There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
It was from no imperative command of God that Moses first took up the cause of the Israelites. It was an act done by the man himself, a manly act. The Bible tells us that he “went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens.” Doubtless he often talked with them, perhaps even appealed to Pharaoh in an effort to alleviate their lot. But in vain. Then one day, as the story is told in Exodus and again more fully in the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 7), Moses saw an Egyptian illtreating an unfortunate Hebrew. Remonstrance proving unavailing, he slew the oppressor.
Perhaps the deed was one of sudden rage, though the artist Schnorr depicts it rather as a premeditated thing. The Bible says that Moses “looked this way and that way” before he struck. He thought himself unobserved, and hid the Egyptian’s body in the sand. Yet the whisper of what he had done spread among the Hebrews. Either there was a secret onlooker, or the rescued man himself told the tale in gratitude. Moses may have hoped thus to win acceptance as a leader among his people. If so the next day undeceived him. He intervened between two quarrelling Israelites, and was answered by one with an angry sneer, “Intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? So Moses saw that they would use his deed against him.
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; and forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?
Let the text itself be taken as the portion for today. There is no need to enlarge upon it. Trembling one, read it, believe it, feed on it, and plead it before the Lord. He whom you fear is only a man after all; while He who promises to comfort you is God, your Maker, and the creator of heaven and earth. Infinite comfort more than covers a very limited danger.
“Where is the fury of the oppressor?” It is in the Lord’s hand. It is only the fury of a dying creature; fury which will end as soon as the breath is gone from the nostril. Why, then, should we stand in awe of one who is as frail as ourselves? Let us not dishonor our God by making a god of puny man. We can make an idol of a man by rendering to him excessive fear as well as by paying him inordinate love. Let us treat men as men, and God as God; and then we shall go calmly on in the path of duty, fearing the Lord and fearing nobody else.
7:15in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt The periods of the exodus, wilderness wanderings, and conquest of the promised land were filled with a number of miracles performed by Yahweh on behalf of His people (e.g., plagues on Egypt, crossing of the Red Sea, manna and water in the wilderness, crossing of the Jordan River, walls of Jericho falling down, sun standing still, etc.).
7:15 This statement is the literary “center” of vv. 14–17. The Lord has acted in the past, and he will do so again. when you came out. The people of God in all ages are included in the deliverance from Egypt (cf. Deut. 5:3). marvelous things. This term is associated with the Lord’s acts before Pharaoh (Ex. 3:20).
7:15 miracles. These miracles will be fulfilled in God’s judgment on the earth which precedes the Second Advent of Messiah (cf. Rev 6–19).
7:15. In response to the prophet’s request (v. 14) the Lord told the nation through Micah that a time would come when He would again be known as a miraculous God. When Israel came out of Egypt, God did wonders (cf. Ex. 3:20; 15:11; Jud. 6:13; Ps. 78:12–16) on her behalf, releasing her from Egypt, enabling her to cross the Red Sea on dry ground, and providing for her in the desert. Once again the nation will have a great “exodus” from its places of habitation and God will miraculously move the Israelites into their land. This will occur when the Messiah returns and sets up His millennial rule.
The Prophet here introduces God as the speaker; and he so speaks as to give an answer to his prayer. God then promises that he will be wonderful in his works, and give such evidences of his power, as he exhibited when he brought up his people from the land of Egypt. We now see that there is more force in this passage, than if the Prophet had at first said, that God would become the deliverer of his people: for he interposed entreaty and prayer; and God now shows that he will be merciful to his people; and at the same time the faithful are reminded, that they must be instant in prayer, if they desire to be preserved by God.
Now God says, that he will show wonderful things, as when the people formerly came out of Egypt. That redemption, we know, was a perpetual monument of God’s power in the preservation of his Church; so that whenever he designs to give some hope of deliverance, he reminds the faithful of those miracles, that they may feel assured that there will be no obstacles to prevent them from continuing in a state of safety, provided God will be pleased to help them, for his power is not diminished.
And this deserves to be noticed; for though we all allow the omnipotence of God, yet when we struggle with trials, we tremble, as though all the avenues to our preservation had been closed up against God. As soon then as any impediment is thrown in our way, we think that there is no hope. Whence is this? It is because we make no account of God’s power, which yet we confess to be greater than that of the whole world.
This is the reason why God now refers to the miracles which he wrought at the coming forth of the people. They ought to have known, that God ever continues like himself, and that his power remains as perfect as it was formerly; and there is in him sufficient support to encourage the hope of assistance. We now perceive the object of the Prophet. He indeed changes the persons; for in the beginning he addresses the people, according to the days of thy going forth, and then he adds, אראנו, aranu, ‘I will make him to see;’ but this change does not obscure the meaning, for God only means, that his power was sufficiently known formerly to his people, and that there was a memorable proof of it in their redemption, so that the people could not have doubted respecting their safety, without being ungrateful to God, and without burying in oblivion that so memorable a benefit, which God once conferred on their fathers.
