declared righteous because of his faith (i.e., belief, same word). This verse is quoted in Romans 4:3 in the midst of a formal argument on the just nature of God and the fact that we are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). Here the emphasis is on counted. In Galatians 3:6, the word believed is emphasized, couched in the book dedicated to contrasting works and faith. “They which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham” (Galatians 3:9). The book of James was written to encourage believers to good works as evidence of their faith, and our text, quoted in James 2:23, emphasizes righteousness. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).

The other Old Testament passage dealing with faith, which is also quoted three times in the New Testament, reads, “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). When used in Romans 1:17 just prior to the description of the evil lifestyles of the wicked (vv. 18-32), the emphasis seems to be on the word just. In Galatians 3:11, as noted above, the word faith is stressed. But in Hebrews 10:38 the author teaches that those who have been declared righteous by God live eternally by faith and will be able to cope with persecution (vv. 34-37).

Thus, the Old Testament doctrine that we are saved by faith in the work of God to solve our sin problem applies to every area of our lives and being, including our past sin, our present holy life and work, and our future eternal life. JDM

Trusting the Lifeboat

And [he] brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. —Acts 16:30-31

No man has any hope for eternal salvation apart from trusting completely in Jesus Christ and His atonement for men. Simply stated, our Lord Jesus is the lifeboat and we must fully and truly be committed to trusting the lifeboat.

Again, our Lord and Savior is the rope by which it is possible to escape from the burning building. There is no doubt about it—either we trust that rope or we perish.

He is the wonder drug or medication that heals all ills and sicknesses—and if we refuse it, we die.

He is the bridge from hell to heaven—and we take the bridge and cross over by His grace or we stay in hell.

These are simple illustrations, but they get to the point of the necessity of complete trust in Jesus Christ—absolute trust in Him!

Lord, help me to make this clear as I share the gospel. So many seem to persist in wanting to trust Christ plus their own efforts. Thank You for this free gift of salvation. Amen.

Religious Work Should Be Most Open to Inspection

Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40

A spirit of candor would do much to remove the widespread suspicion that Christian people are preoccupied with unrealities. Complete frankness with God, with our own souls and with our critics would take away many a sword from the hands of our enemies.

We have never gone along with the tender-minded saints who fear to examine religious things lest God be displeased. On the contrary, we believe that God’s handiwork is so perfect that it invites inspection. If God performs the work no matter how closely we look into it we may be sure that we will be forced to stand back in wonder and exclaim, “My Lord and my God!”

Of all work done under the sun religious work should be the most open to examination. There is positively no place in the church for sleight of hand or double talk. Everything done by the churches should be completely above suspicion. The true Church will have nothing to hide. Her books will be available to anyone for inspection at any time. Her officers will insist upon an audit by someone from the outside.

Just what quality does a child possess that Christians must have to please our Father who is in heaven? Could it be candor? The little child is so frank that he is often embarrassing to his elders—but maybe he has found the secret!

Men Who Don’t Pray

The fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 1 CORINTHIANS 3:13

The indications are all around us in Christianity that we are greatly in need of worshipers.

We have a lot of men who are willing to sit on our church boards but have no desire for spiritual joy and radiance and who never show up for the church prayer meeting!

It has always seemed to me to be a frightful incongruity that men who do not pray and do not worship are nevertheless running many of the churches and ultimately determining the direction they will take.

It hits very close to our own situation, perhaps, but we should confess that in many “good churches,” we let the women do the praying and let the men do the voting!

God calls us to worship, but in many instances we are majoring in entertainment, just running a poor second to the theater. This is where we are, even in evangelical churches. Yet God’s first call to us is for the offering of true worship!

Lord, just as You taught Your disciples how to pray, I ask that during this current generation there will be a Spirit-led prayer revival in all our churches. What a spiritual power surge that would create!