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Kings Riding Donkeys

Scotland Forever! depicting the charge of the Royal Scots Greys at the Battle of Waterloo Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Scotland Forever! Depicting the charge of the Royal Scots Greys at the Battle of Waterloo
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Why would a king ride a lowly donkey when they have those marvelous steeds prancing with beautiful jeweled saddles and gleaming harnesses? A horse can certainly gallop much faster than a donkey can trot along. According to the Bible as he was dying King David said to put his son, Solomon on his donkey and ride him out for all to see and acknowledge that he would be David’s successor. I Kings 1:32 – 34 Then King David ordered, “Call Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came into the king’s presence, the king said to them, “Take Solomon and my officials down to Gihon Spring. Solomon is to ride on my own donkey. There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet are to anoint him king over Israel. Blow the ram’s horn and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!‘ I believe that it’s because those charging steeds were known to be war horses.   When kingdoms went to war the leaders are always seen riding horses. Horses  were used extensively during warfare. The Calvary were mounted soldiers on horseback.  Horses pulling chariots would charge fast towards the battle front.  They could carry a knighted rider  with full  armor into a battle. A war horse can  leap over obstacles, plunge into skirmishes or carry it’s rider to safety. Horses have powerful hindquarters, able to easily coil and spring to a stop, spin, turn or sprint forward.

Persian 4 Horse Command War Chariot Photo Courtesy by Wikipedia

Persian 4 Horse Command War Chariot
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On the other hand donkeys are peacetime animals. They don’t move very fast so donkeys are more of a parade animal. Donkeys walk or trot along. If you are riding on a donkey, it won’t be hard for everyone to see who’s sitting on the donkey’s back.

Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem Photo Courtesy by Wikipedia

Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
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I believe that is why when Jesus rode into Jerusalem he did so on the back of a donkey. All four gospels bear witness of the account. Matthew 21:1 – 17, Mark 11:1 – 11, Luke 19:29 – 40 and John 12:12 – 19. Traditionally, entering the city on a donkey symbolizes arrival in peace, rather than as a war-waging king arriving on a horse. Jesus wasn’t a man of war sitting upon a war horse. He was on the donkey because He was the King of kings. Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.  This was appropriate for a Hebrew king coming in peace.  A Hebrew king coming for battle would have ridden a horse.  In the Roman culture, a king would only have come riding a horse.  Since Jesus rode on a donkey, he presented himself as the King of the Jews, yet posed no threat to the Romans.

Who would have thought there would be so much symbolism on what a horse or donkey represent?

 

Do Not Stress Because…

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Read these Bible verses and don’t stress because…
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Meaning -God has a wonderful plan in store, for everyone. Therefore, you don’t need to feel disappointed with your life.

Proverbs 29:11 New International Version

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Meaning – A fool pours out his wrath, restrained by no consideration; he doesn’t think. But the smarter man holds back his  anger, defers showing it at a proper time, when it may serve a better purpose, and he may do so without sin.

Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Meaning – Trust God fully. He will guide you.

Ephesians 4:26 New International Version

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Meaning – I think this is self explanatory. Do not stew in your anger. Forgive quickly.

Ephesians 4:31-32 New International Version

31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Meaning – Follow the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you because that is what Christ would do.

Matthew 6:19-21 New International Version

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Meaning – Whatever you value that is what you will follow. Follow Christ because you cannot lose Him.

Romans 8:28 New International Version

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Meaning – God  designs things for us that is good.

Hebrews 12:6 New International Version

Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son. Meaning – Sin has consequences, even when we repent and are forgiven for those sins. God brings about painful consequences, to discipline us, so that we will turn from our sin to Him.

So all in all, know that God loves you and wants the best for you. So do not stress and put it all in the hands of God.

God's Open Hands

God’s Open Hands

What Do Angels Sing About?

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What do Angels sing about? The first song was “The Song of Creation.”
“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding . . . When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7)

It is significant that there was singing at the very time of creation. The “morning stars” of this verse are, by Hebrew poetic parallelism, the same as the “sons of God” who were present when God “laid the foundations of the earth.” Similarly, “sang together” is parallel with “shouted for joy.”