Ver. 15.—According to (as in) the days. The Lord answers the prophet’s prayer, taking up his last word, and promising even more than he asks, engaging to equal the wonders which marked the exodus from Egypt. That great deliverance was a type and foreshadowing of Messianic salvation (comp. Isa. 43:15, etc.; 51:10; 1 Cor. 10:1, etc.). Unto him; unto the people of Israel (ver. 14). Marvellous things; Septuagint, Ὄψεσθε θαυμαστά, “Ye shall see marvellous things.” Supernatural occurrences are meant, as Exod. 3:20; 15:11; Ps. 77:14. We do not read of any special miracles at the return from captivity, so the people were led to look onward to the advent of Messiah for these wonders.
7:15 / Verse 15 is a reply to the prayer: Yahweh will once again show to the nations wonders, great saving events (cf. Exod. 15:11; Deut. 26:8; Neh. 9:17 rsv; Ps. 78:4, many references), like the wonder of the exodus when Israel came out from its slavery in Egypt.
15 The answer that comes from God is a promise of the restoration of the days when he led the people from bondage to their inheritance in Canaan. The exodus was the central event in the prophetic theology of history. It was an event that could be repeated, because to the prophets history was continually being fulfilled. The exodus would occur again—but in a new and even greater way. To the prophets, the exodus was an event of more than historical interest. It revealed such attributes of God as his might, his sovereignty over the nations, and his love for his own.
Because God is unchanging and his attributes timeless, his people can expect his acts to be repeated again and again in history. For this reason Hosea viewed the impending captivity as a repetition of the Egyptian bondage (Hos 9:3; 11:5) and the exodus as a pattern of their release from the impending captivity (11:11; cf. 12:9). (For a discussion of the repetition of the acts of God and its implications, see F. Foulkes, The Acts of God [London: Tyndale, 1955].)
 Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Mic 7:15). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Faith would be foolish if what we hope for does not have basis in reality, but God offers us all the reality we need
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
What an unbelievable statement! Who in this modern world of rational thinking would dare to stand in any public forum and spout such childish nonsense. Isn’t it only a child who actually believes that a parent will fulfill an impracticable but hoped-for Christmas or birthday wish? Only children, after all, believe that a wonderful, imagined gift will become reality? Who else would trust an adult, even a wise and loving adult, to this extent?
Maybe that’s one reason why Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Faith would be foolish if what we hope for does not have basis in reality, but God offers us all the reality we need, all the truth necessary to make an intelligent decision to follow Him. The very character of God cries out for such trust and, in addition, He sent His Son Jesus to display that character in the flesh and to provide the way to God.
Millions of people through the ages have risked all to believe that God is love and can be trusted. The Bible says, “This is what the ancients were commended for.” It does take faith to believe God and His Word, but we have the promise of Jesus, “whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”
Question: Are you willing to step out in faith and take God at His Word?
A black hole. That’s what it seems like at times in our personal lives.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”Psalm 40:1-3
A black hole. That’s what it seems like at times in our personal lives.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) defines a “Black Hole” as “A place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. And because no light can get out, people can’t see black holes. They are invisible.”
That’s it. That’s what life seems like at times—pulled and squeezed at every possible point, with not a bit of light anywhere, darkness all around and deep within. Even the “invisible” part of the definition fits—finding it hard many times to identify what it is causing the darkness in our lives and hearts.
David, even as King David, felt that darkness, those black holes at times enveloping his life and inner being. Running from his own mistakes, running from others and hiding in caves, wondering all too often where God was, crying out to Him and asking why God had forsaken him.
That’s it. We’ve all felt it and been there. All.
Then add the stuff going on in the nation and world around us this past year and more. And we have an even blacker hole, if such a thing is possible. No light. Squeezed tight. Pulled every which-way but what’s right. And not at all sure of the way out.
But that same David, in his better moments—where and when he sought out, leaned toward and waited patiently for God—found the light that was always there for him. Even through the black holes in his own life.
The light from the Lord who lifted him out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; and set his feet on a rock giving him a firm place to stand, putting a new song in His mouth. A hymn of praise to his God.
When David waited patiently for the Lord—when he sought the Lord first—the Lord turned to him and heard his pleas for help and guided him out of and through the black holes and darkness he faced in life.
That’s it. Facing whatever we face. Black holes and more. Squeezed tight and pulled in every direction.
