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February—3 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him. (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever.)—Psalm 49:7, 8.

How very striking is the former of these verses! And oh, how justly true! If it were possible for the rich worldling to keep back from the grave, by purchase, his worldly friend, would he do it? Yes, indeed, it is possible he might, under the presumption that, when it came to his turn, he should be himself redeemed. It is, however, of little consequence to estimate human friendships, when they are altogether helpless, in the most important of all concerns. But, my soul, doth not this scripture point to Him, and tend to endear him to thy warmest affection, that was indeed “a brother born for adversity;” and who, though rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that through his poverty we might be made rich? Jesus was, and is, the brother (mentioned in that scripture, Levit. 25:25) who, when our whole nature was waxen poor, and we had sold our possession, and had no power to redeem it, came and proved his relationship by ransoming our lost inheritance. But mark, my soul, what is said in the latter of these verses: “the redemption of their soul is precious.” Precious, indeed! since none but Christ could redeem it; and he only by his blood; yea, not his blood only, but his soul. For it was expressly agreed upon, and so the tenor of the everlasting covenant ran: “when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,” (Isaiah 53:10,) then “he should see his seed.” But remark yet further, that this latter verse is enclosed in parentheses. I have often thought, wherefore the Holy Ghost was pleased so to enclose it? Not surely that, like other parentheses, it might be read or left out; not so, I venture to believe. But rather, I should conceive, that here, by its total unconnection with what was said before of the rich worldling having no power to redeem his brother, the preciousness of Christ’s redemption might be more strikingly conspicuous. And so it doth indeed. And how precious, blessed Jesus, was, and is, thy redemption! Not purchased with corruptible things, as of silver and gold, and therefore not liable to perish and become corruptible like them. And being so richly purchased, and so fully and completely bought with a full value, and infinitely more than value, even with the soul of Christ, it ceaseth for ever. It is impossible ever to need again redemption, for it is impossible ever more to be lost. O precious salvation! O precious, precious Redeemer![1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 39–40). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

February 3 Streams in the Desert

And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12.)

IT seemed a strange proof of Divine favor. “Immediately.” Immediately after what? After the opened heavens and the dove-like peace and the voice of the Father’s blessing, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” It is no abnormal experience. Thou, too, hast passed through it, O my soul. Are not the times of thy deepest depression just the moments that follow thy loftiest flight? Yesterday thou wert soaring far in the firmament, and singing in the radiance of the morn; today thy wings are folded and thy song silent. At noon thou wert basking in the sunshine of a Father’s smile; at eve thou art saying in the wilderness, “My way is hid from the Lord.”

Nay, but, my soul, the very suddenness of the change is a proof that it is not revolutionary.

Hast thou weighed the comfort of that word “immediately”? Why does it come so soon after the blessing? Just to show that it is the sequel to the blessing. God shines on thee to make thee fit for life’s desert-places—for its Gethsemanes, for its Calvaries. He lifts thee up that He may give thee strength to go further down; He illuminates thee that He may send thee into the night, that He may make thee a help to the helpless.

Not at all times art thou worthy of the wilderness; thou art only worthy of the wilderness after the splendors of Jordan. Nothing but the Son’s vision can fit thee for the Spirit’s burden; only the glory of the baptism can support the hunger of the desert.—George Matheson.

After benediction comes battle.

The time of testing that marks and mightily enriches a soul’s spiritual career is no ordinary one, but a period when all hell seems let loose, a period when we realize our souls are brought into a net, when we know that God is permitting us to be in the devil’s hand. But it is a period which always ends in certain triumph for those who have committed the keeping of their souls to Him, a period of marvelous “nevertheless afterward” of abundant usefulness, the sixty-fold that surely follows.—Aphra White.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 38–39). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Cessationism in a Nutshell — Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family

Of all the posts that I’ve put on this website, my past series on the cessation of apostles has received more comments than anything else. My posts are typically generated out of my weekly sermon study for my church, and we are presently going through Acts, a book full of miracles. So, that being said, my goal is not to poke anyone in the eye but to simply post what I believe to be true from Scripture, recognizing that fellow Christians disagree over this particular issue. At the same time, this particular issue is not insignificant, which is why it provokes so much debate. What follows is what I believe to be a strong argument for cessationism among a number of arguments that could be offered.

The term cessationism is typically used in theology with reference to the belief that the practice of miraculous spiritual gifts ceased at the end of the time of the apostles. In contrast, the term continuationism is used with reference to the belief that the practice of miraculous spiritual gifts continue to be practiced today.

Some gifts are miraculous because they involve the reception of God’s direct revelation—prophecy (receiving and giving this revelation), discerning of spirits (confirming that the Spirit gave revelation to another), wisdom (revelation giving wisdom), knowledge (revelation giving knowledge), tongues (revelation involving a known human language previously unknown to the speaker), and their interpretation (supernaturally interpreting a known human language previously unknown to the interpreter). See 1 Corinthians 12:8–10.

Other gifts are miraculous because, like the gifts above, they only take place by the supernatural work of God. These gifts include faith (the kind of faith granted for miracles; something beyond faith for salvation, it seems; cf. Matthew 17:20), miracles in general, and healings in particular. Again, see 1 Corinthians 12:8–10.

