So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)
CORRECTION: Yesterday I wrote that Dr. John Walvoord had said that calling words figurative instead of literal, had resulted in over sixty different ideas of End time Bible Prophecy.
I FOUND THE BOOK: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Commentary by John F. Walvoord. On page 19 he says: “As many as fifty different interpretations of the book of Revelation therefore evolve, depending on the time and circumstances of the expositor.”
SO, THE NUMBER IS FIFTY RATHER THAN SIXTY. That’s still a lot of fiction coming from the pens of Bible “scholars” who are engaged in making the words mean what they please. But, if you are a word artist, this is what you get. You cannot have a true Bible, an authoritative Bible with men changing the text to suit themselves. Is it literal, or is it a figure of speech? Both kinds are in the Bible. It should be counted as literal unless the text makes it clear that it’s a figure of speech. When Jesus said: “I am the bread of life,” it is obvious that He is not a loaf of bread.
THE REASON I HAVE INCLUDED PROPHECY WITH CREATION is that in both cases, adhering to the text is important. In Exodus, Moses says: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:11)
IN EXODUS 31:17, THE BIBLE SAYS: It (the Sabbath) is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. (Exodus 31:17)
THESE VERSES WERE WRITTEN TO PLAIN, SIMPLE JEWS who knew what a day is. A day back then is what a day is today. It is not reasonable that God would tell them something that only an evolutionist of today would know what it means. For many centuries, the smartest of men read those words and thought it meant days as they were accustomed to seeing. And then, suddenly, Darwin comes along and influences Bible teachers to re-think what a day is. Bible teachers must not appear to be dummies, behind the times.
IF YOU ARE WRTING A COMMENTARY ON THESE VERSES, teaching/preaching from this text, how many days did the Lord take to make heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that in them is? Are you going to go by what Moses wrote or are you going to impose a different number on what Moses wrote? If you don’t like this to happen in six days, I must tell you that the burden of proof is on you to change what Moses wrote. Was Moses a bad writer? Was Moses old and undependable when he was writing for God? What reason might you have for ignoring Moses and changing the number to suit yourself?
LET ME GIVE YOU A GENTLE HINT HERE. If you change what Moses wrote, it is not going to put Moses in crisis and cause him to pace back and forth in his room in Heaven because you are messing with his writing. You are free to change anything in Moses’ writing to make you appear to be “enlightened.” But the burden of proof is on you if you change what Moses wrote. Why are you changing what Moses wrote to another number? Why? Who are you trying to please? Do you think God stutters? Is God better at making things than He is at writing about them?
IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT MOSES WROTE FOR GOD about six days of creation of the earth and sea and all that is in them, what else do you not like about the Mosaic account of creation? That’s what young people are asking today. Why not change everything else in the text that keeps you from agreeing with the evolutionists and atheists who are in charge of the American educational system? They’ve got a long list of things “Moses didn’t get right.” This one item illustrates the problem men have with the Word of God when they begin to tinker with it. Who are you trying to impress? Who are you trying to please?
LET ME SUGGEST ONE MORE THING HERE. The Lord has proven Himself to be extremely good at designing and making things in the stars, the earth, the sea, and the fantastic life that is so small it takes a powerful microscope to see it. Did you ever see a DNA molecule that controls the structure of people and animals and mosquitoes? There is more information in a DNA molecule than is in the Encyclopedia Britannica. We can’t see a DNA molecule, but you can see a set of encyclopedias. And a DNA molecule has the most information in it.
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY POSTED THIS LITTLE THING about mosquito hearts and blood: “Most of the time, the heart pumps the mosquito'sblood—a clear liquid called hemolymph—toward the mosquito's head, but occasionally it reverses direction. The mosquito doesn't have arteries and veins like mammals. ... The heart is the narrow tube that runs horizontally across the middle of the picture. (Oct 15, 2010 (Picture not included here.) (I looked this up on Google and copied it in about a minute.)
THE QUESTION HAS TO BE ASKED: “Can God make such a vast universe, but He doesn’t quite have the hang of writing a Bible and telling His servant Moses how long it took Him to make it? My friend, I don’t think the problem is with Moses or with His God who told him what to write. If you have a problem with the words: “six days” that are staring at you from the Word of God, the problem may not be with Moses or with His God. The Jewish sabbath is based on a six-day creation of the universe.
IN JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP, there is a battle between those who hold to a literal, six-day creation as the Jewish Torah declares, and the word artists who hold to an allegorical view of creation.
IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCHES have lost a million people. Much of this loss is because they are losing their young people. It has been studied to death. There are several reasons why young people are leaving Bible-preaching churches today. One of the big reasons is that the churches have given in to the claims of evolution and have left a six-day creation to embrace a very old earth that is supposedly millions/billions of years old. In other words, they have thrown their Bibles in the trash can to please the evolutionists and their word artists. Young people have been watching their preachers squirm, trying to look holy and up-to-date at the same time. "What else in the Bible is unreliable?" Yes, they’re asking this.
IF THE BOOK OF GENESIS IS NOT RELIABLE, the rest of the Bible is equally unreliable. If the book of Genesis is not reliable, the rest of the Bible does not matter. If the Book of Genesis is not reliable, we do not have a Bible. Young people are smart enough to see this and their hormones are driving them up a wall. Why deny themselves the pleasures of the world if the Bible is not true? Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die!
SO, IN TRYINIG TO LOOK SMART, THE CHURCHES ARE THROWING IN THE TOWEL and the young people see what they are doing. If the Bible is not true, if it feels good, do it. Kill all the people who get in your way, especially the helpless ones in the womb. If there is no Bible, there remains only a culture of death. If you have the death of God, then you have the death of man. It all goes back to whether we pay attention to the words in the Bible or if we “correct” the words of Moses to suit ourselves.
THE SCOFIELD BIBLE GOT INTO THIS GAME OF CHICKEN IN 1909 in its footnotes on Genesis. They panicked when Darwin came along asserting himself and making noise. Darwin was not a scientist. He was flawed to the core. Some NASA scientists wrote a book: Darwin’s Black Box and showed how shallow and wrong he was. Today, we have a growing number of highly educated, thoroughly credentialed men and women who think Moses knew how to write and got it right.
But he (Jesus) 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)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
JULY 19, 2018 – THURSDAY
A.M. Psalms 28-30 P.M. Acts 21:1-14
(Bible Gateway will read this to you if you like. Look for the speaker icon.) If you are behind in reading, read the passage for today and then go back.
●Good Memory Verse:
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18) (Write verse on scrap of paper and put in your pocket to memorize.)
●Song for Today:
Surely Goodness and Mercy (3:49) (Dick Anthony’s 16 Singing Men)