Daniel didn’t Know

In the Book of Daniel, in the second chapter, is told the story of King Nebuchadnezzar, of his dream which his wise men and magicians could not tell him, and of Daniel, a captive from conquered Judah, whose God was a revealer of secrets.

In the Book of Daniel, in the second chapter, is told the story of King Nebuchadnezzar, of his dream which his wise men and magicians could not tell him, and of Daniel, a captive from conquered Judah, whose God was a revealer of secrets.

In the story, the king wanted his wise men to tell him his dream and its interpretation. They replied they could tell the interpretation of the dream if he would tell them the dream itself. As happens to many, when you wake up you may be troubled by a dream but sometimes you can’t remember specifics about the dream. Such was the case of the king. He couldn’t tell him his dream and he knew if he told his wise men anything they would also make up anything.

So, the king commands all the wise men and magicians of the land to be killed because they can’t tell him his dream.

Daniel hears this, however, and asks the king for some time. The time he asks for is to wait and trust that God will deliver him, his friends, and the wise men, by revealing the dream and its interpretation.

Daniel didn’t know.

Daniel didn’t even have a clue that God wanted him to be the one to find out the dream and its interpretation but Daniel had faith in his God.

Only later, in a vision, perhaps while sleeping, was Daniel shown the dream and its interpretation.

That is faith. Selah.

Nebuchadnezzar

The Prophecy against Tyre

In Ezekiel 26, God declares the coming destruction of Tyre because its king was excessively proud, taking glory away from the only one due it, God, himself.. Initially, Nebuchadnezzar destroys the mainland city of Tyre. However, the king and the people had already moved to an island about half a mile offshore. So, the prophecy of the cities destruction was fulfilled but not completely.

In Ezekiel 26, God declares the coming destruction of Tyre because its king was excessively proud, taking glory away from the only one due it, God, himself. Initially, Nebuchadnezzar destroys the mainland city of Tyre. However, the king and the people had already moved to an island about half a mile offshore. So, the prophecy of the cities destruction was fulfilled but not completely.

The prophecy speaks of the island itself, though, so God’s prophecy must have included the destruction of the island stronghold.

Lo and behold, Alexander the Great comes along around two hundred years later and obliterates the island city.

When God said, “I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets,” that’s exactly what happened. It is now an archaeological spot showcasing the ancient city.

There are many, many more prophecies from the Old Testament of the Christian bible that were literally and wholly fulfilled.

Reading God’s Word is an amazing adventure, filling me with awe and surprise at every turn.

When you really consider God’s message as a whole, you have to admit to yourself, this is not something we would make up. This really is inspired. It could have only come from the one, true, living God, the God who is able to deliver you and I from all distress.

The foundations of the Building are only as strong as the foundations of the Builders

My mother past away last month and since then we’ve had a number of occasions to reflect on her passion for creation – the literal intepretation of the Book of Genesis as it relates the six-day creation of the heavens and the earth.

My mother past away last month and since then we’ve had a number of occasions to reflect on her passion for creation – the literal intepretation of the Book of Genesis as it relates to the six-day creation of the heavens and the earth.

All her stuff in the basement which she’d gather together to put on exhibits at churches or in classes. At her funeral where we setup these things so that visitors could know about her passion. And a creation seminar weekend at Cannington Baptist Church where gifted speaker Calvin Smith taught us many fascinating truths of science regarding the history of the earth. The weekend was lovingly dedicated to Donna in light of her passion for creation. We wholeheartedly thank them for their thoughtfulness and kindness towards us.

Because of all this exposure, though, I’ve really been hit a number of times just how serious it is for believers to doubt the creation account in Genesis. Doubt and skepticism are healthy but only when they lead to uncovering the truth.

Each creation organization that I’m aware of has the same reason for doing what they do: They believe that to contradict Genesis, being the inspired Word of God, is to erode the very foundation of the totality of the faith. Creation Ministries International, for example, entitle their writing on this issue “Genesis—the seedbed of all Christian doctrine.”

According to stats, most Christian youth who go to secular post-secondary institutions will lose their faith because of the onslaught of ideas contradictory to their faith. If their faith can’t stand against apparent flaws, then what good is the faith? Who can blame them for leaving their faith behind. At best, who can blame them for compartmentalizing or halfheartedly living out their faith.

But there are answers. Answers In Genesis is another organization dedicated to teaching the truths of the creation account. Their article regarding the need for teaching creation is entitled “Creation: Why it matters.

Creation absolutely matters. God has Genesis right. He really did create the heavens and the earth in six days. If he said so and he really didn’t, then what else is really true in the bible? Your entire faith’s foundation begins at Genesis 1:1:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

An Observation on Justice in the Aftermath of Atrocities

When one really thinks about the things that ordinary, average citizens went along with during the Nazi period of Germany, we begin to realize that we are lucky that we were not German at that point in time. We know we would most likely have fared no more ethically than those accused and convicted. And, yet, even knowing our own guilt, avoided only chance, we understand we must forge ahead and and prosecute these people to the full extent of the law, even to death.