This second set of gifts— miracles, healings, and their necessary faith complement the first set of gifts, those that involve the reception and communication of divine revelation. Miracles confirmed that the speaker and his revelation from God were authentic and true. The message of “such a great salvation” was spoken by Jesus and the apostles, and “God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will” (Hebrews 2:3–4; see also Acts 14:3).

Though miracles were occasionally practiced by someone outside of the apostles (e.g., Stephen in Acts 6:8; Stephen in Acts 8:6; Ananias in Acts 9:17–18), miracles were primarily the practice of the apostles themselves, so much so that Paul identified “signs and wonders and mighty works” as “the signs of a true apostle” (2 Corinthians 12:12). Apostles were those who had followed Jesus since the time of John the Baptist, could be a witness for having personally seen Him after His resurrection, and were personally appointed by Him to their apostleship (Luke 6:12–16; Acts 1:21–26). While Paul did not meet the first of these three requirements, Jesus Himself appointed Paul to his apostleship, and he was thus an apostle “untimely born” (1 Corinthians 15:8).

These requirements for being an apostle are historically conditioned. No one today (or for the last 1,900 years) fits these requirements. The apostles have ceased to be. And if signs, miracles, and wonders are primarily the signs of an apostle, then the practice of these miraculous gifts has also ceased to be. And if the primary purpose of these gifts was to attest to new revelation, then the reception of new revelation has ceased as well.

I realize that one can believe in the gospel and be either a cessationist or a continuationist. I also believe that God can do miracles today apart from the hands of men. But, as seen above, I also believe that new revelation and the miracles that validated this revelation and its speaker ceased with the apostles.

The importance of this whole matter lies in what claims as one’s authority for Christian belief and practice today—does God speak to us through Scripture alone, or does He continue to speak through men? If He continues to speak through men, the authority for Christian belief and practice lies in the Bible and also in men. But if God ceased to speak in this age when the apostles died and when He closed the Canon of Scripture, then Scripture alone is sufficient for our Christian belief and practice.

While the above is only the briefest of explanations for the cessation of apostles, miraculous gifts, and revelation, I believe that all we need for every good work and all the knowledge necessary for life and godliness is found in Scripture alone. May God help us all to mine the riches of His Word to do these good works and live a godly life for Him.

All quotes ESV.

David Huffstutler

About David Huffstutler

David pastors First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL, serves as a chaplain for his local police department, and teaches as adjunct faculty at Bob Jones University. David holds a Ph. D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His concentration in Christian Leadership focuses his contributions to pastoral and practical theology.

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February 3d The D. L. Moody Year Book

The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.—Acts 2:39.

IT is not only our privilege to have our names written in heaven, but also those of the children whom God has given us; and our hearts ought to go right out for them. The promise is not only to us, but to our children. Many a father’s and many a mother’s heart is burdened with anxiety for the salvation of their children. If your own name is there, let your next aim in life be to get your children’s there also.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 28). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Former HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D.: Coronavirus–the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Dr. Tom Price, former U.S. Secretary of HHS, breaks down his analysis of the novel 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV) into the good (such as localization of the source), the bad (a vaccine won’t be available for many months), and the ugly (China).

Source: Former HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D.: Coronavirus–the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Eight Iowa Counties Have Total Registration Rates Larger Than Eligible Voter Population – More Than 18,600 Extra Names on Voter Rolls — The Gateway Pundit

Judicial Watch sounded the alarm on voter fraud on Monday ahead the Iowa caucuses.

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on Monday announced that eight Iowa counties have more voter registrations than eligible voters.

There are at least 18,658 extra names on the voter rolls in Iowa, Judicial Watch reported.

The watchdog group also reported that Polk County has an unusually high rate of 95.9% of total eligible voters registered.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced that eight Iowa counties have more voter registrations than their eligible voting-age population. According to Judicial Watch’s analysis of data released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in 2019 and the most recent U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey, eight Iowa counties are on the list of 378 counties nationwide that have more voter registrations than citizens living there who are old enough to vote, i.e., counties where registration rates exceed 100%. These 378 counties combined had about 2.5 million registrations over the 100%-registered mark. In Iowa, there are at least 18,658 “extra names” on the voting rolls in the eight counties at issue.

The chart below details the eight Iowa counties’ registration rate percentages:

Reg Rate Total Population
Dallas County 114.8 80,864
Johnson County 107.9 114,425
Lyon County 102.5 11,475
Madison County 102.5 15,720
Poweshiek County 102.1 18,428
Dickinson County 100.9 17,000
Scott County 100.8 171,493
Warren County 100.5 48,630

“Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections and Iowa needs to undertake a serious effort to address its voting rolls,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Judicial Watch is on the front lines working to clean up dirty voter rolls across the country, ahead of the 2020 election. You can support Tom Fitton and his team by clicking here.

via Eight Iowa Counties Have Total Registration Rates Larger Than Eligible Voter Population – More Than 18,600 Extra Names on Voter Rolls — The Gateway Pundit

The flu has already killed 10,000 across US as world frets over coronavirus

“In the U.S., it’s really a fear based on media and this being something new,” Dr. Jennifer Lighter, hospital epidemiologist at NYU Langone Health, said of the new coronavirus.

