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March 4 - Evening

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”  - Deuteronomy 29:29

The Revealed Information is For Us, The Secret Information is For the Lord

The book of Deuteronomy is a collection of the teaching of Moses and what he reviewed with the people before they entered the Promised Land. During the forty years in the wilderness Moses had taught the people all that the Lord revealed to him. This revelation included information, knowledge, promises, wisdom, prophecy, commands and consequences of the people’s actions. This teaching is referred to by Moses as “things revealed.” These “things,” or this information and teaching, had been given to that wilderness generation and was for their children to use as a guide, as encouragement, as information, or however these revealed “things” could be applied to their lives. These “things revealed” were for Israel to use “forever.” In these revealed words everything Israel would need in order to follow God forever had been given to them.

But, there would have been some questions and “what if” scenarios presented to Moses. Even after forty years of teaching and an extensive review in the Deuteronomy “seminar” on the east banks of the Jordan, there were still some gaps or apparent conflicts or inconclusive illustrations. Questions about Israel’s future must have been asked. For example, “How long before the nation disobeys and loses the Promised Land?” Or, “When do we set up the king Moses spoke about?” And, “Who is this prophet that will be like Moses and when will he come?” “How long before all the nations see the greatness of the Lord through Israel?
These questions and Moses statement would be similar to the way Jesus ended his teaching to the disciples on the Mount of Olives in Acts chapter one. Jesus had taught the disciples for three years and reviewed his teaching with them after the resurrection for forty days. And, when he is done teaching and reviewing, they still had questions about the unknown:
“Then they gathered around him and asked him, Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ ” – Acts 1:6

To which Jesus replied:
“It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:7

Moses ended his teaching in a similar way when he says:
“…the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever.”
                “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.”

God has revealed enough for us to do what we are called to do, if we will attend to the teaching and the work. But, there is much we do not know and cannot understand (Isaiah 55:8-9). So, we know what has been revealed, and we “live by faith, not by sight” concerning the other areas. The secret things belong to God, but our concern is to “follow all the words of the words of this Law” that HAS BEEN revealed.
Choregeo (Gr) – Supply (Eng) – choregeo is a Greek word that means “to lead a stage chorus or dance.” Choregeo is made up of two Greek words choros, “chorus,” and hegeomai, “to lead.” Eventually the Greek word choregeo, “the leader of the chorus,” began to refer to the person who would pay for the expense of the entire stage show, or the chorus/dance show. In New Testament Greek times the word had come to mean “sponsor,” “supply,” “patron,” or “subsidize.” This word choregeo is used in 2 Corinthians 9:10 where Paul says that God is our choregeo, or the patron, the sponsor, the financial backer of our service for him and our life before him.
Sometimes things don't work out as planned, but that doesn't mean God's wisdom will not be accomplished. Even if we fail, God, in his wisdom, can still accomplish his plan.
I will continue to follow God and watch God continue to work.

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Scientists and theologians

The altar with the famous fish and loaves mosaic at Tabgha in the Heptagegon Church in front of the altar over the rock where supposedly Jesus multiplied the fish and loaves. There is no archaeological evidence for this, but it is the traditional place in this ancient church. Traditionally it is at this location on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee that Jesus ate his post-resurrection breakfast with the disciples and spoke to Peter about his calling and his future (John 21). (Details here and here.)
John 21
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Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Jesus Reinstates Peter
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Some of the largest ashlars are found in the southwest
corner of the Temple Mount wall. These stones weigh
as much as 80 tons and are about 40 feet long,
8 feet wide and 3.5 feet tall. As seen in this photo, the workers used what is called header and stretcher construction where the stones are laid west and south in an alternating pattern. Because of the great size of the stones and this style of interlocking construction, all the corners of Herod’s Temple have been preserved to a great height – the Romans were unable to move them. This southwest corner has been preserved to the height of twelve Herodian courses of original ashlars; eight are visible here and the other four courses can be seen in photos above. Notice the edge of Robinson’s Arch on the left side of the photo. (Details concerning Herodian Ashlar blocks.)

Someone to Quote

“To be skeptical of the resultant text of the new Testament books its to allow all of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for no documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament.” – John Warwick Montgomery

Something to Ponder

Christianity Has a Unique Account of Origins

• Christianity describes the origin of the universe as a special creation by an eternal, omnipotent, personal God.
In comparison, other religions are weak when discussing the topic of origins. No other religion goes back to the absolute beginning before anything existed. All other religions merely discuss the reforming of pre-existent material.

• Babylonian religions began with a primeval chaotic mixture of three waters.
• Egyptian
religion assumes an initial watery chaos from which everything evolved.
• Greek mythology
describes a chaos of water at the beginning.
• Roman
writers describe a beginning from a universal, blind interplay of atoms.
• Secular humanism
supports a sophisticated process of evolution of pre-existing material.

Here’s a Fact

Refuting Higher Criticism’s Claims Against the Old Testament

Here is Example #3:

CRITIC: The miracle stories of Genesis, Exodus,  Kings, Jonah, etc. were derived from ancient myths copied into the Bible. The Old Testament is a historical narrative.