‘Wait patiently for the Lord to hear our cry, and to lift us out of the slimy pit, and set our feet on a rock. And then put a new song in our mouth,’ a hymn of praise to God. Our Light. Sounds about right. Pastor Scott Whitaker
By John Grant Used by Permission John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
Brought up in highest rank among the Egyptians, Moses must have spent much of his life at their capital, which was then Memphis, on the banks of the lower Nile. He must have gazed often upon the mighty structure which even then loomed in stately antiquity beside the sacred stream. All the remarkable “wisdom” of the Egyptians was open to him, and in the Acts of the Apostles we are assured that he gathered all, including the secret knowledge of the priesthood, which enabled them to do wonders that seemed miraculous to common eyes.
Moses was also “mighty in deeds.” One legend tells of his saving Egypt by leading an army against the Ethiopians who had invaded and almost mastered the land, until an oracle bade Pharaoh “appeal to the Hebrew” for aid. Then Moses conquered them. While little real faith can be placed in these romantic tales, it seems likely that Moses was a vigorous and powerful chieftain and a successful general in the Egyptian wars. It is certain that he held a high position at the court of Pharaoh. Then he deliberately abandoned all his power to cast his lot with that of his afflicted brethren.
Famously soggy Seattle sees its wettest fall on record Seattle, a city known for soggy weather, has seen its wettest fall on record. The National Weather Service says 19.04 inches (48.4 centimeters) of rain fell between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, breaking a record set in 2006.
This Is a Test You Need to Fail We are being tested and watched very closely. The last two years have been a check to see how far we will heel…how obedient we will be. In short, how much bull we can absorb without objection. We are a massive experiment…guinea pigs, if you will.
CONFLICT: Reuters Chairman is Pfizer Investor and Board Member. The chairman and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Reuters news agency – James C. Smith – is a top investor and board member for pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer. He was elected to the board in 2014, as well as joining Pfizer’s Corporate Governance and Science and Technology Committees. The news raises serious conflict of interest concerns as corporate media outlets such as Reuters continue to promote Pfizer products, defend pharmaceuticals companies from criticism, and move to silence skeptics.
Thousands of people marched through the streets of Belgium’s capital Brussels on Sunday, protesting new Covid-19 restrictions. A group of demonstrators clashed with police, who responded with tear gas and water cannon.
Some 8,000 people took park in the street protests in Brussels on Sunday, according to police estimates. The participants condemned the government’s Covid-19 policies, including vaccination and the rollout of a coronavirus health pass, which they claim infringes on human rights and freedoms.
🇧🇪 The Brussels firefighter and care worker protest before the police jumped in and shot tear gas and water at them "for their health". pic.twitter.com/J7RYH8VjxW
The marchers were escorted by a large police force, with the event proceeding peacefully overall and only sporadic object-throwing at officers reported. The protesters were seen carrying assorted placards, reading “Covid is an organized genocide,” “QR = swastika,” “United for our freedom, rights and our children,” and the like.
While the majority of marchers seemingly dispersed of its own accord after the event was over, a smaller group of rowdy protesters ran into a heavy police barricade guarding the perimeter of Brussels’ EU quarter, housing the European Commission and other Eurocrat buildings.
Footage from the scene showed the protesters pelting police officers with flares, fireworks and other objects. Law enforcement responded with tear gas and water cannon, with at least one protester seen knocked down and swept away by the water jet. The police urged the crowd to disperse, threatening to arrest those who didn’t comply.
Protests against anti-coronavirus restrictions continue for the third consecutive weekend in Brussels, with thousands hitting the streets of the city to condemn the government policies. Ahead of the new round of the protests, Brussels announced new restrictions aimed at tackling the spread of Covid-19 and its recently-detected variant, Omicron.
The new measures include mandatory mask-wearing for children as young as six, as well as the limiting of indoor events to 200 attendees. The government also announced the closure, a week early, of day care centers and schools for the upcoming holidays, citing the coronavirus situation.
Over the past week, some 17,800 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the country on average every day. Belgium, a nation of some 11.5 million people, has registered over 1.8 million cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than 27,000 people succumbing to the disease.
To get there, they did not implement lockdowns, vaccine campaigns, mask wearing, or social distancing. They instead stuck to what they valued most, community, contribution, family, health and tradition. Values that were pushed to the back seat in most areas of the world who put reducing COVID cases above everything else. Initially the Amish in Lancaster adopted a very brief shutdown at the start of COVID. Like many others, they were trying to find out what was going on and how severe the disease was. But once things were more clear, they took an approach that somewhat resembles what The Great Barrington Declaration sets forth ?” some focused protection for the vulnerable, but let people live their lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of fear, manufactured by individuals who were in the nominal positions of authority as the virus began to spread across the globe last year, according to Yale epidemiologist Dr. Harvey Risch.
