And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (Deuteronomy 8:3)
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
(Jesus here quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 and quoted the Old Testament at least 40 times.)
GOD COMMUNICATES WITH MANKIND in three primary ways: 1. By things created. 2. Through our conscience 3. By special revelation, The Bible. He also communicates with us by the leading of the Holy Spirit, through chastisement and through blessing. At times He has spoken directly to individuals by spoken words and through dreams and visions. You may want to put this and further studies in a folder for future reference.
GOD COMMUNICATES THROUGH HIS CREATION: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:18-20)
THINGS AROUND US ARE DESIGNED AND NOT AN EXPLOSION. Explosions result in chaos and order does not come out of chaos. Living things reproduce themselves endlessly for thousands of years. These created things speak to us about God’s awesome power and that He rules over us. We are accountable to Him.
EVERY LIVING THING IS PRODUCED AND OPERATED BY A DNA MOLECULE. Where does that knowledge come from? We can lose DNA but cannot create DNA. Birds, butterflies, beasts, bacteria, and blue whales operate with amazing accuracy and purpose. The BLUE WHALES rule the oceans at up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts, as much as an automobile. You are no accident, my friend. You were made!!!
HOWEVER, MANKIND REBELS AGAINST GOD'S ETERNAL POWER AND GODHEAD. Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? (Psalms 12:4) Even Christians may get the idea that they are their own boss: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
DO OUR POSSESSIONS BELONG TO US OR TO GOD?
The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (Psalms 24:1) But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth,…. (Deuteronomy 8:18) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (Psalms 100:3) See also: Exodus 9:29; Deuteronomy 10:14; Psalm 24:1; 1Corinthians 10:26, 28
GOD CREATES US WITH A CONSCIENCE, which urges us to do right. Conscience does not always tell what is right, but tells us to do right, whatever that is. The conscience can be instructed to identify right and wrong. The conscience can be seared as with a hot iron. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (1 Timothy 4:2) We are warned:…To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. (Hebrews 4:7)
SOME GENTILES ARE GUIDED PRIMARILY BY THEIR CONSCIENCE:
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (Romans 2:14-15) God will judge these people by their own rules. They break their own rules.
GOD DIRECTS HIS OWN BY HIS SPIRIT:
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (Luke 4:1) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:9)
GOD BRINGS SOME TO REPENTANCE THROUGH HIS GOODNESS TO THEM. …despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; (Romans 2:4-5)
GOD'S CREATION IS MASSIVE AND OF INFINITE VARIETY. One of the most interesting videos on creation is The City of the Bees (1962) by Moody Science and Dr. Irwin A. Moon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwSkczlAuvY 27.35 minutes – color. I first watched this about 1955, almost 65 years ago, when it was on 16mm movie film. Someone has rescued it and you can now watch it free at the above link. Honeybees have been studied more than any insect and rightly so. Please view this video and then forward the link to your family and friends. You will be amazed at the individual bees and how they function as a hive.
Read Through the Bible in a Year
November 4, 2019 – MONDAY
A.M. Jeremiah 38-39 P.M. Titus 2
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Great Verse to Memorize:
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4) (Copy onto a 3x5 card cut in half.)
Song for Today:
Honey in the Rock-(2:59) – (Original Carter Family)
This was probably recorded in the mid-1930’s during the hardest part of The Depression. We had a wind-up Victrola that played 78 rpm records. We had a few Carter Family records and we wore them out. We didn’t have Honey In The Rock. This one has a guitar and an autoharp. It was 1950 before I ever saw an autoharp. It is making the higher-pitched sound in this recording. There are several pictures of their home.
They were dirt-poor, Christian farmers, toughing out the Depression. I hunted up this song to go with the link on honeybees. The Carter Family recorded 1927-56. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Family. Their history is worth reading.
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