Know Your Bible

VOL. 5                           February 19, 2006                           NO. 5

 Meditate

    How much time do you spend really thinking about spiritual things? Most of us spend a lot of time sitting at home and letting the television direct our minds - news commentators and actors do our thinking for us. We drive to work and listen to the radio or the CD player. We get to work and focus our minds on the tasks at hand. Often, we hone our minds on the trivial occurrences of this life, but fail to consider the larger issues relating to the life that is to come. Little time, if any, is found to focus and think on spiritual things. But Christians should be a thinking people. Paul commanded both Timothy and the Philippians to "meditate" (1 Timothy 4:15; Philippians 4:8).

    In ancient times, when we imagine the pace was slower, meditation was a vital part of the spiritual life of God's people. Isaac, for instance, went out in a field to meditate in the evening (Genesis 24:63). But faithful people back then didn't meditate more just because they had more time, they meditated because they took the time and saw the value of it. Joshua, the busy leader of an emerging nation, was commanded to meditate day and night (Joshua 1:8). The Psalmist meditated all the day (Psalm 119:97), and then looked forward to the night watches when he could spend more time lost in thoughts of God and His will (Psalm 119:148). The blessed man of Psalm 1:1,2 is described as meditating on God's law day and night.

    In our modern age, few of us take the time for such quiet reflection. As a result, we enjoy all the riches of modern technology, but we are spiritually bankrupt. We are, as someone has said, "Atomic giants, but moral pygmies." Who among us has gone to sit on the front porch in the evening with the determination of the Psalmist - "I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work." (Psalms 77:11,12; cf. 143:5,6)? When was the last time you laid awake in bed at night to purposefully and thoughtfully count your blessings (cf. Psalm 63:5-7)? When have you taken the word of God and sat down to read, ponder, memorize, and apply it to your life (Psalm 119:10-16)? And when, if ever, have you humbly and sincerely prayed, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer" (Psalms 19:14)?

---Steve Klein

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WARNING! Protected Class: Man

    Most state game and fish hunting regulation catalogues contain warnings about endangered species. The Arizona booklet gives information about the Mexican gray wolf and explains how care must be taken to distinguish between them and coyotes which are very similar in appearance to the wolves. We are also told when hunting mountain lions should a jaguar be inadvertently chased and/or treed by the dogs, the dogs must be called off the trail upon realization that the jaguar is being chased. Though the prints are similar to the mountain lion tracks it tells us that the front feet of the jaguar are larger than the hind feet and tend to be wider than the mountain lion's. Once again hunters are told that they need to positively identify their target! As I thumbed through the booklets on hunting and fishing I noted the precise illustrations of differences between animals of a species.

    When it comes to the fishing regulations you can't possess the Bonytail Chub, Colorado River Pike Minnow, Razorback Sucker, or the very rare Humpback Chub. Fishermen often can't "see" what hits the bait but they are told what they cannot keep once they get it up and take a good look at it!

    While thinking about positively identifying your target and "catch this not this" don't you think it is high time that our society recognizes, accepts, and applies the distinction that God created man and set mankind separate and apart from animals? The distinction between animals as one part of God's creation each after its own "kind" (Gen. 1:24,25), and man as God's special creation in the image of God (Gen. 1:26,27) is clear.

    If I can be trained, in a short period of time, to know the difference between the Humpback Chub (very rare) and an ordinary Carp, then with but brief effort I can know when I'm given a "shiner" today and told that man is just like the animal creatures. Yes, what monkeyshine!

    Catch this! Only man is made in the image of God: Genesis 1:26,27, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. [27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

    Do our children fully (rationally and intellectually) understand how "animals" are being used today as a means to get people to believe that there is no God (Creator)? Do adults as well as children clearly see how animals are being used today to promote the acceptance of all kinds of deviant sexual behavior among "mankind"? Lets identify some things that God has said about animals that make people unhappy today.

    First, the fact that God set mankind separate and apart from the animal kingdom: Again I call your attention to Genesis 1:26,27. In doing so He created man in His own image and gave him dominion over the animal kingdom. It should be obvious here who has the "rights" of superiority!

    He only created Adam and Eve (just two) as the beginning of the human race. He intended that they be married (Gen. 2:24), copulate with each other (Gen. 2:24,25, 5:3), and that Eve would be the "mother of all" mankind who would live thereafter (Gen. 2:20). To teach these simple truths is like hitting the ungodly evolutionists with the knock down shot of the century!

    Catch this! Animal skins were used for clothing: Genesis 3:21, "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them."

    Catch this! Animals were domesticated for the benefit of man: Genesis 4:2, "And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." The very word "keeper" implies more than just pasturing sheep. They were used to the fullest extent for man's benefit. We see here an application of the "rule" God gave man over the animal kingdom.

    Catch this! Animals were sacrificed in the worship God gave: Genesis 4:4,5, "And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: [5] But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell."

    Catch this! Domestic animals were pastured and eaten as food (Gen. 25:29), and wild animals were hunted for food : Genesis 25:27, "And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents."

    Catch this! Animals were used for transportation (Matt. 21:7) and for work but were not to be abused (Ex. 23:12).

    Catch this! Animals were not to be allowed to harm others. A person's life was much more valuable than an animals (Ex. 21:28,29). Man had the right to kill an animal when his life was endangered.

    These points and others I'm quite certain upset people today. Why? Because people have been and are being deceived into thinking that animals should be placed upon the same "level" as mankind. This is clearly the influence that Evolution and those who do not believe in God have had upon our society! It goes much deeper with regard to Satan and those he uses to destroy "mankind."

    The subtlety with which damnable atheistic, humanistic philosophy is introduced into the minds of our young people never ceases to amaze me. I used to wonder how it could have such uniformity and cohesiveness, as it seems to appear everywhere so to speak. In our schools, social programs, on TV specials that have to do with nature and animals, and more often now in the philosophies that seek to dominate the laws that are made for our society. The only answer that I can conceive of that brings together the total force of this catastrophic evil working in society is Satan as man's great enemy; as one who hates the Truth and is intent on the destruction of mankind.

    I will have to leave you to make the applications wherever you see them. We must warn others that in this movement concerning "animal rights" there is a sinister evil working to convince "man" made in God's image that he is no more than the animal and therefore he should have liberty to exist and gratify the sexual desires "as" animals. Yes, that is part of the message now; take a good look at it! This will be behind the push to accept homosexuality as "normal" and it will definitely go beyond the perversion of homosexuality to incest, pedophilia, and bestiality.

    Dear brothers and friends take careful aim! See the "tracks" and recognize them for what they truly represent for a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour. (1 Pet. 5:8) Protect yourself and those whom you love lest he devour you along with the majority of mankind. "Mankind" is his prey and he may come your way today.

---Bob W. Lovelace

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