Source: The flu has already killed 10,000 across US as world frets over coronavirus

John Solomon’s Laptop Stolen Near White House Using ‘Sophisticated Device’; Contained Sensitive Data On Ukraine, Bidens | ZeroHedge News

A thief absconded with John Solomon’s laptop on the eve of the Senate impeachment trial, snatching the evidence-filled device out of the investigative journalist’s car which was parked near the White House, according to RealClearInvestigations, citing a report by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

Solomon told RCI‘s Paul Sperry that the laptop – which has since been recovered – contained ‘notes on Ukraine and former Vice President Joe Biden and other sensitive information.’

The case is currently under investigation by a MPD detective.

The Secret Service is also involved in the matter, which appears suspicious. Break-ins are rare in the high-security area where the crime occurred, just outside the White House perimeter, and a sophisticated device appears to have been used to get into the vehicle.

In the early evening of Jan. 20, the police report states, Solomon’s Apple MacBook laptop and computer bag, valued at around $1,800, were stolen from his 2019 Toyota SUV parked at 1776 F St. NW, across from the White House’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building. No windows were broken, and there were no other signs of forced entry. Authorities suspect the thief or thieves used an electronic jamming device to open the car door lock.

Nothing else was stolen from the vehicle, according to Solomon, including his US Capitol press security badge.

The computer bag was discovered the next day a block away from where his car was parked, with the contents dumped out on a picnic bench near the FDIC building – a location with no security cameras which authorities described as one the rare “dark spots” in the area.

Solomon says he is working with a computer forensics experty to determine whether any of the information on his laptop was exploited, or if his hard drive was scanned.

“It’s a pretty professional job,” said Solomon, adding “but it’s probably just a coincidence.”

“It was probably just a street criminal searching for pass codes,” he expounded. “Or it could be someone searching for my Ukraine stuff. We don’t know at this point.”

Solomon targeted by Democrats

As Sperry notes, Solomon’s private phone number was published by House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) in December, while citing the journalist at least 35 times in his impeachment report over Solomon’s involvement in reporting Ukrainegate from the perspective of the prosecutor who former Vice President Joe Biden had fired while he was investigating Ukrainian energy giant Burisma – whose board Hunter Biden sat on.

“I’m the only [reporter] who ends up having his records released,” Solomon told Fox Business News recently.

“It makes me wonder whether it’s a political payback, because a few months ago, I wrote a story exposing the fact that Chairman Schiff had met with Glenn Simpson at the sidelines of the Aspen Institute at a time when he shouldn’t have been having contact with Glenn Simpson,” he added. “It feels like a political payback.

Source: John Solomon’s Laptop Stolen Near White House Using ‘Sophisticated Device’; Contained Sensitive Data On Ukraine, Bidens

MUST SEE: Joe Biden SNAPS at NBC’s Savannah Guthrie After She Dare Ask him About Hunter Biden’s Lucrative Pay-for-Play Scandals (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

This has been a rough few months for Joe Biden with all the mental lapses and new troubles with his drug addict son Hunter.

On Monday, the morning of the Iowa caucuses, Joe Biden snapped at NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

Guthrie made the mistake of asking Joe Biden about his son Hunter Biden and his pay-for-play with Ukraine, China, etc.

Apparently, the liberal media sees the writing on the tea leaves and now understands that Joe Biden does not have a shot in hell in defeating Donald Trump. So now they are allowing questions on Hunter that were verboten just a few weeks ago.

Savannah Guthrie asked Joe about Hunter’s million dollar payday with Ukraine, “Well, do you agree that it sets a bad image? Do you think it was wrong for him to take that position knowing it was really because the company wanted access to you.”

Joe Biden snapped back, “That’s not true! You’re saying things you don’t know what you’re talking about! No one’s said that! Who said that?!”

Sleepy Joe was not used to such a direct question from the DNC mainstream media.
He’s not used to being called out for his unethical behavior.

via MUST SEE: Joe Biden SNAPS at NBC’s Savannah Guthrie After She Dare Ask him About Hunter Biden’s Lucrative Pay-for-Play Scandals (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Apologetics and the Christian Faith

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Apologetics: A word that is often misunderstood. It does not in any way point to sorrow or grief or an “apology”. Apologetics is the defense of a belief or system.
 
When we, as Christians, fulfill the command of 2 Timothy 4:2 to “be ready in season and out to give reason for the hope that is in us in Christ Jesus” – we are giving a defense of what we believe (in this case, the “hope” that we have because of what Christ has done – aka “the Gospel”.
 
Apologetics is one of the most often forgotten aspects of what church ministry is supposed to be about. It comprises a major component of “equipping the saints…” (Ephesians 4:12).
 
Ask the typical “Christian” on the street what they believe about _____________, and you may get either a blank stare or a pat answer. But ask WHY they believe…

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February 3, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

1 It is strange that a title (for v. 1 appears to be such) comes after the section on the altar law (20:22–26). Even so it is not certain that this title was intended to describe the rest of the covenantal code, up to 23:19. Since 22:18–23:19 consists mainly of moral and sapiential exhortations along with the ritual calendar in an appendix-like fashion, it is best to regard the title as referring to 21:2–22:17.

