Starting March 1 this space will be devoted to a special study: The Top 10 Most Powerful Biblical Prophecies.
Isaiah challenged the idolaters to prove their Gods were true God by foretelling future events: “Show the things that are to come hereafter, That we may know that you are gods” (Isaiah 41:21-23). Genuine fulfilled prophecy is in fact a miracle and if it can be proven to be true it is one the most powerful evidences that the Bible is from God.
Beginning March 1st we will count down the top 10 most powerful Bible prophecies.
Goals: To strengthen our confidence that the Bible is the word of God and to offer proof that Jesus is the Christ!
As always we hope for discussion. Prophecy can be a tricky subject and I an sure there will be some differing viewpoints. Let’s study these important passages together! We hope you will join us and add to the discussion and share this with anyone you think will be interested!
Art work by William Sipling.
Boaz wanted to marry the widow Ruth, but there was one problem. According to the law the nearest relative had the first right to marry a widow and there was a closer relative than Boaz. I believe it reflects his spiritual mindedness that Boaz even brought up the possibility. He was not going to proceed with the marriage unless he was certain it had God’s approval.
What impresses me most is the way he expresses the possibility that someone else might marry Ruth: “Stay this night, and in the morning it shall be that if he will perform the duty of a close relative for you-good; let him do it”.
If someone else gets to marry you….good! In other words, I’m ok with that if that is God’s will.
It may not mean “good” in the sense that I am glad – but it does reflect a resignation to the will of God. He doesn’t sound resentful. There’s no, “I’ll be depressed for the rest of my life” or plan B, “we will runaway to Moab where we can do what we want.”
Likewise we should accept the will of God for our lives, without regret or second guessing. Life may not unfold the way we desire but if its the will of God….good! Its easier said than done, certainly, but perhaps God has a plan or purpose we cannot see or something better prepared for us.
And if something is not the will of God…NOT GOOD! If we truly fear God we will never be happy knowing we are living in disobedience.
Question: We studied this story on Valentines day as an example of “Romance According To The Bible”. What do you consider the most romantic story in the Bible?
This past Sunday we studied the gift of showing mercy. Romans 12:6-8 lists 7 different “gifts”, the last of which is “he who shows mercy”.
We are all to be merciful! But the Bible isolates that as a particular gift that some people possess more than others. It is certainly true that some are better at it than others.
We went around the room and gave examples of people in the Bible who are remembered for being merciful. Esau, Joseph, Naaman’s servant girl, the father of the prodigal son are all good examples. The good Samaritan is an example of someone showing mercy physically. Barnabas, the “son of encouragement” is an example of showing mercy both physically (Acts 4) and spiritually (Acts 9 and 15).
Paul said “he who shows mercy, (do it) with cheerfulness”.
QUESTION: Why do you think Paul reminded us to show mercy “with cheerfulness”?
Listen to THE GIFT OF SHOWING MERCY.