In an appearance on EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program, Risch, an epidemiology professor at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, argued that by and large, what has characterized the entire CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic has been a “degree of fear and people’s response to the fear.”
“Overall, I’d say that we’ve had a pandemic of fear. And fear has affected almost everybody, whereas the infection has affected relatively few,” said Risch.
“By and large, it’s been a very selected pandemic, and predictable. It was very distinguished between young versus old, healthy versus chronic disease people. So we quickly learned who was at risk for the pandemic and who wasn’t,” he added.
“However, the fear was manufactured for everybody. And that’s what’s characterized the whole pandemic is that degree of fear and people’s response to the fear.”
Risch has authored over 300 original peer-reviewed publications and was formerly a member of the board of editors for the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The epidemiology professor suggested that individuals who held the nominal positions of authority during the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 initially spread a much worse picture of the “dire nature” of the virus than was warranted.
That included the message that everybody was at risk, everybody could die from contracting the virus, everybody needed to find protection, everybody needed to stay in their homes and not socialize with others to protect themselves, and in this way protect society, Risch explained.
“People were quite afraid of that message, as anybody would be…with the government, with authorities, with scientists, scientific people, with medical people in authority in the public health institutions, all saying the same message starting in about, February, March of last year. And so we all kind of believe this,” he said.
In the first two months of the pandemic, stringent lockdowns and mask mandates were implemented to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in the United States and across the globe. Risch said that the types of messages issued by authorities led to widespread heightened anxiety levels.
“All of our anxiety levels were raised, and we all made decisions to curtail, to various degrees, our exposures to other people, some more than others, but I think everybody had levels of anxiety that really affected how they carry out their life at that time,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has said that 96 to 98 percent of Americans need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the nation can “go back to normal,” pushing the rhetoric that unvaccinated Americans are to blame for slowing down the nation’s economic recovery.
According to data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Dec. 4, just over 70 percent of American adults are fully vaccinated against the virus, while 23.9 percent have received a booster dose.
One of the most recent victories was a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Schelp out of Missouri who issued a preliminary injunction blocking a White House order that all workers employed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, in order to keep their jobs.
“The nature and breadth of the CMS mandate requires clear authorization from Congress – and Congress has provided none,” Schelp said, adding further that the mandate threatens consequences of “vast economic and political significance.”
Schelp’s ruling only applied to health care workers in 10 states: Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Wyoming and Alaska. However, another case that followed expanded the injunction to the entire country.
The French government’s policies clearly don’t sit well with some. THOUSANDS of the country’s health workers have hit the streets of Paris to state their opposition to what they see as a deterioration in the public health sector. #news #trending #currentevents ————————————————————————————————– Freedom over censorship, truth over narrative.
Thousands of protesters marched through Vienna on Saturday, denouncing the government’s COVID19 policies. More than 40,000 people hit the streets to protest against an extended lockdown and plans by the government to make vaccinations compulsory starting from February 2022.
Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets of Belfast this Saturday, as the Northern Irish government introduces vaccine passports. Protesters held signs and made speeches as they rallied against the new regulations.
An anti-COVID-restrictions rally in the Slovenian capital led to clashes with Ljubljana’s police, the dispersal of protesters, and, in some cases, ARRESTS. The demonstration was in response to the government’s latest measures and proposed new laws to contain the pandemic. #news #trending #currentevents ————————————————————————————————– Freedom over censorship, truth over narrative.
Fox News business correspondent Charlie Gasparino reacts to the firing of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo for having an inappropriate role in the political scandals of his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
CHARLIE GASPARINO, FOX NEWS: My view is this is a failure of management in so many different ways. You know Chris stepped over the line, but you almost expect him to because that’s his brother and you know he’s close to [his] brother so you may step over the line. I’m just wondering did [CNN President] Jeff Zucker ever sit down and say to Chris, we know that you’re advising your brother at least nominally or unofficially, here are the rules of the road that you need to do or you take leave of absence. Remember they offered him a leave of absence to do that. And that’s where I think the journalism ethics, or lack of ethics, comes in here. What did Jeff Zucker do? What did he tell Chris? Was Chris just ignoring these warnings? We need to to know all of that. And another thing Howie, another guy I know and like… [new corporate owner of CNN, Discovery CEO David Zazlav], he runs CNN now, the head of the Discovery-CNN package that was put together when Time Warner spun off its media assets. David Zazlav has been saying, taking shots at FOX News, saying, “That’s not real news over there, we at CNN is real news.” That’s been his marketing plan lately. How can he say that with a straight face with this going on?