When one really thinks about the things that ordinary, average citizens went along with during the Nazi period of Germany, we begin to realize that we are lucky that we were not German at that point in time. We know we would most likely have fared no more ethically than those accused and convicted. And, yet, even knowing our own guilt, escaped only by chance, we understand we must forge ahead and prosecute these people to the full extent of the law, even to death.

That’s the rub. How can one man convict, imprison and even execute another man knowing that, if in the exact same situation, he is just as guilty as the other.

We know, innately, however that the crime, committed by ourselves or others, must be punished regardless of circumstances. There is no mercy for those who, by frailty of mind, succumbed to terrible acts. We do not recognize the defense that, having swapped places, would we have done what the accused had done? We know we mostly likely would have but we understand that can have no bearing on the judgement delivered.

We judge ourselves in judging others; but escape the punishment delivered to the convicted.

Therefore, consider again the justice of God whose perfection can not abide imperfection as we can not abide atrocity.

Consider again the mercy given to us in Jesus Christ which forgives all atrocities.

And consider again what we know to be right in dealing with human atrocities – in the light of what we think we know to be right understanding our own sin.

The Mire of Miracles

Third Day’s song Carry My Cross has an interesting lyric: I’ve come here with a mission \ And soon I’ll give my life for this world \ I’m praying in the garden \ I’m praying in the garden.

Third Day‘s song Carry My Cross has an interesting lyric:

I’ve come here with a mission
And soon I’ll give my life for this world
I’m praying in the garden
And I’m looking for a miracle

A reference to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane the night he was arrested. He would be put on trial and condemned to crucifixion. Jesus’s words,

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)

Jesus was asking God for a miracle. I never considered that verse in such a profound light until the moment I heard that song. Jesus was asking for a miracle, one that would not be granted.

Not even Jesus, God’s own Son, was saved by a miracle although none but Him has ever been worthy of it.

When tragedy strikes, pray with all your heart for a miracle.

When it arrives, praise God.

When it doesn’t arrive, praise God all the more, for a miracle withheld once saved your soul.

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And when we know the truth I think we will see that God is given all the glory because He has done something more incredible and more beautiful than we could have ever thought possible.

This is the second post of my blog and I want to highlight the importance of the first.

The first post in this blog is special. It’s a dedication of sorts. None of my own words are in that post and its purpose is to glorify God and to publish again how His Son taught us to live. It sets the tone that will remain the background to all that follows and, ever and anon, the foreground.

I consider myself a conservative, fundamental Christian but the posts to follow will, without doubt, attract resentment, anger, correction, arguments, and all manner of backlash, from those who also think themselves conservative and even from those whom the former would call liberal.

Regardless, know always that I want the truth.

In days past, I put myself in the world’s line of fire saying to myself that if God’s Word is worth believing than God’s Word will prove itself. In many places I accepted the heat of the skepticism about the bible. I went looking for answers and consistently found rational satisfaction in the answers I uncovered and was able to respond with.

I learned a number of things through all of this:

  • I learned God loves all of us
  • I learned I can read my bible and google anything of concern to me or someone else
  • I learned I can find someone else who has had the same question and has published answers or references someone else who has
  • I learned the Bible can stand up for itself and stand up to intense analysis and criticism and does so with grace and compassion
  • I learned we have built up a religion, rules, and rituals, where there is no need for any
  • I learned we have done this because God is beyond full understanding and we have tried to understand him on our own terms and within our own limits
  • I learned God loves all of us even when we put Him on trial
  • I learned God is amazing beyond all words, poems, songs, theories and philosophies
  • I learned that to consider what God has begun with us, His unending, unerring, unrelenting story through us, and His plan to redeem each of us to Himself, us who didn’t deserve at all – I learned that to consider all of this is to know that you have not even begun to know Him.
  • I learned God loves all of us in spite of everything we have done to spurn Him
  • I learned, therefore, to approach Him as a child, discovering all things as new.

So, as God wills for all that may follow, know that if what I say is controversial, outlandish, outrageous or heretical, I want only the truth.

I want the truth.

I want to glorify God.

I want to show you the bible that declares itself without error.

I want the truth.

And when we know the truth I think we will see that God is given all the glory because He has done something more incredible and more beautiful than we could have ever thought possible.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God / And His righteousness, / And all these things shall be added unto you, / Allelu, alleluia.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you,
Allelu, alleluia.

Man shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God,
Allelu, alleluia.

Ask, and it shall be given unto you.
Seek, and ye shall find.
Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.
Allelu, alleluia.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you,
Allelu, alleluia.

Update 2010-12-24: It appears the translation, used in the title, is in question. Apparently, most new translations say something like “good will toward those with whom He is pleased.”