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The Four Oracles of Haggai

First Oracle - Get Busy Haggai reveals God's displeasure in the people's 15 year period of disobedience (Haggai 1:4). Once again the Lord commands, through Haggai, that the people get to work on the temple (Haggai 1:8). Haggai calls upon the people in Jerusalem to reason with God. Haggai asks them to consider why they are in the current distress of drought (Haggai 1:11), little harvest (Haggai 2:16), mildew and hail (Haggai 2:17). Why all the distress? "Because of my house that lies waste, while you run every man to his own house" (Haggai 1:9). The sovereign God of creation has called upon nature to correct his people. Throughout the scriptures we learn that God created this world to follow his laws and regulations. Those who refuse obedience always suffer consequences (see Psalm 32:4-5 and Hebrews 12:5-13). After Haggai's "stirring" words (see Haggai 1:14) the Jews "consided' these things and...
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The Godhead

Text of Interest: "For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the godhead bodily/' (Colossians 2:9). What is the "Godhead?" The word "godhead" is from the Greek theios which means "divinity, deity" (Moulton 193). The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word as "The essential and divine nature of God" (565). The divine nature of God is revealed as eternal (John 1:1ff), omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent (Jeremiah 23:23-24; 32:17). God is revealed to be Holy (Leviticus 11:44), perfect (Matthew 5:48), patient ( I l Pet. 3:9), merciful and comforting (Il 1 Corinthians 1:3). God is the essence of love ( l John 4:8) and peace (l 1 Corinthians 14:33). Identity of the Godhead The Bible tells us that we can identify with deity through the visible creation (Romans 1:19ff) and divine revelation (Galatians 1:11ff). God is identified, early in the pages of revelation, as a plurality of persons. Genesis 1:26 states, "And...
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A Heart of Gold

I Corinthians chapter seven makes a statement regarding how we affect others by our attitude toward sin. Paul was made to be comforted in his inner being at the news of the Corinthian's repentance and willingness to work out other troubling issues (2 Corinthians 7:6-7). Paul knew that the Corinthians could have done otherwise at the hearing of the straightforward charges he made against them in his first epistle to them. The Corinthians could have hardened their heart against Paul and the gospel of Jesus Christ; however, they were made sorry "after a godly sort," and repented of their sins (1 Corinthians 7:9). Not only was Paul comforted in the Corinthian's repentance but Titus was as well (see 2 Corinthians 7:15). Truly, our disposition toward sin in our lives affects others. When the Apostle John wrote to the "elect lady and her children," he "rejoiced greatly that I have found...
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Establishing Bible Authority

How Authority works in the Old Testament (Part 3 of 3) Consequences for Disobedience There are terrible consequences to the person who does not follow God's laws exactly as He delivered them (Judges Sometimes man partially obeys God yet this divided service is due awful punishment too (1 Samuel 15:3, 13; 1 Kings 18:21; 2 Kings 17:33, 39-40). Those who simply reject God's standard and make up their own way of life Will not go unpunished (Judges 21:25; 2 Samuel 6:6ff; 1 Kings 12:25-33; 2 Kings 5:11). The Lord God Almighty is not only a loving and merciful God but a God of great wrath, fierce anger, and tndtgnat jon against those who trample His divine standard under foot (Isaiah 6624; Lamentations 2:20• 22; 4:13; Ezekiel 7:1-8; 18:4; Joel 2:1-2; Amos 4:12-13; 6:13-16; Zephaniah 1:8). The Lord will "return" all that man has done agatnst authorized standard back upon their...
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Establishing Bible Authority

How Authority works in the Old Testament (Part 2 of 3) Man's Divinely Appointed Responsibility  Man is to know his divinely created place in this universe. Man's highest priority in this life is meeting Jehovah's authorized standard (Exodus 10:3; Leviticus 11:44; Job 4:12-21; 38:1ff; Proverbs 2:1-9; 3:13-18; 4:7; 8•.7-9; Psalm 9:20; 119:72; Jeremiah 6:16-20). To sin against Jehovah's divine will is to transgress against one's own nature (Ezekiel 14:12-13). Man; however, was never designed by Jehovah to create spiritual laws to follow (Jeremiah 10:23). Those individuals who do not follow the natural God appointed life of perfect obedience are deemed rebellious, polluted (Zechariah 3:1), and hard hearted (Exodus 5:1-2). Such individuals forsake all God's mercy (Jonah 2:8). Man has absolutely no right to create even one law in relationship to his spiritual direction (see Leviticus 10:1ff). Jehovah is clear regarding His divine will for man. He has set the standard...
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