It is thus beautifully appropriate to sing of the glories of God’s creation, for angels were doing this even before Adam and Eve were created! The first actual human song mentioned in the Bible, however, was the thanksgiving song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-21), composed and sung by Moses and the children of Israel after their deliverance from Pharaoh and the waters of the sea.

Finally, it is significant that the last song mentioned in the Bible is “the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (Revelation 15:3), sung in heaven by “them that had gotten the victory over the beast” (v. 2). This presumably refers back to the original song of Moses, since the deliverance from Pharaoh was, spiritually, a type of their triumph over the beast, the great world ruler in the end times. However, it must now be combined with the song of the Lamb, probably the “new song” of the saints at the Lamb’s throne in Revelation 5:8-10, praising the Lord for their redemption through His blood, shed in substitution for their sins.

These should surely be the three major themes of Christian music, for these are the main themes of the Bible’s songs. It is fitting that they should refer to the past, present, and future works of Christ—His mighty work of creation in the beginning, His gracious work of sustenance in the present, and His glorious work of full redemption in the future.

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What Does It Mean To Have A Hardened Heart?

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by DARYL EVANS 

Ephesians 4:18 “They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”

There are many passages of Scripture that talk about our heart.  In fact, there are over 1000 occurrences in the Bible.  This article will only mention a few passages about this broad topic but I want to begin by thinking what the “heart” means to us.  If you are a regular church attendee or someone that reads books dealing with spirituality you are probably very familiar with this concept.  But what is the “heart” and what does it mean to have a “hard heart”?  To fully understand what the Scriptures are intending, it is important to understand what the heart is both physically and then in the spiritual sense too.

How Should We Define Heart

Wikipedia defines it this way… “

The heart is a hollow muscular organ that pumps blood throughout the blood vessels to various parts of the body by repeated, rhythmic contractions.”

This sounds pretty simple and if I asked for your definition you might say that the heart is what keeps the blood moving and is the life source of the body.  So, to state the obvious, when Scripture talks about the heart it is not only describing that muscle that is going thump, thump, thump in the body but is also describing out inner being that includes our emotions, our intellect and our moral make up.  So when the writers of Scripture talk about a hardened heart they are not obviously talking about the physical heart but a hardness of our inner soul that is resisting the will of Almighty God.  But we might ask, “What brings about this hardness of heart?”

Sin is ultimately the cause of a hard heart. Sin often leads to pride which leads to individuals that are more interested in trusting in their own self than in putting our trust in God.

Cause of Hardened Heart

Sin is ultimately the cause of a hard heart.  Sin often leads to pride which leads to individuals that are more interested in trusting in their own self than in putting our trust in God. One clear passage about the combination of pride and the heart is in Obadiah 3.  Obadiah 3 says, 

 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock,  in your lofty dwelling,  who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?”

This passage is a picture of pride (which means to elevate ourselves instead of elevating God) leading to a hard heart.  The pride evident here had led to deception which happens when we think that we do not need God but can handle things on our own.

Biblical Examples of a Hardened Heart

There are many examples of a hard heart throughout the pages of the Scriptures.  Another glaring example of this is the story of David and Bathsheba.  David was tempted and fell into sin with Bathsheba and we see how this initial sin lead to many, many more sins that ultimately led to the murder of Uriah (Bathsheba’s husband) and ultimately the death of David’s own son because of this sin in 2 Samuel 11-12.  This story is so familiar to us as but it is still hard for us to see that a “man after God’s own heart” (David) could fall so hard and so fast.  One interesting part of the story is that it becomes obvious that David does not even initially feel guilt or remorse for the sins that he has committed.  He has moved along with his life and has even taken Bathsheba for a wife and about a year passes before God sends Nathan the prophet to talk with David.  This dialogue is written out for us in 2 Samuel 12 when Nathan comes to King David with a story for the wise King David to hear and rule on.  Nathan tells David the story of a rich man that had taken everything from a poorer neighbor.  The rich man in the story ends up being King David and the poor man is Uriah the Hittite.  The King does not realize that the story is about David himself until Nathan reveals in 2 Samuel 12:7 “Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”

David had been living with this sin for many months (as we know that his illegitimate son had already been born and David had married Bathsheba) but now David finally comes to see it for the sin that he committed.  He finally repented (2 Samuel 12:13) and asked forgiveness from God and we can see that confession in the great chapter of Psalm 51.  My point that I want us to catch is that David’s heart had grown hard from this sin and he didn’t even seem remorseful for any part of the story until God sent His prophet Nathan to confront David.  That is the way that Satan tries to bring us down too.  Maybe our stories are not as graphic as David and Bathsheba but Satan knows that unconfessed sin leads to broken communication with God.  When we are not right with God we can easily become calloused towards sin and rebellion in our lives.  That is the danger of not confessing our sins to God.