The miracles are part of recorded history. A bias against miracles is NOT a sign of intellect or intelligence, but rather a presupposition against God. If God exists, then miracles are not only possible, they are probable.


"The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding."
- Proverbs 4:7

Coach’s Corner

Christianity can separate the passion of sex from the perversion of sex. Natural man cannot.

2 Corinthians 9:10
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10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
Deuteronomy 32
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Listen, you heavens, and I will speak;     hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.

Let my teaching fall like rain     and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass,     like abundant rain on tender plants.

I will proclaim the name of the Lord.     Oh, praise the greatness of our God!

He is the Rock, his works are perfect,     and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong,     upright and just is he.

They are corrupt and not his children;     to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.

Is this the way you repay the Lord,     you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator,     who made you and formed you?

Remember the days of old;     consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you,     your elders, and they will explain to you.

When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,     when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples     according to the number of the sons of Israel.

For the Lord’s portion is his people,     Jacob his allotted inheritance.
In a desert land he found him,     in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him;     he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
like an eagle that stirs up its nest     and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them     and carries them aloft.
The Lord alone led him;     no foreign god was with him.
He made him ride on the heights of the land     and fed him with the fruit of the fields. He nourished him with honey from the rock,     and with oil from the flinty crag,
with curds and milk from herd and flock     and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan     and the finest kernels of wheat. You drank the foaming blood of the grape.
Jeshurun grew fat and kicked;     filled with food, they became heavy and sleek. They abandoned the God who made them     and rejected the Rock their Savior.
They made him jealous with their foreign gods     and angered him with their detestable idols.
They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God—     gods they had not known,     gods that recently appeared,     gods your ancestors did not fear.
You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;     you forgot the God who gave you birth.
The Lord saw this and rejected them     because he was angered by his sons and daughters.
“I will hide my face from them,” he said,     “and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation,     children who are unfaithful.
They made me jealous by what is no god     and angered me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people;     I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
For a fire will be kindled by my wrath,     one that burns down to the realm of the dead below. It will devour the earth and its harvests     and set afire the foundations of the mountains.
“I will heap calamities on them     and spend my arrows against them.
I will send wasting famine against them,     consuming pestilence and deadly plague; I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts,     the venom of vipers that glide in the dust.
In the street the sword will make them childless;     in their homes terror will reign. The young men and young women will perish,     the infants and those with gray hair.
I said I would scatter them     and erase their name from human memory,
but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy,     lest the adversary misunderstand and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed;     the Lord has not done all this.’”
They are a nation without sense,     there is no discernment in them.
If only they were wise and would understand this     and discern what their end will be!
How could one man chase a thousand,     or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them,     unless the Lord had given them up?
For their rock is not like our Rock,     as even our enemies concede.
Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom     and from the fields of Gomorrah. Their grapes are filled with poison,     and their clusters with bitterness.
Their wine is the venom of serpents,     the deadly poison of cobras.
“Have I not kept this in reserve     and sealed it in my vaults?
It is mine to avenge; I will repay.     In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near     and their doom rushes upon them.”
The Lord will vindicate his people     and relent concerning his servants when he sees their strength is gone     and no one is left, slave or free.
He will say: “Now where are their gods,     the rock they took refuge in,
the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices     and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up to help you!     Let them give you shelter!
“See now that I myself am he!     There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life,     I have wounded and I will heal,     and no one can deliver out of my hand.
I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear:     As surely as I live forever,
when I sharpen my flashing sword     and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries     and repay those who hate me.
I will make my arrows drunk with blood,     while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives,     the heads of the enemy leaders.”
Rejoice, you nations, with his people,     for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies     and make atonement for his land and people.
44 Moses came with Joshua son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. 45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
Moses to Die on Mount Nebo
48 On that same day the Lord told Moses, 49 “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. 50 There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. 51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. 52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
Numbers 22
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Balak Summons Balaam
22 Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho.
Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites.
The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.”
So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,
sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the Euphrates River, in his native land. Balak said:
“A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me.
Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed.”
The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said.
“Spend the night here,” Balaam said to them, “and I will report back to you with the answer the Lord gives me.” So the Moabite officials stayed with him.
God came to Balaam and asked, “Who are these men with you?”
10 Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message: 11 ‘A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.’”
12 But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”
13 The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak’s officials, “Go back to your own country, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.”
14 So the Moabite officials returned to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”
15 Then Balak sent other officials, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. 16 They came to Balaam and said:
“This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me,
17 because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me.”
18 But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God. 19 Now spend the night here so that I can find out what else the Lord will tell me.”
20 That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you.”
Balaam’s Donkey
21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.
24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.
26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”
30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”
“No,” he said.
31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.
32 The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”
34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.”
35 The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s officials.
36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border, at the edge of his territory. 37 Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn’t you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?”
38 “Well, I have come to you now,” Balaam replied. “But I can’t say whatever I please. I must speak only what God puts in my mouth.”
39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. 40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the officials who were with him. 41 The next morning Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth Baal, and from there he could see the outskirts of the Israelite camp.

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