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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

You Don't Believe What?

You say you don't believe in the Great Flood of Noah's Day? Neither did they.

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered
into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Luke 17:26, 27

What could they have done? Repentance would have been start.

What were the sins that brought the fires of wrath on Sodom? [the whole world the next time]: Jude: 7 Even 
as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and 
going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8 ¶ Likewise 
also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Or in the days of Noah: 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, 
the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that 
are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard 
speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking 
after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration 
because of advantage.

Or as Peter puts it: 2Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and 
delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in 
the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making 
them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 ¶ And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to 
day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of 
judgment to be punished:
10 ¶ But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. 
Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before 
the Lord.

But, of course, this is all irrelevant if we have our own religious opinions. Isn't it?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hungering after Wisdom and Understanding!

Meditation on Proverbs 2:1-6 “1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with
thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou 
criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and 
searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the 
knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and 

O precious Father in Heaven, How precious are Your words and Your commandments. They are very pure,
and are more necessary for us than our daily bread. But we confess, O Father, that we do not hunger 
and thirst after them the way we should. We do not pant after them as the deer pants after the waterbrooks.

We desperately need to be taught of You, O Father, for we naturally incline our ears to the folly of the world
and do not seek the understanding of wisdom Teach us to cry after knowledge; to lift up our voices for 
understanding. That we might cry out from the depths of our souls, “Teach us wisdom, O Father. Open our 
ears to understanding. Give us teachable hearts and minds that we might humble ourselves before Thee, O 

Oh, that we may be as greedy for wisdom and knowledge as the carnal man is for silver and gold. Men sail 
the seas, explore the mountains seeking for silver and gold that they may be counted great in the earth, but 
Your children are often indifferent to the treasures that are to be found only in Your words.

Ah, that You would teach us the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of God, for this is eternal life, as said 
Your Only Begotten Son. Only from Your mouth comes knowledge and understanding. We do not live by 
bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

How ignorant and destitute are so many of those who name Your Name, for they do not hear Your word 
nor are taught by Your Spirit. Send forth Your Spirit, O Lord, and renew Your church in wisdom and 
knowledge, lest the curse smite the earth and all that is therein.

In the Name of Our Redeemer, Jesus of Nazareth.  Amen.


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