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