These “laws” (or better, “judgments”; mišpāṭîm) are given as precedents to guide Israel’s civil magistrates in cases of civil dispute, rather than as authorizations for individuals to take matters into their own hands. While these “judgments” deal mainly with temporal matters, they nevertheless are based on one or another express commandment in the Decalogue. It is most appropriate, therefore, that these judicial and political regulations, given by God to Moses when “Moses approached the thick darkness where God was” (20:21), should be set alongside the Decalogue. The two belong together in time as well as in interpretation.[1]


These are the laws you are to set before them (21:1). ‘Laws’ or ‘judgments’ are guiding decisions made in the settlement of specific disputes and which may be used as precedents. The term seems to be used here to refer to matter presented in the “If A is the case, then B is the appropriate conclusion” format. It is not implied that these judgments are now given for the first time, but that from this point forward they are legally binding not because they embody the wisdom of past decisions by the elders who traditionally settled disputes in the community, but because they have been ratified by the covenant King. ‘Set before’ carries with it the idea of being authoritatively placed before the people, who will then give them close scrutiny.

The first area that is considered is the relationship between masters and slaves, and it has often been considered as an appendix to the fifth commandment. The word ‘servant’ is often translated ‘slave’, but the NIV has rightly avoided using ‘slave’ here because of the negative overtones of that word. The conditions in Egypt from which the Israelites had just escaped could well be described as slavery, but what is in view here is more like an indentured labourer who has entered into a contract to work for a master under certain terms and conditions. Such arrangements were not condemned as wrong, but were regulated to prevent exploitation of those involved.[2]


Ver. 1. These are the Judgments.—The judgments:—These judgments stood related to the second table of the Law, just as the regulations concerning the worship of the altar stood related to the first. It is to be remembered also that these “judgments,” and those of the same kind which afterward were added as occasion arose, are to be distinguished from the moral law, not only as applying to the state rather than the individual, but also as local and temporary in their nature, representing not what was ideally best, but only what was then practically possible in the direction of that which was best. Some very superficial people criticise them as if they were intended for the nineteenth century! The Decalogue was, and is, intrinsically perfect; the “judgments” were adapted to the circumstances and wants of Israel at the time. And it would be a good thing if reformers of modern times would always remember the same wise and necessary distinctions, between that which is ideally perfect and that which alone may be practically possible. Still further it is to be remembered, that these judgments were suitable to “the Theocracy” of Israel; and hence those are entirely wrong who attempt to use them as precedents for general legislation in the limited monarchies and republican governments, and otherwise entirely altered circumstances, of modern times. Yet if we could only compare these “judgments” with the laws and customs of the nations around, we should see by force of contrast how exceedingly pure, wise, just, and humane they are; and especially where private relations are dealt with, we have touches which would not shame the New Testament itself, however much they may in another sense shame us, as for instance Exod. 23:4, 5. The third division of the book of the covenant has to do with matters which relate neither to worship exclusively, nor to civil relations exclusively, but to both. These are the Sabbath year, the Sabbath day, and the yearly festivals (23:10–19). As for the Sabbath year and the festivals, they will come up again in the fuller details given from the tabernacle and recorded in Leviticus. And as for the Sabbath day, we may simply remark the significance of its presence here in the book of the covenant, as well as in the Decalogue, indicating that while in its principle it belongs to universal and unchangeable law, in its letter it formed part of that national covenant which was merged in the new and better covenant of the later age. (J. M. Gibson, D.D.)

The Hebrew commonwealth founded on religion:

There is a very common reflection upon the Hebrew lawgiver, which, though it does not call in question any particular law, is yet designed to vitiate and weaken the impression of the whole—that he was a stern and relentless ruler, who may indeed have understood the principles of justice, but whose justice was seldom tempered with mercy. This impression is derived partly at least from the summary way in which in several instances he dealt with rebellion. To this kind of argument there is one brief and sufficient answer: All bodies of men are acknowledged to have the right to resort to severe penalties when encompassed by extraordinary dangers. The children of Israel were in a position of great peril, and their safety depended on the wisdom and firmness of one man. Never had a ruler a more difficult task. Moses did not legislate for the ideal republic of Plato, a community of perfect beings, but for a people born in slavery, from which they had but just broken away, and that were in danger of becoming ungovernable. Here were two millions and a half who had not even a settled place of abode, mustered in one vast camp, through which rebellion might spread in a day. Moses had to govern them by his single will.… To preserve order, and to guard against hostile attacks, all the men capable of bearing arms were organized as a military body.… He suppressed rebellion as Cromwell would have suppressed it: he not only put it down, but stamped it out; and such prompt severity was the truest humanity. But it is not acts of military discipline that provoke the criticism of modern humanitarians, so much as those religious laws which prescribed the God whom the Hebrews should worship, and punished idolatry and blasphemy as the greatest of crimes. This, it is said, transcends the proper sphere of human law; it exalts ceremonies into duties, and denounces as crimes acts which have no moral wrong. Was not, then, the Hebrew law wanting in the first principle of justice—freedom to all religions? Now it is quite absurd to suppose the Hebrews had conscientious scruples against this worship, or seriously doubted whether Jehovah or Baal were the true God. They had been rescued from slavery by a direct interposition of the Almighty, they had been led by an Almighty Deliverer; and it was His voice which they heard from the cliffs of Sinai. But it was not merely because their religion was true, and the only true worship, that they were required to accept it; but because also of the peculiar relation which its Divine Author had assumed towards the Hebrew state as its founder and protector. They had no king but God; He was the only Lord. As such, no act of disobedience or disrespect to His authority could be light or small. Further: the unity of God was a centre of unity for the nation. The state was one because their God was one. The worship of Jehovah alone distinguished the Hebrews from all other people, and preserved their separate nationality. Admit other religions, and the bond which held together the twelve tribes was dissolved. How long could that union have lasted if the prophets of Baal had had the freedom of the camp and been permitted to go from tribe to tribe and from tent to tent, preaching the doctrine of human sacrifices? Hence Moses did not suffer them for an hour. False prophets were to be stoned to death.… Such was the Hebrew commonwealth, a state founded in religion. Was it therefore founded in fanaticism and folly, or in profound wisdom and far-seeing sagacity? “Religion, true or false,” says Coleridge, “is, and ever has been, the centre of gravity in a realm, to which all other things must and will accommodate themselves.” Would it not be well if some of our modern pretenders to statesmanship did not so completely ignore its existence and its power? The religion which Moses gave to the Hebrews was not one merely of abstract ideas; it was incarnated in an outward and visible worship by which it addressed the senses. Even in the desert the tabernacle and the altar were set up, and the daily sacrifice was offered; the smoke and the incense below ascending towards the pillar of cloud above, and the fire on the altar answering to the pillar of fire in the midnight sky. This daily and nightly worship made religion a real because a visible thing; it appealed to the senses and touched the imagination of the people, and held their spirits in awe. The feeling that God dwelt in the midst of them inspired them with courage for great efforts and great sacrifices. (H. M. Field, D.D.)[3]