Closing Thoughts

God knows that we will never be perfect until He sends Jesus back for His second coming. We will not attain perfection but all followers of Jesus are told to confess our sins to God.  1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is  faithful and just to forgive us our sins and  to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  God does not hold our sins against us but has sent the perfect sacrifice to hang on a cross for your sins and mine.  That gives us victory over sin and death.  By confessing our sins we can keep our heart soft or open to God every day.  We can do this daily by remembering the words of Psalm 139. Psalms 139:23-24

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and  lead me in  the way everlasting!”

This is the way to stay open to the words and leading of God the Father.  When we desire to speak daily and openly with our heavenly Father.  May the prayer of our heart be to walk close with God and to seek repentance and forgiveness from God daily.  I encourage you as you finish reading this article to pray to God Psalms 139:23-24 and ask forgiveness for any sins that are standing between you and God.  He has already paid the price for our sins, the least we can do is to ask forgiveness and a clean heart.

Praise Him!

Pastor Daryl

Resource – “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

 

The Red Record

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I find this fascinating!

The Red Record

by John D. Morris, Ph.D., with Bruce Malone *

Flood narratives abound in cultures around the world. Creation speaker and scientist Bruce Malone alerted me to one of these accounts in a fascinating translation and history by David McCutchen that documents a clear and detailed Flood tradition. The Red Record: The Wallam Olum presents a “written” history of the Lenni Lenape, or Delaware tribe, a large group of Native Americans that played a prominent role in colonial times.1 A majority of the work chronicles interactions between the European settlers and the tribe. But the earlier sections deal with their view of the origin of all things in a “very good” state, how that state was then lost due to evil, the resulting worldwide Flood, and the migration of their ancestors from the Old World to the New while enduring iceage conditions.

Predictably, certain details are vague and questionable but also intriguing and potentially valuable. First surfacing as a series of linear symbolic annotations on prepared bark tablets, the narrative was arranged into “books.” The symbols are both pictorial and cryptic, making precise translation difficult. The tablets became accessible to the outside world in 1820 when an itinerate doctor chanced upon a village of ill and dying Delaware Native Americans. He was able to nurse some back to health, and as a way of expressing their gratitude—and through fear that their history might be lost—they entrusted him with their sacred records. In 1822, the documents passed to the scholarly Frenchman Constantine Rafinesque, who translated them as best he could, making primary use of language notes compiled by Moravian mission workers.

The Delaware Native Americans’ record lay in obscurity until republished in 1954 by the Indiana Historical Society under the title Walam Olum or Red Score: The Migration Legend of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians.2 The history was subsequently declared by tribal elders to be authentic and representative of their oral stories.

The following column outlines The Wallam Olum’s original etchings, McCutchen’s translations, and parallel events from the book of Genesis’ correct history, which I have noted. This finding is consistent with what historian Bill Cooper wrote: “It was commonly found by missionaries all over the world that the people they encountered knew about the Flood already. Their knowledge of it…was startlingly in agreement with the Book of Genesis.”3 Secularists who claim all Flood legends are myths bear the burden of explaining how so many different people groups retained accounts that so closely overlap the Genesis record.

References

  1. McCutchen, D., trans. 1993. The Red Record: The Wallam Olum. Garden City Park, NY: Avery Publishing.
  2. The complete title of the 1954 edition was Walam Olum or Red Score: The Migration Legend of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians, a New Translation, Interpreted by Linguistic, Historical, Archeological, Ethnological, and Physical Anthropological Studies.
  3. Cooper, B. 2012. The Authenticity of the Book of Genesis. Portsmouth, UK: Creation Science Movement, 166.

* Dr. Morris is President of the Institute for Creation Research and received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Oklahoma. Bruce Malone is Executive Director of Search for the Truth Ministries.

Cite this article: Various Authors. 2013. The Red RecordActs & Facts. 42 (1).