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Saturday, December 22 2012
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 The Kingdom Of The LORD God) 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 (see the Fact Finder question below). 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 [see What Does Wicked Mean?] 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 A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan).
"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: What are the two kinds of light that determine which way people walk?
This Day In History, December 22
640: The Saracens under Amrou conquered Alexandria, having invaded Egypt two years earlier.
1135: Stephen of Blois was coronated as the king of England.
1216: Pope Honorius III approved the establishment of the Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominicans.
1681: New England colonists revoked a 22 year-old ban on Christmas celebrations; the ban on the pagan-based festival was soon observed again (listen to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).
1715: James Stuart, the "Old Pretender" and claimant to the British throne, landed at Peterhead from exile in France to start a rebellion.
1807: The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act. While it banned all U.S. trade with all other countries, it was directed primarily at Britain and France. The Act was repealed a few years later due to the devastating effect that isolationism had on the U.S. economy itself i.e. it "defended" jobs and business that were negatively affected by competition from imports, but it destroyed U.S. jobs and business that were dependent upon exports.
1894: Alfred Dreyfus, French artillery officer, was convicted of selling secrets to Germany and sentenced to imprisonment on Devils Island. He was completely exonerated in 1906.
1896: An arbitration tribunal in Paris ruled that the Bering Sea (a vast area of the north Pacific Ocean between the continents of Asia and North America was international waters, not a U.S. possession.
1942: After his NAZI air force consistently lost to the Royal Air Force in air combat over Britain, Adolf Hitler signed an order to develop rockets as a weapon that could be safely launched from Europe onto Britain (beginning the modern age of combat-from-a-desk, "push button" no-courage-required warfare).
1968: The 82-man crew of the U.S. spy ship Pueblo were released after being seized by North Korea. The ship itself remains in North Korea to this day.
1988: A Pan Am 747 airliner was blown up by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 295 people on board, and 11 people on the ground, were killed.
1989: A revolution in Romania overthrew communist leader Nicolea Ceausescu after 23 years as president.
1990: Former "Solidarity" union leader Lech Walesa became Poland's President.