21:1 The word translated the judgments here (Heb. mishpatı̂m) is one of several Hebrew words that describe the Law (the Torah). This word describes God’s response to a specific action, something like an umpire’s call. Laws that appear in this section are responses to specific cases among the Israelites. Often the people would present critical or difficult disputes to Moses (ch. 18). When Moses had to render a decision on an issue that he was not sure about, he would ask the Lord. The decisions that he gave became known as case law or casuistic law. Such laws differed from the Ten Commandments (20:1–17), known as apodictic law. The Ten Commandments were general laws not based on specific cases. It is believed by some that among the nations of the ancient world, only Israel had both casuistic and apodictic law. The purpose of these judgments seems to be to place limits on people’s behavior.[4]


21:1 ordinances. A combination of casuistic (case-law) and apodictic (direct command) precepts laid down, as a detailed enlargement of the Decalogue, the framework for judging and resolving civil disputes in Israel. Such a combination continued to confirm the uniqueness of Israel’s law among the different ancient Near Eastern law-codes. Later in a special ceremony, God entitled these precepts the Book of the Covenant (24:7).[5]


[1] Kaiser, W. C., Jr. (2008). Exodus. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, p. 488). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Mackay, J. L. (2001). Exodus (pp. 364–365). Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[3] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: Exodus (pp. 414–415). New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 124). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ex 21:1). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Biden could be impeached immediately if he wins presidency, warns senator | WND

Vice President Joe Biden speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016

As Iowans caucus for their favorite presidential candidate on Monday, a Republican senator from the state says Joe Biden could be immediately impeached for his Ukraine actions as vice president should he win the presidency in November.

“I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened,” Sen. Joni Ernst told Bloomberg News on Sunday.

“Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for because, you know, we can have a situation where if it should ever be President Biden, that immediately, people, right the day after he would be elected would be saying, ‘Well, we’re going to impeach him.'”

Ernst said the grounds for impeachment would be “for being assigned to take on Ukrainian corruption yet turning a blind eye to Burisma because his son was on the board making over a million dollars a year.”

The senator noted she was keen on seeing how the impeachment trial of President Trump was going to have an impact on this voting in the Iowa Caucuses.

“I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point? Not certain at that,” she said.

For his part, Biden told Iowa crowds in the past week: “You can ruin Donald Trump’s night by caucusing with me and ruin Joni Ernst’s night as well.”

Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communications director, responded to Ernst’s latest comments by again encouraging Iowans to caucus for Biden.

“Iowans have the chance tomorrow to say the words that Donald Trump and Joni Ernst fear most: I’m here to caucus for Joe Biden,” she told Bloomberg.

Source: Biden could be impeached immediately if he wins presidency, warns senator

Evangelist Franklin Graham: Super Bowl Halftime Show Was ‘Sexual Exploitation of Women’ — The Gateway Pundit

Franklin Graham

Evangelist Franklin Graham said he was disappointed in Pepsi and the NFL because the Super Bowl halftime performance “showed young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay.”

“I don’t expect the world to act like the church, but our country has had a sense of moral decency on prime time television in order to protect children. We see that disappearing before our eyes,” Franklin Graham said Sunday night in a Facebook post.

“It was demonstrated tonight in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show—with millions of children watching. This exhibition was Pepsi showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay. With the exploitation of women on the rise worldwide, instead of lowering the standard, we as a society should be raising it. I’m disappointed in Pepsi and the NFL,” he said.

Shakira and JLo were the featured performers Sunday during the Super Bowl’s halftime show.

