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Saturday, April 14 2012

God's People Run To The LORD, Not From Him

When humans became sinners, they ran and hid - not merely because they were naked (they were just as naked before they ran away) but because the sin that they committed caused them to know "good and evil." When they knew only good, they didn't run away; when they knew evil, they made fugitives of themselves.

Eden

"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden [see also The Garden In Eden]?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent [see also Who's Hiding On Your Wall?], We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

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.

3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God [see Appearances Of The LORD God and What Does Word of God Mean To You?] walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?" (Genesis 3:1-11 KJV)

In the carnal world such as it is (considering that the Messiah was the only human that never sinned; see Innocent Blood), the only actual difference between someone who has a "conviction," and someone who does not, is that the one "without a record" never got caught, by man, for "every little thing" that they ever did. But a complete "record," in the hands of God, nevertheless exists for everyone. Such was the case when the far-more adulterous scribes and Pharisees brought a woman, who had been caught in adultery, to Jesus, not out of any sense of justice, but purely for more injustice, "tempting him, that they might have to accuse him."

The Widow's Mite

"8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees [see also The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees] brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.

But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

8:11 She said, No man, Lord.

And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:2-11 KJV)

The accusers ran away (even if they slowly slinked away) when confronted with their guilty conscience - just like Adam and Eve did.

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us"

To deny one's sin isn't just lying to others; it's also lying to one's self because if truth doesn't come outside, it means that it isn't inside either, for "we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

The Holy Scriptures

"1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:8-10 KJV)

"Conviction of conscience," by definition, began when humans became sinners ("3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law" 1 John 3:4 KJV). They knew that a "record" of an event was "written" in their minds, so they became fugitives from the Law - they ran and hid, even though there was no escape from what was in them, making them run. When they were found out, the human denial and the blame game began - Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the devil - but the LORD blamed them.

"3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God [see Christ The Creator] walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?

And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." (Genesis 3:6-13 KJV)

The good news is that convictions of conscience are the means from which to repent and be forgiven ("their sins and iniquities will I remember no more"). A pardon awaits all who become worthy to be pardoned.

"10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:16-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why do God's people run to the LORD, "the Way" ("I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" John 14:6 KJV), not away (i.e. their own way) from Him?
See Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and The Process Of Conversion


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This Day In History, April 14

73: According to the historian Josephus, 967 Jewish zealots committed mass suicide within the fortress of Masada on the last night before the walls were breached by the Roman Tenth Legion. Two women and 5 children survived by hiding in a cistern, and were later released unharmed by the Romans (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).

1028: Henry III was elected king of the Germans.

1118: Baldwin II, crusade leader, was crowned king of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1471: The Battle of Barnet. In the English Wars of The Roses, a momentous victory for the Yorkist king Edward IV over his Lancastrian opponents under the Earl of Warwick, the adherents of Henry VI. Warwick was killed and Edward IV resumed the throne.

1543: Bartoleme Ferrelo returned to Spain after discovering a large bay in the New World - known today as San Francisco Bay.

1611: The first known use of the word "telescope."

1828: Noah Webster obtained a copyright for the first edition of his dictionary.

1849: Hungary declared itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader.

1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater. Lincoln died the next day.

Ronald Reagan broke the so-called "year zero curse" in 1989 when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Reagan was also seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):

1980: Ronald Reagan
1960: John F. Kennedy, assassinated
1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt, natural causes
1920: Warren Harding, natural causes
1900: William McKinley, assassinated
1880: James Garfield, assassinated
1860: Abraham Lincoln, assassinated
1840: William Harrison, natural causes

1912: The British ocean liner Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland. The collision tore a 91 meter (300 foot) hole in the hull during the British ocean liner's maiden voyage to New York City. It sank the next day with a loss of 1,500 lives.

1931: In Spain, under pressure by Republican forces for his abdication, King Alfonso XIII left the country while refusing to abdicate; he never returned. General Francisco Franco later reinstated him as a Spanish citizen and restored his confiscated property, but he eventually abdicated his rights to his third son, Don Juan.

1945: During the Second World War, the Imperial Palace in Tokyo was damaged by B-29 bombers.

1948: A flash of light was observed in the crater named Plato on the moon.

1958: The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 left orbit after 162 days.

1986: Ronald Reagan ordered a U.S. bombing of Libya; 62 people were killed, including an infant daughter of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

1986: Hailstones, some weighing a kilogram (over 2 pounds), killed 92 people in Bangladesh.

2003: The Human Genome Project was completed, with 99% of the human genome (the full DNA sequence of an organism) sequenced.



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