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Tuesday, September 13 2011
Walking With God
A number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures are translated into English as "walk." Among them is the Hebrew word, pronounced haw-lawk, that means to walk, but is also used in a greater sense, as in to be in agreement with. English translations variously translate the word as "walk," "walked," or "walking" - as it is first written in the Holy Scriptures when the LORD God (see Christ The Creator and The LORD And The Two Angels) found the first humans no longer walking with Him, but rather hiding from Him.
"3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
From that time on, the first humans, who had become the first sinners, no longer "walked with God." But they were "walking," not just out of the Garden, but by and with another spirit. Notice how the very same Hebrew word, haw-lawk, is used for the "walk" that Satan does throughout the Earth.
"1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?
What is the self-chosen fate of those who forsake their walk with God and instead walk with Satan - or with anything, or anyone, else that is made into a "god"?
"8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish." (Deuteronomy 8:19 KJV)
"Ye shall do My Judgments, and keep Mine Ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God"
Although the first humans failed in their walk with God, some of their descendants turned, and returned. Enoch "walked with God."
"5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not [see What Happened To Enoch?]; for God took him." (Genesis 5:21-24 KJV)
Noah "walked with God." Notice that the definition of "walking" with God is plainly included in the term. In contrast to "the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually," Noah was "a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God," so "Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD." Noah received grace because he obeyed the LORD (see Grace Into Licentiousness).
"6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
The LORD changed the name of Abram to Abraham with the Command "I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." Abraham walked out of Babylon, where he was born, to a place where "I will establish my covenant between me and thee." (see What And Where Is Babylon Today? and Do You Observe Christ's Sabbath Or Babylon's Sun Day?)
"17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (who the LORD renamed as "Israel") all "walked" with God, as Jacob himself stated.
"48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day" (Genesis 48:15 KJV)
An enemy can physically walk along with you (that's usually when they're most dangerous - when they're close and the "walk" is actually a stalk), but only in obedience can one "walk" with God.
"18:4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 18:4 KJV)
God "walks" with those who "walk" with Him.
"26:12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people." (Leviticus 26:12 KJV)
"Walking with God" requires no interpretation. It's plainly stated for those who truly seek to walk with God.
"5:32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 5:33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess." (Deuteronomy 5:32-33 KJV)
The principle did not change with the "New Testament" era (see The First Christian Church to understand how Christianity began at Creation; see also How Many Days Of Creation Were There?). The parents of John the Baptist "were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord," just as their son John did (see also What Was Strange About John The Baptist?).
"1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless." (Luke 1:5-6 KJV)
True Christianity is about "walking" with God, not Satan "the god of this world" who, just as he did to the first humans, "hath blinded the minds of them which believe not."
"4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:2-6 KJV)
Christians "walk the walk" of Truth.
"2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10 KJV)
Fact Finder: We are warned in Jude 1:17 (KJV) that "1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit." How do people "walk after their own ungodly lusts"?
This Day In History, September 13
585 BC: Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, the king of Rome, defeated the Sabines.
509 BC: The pagan temple of Jupiter ("enlightened" scientists of the modern world named a planet after that pagan god) on Rome's Capitoline Hill was dedicated on the ides of September (the term ides was used for the 15th day of the Roman months of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months).
81: The Roman Emperor Titus (reigned 79-81) died at age 42. As a military commander before succeeding his father Vespasian, it was Titus who conducted the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D. (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).
122: Construction began of Hadrian's Wall in Britain during the time the island was under Roman occupation. Named after the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138), parts of the 120 kilometer (75 mile) wall remain visible today (Roman troops were occupying Britain at the same time that they occupied the land of Israel when Christ was crucified; see also Ancient Empires - Rome).
335: The Roman Emperor Constantine consecrated Rome's Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (Constantine was the creator of the Papacy and numerous of the Church of Rome's doctrines, most of which are also perpetuated by the "Protestant" churches; listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
533: The Battle of Ad Decimium, near Carthage in North Africa. General Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeated Gelimer and the Vandals (the term "vandalism" originated from the ancient Vandals who looted cities that they conquered).
1321: Italian playwright Dante Alighieri died. His farce Divine Comedy was the inspiration for much of the Vatican's development of the false doctrine of an ever-burning hell fire (see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?) and the non-existent Purgatory.
1515: King Francis of France battled the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano in northern Italy.
1549: Pope Paul III ended the first session of the Council of Bologna.
1609: Henry Hudson entered what would later be named New York harbor and claimed the area for Holland (Hudson was working for the Dutch at the time).
1759: The Battle of The Plains of Abraham, fought at the western edge of Quebec City, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The English under James Wolfe, 32, defeated the French under the Marquis de Montcalm, 47, ending French and Indian Wars and settling the political future of Canada. Both leaders were killed. The place is named for Abraham Martin, a ship's pilot who owned part of the land.
1922: The highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius / 136 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.
1961: NASA launched into orbit, and later recovered, an unmanned Project Mercury capsule in preparation for the first U.S. manned orbital flight (the Russians were the first to launch a man into space - Yuri Gagarin, earlier that year, on April 12 1961), which took place the next February by John Glenn (Glenn was the third human to orbit the earth).
1991: Russia and the U.S. agreed to cut off arms supplies to the warring tribes in Afghanistan (both took their turn at invading Afghanistan - Russia in 1979, the US in 2001).