JLo’s pole dancing and crotch shots during the halftime show on Sunday left viewers in shock.

J-Lo danced on a stripper pole and even brought her young daughter on stage.

Thank you, Franklin Graham for speaking out against this filth.

via Evangelist Franklin Graham: Super Bowl Halftime Show Was ‘Sexual Exploitation of Women’ — The Gateway Pundit

Franklin Graham: ‘Pepsi Showing Young Girls that Sexual Exploitation of Women Is Okay’

Christian evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham expressed disappointment with the lack of “moral decency” displayed at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show and the message it purportedly sent to children, writing that Pepsi showed “young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay” and urging society to raise its standards.

Source: Franklin Graham: ‘Pepsi Showing Young Girls that Sexual Exploitation of Women Is Okay’

IMPEACHMENT FRENZY ENDS IN A FIZZLE: ‘Sad’ Moment for Democracy, ‘Outlaw’ President Survives

For over a month the liberal media have been in an impeachment frenzy, as they insisted the only way to save the Republic was to remove the “outlaw” President as they compared him to dictators like Joseph Stalin and likened his aides to “Hitler appeasers.” Celebrities threw tantrums too.

Source: IMPEACHMENT FRENZY ENDS IN A FIZZLE: ‘Sad’ Moment for Democracy, ‘Outlaw’ President Survives

Senate To Call ‘Whistleblower’ As Part Of Three-Pronged Investigation Into Impeachment Origins | ZeroHedge News

Senate Republicans are gearing up for a three-pronged investigation into the origins of Congressional Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump, according to the Washington Examiner.

I want to understand how all this crap started,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures, who added that the Senate would begin their investigations “within weeks.”

“The Senate Intel Committee under Richard Burr has told us that they will call the whistleblower,” said Graham.

Whether it’s a legitimate search for the truth or a convenient way to assuage frustrated Republicans who wanted fireworks during the Senate impeachment trial has yet to be seen.

Let’s recall what Senate Republicans plan to unravel;

The Whistelblower, outed by investigative reporter Paul Sperry as Eric Ciaramella, is a registered Democrat who worked for then-VP Joe Biden, former CIA Director John Brennan, and was appointed by former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster in June, 2017 as his personal aide according to RedState. Ciaramella, who radio host Rush Limbaugh called “essentially a spy for John Brennan,” was also a frequent visitor to the Obama White House.

In November, the Washington Examiner reported: “It is likely that the whistleblower traveled on Air Force Two at least one of the six visits that Biden made to Ukraine.

If the whistleblower is a former employee of — associate of Joe Biden, I think that would be important. If the whistleblower was working with people on Schiff’s staff that wanted to take Trump down a year-and-a-half ago, I think that would be important. If the Schiff staff people helped write the complaint, that would be important. We’re going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again,” said Sen. Graham.

After hearing second-hand about a July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky in which Trump asked for investigations into the Bidens, Ciaramella approached impeachment chieftain Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)’s office (which hired two of Ciaramella’s colleagues last year, including Sean Misko, who was hired in August).

Schiff’s team directed Ciaramella to “Coup has started” Democratic operative attorney Mark Zaid (who vowed to “get rid of” Trump in July of 2017), who helped the CIA ‘whistleblower’ file a complaint on a form which had been altered to allow hearsay.

What’s more, at least two of Ciaramella’s colleagues from the National Security Counsel were hired by Schiff’s office last year – including Sean Misko, who was hired in August.

And Schiff continues to deny knowledge of the whistleblower’s identity.

Democrats, pointing to the Trump administration placing a hold on US military aid to Ukraine, unbeknownst to Zelensky, argued that President Trump abused his office and obstructed Congress’ investigation. During last week’s Senate trial, Trump’s attorneys argued that his actions fell far short of impeachable offense.

Source: Senate To Call ‘Whistleblower’ As Part Of Three-Pronged Investigation Into Impeachment Origins

February 3, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is putting the final touches on an election-year
State of the Union speech that figures to be high on drama, putting him
face-to-face with Democratic adversaries who impeached him but have failed
to drive him from office.

Donald Trump was on the brink of ending the darkest chapter of his
tumultuous presidency on Monday as the U.S. Senate began the final phase of
his impeachment trial that will almost certainly conclude on Wednesday with
his acquittal.

Five Democratic candidates are considered to have viable shots at winning
or placing highly in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the first nominating
contest of the 2020 presidential election.

The man shot dead by police after wounding two people in a stabbing spree
had been jailed for promoting violent Islamist material and had encouraged
his girlfriend to behead her parents.

China accused the United States of whipping up panic over a fast-spreading
coronavirus with travel restrictions and evacuations as Chinese stocks
plunged on the first day back from the extended Lunar New Year holiday.

Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu said that he hopes long-standing African ally
Uganda will open an embassy in Jerusalem soon, becoming the third nation to
do so after the U.S. and Guatemala.

Flights carrying patients needing urgent medical attention began from the
Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, a
long-sought confidence-building measure in diplomatic efforts to end the
five-year war.

A gauge of global stocks hovered near seven-week lows as Asian stocks
plunged on their first trading day after a long break, amid fears the
coronavirus epidemic would hit Chinese demand.

Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes smartphones for Apple and other brands, has
halted “almost all” of its production in China after companies were told to
shut until at least Feb. 10, the source said, adding that an extension of
the stoppage could disrupt shipments to clients including Apple.

British Prime Minister Johnson vowed to end the early release of convicted
terrorists after an Islamist attacker stabbed two people days after he was
set free half way through his prison term.

OPEC and its allies are considering cutting their oil output by a further
500,000 barrels per day (bpd) due to the impact on oil demand from the
coronavirus

AP Top Stories

China’s death toll from a new virus rose to 259 on Saturday and a World
Health Organization official said other governments need to prepare for
“domestic outbreak control” if the disease spreads in their countries.

Airlines in Pakistan resumed flights to and from China Monday after health
authorities said they were confident they had systems in place to keep the
deadly coronavirus out of the country.

Uber is freezing the accounts of 240 users in Mexico as a precaution after
flagging that two drivers made journeys with a passenger who was identified
as being “a possible carrier of the coronavirus.”

U.S. health officials on Saturday confirmed an eighth case of the
fast-spreading new coronavirus in the United States and the Pentagon said
it would provide housing for people arriving from overseas who might need
to be quarantined.

Donald Trump appeared on Saturday to confirm the death of Qassim al-Rimi,
the leader of an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen, through a series of tweets.

Taiwan’s vice president-elect William Lai will go to this week’s
high-profile National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, he said on Monday, an
event traditionally attended by U.S. presidents and which President Donald
Trump was at last year.

Hundreds of protesters gathered near the US Embassy in Beirut against a
White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US plan
heavily favored Israel, granting Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of
the occupied West Bank.

As fears over the deadly coronavirus from China grow, so are racist and
xenophobic incidents against Asian communities in the US, Canada, and
Europe.

BBC

A second activist campaigning for the conservation of monarch butterflies
and the woods in which they hibernate has been found dead in Mexico.

Australia has begun evacuating its citizens trapped by the coronavirus
outbreak in China to an immigration detention center on a remote island.
Evacuees from Wuhan are in route to Australia’s Christmas Island, where
they will be quarantined for two weeks. Canberra said 243 citizens and
permanent residents, including 89 children, were on board. A second flight
is also scheduled for this week.

As many as 20 civilians have been killed in an overnight attack in
north-western Burkina Faso. Unidentified heavily armed men on motorbikes
carried out the attack.

The authorities in Burkina Faso, struggling to grapple with a growing wave
of Islamist militant attacks that is affecting the region, are planning to
give weapons to civilians.

Campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Tanzanian
government of denying basic health services to LGBT people.

WND

Among married couples, wives now out-earn their husbands nearly 30% of the
time, up from 15.9% in 1981, according to recently released data from the
Census Bureau.

Children in California soon will be grilled by physicians on household
finances, family conflict and anything else that could be creating “toxic
stress,” according to a report from the Citizen’s Council for Heath
Freedom.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 3, 2020

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Headlines – 2/3/2020

Israel rejects Trump’s idea of redrawing borders, moving Arab towns to Palestine

After Abbas says cutting Israel relations, official states security ties intact

Kushner: No recognition of Palestinian statehood if PA can’t uphold standards set in deal

Kushner: Palestinians Must Meet Mideast Plan’s Conditions to Be Granted Statehood

Kushner: ‘Deal of the Century’ map can be changed by Palestinians

Jared Kushner insists Middle East peace plan is ‘a real effort to break logjam’

Friedman: Peace plan preserves Israel’s sovereignty over its biblical heartland

3 chunks of Israeli land for Palestine, and 5 more overlooked parts of US plan

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Kremlin: ‘Deal of the Century’ contradicts UN decisions

Russia doubts viability of Trump peace plan, EU stresses commitment to 2 states

After Russia, EU Slams Trump’s Peace Plan: Challenges Basis for Palestinian State

TV report: Oman sought to broker Israel-Iran talks in 2013; Netanyahu said no

Six injured in protests against Trump’s peace plan in front of US Embassy in Lebanon

Iran’s Quds Force to work with Hamas, Islamic Jihad against Trump deal

Hamas: Red Line Crossed, All Options Now on The Table

Report: Gaza Terror Groups Fear Israeli Retaliation After Rocket Attacks, Islamic Jihad Leaders Go Into Hiding

Terrorist groups in Gaza on high alert, fear assassinations

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Mom tells of moment she fell with baby when rushing for shelter in rocket attack

A month to election day, Netanyahu falls into an annexation trap

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Sinai gunmen said to attack Egypt-Israel pipe; Israel says gas flow unhindered

Syria: Anti-regime jihadists target ‘Iranian occupation militias’ in Aleppo

Top EU diplomat heads to Tehran for nuclear talks

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British police shoot terror suspect to death after 3 wounded in London stabbing rampage

London attacker was recently freed from jail for terror offenses

Man shot dead by UK police wanted girlfriend to behead her parents

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Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

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Heavy rain in B.C. causes flooding, traps 500 people at ski hill

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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

February 3 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

February 3.—Morning. [Or March 7.]
“I am the Lord, I change not.”

OUR space will not allow us to give much of this wonderful book of Job, but the following is an instance of the patriarch’s expressions of distress.

Job 23:1–17

Then Job answered and said,

Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Most men cry before they are hurt, or more than they are hurt; but such was not Job’s case: he had good reason for every groan, and when he groaned most he fell short of expressing what he felt within.

Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

Even at his worst estate the good man knows his true refuge. When sinners turn from God in anger the saints fly to him with hope. Yet sometimes the Lord is a God that hideth himself. In this he has wise ends to answer, and he will continue it no longer than is absolutely needful.

I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. (Job wished to have the question, which his three friends had raised, fairly tried in the highest court. He felt that he could with freedom plead with so righteous a judge. It is only the pure heart which can court such an investigation. He who knows that he is clear through Jesu’s blood is not afraid to appear in the courts of heaven.)

Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

Innocence fears not power, but like Una rides on the lion. The Lord never crushes a man because he is down, but rather he delights to lift up the prostrate.

There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:

10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (He comforts himself with the assurance that if he could not find the Lord, and speak in his own defence, yet the case was already known to him, and would in due time be decided in his favour. How blessedly his faith held its anchorage though the storm raged terribly.)

11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. (Again in answer to the accusations of his three unfriendly friends, he protests his innocence of their charges, and scouts the idea that he is suffering for some secret apostacy.)

13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. (He accounts for his trials by considering the immutable and inscrutable decrees of God, and suggests that many more troubles might yet befall him, for which he might be unable to find a reason.)

15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

Great suffering could not kill his faith, but it damped his joy. He had also come to think of an absolute God doing as he willed, and it is no wonder that he trembled at the contemplation. Only when we see Jesus do we see that God is love.

16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face. (He wished that by an early death he had escaped suffering, but all such wishes are vain. We cannot go back: let us therefore by faith press onward.)

God is a King of power unknown;

Firm are the orders of his throne;

If he resolves, who dare oppose,

Or ask him why, or what he does?

He wounds the heart, and he makes whole;

He calms the tempest of the soul;

He rescues souls from long despair,

And snaps in twain the iron bar.

February 3.—Evening. [Or March 8.]
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

LET us read Job’s famous passage upon the search after wisdom, and in order that we may see its beauties we will read it in an accurate translation; arranged as it should be in parallel lines.

Job 28

For there is a vein for the silver,

and a place for the gold, which they refine.

Iron is taken out of the dust,

and stone is fused into copper.

The following verses describe the operations of mining, and the hazards of the miner.

He puts an end to the darkness;

and he searches out, to the very end,

stones of thick darkness and of death-shade.

He drives a shaft away from man’s abode;

forgotten of the foot,

they swing suspended, far from men!

That is to say, having no use for their feet in descending the shaft, they swing in mid air.

The earth, out of it goes forth bread;

and under it, is destroyed as with fire.

A place of sapphires, are its stones;

and it has clods of gold.

The path, no bird of prey has known it,

nor the falcon’s eye glanced on it:

Nor proud beasts trodden it,

nor roaring lion passed over it.

Against the flinty rock he puts forth his hand;

he overturns mountains from the base.

The solid rock is broken, and the hills are undermined by those who search for precious metals. Their tunnels pierce the centre of the Alps, and tear out the bowels of the hills.

10 In the rocks he cleaves out rivers;

and his eye sees every precious thing.

11 He binds up streams, that they drip not:

and the hidden he brings out to light.

Miners take great care to prevent the water from breaking in upon them so as to flood the mines, and by such care they are able to penetrate into earth’s deep places, and reveal her secrets.

12 But wisdom, whence shall it be found?

and where is the place of understanding?

13 Man knows not its price;

nor is it found in the land of the living.

14 The deep saith, It is not in me;

and the sea saith, It is not with me.

15 Choice gold shall not be given in exchange for it;

nor shall silver be weighed for its price.

16 It cannot be weighed with gold of Ophir,

with the precious onyx and sapphire.

17 Gold and glass shall not be compared with it,

nor vessels of fine gold be an exchange for it.

Glass in ancient times was a costly article, used only for splendour and luxury, but however precious it might be, wisdom far excels it.

18 Corals and crystals shall not be named;

and the possession of wisdom is more than pearls.

19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be compared with it;

it shall not be weighed with pure gold.

20 But wisdom, whence comes it?

and where is the place of understanding?

21 Since it is hidden from the eyes of all living,

and covered from the fowls of heaven.

22 Destruction and death say:

with our ears have we heard the fame of it.

23 God understands the way to it,

and he knows the place of it.

24 For he, to the ends of the earth he looks;

and he sees under the whole heaven:

25 To make the weight for the wind;

and he meted out the waters by measure.

26 When he made a decree for the rain,

and a track for the thunder’s flash:

27 Then he saw it, and he declared it;

he established it, yea, and searched it out.

28 And to man he said:

Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;

and to depart from evil is understanding.

Job comes to the same conclusion as Solomon, who said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” True religion is priceless beyond all the treasures of earth. Seek it first, ye children and young men; for then shall you be truly rich.

Jesus is the Captain of the mine of wisdom, and he will show you the lodes of precious knowledge.

In vain we search; in vain we try;

Till Jesus brings his gospel nigh;

’Tis there such power and glory dwell

As save rebellious souls from hell.

Let men or angels dig the mines,

Where nature’s golden treasure shines;

Brought near the doctrine of the cross,

All nature’s gold appears but dross.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 67–68). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.